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Oh, Hey! What’s going on?

No really. I mean it.


Something occurred to me this afternoon as I was walking from the cafeteria in the school at which I teach back to my classroom. I saw no less than four people with whom I had almost the same conversation.

“Hey! What’s going on?”
“Not too much. How’re you?”
“I’m ok.” Or “I’m well.”

And I had two thoughts about this. One: it made me sad. And two: it made me happy.

The sad part is an obvious commentary on society and superficiality and lack of time with overscheduled people rushing as fast as they can to whatever is “next” in their day and the ubiquitousness of iPhones and deadlines, the lack of courtesy being taught in our schools, the individualism of the country, the overarching crankiness of the world. I’m sure many blogs and articles have been written…

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SpotiFriday #29: Brandi Carlile Edition

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Happy March! Despite the storms outside, we know that spring is around the corner. And we are especially excited for spring, because we have tickets in May to see BRANDI FREAKIN’ CARLILE! This woman a phenom, a powerhouse, and a musical hero to both of us. Her new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, has been topping the charts, and after we both listened to it (roughly a million times), it was easy to see why. Plus, it’s a perfect fit for our SpotiFriday playlist, so we’ve devoted this month’s list to her. Soak it in, friends!

1. Every Time I Hear That Song

“By the way I forgive you…after all, maybe I should thank you”

Forgiveness is a very powerful thing. It pre-supposes that the person being forgiven is acknowledging they did something wrong. Or maybe not and it’s an altruistic way of dealing with a seemingly unsolvable…

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Superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl.

It’s amazing to me how totally ok we are when companies (usually fronted by white men) purchase the “rights” to words. How DOES someone purchase a word? What gives them the “right” to own a word and to charge people for that word?

I guess I understand if it’s someone’s name, or even, to a certain extent, the name of a company. You want to make sure that whoever is using your name is making sure to use it with respect and honor, and hopefully honoring the message or the characteristics you want your name to represent.

Superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl superbowl.

I guess I could possibly understand that an organization wants to make sure someone else…

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SpotiFriday #28

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And I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you dreamed of
And I wish you joy and happiness
But above all I wish you love

— Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston, “I Will Always Love You”

Happy SpotiFriday! It’s February, and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so naturally, we have a list chock full of love songs for you. There is the right kind of love song in here for just about everyone, so don’t let the subject matter scare you away. 😉

1. Crazy In Love – Beyonce (feat. Jay Z)

My friend Christian used to work for a bunch of different very fancy clothing designers in NYC. There was this one event at Rockefeller Center where he had to bring some clothing to some superstar and his text message to me said “THE TROMBONES ARE WRITTEN BELOW THE TRUMPETS!!!”

I love how ridiculously…

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SpotiFriday #27

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I wrapped your love around me like a chain
But I never was afraid that it would die
You can dance in a hurricane
But only if you’re standing in the eye

— Brandi Carlile, “The Eye”

Happy 2018, everyone! Keeping warm? We’ve been working up a sweat shoveling, because we need to be able to get out of our driveways for our vocal session at The Record Company this weekend. Just after Christmas, we had a great time laying down the instrumental tracks at The Backyard with our engineer Pat Hanlin and producer George Woods. This EP is coming together, bit by bit, and we are thrilled (and terrified!) to share it with all of you.

It’s the first SpotiFriday of the year. The weather here in Boston has been atrocious of late, and in light of that, we thought it would be fun to make a list of…

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The 23rd

last night, my daughter turned to me and asked, “How do all these people fit in this house?” 🙂

Three At Home

The 23rd is Crazy.

Like seriously crazy. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

You see, my parents got engaged on Dec 23rd on some year before 1973. Every December 23rd since then, there has been a party at my parents’ house. It starts about 6 or 6:30PM. There may be (depending on the weather and/or the volition of the participants) caroling on 77thstreet or the surrounding blocks. After caroling, there’s a party. I don’t think my parents have bought any food for this party in years, but the table is always full. Someone orders Chinese food. Someone makes cookies. Someone brings wine and/or booze. We have had upwards of 100 people crammed into the row house, family, friends, family of friends, friends of friends, family of friends of friends, random third cousins-once-removed. And then the fun starts. My dad gathers as many kids as…

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Waiting, Not Doing.

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In the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh The Places You’ll Go” which will be given as a gift at a million graduation parties next June, and possibly a handful of  Hanukkah or Christmas ones this month, there is a Waiting Place, in which everyone is…

Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come,
or a plane to go or the mail to come,
or the rain to go or the phone to ring,
or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.

Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night

or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls…

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SpotiFriday #26: Holiday Edition

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Light one candle for the Maccabee children
With thanks that their light didn’t die
Light one candle for the pain they endured
When their right to exist was denied
Light one candle for the terrible sacrifice
Justice and freedom demand
But light one candle for the wisdom to know
When the peacemaker’s time is at hand

— Peter, Paul, & Mary, “Light One Candle”

Love love love
Love love love
Love love is all around

— Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, “Christmas Song”

Happy Friday! And happy December! Holiday season is upon us, so we’ve got some music to get you in the spirit of things.

1. Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo 12/24 – Trans Siberian Orchestra

When I hear this song, a smile comes on my face. Even if it’s merely as part of a car commercial. Because NOW it’s Christmas.

My favorite thing ever about this song is how it…

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If You Could Move Anywhere… — Three At Home

At the end of 2016, as the election season was coming to a – to be honest, unanticipated – end, there was a lot of talk about moving. Google searches for “moving to Canada” skyrocketed. Ancestry dot com subscriptions increased, as people tried to figure out if they could claim European citizenship. Airfare websites were […]

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