The Rat

I heard the song “The Rat” on KEXP Seattle in July 2019. It’s a high-energy, post-punk indie piece, and I think it’s a great song though I haven’t been able to figure out a meaning for it. After the opening with its urgent guitar chords, drummer Matt Barrick does a smashing job on the kit,Continue reading “The Rat”

Denmark

I’ve mentioned my UK cousins before (please see my January 18, 2020 post on Elbow’s “This Blue World”). While visiting the families in 2011, we took a road trip of northern England and southern Scotland. One day, we took in the opening day of the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe (the largest arts festival in theContinue reading “Denmark”

The Joke

I didn’t start this blog to highlight news of the day; far from it. If anything, it’s about reflecting on memories that music evokes in me. But today’s song has been on my “to do” pile for since first purchasing it. It was one of the 25 songs I shopped for a few weeks ago,Continue reading “The Joke”

Trade Winds

When I reunited with some of my high school buddies in about 1982, they’d branched out into a bigger group of friends: in addition to the original crew, I now had friends who were from north St. Vital in Winnipeg. Parents of one of these friends were very welcoming. They invited a group of fiveContinue reading “Trade Winds”

Age of Steam

From 1979 to 1999 (with a few years out of the paid workforce to stay at home full-time caring for my sons from 1993 to 1996), I worked at a railway. I was mostly in office work, then management, but in the late 90s when I returned, administrative positions were disappearing to cutbacks, and IContinue reading “Age of Steam”

Drive

A friend, with whom I’ve connected, disconnected and reconnected several times over our 42-or-so years of knowing each other, introduced me to R.E.M. when they were becoming big in North America, particularly on college radio, when we reconnected around 1981-82. He was in community college at the time, and I was working an office jobContinue reading “Drive”

Seventeen

I first heard the song “Seventeen” by Sharon Van Etten on KEXP Seattle, one of my go-to sources for music. The song is also the subject of an episode of the podcast, Song Exploder, where artists break down the recording of their songs. (I provide a link below… bookmark it; I highly recommend listening toContinue reading “Seventeen”