JWDailies 05-20-2021

Song of the day: “Tonight the Streets are Ours” by Richard Hawley. Poem of the day: “Muted Music” by Robert Penn Warren. Fact of the day: The good news is that there are 50 billion wild birds in the world today. The sad news is that 10 percent of species are down to 5,000 individuals … Read more

JWDailies 05-19-2021

Song of the day: “Easy Does It” by the Oscar Peterson Trio with Sonny Stitt sitting in. Poem of the day: “Ants” by Alfred Kreymborg. Speaking of which, this book of incredible close-up photos of ants has just been published. Fact of the day: A wonderful and instructive collection of short notes declining various sorts … Read more

JWDailies 05-18-2021

Song of the day: “Amost Cut My Hair” by David Crosby in a 1969 demo. Poem of the day: “Suburban Pastoral” by Dave Lucas. Along with his explanation. Fact of the day: The bottle of wine with the highest markup is not the second-cheapest. Learned one thing today: In a survey of people in 53 … Read more

JWDailies 05-17-2021

Song of the day: “All Along the Watchtower” by Dave Mason. (Which version of this Dylan classic is your favorite? Mine is Hendrix. Did you know that Dave Mason plays on the Hendrix version? Here’s a great analysis of Hendrix’s version by Eddie Kramer who was the engineer.) Poem of the day: “Lives of the … Read more

JWDailies 05-14-2021

Song of the day: “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin. (See Learned link below.) Poem of the day: “Atlas” by Fady Joudah. Along with his explanation of this evocative yet disquieting poem. Fact of the day: The WHO confirms it. The global coronavirus pandemic was entirely preventable. Plans were in place. Political leaders chose to … 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 05-12-2021

Song of the day: “Go Rest High On That Mountain” by Vince Gill. Poem of the day: “What’s Wrong With Being Human” by Josh Rathkamp. Fact of the day: Putting dowsing to the test. Learned one thing today: One side-effect of the current labor shortage is that bad bosses and bad places to work are … Read more

JWDailies 05-11-2021

Song of the day: “I Wish I Knew” by Bill Evans Trio. Poem of the day: “Fire-eater” by Tony Harrison. Fact of the day: Stocks of ‘physical’ companies are performing far better than stocks of digital companies. Learned one thing today: The world sees the U.S. differently, and Americans have been slow to grasp this. … Read more

JWDailies 05-10-2021

Song of the day: “Hard Time Killin’ Floor” by Geoff and Maria Muldaur. Poem of the day: “Noli Me Tangere” by Traci Brimhall. Fact of the day: American church membership continues to decline. Learned one thing today: COVID has reached Mt. Everest base camp. Visual of the day: A double dose of interesting charts. Perceptions … 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