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I've got several boxes full of old CDs and DVDs, all of which I keep meaning to watch or listen to "someday". Last night I decided to give one of those DVDs a go (a production of a Shakespeare play that I'd had for maybe 5 or 6 years) and I put it in the DVD player. A few minutes into the play, the faces of the actors dissolved into blocks of pixels as if they had all been placed under the witness protection program. Soon thereafter, the disc stopped playing entirely.

Disc rot. [] It's the same problem I'd been having with many of my DVDs and audio CDs. Meanwhile, my old vinyl records - some of them inherited from my parents - still play, for the most part, pretty well.

Sony gave us the CD back in the early 1980s [] and I can remember the extravagant promises that were made about the digital compact disc's durability and longevity. Now I'm wondering if it's time to just cut my losses and toss all my old optical media in the dumpster.

I can watch videos and listen to music on streaming digital media and downloads now. Of course, the continued viability of those media depends on the survival of the technological infrastructure that they inhabit: successive generations of computers, mobile devices, music players, and so on.

I'll confess I have a certain sentimental nostalgia for vinyl - but my reasons for keeping up my vinyl collection are pragmatic. I want a record that'll damn sure play 10 or 20 years from now. I don't know that about my digital tracks, and I certainly don't know it about my CDs, but I know it about my vinyls.

And as for Sony - the folks who brought us the compact disc in the first place - what are they up to these days?

Well ...

The tables have turned ... at 33 1/3 rpm.
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You know how you can hear a song 100 times and not really pay attention, and then on the 101st time it suddenly grabs you? That's this song for me right now. The name of the band (Devek) means glue, and I'm glued to this tune.

I'll try to work up a translation of the lyrics later.


Nov. 15th, 2016 09:47 am
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Meir Banai live. This song just kills me.

"Answer us, G-d of Abraham ..."
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A little Motown for your Saturday night.

This 1966 song by the Four Tops was another big hit for the gifted and prolific songrwiting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland. Their first breakthrough came after Eddie Holland gave up his performing career to join his brother Brian and Lamont Dozier, with 1963's 'Heat Wave' performed by Martha and the Vandellas.

Baritone Levi Stubbs (1936-2008) was the lead singer for the Four Tops but never sought top billing, out of solidarity with his bandmates.
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Get up, arise, and speak anew
without fences or boundaries
without here or there
without fear of death.

Speak like a child,
straight to the heart.

I've been posting at LiveJournal for over 10 years, and mirroring at DreamWidth since 2012. Most of my posts here have been non-political, but that is likely to start to change as time goes on.

You should know that I'm American, Jewish, 51 years old, a proud parent, a military veteran, socially liberal, free-market conservative, registered Republican, queer-friendly, Zionist, patriot. In no particular order.

I've been back in my adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon, since the end of January, having spent almost seven years living (VERY reluctantly) in San Francisco. Amazing what you'll do when there are kids involved.

Shabbat shalom.


Jul. 17th, 2013 10:22 pm
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The Motels, 1983. From the golden age of MTV. Even after 30+ years the song and the video still give me goosebumps.
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מילים: רבי מרדכי עבאדי
לחן: מאיר בנאי

"Assemblies of the People"
Words by Rabbi Mordechai Abbadi
Music by Meir Banai

I just love this song.
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Performed by The Piano Guys, via the ubiquitous FB. Enjoy.
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Looking back over my LJ archives, it looks like December 2005 was a pretty active month for me. I posted some bits of original fiction, an excerpt from Ursula K. LeGuin, and reflections on my new living quarters and old housewares.

And I still love this song by Electrelane, a musical setting of Juan Boscán's poem '¡Oh Sombra!' and which my brain still hears as "awesome bra":


Dec. 23rd, 2012 08:17 pm
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I am so in love with this song.
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is named Morrison, and doesn't wear leather pants.

Reminds me a bit of Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star.
And she's not bad looking.
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'Pandit Ravi Shankar's life, which traversed nearly a century, ended Tuesday.

The legendary sitar player, who taught Beatle George Harrison how to play the stringed instrument and brought Indian music to the West, passed away at age 92 near his home in southern California, according to his wife Sukanya and daughter Anoushka Shankar, who were by his side.'
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He was a progger.

'Hemsley is a self-proclaimed fan of 1970s progressive rock bands[3] including Yes,[3] Gentle Giant and Nektar. On his appearance on Dinah!, Hemsley performed a dance to the Gentle Giant song "Proclamation" from The Power and the Glory. After his dance, Shore was laughing and asked what kind of music that was. Sherman then proceeded to give a 5-minute speech on Gentle Giant.[4] Hemsley can also been seen wearing a Nektar T-shirt during his interview with Norman Lear when Lear hosted Saturday Night Live from Season 2 Episode 26. In 1999, he collaborated with Yes founder Jon Anderson on an album titled Festival of Dreams which was not released.[5]'


May. 23rd, 2012 08:41 pm
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Pakistan Jails Doctor Who
[read the rest of the headline at the link]
Not to make light of a very serious and sad situation - but I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who did that double-take. (HT ithildyn.)

Spam goes steampunk. (HT mosellegreen.)
See previous:


Feel it.
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Sadly, they've gone their separate ways. But boy could they knock out a tune.
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Friday night I skipped shul and ducked into my studio for the evening. There was an exhibition/reception on the top floor. When I walked in, I was stopped dead in my tracks: there was a young androgynous Asian musician making the most AMAZING sounds with guitar, voice, and assorted instruments. I plunked down ten bucks for the CD; you can download it for free at his website.

The kid's name is Jhameel. Go check out the website:

Opus 23

Mar. 7th, 2008 04:36 am
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Dustin O'Halloran.
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Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56.

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