I love music. I’ll share thoughts about music. I’ll have fun writing about music.

Artist – Album (Year): Genre. What the album sounds like. When to put the album on. Album at its best. Maybe a conclusion. Maximum of 5 best and/or representative tracks. //

+/- My rating % — Metacritic Consensus Rating % +/-  (+ if higher, – if lower)

One Art

Elizabeth Bishop, 1911 – 1979

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

—Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

Favourite podcast episodes of January 2017

  1. Alexander Nehamas on Friendship from Philosophy Bites: A friendship is impossible to represent in a single moment because friends can do anything together. Friends can see an expression of your character through an isolated action, where others cannot. Many more insights on one of the most important relationships of our lives in this episode.
  2. Married to a Monster from Beautiful Anonymous : There are few things that are more terrifying than finding out somebody you thought you knew well is somebody else completely. Somebody who might even be dangerous. How do you react? This woman with incredible strength chooses optimism and to fight for her and her son’s lives.
  3. Barry Stroud on Scepticism from Philosophy Bites: “Can I trust my senses? Some philosophical sceptics have maintained that we can’t know anything for certain.” I actually really like ambiguity after considering multiple perspectives. Life is beautiful, complex, and defies understanding. It’s okay to admit it.
  4. Cruel and Unusual from Radiolab Presents: More Perfect: The death penalty. The words “cruel and unusual punishment” is explored, based on 5 key court cases. Definitely thought-provoking on what cruelty is, and what is right or wrong. I’ll let the episode speak for itself.
  5. The Girl Who doesn’t Exist from Radiolab: Her parents believe she’s better off isolated from the world and she finally escapes at age 19. But she can’t do anything without an ID–go to school, get a job–and she can’t get one without records of her being born or that she exists. She asks for help on YouTube, attracting 1M viewers who can’t help her.

Favourite podcast episodes of 2016

Revisionist History

      1. The Lady Vanishes
      2. Blame Game
      3. My Little Hundred Million
      4. Food Fight
      5. Carlos Doesn’t Remember
      6. The Big Man Can’t Shoot

Beautiful Anonymous

      1. Ron Paul’s Baby
      2. 4 Kids 0 Sex

Freakonomics

      1. Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations
      2. Bad Medicine, Part 3: Death by Diagnosis
      3. Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6
      4. How to Make a Bad Decision

Science VS

      1. Guns
      2. Gun Control (Pt 2)
      3. Forensic Science
      4. Attachment Parenting
      5. Organic Food

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

      1. Should We Legalize Assisted Suicide?

Radiolab

      1. Shorts: The Trouble with Everything
      2. 23 Weeks 6 Days

Modern Love

      1. Three Mothers, One Bond
      2. ‘Fighting Words’

The Partially Examined Life Philosophy Podcast

      1. Part 1 of 2: “The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living” 

Philosophy of Love
*If you have patience for slightly lacking delivery, great content

      1. Love and Friendship

Hidden Brain

      1. Loss and Renewal

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy [under 10 minutes]

    1. Concrete
    2. The Bank

Articles

  • Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other: “Most people suffer from …“the transparency illusion”—the belief that what they feel, desire, and intend is crystal clear to others, even though they have done very little to communicate clearly what is going on inside their minds.” As a follow up: Which Words Matter the Most When We Talk?
  • By the time you read this, I’ll be dead: Assisted suicide is grey, and yet another caution against having extreme, defensive stances on any matter.
  • Interview with Nick Riggle on Style: Is style the same as fashion? Is style materialistic? Riggle suggests that it’s more complicated than either of those: style is the expression of our personal ideals.
  • Loving My Sister-Brother: “Aren’t you going to judge me?” My heart ached with the hurt of my faith being misunderstood…” Christians judge because of their flawed humanity, not because the Bible teaches them to. Au contraire, John 8:7 says, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone…” The greatest commandment is to love.
  • Why you can’t trust yourself: The world would be a better place, that we would give more people the benefit of the doubt, if we become aware of these issues, strive to remember them daily, and realize nobody is exempt.

Melancholy, Me and You.

Snow, Melancholy; Green College – December 2016, iPhone 7 Plus

Snow puts me in several moods: wonder, contentment, melancholy. Melancholy is also one of my favourite words to describe an emotion. Tonight I feel it and decided to write about it. If I had to put a soundtrack to it, currently on repeat: Present Tense by Radiohead.


Melancholy
Each letter fits together so beautifully
With a balance so perfect
Each syllable rings melodically
With a rise and fall as calm as the ocean tide
The word sits alone but not quite lonely
In quiet solitude
Pensive

Me and you
We fit together so perfectly
With a balance so beautiful
We breathe and we talk harmonically
With an ebb and flow uplifting and pastoral
I sit alone a little bit lonely
The depths of you
Elusive

Clock

Steam clock, Gastown – August 2015, FUJI X100S

Last night I heard everything in slow motion. I saw that people love, but they cry. I smelled fires raged from warmth but turned to hate. You told me there’s no such thing as a safe place.

Then the word “safe” kept coming back to me. This short, simple word that rarely finds its use outside of signs and warnings of physical threat. But this short, simple word evokes a powerful resolution of fundamental human desires–to belong, to love and be loved, to be understood, to be good enough, to feel whole.

In the comfort and constancy of true companionship, there is a radiance that crowds out insecurity, jealousy, and selfish ambition. It’s there you realize, in time, that safety resides in a person, not a place. It’s there you realize that even if you aren’t enough, somehow you are.