Parsing the Lyrics of “Love Comes Walking In”

Poetic license is a powerful tool that enables writers to paint with a broad brush, to use words like an impressionist rather than a realist. It’s armor against the literalists who expect every I to be dotted and T to be crossed, yet it’s also a handy defense for mediocrity for those who can’t be … Continue reading "Parsing the Lyrics of “Love Comes Walking In”"

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Left, Right, and Wrong

I don’t like talking about politics, and rarely do, for the same reason I don’t like talking about religion: Too many people are too certain they are “right”, which makes everyone else’s opinions wrong. But throughout the election season I have watched my Facebook wall light up with venomous declarations of certainty and pronouncements of … Continue reading "Left, Right, and Wrong"

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The Lyrical Offenses of “Hey Jealousy”

My friend Ben, who I like and admire, recently attempted to sever our friendship by admitting to having fond memories of The Gin Blossoms. This is hard for me to accept because the band was borne from a tainted era of generic American “alternative” bands. If you lived through so-called modern rock radio in the … Continue reading "The Lyrical Offenses of “Hey Jealousy”"

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Pandora’s Boombox

Have you seen Louis CK’s mini-monologue on The Conan O’Brien show, generally known as “Everything is amazing and nobody’s happy“? I am not prone to hyperbole, but I think it’s the most important four-minutes of television of the 21st century. In a humorous and curmudgeonly way, he lambastes the modern entitlement mentality and all that … Continue reading "Pandora’s Boombox"

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