Friday, April 22, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
First you take David Bowie, and now Prince?
Why don't you just take all of the musicians I listen to when I want the world to feel okay for a while.
Prince is younger than my damn mother is, and she can barely stand up straight.
For the last couple of decades, all I've had to do when I felt at my absolute lowest was turn on "Raspberry Beret," and anything could feel okay. What a fantastic body of work. Even at his most musically challenging, I've always loved Prince. That Super Bowl halftime show in 2007 brought me to tears. Jesus.
Thanks for everything, man.
2016... knock it off, goddammit.
Monday, April 18, 2016
A pair of Muppet commercials from 1967.
First, this ad for Linit Fabric Fresh, featuring a homemaker played by Jenny O'Hara and Sir Linit, a knight made from a spray can.
And second, a 10-second spot for Tastee-Freez.
Seems like there were fewer commercials in 1967, as Jim was spending more time on experimental commercial films for IBM, Bufferin, etc. You can also see a test film for Gleem toothpaste, but with no sound, here.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
It's finally spring. Yesterday was the longest, most exhausting, most emotionally draining day at the farm yet--we found a bunch of old family photos that were not kept in a good place for the last decade, so a lot of things were ruined, and Becca was very emotional about it, understandably. Add to that, most of the farmers were tilling yesterday and we were burning trash and papers, so there was a lot of smoke and dust in the air, and mold from the storage, and I'm still not breathing great today. After a shower and a cool evening breeze and a pizza and a soda and some Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt last night, I feel much better, though. so here's a happy song for Song of the Week.
Tori Amos' Little Earthquakes is one of my touchstone albums, and I haven't listened to it in far, far too long. This track captures my mood today somewhat; I feel satisfied today. It's sunny, it's breezy, it's not too hot yet. Here's some happy piano, and the kind of thing I went to so I could try to feel good back when I was 15.