Saturday Songs with Sophie Ellis-Bextor and the New Radicals

As we were inching closer to midnight, and therefore Saturday, Brian was prepping for a little visit to Philadelphia, a couple of hours away, by producing a “mixtape” for the drive. Something has him on a Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Gregg Alexander kick right now. I woke up early this morning to find him wide awake…

Saturday Song–Wings with Gilbert and Carpenter

So you’ve heard the myth, the warning about getting too proud of your accomplishments. At the very least they sternly told you to be very cautious; don’t be foolish and attempt the impossible. The myth of the fall of Icarus, who either ignored, or in that moment of elation, simply forgot the warnings of his…

Music Monday with Mary Cigarettes

I am out the door in just a few minutes with the youngest of my three incredible sons. I’ve been pretty busy lately, mostly in some very good and productive ways (look for an upcoming post about that called, “Where the Heck Did National Poetry Month Go?”), but also in some of those dull and…

Resolutions in Metaphor and Song, with Mary Cigarettes

I recently posted “Bootcamp for the Broken Hearted” by the magical master of music and metaphor, Mary Cigarettes. And I was delighted to see that one little post from a couple of weeks ago got 40 Facebook shares. That’s wonderful! But not nearly enough, because frankly the world needs more Mary. It really does, especially…

“So You Want To Be A Writer?” by Charles Bukowski

Thanks for finding this one, John! I love that Tom O’Bedlam’s (well, that’s what he calls himself) incredible voice is getting more publicity. And if a Charles Bukowski poem in an advert is what it takes for others to get excited about poetry, so be it. I’ve been following his work for some time, and…