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Pony

February 22, 2020

“Pony,” written and recorded by Kasey Chambers, 2004.

Kasey Chambers website

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Vincent Clortho Public School for Wizards

January 16, 2020

HBO explores the tragedy of America’s under-funded inner-city public schools for wizards.

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Joy To The World

December 25, 2019

“Joy To The World,” performed by Sufjan Stevens. The lyrics, by Isaac Watts, are based on Psalm 98, and were set to music by Lowell Mason in 1839.

Sufjan Stevens website.

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AU Grad Student Lands Government Job

November 21, 2019

AU Grad Student Lands Government Job

Former American University graduate student Maria Butina, following a post-grad stint in U.S. federal prison and deported back to her native Siberia, may have a new job with the Russian government. The former NRA and GOP sweetheart has been offered a berth at the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russia Federation. Perhaps she will focus on Russians imprisoned abroad for gun crimes.

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Top image (“Maria ‘Natasha Fatale’ Butina, after Jay Ward and Alex Anderson“) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Music Row Resurrection?

November 14, 2019

Nashville’s reputation as the recording capital of Country Music took off in 1954, when Owen and Harold Bradley established Bradley Film and Recording Studios, later called the Quonset Hut Studio, on 16th Avenue, opening the first of many major label studios in the neighborhood in and around 16th and 17th Avenues South. 21st century commercial real estate pressures moved many studios out of Music Row, but cultural preservations and country music enthusiasts are fighting back. The National Trust declared the district a National Treasure in 2015, and the city’s planning department now envisions a culturally-sensitive development process to resurrect Music Row.

More:

“How Nashville plans to save Music Row, a endangered cultural treasure,” Patrick Sisson, Curbed.com

Video: “Murder on Music Row,” written by Larry Cordle and Larry Shell, recorded by Alan Jackson and George Strait, 2000. Originally recorded by Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, 1999.

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Here Comes The Rain Again

November 10, 2019

“Here Comes The Rain Again,” written by Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart and performed by them on MTV Unplugged (I think).

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Each Night I Cry

November 2, 2019

“Each Night I Cry,” written by Carolyn Franklin, recorded by Erma Franklin, 1962.

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Roller Derby Girl

September 30, 2019

“Roller Derby Girl,” a short 1949 film written and directed by Justin Herman, featuring Jean Porter and Midge “Toughie” Brasuhn. The film was nominated for a 1950 Academy Award.

Related:

“Women of the Roller Derby: Morals, Manners, and Muscle,” Jeff Nilsson & Rusti Keen, Saturday Evening Post

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Bagel Day

September 11, 2019

Bagel Day

Tuesday was Bagel Day at the software development center, and I favored Bagels & Baguettes near Stanton Park. There was a line when I got there, around 8:30 AM. The shop was near the Senate office buildings and the Heritage Foundation, so there was a TV tuned to CNN to keep news-obsessed customers occupied.

By the time I got my two dozen hot bagels, the damnedest thing was on that television. An airplane had crashed into a World Trade Center tower in New York, and the building was on fire. It was September 11, 2001.

I went to the office break room and put out the bagels, cream cheese, and smoked salmon. I guess I was making coffee when the second plane hit the other tower. I figured people still had to eat.

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I’m Gonna Build On That Shore

September 8, 2019

“I’m Gonna Build On That Shore,” written by Silas Roy Crain, recorded by the Soul Stirrers, 1951. Lead vocals by Mr. Crain and Sam Cooke.

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