Monday, November 23, 2015

Today's Shuffle (Evening Edition): You must fly closer to the sea

I thought about simplicity today, in terms of letting go of everything that is not needed. Worn-out but still admired shoes. Faded papers. Flat pillows. Old, unloving thoughts. 

Then I heard Sinead's a capella koan, which I probably haven't heard in a couple of decades.

No other words needed. 

Sinead O'Connor, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got 
Nneka, Africans Concrete Jungle
George Harrison, Beware of Darkness All Things Must Pass
Willie Nelson, One in a Row One Hell of a Ride
Rufus Wainwright, Go Or Go Ahead Want One
David Bowie, Five Years Stage 
David Bowie, A New Career in a New Town Low
Matthew Sweet, Divine Intervention Girlfriend
Depeche Mode, Halo Violator
Angie Stone, 20 Dollars Mahogany Soul

Friday, November 13, 2015

Low sun.

Been thinking about this one quite often over the last week, on the sunny days. It shines, and it's even warm in the rays, but its path is low, almost like the sun is a marble rolling around the side of a bowl, instead of arcing high (I didn't study physics in school).

The light, though, is still golden, and lovely, even if it's shining across, not down.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Today's Shuffle: The door always must be left unlocked

God, just when I was about to replace my old iPod with the new one that's been in its packaging for over a year, it gives me a good commute shuffle, good thoughts under blue skies.

Improbably, it's worked its ish out and cranked on for most of this year

So I should document this one, though brief, wide as the November sky.

David Bowie, The Stars (Are Out Tonight) The Next Day
Wilco, Muzzle of Bees A Ghost Is Born
Pixies, All Over the World Bossanova
Howard Jones, What Is Love Human's Lib
Beastie Boys, Finger Lickin' Good Check Your Head
Rufus & Chaka Khan, Once You Get Started
Nirvana, Scentless Apprentice In Utero
Common, Track 9  Electric Circus
Jimmy Cliff, My Lucky Day This Is Crucial Reggae
Mandy Patinkin, Finishing the Hat Sunday in the Park with George Original Cast Recording

Friday, November 06, 2015

To whisper love I used to know

I appreciate the Fleetwood Mac comparisons, sure, and this scratches my prog itch, but it's the sound of katydids whispering (fullly voiced around the 5:20 mark) that got me glued to this 1976 track from these English rock/folk/prog-ers.

Seems like this album diverges from their original, harder sound, brought to the world's attention when they opened for Deep Purple. I've dipped into early 70s Wishbone briefly and find it's closer to the Allman Brothers than this '76 stuff is to the Mac. Wah-wah, guitars.

I'll take nighttime summer bug chatter over that any day.