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30 May

Happy Memorial Day!

I just heard a report on the radio saying that 80% of Americans don’t know what Memorial Day commemorates. I froze.  Did I forget?  I assumed surely that they meant something specific – a certain battle or event.  I waited.  No, they just meant that people didn’t know it was to acknowledge and thank people who serve(d) in the military and remember those who died serving.

For real?  People don’t know this?

Honestly, how is it that people never learned that?  I realize that a lot of us probably don’t have a direct current connection with those in the military, but I’m still flabbergasted.  I love hot dogs (well, Not Dogs) and the beach and big sales as much as the next person, but I never thought that was the real purpose of the holiday.

I know those reading this know better.  But I bet even you are a little rusty on the entire history.  Here’s a pretty comprehensive write-up.  Study up.  I may test you later.

War is a popular subject matter for songs of course.  Here is one of my favorites:  The Pogues version of “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda.”  Shane McGowan is at his absolute best on this track.  Stellar.  But of course he is.  I would only ever give you the best.

Feel free to resume your holiday BBQ now.


Cruel Sun

27 May

Happy start of the Memorial Day holiday!  Well for some people.  Not for me.  I’m sure I’ll still be working till well after the sun sets.  This is why today’s song is the fabulous Sparklehorse’s “Cruel Sun.”  It’s cruel for me since I can see the glorious day from the window, so close and yet so far.

This song is just one great track from the album “Good Morning Spider” which came out after Mr. Sparklehorse,  Mark Linkous, overdosed, nearly died, and then had to spend 6 months in a wheelchair recuperating.  Maybe his reasons for writing “Cruel Sun” were a little more important than mine are for posting it.   To further the sad story, years later, he committed suicide – by shooting himself in the heart.  Ouch.

When you put my dreaming of the outdoors in any sort of context with his story, it’s obviously mighty trite.  However,  I do solemnly promise that if I’m able to get outside soon, I will be thankful and appreciate everything.  I didn’t post yesterday’s song for no reason.