Sacred Songs, Part 3: Sing, Cuckoo, Sing

Posted in Audio transmissions on December 17th, 2016 by bill

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I know it’s generally considered rude to remind people that they’re going to die. But I’ve been guilty of it in the past, and if you listen to this I’ll be guilty of it again:

And yes, sure, it can de depressing to contemplate mortality. But then again, as Ford Prefect says (paraphrasing, I think, Dr. Johnson), “the prospect of death contracts the mind wonderfully.” Often as not, and maybe this is just a quirk of my strange personality, I find being reminded of my own eventual demise oddly exhilarating: a reminder that I am in fact alive now, and free to do as I please for whatever time remains. It can be nice and bracing, like a splash of cold water across the face, if you’re into that kind of thing. Caveat auditorus.

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The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 14 (and Final)

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch on December 12th, 2016 by bill

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And so, end of the trail beckons. See you at the finish line.

“Etc.”

Sacred Songs, Part 2: The Sweetest Person I Ever Heard Of

Posted in Audio transmissions on December 11th, 2016 by bill

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Here’s another musical collage for your entertainment and edification:

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The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 13

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch on December 6th, 2016 by bill

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Welcome to the penultimate week of the The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch. Since I’m already late posting this let’s keep it slightly on the shorter side this week. I’ll meet you at the end of Chapter 20, where “He would meet his Creator, who would explain everything.”

Sacred Songs, Part 1

Posted in Audio transmissions on December 2nd, 2016 by bill

Few things in this life bring me more pleasure than throwing together a bunch of music and sharing it with people. Alas, the days of the mixtape are long gone, and the mix CD has now followed it into the grave. Yet the urge lingers.

A few weeks ago I started playing around with posting stuff to a site called Mixcloud, which saves me the expense of postage or the trouble of driving all around the East Bay on Halloween to distribute cassettes (as I once did). But figuring out how to embed these things in a blog post caused me a great deal of what now seems to have been needless aggravation.

Anyway, with these problems now behind us, allow me to present…

The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 12

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch on November 28th, 2016 by bill

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Those of us who are pressing on, let us press on to the end of Chapter 17.

“Can do,” he said. “Can do.”

The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 11

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch on November 22nd, 2016 by bill

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Well, time to pick up the packs and move on. Let us think fondly of the fallen.

But just in case anyone’s trying to catch up, let’s make this a light week and meet up at the end of Chapter 13 of Breakfast of Champions, by the sign that says “Bluebird Farm.”

The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch: Week 10

Posted in The Rabo Karabekian Memorial Deathmarch, Whatever Else on November 14th, 2016 by bill

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Goodbye Blue Monday, indeed.

Breakfast of Champions (which I am pleased to note shares its initials with the Blue Oyster Cult) beckons. Let’s meet up next Monday at the end of Chapter 8, where we’ll see the emblem of the Pluto Gang on the back of a jacket.

Status Report, Sunday 11/13/16

Posted in Dancing about architecture on November 13th, 2016 by bill

Tough week.

For one thing, we lost another one of the greats: Leonard Cohen, master of erotic melancholia. As it happens, over the last week I’d been listening to Leonard’s latest (and I guess last) album, You Want It Darker, and the 90s LC tribute album I’m Your Man — the former because I just got it, and the latter because I was forced by water damage to replace some favorite CDs.

Like Bowie, Leonard pulled off the neat trick of releasing a new album just before departing this plane. It’s quite a satisfying piece of work, especially the title track, which in classic Cohen fashion manages to be dark, funny, spiritual, and sexy all at the same time:
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Three words expressing how I feel about the election

Posted in Whatever Else on November 10th, 2016 by bill

Really, America? Really?