Join In the Chant

Life, Music

A few years ago I was introduced to Fluxblog’s annual survey of music and have absolutely loved it. I look forward to downloading every year.  It is seriously one of my most favorite things. More recently I discovered  that Fluxblog’s author, Matthew Perpetua, created music survey’s for each year of the 1980s.  This year he is publishing surveys for each year of the 1990s.

I have been downloading the 80s survey’s year by year and savoring them one at a time, in order. It is like listening to the most epic mixed tape ever created. So many memories. I thought it might be fun to share some of the songs that jump out at me as I go through these.

He published the 80s surveys in reverse chronological order, starting with 1989. 1989 was an interesting year for me because it was the year I left Spokane for the first time and moved to New York. My world was opened up in so many ways, music being one of those ways.

I am currently working my way through the 1987 survey. 1987 was the year I graduated from high school, so quite a memorable year for me. So far I am finding the music from that year so cringe-worthy and cheesy. For example, the song, “(I’ve had) The Time Of My Life” came out. Debbie Gibson was popular. This morning on my walk to work I heard “Always” by Atlantic Starr. :shudders: Can you get diabetes from listening to music?

Juxtoposed next to this saccharine music are songs like Nitzer Ebb’s “Join In The Chant.”

I remember my first exposure to Nitzer Ebb. It was 1989 and I was living in New York. My nanny friends all went to a small theater to see a show. They were seeing someone that was relatively new to the music scene at the time: “Nine Inch Nails.” The song “Head Like A Hole” was playing in the clubs and we all  loved it.  I couldn’t go because I had to work that evening. I was so, so bummed. The next day my friends excitedly told me about the opening act, Nitzer Ebb and said that I HAD to listen to them because I would LOVE them. They were totally right. I completely fell head over heels for this band and this style of music. It was like nothing I had every heard. It was the opposite of the saccharine shit I was force fed on the radio in Spokane.

This is the memory I thought of when “Hearts and Minds” played on my iPhone on my walk to work this morning.


Life, Music, Photography

I fell asleep beneath the flowers
For a couple of hours
On a beautiful day

I have to admit that I have lost a lot of motivation for a lot of things that I usually enjoy, blogging being one of those things, sadly. I am not sure what this is all about (depression? The weather?) but I guess instead of fighting it I will just go with it. I does fill me with a little bit of sadness though.

The two things that seem to be a constant are pinhole photography and running. I started training for another half-marathon and I’m really stoked about it. And I just got a new pinhole camera and I’m having a lot of fun with it. AND I have some good news in that department. My co-workers have asked me to display my pinhole photography at the library on our local artists wall! I was so honored that they asked. So I’m curating a few pinhole photos that I have taken at the library to hang for the couple of months on the art wall. Exciting stuff!


Here is a pinhole photo I took a couple of months ago on a nice day on a walk home from something, work probably. I got really focused on pinholing the pretty flowers I saw walking along. And then this Lupe Fiasco song popped into my head as I was shooting this. It’s on my running playlist and pops up often. This is the first time I’ve seen the video for this song. I like it!


A valentine


It’s Valentines day, it’s a beautiful day, and I’m feeling warm and fuzzy. Today is a good day to take a break from outrage and turn to something more heartwarming. I thought for today’s post I’d share my favorite love song.

I am a lover of music and, indeed, have very eclectic taste in music. There are songs in my head for every occasion. And today’s occasion is one of romance and love. What is my favorite love song? It is so hard to choose. In the end I had to go with the following song for reasons that don’t have anything to do with me, but have to do with a story that my mom told me. The story touched me deeply and so every-time I hear this song it reaches deep into my soul and gives me a big case of The Feels. The lyrics are simply stunning.

Now we fight

Thoughts and Opinions

My iPhone seems to have taken on a personality of it’s own the past few days and decided to, randomly, play protest songs for me. It has been kind of weird but it has also brought a smile to my face and has emboldened me to fight against hate. I’ve lovingly referred to this as my iPhone’s “Fight the Power” playlist. Here it is so far.
Renegades of Funk. Rage Against The Machine

If the Kids Are United. Sham 69

All You Fascists. Billy Bragg and Wilco

White Riot. The Clash


Megalomaniac. Incubus

Like everyone else, I am moved to do what I can to support those doing good in the world. I don’t have a lot of extra money at the end of the month so I am trying to be intentional about where it goes. I have already set up a monthly donation to Planned Parenthood because that is just a no-brainer. They provided me with health services when I was in my twenties when I didn’t have health insurance so I owe that organization a huge debt of gratitude. I should have been donating before now!

I feel that I really need to support good journalism right now. Freedom of the Press is one of our greatest rights and I want to support it. At the moment I am trying to decide which paper I am going to subscribe to. I am leaning toward the New York Times because I have always admired the journalism there.

I am also planning on making donations to the ACLU and the NRDC.

And because I am committed to promoting peace in this world I have re-subscribed to Tricycle so I can be exposed to ALL OF THE DHARMA.

I am fired up and ready to fight. And, apparently, I have the approval of my iPhone.

About the featured photo:

I was trying to find a suitable photo for this post  and came across this photo I took in Dublin. I can’t remember who the artist is but here is a video of him putting it up, and here is a better shot of it on IG. I keep seeing ADW Art associated with the piece.  The piece is a response to the Dublin coat of arms and it’s motto (according to the video).

I love it.

For you photography geeks: I used my Olympus XA and Tri-x film for the shot.

Can I sail through the changing ocean tides? Can I handle the seasons of my life?

Books, Music, Art, Movies

I have 4 versions of this song on my iTunes but i think this is my favorite.

The Fleetwood Mac version just popped up on my iTunes though. I feel like it resonates with how I’ve been felling lately about the passing of time and aging and that terrifying feeling of it all.