Listen Up

January 25, 2012

Here’s a link to a cover of a song by The Civil Wars by my favorite artist.  Listen and enjoy.

A bonus track with video.


Great Moments in Modern Music – Marvin Gaye Edition

June 28, 2011

Though lip-synched, one of the finest moments in pop music occurs at about 1:10 as the first chorus ends and blends with the beginning of the second verse. Can I get a witness?



Freedom: What People Do to Achieve it; How We Waste Ours

June 4, 2011

He's not asking for the phone number to vote for American Idol.

Today, June 4, 2011, marks the 22nd anniversary of the uprising in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.  Events like this and the Arab Spring always make me reflect on what people will do to be free.  It gives me confidence that over the long-term, tyranny cannot prevail.

At the same time, it forces me to think about what we in America do with our freedom.  Endless hours of “entertainment television” focused on the lives of actors and actresses and other publicity-seekers.  So-called reality shows involving people who brag about having only read two books in their lives. A generation seemingly proud of its ignorance; demonstrations of intelligence viewed as betrayals of heritage and race.  Clowns thinking they ought to be president and a media willing to play along all for the sake of ratings.

Top it all off with only one-third of registered voters showing up at the polls on any given election day, and many other people eligible to vote not bothering to register–in part because they don’t want to get called for jury duty.

By our actions we disgrace those that have and will lose their lives in search of the freedom we have attained.

UPDATE:  I see no small irony in the fact that Li Na of China won the French Open earlier today.  In the long run, the protesters in Tiananmen will win.

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