Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The thirty-day song challenge

I found this meme via Terry Teachout. In repayment, I'll steal his formatting and follow his example by giving all answers now.

1. A song you like with a color in the title
Nat "King" Cole and his Trio and Stan Kenton and his Orchestra, "Orange Colored Sky" (Delugg/Stein)

2. A song you like with a number in the title
Caro Emerald, "One Day" (Schreurs/DeGiorgio)

3. A song that reminds you of summertime
Naked Eyes, "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" (Bacharach/David)

4. A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about
Paula Cole, "I Am So Ordinary" (Cole)

5. A song that needs to be played loud
Sammy Davis Jr., "Talk to the Animals" (Bricusse)

6. A song that makes you want to dance
Smoove & Turrell, "Hard Work" (Watson/Turrell) (?)

7. A song to drive to
John Hiatt, "Memphis in the Meantime" (Hiatt)

8. A song about drugs or alcohol
James Taylor, "A Junkie's Lament" (Taylor)

9. A song that makes you happy
Art Brut, "Good Weekend" (Argos/Breyer/Catskilkin/Chinchilla/Feedback) (?)

10. A song that makes you sad
Karla Bonoff, "The Water Is Wide" (traditional)

11. A song that you never get tired of
The Beatles, "I Saw Her Standing There" (Lennon/McCartney)

12. A song that you love from 2011
Fountains of Wayne, "Acela" (Collingwood/Schlesinger)

13. One of your favorite Seventies songs
Robert Palmer, "Sailin' Shoes" (George)

14. A song that you would love played at your wedding
Frank Sinatra, "Around the World" (Adamson/Young)

15. A song that is a cover by another artist
Mason Jar Music featuring Gabriel Garzón-Montano, "You Can Make It If You Try" (Stewart)

16. One of your favorite songs from a movie
Keira Knightley, "A Step You Can't Take Back" (Alexander/Brisebois/Carney)

17. A song that features your favorite artist
James Taylor, "(I've Got To) Stop Thinkin' 'Bout That" (Kortchmar/Taylor)

18. A song from the year you were born
Tom Lehrer, "The Vatican Rag" (Lehrer)

19. A song that makes you think about life
Hem, "Not California" (Messé/Maurer)

20. A song that reminds you of your mom
Frank Sinatra, "Nancy (with the Laughing Face)" (Silvers/Van Heusen/Burke)

21. A favorite song with a person’s name in the title
Donald Fagen, "Maxine" (Fagen)

22. A song that motivates you
Todd Rundgren, "Drive" (Rundgren)

23. A song that you think everybody should listen to
Ben Folds and Nick Hornby, "Belinda" (Hornby/Folds)

24. A song by a band/group you wish were still together
The Beatles, "I've Just Seen a Face" (Lennon/McCartney)

25. A song by an artist no longer living
Ray Charles, "Smack Dab in the Middle" (Calhoun)

26. A song that makes you want to fall in love
Sting, "Fields of Gold" (Sting)

27. A song that breaks your heart
Lyle Lovett, "Nobody Knows Me" (Lovett)

28. A song by an artist with a voice that you love
Kelly Jones, "Subway Song" (Jones/Viola)

29. A song that you remember from your childhood
The Joe Cuba Sextet, "Bang! Bang!" (Cuba/Sabater)

30. A song that reminds you of yourself
Joni Mitchell, "The Last Time I Saw Richard" (Mitchell)

Full playlist here.

(I've made some changes since first posting this.)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Others have made the comparison, but I'm startled by how much Trump's presidency resembles the plot of the movie Network.

In each story, an outspoken celebrity wins followers, and neither he nor they realize that the true power lies in the background: in Network, with producers and company executives; in Trump's presidency, with advisors and cabinet secretaries.

The resemblance isn't exact, of course. Unlike Howard Beale, Trump holds final say. If he doesn't sign the order or the bill, it won't take effect.

But Trump's authority means less than it should. Lacking intelligence, ideas, and philosophy, he's subject to manipulation by cleverer men. (From a New York Times report: "Mr. Bannon remains the president’s dominant adviser, despite Mr. Trump’s anger that he was not fully briefed on details of the executive order he signed.")

Trump shouts and scraps, his fans applaud, but he's a tool of those behind him.