Music Monday with Audre Lorde and Vampire Weekend

I’ve broken my own rules, but in blogging the rules are like the Pirate’s Code, “more what you’d call ‘guidelines.’” From time to time I forget that the Music Monday feature differs from Saturday Songs in that on Mondays we also explore a little poetry at the same time. Sometimes, it’s a very obvious connection between…

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…

Music Monday with Devotchka

I am so happy about this. You may remember recently I said that Devotchka was my favorite “nationally-known” band (I have to put that qualification in for friends and relatives who put out some fantastic music of their own). They are a crazy mix of genres, with gypsy and international influences, a touch of circus…