JWDailies 06-04-2021

Song of the day: “Woodstock” was written by Joni Mitchell who famously skipped that event for a previously scheduled appearance on the Dick Cavett Show. But she made up for it by writing the definitive song about the gentle, peace-loving, utopian, laid-back, free-flowing hippie spirit of that moment in time. The earliest live version of … 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 04-12-2021

Song of the day: “Facts” by Demetrius Doctor. Poem of the day: “The Death Bed” by Waring Cuney. Fact of the day: You can have a party with a shared Google spreadsheet doc. Learned one thing today: A campaign called WildCard is starting in the U.K. to rewild half the country, starting with the land … 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 04-07-2021

Song of the day: “Madman Across the Water” by Elton John. (Here’s an amazing live version from 1971!) Poem of the day: “Brownie Troop #722 Visits the Nursing Home” by Mary Jo Salter. Fact of the day: Our perceptions of time warp our experience of time. Excellent essay that doubles as a book review. (Another … Read more

JWDailies 03-21-2021

Song of the day: “Morning Morgantown” by Joni Mitchell. Poem of the day: “Seemed Pleased” by Malena Mörling. Fact of the day: The global history of smoking. Yes, tobacco. But cannibas, too. Their centuries-old histories are intertwined and implicate much of the worst that happened over this time. Learned one thing today: Conspiracy theorists are … Read more

JWDailies 03-19-2021

Song of the day: “Detox Bracelet” by Randall Bramblett. A beautiful song of hope and love and rebirth. It’s the same for Warren Zevon in “Detox Mansion,” but done by Zevon with a little more of his trademark sneer. Poem of the day: “Miranda of the Sorrows” by Richard Shelton. Okay, poetry links are often … Read more

JWDailies 02-19-2021

Song of the day: “I Know Love is All I Need” by Rodney Crowell. Poem of the day: “For the Father of Sandro Gulotta” by Janet Lewis. An exquisitely beautiful, evocative poem. Fact of the day: Let’s ponder again one of Robert Nozick’s thought experiments. Are we really any different from cavemen (and cavewomen)? Learned … Read more