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...]

All Yours

damn right you’ll rise again … “Your Cheating Heart,” James Brown “Your Cheating Heart,” Patsy Cline “Your Dictionary,” XTC “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead,” Stars “Your Girlfriend’s Car,” Throw Me the Statue “Your Good Thing (Is About to End),” Mable John “Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me,” The Pippettes “Your Latest Trick,” Dire Straits “Your Little [Read More...]

Albums I can't afford

So with no job, my music-buying budget is non-existent. Many years ago as a writer and editor of music reviews, I had that sweet deal of free CDs in the mail begging for my attention. But that was many years ago. These days, I’m pretty much out of the loop music-wise, but I still hear [Read More...]