Take your pick:
A new single from Sandra McCracken. Her music lifts my heart.
My brother sent along this cover of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s “Carry On.” It’s great.
Buddy Greene, Jeff Taylor, Andy Gullahorn, and Andrew Peterson at Laity Lodge.
The above is so good I had to share. This composition was brought to my attention by Alan Jacobs. His comments are worth reading. I didn’t know about this quartet’s Goat Rodeo Sessions (2011) until today. I have, however, been to Rodeo Goat for a burger. You can listen to the full compilation on Spotify.
I grew up in Tyler, Texas, home of the Texas Rose Festival. I was in the Rose Festival twice. I grew up going to a country club with diamond chandeliers, which I’m guessing is a reference to Willow Brook. This song by William Clark Green names things that are familiar to me.
Credit to an old neighbor, Mark Pool, for bringing this to my attention.
Father John Misty’s “Total Entertainment Forever” is prophetic.
Imagine a world where people prefer virtual reality over embodied, physical experience. Having trouble? Just revisit the major plot line of Ready Player One, or Tron, where virtual and physical realities intersect, merge, and somehow overlap.
I don’t care much for the “Total Entertainment Forever” video. The lyrics are the juice. Father John Misty describes the world emerging before us today, a place where we date the celebrity of our choice in a virtual environment, where we are “free” to live however we want (in prisons of virtual illusion), where rich and poor are equally “entertained,” distracted by fantasy. The “nightmare” we’re invited to awaken from is our lives, preferring instead our dreams being beamed straight into our eyeballs in marvelous hi-def.
No gods to rule us
No drugs to soothe us
No myths to prove stuff
No love to confuse usNot bad for a race of demented monkeys
From a cave to a city to a permanent party