I planted wildflowers in my yard. I know that sounds stupid. Wildflowers are supposed to be wild. I don't check them everyday, even though I know that botany, or whatever it is I'm doing, is not like physics. Plants don't mind being observed, they don't hide their position or speed. But still, there's uncertainty. It … Continue reading We Belong Among the Wildflowers
It has been raining for a near-biblical period of time in Pennsylvania. Maybe not forty days, but certainly six. This morning the sun is shining and it looks again like May. Today I will mow the lawn and pull some weeds. If I have (make) time, I'll do some writing and revising, which is also … Continue reading The Best Songs About Rain
I just came across Phil Pritchett and The Full Band on Spotify. I'm listening to their 2013 release "Ah, Yeah," and it's really good. Here's a link. Give them some Spotify love.
As far as these lists go, this is a pretty tight one. I'd leave off "Hungry Heart," which is, to date, his only number one single. It’s hard to say which Bruce Springsteen songs are the best because, frankly, they’re (mostly) all works of genius. Springsteen writes songs that plough deep into the American spirit … Continue reading The best Bruce Springsteen songs – NME
This is an except from something I wrote a few years ago. Below it is a Spotify link to the song "Chicago." It's possible to encounter O'Connnor's stories (you never really just read them) without explicitly discerning her deep, abiding belief in literary art as Christian vocation or her mission to show, as she said, … Continue reading Flannery and Sufjan
They didn't just swagger and sneer at the abyss. Between 1994 and 1998, they swaggered -- sneered -- it back to hell. Supplanting nirvana as a concept and a band, they called themselves Oasis, after all.
You know all about those strange synergies of the internet. Today, I was listening to The Horrible Crowes. Like a lot. For some reason that only makes sense the to the tubes and wires, quite a few folks found their way here today by searching for Kamau Brathwaite's visceral insight about Caribbean syntax : "the hurricane does … Continue reading Behold the Hurricane (and other Brathwaite and Brian Fallon jams)