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61-01-19, 69-07-16, 81-04-12, 18-02-06 AND…?

February 6th, 2018

I am a child of the American space program, of humanity’s exploration of the final frontier. My generation will be defined by what President John Fitzgerald Kennedy called our choice: to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that […]

OTIS REDDING WAS 26, HE NEVER SAW 27…

January 8th, 2018

Redding was 26 when he died. I was 11. Stuart Miller, reporting in Inside Otis Redding’s Final Masterpiece (Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay for Rolling Stone magazine, writes: When the phone rang at the Stax/Volt studios in Memphis in late November of 1967, guitarist Steve Cropper was surprised to hear Otis Redding on […]

MUSIC TO—LITERALLY—FIGHT, KILL AND DIE TO…

December 22nd, 2017

I’ll give John Phillips Sousa his due, but I can’t think of any American military music—with the exception of Bonnie Blue Flag—that can compare with the European tradition for military music you can march, fight and die to. Then there’s The Lilliburlero March, Scotland The Brave, Over the Hills and Far Away, Heart Of Oak, […]

YOU MAY ASK YOURSELF, HOW DID I GET HERE…?

December 22nd, 2017

For those who may have forgotten the original…

EMINEM THEN: 2004—MEET EMINEM NOW: 2017…

October 11th, 2017

With Lyrics

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO NOW: PROPHETS OF RAGE

September 26th, 2017

I learned of Chuck D’s and Tom Morello’s project—Prophets of Rage (from Prophets of Rage, 1988/2011)—in an interview by David Greene. I immediately ordered the CD and I’m listening to it this evening. The music is powerful. MARA: Make America Rage Again. Dorian Lynskey, in Prophets of Rage: ‘We’re the soundtrack to the resistance!’ for […]

BEFORE SELFIES THERE WERE POLAROIDS…

April 4th, 2017

Kirsten Dunst makes the message a bit more blatant…

TRUMP DEMANDS CONGRESS INVESTIGATE AREA 51…

March 17th, 2017

No. Not really. Some 57 days into the presidency of Donald John Trump, however, the precedent is now solid: The President of the United States of America only needs to believe fanciful information he hears, or is told by someone, to publicly state, with no evidence, that what heard or was told is true and […]

GREAT YELLOW WALL SPEAKS ON STANDING ROCK…

March 5th, 2017

Just as too many Americans (and other people living in the largest industrial nations) farcically respond the grocery store when asked where does food come from, I think that those same people would respond the faucet if you asked them where their water comes from. Here in Cleveland my students are too often surprised to […]

WELL $65 ISN’T 50 P, STILL, HOWEVER…

February 24th, 2017

Just in case you needed a reminder…

THAT IS WHY YOU FAILED…

November 14th, 2016

Oliver Burkeman, writing in This column will change your life: habit chaining for The Guardian, explains: First, this week, an astoundingly effective tip for developing beneficial habits, such as eating plenty of vegetables, flossing your teeth, keeping your desk tidy, phoning your mother or unfriending people who post self-written poetry on Facebook. Ready? Here’s the […]

TEMPORARY SECRETARY, PAUL MCCARTNEY, 1980…

November 4th, 2016

Yesterday one of my students, a young man with a musical bent, asked me if I knew this song. I wasn’t paying a great deal of attention to music in 1980—I didn’t even know the origin of the phrase I have become comfortably numb on a fellow university student’s t-shirt that year—having just left active […]

I SHAMEFULLY CONFESS, I WATCH (AND LIKE) GLEE

September 24th, 2016

In Season 4, Episode 17 of Glee, with Mr. Schuester out sick, Sam and Blaine assign their gleemates to sing guilty pleasures: songs they’re too embarrassed to admit they love. When I watched the show I couldn’t think of any song or band that I would feel that way about, but watching the above video, […]

PUT THE ORGANIZED BACK IN LABOR DAY…

September 5th, 2016

To be alive and working in the United States of America in the 1950’s was something of miracle. You were living in the world’s greatest nation and the booming middle class was fueling an economic expansion unlike any the nation had experienced and one in three workers was a member of a union. That number […]

THE WELSH TEN COMMANDMENTS…

September 5th, 2016

Found on a postcard sent by Cousin John West from Wales: Thou shall: Worship sheep Drink beer Wear three feathers with pride Not slay dragons Love rugby Not be too friendly with the English Keep a welcome in the hillside Learn our Anthem (not just the chorus) Eat and “enjoy” leek soup Congregate and drink […]

A BIT OF JOY FOR A THURSDAY MORNING…

August 25th, 2016

PSEUDO-MERITOCRACY CAN BE PURE BULLSHIT…

July 5th, 2016

So, last night we watched episode 19 of the first season of Glee: Dream On. Good episode, but I was disappointed to learn that Kevin McHale, the actor who plays Artie Abrams, is not, in fact, a paraplegic. That’s no secret to regular viewers, I’m sure, but in this day and age I assumed that, […]

FOR FI ON INDEPENDENCE DAY….

March 27th, 2016

“Black and tans” (not to be confused with a pint that is half Guinness and half Bass)… were a group of ex-soldiers put into service ostensibly to help protect the English police, but in reality were state sponsored terrorists who brutalized the Irish people. The song was originally written by Dominic Behan in reference to […]

JON CONNOR SPEAKS OUT AND RAPS ON FLINT, MI…

March 3rd, 2016

A BIT OF JOY FOR A SATURDAY MORNING…

February 27th, 2016

I love that so many in the audience were singing along. Here’s a odd tidbit. I came to Beethoven, actually to classical music in general, via the movie A Clockwork Orange.

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