30-Day Song Challenge Day #22


Day 22: A song that moves you forward

“A Plea from a Cat Named Virtute,” which is basically a pep talk from a pet to a person paralyzed by doubt and depression, is a song that can get me going.

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30-Day Song Challenge Day #21


Day 21: A song you like with a person’s name in the title

Not only is “Sweet Susan” by Mamadou a song I like with a person’s name in the title, but I really, really like Susan, my wife.

30-Day Song Challenge Day #15


Day 15: A song that you like that is a cover by another artist

Sun Ra released “Nuclear War” in 1984, but Yo La Tengo recorded four different covers of the song.  “Nuclear War (Version 2)” is my favorite because a chorus of children singing profanities just slays me in all figurative uses of that word.

30-Day Song Challenge Day #13


Day 13: A Song You Like from the 70s

The 1970s offers some great songs, and some awful, terrible, no good songs.  “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum is one of the good ones.

I’ve made a top ten list for every year of my life, so if you want to see more songs I like from the 1970s, check out these pages:

30-Day Song Challenge Day #1


This September, I will be participating in the 30-Day Song Challenge, the type of quality music meme content you’ve come to expect from Panorama of the Mountains.

Day 1: A song you like with a color in the title:

One of my favorite song teams of all-time, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procul Harum.

 

Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them #TopTenTuesday


Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is“Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them.”

 

Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh – taught me to be spiritual in the moment, event when washing the dishes, by imagining your washing Buddha or the baby Jesus

My Life With the Saints by James Martin – inspired me to spend a year posting about my own favorite saints

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift – walked along the Hudson to find the lighthouse in person and read the book aloud to my son and various children who gathered around

Sleep Thieves by Stanley Coren – made me realize the pernicious evil of Daylight Saving Time

Asphalt Nation by Jane Holtz Kay – made me an activist against prioritizing automobile use and car culture

Book Lust by Nancy Pearl – this book reccomends books to read and read a lot of the books reccomended

Celebrating Marriage Preparing the Wedding Liturgy by P. Covino – at our wedding, my soon-to-be wife and I greeted guests at the door to the church based on a historic tradition mentioned in this book

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp – I learned how to soothe a baby through swaddling and bouncing.  I got pretty good.  Then the babies grew up.

Amusing the Million by John F. Kasson – made me want to travel in time to visit Coney Island at its historic peak and fueled an obsession with Brooklyn I had for several years in the early 1990s. Although I’ve never lived in Brooklyn, I’m the ultimate hipster, because I wanted to move to Brooklyn before it was cool.

Snowshoeing Through Sewers by Michael Aaron Rockland – one of the urban explorations in this book is walking the full-length of Broadway on Manhattan from Marble Hill to Bowling Green.  I followed in Rockland’s footsteps.  A few years later I created my own long urban walk on Washington Street in Boston.