Category Archives: Music

No Context For You – January 02nd

It was a GREAT song!


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A Recommendation For You To Watch

Lots of music. Dance. Theater. Philosophy. Performance art. Comedy.

I had heard a growing murmur about a new HBO special, “David Byrne’s American Utopia.” One of the DJ’s on my favorite 80’s “alternative music” station on SirusXM was talking about it. The New York Times mentioned it. I was more than a bit curious.

It. Is. Wonderful!!

Apparently (I’m going from memory of some of the comments and NYT article and I’m too lazy to look it up right at this second because it’s on and I’m watching again) it’s done by Spike Lee, filmed during live performances on Broadway. As was done with the filming of “Hamilton,” this isn’t just a concert film, it’s filmed inside the action, above it, behind it, from the audience…

It. Is. Spectacular.

Most highly recommended.

Treat yourself.

Especially this weekend, where we have the blue moon, Halloween, THE FREAKIN’ ELECTION, we turn back the clocks in the US…

It’s too much. Be kind to yourself. Take a couple hours. Watch.

You won’t regret it.

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Payroll Playlist

One of my major tasks for the day was spending several hours reviewing, coding, and then doing data entry for our payroll. It’s not rocket science, and it’s critical to get it right, but it’s pretty routine and a bit boring, which is a deadly combination. I find that having a good set of tunes helps.

I hit “Shuffle” on my “Favorites” list, and was well rewarded. I do love, love, love me some eclectic music mixes!

Amanda Palmer & Grand Theft Orchestra Want It Back
Paul Simon American Tune
Yes Owner Of A Lonely Heart
Huey Lewis & The News I Want A New Drug
Lee Ann Womack I Hope You Dance
Supertramp Gone Hollywood
Brad Paisley The World
Taylor Swift Teardrops On My Guitar
Loggins & Messina House At Pooh Corner
Stan Rogers Barrett’s Privateers
Jimi Hendrix All Along The Watchtower
Amanda Palmer & Grand Theft Orchestra Do It With A Rockstar
Travis Tritt Ten Feet Tall & Bulletproof
Brad Paisley Sleeping On The Foldout
Big & Rich 8th Of November
Genesis Anything She Does
Garth Brooks The Cowboy Song
Toby Keith A Little Too Late
George Strait I Can Still Make Cheyenne
Toby Keith I Love This Bar
U2 Bullet The Blue Sky
The Chicks Let ‘Er Rip
Kenny Chesney She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy
Gretchen Wilson Redneck Woman
Depeche Mode Master & Servant
They Might Be Giants Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
Elton John Indian Sunset
Rascal Flatts Oklahoma-Texas Line
Rascal Flatts Skin (Sarabeth) [Hidden Track]
Keith Urban Sweet Thing
“Chicago” Soundtrack Cell Block Tango
Rascal Flatts Fast Cars & Freedom
Collin Raye I Think About You
Billy Idol Dancing With Myself
Garth Brooks If Tomorrow Never Comes
Garth Brooks Much To Young (To Feel This Damn Old)
Jackson Browne Running On Empty
The Chicks Some Days You Gotta Dance
Queen Sombody To Love
Paul Simon Homeless
Linkin Park One Step Closer
The Pretenders Back On The Chain Gang (Live)
Garth Brooks Unanswered Prayers (Live)
Journey Open Arms
Pat Benetar Love Is A Battlefield
Martina McBride My Baby Loves Me
Oingo Boingo Dead Man’s Party
The Nails 88 Lines About 44 Women

For an added bonus, who can ID the six songs of these forty-eight had me turning the headphones up to ELEVEN?


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That’s the word of the day. It fits.

My phone started nagging me this evening because it can tell that I wasn’t on my way to downtown LA to see “Hamilton” at the Pantages.

It can tell that because it can read my email, but apparently it’s not smart enough to read the news and understand that “Hamilton” has been cancelled due to the 128,000 dead Americans and total lack of any sort of sane response by the excuse that passes for the US government right now.

But that’s not what I came here to talk about.

That’s a somewhat… “disturbing?” image that was on my screen when that nagging message showed up, wouldn’t you say?

Actually, it’s quite wonderful, in a disturbing sort of way. It’s what I was watching, while waiting at a great BBQ restaurant pickup lot, waiting for a birthday dinner. (The birthday, not mine, was a high point of the day, BTW.) I was watching it because one of the folks I follow religiously on FaceBook and Twitter recommended it:

On FaceBook, he said, “Trust me.” Yes, you should. This is truly fucking awesome. And bizarro.


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No Context For You – June 18th

The clouds of Jupiter? The surface of Venus? A brake rotor on a ’35 Duesenberg?

Thank god for Weird Al Yankovic and Warren Zevon. That’s all I’ve got to say.

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I’m Still A Monster

Apparently I’m also a slow learner, in addition to being a monster.

FWIW, the headphones and iPhone are taking their revenge on me. Today I’m busy fielding a dozen different information requests from various folks, trying to keep up on data entry with deadlines coming at me like a freight train, listening to my “upbeat” and “favorites” playlist for the energy when all of a sudden I got multiple songs from the “I’m a single dad and no one is ever going to love me again” playlist. With no warning we went straight from “Crazy On You” by Heart to “Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg to “Postmarked Birmingham” by Blackhawk to “You’re Gone” by Diamond Rio to “Anything But Mine” by Kenny Chesney and then right back into “Workin’ For A Living” by Huey Lewis & The News.

If that isn’t a sign that there’s a malevolent AI being carried around in my pocket, I don’t know what is.

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Tonight’s Songs

Too tired to do much tonight – it’s been a long few years since January, and 2019 was no picnic leading into that. One foot in front of the other – some days that’s all you can do.

So I’m letting my playlist randomize itself. Songs that have hit home:

Huey Lewis & The News, “Working For A Living”

Wynonna Judd, “Girls With Guitars”

Garth Brooks, “Unanswered Prayers”

Dixie Chicks, “Not Ready To Make Nice”

Always gotta make sure to end with that one, just as a reminder that it’s not always easy, we’re not always going to wing, it’s exhausting – but we still need to get up tomorrow morning, put on pants (I know, right?), and try again.

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A Symptom

There is much that ails us as a society. There are many diseases, both literal and figurative, that rot us from the core.

I ran across something that I see not as one of those diseases, but merely a symptom. I don’t know how to solve it.

Charity auction, among the items are concert tickets with meet & greets with the artists.

When the winning bid on the Jonas Brothers concert is almost ten times the winning bid on the Incubus concert, we might not deserve to survive.

Just sayin’.

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Meanwhile, Inside…

After the Ives 3rd, during intermission, setting up for Dvorak’s 9th last week.

Yes, it is that beautiful.

And the acoustics are better.

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Descent To The Disney Depths

The Disney Concert Hall is an amazing, beautiful building, designed by the genius Frank Gehey. It offers an almost endless variety of views of sweeping lines, both interior and exterior, and vast interior spaces.

These are the escalators that lead down into the parking garages, opening at top to the balconies leading to the upper level seats.


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