R.E.M. — Reckoning

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R.E.M. — Reckoning (IRS Records)


One week after election day, R.E.M.’s sophomore album Reckoning seems an aptly titled album for these times.

After the band’s debut Murmur's success, R.E.M. spent close to a month recording 22-songs with Neil Young producer Elliot Mazer. Unsatisfied with the results, the band returned to Murmur producers Don Dixon and Mitch Easter to record Reckoning.

Released in April 1984, Reckoning picked up right where Murmur left off. Peter Buck’s jangle heavy guitar sound and Michael Stipe’s cryptic lyrics and mumbling vocal approach dominated the album. …

When the tables get turned. A story in 100 words.

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AND WE DID! Photo by Jose M. on Unsplash

He has spent his life relishing in the failures and humiliation of others.
Where they didn’t exist, he created them.

The French say “joie maligne” — a delight in other people’s suffering.
Where that wasn’t suffering, he created it.

He lives using Nietzche’s principle: “To see others suffer does one good.”

He ignored the other part: “To make people suffer even more so.”

If he can feel anything other than pride, rage, greed, and wrath, I hope it’s suffering.

If nothing else, we’ve shown what his true identity is — loser.

Do I feel good about that?
Hell yes!
Yes, I do.

Friedrich Nietzsche — “To see others suffer does one good. To make others suffer even more so. This is a hard saying, but a human, all-too-human principle.”

Feel and connect. — A story in 100 words.

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It’s not about arousal.
It’s about bridging the distances.
It’s not about sex.
It’s about aligning our senses.

Naked, you lay.

My left hand roaming free.
Your skin is smooth and silky.
Your smile.

When I’m touching you, it’s the only place I want to be.

It’s about you, yes.
It’s about me, too.
It’s about the pleasure, yes.
It’s about the communication, too.

This bond is rare.
This connection is special.
It can leave one emotionally bare.

Touch adds another layer on a deepening relation.

Caressing your silky skin helps iron out the wrinkled cotton of my thoughts.

Sammy Hagar — Standing Hampton

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Sammy Hagar — Standing Hampton (Geffen Records)

Sammy Hagar
Standing Hampton

I don’t think Sammy Hagar gets as much respect as he deserves. The guy has a phenomenal work ethic.

After five albums on Capitol Records, Hagar was persuaded to sign with the upstart Geffen Records to record his sixth studio album, Standing Hampton.

This would not only become Sammy Hagar’s most successful album up to that point, but the success of Standing Hampton would help sustain Geffen Records …until it became the becometh label of the 1980s.

Whether as the lead singer of the band Montrose or as a solo artist, Hagar's career was built the hard way …on the road. The man was a relentless road warrior and, as such, was able to build a loyal fan base. The fan base not just because he was always touring, but because he was a competent singer, guitarist, and songwriter. …

Schuyler Fisk — The Good Stuff

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Schuyler Fisk — The Good Stuff

Schuyler Fisk
The Good Stuff

Given her pedigree, it’s no surprise Schuyler Fisk (pronounced SKY-lar) began her career as an actress. She has acted in some rather high profile projects, including:

  • The Baby-Sitters Club
  • Orange County
  • Law & Order: SVU
  • One Tree Hill

Rest assured, The Good Stuff isn’t the vanity project of an actor deciding to become a recording artist.

It’s worth noting that not only does Fisk bear a striking resemblance to her mother, but one of her mother’s most famous roles was that of a singer/songwriter.

It spans a lifetime. — A story in 100 words.

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I fell off my bike as a child and broke my arm.
That hurt a lot.

I moved a lot and lost friend after friend.
That hurt.

I got made fun of for wearing braces.
That hurt.

I didn’t get into my first choice for college.
That hurt.

I had surgery right after graduation.
That hurt.

I got into a terrible car accident.
That hurt.

I lost my job and didn’t work for a year.
That hurt.

I watched my mother die.
That hurt like hell.

I fell in love with you.
That was the most painful hurt of all.

Yea. I voted. — A rant in 100 words.

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No matter which way this falls, does anyone think this is over?

The amount of lawyers each side has queued up for lawsuits will make the Game of Thrones “Battle of the Bastards” look like a cotillion.

If Trump succeeds and you’re any, or all, of these three things — rich, white, old — you’ll be fine. If you’re not? I’m genuinely sorry, I’ll do what I can to help.

If Biden succeeds, it’s a long road to hoe back to normal.

There are real reasons to fear a Trump second term.
If you’re not afraid then you haven’t been paying attention.

**As I post this, it’s 6:45am ET and Biden leads with an estimated 253 EC votes to Trumps 214. I don’t share the media’s optimism in a Biden victory. We’re walking a razor’s edge and it’s not exciting — it’s terrifying. I hope I’m wrong.

Soul Coughing — Ruby Vroom

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Soul Coughing — Ruby Vroom (Slash/Warner Bros. Records)

Soul Coughing
Ruby Vroom

New York City’s Soul Coughing’s debut album Ruby Vroom is one of those weird albums that, when reading about it, will have you scratching your head. Maybe even after one listen.

It shouldn’t work, but it does.

A blend of beat poetry and quirky sounds, hip hip, humor, improvisation, jazz, etc, you’d think it’s a recipe for disaster …and it’s just not.

Soul Coughing, contextually, is a bit like The Flaming Lips, free form Jazz, with some ZZ Top and William Burroughs tossed in to spice shit up.

Seriously, it shouldn’t work, but it does. And almost 30 years on, it’s still fun to listen to. …

Not all murderers are killers.— A story in 100 words.

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Photo by Keith R. Higgons

He knew he didn’t want to love her.
He said he wasn’t going to love her.

She knew she didn’t want love.
She said she wasn’t going to let him.

Their potential? Possible.
Their passion? Unparalleled.
Their connection? Kinetic.

Time was the enemy.
Time was the weapon.

The time together, shorter.
The time between visits, longer.

Were they sadists?
Were they masochists?
They were neither.

Were they monsters?
Were they murderers?
They were neither.

They each had truths.

He fell in love anyway.

In case you’re listening (reading). — A story in 100 words.

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Would you want to hear what I have to say?

I don’t think so.
It’s better this way.

You keep your life.
I’ll keep mine.

Mergers are messy.
On this, we can agree.

It’s not that I don’t want to tell you.
It’s that you don’t want to hear.
It’s not a lack of desire.

I’ll take it as it comes.

I understand nothing is forever.
There will be another.
There always is.

Until then, you’ll enjoy me.
Until then, I’ll enjoy you.
As it should be.


Keith R. Higgons

“Yeah, I know I ain’t nobody’s bargain — But, hell, a little touch-up and a little paint” — Bruce Springsteen

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