April 25th, 2013

I'm so good at basic Italian. I outsource the more advanced skills to my Italian other half.

I'm so good at basic Italian. I outsource the more advanced skills to my Italian other half.

Days Like Today

April 15th, 2013

There is a certain naive hope among Americans, or probably among the larger human species, that days like today just stop happening. That bombs stop going off, that innocent people stop losing their lives for causes and derangements that are foreign both in spirit and in nature. As it seems to go with life, though, there is always another bombing. There is always another act of terror. And today, it was once again our country’s turn to bear the brunt of that reality.

People are apt to talk about how “tough” people in Boston are, how the Irish nature of that city and its historic inclination toward battle and resistance have prepared it for just such a moment. I’d wager that no one is ever ready for a bomb to go off in the place they call home.

But we are tough. The human spirit is tough. Northeastern urbanites, by our nature, have been trained to be tough. We’re also very kind. Pictures abound of the scene after today’s bombing, with more people running toward the calamity than running away from it. The sensible side of the human spirit understands that we’re all in this together and that a stranger’s suffering is also our own.

That’s the great thing that we can take away from today. The terror, the injuries, and the fatalities are absolutely tragic. But the uncompromising community and purity of spirit seen in the wake of those things today in Boston is absolutely inspiring. Let’s be resolute when pursuing whoever is responsible, but let’s also remember that we’re in this together and that, with arms locked, terrorism itself is a failed ideology.

April 14th, 2013

The cats are impatiently waiting for breakfast...

The cats are impatiently waiting for breakfast…

Musically Speaking, Part 2

April 8th, 2013

The world needs more good songs, and I’m doing my part to make sure the battle for excellent audio experiences is won! No Minaj, no Ke-dollar-sign-ha, no other talentless hacks. Let’s get started with part deux of this new seriers of posts, shall we?

“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake

My fingers are literally bleeding right now as I try to craft a ringing endorsement of a Justin Timberlake song. I mean, post-NSYNC Timberlake has been pretty enjoyable overall but it was always more of an undercover enjoyment that I certainly did not blog about. But “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay-Z, is different. It’s white-boy soulful. Hell, maybe it’s even black-boy soulful. It speaks to the part of me that wants to dance whitely on Soul Train like a 70s black man. So good.

“Spectrum (Say My Name)” by Florence + The Machine

Florence and I go way back. Actually, that’s true on its face: My grandmother’s name is Florence and, while I generally call her Flo Rida, it’s true that we go back. But Florence + The Machine and I…we also go way back. I’ve loved Flo and her machine since my earliest days as a gay hipster, or gayster. That is: hipster with unabashedly designer threads. In “Spectrum,” Flo belts it out and I try not to dance in public.

“Army of Two” by Olly Murs

Olly Murs is like the British Adam Levine of the twenty-teens. That’s not as much of an insult as it probably should be, given the Maroon 5 frontman’s rapidly declining talent and fame, but hey. What I meant to say was that Mr. Murs can write a catchy song and sing it like a talented champ. That’s rare in our Minajified world and I think it’s worth celebrating.

That’s all for now, readers! All 3 of you can now resume your daily working and toiling away for a meager, recession-era wage. Have fun with that.