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Ethel Cain

Ethel Cain‘s first album Preacher’s Daughter is a maudlin, quiet record. I’m not sure what it’s about yet, but it’s good for a slow morning start.

The New YorkTimes profile declares her the “I don’t want to be a celebrity, celebrity.”

Review in The Guardian.


Stevie Wonder’s 1974 concert on German TV show Musikladen-Beat Club

Here’s a ridiculously great performance by Stevie Wonder. The band and vocalists are right there with him climbing to a higher ground. This is smack in the middle of his early 70’s streak of perfect albums.

Fashion Puppets 2

Upped my marionette game tonight with wooden dowels, eye hooks, and some black strong string for moving the bits on a future stage. Once the limbs and so forth are jointed together, I can cycle in different heads and couture.

Sunday

This interview with Lyle Lovett was so gracious. You can tell the guy really likes being a dad. The perfect ingredient is that Francine Reed returns to sing on his new album 12th of June. Francine used to work with my mom at a law firm in Phoenix in the 70s and she would go to her dates around town. If you can get past Scott Simon’s awkward guffaws and “My word”s it’s worth it.



The Linda Lindas

I like the new record by The Linda Lindas Growing Up. Noisy and fun to bounce around to.

Michael Musto in Oldster Magazine

Michael Musto at 66, photographed by Andrew Werner.

Michael Musto is a longtime entertainment and nightlife writer for the Village Voice. Musto has written four books, appeared on countless TV channels and streaming services, and has been named one of the Out 100 of the most influential LGBTQs in the country.

“… while you have all this wisdom about how to behave, those situations tend to not happen again, so the wisdom is useless. You can try passing it on to someone younger, but they don’t want to hear it any more than I craved advice from my grandparents.”

Oldster Magazine

Kevin Kelly’s 103 Bits of Advice at 70

Kevin Kelly is the founding executive editor of Wired magazine and a former editor/publisher of the Whole Earth Review. There are some gems in his lessons learned list.

“When public speaking, pause frequently. Pause before you say something in a new way, pause after you have said something you believe is important, and pause as a relief to let listeners absorb details.”

“You will be judged on how well you treat those who can do nothing for you.”

“When you are stuck, explain your problem to others. Often simply laying out a problem will present a solution. Make “explaining the problem” part of your troubleshooting process.”

Me in Yahoo Money

I got a nice mention and quote in this piece America’s workplace has changed in 5 key ways because of COVID-19. The latest from my friend Kerry Hannon.

“The pandemic has accelerated a movement to think of work and life in a more open-minded way,” Jeff Tidwell, CEO and cofounder of Next for Me, told me. “No matter the age, over the past year we rethought what work-life balance could be, including the time we spend with our families and communities, and even where we live.”

The End of April

“Computer, play Cal Tjader” – Chiling as much as you can.

Book reading:

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art – Much needed read about the transformative effects of nose breathing.

Whole Earth: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand by John Markoff – Wonderful stories of the low-key guy in the middle of so much that has happened in society starting in the 60s and then the internet.

Magazine reading:

Elle Decor Sweden – which is good as you would think

Vanity Fair: Free Radicals: They’re not MAGA. They’re not QAnon. In the crucible of 2022 conservatism, the power brokers are influenced by an intellectual new right that envisions itself as the most dangerous sort of cool. VF reports from the party at the end of the world. by James Pogue

Surfing:

Instead of Magic: An exhibition by new work by Jason Thompson

My olde Flickr collection.

Throwing away what I write.

I’m writing first thing every morning. I throw it all away within the week.

Here’s what I figure;

  • I lived it.
  • I wrote about it.
  • I filed away the highlighted bits I want to remember.
  • I read it to my therapist.

That’s enough, don’t you think? I’m happy to say “see you later” to all of that.

In some domains, people describe this as “workshopping.” It’s a tryout. Some of it will be rolled into yet another edit. And each edit gets more to the point.

A couple of years ago I threw away all of my journals and it felt good to have all of that living out of the way.