… Donna and I wanted to get married because the day fell on a Sunday and would be easy to always remember. And would always feature the longest potential sunshine of the year. But our selected minister had a commitment to a weekly sermon on the radio (!!) and so couldn’t do it until the next day. So we were married on a Monday — thirty years ago tomorrow.
This is a favorite that I play about every other year:
Because I heard somewhere that Ruggles was a modernist who was more fleshy and fervent than austere and intellectual. Sounded like my kind of oddball and this recording presents him more vividly than anything else I’ve heard. est of the program is excellent, as well.
Only about three of the entries in the pro-pot cartoon book I bought in Rome (at the museum of contemporary art) make sense if you can’t read Italian —
— but it was only 1 Euro.
I couldn’t understand it — our house in Livingston MT had beautiful views, esp. the spectacular living-room picture window, but over the course of three or four years, my Mother came to want the curtains drawn day and night. One problem was that she suffered for years from undiagnosed cataracts. But even after they’d been removed, the shades stayed down.
“Makes the house too hot,” she’d say. But by then the place had central air-conditioning and I knew damn well the darkness remained in winter. Eventually I felt strongly the pulled curtains were a symptom of her depression; a withdrawal from the world, a refusal to look out and engage.
So I resolved to never become afraid of sunlight. (Tough equally determined to not get sunburned ever.)
- Magnetic Fields, “Wonder Where I’m From”
- The Creation, “Biff Bang Pow” (stereo version)
- Gorillaz (feat. Peven Everett). “Strobelite”
- Lowell Davidson Trio, “Strong Tears”
- Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reed, “Light on the Path”
- Alice Coltrane, “Rama Rama”
- Kendrick Lamar, “Blood”
- On Fillmore, “Master Moon”
- Tom Ze, “Sexo”
- Jens Lekman, “To Know Your Mission”
- The XX, “Test Me”
- The New Pornographers, “Whiteout Conditions”
- Matthew Stevens, “Sparkle and Fade”
- Carl Craig, “Sandstorms” (from Versus)
Include all my faves? No.
All tracks considered standouts? Yes.
Fussed-over sequence? Nope — instinct and memory plus a few dabs of re-listening for the right track.
Everything released 2017? No, but pretty close.
Everything encountered first in 2017? No, but damn close.
From Dr. Strangelove onward, little bits of these horribles kept floating around as a nightmare undercurrent to my youth.
Image of one of the world’s greatest guitarists as a youngster: