Sunday, June 24, 2007

don't get down

for me sundays generally bring an abundance of simple gifts. if I happen to be sticking around the house (which is often the case on a sunday) some of my favorite sunday gifts are the radio programs which air on cleveland's npr station. today was a stellar day. on the early bob edwards program bob interviewed local 'plain dealer' columnist connie schultz. I have been a huge fan of connie since moving to the north coast; i appreciate her 'take on the world' and how she focuses in on people who are often forgotten. I sometimes get annoyed at the p.d's editorial positions and its typical corporate-media-take on reporting (or not reporting) the news but the paper isn't totally hopeless, after all, they have connie on the staff, have a fairly decent arts section and metro section, and a better than adequate selection of comic strips. there was one time, however, when connie & the comics weren't enough to keep me as a subscriber, in 2004 when the p.d. endorsed george bush for president, I was so pissed I canceled my subscription. it was hard living without a hometown paper, eventually my 'riles' * died down; I abhor tv news so to be without a local paper was very difficult (there are plenty of sources for national news and excellent internet alternative news sources) plus there is the issue of my being a life-long comic freak. after almost a year I called and re- subscribed. yes, it probably was the comics that finally broke me down, it's hard following the daily exploits of the gang in 'for better or worse' or from 'funky winkerbean' without the paper. but I digress - point is connie schultz is great she has mega-heart and she brings it to everything she writes. this morning's interview primarily focused on her new book - a memoir of the year she took a leave of absence to support her husband, sherrod brown, during his senatorial campaign. the book is entitled "And His Lovely Wife." it sounds terrific, as soon as I return from vacation I'll be putting a hold on it at the library who knows maybe I'll even buy a copy! I heard schultz is becoming (or is now) a syndicated columnist, I hope she's picked up far and wide! if you're not local check her out, if you like what you read, give a gift to yourself and your community and call your local paper and request that they carry her column!

the point of today's SECOND post was actually not to sing connie's praises but to mention one of my absolute favorite radio programs, the vinyl cafe, it's a cbc program and is relatively new to our station. from the first time I heard host stuart mcclean's voice and his stories about dave and morley, I have been hooked. it is old fashioned radio variety program and is absolutely wondrous. on today's show was a song that I have never heard before, but it affected me so much I feel compelled to put up a second post and share this song with my 'cyberhood' - the song is entitled 'don't get down' by hayden a singer-songwriter from toronto. again through the magic of the internet; not only did I find the lyrics I also found doing a search on the cbc radio 3's site for "don't get down" will allow me to listen to this song (and a few other hayden tunes until I get my act together and hunt up one of his cd's). hayden's musical style is the quirky, off-kilter and sometimes haunting and melancholic type that I favor and like to get lost in (think neil young, leonard cohen, jimmie dale gilmore, roy obison and jason molina of ohia/magnolia electric co. - hey, did I just describe a genre for male singer songwriters?) since I like to share here is my sunday gift to you! hope you give him a listen....

Don't Get Down

Don't get down
Don't waste time on things that you can't ever change
I know we all do

Write a song
All your new ones are the best you've ever sung
Write another one

And all you need to do
Is get away from everything
Quit this sad old scene
Come back when you feel the need
We'll all be here for you

Don't get let down
Don't spend time with people you don't even like
I know we all do

Write a song
All your old ones don't mean a thing if you don't sing
Any new ones

And all you need to do
Is get away from everything
Quit this sad old scene
Come back when you feel the need
We'll all be here for you

And find something that will make you feel
Like everyday's too short
we're only here for a little while
You'd better make your mark

*I'm pretty sure 'riles' is NOT a noun but as my university linguistics teacher said 'language is an open system' so today I'm making it so....

2 comments:

Ms. Mamma said...

thanks for posting this. you're so sweet.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Kim, for your incredibly kind words.

Connie Schultz