The Wallflowers — Self-Titled Debut — 1992

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The Wallflowers — Debut (Virgin Records)

17.February.2021
The Wallflowers

1992

Before The Wallflowers 1996’s sophomore effort, , there was this self-titled debut.

Released in 1992, it garnered little attention, even if The Wallflowers had the son of an American icon as the lead singer.

The Wallflowers is fronted by Jakob Dylan, son of Bob.

With twelve songs clocking in at almost 70 minutes, it’s safe to say is a little long in the tooth.

The Wallflowers was conceived as a band:

  • Jakob Dylan — lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano
  • Rami Jaffee — keyboards, backing vocals
  • Tobi Miller — lead…


The Second Senate Impeachment Trial of Donald Trump — 2021

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Impeachment Trial (courtesy of PBS)

Week of February 8, 2021

Any Network
2021

Well, unless you’re emerging from a rather lengthy coma or a bout of amnesia, then you know this is happening.

As hard as it may be to imagine, and by any measurement, is sincerely riveting television.

I tuned in yesterday for opening remarks on a lark, with low expectations. I was lucky enough to catch Representative Jamie Raskin (D-Maryland), the lead House Impeachment Manager, give his opening remarks.

Raskin had gone through hell…


A story in 100 words.

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Photo by Chermiti Mohamed on Unsplash

Connor thought about Emma and the thing of theirs.

There is an ever-growing list of reasons why he her. But for today he thought about these 10* (in no particular order).

Emma:

  1. Challenges me
  2. Is smart
  3. Makes me want to be better do better
  4. Is sexy
  5. Pays attention
  6. Is fun funny
  7. Appreciates life
  8. Is beautiful
  9. Takes time to give thoughtful responses
  10. Is who she says she is

Although this thing of theirs exists in that time “between dog and wolf”*, Conner feels a connection with Emma.
matters more to him than its meaning or destination.


Barak Obama and Bruce Springsteen — Renegades: Born in the USA — Spotify — 2021

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Renegades: Born in the USA (Spotify)

24.February.2021
Barak Obama & Bruce Springsteen

Spotify
2021

There is something dubious about two of the most recognized and successful people in the world …ever, sitting down to chat about being “outsiders” or “renegades.”

Once you set that aside, what you hear are two men talking about their life experiences — wildly different but similar.

Even though only two episodes are currently available (come on Spotify, get with it!), what comes across is that Obama and Springsteen, they are what they are now, were — and remain — just guys.

And that’s the charm…


Dream Academy — “Life in a Northern Town” — 1985

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Dream Academy (Warner Bros. Records)

23.February.2021
Dream Academy
“Life in a Northern Town”
1985

All these years and I had just presumed that “Life in a Northern Town” was about the UK miners' strike in 1984–85.

It turns out it’s not. Well, not exactly anyway.

“Life in a Northern Town” was written by Dream Academy members Nick Laird-Clowes and Gilbert Gabriel at the very start of their career.

In a 2011 interview with , Laird-Clowes recalled how the song was written on two guitars in Gabriels flat. …

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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