Songs That Elate You

The other day, new mom Laura was scolding me for listening to the Cure while I was fretting about housecleaning. “Listening to the Cure is not going to make you feel like you can get your house packed up!!” (It was the repeated exclamation point that got my attention.) Rather, she admonished me, I should…

Stars and Signification

It should come as no surprise that someone who loves popular music, semiotics, and digital media would have a fascination with the five-star “rating” system built into iTunes. I blogged about this more than a year ago, and in the intervening period I’ve had to reassess this minimalist six-category taxonomy of selections. At the time…

Blasphemy and U2

A couple of weeks ago — an it really have been that long? that recent? — Seabury celebrated a communion service in a context defined by the music (and politics) of U2. This is, in essence, a great idea — and I say this in large part because I had it, ages ago, but never…

We Need Help

We have to whip our household into shape as soon as possible. None of us is a housekeeper (our obsessions and compulsions lie elsewhere), but we need to clear our house to a lend-able condition very promptly, ideally as much as possible within the next two weeks. That will not include me — I have…