This post is a little later than normal. I usually try and write in the mornings because my brain is toast by the time I get home from work in the evening, and I almost never feel like writing then. Mornings this week have been busy, so I haven’t had a chance until now. But just cause I’m late talking about them doesn’t mean there weren’t delights to be had.
- ALAL Presentation. Back in 2020 I had submitted a panel to the American Library Association on copyright myths and legends. Well we all know what happened in 2020, so that panel didn’t happen. Sometime this winter I got asked if I was interested in doing the panel for the conference this summer. That was back when everyone was predicting so many people would have had omicron over the winter that we’d get a nice lull in COVID until the fall like last summer. Ha, ha! Again we all know how that turned out. It’s no secret that I’m still super COVID cautious, so being on this panel turned into my nightmare a little bit. The only saving grace was that vaccines and masks were required for the conference. Most but not all people were wearing them properly in my session, which I am very thankful for given that room was jam packed full. Every seat was taken and people were standing in the aisles. I only went to the conference for my panel because I couldn’t make myself be around that many people inside for any longer than I had to be. It was really nice to be back at an in person conference for even that little bit. I wanted to stay and do more, but I didn’t. My panel went really well and a bunch of people stayed after to ask questions. They had to kick us out of the room for the next session in that space. So that was gratifying. The experience did confirm for me that I’m very much not ready to go back to in person concerts which would be even more crowded than that room and with no one else in masks. I’m still not out of the woods where I might test positive for COVID after this, so I might retract my delight if that happens.
- Getting in a walk in between the rain. Last Thursday morning it was supposed to rain, so I wasn’t sure if I would get a morning walk in. When I woke up it was still raining, but I looked at the radar and it seemed like it was moving out, so I got up and figured by the time I fed the cat and got ready it would have cleared out. That’s mostly what happened. There were still a few sprinkles around. Though sometimes I couldn’t tell if it was actually raining or if it was water dripping off the trees. At any rate, whatever it was doing it was totally reasonable for me to walk in. I thought the rain had moved out for good, but when I opened the door to leave for work a little bit later it was pouring and kept raining for much of the day. Apparently I squeezed my walk into the tiny space in the morning when it wasn’t raining. I hate missing out on my walk, so I’m very happy I was able to sneak it in.
The rest of my delights are all music related this week.
- WXPN’s Throwback Thursdays. Over the summer for the past many years now, WXPN has been doing Throwback Thursdays. When they originally started it was throwing back to the same digit year in earlier decades each week. Since they’ve done that, now they pick themes and play older songs that fit with the theme. Last week it was songs that reached number 2 on the Billboard charts, but never made it to number 1. So it was a really good week for hearing great songs that were once very popular, but that you may not have heard in a really long time. Sometimes with the themes the songs get a little obscure.
- As I believe I have mentioned in a previous post, I have gotten into vinyl in the last year. I like to keep my eye out for cheap used vinyl, and this week I snagged used copies of Bridge Over Troubled Water and the Concert in Central Park by Simon and Garfunkel for $5.99 and $7.99 respectively. An excellent find!
- My New Music Friday post for last week was about the new album by MUNA. The song “Anything But Me” has been out as a single since March, so Friday was not the first time I’d even heard it by far. I guess I never really listened to the lyrics before because listening to the whole album on Friday was the first time I at least paid attention to the opening lyrics of the song. They gave me a big, old smile.
You’re gonna say that I’m on a high horse
I think that my horse is regular-sized
Did you ever think maybe
You’re on a pony
Going in circles on a carousel ride?
- We’ve been watching the new season of The Umbrella Academy. The first episode features this delightful dance off set to “Footloose”, which if I am not mistaken includes some of the choreography from the original movie and also perhaps from other movies like Dirty Dancing.