Saturday, July 16, 2016

Opera: Sorrowful Mysteries

Lifted, by Palmistry

Every Breaking Wave / The Troubles, by U2 

Solomon, by IKON

The Renaissance, by Tomi Thomas

Bittersweet Symphony, by The Verve

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries:
The Agony in the Garden // The Scourging at the Pillar // The Crowning with Thorns // The Carrying of the Cross // The Crucifixion

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Concert: Chemistry's Mysteries

Lady Jay - Oh My My My

James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream

St. Beauty - Holographic Lover

A side-note on referrals:
I don't always remember the history of how I "discovered" a particular track, album, or artiste, but for the above three I have names and dates: Tec, Ghost, and Janelle Monae - beautiful discoveries yielding beautiful discoveries.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Stopped by this little store near my house to buy (a bag of pure) water.
The owner also stocks greeting cards - birthday cards and such - remember those?
 Remember the pure pleasure of the thick card paper and embossed pink flowers and sparkly lettering on the front of the card, to start with?
The preferably-not-icky poetry inside.
 Cards were Hallmark or budget or something nice-and-in-between;
or (starting in the late nineties) sometimes afrocentric and handmade.
Real cards were just such a great idea, before e-cards, before no-cards.
I'll have to find an excuse to give a card again sometime.
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P.S. To everyone who loves me (yeah, you), thank you for loving me.  

Friday, July 08, 2016

Come on, Andy. Let's go, Roger.

Another one of the best tennis stories I know is Andy Murray.  He worked/works super-hard.  He was too little at first, then he became strong; then he was ruthlessly criticized for not feeding his country's enormous hopes and dreams, but he ate all that up and in return won big at home: Wimbledon, and Olympic Gold.
On his own terms, I would say.  And this is life. 

Some of the best writing in the world is about tennis, and indeed I've said (written) this before, some of these guys should win a Nobel Prize.  The campaign is on - Steve Tignor and Peter Bodo of Tennis Magazine, for a major literature / writing award.  It's not an entirely selfless campaign: if a tennis writer can win the Nobel, then so can a blogger like me, right?

Read this, please.
And remember this

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