Category Archives: Music

George Michael

I did a Facebook post about my favorite George Michael songs — typically for me, the introspective ballads. My favorite George Michael song– Mother’s Pride. It’s only about the song; I’ve never seen the video until just now. “And all … Continue reading

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You Will Love This One

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a favorite song. These are times that come Only once in your life Or twice if you’re lucky

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Never Be the Same Again

Best song from the elusive Darren Hayes album WE ARE SMUG…, released online back in 2009, but not available on CD until last year, and which I finally caught up with via Amazon last month. I am not generally a … Continue reading

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On Seeing The Nutcracker ballet

As I mentioned on Facebook yesterday, we saw a production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet at the San Francisco Ballet (click link for a 1-minute video sample), on Saturday 12/19, and had the good luck to snag first row seats, with … Continue reading

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Philip Glass: Naqoyqatsi: Religion

Best, most thrilling track from the 2002 score by Philip Glass of Godfrey Reggio’s film Naqoyqatsi, with cello by Yo-Yo Ma. Keep listening. It really kicks in around 5:00 — the contrast between those rising arpeggios, rhythmically erratic — one … Continue reading

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Lewis Thomas, Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler’s Ninth Symphony

This was the third collection, published in 1983, of Lewis Thomas’s elegant, mostly short, essays, following The Lives of a Cell (which I blogged about last week) and The Medusa and the Snail. I read (or reread, I’m not sure) … Continue reading

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Once Again: Turn Away

Via AZ Lyrics, the last verse [updated per comment below] Turn, turn away From the weight of your own words It’s magic for the devil And betray the lack of change Once you have spoken Turn away [Update 18feb15: listening … Continue reading

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Hero (Boyhood)

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John Legend: Save the Night

Current ear-worm. I listened to this half a dozen times on the CD before I looked it up on YouTube. I thought for sure, listening to it, that the recurrent lyric transitioned from “save the night” to “stay the night”… … Continue reading

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Scientific fidelity vs narrative; anti-gay bigotry and socialism; the ecology of faith; Valerie Tarico on religion; Hans Zimmer and conceptual breakthrough

Here’s one of several articles in the past week or so about why we should not nitpick the science in Interstellar: Slate: Back Off, Scientists: Don’t be so nitpicky about the technical details of sci-fi movies like Interstellar I have … Continue reading

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