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Much on my mind, as we muddle through this post-fact, post-truth, post-decorum, post-civility, post-shared humanity, post-(you-name-it) world. Look, corrupt politicians are nothing new. But, it does seem like in the past, there was at least some effort to conceal that corruption and often when it was exposed, it had real consequences. Nowadays, it seems like corruption is worn like a badge of honor, and it is at best denied or at worst accepted.
Also thinking about social media and Facebook in particular. People tend to use this platform in many different ways. I still contend that all technology is neutral, that is only through man's use of the technology that it becomes good or evil. That being said, I have friends who use Facebook solely to share political posts, those who use it (almost) exclusively to promote their music, those who post humorous posts, those who post pictures of children, grandchildren, or pets, etc. I think all of those are fine. There is, though, one phenomenon that I just don't get.... There are some people who feel th need to chime in and comment on things that really don't have any thing to do with them. I'll give a hypothetical example: A friend posts something on my wall that is basically on inside joke or a reference that makes sense to only a small group of people. Some people will jump in and make irrelevant comments. Another example, a celebrity passes away, and people are posting remembrances of that person and what they and/or their work meant to them. There is always that person who feels the need to add either by comment or post, "Eh, I never was a fan" or "I don't know who that is but...." I guess it's a pet peeve of mine, but if a post doesn't directly address you or you have nothing meaningful to add, then just let it go.
To be honest, the only time I have "un-friended" AND blocked someone was for this very thing. They were a friend who I had not really interacted with at all for several years. Someone important to me made a heartfelt post about something and this person (who did not know the original poster at all) jumped in and made a totally insensitive comment basically discounting the original poster's experience. Since I was the only link between the original poster and the person making the comment, I felt responsible for their behavior and so I deleted them as a friend and blocked them.
There is something maybe important in all my ranting, but I'm not sure what it is... something about how divided we are as a nation and the amount of incivility that exists in that divide....
Well, it's Monday when we jump in with our Music City Monday shuffle - songs with some connection to Nashville, Tennessee....
"I Won't Wear Flats (To Your Funeral)" by Eight O'Five Jive
First up, we have our favorite jump blues jivers.. with another track from their Swing Set album which helped kick off 2017 in style!
"More Glue" by Tim Carroll
Next up, E2TG favorite Tim Carroll from his Pure as Coal album.
"In the Golden Years" by Nick Nace
Nick Nace is up next with a moving song from his Canadiana Americana EP.
"Safekeeping" by Dean Fields
Next up, a emotionally powerful song (kind of a rare track???) from Dean Fields from his Harvester set - which includes songs he released (a bunch) every month for a year or so back in 2015.
"Scream" by Shadow 15
Next, more vintage Nashville 1980s punk rock from Shadow 15.
"Out of Nowhere" by Well Worn Soles
Next up, a track from Country/folk by this band who are not from Nashville. The album, though, was recorded here and features several Nashville guests.
"Paper Napkins" by Todd Farrell Jr.
Okay - so this one has been floating around the playlist for some time. It eventually ended up on the first Benchmarks album - and I think we featured that version here, but this is the Todd Farrell Jr. solo version. Also, a good reminder, as we complain about the heat. of the season depression that hits some of us hard in the winter.
"Fish and Whistle" by John Prine
Thinking about the upcoming Songs of John Prine benefit for Jessi Zazu (of Those Darlins) which is put on my Oh Boy Records as a tribute to the seventh anniversary of the Broken Hearts and Dirty Windows album. The show features an all-star cast that includes Jason Isbell, Kelsey Waldon, Cory Branan, Caitlan Rose, and many more including two E2TG Artists of the Year. (NOTE: This show is SOLD OUT) This is the penultimate track to feature from the 1986 live recording that I got off Noisetrade some time back.
"I Can't Throw Stones" by Mike Cullison
And we close with another track from Front Porch Philosophy by our friend Mike Cullison who will be at Radio Cafe this coming Thursday night.