The Musics, August 2022
Below is what I’ve been tracking, listening to, and reading the last month. I have an email capture at the bottom if you want me to email when I post–usually once a month.
In addition to this art blog, I day-job as a personal injury trial lawyer at Casey Gerry with a focus on brain injury cases. My recent CG blogs are:
- 8/14/22, Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Theauxdown (with Tank and the Bangas, Dumpstaphunk, and other NOLA groups), at The Rady Shell
- 8/16/22, Tedeschi Trucks at SDSU Cal Coast Open Air Theatre
- 8/17/22, Cécile McLorin Salvant at the Conrad, with a prelude Interview with Cécile McLorin Salvant hosted by Dave Drexler at 6pm
- 8/23/22, Flying Lotus, Hiatus Kaiyote at The Rady Shell
- 9/6/22, Kendrick Lamar, SDSU Viejas Arena
- 9/9/22, Alicia Keys at SDSU Cal Coast Open Air Theatre
- 9/16/22, Weird Al at Pechanga Temecula
- 9/17/22, Wilco at SDSU Cal Coast Open Air Theatre
- 9/25/22, Weird Al at Balboa Theater
- 9/26/22, Weird Al at Balboa Theater
Hiatus Kaiyote’s Mood Valiant. Thanks to Chicago drummer/recording artist Luke for this tip. Super creative band.
Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma. Check that tune “Table Tennis”–I love the use of rhythm from ping pong. It takes me back to Jim Henson’s short film Time Piece. I’m enjoying studying up on Flying Lotus as I prepare for his show.
Mark Guiliana’s The Most Important Question, 2-song release. Mark is a creative force with drumming, electronica, arranging, and recording.
The Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life, by Annie Grace (read by the author). Thanks to my buddy Nick for recommending this as it was fantastic. I liked how Grace offers an alternative to AA and discusses the psychology of selling alcohol. If AA is not your jam, check out this book. It got lots of gears turning for me and got me back into juicing vegetables.
The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein. This book is an important read as it reports the history and shaping of racial divides in our country (planned racial divides) by way of real estate and laws. It’s a similar reporting to Caste (which I blogged about in March 2021), and just as important.
The Dichotomy of Leadership, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (read by the authors). This is the continuation and further support from their previous book Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win. The book was great, with lots of solid thoughts on how to lead teams. But I’ll also say this: for you that scoff at audiobooks, listen to these books. To hear the passion and conviction these two SEALs deliver their written words is inspiring.
Podcasting for Dummies, by Tee Morris. Hm…perhaps of a taste of something soon within my law stuff.
Speed Reading books. I’ve never read books on the art, approach, and science of reading. So I read 10 Days to Faster Reading, by the Princeton Language Institute; and Speed Reading: Learn to Read a 200+ Page Book in 1 Hour, by Kam Knight. Both books opened my understanding and awareness to how the eye tracks information on the page, how you range of vision can affect your info intake, and how to use “pacers” to keep the brain and eyes on track.
Currently listening to: To Engineer is Human, by Henry Petroski.
This month’s pic:
Sunset over Pacific Beach–a constant reminder of how fast time moves and how much beauty this Universe gives.