Thursday, June 23, 2016

Up Up and Away in Our Beautiful Balloon


A combination of polls says 51% of Brits (and Scots, Northern Irish, Maltese, etc.) want to remain in the European Union, while 49% want to leave. We should have the results soon (early morning in the U.K., even earlier stateside). 

Watch coverage all night live. The changes Brexit could bring might take a little longer. 


Sunday, June 19, 2016

"Fainthearted animals move about in herds. The lion walks alone in the desert. Let the poet always walk thus."


Get Her to Sing "Julie"

I've had a long history with "Julie", Devon Sproule's knockout song from Don't Hurry for Heaven.1

I wouldn't have ever heard the song, I'm thinking now, if not for a Devon fan2 who sat by himself at a two-top table at Little Grill in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 2007(?)3

When Devon asked for requests he asked for "Julie". This posed a bit of a challenge for her as she'd never performed the it live. She turned her back to us, seeming to remind herself of the chords  and lyrics, then turned back and gave us this most amazing song.

For me it was like being at the Dawn of Music, like I was watching all of music being created before my very eyes.

I have since been the lone guy requesting "Julie" when I see her perform live. It's never in her set; nobody else ever requests it—at least when I go see her. And it's a genius song, a true masterpiece. Maybe it's gonna take somebody a little bigger4 covering it for the song to get the attention it deserves.

Having finally listened to the recording of it on Heaven5 (over-and-over again till I wore out the CD) I can now say you need to hear it live to get the full effect. If she doesn't put it in her live set, and you don't go see her and ask her to perform it, you may never have the full "Julie" experience.

It's an achingly beautiful song which I fully expect will make her famous as a songwriter some day. Go see her when she's in your area—and get her to sing "Julie".


1. the eponymous song being a remarkably great country song (one that compares the curves of a Martin guitar to those of a woman).
2. I imagined him to be a James Madison University student. Where/how he heard the song I don't know.
3. the CD I bought recently was printed in 2010. I remember posting on the original hearing, with a link to the MP3 (which I'd requested from her by e-mail), but don't see that post now. Devon says the song was based on a letter sent to a radio station; maybe something about a contest.
4. could be a male singer, could be female.
5. which I bought at her house party in Hartland, Vermont on May 17, 2016. The country-sounding guitar on the CD track is remarkable (and likely hubby-done).

Saturday, June 18, 2016

"None of the Above"

Object of worship
Object of love
Sometimes worthy
Of none of the above.
June 18, 2016


Friday, June 17, 2016

Somewhere West of Woodstock


Rainbow Points the Way

Time to buy a Kindle

The 7" Kindle Fire tablet was selling for $49 when I was trying to pick a tablet/phone combo to help me usher in the 21st century of technology.

No matter which salesman I spoke with--at Best Buy, at Radio Shack, etc.--when I started talking about low-end tablets they always steered me toward the Fire. Better maker, better supported.

Then the price fell to $39.

Staples was one of the places that had it at this super-low, gotta-give-it-a-try price, but I kept delaying the purchase till I could get my head right on it. I'd get home, then take another look in coming days. But, then I stopped for gas on my way home and the rainbow pointed the way.

It wasn't just over Staples Plaza, it was actually pointing to the part of the shopping center where Staples was located--pointing right at its entrance.

That's how I came to purchase a Kindle Fire 7" tablet for $39*--and now my life is completely transformed.


*note the excellent customer reviews.