Podcast Of The Week: “Heartburn” By Nora Ephron

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Ok, it’s an audiobook, but it’s short enough to only be a few podcasts long at <6 hours. Somebody out there needs this. Either because life and relationships are hard, adulting is confusing, or your vinaigrette recipe needs an update. Nora Ephron’s “Heartburn” is like a coming-of-middle-age story. It’s about dealing with failed or failing … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: “Heartburn” By Nora Ephron

Sunday Music: Hate It When You Leave

Sometimes a song captures a feeling so completely, it exists beyond the lyrics, chords, and rhythms. I fell down a Steve Jordan rabbit hole a few weeks ago and found “Hate It When You Leave” by Keith Richards on my trip. It’s magic. An aching, melancholy, pleading magic, but magic nonetheless. hate it when you … Continue reading Sunday Music: Hate It When You Leave

Sunday Music: Ladies And Gentlemen, The DJ Just Threw Up On The Dance Floor

There’s something about the climactic, unmitigated disaster in this song that’s so… relatable. Ladies and gentlemenThe DJ just threw upOn the dance floorParty is overTime to go It’s also the bridge of the song. It’s not the little stories in the verses or the comment in the chorus that, “I must have liked it a … Continue reading Sunday Music: Ladies And Gentlemen, The DJ Just Threw Up On The Dance Floor

Sunday Music: Starting Over

Change is hard. Even when it’s for the better. Chris Stapleton tackles moving forward in the title track to his latest album, “Starting Over.” It’s a life song and it’s a love song. It’s a song about reaching out and letting go. It’s a song about not knowing what comes next but knowing what matters. … Continue reading Sunday Music: Starting Over

Sunday Music: I’m Sorry Ms. Jackson

Sometimes a song can make you feel young and old all at once. OutKast just released a 20th Anniversary edition of Stankonia. I was in college when the album and its chart-dominating single, “Ms. Jackson,” was playing everywhere. It’s been a mental time-warp revisiting the whole record, but especially this track. I remember, but I’m … Continue reading Sunday Music: I’m Sorry Ms. Jackson

Sunday Music: Playlist For September 2020 – Happy Sightseeing On The Road to Nowhere!

Here’s the emergent theme as best as I can tell: if you stick with something and you’re not successful in the traditional, expected, or headline sense, people will look at you like you’re crazy. You’ll start to look at yourself like you’re crazy too. But, you’re not. Well, maybe not. Hopefully not. You are at … Continue reading Sunday Music: Playlist For September 2020 – Happy Sightseeing On The Road to Nowhere!

Sunday Music: Montgomery Forever, And Now They’re Blowing It Up (The Front Bottoms Are Back)

In “Montgomery Forever” by The Front Bottoms we seem to find a conversation about the gentrification of a place, and also the gentrification of a relationship. In the same way, a location can be the same and the residents and real estate can change, relationships are fixtures too, and over time the dynamics and people … Continue reading Sunday Music: Montgomery Forever, And Now They’re Blowing It Up (The Front Bottoms Are Back)

Sunday Music: All Night And Day, I Cry And Pray (Lianne La Havas)

Lianne La Havas is a new find for me. The song “Seven Times” is a vibe. It’s got a Latin/Brazilian feel over trip-hop drums, her soft-delivered but still so emotive vocals, and there’s even a flute solo at the end (for good measure I guess? It’s perfect) - it all scratches an itch I didn’t … Continue reading Sunday Music: All Night And Day, I Cry And Pray (Lianne La Havas)