Dolly Parton. Still.

How did I miss this? Dolly Parton has a new album out -- her 42nd studio album! -- and it is great, of course. Blue Smoke was released this year, and it is solid.  Here is the song I'm fixated on at the moment: her utterly natural take on Dylan's "Don't Think Twice":  Love Dolly Parton. 68 years old and hasn't started phoning it in yet. The older I get, the more I admire people who know how to work and keep on working, and who know exactly what their gifts are and how … [Read more...]

My earworm for the morning . . .

could be worse!  Steely Dan, "Pearl of the Quarter" (from Countdown to Ecstasy, 1973)What a perfectly constructed song. What's popping around in your skull today?  … [Read more...]

What did you dance to at your wedding?

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No reason, just curious! We really wanted "I Walk the Line," but with a music budget of zero, and in those dark pre-internet days, I couldn't find a copy of it in time. It would have been a good pick, though.  My husband told his friends that we were planning to dance to "Under My Thumb" (and it's possible that it even made it into the local newspaper's wedding page this way. It also said that we honeymooned at the Hotel California. Ah, y … [Read more...]

Jazz for cows, because why not?

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I don't know which I like more, the fact that these guys pulled over and played jazz for cows, or the fact that the cows were clearly digging it.The dairy farm we visit always has the radio on in the cow barn. I don't know any music-deprived cows to which to compare our local cows, but our local gals do always seem calm and happy.Apparently it's an unsettled question, whether or not slow jams make cows give more milk. Here are some scientists doing their best to find out:From an … [Read more...]

Free Bach every Friday!

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Eventually, the new All of Bach website will host . . . well, all of Bach. Every Friday, the Netherlands Bach Society will post a video of themselves performing something by Bach. So far, they have six pieces up, 1,074 to go. Hooray!Here's a short trailer introducing the idea of the "statue of sound" they're building to honor Bach and his gift: … [Read more...]

Help me load my iPad with freebies!

At first I was going to give it to someone, and then I thought I would raffle it for a good cause, then I thought it would make a great prize, and then I realized I WANT THIS.

The other day, I was amazed and delighted to hear that I had won second prize in Catholic Vote's contest. First prize was a trip for two two Rome for the upcoming beatifications, which would have been niiiice, but I am beyond thrilled at what I did win, as top referrer: a spiffy new iPad Mini!I understand its microwhatever is roughly as powerful as the International Space Station and that the touchscreen can, by analyzing the electrolyte content in my fingertips, predict the very moment … [Read more...]

At the Register: Beyond Ashes

In which I heroically refrain from making fun of bad hymns and instead suggest some good 'uns for Lent. … [Read more...]