52 SONGS

everyday, somethin'

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tonight

I'm reading poetry at this opening. Come on out!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

43. "What I want to see"


your legs, those same jeans,
a bear in the wild, a mountain lion,
whale, spectacular car crash,
UFO, beers, my house, that 
pile there gone, my kids' 
report cards, people glad 
to see me, rain, pyramids, 
catacombs, the playoffs
clearly without glasses,
Cheap Trick in their heydey,
the Los Angeles Basin before
the Spaniards' arrival, Owens
Lake when it was full of water,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

42. Lectionary


What is foolish shames the wise, what is weak
Shames the strong. What’s been chosen is what’s
Low & despised, including what is not, in order to
Erase what is, so that no one may boast. Boast in God.
This is the reading for today. This is what is
Read by me on the day I’m reading it, as posted
Online in the lectionary I found by means
Inchoate to me as the source of the scriptures
I found them by. Inchoate, not mysterious.
I entered a search for lenten lectionary 2014,
And I clicked on the top unadvertised link.
A student from China yesterday prayed for me in Chinese.
We were standing on a lawn under humid, bright air.
He said you are a blessing already to those people
You say you want to be a blessing to. He said your life
Is what needs to change. And you can’t do it.
He then asked if he could pray for me, I said yes.
I put this down here, this is no put-on, to read again
Someday, since my memory, and my cares…

41. Broadcast News


 
While in previous weeks I’ve tried to express something about the grammar, or the structure, of movies, this post is more narrowly focused--in this case, on a particularly good sentence in a movie full of good sentences. Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks) resigns from his news network, partly b/c it’s becoming ever more soullessly corporate, partly because he knows he's lost the heart of Jane Craig (Holly Hunter) to the pretty boy on-air talent, Tom Grunick (William Hurt). Aaron decides to leave D.C. for a job on the West Coast, and when she hears about it, Jane calls him up and greets him, thusly: 
“Bastard! Sneak! Quitter!”
“Speaking!” he replies, cheerfully. She tells him she wants to see him, like right now, and he says he can’t—he’s getting ready to move, he’s got things to take care of, etc., etc. She demands he meet her, and finally he relents, ending the scene with the following exchange:
“Ok, I’ll meet you at the place near the thing where we went that time.”
“Ok.” 
This makes us laugh by confirming what we already know about these two: they are best friends. I return to a quotation from Stanley Hauerwas I included in the first movie post I made for this project, here slightly modified (in subject) to apply to Aaron & Jane, as well as to the movie & audience watching it: “What we need to say [relationally] is that the truth is in the details, and it is the details that produce sentences that matter." This sentence (Aaron's sentence) is beautiful because it testifies by its vagueness to the particularity of the friendship we've watched unfold the previous two hours. You'd have to know someone really well to know what he means by "the place near the thing where we went that time." And it's sad because we know it's not enough.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

40. Song

Late on this one, too. It's on its way...