April Reading

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Here’s What I Read in April I took advantage of my Spring Break this year to have an orgy of non-fiction, and I finished off two hefty volumes in the month of April. Both with birthday presents (thanks, Mom and Kelly!) Let’s get to it. 1. The Big Screen by David Thomson This book is […]

The Perfect Vessels: A Refresher

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It has been over a year and a half since I have written anything about the Perfect Vessels.  However, there is some interesting news coming regarding the band, so this would be a good time for a refresher. Pictured above are The Perfect Vessels.  You are acquainted with the guy playing organ.  In 2011, this […]

In Defense of Obscurity

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You probably have a favorite song that none of your friends have ever heard before.  Today, I’ll share one with you. I have been tremendously busy these last few weeks, what with the two kids and my English classes and the ever-increasing demands of graduate school.  I’ve been reading Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte and Joseph Andrews […]

Here’s a Song I Wrote 17 Years Ago

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This is “Last Chance to Change,” a student work I wrote and recorded with Graham Burks back in 1996.  It’s been lost to me until this week, when I digitized it from the original quarter-inch tape. When I was an undergraduate at Rhodes College, I took a music theory class from professor David Ramsey.  He […]

On Belle and Sebastian

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Belle and Sebastian–so much to obsess about.  I have the day off today, and I hadn’t planned on spending half of it obsessing about Belle and Sebastian.  However, I just watched the fantastic, hour-long documentary on the early years of the band, and I am here to spread the word. If there is one band […]

We All Shine On

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It was 43 years ago today that “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)” sprang from John Lennon’s head fully formed. John Lennon wrote and recorded “Instant Karma!” in a single day.  He famously stated “I wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch, and we’re putting it out for dinner.”  The single, which bore the […]

Favorite Albums of 2012

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Here’s what I listened to this year. My blogger pal Lindsay wrote a post about her favorite albums of the year, and now I want to do the same thing.  My sample size is modest, as I didn’t listen to too many new records in 2012, but I would nevertheless like to share a few […]

My Summer of Springsteen

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This photo accompanied both Springsteen-related articles from The New Yorker.  The first, a long feature, is discussed below.  The other is a shorter recap of Springsteen’s career.  Both were written by David Remnick. With one week of summer vacation left, I’ve been looking back at what I did with my time off.  I spent a large […]