Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Secret Meeting

I remember being in a department meeting where I worked, quite a few years ago now, where the department supervisor was going over something about something because someone on another shift in another department had screwed something up and so our department had to be reminded not to screw that something up and my supervisor was saying something about something to someone and my eyes were glazing over and then the glaze from my eyes started to creep up over my brain, and my face just kind of felt puffy and numb, and then, drifting up from the back of my skull, I began to hear Matt Berninger's low voice singing in an almost gospel-like mercy, "I'm sorry I missed you, I had a secret meeting in the basement of my brain."  Of the many songs that saved my life, "Secret Meeting" probably wasn't one of them.  But it saved something in me. 
Anyways, The National were on Letterman last night.  They're my favorite band.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Healthcare Worth Killing For

This is Ezra Klein, writing in the Washington Post on the increasingly vitriolic response to the Affordable Care Act (i.e., the health care legislation that Congress passed earlier this year) :

"Given the extremism of the rhetoric at the top, is it any wonder that there is incredible fear trickling down to the grass roots? If those are the stakes, then of course criminalizing any implementation of the bill makes sense. Frankly, if those are the stakes, then violent resistance might be required."

"Those aren't the stakes, of course. They're just the words. And words slip sometimes. Things come out too angry, or too quickly, or too sharply.  I've had my share of experience with this.  But words matter. And the Republican Party hasn't been slipping up: It's been engaged in a concerted campaign to scare the population into opposing health-care reform. That may be good politics, but it can have bad consequences."

He posted this piece at 6:45 PM on Friday evening.  I imagine there are times he's wished he were less prescient.  Though he was far from the only one who saw this coming.  I guess it feels a little less abstract now.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Heart in Pictures

My song "My Heart Is True" is used as the music for this month's Photos of the Month slide show on the Daily News of Newburyport's website,  You can view it at

Here's the permanent link, for months from now when you still want to go back and relive the experience.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

My New Music Download links

Here are the links (usershare) for the new songs.

In These Perilous Times :