Come over to the dark side. We have music.

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A playlist “to keep a drowsy Emperor awake” (Yeats)


When our beloved musicians die, we feel bereft because we know we’ll never hear anything new from them. An archivist may discover some buried treasure, but that’s not the same…


Four Songs Performed with Tongue in Cheek

“Don’t take life so serious, son…it ain’t no how permanent.

— Porky Pine, in the comic strip “Pogo,” 1950

Recently, Noah Levy described how the ultra angsty group Muse pulled a practical joke on an unsuspecting Italian TV show, which led me to wonder “If Muse can have a laugh at themselves, maybe we all should.” A few songs popped into mind to show how (as the Firesign Theatre observed), we’re all Bozos on this bus.

In laughing at ourselves, we discover who we really are.

John Prine, “Dear Abby”

“Stop wishing for bad luck and…

Steven Hale

Music: Discovering the lost and forgotten. Politics: Exposing injustice. Screenwriting: Emotional storytelling.

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