Lovers in Japan

Coldplay’s second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, came out in 2002. I bought it quite a few years after its release, when I became quite interested in the band after hearing the track, “The Scientist,” among others, but don’t recall exactly when that was.  Then I bought their first album, Parachutes (2000)Continue reading “Lovers in Japan”

Deadwood, South Dakota

Today in the car, Nanci Griffith’s rendition of the song “Deadwood, South Dakota” came on autoplay.  I’ve posted Griffith’s songs twice before: “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness,” and “Late Night Grande Hotel,” and the latter is one of the selections on Sweety’s and my wedding CD. In these posts, I talk about Griffith’s longContinue reading “Deadwood, South Dakota”

In My Place

Sweety and I were married on a Saturday; it was July 25, 2009. It wasn’t quite as hot as today will be. It was a perfect, non-humid 25°C (77°F).  We had a small wedding, which was initially going to be at the home of friends. As the date drew nearer, Sweety’s mom was having challengesContinue reading “In My Place”

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Today is a tough day. And a good day. A mix. A challenging, sad, delightful combination. What made the positive difference for Sweety and me is the connections we have with family and friends; folks we can talk with through this time. Coincidentally, we both had Skype calls with groups of friends this morning. It’sContinue reading “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

Late Night Grande Hotel

Today’s song is another one of the selections from the mix-CD that Sweety and I gave out at “night-night time” to the small group of family and close friends who witnessed our marriage. In a previous post, I talked a little about how Nanci Griffith’s music has meant so much to us in our lifeContinue reading “Late Night Grande Hotel”

Goodnight

The Canadian-American-Indigenous singer, songwriter, educator, visual artist and social activist Buffy Sainte-Marie released the album Coincidence and Likely Stories in 1992. I can always remember this woman having a strong presence in Canadian and American creative media. She has also been a dedicated activist and influential voice for the Indigenous peoples of North America. IContinue reading “Goodnight”

Speed of the Sound of Loneliness

One night around 20 years ago, after I came home late from work, my sweety greeted me, saying, “Come here… you’d GOT to hear this song!” She’d videotaped a musical performance on a late-night TV talk show and it would the first time I would ever hear Nanci Griffith. The memory is a bit foggy,Continue reading “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness”

When You’re Gone

Today’s selection was featured on our wedding CD mix, and the liner notes for the song say, “1998 and 1999 were really tough years as we moved into a new relationship and home together, through financial hardship and which led us to seek out work wherever it could be found. At one point, that meantContinue reading “When You’re Gone”

Stay by Me

For me, sometimes the measure of a really great song is if I feel that it belongs in a film when the ending credits roll (for more on that idea, see my January 12, 2020 post on “Sultans of Swing”). You know; it’s that moment you realize the movie is ending, but you want itContinue reading “Stay by Me”