Happy Birthday Bruce Springsteen

He pulls prayer book out of his sleeping bag Preacher lights up a butt and takes a drag Waitin’ for when the last shall be first and the first shall be last In a cardboard box ‘neath the underpass Got a one-way ticket to the promised land You got a hole in your belly and [Read More...]

Happy Birthday Johnette Napolitano

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking Everybody knows that the captain lied Everybody got this broken feeling Like their father or their dog just died Everybody’s talking to their pockets Everybody wants a box of chocolates And a long stem rose Everybody knows [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Leonard Cohen

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed Everybody knows that the war is over Everybody knows the good guys lost Everybody knows the fight was fixed The poor stay poor, the rich get rich That’s how it goes Everybody knows [Read more...]

It's not elves exactly

You shouldn’t let other people get your kicks for you … When my wife found some big rocks in the garden last summer, she asked me to move them. I lugged them away and placed them at the bottom of the slope in our yard by where the exposed roots stuck out from the shrubs [Read More...]

Busy in the rows

You’d think that we’d get awfully tired of going where we’ve been … September is still summer and still pre-frost, so in between hurricanes here in the Brandywine Valley I’ve been working on the lingering remnants of this year’s garden — still providing a trickle of tomatoes and cucumbers. Hence another thematic list: “Bad Fruit,” [Read More...]

Two albums for the wishlist

I somehow missed a couple of albums despite both being right up my alley and coming from two of my favorite voices anywhere. Patty Griffin is a brilliant songwriter, capable of crafting a lyric and setting it to a melody that cuts to the heart. She’s written a host of songs that can burrow under [Read More...]

Rock 'n' Roll High School

All for the love of molding young minds … Since we reached the end of the alphabet last week, and since it’s the beginning of September, I figured this week I’d try a thematic list to see what our iTunes libraries hold as far as school-related songs. “ABC,” Jackson 5 “Birth, School, Work, Death,” The [Read More...]

Play 'Misty' for me

I linked yesterday to Dennis G.’s mordant, but wincingly apt joke that Fox News has come to be something like “Nickolodeon for people with dementia.” That’s a bitter joke on a couple of levels but still, I think, a funny one. Dementia is a heartbreaking thing and thus, in a sense, no laughing matter. Yet [Read More...]