Category Archives: Words & Music

May 11

The Well-Tempered Songbook: #45 Pink Moon, Nick Drake

  * There were probably ten of us, split up between two cars. We were on spring break, headed from the Upper West Side to Sarasota, Florida. The late model station wagon I was in had bags roped to the roof and about six of us inside. This was long before seat belts so we […]

June 02

The Well-Tempered Songbook: #46 Bennie and the Jets, Elton John

   Warm June applause explodes and sparkles on the brick cobblestone. We are drenched to the bone in liquid helium, but we have not yet floated out of the Columbia University in the City of New York Stadium. * She’s got electric boobs, a Mohawk suit, You know I read it in a magazine…   Tony […]

May 04

The Well-Tempered Songbook: #47 – Love Is in the Air, John Paul Young

We were identified to the group as guys that wanted to be cool long after high school was over or something to that effect. The trainer told us we were to find, borrow, or purchase pink ballerina tutus and white t-shirts before we came back the next morning.

January 31

The Well-Tempered Songbook: #48 –You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go, Bob Dylan

It was (I thought at the time) a song of love in the summer, when future loss can barely be imagined except as a sparkling plaything for the happiness of now: goodbye as imagined in a world of dragon clouds and lazy rivers and French poetry by the riverside.


December 13

The Well-Tempered Songbook: #49 – Happy Xmas (War Is Over), John Lennon

I didn’t like his pasty skin or his circular wire glasses. His long, unkempt hair formed two crescents down both sides of his face, and I didn’t know why anyone would wear their hair to make it look ugly.

Swinging in the Rain

Fugue by Roberta Flack – A Musical Experiment

I’ve been listening to a lot of Bach this week. The same piece of Bach over and over, specifically Joao Carlos Martins performing BWV 1058, the second movement, the Andante. Martins practically bangs on the simple bass line. He plays with an insistence that feels like it should be against all the laws of classical […]

Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye – Roberta Flack

Music and Lyrics, Leonard Cohen

October 12

My Wife

There is a kind of first impression recalibration you usually get when you meet people. There was the person you thought they were that first night, because they looked like somebody you knew in elementary school or your cousin or an actress or an old girlfriend. The first impression can be completely positive and you […]

My Daughter

Daughter – Loudon Wainwright III Everything she sees she says she wants. Everything she wants I see she gets. That’s my daughter in the water everything she owns I bought her Everything she owns. That’s my daughter in the water, everything she knows I taught her. Everything she knows. Everything I say she takes to heart. […]

My Son

“When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” William Shakespeare

Parting Glances, 1986

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Korean Man Trapped Inside Me

People: this is so great I don’t even know where to start. I could type for three days about why this is perfect, why everything that is wrong with our world makes what you see here so damn near impossible to hang on to, but I will simply say that this Korean man is trapped […]

On the Edge