Saturday, February 09, 2019

Random Opinion of the Day

Corollary to Johnson's Law ("Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"): Hypocrisy is the favorite refuge of the politician.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Random Opinion of the Day

I don't think that Ruth Bader Ginsburg will return to the Supreme Court at this point - - too frail and ill - - but she'll refuse to resign because she doesn't want to give President Trump the satisfaction of hearing those words from her lips. She's probably still hoping to make it through 2020 so as to have a chance at a Democrat president naming her replacement.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Even Old Scratch?

Music interlude. Chris McDermott, Even the Devil Gets Right Someday. He's weird-looking, admittedly, but it's a great song, and the sentiment he expresses - - that even Lucifer/Satan/the Devil will one day be forgiven by God has always been thought possible by Christian theologians, dating all the way back to Origen (c. 184-253).

The basic guitar chords on this one seem pretty simple. I'd like to learn to play it.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

I've Never Karaoked...

...but a band at a local venue is asking for volunteers to sing Tom Waits songs, and I'm tempted to give it a try. My problem is that I don't have the necessary years of cigarettes and bourbon required to pull off Waits's gravelly shouting without my being reduced to a coughing fit. I even know what song I'd choose, and for a little bit of showmanship I'd take a swig from a hip flask before starting to sing. Here's what I'd choose:


Anywhere I Lay My Head (Waits)

My head is spinning round, my heart is in my shoes, yeah
I went and set the Thames on fire, oh, now I must come back down
She's laughing in her sleeve boys, I can feel it in my bones
Oh, but anywhere I'm gonna lay my head, I'm gonna call my home

Well I see that the world is upside-down
Seems that my pockets were filled up with gold
And now the clouds, well they've covered over
And the wind is blowing cold
Well I don't need anybody, because I learned, I learned to be alone
Well I said anywhere, anywhere, anywhere I lay my head, boys
Well I gonna call my home

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I'm Nostradumbass!

My January 7 post on breaking ties to the Gillette corporation is kinda prophetic, ain't it?

Thursday, January 10, 2019


Folk/Americana singer Tift Merritt was born in Houston, Texas, but was raised in Raleigh, NC. She's multi-talented - - writes songs, sings them, plays guitar, electric guitar, and keyboards. She's sexy and cute, rather than sexy and beautiful, if you can discern the difference, with a breathy voice and a feminine vulnerability that is endearing. She spent a bunch of years living in NYC, until she became pregnant with a daughter; after the birth she returned to NC, desiring to raise the little girl in a more relaxed atmosphere. Currently Tift is a single mom, raising the little girl by herself and taking her along to the occasional live music gigs - - Tift's touring schedule has been curtailed by motherhood, to a large degree.

Here's a few of my favorite Tift Merritt songs. We'll lead off with a paean to a mill town that died when a highway bypassed it:

Next, "All the Reasons We Don't Have To Fight." A bittersweet relationship song.

Next, the very first Tift Merritt song I ever heard, and instantly fell in love with: Trouble Over Me, from her breakthrough album Bramble Rose:

Here's one from 2017, Heartache Is An Uphill Climb, filmed in Wilson, NC, during a parade, Tift seemingly frightened by the climbing of the water tower - - I'd have been scared shitless, myself:

Tift also has a fondness for Motown-style soul, shown here in Good Hearted Man:

Finally, Tift doing her trademark song Bramble Rose, her sweet vulnerability on full display as she sings the song solo. The guitar, a Martin parlor guitar - - OOO-series, I'd guess - - is capoed up to sound almost like a mandolin. Tift has said that this song is a favorite with Eagles member Don Henley, who has played it in concert.