Category Archives: Music

That time of year, and the music thereof.

I love Christmas music. I guess I should say I love “holiday music,” but that’s not really accurate. Other people in my house don’t, however, so I suspect I will be spending the next month wearing headphones much of the … Continue reading

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Damn you, Felicity Huffman.

God made me for a reason And nothing is in vain Redemption comes in many shapes With many kinds of pain “Travelin’ Thru” Dolly Parton, from Transamerica. “Travelin Thru” is a very special song to me. Depending where I am … Continue reading

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RIP, your majesty.

For years, I said that if I went to heaven I wold find that the voice of God sounded just like Aretha Frankin. I still think that. God is lucky. They have the joy of that wonderful, life-affirming music for … Continue reading

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Woodstock revisited.

I have a whole lot of thoughts about the Olympics (among them, if ski jumping is amazing, which it is, then snowboard big air (which is ski jumping with a snowboard where you turn corkscrews in the air while you … Continue reading

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If you had told me a couple of years ago I would be listening to rap music, I would have told you you were crazy. Rap was okay, but it wasn’t music, was it? That was before Hamilton (which at … Continue reading

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Sometimes, I just need to cry. For those times when reading the front page of the Washington Post won’t cut it (news inspires more fear than grief), I have The Playlist. As of Monday, I have a new addition to the … Continue reading

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The music of the waves.

See the line where the sky meets the sea It calls me And no one knows How far I’ll go… “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana, lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda Long ago in a galaxy far, far… well, no, it … Continue reading

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My soundtrack.

I can’t write about politics today. I know for whom I am going to vote, and many, many others are writing far better than I could about the dangers of electing a narcissistic, xenophobic, ignorant bully to the most powerful … Continue reading

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I just heard a cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Songs” by Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer. Wow. Yes, I know, there are major cultural appropriation issues. Bob Marley lived in a particular social and political context, and his music is a … Continue reading

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Usually, I listen to a variety of artists. Not for me the album — I’m more a Pandora-type person, except that would cede too much control to some computer that I don’t even know where it is. No, I’m the person … Continue reading

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The Voice Finale.

By the time I write this, The Voice finale will have begun. Being in PST, I won’t see it for another three hours. Part of me thinks they should just give it to Jordan Smith based on his performance last … Continue reading

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Wow.

For those who don’t watch The Voice, you really need to see contestant Jordan Smith’s cover of Queen’s “Somebody To Love.” What intrigues me is that Smith looks nothing like Freddie Mercury, but somehow captures the attitude. It’s almost like he … Continue reading

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The music of darkness and light.

As I have said a lot in the past two years, I am no longer sure what I believe in. Given that, it’s hard, this time of year, to be confronted with the evangelical exuberance of Nativities, of mangers and … Continue reading

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“Lightin’ up my lawn like downtown Las Vegas…”

Here’s my 2015 Christmas music playlist — there’s a lot of overlap with previous years, although there are songs I’ve had for years that for some reason this year I just can’t get enough of: “All I Want For Christmas Is … Continue reading

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Comfort.

I do not know where I fit, religion-wise. I feel sometimes I have walked so long in the darkness that God has stopped looking for me. (Note to my more faith-filled friends: please don’t tell me how wrong I am. I … Continue reading

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Our long national nightmare is over. Judge George H. King, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, ruled this week that the copyrights claimed for the lyrics to “Happy Birthday” were invalid. Hurrah! No … Continue reading

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My cat needs a playlist.

We live close by our vet, and it doesn’t take long to drive there, so I had never really noticed this phenomenon until now. I was taking the lovely Penwiper (Connie Willis fans may recognize the name) to the vet … Continue reading

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Social justice music.

I am listening to The Voice. This week I have purchased two singles, “Redemption Songs,” sung by Anita Antoinette (my favorite performer still on the show) and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” performed by Damien. I chose hymns. How … Continue reading

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Sounding off about The Voice.

[Warning: this post is about the television show The Voice. There are a lot of things – important things, at that — to write about in the world, and I am expending time (not to mention a thousand words) on … Continue reading

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I am in love with Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Last week I went to see the wonderful Mary Chapin Carpenter in concert. (Tift Merrit was the opening act — she was pretty great, too.) I have seen her before, and plan to catch her the next time she tours. … Continue reading

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