Roger Catlin interviews jazz singer Ann Hampton Callaway and country artist Rosanne Cash about love songs. After the jump, I’ll give you what Ms. Callaway, a master of the form, says, including some real insights about the nature of love and her complaint that most of today’s pop songs, though about love, “don’t sound like love.” And as a bonus Valentine’s Day present, I’ll add some samples of Ms. Callaway practicing what she’s preaching. [Read more…]
Here is a good account of the history of St. Valentine’s Day, how it’s NOT related to the pagan festival of Lupercalia and how the death day of an early Christian martyr got connected with love and romance. (Short answer: Chaucer.)
So what can be said about the true meaning of St. Valentine’s Day in 2014?
Happy New Year’s! It’s time to look ahead on the year to come and to make our annual predictions about what we expect to happen in the new year. We will then review those predictions on December 31, as we did yesterday, heaping honors upon the best prognosticators. So predict away! After the jump, some reflections on predictions. [Read more…]
The Washington Post has an annual New Year’s feature listing what’s “out” from the previous year and what’s “in” for the year to come. Many of us are so removed from fashion that we have no idea what the style mavens are talking about for either year. Here is the list for 2013/2014 (you can click at least some of the items to see what they are referring to): The 2014 In/Out List – The Washington Post.
If we don’t like this list, let’s make up one of our own. What seemed cool and trendy in 2013 that now seems utterly lame and embarrassing? What should replace them? Put another way, what in 2013 are you completely sick of? And what would you like to see instead?
It’s still Christmas, there being 12 days of that season, so thanks to Truth Unites. . .and Divides for posting in the comments to another thread this video from Rev. Hans Fiene at Lutheran Satire. You all need to see it:
The week building up to New Year’s is a good time to look back at the year that has passed. We’ll be doing that on this blog over the next week, among other things, with your help. Then we’ll look forward to the new year ahead. And that will bring us to a celebrated and notorious feature of this blog: the year’s predictions. On New Year’s Eve, we will check the predictions that you readers made last year and see who takes the virtual prize of glory for the most astute prognostication that came true. Then on New Year’s Day, we will make predictions for 2014, which will be checked on the last day of that year (if we last that long). So be thinking about what’s going to happen!