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Music and Cocktails: Half Empty or Half Full

Music and Cocktails: Half Empty or Half Full

I was first exposed to the Indie band Death Cab for Cutie when my daughter was in high school and I was driving her back and forth everyday. At that point, they had released both Transatlanticism, the album that brought them recognition and critical acclaim, and Plans, their first commercial success with a major label that ended up going platinum. “Marching Bands of Manhattan” is the opening track on Plans and I can distinctly remember hearing it for the first time and immediately thinking

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Poetry in a Glass: In Absentia

Poetry in a Glass: In Absentia

I first learned about Wallace Stevens in a grad school class where the assignment was to select one of his poems to explicate. I deliberately chose “Sunday Morning” because it was difficult, and I wanted a challenge, and I certainly was not disappointed in the least. Stevens is a perfect example of a Modernist poet who wrote about the world in an intellectual, impersonal, and objective manner. His vocabulary was tremendous, his attention to even the slightest detail was incredibly precise, and

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Music and Cocktails: Traveling Blind

Music and Cocktails: Traveling Blind

Leonard Cohen’s impact on the music world cannot be measured. He has influenced the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and Bono, all major influencers themselves, and only a handful of artists in the total list. His presence was like a stone being thrown into a lake; the ripples he caused went on forever. Rolling Stone called Cohen the “poet of brokenness” in an article written by Mikal Gilmore shortly after his death in November of 2017. Gilmore felt that despite Cohen’s

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Poetry in a Glass: Brightly Into Brilliance

Poetry in a Glass: Brightly Into Brilliance

There is a famous sign that welcomes visitors to the Napa Valley that includes a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson that reads, “…and the wine is bottled poetry.” Isn’t that a beautiful thought? I needed a new direction for my Monday posts and I admit to be totally inspired by this idea. Cocktails and poetry… yes, that would work, but what would make it even better would be to make it a series about using wine as a ingredient in drinks, in much the same way as I did with my beer

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Music and Cocktails: Walk in Silence

Music and Cocktails: Walk in Silence

For most of my Music and Cocktails posts I’ve looked to different sources to gain background information about the particular song, or artist, or band about which I was writing. I began researching Joy Division’s “Atmosphere” in much the same way as I always do, yet I quickly realized that most interpretations of the song, as well as its importance to the band in general, were written from the standpoint of lead singer Ian Curtis’ depression and subsequent suicide. It’s

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