Tag Archives: music

Church Camp

We meet in the church parking lot and stuff our ratty sleeping bags into the back of a rickety school bus.  No one checks our bags.  The bus zips out highway 55, making a brief stop in Plymouth to pick … Continue reading

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Just Another Mucous Monday

The following is the product of a codeine-addled brain.  Consider yourself warned.   The first feature, to the tune of “I’m Still Standing,” by Elton John:   Don’t you know that I’m still coughing, harder than I ever did Lookin’ … Continue reading

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Hello From the Other Side – Lessons from Grammy Adele

I didn’t watch the Grammys.  I never watch the Grammys.  I vaguely remember doing laundry last night or dishes or something equally scintillating instead of watching the Grammys. The internet was all abuzz this morning with rumors of Adele making … Continue reading

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Prince Day

Way back in April, when Prince was still alive – oh wow – Prince is dead.  Remember when Prince’s plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois, and a male formerly-known-as-responsive was rushed to the hospital?  The He subsequently-identified-as-Prince revived, … Continue reading

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Blessed Be the Tie That Binds

My maternal grandmother died in a car accident, when her brakes went out on a winding mountain road in California.  Margarette Fairbank Dyson Milanese was a tiny woman, barely five feet tall, with a wavy pin-curl bob and starched white … Continue reading

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MLKhaos

The annual MLK performance at my son’s school is the major all-school event of the year.    The entire student body participates, even the kids who claim to hate singing.  (How can anyone hate singing?) The music teacher, let’s call … Continue reading

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“Renegade” – My Gateway Drug

The plaintive words transport me in time: “Oh Mama, I’m in fear for my life from the long arm of the law.”*  Apple Valley, Minnesota.  1970s. Nancy was one of my best friends from birth until she moved.  Her family … Continue reading

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America, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Sociopaths

Target shelves Frank Sinatra next to Britney Spears.  Ol’ Blue Eyes getting a posthumous eyeful.  I found myself in the “pop music” section a couple weeks back, ostensibly to research a Rihanna tune. The middle school choir at the Big … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

In the quarter quell of the WWI draft, my grandfather voluntarily took the place of another man.  The man, barely known to my Faf, had a wife and young child.  Faf shipped off to the battlefields of Europe in his … Continue reading

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Forever Young – Falling in Love at Interlochen

(*** Warning ***  Technically this post is rated R for language and thematic material.  If you’d prefer the PG version, please stop reading and send me your email.) Immortal Beloved – I dreamed of you last night.  The two of … Continue reading

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