Saturday Songs with Alanis

It’s been eight years since Alanis Morrissette’s last album, but on July 31st, Such Pretty Little Forks in the Road was released, and for my household (me, Milton and BPK), I can say it’s been a deep joy and pleasure to immerse ourselves in a new set of songs by one of our all time…

Saturday Songs for Mary Cigarettes

Last week I discovered that once again, upon wondering why I hadn’t heard from an old friend for some time, that another great influence on my life has passed on. Mary Cigarettes, who bore two different names before I knew him, left this world seven months ago, just shy of his 60th birthday. I found…

Saturday Song with the Mountain Goats

“There will be feasting and dancing in Jerusalem next year!” I can’t believe I haven’t shared something by John Darnielle here before, so for my first post of the new year, there’s no time like the present. When I hit the highway for the 2-plus-hour drive to visit my dad with my boys on New…

Saturday Songs with Brandi Carlile

I had heard her name, even heard a song or two, but it was recently—before the Grammy’s—that I tumbled headlong into the midst of her music, starting with “The Mother” from her album By the Way, I Forgive You. But “The Joke” was pointed out to me by poet and editor Seth Pennington (Sibling Rivalry…

Saturday Songs with Arlo Guthrie

I’ve been quiet this month. Sorry about that. It’s been a rough start to 2019 for my boys and I. Since having what was really a lovely Christmas there have once again been hospitals and grief and pain. Reasons for discouragement, but also hope. Tonight I am thinking of a song by Arlo Guthrie when…