I thought of calling this post, “15 Songs for the Soul.” But that thought lasted for two seconds. Elvis Costello’s great lyric from “Alison” came to mind, and rescued me: “I’m not going to get too sentimental like those other sticky Valentines.”
I also liked the title, “I see St. Peter wave ,” but decided against that too. If you don’t know, that is a short phrase from a song by They Might Be Giants. “I see St. Peter wave” then led me to the rest of the song which burrowed its way perfectly into this post. And I love the messages the songs below convey. They are perfectly suited for this day, don’t you think?
I’d love to get reactions to these songs in this season. : )
To quote ELVIS COSTELLO again (re this post):
“MY AIM IS TRUE”
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I’ll only write a baseball post this once (in 2012) but because I love music and baseball, I thought I could fuse the two, especially because this is prime time baseball season with the 2012 World Series about to begin.
Music, and music with words, can make us connect with our emotions. Our emotions can become more intense through and with music. We can use music to heighten our feelings, to subdue our feelings, to bring us out of sadness, or even to take us down a more languished and lugubrious path.
Have I mentioned that I am from Cambridge/Boston/Framingham? I love New York City – visited it hundreds of times, lived in midtown Manhattan for a lot of 2004-2006 (51st & 7th Avenue), and in nearby NJ from 2008-2012. These few facts are central to why and how I constructed today’s post.
The New York Yankees lost four (4) straight games to the Detroit Tigers (their final loss came last night) and will not be in the 2012 World Series. New Yorkers view winning the World Series as a birthright. Bostonians, on the other hand, do not have any kind of birthright but we get great joy when New York sports teams fail. I think the sports fan enthusiasm with NYers and Bostonians are nearly genetic in origin. According to contemporary health and medicinal talk, what we have are PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS!
So with that in mind, I offer some music for New Yorkers today on this bleak day, the morning after a $200 million team collapsed into darkness….
I would be remiss if (I love cliches like, I would be remiss if) I didn’t offer some music for Bostonians today as well. With that in mind, let us pray (no, I won’t use that cliche) —- let us turn to some more music:
Have a great weekend!