Uncle Nef TBD

Shannon history (Treme, brass bands, present)

Darren history (skills and film)- Jewish Jimi Hendrix

album 1 and 2

Cabrito ***

Beat to Eat

Caladonia (singing ladies)

Sick and Tired (fats domino) ***

So Alone (when shannon says “come on son” and darren wails)

Tourette’s ***

 

Album spans generations as true to name Uncle Nef

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy + Bryce Dressner, “One With the Birds”

A new twist on a song I needed most right now.

I originally wrote this on Friday, August 9, but I wanted some time to pass before I published it. It rambles a bit, but I promise, this is music related.

Following David Berman’s death and some personal events, I have been reflective about loss, grief, and death.

This time of reflection coincides with a time I am actively journaling (for the first time in years) with meditations from philosophers and practitioners of Stoicism serving as my guide. Maybe older white men are not contemporary society’s version of wisdom or a friend at this time, but I have found a great amount of general wisdom from the Stoics. The best answer to our problems is often the most simple. The tricky part of Stoicism for many (myself included) is accepting our past and exerting some control on our lizard brain.

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RIP David Berman

Saying “goodbye” to the Rebel Jew of the Silver Jews who instilled a sense of wabi-sabi in many.

The earth has not completed a full rotation since the news that David Berman left this mortal coil reached the general population.

Yesterday evening, I found out the news via my friend Stu. For roughly 30 seconds, I thought it was a cruel joke but genius PR ploy by Drag City on the heels of the Purple Mountains tour.  David’s date of death had not been added to his Wikipedia page, which gave me hope despite the Google news panel confirming over and over again– like a grotesque carousel– that he was, and is, dead at 52.

Sam and I were in a bit of a spat at the time, and I could not tell him this news in the middle of a fight. I waited for him to get home to break the news.

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Incomplete: SAD

Seasonal depression get you down? Me too. That’s why I never finished this playlist I started about seasonal affective disorder.

On November 8, 2018, four days after daylight saving time ended here in most of the United States, I began a Spotify playlist called SAD. The purpose of the playlist was to open up a discussion about music and seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.). I got three songs on the list before I dropped out.

Ironically but predictably, my playlist, my blog, and myself fell victim to S.A.D., and my last post was almost 8 months ago. I am here to pick up where we left off.

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Happy Halloween: Top 5 Spookies

Some may call the end of year holidays the most wonderful time of the year, but in my house– with it’s few dead animal skulls and year round “Tales from The Crypt” watching– Halloween claims that title.

I’m celebrating by sharing my top 5 favorite songs and/or videos for the Halloween season.
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