The Musics, July 2023
Below is what I’ve been tracking, listening to, and reading recently. I have an email capture at the bottom if you want me to email when I post–usually once a month.
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- 7/16/23, Between the Buried and Me, at the Observatory
- 7/22/23, Diana Krall at Humphrey’s
- 8/3/23, Danny Elfman at the CalCoast Credit Union
- 8/18/23, Gregory Porter at the Epstein Family Amphitheater
- 9/8/23, Bit Brigade at The Casbah. I can’t make this show, but if you like Nintendo and rock music, then you’ll love Bit Bridage as they speed run games while playing the game soundtrack live. They’ll do the original Zelda and DuckTales for this gig. Here’s a 2014 video of them playing Zelda so you get what I mean. I saw them in San Diego a few years back when they did Contra I and Metroid I, and it blew my mind.
- 10/7/23, Thundercat at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air
- 12/5/23, Skid Row at House of Blues
This month I had the incredible privilege of being a guest on The Trial Call 10, an insightful podcast hosted by a shining and guiding star in the San Diego legal community Jim Crosby. That episode with Jim and I should drop soon. In our recording, we discussed new music and Jim hipped me to Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and their new album Weatervanes. At first pass, I fell in love. The song writing is deep, yet accessible. I’ll be sitting with this album more.
Weathervanes also made me fall in love deeper with Terlingua, the recent release from Wayne Sutton and Bill Palmer. My good friend Bruce Phillips plays keys on this album, and that dude is an inspiration and a soul that energizes me. Please put this album on and listen cover-to-cover.
I also cannot talk about delicious songwriting and not also put Ben Fold’s new release here too. Really, really enjoyed this album and love to see how Folds continues to create at such a deep and interesting (sometimes awkward which I love) level.
One more singer-songwriter: Judy Blank. We were in Healsburg at a music fest and although we missed her set, she gave us tickets to get into the festival. I checked her out and really like what she’s doing, and how she’s hitting the road to promote herself. She’s a talent for sure.
I am did an other round of learning about racism and present it has been and continues to be in America. It’s important to me to continue to self-educate as much as I can about this important topic (and abuse) and I’m thankful to authors who take their energy and time to tell their stories.
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. This book gives points founded in, and in continuation of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson. If you have not checked out that book, stop all other books and listen/read this one. McGhee in Sum compounds on thoughts of important topics like real estate, zoning, and voting rights. And how America was set up to caste out persons of color through those politics.
You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism by Amber Ruffin. Ruffin tells the stories of her sister and about racism that surrounds them. Ruffin writing style is humorous, given her career in comedy. But the stories she tells are bad. Real bad…to showcase how people in our current age or super recent-years can still treat black persons this way. Or (maybe worse) be and/or remain ignorant and/or unaware, such that someone remains in that ignorance/unawareness.
I also listened to two books about organization, project/task-management, and teamwork. Both offered similar points, but were both good.
How Big Things Get Done: The Surprising Factors That Determine the Fate of Every Project, from Home Renovations to Space Exploration and Everything In Between by Bent Flyvbjerg.
The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter Drucker.
One last book, in complete opposite (at face value) from the project-management books:
Quit: The Power of Knowing When to Walk Away by Annie Duke. I liked Duke’s last books, to learn how she has used her poker approaches and skills in other parts of life. For someone that grew up thinking “you finish what you start” and “quitting is for quitters”, this book offers an important counter-argument. As many times, stopping a task before it gets worse can be an need life-skill. She gives good examples and approaches about how to identify when it may be time to stop while you’re behind.
This month’s pic:
Landing at SAN and enjoying this shot of the San Diego Bay and Coronado Bridge.