music

People are People (Thoughts on Charlottesville)

From the moment I heard this morning that white supremacists carrying torches surrounded a church last night in Charlottesville, Virginia, I’ve been alternately watching the events unfold on TV, or checking Twitter or news sites to find out the latest developments. (Yes, even when I should have been doing other things, like at a write-in

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“And ransom captive Israel…”

We went to church on Christmas Eve afternoon with Jeff’s mom, and it was a simple, lovely, musical service. There was a band, maybe five musicians, and the service began with everyone standing to sing a few well-known hymns. Then everyone sat down, there was another song or two, and then a woman came to

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“Every Southern belle is a Mississippi queen…”

When I was about 19 – nearly so, or just-turned 19 – I went with my roommate Janis to New York City for the first time. We drove to Connecticut, and then took a train into the city. I still remember stepping out of Grand Central Station and onto the sidewalk, and into that feeling

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Belated post-Patty Griffin show post

FINALLY posting about the Patty Griffin concert that Jeff and I were lucky enough to attend exactly one week ago, in Lawrence, Kansas. Patty was amazing. Her voice in concert is fantastic, very much like what you hear on her CDs. The “second billed artist,” not really an opening act because he played most of

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A blah blah blog post

So I have a little bit of “home alone” time, and so many things that I could do, and a few that I probably should do, like walk on the treadmill (and that would also mean watching Lost from two nights ago, and it’s supposed to be an amazing episode, but yeah, I don’t think

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South Carolina’s “governor” / How I love Eva Cassidy

Two completely unrelated topics, just what I was thinking about earlier, during my lunch break. First, Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina hasn’t resigned yet. I just read a story on The Washington Post‘s website that quotes Sanford as saying he intends to remain governor until the end of his term – another 18 months.

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You’ve got to hear this …

… if you haven’t already, as the different versions on YouTube have been viewed several million times. Take seven or eight minutes to just watch and listen to this, it will make your day! © All the parts of my life 2008-2015.

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A video tribute to Papa

Jeff and I posted our first YouTube video last night. I did most of the prep work, loading and editing digital photos and scanning older pictures. Jeff selected the photos and arranged them, basically in chronological order, and chose the song that’s playing in the background, “I Find Your Love” by Beth Nielsen Chapman. I

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Christmas comedy: “The 12 Pains of Christmas”

Now I’m at the extreme opposite end of the holiday music spectrum. I searched YouTube for the video for “The 12 Pains of Christmas” by Bob Rivers Comedy Corp., which has been one of my favorites since the very first time I heard it – I was about 15. I think I found the “official”

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A midnight clear

I really like this movie, a little-known film called A Midnight Clear, which I first saw a good 15 years ago. It’s based on a book by William Wharton, and the cast includes Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise, and Kevin Dillon. But even more than the film, the song they play over the closing credits is

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