We live in a polarized world. Yeat’s “widening gyre” gets invoked around here a lot. We have a shortening list of ways to find optimism and chart a path forward it seems. Enter Sly Stone’s new memoir. If you want to chart a path for optimism, there are so many pieces layered inside of his … Continue reading Sly Stone And Saving Humanity
Forget figuring out the meaning of the song. The debates are unsolvable anyway. Spend a minute listening and just feeling it. Keep the idea of weight in your head the whole time. The tempo (the speed of the rhythm) is a forced, tired trot. The shape of the melodies are conversational. You don’t even remember … Continue reading Sunday Music: The Weight
Some songs just wreck you in all of the good ways. It's a song about struggle and release. It's a song about tension and peace. It's a song about freedom. The words go, Some glad morning when this life is overI'll fly awayTo a home on God's celestial shoreI'll fly away I'll fly away, oh, … Continue reading Sunday Music: I’ll Fly Away
I’ve got a great memory of playing this on repeat in the car with my kids, driving to a fireworks display somewhere while on a vacation several years ago… the impassioned singalong was good for giggles until maybe the 8th run. Still, this song. THIS song. It’s more than just a classic. It’s a soldier … Continue reading Sunday Music: Born In The USA
B.B. King's Live at the Regal is one of those "if I had a time machine..." concerts. "How Blue Can You Get?" is pure heartache that explodes in the bridge. His voice and the audience response to this section is sheer brilliance: I gave you a brand new Ford You said, "I want a Cadillac" … Continue reading Sunday Music: “Our Love Is Nothing But The Blues / Baby, How Blue Can You Get?
This one definitely is feeling summer’s influence. iTunes link here. If anyone wants to create it on Spotify or elsewhere, share a link in the comments or email it to me to share. 1. “Blown to Bits” by Charlie Bliss. An existential crisis can be beautiful, in case you were wondering. “It’s gonna break my … Continue reading Sunday Music: Playlist for July 2019
To anyone who has ever collected music, the story of the Universal studio fire and the thought of what may be lost forever is heartbreaking. Jon Caramanica and Jody Rosen talked about the story, some of the lost pieces, and what might be done going forward so this doesn't happen again on the Popcast. One … Continue reading Sunday Music: “Give Me My Flowers”