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February 2015 Reading Log

Fiction: Partner by Lia Silver, the sequel to Prisoner; I know this author, though mostly online. I got an advance copy and read it all in one evening, and my only complaint was that it was not longer (it didn’t … Continue reading

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Janelle Monáe – Q.U.E.E.N.

Her new album, Electric Lady, is out this fall! This is the first track released. Note the Philip K. Dick reference near the end. I love so much than she’s a geek as well as an incredible artist. Janelle Monáe … Continue reading

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An Annual Tradition

My chief hobby is choral singing, which for me goes along with listening to music. Lots of music. Frequently. Most Decembers, I get the urge to listen to Christmas music (generally sacred, not secular). It’s usually something completely different from … Continue reading

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Sounds of the Past Linkgasm

Listen up! U.S. National Jukebox at the Library of Congress, “which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual … Continue reading

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Musical Linkgasm

Here are some of my current favorite music blogs – just in case you, like me, don’t have enough music to listen to. (Kidding!) Silence is a Rhythm Too has been around for a decade! It’s interesting because it reflects … Continue reading

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Rammstein! Rammstein!

I’m out of town at the moment – I traveled to northern New Jersey with a friend to see the German metal band Rammstein in concert, and am staying overnight. Here are a couple of videos to give you a … Continue reading

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Siegfried Sassoon, “Secret Music”

Secret Music I keep such music in my brain No din this side of death can quell; Glory exulting over pain, And beauty, garlanded in hell. My dreaming spirit will not heed The roar of guns that would destroy My … Continue reading

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“Mama Tried” and Story Structure

One of my favorite songs as a kid was Merle Haggard’s Mama Tried, which was released in 1968. Recently, I listened to it again. And again. And realized how the complex structure of the song helped to tell a story … Continue reading

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Current Writing Playlists

I tend to have a lot of different playlists. This is the one that, right now, says “writing” to me. 1. “This is the Life,” Amy Macdonald 2. “Heroes & Thieves,” Vanessa Carlton 3. “The Garden’s End,” Sarah Blasko 4. … Continue reading

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Music Linkgasm

And now for something completely different! I thought I’d share a few of my favorite MP3 music blogs. It was hard, but I limited myself to five.1. The Hype Machine is a blog aggregator – it’s a great place to … Continue reading

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