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 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 04-15-2021

Song of the day: “The Best is Yet to Come” by Stephen Bruton. Poem of the day: “Conserving the Magnitude of Uselessness” by A.R. Ammons. Fact of the day: Teens, not adults, are rallying to fight the end-game against global warming. The future is now firmly in their hands. The generational break has happened. Learned … Read more

JWDailies 03-23-2021

Song of the day: “Funk #48” by the James Gang. (No, not that funk. This is the other one.) Poem of the day: “To Be Alone Again in the Thick Skin” by Todd Boss. This link includes Boss discussing this poem. Fact of the day: Marliyn Hartman, the so-called serial stowaway, is at it again, … Read more

JWDailies 02-28-2021

Song of the day: “Victim of Love” by Charles Bradley (featuring the Menahan Street Band). Poem of the day: “How Clear, How Lovely Bright” by A.E. Housman. Fact of the day: Maybe the use of ‘brain science’ in the law has gone too far. Cognitive neuroscience is used a lot (e.g., recovered memories) but its … Read more

JWDailies 02-23-2021

Song of the day: “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends” as recorded by Bobby Bare. Kris Kristofferson wrote this song, and recorded it himself but Bare recorded it first. This is also the final song Kristofferson performed in his last show before officially retiring. Poem of the day: “What the Living Do” by … Read more

JWDailies 02-11-2021

Song of the day: “Dehlia” by David Bromberg. Poem of the day: “Discovery” by Wistawa Szymborska. Fact of the day: Crises create major technological breakthroughs. The pandemic may well be creating substantially more value than it has destroyed, and perhaps that’s why stock markets (which always bet on the future not the present) have been … Read more

JWDailies 02-03-2021

Song of the day: “Autumn Leaves” by Cannonball Adderley. Poem of the day: “June Fourth” by Gerald Stern. Fact of the day: The global warming future that awaits us is also our 50 million years ago past. Learned one thing today: More than one, actually. Robert Caro and Kurt Vonnegut sat down together in 1999 … Read more

JWDailies 01-27-2021

Song of the day: “Looking for Lot 49” by the Jazz Butcher. A rockabilly ode to Thomas Pynchon’s sophomore novel. Poem of the day: “Sonnet for speech too soft & you who’ve yet to choose a name” by Sam Rush. Fact of the day: Narratives matter. Narratives of loss send us backwards, as this tale … Read more

JWDailies 01-18-2021

Song of the day: “Trinkle Tinkle” by Thelonious Monk, featuring John Coltrane. Wow! The Monk Riverside recordings from 1957 are worth a long listen. Poem of the day: “Bird Language” by Christopher Pearse Cranch. Fact of the day: Let’s face it, Facebook owns some of the responsibility for the Capitol attack on January 6. Does … Read more