A Miami dreamland

2016/11/30 § Leave a comment

I have just released a project I’ve been hard at work on for the past couple of months. It’s called Storm Over Miami, and it rips and tears.

From the liner notes:

Inspired by the italo-disco of the late 70’s and 80’s, Scarface, and Jan Hammer’s soundtrack to Miami Vice, ‘Storm Over Miami’ is a love letter to the era and to the lasting influence of these artifacts. The atmosphere and pulse of the stylized 80’s is felt here, as is the brooding melancholy of a police procedural-criminal narrative.

Consume it as you see fit. If you like what you hear, please support me by purchasing the album.

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New music tonight

2016/11/29 § Leave a comment

This evening, I will be releasing new music.

The album is called Storm Over Miami, and finds its influence in the soundtracks of the 80’s. Jan Hammer, Scarface, italo-disco, etc. I put a lot of time into this project and I’m hoping the response will be overwhelming positive.

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A devastating W. H. Auden quote

2016/11/25 § Leave a comment

Just as we are all, potentially, in Adam when he fell, so we were all, potentially, in Jerusalem on that first Good Friday before there was an Easter, a Pentecost, a Christian, or a Church. It seems to me worthwhile asking ourselves who we should have been and what we should have been doing. None of us, I’m certain, will imagine himself as one of the Disciples, cowering in agony of spiritual despair and physical terror. Very few of us are big wheels enough to see ourselves as Pilate, or good churchmen enough to see ourselves as a member of the Sanhedrin. In my most optimistic mood I see myself as a Hellenized Jew from Alexandria visiting an intellectual friend. We are walking along, engaged in philosophical argument. Our path takes us past the base of Golgotha. Looking up, we see an all too familiar sight – three crosses surrounded by a jeering crowd. Frowning with prim distaste, I say, ‘It’s disgusting the way the mob enjoy such things. Why can’t the authorities execute people humanely and in private by giving them hemlock to drink, as they did with Socrates?’ Then, averting my eyes from the disagreeable spectacle, I resume our fascinating discussion about the True, the Good and the Beautiful.

– W. H. Auden, A Certain World: A Commonplace Book

“Gratefulness”: a poem by George Herbert

2016/11/24 § Leave a comment

Thou that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart.
See how thy beggar works on thee
By art.

He makes thy gifts occasion more,
And says, If he in this be crossed,
All thou hast given him heretofore
Is lost.

But thou didst reckon, when at first
Thy word our hearts and hands did crave,
What it would come to at the worst
To save.

Perpetual knockings at thy door,
Tears sullying thy transparent rooms,
Gift upon gift, much would have more,
And comes.

This notwithstanding, thou wenst on,
And didst allow us all our noise:
Nay thou hast made a sigh and groan
Thy joys.

Not that thou hast not still above
Much better tunes, than groans can make;
But that these country-airs thy love
Did take.

Wherefore I cry, and cry again;
And in no quiet canst thou be,
Till I a thankful heart obtain
Of thee:

Not thankful, when it pleaseth me;
As if thy blessings had spare days:
But such a heart, whose pulse may be
Thy praise.

via Robert Tracy McKenzie at Faith and History

Alan Jacobs on the recent American political whiplash

2016/11/23 § Leave a comment

Donald Trump spends eighteen months stoking the fires of racial and ethnic resentment and now says that it is time to bind up the nation’s wounds. Meanwhile, people who two weeks ago denounced Trump as a villainous cynic for even suggesting that the election could possibly be rigged are declaring that the election was rigged.
The reversals are giving me whiplash.
I can’t avoid the conclusion that if there’s one thing almost all Americans share, it’s this: their ethical and intellectual standards are, collectively, a wholly owned subsidiary of their political loyalties.

-Alan Jacobs“Flipping the Script”

David Bowie performs Life On Mars live on The Late Show, 1980

2016/11/22 § Leave a comment

David Bowie performing “Life On Mars” on The Late Show. It imbues something new and quite of the time, which is great for a song that was already nine years old.