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Xanadu and the Need for Advocacy

Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. (John 20:19-20) I noticed a flyer yesterday announcing that a performance of Xanadu is coming to a local playhouse, here in South Carolina.  Do you remember the cult classic film from […]

A Sentence – Julia Hartwig

I depend on the sentence On a stop that seeks form
as orderly and modest as everyday speech
Everything in me awaits the moment when a shape
encloses the shapelessness where it was suspended
I suffer gently but persistently the pain of uncertainty
the dissolution of feelings and thoughts in which I live
as in a diluted space

It doesn’t hinder me from admiring the linden branches
spread wide behind the window the screech of a magpie
annoying and blessed because it exists
it doesn’t hinder me from taking in the heat
of this dry and tragic summer
But a sentence a reliable sentence
restores under my feet the firm earth

Lifting Up Jeff Lynne, ELO and the Wilbury Sound

There haven’t been any books written about Jeff Lynne yet, but there will be. Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) was sublime and would certainly be enough to qualify him as hagiography-worthy. What separates Jeff from many of the pop musicians of his generation, however, is the extremely potent second wind he caught in the late 1980s. […]

March Playlist

Last music-related post for a while, I promise: 1. Blast Off! – Rivers Cuomo2. Distant Dreamer – Duffy3. Nothing To Hide – Tommy James4. Waving Flags – British Sea Power5. Cancel Everything – Ron Wood6. Idle Hands – The Gutter Twins7. Last Train To London – ELO8. Killing The Blues – Robert Plant and Alison […]

Five Best ELO Albums

I’m embarrassed to admit that until quite recently, the only Electric Light Orchestra song I knew was “Mr Blue Sky”, a.k.a. the song from that VW commercial a couple years ago. Boy, was I missing out! They have got to be one of the most underrated bands of all time. After some serious thought, I’ve decided that their five best records are:

1. Eldorado
2. Out Of The Blue
3. Time [Their 1981 concept album about time travel which has aged(!) surprisingly well… My current obsession.]
4. Discovery
5. A New World Record

Do yourself a favor!