Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Music for your Midweek: Pearl and the Beard - "River"

I watched Hello, My Name is Doris this past weekend. It was fine enough, and was a good kick in the pants because you know what, things could be worse! And I love Sally Field.


The soundtrack featured Pearl and the Beard who I saw for the first and last time almost a year ago. Here's a nice little song I liked if you are itching for a heartbreak:

Sunday, June 19, 2016

BONUS: Sunday Verse: "Not bad, Dad, not bad" - Jan Heller Levi

I think you are most yourself when you're swimming;
slicing the water with each stroke,
the funny way you breathe, your mouth cocked
as though you're yawning. 
You're neither fantastic nor miserable
at getting from here to there.
You wouldn't win any medals, Dad,
but you wouldn't drown. 
I think how different everything might have been
had I judged your loving
lie I judge your sidestroke, your butterfly,
your Australian crawl. 
But I always thought I was drowning
in that icy ocean between us,
I always thought you were moving too slowly to save me,
when you were moving as fast as you can.
                                                              - Jan Heller Levi

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Saturday Verse: "Rites" - Leonard Cohen

Bearing gifts of flowers and sweet nuts
the family came to watch the eldest son,
my father; and stood about his bed
while he lay on a blood-sopped pillow,
his heart half rotted
and his throat dry with regret.
And it seemed so obvious, the smell so present,
quiet so necessary,
but my uncle prophesied wildly,
promising life like frantic oracles;
and they only stopped in the morning,
after he had died
and I had begun to shout.

                                                - Leonard Cohen

It's been three years ago since my dad passed it way.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Music for your Midweek: Chris Cohen - "As If Apart"

Lounge Town

I went to Kilby Court to see Chris Cohen play last night, and it was a treat. Check it:

Informal poll: How do you feel about living the exact same life you did as a teen? I was talking to a new employee at my office, getting to know each other. She grew up in Salt Lake and we had some mutual friends. We talked about music and going to Kilby Court in highs school, and I realized it was a very "past" thing for her. Like she hasn't been back in 10 years and I'm thinking "hm, can I borrow mom's car to go to a show" JUST LIKE I DID 10 YEARS AGO WHAT IS ALL THIS?

Whatever. It was a nice time.

Artist's Way tells me I'm fine so I'M FINE.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Saturday Verse: "Bear Lament" - Margaret Atwood


You once believed if you could only
crawl inside a bear, its fat and fur,
lick with its stuffy tongue, take on
its ancient shape, its big paw
big paw big paw big paw
heavy-footed plod that keeps
the world-wide earthwork solid, this would 
save you, in a crisis. Let you enter
into its cold wise ice bear secret
house, as in old stories. In a desperate
pinch. That it would share
its furry winter dreamtime, insulate
you anyway from all the sharp and lethal
shrapnel in the air, and then the other million
cuts and words and fumes
and viruses and blades. But no, 
not anymore. I saw a bear last year,
against the sky, a white one,
rearing up with something of its former
heft. But it was thin as ribs
and growing thinner. Sniffing the brand-new
absences of rightful food
it tastes of ripped-out barren space
erased of meaning. So, scant
comfort there.
     Oh bear, what now?
And will the ground
still hold? And how
much longer?

                                                 - Margaret Atwood 

Miss you, Dad.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Saturday Verse: "Tour" - Carol Snow


Near a shrine in Japan he'd swept the path
and then placed camelia blossoms there. 
Or—we had no way of knowing—he'd swept the path
between fallen camellias. 

                                                      - Carol Snow 

Friday, June 3, 2016

June MIx: Old New(s)

This was not a good day.

Some fresh songs, some not-so-fresh, but truly loved songs. Get at it:

1. Social Skills - Naps

2. Can't Get Enough Of Myself - Santigold Feat. B.C

3. Boyfriend - Best Coast

4. Til I Die (Beach Boys cover) - Lightspeed Champion

5. Please Forgive My Heart (Bobby Womack) - Bahamas

6. Hannah Hunt - Vampire Weekend

7. Eye In The Sky - The Alan Parsons Project

8. I Am Chemistry - Yeasayer

9. KAE - Chris Brown

10. Allan Align - Drangsal

11. Where No Eagles Fly - Julian Casablancas + The Voidz

12. No Woman - Whitney

13. The Center Of The World - Bright Eyes

14. Pusher - Alt-J

15. Tapes - The Weather Station

2. Yeeeessss we're all FINE
3. Saw these guys IRL last year, and this song is all I remember but that's good enough, right?
4. Still thinking about it.
6. Still not over it.
7. Never over this song either.
13. Hello teen me! Nothing's changed.
15. Beauty

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Music for your Midweek: Moses Sumney - "Moanin'"

This is no way to start the first day of June, but I'm feeling the blues for no reason at all. Listening to this stuff alllllll the time.