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I was going to try to write something today, but I have nothing. I have no desire to share something funny because right now I don’t seem to be able to laugh. I won’t share music because I know no one listens.

My heart breaks as I look at the world today, and I do mean today. Right now. This moment. I see politicizing tragedy. Xenophobia. Divisiveness. Terror. Bastardized Religion. Death. And hate, so much hate.

I am tired of hate. And yet, I also hate. I hate the way of our world today. Right now. This moment.

So I have nothing to share. I feel small and insignificant, and silenced. I have nothing to share.


Allen Toussaint – Loss of a Legend

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The Mix Tape on the passing of the legendary Allen Toussaint. Hopefully you’ve heard of him. You have certainly heard him, even if you didn’t know you were listening.

It’s only a small exaggeration to say that everyone covered Toussaint’s songs. Any decent record collection that includes a representative sampling of releases from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s will include songs written or produced by Toussaint.


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Billy Joel Mixes

Kurt over at Cultural Offering has offered up his Essential Mix for Billy Joel. It’s a long list, a really long list. In my opinion, maybe too long a list but my take on Billy Joel has changed a lot since I saw him back on the Glass Houses Tour and a few times soon after. Eventually too much new stuff led to not enough old stuff, while too much radio play has killed a lot of the appeal for me.


I do still like a bunch though and there are certainly some gems contained within. I would add “Close to the Borderline” from Glass Houses as well as “Laura”, “She’s Right on Time” and “Scandinavian Skies” from The Nylon Curtain. If it were one of my BYOBO (Build Your Own Best Ofs) I wouldn’t have any trouble losing 30 or so songs to get it to my 15 song limit, but as an overview of a long and successful career it’s a good mix.

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Bare Trees

Falling leaves and bare trees – thought of this one driving home from errands yesterday.

I really love the couple of albums from the Bob Welch / Danny Kirwan era of Fleetwood Mac. If you’re not familiar with this or Future Games you should really remedy that. The rest of the Welch era releases (Penguin, Mystery to Me, Heroes are Hard to Find) are fine but these two with Danny are stellar.

I think this whole era got kind of lost in history as being different from the original heavy bluesy Mac but not yet the superstar Lindsey / Stevie Mac that everyone knows. That’s a real shame because they’ve always been a real fine band.