Be Afraid

Jason Isbell and The 400 kick against the pricks.

And I don’t think you even recognize the sound of your voice
When it’s blasting through the speakers in the sky
And if your words add up to nothing then you’re making a choice to sing a cover when you need a battle cry

Do it anyway.

Just One Victory

Great piece by Rolling Stone about Todd Rundgren’s efforts to retool the song for every Democratic candidate to use, free of charge.

Here’s the link to the Rolling Stone story

I’ve long loved Rundgren’s music. His concerts are a real trip, too.
Loved the quote in the story: “Let’s go for ‘We Are the World.’ ”
The chorus is very easy to sing along, so it could very possibly be a party theme song.


Here’s the link to the son on Rundgren’s album.

Here’s the link to a live performance.

The Shores of Normandy and 1916

Jim Radford gives a couple of live, stirring performances.

The first is a June 2014 concert at Royal Albert Hall commemerating the 70th anniversary of D Day.

The second is at The Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday 2016.

For every hero’s name that’s known
A thousand died as well
On stakes and wires their bodies hung
Rocked in the ocean swell
And many a mother wept that day
For the sons they loved so well
Men who cracked a joke and cadged a smoke
As they stormed the gates of hell.


And I marched and I fought and I bled and I died,
And I never did get any older,
But I knew at the time that a year in the line,
Was a long enough life for a soldier,



Six-feet lengths
Shepherd staffs
Can be carried.

Include peacekeepers
And officers of the law.

Fashion statement, perhaps?

Park cars.
Lock firearms.
(at a safe distance).

Know Your Rights

The Clash have been a fave for me in my listening, including this early 1980’s tune. Pogo or clap along with this sarcastic little ditty.

And number two
You have the right to food money
Providing of course
You don’t mind a little
Investigation, humiliation
And if you cross your fingers

Harmony Hall

Note the indirection of this song by Vampire Weekend. Some tunes invite analysis, such as this from Atwood Magazine:
The band performs the song on this video from Austin City Limits, an exclusive to Rolling Stone. The pop jauntiness mixes with the darker undertones of the song. Production values are pristine in an excellent prosentation.

A recent concert by the band on YouTube is available if you have a couple of hours.
Within the halls of power lies a nervous heart that beats
Like a Young Pretender’s
Beneath these velvet gloves I hide
The shameful, crooked hands of a moneylender