Alice Russell :: To Dust :: New Music Review

Alice Russell :: To Dust Unexpected musical discoveries are one of my most favorite things in this life. The feeling, not all that different from that initial attraction to a new lover, is exquisite, alluring, and delicious. I had such a musical moment today when perusing the new releases of the week I tripped and fell into Alice Russell’s new album, To Dust. The album is a refreshing back-flip dive into the world of soul, of a cross-breed of vintage and post-modern R&B, shaken and stirred with a swizzle stick of the blues. I am sure there will be comparisons … Continue reading Alice Russell :: To Dust :: New Music Review

But you’re the only one who can turn me back on :: songs and poetry

The Next Chapter (by me) We peel back the lines of some long forgotten sentence as if it were the unravelling of an orange sweet and ripe just a second shy from falling to the ground You hand me a half-moon smile of a piece that I slip between pursed lips the sudden shock of bittersweet turning my tongue to a tang tinged alert I laugh a bit my eyes watering up into what could be mistaken for tears You touch my cheek softly brushing chilled skin and glance across the alley where the sudden sparks are from shooting up … Continue reading But you’re the only one who can turn me back on :: songs and poetry

All things go, all things go :: musical sensory recall

“I was in love with the place, in my mind, in my mind. I made a lot of mistakes, in my mind, in my mind.” This song has such personal history and memories attached to it, for me, and no matter when I happen upon it, and no matter where I may be, I have to pause to listen, and remember. Some of the recollections are candy-coated postcards full of wish you were here sentimentalities, and lipstick traces left on cool skin. There are photo booths and train stops, half-drunk promises of things like love and forever, and an image of a girl and … Continue reading All things go, all things go :: musical sensory recall

Suzanne takes you down :: song of the day

“And, you know that she’s half crazy, but that’s why you want to be there.” Nearly everything I have ever written, be it a short story, or a novel in progress, has had a character inspired by one of Leonard Cohen’s songs. He is a muse of mine, and I do not remember a time in my life that I was not touched in some way by his music. I still remember the first Cohen song I heard, where I was, and how it affected me. My Mother had one of his albums leaned up against these giant speakers. The … Continue reading Suzanne takes you down :: song of the day

Let’s listen to 1962 :: A Playlist

  Let’s listen to 1962 :: A Playlist Listen here on Spotify The Wanderer :: Dion & the Belmonts Stranger on the Shore :: Mr. Acker Bilk I Can’t Stop Loving You :: Ray Charles Mashed Potato Time :: Dee Dee Sharp Roses are Red (My Love) :: Bobby Vinton The Stripper :: David Rose Surfin’ Safari :: The Beach Boys I Wish That We Were Married :: Ronnie & the Hi Lites If I Had a Hammer :: Peter, Paul & Mary Twist, Twist Senora :: Gary U.S. Bons Town Without Pity :: Gene Pitney Where Have All the Flowers Gone? :: The Kingston Trio I’ll Never Dance Again :: Bobby … Continue reading Let’s listen to 1962 :: A Playlist

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals :: Cardinology :: My Favorite Albums

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals :: Cardinology (2008) At the core of who I am, and at the center of my musical soul, are a handful of artists, bands and musicians that are so intrinsic, so vital, so overwhelmingly part of who I am, how I see the world, how I feel that they almost feel a part of my DNA. In many ways I could list all of their albums as “my favorites“, and will probably end up doing just that eventually, so do not say I did not warn you. Ryan Adams is one of those artists, musicians, … Continue reading Ryan Adams & The Cardinals :: Cardinology :: My Favorite Albums

I never thought I’d need so many people :: songs and writings

Keep Art Alive :: “Last Breath” :: Art by Sarah Joncas “I think I saw you in an ice cream parlor, drinking milkshakes, cold and long, smiling and waving and looking so fine, don’t think you knew you were in this song.” Mortality is a slippery truth, translucent most of the time, and chameleon-like. We feel it so rarely, the honest and real feeling of our mortal selves. On the surface we say we know it does not last forever, that nothing ever does, and that our days – each stacking on the other – are numbered; but do we … Continue reading I never thought I’d need so many people :: songs and writings

Like the sunshine :: my favorite movies

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)  “Joely?” ~ Clementine “Yeah, Tangerine?” ~ Joel “Am I ugly?” ~ Clementine “Uh-uh.” ~ Joel “When I was a kid, I thought I was. I can’t believe I’m crying already. Sometimes I think people don’t understand how lonely it is to be a kid, like you don’t matter. So, I’m eight, and I have these toys, these dolls. My favorite is this ugly girl doll who I call Clementine, and I keep yelling at her, ‘You can’t be ugly! Be pretty!” It’s weird, like if I can transform her, I would magically change, … Continue reading Like the sunshine :: my favorite movies

I’m with someone else’s girl :: video of the day

Someone Else’s Girl :: The Olms “I heard today he ran away, and married someone else. I bumped into her on the street, and told her how I felt. Now every time I catch her eye I never look away, she’s finally walking next to me, there’s nothing left to say.” Continue reading I’m with someone else’s girl :: video of the day