"This is my brain, and I live in it." – Tim Minchin

Month: April, 2014

Singing in the old bars, Swinging with the old stars

The appeal of Lana Del Rey’s song Video Games has eluded me.  It’s desperately gloomy, flat, and monochromatic. Admitting to this, I put my life at risk. Just about every 20-something woman I know is a rabid, die-hard Lana Del Rey fan. It might be generational. I have tried, but it’s a thing that I never got.

Until last night.

I heard Boy George’s cover of the song on Soundcheck and I saw the light.  Amazing. His cover is sublime. It’s heartbreaking and human. Like seeing a flower push up between the cracks of the sidewalk. The guitar, the strings, and his weathered, husky, feathery vocal animate the song and give it breath and curves. It has a soul and a story. This cover is so good that I am reconsidering my position on the original and Ms. Del Rey.

Boy George, thanks for this.


Management case study

[Duke] Ellington’s ear, his energy, his organizational abilities, the sureness of his decisions are a case study for management school. (Consider the way he fired Charles Mingus for fighting with Tizol, fondly but with no appeal: “I’m afraid, Charles – I’ve never fired anybody – you’ll have to quit my band.  I don’t need any new problems.  Juan’s an old problem…. I must ask you to be kind enough to give me your notice.”) These are not ordinary or secondary gifts.

-Adam Gopnik, “Two Bands”, The New Yorker, December 23 & 30, 2013

One of Two Stories

“All great literature is one of two stories, a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town” – Leo Tolstoy

Rediscovery and Possibilities

I have stacks and stacks of notebooks in which I have jotted down things down.  

Where I want to go, what I want to do, what I want to read, what I want to research, what I want to write about, where I want to eat, what I want to cook, what I want to buy, 

They are an archive of desires and unrealized possibilities.

But today I opened one of them and found a list entitled:  “A Trip to Turkey” listing places to go and things to see.

Which I will use because I am actually going to Turkey!

Now to see what else I have recorded in there …