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I’ve written several posts about my rather schizophrenic musical tastes, and how, even as a child of the 1960’s, I never owned a Beatles album (or even a 45!) until after I got married and Mr. She gave one to me as a gift. My early childhood (mid-to-late 1950s) was spent mostly in Nigeria, sometimes […]

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On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, The Federalist Assistant Editor Kylee Zempel and BRIGHT Editor Kelsey Bolar analyze Taylor Swift’s newest album and how she has affected pop culture over the last decade and a half.

A Cornucopia of Thanks Songs

 

 gramophone cornucopiaIn keeping with the approaching season, I offer an early post, a playlist of songs about thanks. Turn that frown upside down and let your toes start tapping through the madness of the moment. Feel free to add to the list in the comment section.

We start with a 1942 song from Holiday Inn. Bing Crosby sings “I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For.”

Ep. 257 – This week’s episode feature Dave’s interviews at The Real Side Radio; Movie Critic Christian Toto, purveyor at HollywoodInToto.com discusses the controversial Netflix film “Cuties”, Sam Elliott, Burt Reynolds, and the Oscars. At @22:43 Jon Gabriel, Editor in Chief at Ricochet.com discusses the “Harris-Biden Administration” and why Arizona may be big trouble for both President Trump and Senator Martha McSally. At @42:22 Billboard’s Top 40 pop recording artist Ricky Rebel discusses his viral video MAGA (YMCA parody played in full at the end of the interview), and his thoughts on the Lefts’ identity politics.

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I’ve been going through somewhat of a Rolling Stones phase recently. (The fact that I’m trying to prepare for the GRE and the packets that have to be submitted for grad schools, doing substantive research for an article that’s due way too soon, and working on Russian and Hebrew as intensely as possible may have something to […]

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Fishing bores me. I hate the taste of fish, so I would just be torturing the critters. Sure, I could sit in a boat or on the shore all day, maybe with a book. But fishing? It reminds me of Mark Twain’s description of golf, “A good walk spoiled.” And movies? Generally I had rather […]

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ДДТ/DDT is a musical institution in Russia and the former Soviet Union, perhaps second only to Кино/Kino in international fame as a outstanding representation of the Russian language rock scene. New bands and fads (and political regimes), have come and gone, but DDT remains, and has chronicled the last 40 years of Soviet/Russian history with […]

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If you’re looking for a book of sheet music for Star Wars or Lord of the Rings in Wasilla, Alaska, you aren’t going to find one. No way. But if your father is a drummer residing in Los Angeles who loves any excuse to hit a music store, you may be in luck — quarantine […]

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Not nearly as nice as Christmas in July, but here we are. July 15 became Tax Day this year as part of the national panic theater. After all, if the IRS employees were all essential and tax returns absolutely positively had to get through on time, the great shutdown would have been an even more […]

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Sammy Walker was “discovered” by Phil Ochs and taken under his wing during Ochs’ turbulent last years. I was put in touch with Sammy by Woody Guthrie’s sister, of all people, over twenty years ago, and we have been in regular correspondence. He lives in rural western North Carolina. Preview Open

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So, being a safety professional involves lots of paperwork.* A truly insomnia-curing amount of paperwork, actually. All of my safety jobs involve lots of taking information, analyzing it, and turning it into something worthwhile. This requires some music to keep me going, along with generous application of caffeine. Not just any music – music with […]

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If you’re a Bob Dylan fan of any period, I HIGHLY recommend his new album, “Rough and Rowdy Ways, a thoughtful, beautiful, down and dirty record. Was listening to it tonight, and this bit from “Mother of Muses” jumped out at me…like a timely….jumping out thing: Mother of Muses sing for my heartSing of a […]

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Group Writing: Music To Bury My Mother By

 

June 24, 2020 would have been my mother’s 92nd birthday. She died in September 2014, at the age of 86 after a long struggle with the effects of fronto-temporal dementia. Her death was, in the eyes of her children and others who loved her, a release and a blessing. And for her, peace at last.

She’d fallen away from the faith of her childhood decades before, and her children wished only a celebration of her life, and to say farewell to Mum with words and music that she’d have enjoyed. (I’ve often thought that, in an earlier time, Mum might have lived as a wise woman, or a white witch, in a pretty little cottage in the middle of the forest primeval. She’d have liked that, I think.)

Her interment was my first experience with a “green” funeral. She was buried in a biodegradable coffin painted with the wild birds of England that she so loved, in a lovely and peaceful place (an experience which felt so “right” that it inspired my stepson’s green burial a few years later.)