Saturday, October 29, 2005

Song of the Week: Autumn Almanac

Oh, there will be many Kinks songs featured on the Song of the Week. There's a Kinks song for every occasion. The Song of the Week could be ALL Kinks songs, as far as I'm concerned, but my more sensible side says that it may be better to spread them out over time. Suffice it to say that I am a fan, a student, a disciple of Mr. Raymond Douglas Davies*, and that is an understatement.
So, anyway, I was thinking of what a perfect and beautiful Fall day it was here in Minne-scrapolis today, and what song I could post as the best theme for perfect Fall days, and, well, here it is...

Autumn Almanac

*Who else would pen this rhyme "Oh, my poor rheumatic back, yes yes yes, it's my autumn almanac"?

From Here to Maternity

Well, I've hemmed and I've hawed and I've wondered whether it would be really stupid to 'fess up to being knocked up on the blawg. Me and the old man just decided, what the foo?! Most of our closest friends already know and I don't mind our not-as-close friends knowing now and I guess it really doesn't matter if some strangers know. So there. This is why I've been feeling sick---when they say "nauseous" and "morning sickness", they really mean it. Months of it! I had also temporarily lost interest in several of my favorite things: coffee, good tea, and knitting, though I'm starting to feel better and thankfully my knitting muse seems to be back! My posting may be sporadic---especially around late March, if all goes well...

By the way, is that barefoot and pregnant doll not the scariest?!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Song of the Week: Everybody Knows

Mister Leonard Cohen

Everybody Knows
"Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died
Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows"

...and, well, it just goes on from there...Sound familiar?

Friday, October 07, 2005

Song of the Week: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

(FSA photo of a breadline during the Depression)

Bittersweet Bing. What a great song! Also eerily timely, when you see these news stories about soldiers coming back from Iraq to find their families living on canned food donations collected by the Boy Scouts.

Oh, we'll all be singing it again soon enough. We can't seem to stop these looters in the Whitehouse from completely bankrupting this country (both fiscally and ethically), so you may as well learn the words now!

Bing Crosby singing Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Russian Mitten Patterns

I got this cool book earlier this summer. Here in Minnesooooota it's just starting to get coooooold. So I think it's time to make some of these mitties. More soon!