Sure, it’s supposed to be sunny and 80 in Portland on Monday, but today it’s a grey, wet April day. To keep things green and growing, I’ve lined up some of my favorite songs about rain to encourage the rain to stick around this month. Don’t get me wrong, I love the sun, but April was made for rain. … morePosted April 17, 2009
Listening to music
When Muxtape died at the heavy hands of the RIAA it was a sad day for those of us who enjoyed sharing and discovering new music via old skool mix tapes. Thankfully, OpenTape brings the music back to the masses! I’m relaunching my monthly mixes and hope you’ll share your mixes if you have them. … morePosted March 3, 2009
It’s not easy to describe how it felt when California passed Proposition 8 – banning same-sex marriages – last week. The same happened in Oregon four years ago. We search for words to express how it feels to know that secretly (and openly) 52% of people hate us. We rage and we cry and we feel empty. We try to forgive, to keep hope alive, to move forward despite this setback. … morePosted November 11, 2008
Between Muxtape, Twitter, and KEXP I’ve discovered a lot of new-to-me music in the last few months. Normally, I’d share my latest favorites through my monthly Muxtape, but now that the RIAA has shut that down I’ll have to settle for an iMix of my favorite songs from each album. … morePosted October 30, 2008
Just as I was about ready to post my long-overdue August monthly mux, I found out that the RIAA had shut down Muxtape. Whaaaa? Yeah, I heard the needle scratch on the record as the tunes came to a halt, too. And then disappointment in the RIAA set in. Is their goal to stop people from discovering and buying new music? … morePosted August 18, 2008
It turns out that the sun DOES still exist, despite the doubts created by an unusually cold and cloudy Junuary. The month of July one of my favorites, since it brings softball games after a month long break, camping, hiking, garden-fresh produce, evenings in the back yard, lazy afternoons in the hammock, and – oh yeah – my birthday! … morePosted July 1, 2008
June. A month that’s not quite spring and not quite summer, the middle child, the Janet Brady of the season. June means it’s Rose Festival time in Portland, which means Tall Ships, Fleet Week, and fireworks. June means a break in my softball schedule. June means Father’s Day. June means Gay Pride Month. June means waiting for summer to start in the Pacific Northwest while the rest of the country has barbecues and fiestas.
June means a new Muxtape for you to enjoy, filled with tales of the sea, some silliness, some tunes from my youth, and plenty to help you wait for summer to arrive.Posted June 1, 2008
When I received Ticketmaster’s concert update newsletter announcing that The Decemberists and Death Cab for Cutie would be playing together in Bend over Memorial Day Weekend, I knew I had to buy tickets. How could I miss seeing two of my favorite bands, much less see them both in the same show? That would be like passing on bacon-wrapped hors d’ouvres — foolish not to have at least one. By the end of the evening, it was clear that The Decemberists stole the show, and we all secretly wished they’d come back for an encore instead of Death Cab for Cutie. … morePosted May 26, 2008
It’s 72 and sunny, the trees are looking dapper in green leaves, I’m getting a tan from softball, and I’ve got spring fever big time. Nothing says “spring” like a new mix for Cinco de Mayo!
The smell of freshly mown grass, softball practice in a downpour, growing seedlings, hail on your picnic, budding trees, sunny days, puppies, kittens, and rainbows. Spring is here in Portland! What better reason for a fresh new Muxtape? Get it while it’s hot!
Got a new spring groove to share?Posted April 11, 2008