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July 23, 2017

values


friends,

 

i'm happy to announce that episode 560 should be my last from the road!

 

this week is inspired by a song, the artist steve taylor, and the concept of values clarification. the lines between caricature, propaganda, and our individual responses to satire, parody, and social criticism, fascinate me.

 

this is - steve taylor

this is - lifeboat

this is - the video

 

the songs:

- as it turns out (a fish may love a bird, 2006)

- stare decisis (songs from the kitchen ep, 2009)

- bones (don't even try, 2012)

 

i hope you'll listen.

 

love,

russell

July 16, 2017

flattery


friends,

 

episode 559 is inspired by the experience of blandishment, generally.

 

specifically, i'm struck by how small moments between strangers can affect us.

 

sincere balance is often hard to find.

 

the songs are:

- easy love (a fish may love a bird, 2006)

- the future (don't even try, 2012)

- roses (lost demo)

 

i hope you'll listen.

 

love,

russell

July 09, 2017

woolf


friends,

 

episode 558 is inspired by the play who's afraid of virginia woolf? by edward albee.

 

i've been a huge fan of the 1966 film for many years, and was able to see an encore presentation of the recent national theatre stage production (by means of nt live).

 

there's something haunting and beautiful about the play itself, the film, + the performances of elizabeth taylor, richard burton, imelda staunton, and conleth hill.

 

each is at the top of my recommended list.

 

see - the 1966 film trailer

read - a review

 

see - the 2017 national theatre trailer

read - a review

 

the songs are:

- he's gonna be a heartbreaker (deep, deeper, deepest, 2014)

- waves (lip service, 2013)

- gemeinnutz (night beach, 2011)

 

i hope you'll join me.

 

love,

russell

July 02, 2017

dignity


friends,

 

episode 557 finds me with thoughts surrounding the concept of dignity, and how our individual inner limitations connect with society at large.

 

this song - comes to mind

as does - this movie

 

the songs are:

- telegraph (don't even try, 2015)

- the problem is i want it all (lip service, 2013)

- boxes are for things (slippery slope ep, 2007)

 

i hope you'll listen.

 

love,

russell

June 25, 2017

work and love


friends,

 

episode 556 is here, and finds me admidst thoughts of compromise. specifically, how the realities of "work" and "love" are integrated, and aren't.

 

balance is hard to find.

 

and it feels important to try.

 

the songs are:

- mountain (splitting, 2015)

- last place (a fish may love a bird, 2006)

- anyway, i never meant it (factory sessions ep, 2003)

 

i hope you'll join me.

 

love,

russell