San Francisco, 6:10 AM. September, 23, 2021
“You must always believe that life is as extraordinary as music says it is.” — Rebecca West
The latest update to my bewildering project to listen to all 12, 218 songs in my iTunes library straight through, no skipping (called Abba Zappa Zoo, thank you to my old friend Mike Gluck for the name) takes us from…
“Domino” by Van Morrison (Song #1843)
“The Dreamer” by Anderson.Paak (Song #2000)
Completion Percentage: 15.1% – 16.4%
- The most common title words in this block of songs are “Don’t” (61%), “Down” (11%) and “Dream” (4%).
- Best one-two–three–four punch: Three songs in a row called “Don’t Stop” by (respectively) Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, Disco Queen Sylvester and alt-rock legends The Stone Roses.
- Strange Bedfellows: 60s glittering pop classic “Downtown” by Petula Clark followed by the weeper “Downtown Train” by Tom Waits.
- Buried Treasure (i.e. a song you haven’t heard of by a band you have heard of): “Dowhatchyoulike” is a better song by Digital Underground than “The Humpty Dance” (if that’s possible)
- Your new favorite song: “Don’t Let it Trouble Your Mind” a traditional song made famous by Dolly Parton but done to perfection here by Rhiannon Giddons
“The bottom line was, we weren’t going to go away. And we didn’t.” — Stonewall Protester.
“Red Bench” Chicago, 6.20.2013. Early Morning
“Hope is a form of training” — Gloria Steinem
Plus Bench: San Francisco. 7.23.2019
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke
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— “How the press can hold Trump’s enablers—and itself—to account” [CJR]
— “The Year Without Clothes” is New Yorker staff writer Rachel Syme’s brilliant assessment of what “fashion” means when no one can leave the house.
— URL’s, like plants, are part of a living system. Which means someday, they will die. A great point . [Maya.Land]
— There’s going to be a Season 2 of Zoey’s Infinite Playlist? Really? [Paste]
— Bicycle ownership around the word is booming [BBC]. (via Clive Thompson)
— “Militarizing the Police was a Failure” — Cory Doctorow breaks down just how badly.
— “How Music Persisted During the Pandemic” [Pitchfork]
— Culture Type: “An essential resource focused on visual art from a Black perspective” could open up and swallow me whole and I wouldn’t mind.
— Leading the comeback of vinyl records…goats!