JWDailies 05-25-2021

Song of the day: “Long Wide Open Road” by Darrell Scott. Poem of the day: “Stove” by Philip Booth. Fact of the day: In economics, a culture of “debate through tweets” has replaced “debate through books.” I think this is true in everything, and it’s not a good thing. Learned on thing today: We want … Read more

JWDailies 05-13-2021

Song of the day: “Cristo Redentor” by Harvey Mandel. Poem of the day: “The Oldest Living Thing in LA” by Larry Levis. Fact of the day: The Disgusting Food Museum in Malmö, Sweden. Learned one thing today: AI beat humans at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Here’s how it solves. Visual of the day: An … Read more

JWDailies 05-09-2021

Song of the day: “The Monkey Time” by Major Lance. (Written by Curtix Mayfield.) Poem of the day: “Black Snake” by Mary Oliver. Fact of the day: An extended essay on free will. (Well worth making the choice to read it.) Learned one thing today: George Will on turning 80. Visual of the day: A … Read more

JWDailies 05-03-2021

Song of the day: “After the Love is Gone” by Paul Carrack. Poem of the day: “Rockall” by Epes Sargent. Fact of the day: A history of citing your sources (and these days, your inspiration). Learned one thing today: Uncertainty about the future of working from home is being to resolve itself — Yes, there … Read more

JWDailies 04-30-2021

Song of the day: “If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot, as broken down by Rick Beato. Great explanation of how this song works. A musician’s musician — widely repected by his peers as the best of them all. Poem of the day: “Route Six” by Stanley Kunitz. Fact of the day: Has … Read more

JWDailies 04-29-2021

Song of the day: “She’s Just Dancing” by David Wilcox. Poem of the day: “By Blue Ontario’s Shore” by Walt Whitman. Fact of the day: This is old news, but there’s a new book on the paltry pop psychology of self-esteem. Learned one thing today: Also old news, but you make better decisions when you … Read more

JWDailies 04-14-2021

Song of the day: “The Rain in Spain” by Sea Level. Poem of the day: “The Certainty of Numbers” by Bruce Snider. (Along with his explanation of this poem.) Fact of the day: Rich people don’t inherit their fortunes anymore, unlike 1982. Learned one thing today: In 1904, one of the founding doctors of Johns … Read more

JWDailies 04-11-2021

Song of the day: “This Old World” by the late great Stephen Bruton. The best guitarist, singer-songwriter you’ve never heard of, even though he played with all of the greats. Poem of the day: “Cutting Hair” by Minnie Bruce Pratt. Fact of the day: Elon Musk’s brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, says this video shows a … Read more

JWDailies 04-10-2021

Song of the day: “Sometimes the Bottle Hits You Back” by Ray Scott.

Poem of the day: “For the Union Dead” by Robert Lowell.

Fact of the day: Superfetation — getting pregnant while you’re pregnant. Rare, but it happened recently to this woman.

Learned one thing today: A couple of interesting jazz tidbits. Some insider insights from a bassist payiing tribute to a drummer he played alongside. The story of the Real Book, a photocopied compilation of jazz sheet music passed around under the table for decades.

Visual of the day: Aerial photo of electric bikes lined up in downtown Shijiazhuang, China.

Good thing going on: The Colorado legislature is considering funds to provide teens with free therapy counseling to cope with the coronavirus.

JWDailies 04-09-2021

Song of the day: “Money” by Laura Nyro. So many great songs by her. Thought I’d share a lesser known tune from her catalog. Poem of the day: “Satan Says” by Sharon Olds. Fact of the day: Bill Hwang lost a $20 billion fortune in two days. His losses took down a few other people … Read more