Friday BBQ Spotify 4/19/13
Well, this has been some kind of tumultuous week. The terrible fertilizer plant explosion in Texas and the rest of the week’s events notwithstanding, I lost any idea of getting all distractedly musical when the terror bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon. I’ll post the list I was originally planning on a future Friday, but given this week’s event’s, it would have just come across as insensitive – to me at least. I’m someone who likes to move on from tragedies as soon as possible, in some sense to not wallow in self-pity and reaffirm the incredible gift of life we all share, but I think it’s healthy to stay in-the-moment for at least a while, if nothing else to respect the victims and even if we can’t make sense of the reasons for why these events occur – at least hold a dialogue about it – even if it’s just a dialogue in your own mind. So when I was having difficulty getting to sleep this week, I spent some time surfing Spotify Radio and found both some oldies-but-goodies and some new pieces of music – new to me, at least – that helped me contemplate the week’s events. The list is anchored by two cuts from the Dylan-esque Jake Bugg, a teenager from Nottingham, England who’s one of the freshes voices I’ve heard in a while. So we’re going to both turn it down a notch some today as well as fire up our emotions a little, pay respect to the victims in Boston and Texas and elsewhere, and try to put this all in perspective. No matter what you do this weekend, whether you barbecue or go out to eat – or just stay in and cocoon a little – take the time to appreciate what and who you have around you. Spread a little more love than normal. Life is fragile and we all need to value it more. And ultimately, have a safe weekend. I want you all to still be here next week, and all the weeks to come.