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

JWDailies 04-08-2021

Song of the day: “Sugar Magnolia” by the Grateful Dead. (Just feels like this kind of day here in Charleston this afternoon.) Here’s a great cover version by Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs. Poem of the day: “Witch” by John Fuller. Fact of the day: Sometimes marketing is genius. Like this Red Bull stunt. Stratos … 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 04-02-2021

Song of the day: “When You Walk In” by Walt Wilkins. Poem of the day: “What I Believe” by Michael Blumenthal. Fact of the day: The title of this article says it all: “The Best Part of Life in the 21st Century? Not Being Dead.” Let me put it a different way. Life is a … Read more

JWDailies 04-01-2021

Song of the day: Not a song per se. Rather, Everything Music host Rick Beato’s list of the top 20 singer-songwriters, with a snippet from his favorite song by each. Poem of the day: “What I Learned From My Mother” by Julia Kasdorf. Fact of the day: Pardoxically, during the pandemic, traffic went down but … Read more

JWDailies 03-26-2021

Song of the day: “Caroline” by Otis Gibbs. Poem of the day: “Come Into Animal Presence” by Denise Levertov. Fact of the day: Wild dogs rule the streets of Afghanistan. Learned one thing today: Entrepreneurship took off during 2020, to the point of reversing the stagnation of prior years. Visual of the day: Debt has … Read more

JWDailies 03-20-2021

Song of the day: “Near Wild Heaven” by R.E.M. From their 1991 superstardom breakout album, Out of Time, often described as the album that, along with Nirvana’s Nevermind, released later that same year, defined the alternative music scene of the 1990s. (1991 is a significant year for me, too. It’s the year I joined Yankelovich, … Read more

JWDailies 03-17-2021

Song of the day: “Dangerous Game” by Mark Selby. Poem of the day: “Boyish Sleep” by Hamlin Garland. Fact of the day: 2020 was a year of extremes, and not all bad. Some were good. Learned one thing today: The science on meditation shows lots of downsides and risks. Visual of the day: These charts … Read more

JWDailies 03-16-2021

Song of the day: “War is Kind” by Jakob Dylan. Poem of the day: “Fin de la Fiesta” by Greg Glazner. Fact of the day: The mystical visions of Alicudi islanders were rye bread gone bad. Learned one thing today: What the pandemic has meant for people’s libido. Visual of the day: If you haven’t … Read more