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June 28, 2005

listening to the music in me

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 6:58 pm

I had hoped to post my Music Baton by now, but other things keep

interfering.  I’ve also been trying to articulate why I listen to so much

less music now than I did in the first 50 years of my life.   It may indeed

be the influence of haiku — the desire to focus on one thing at a time,

to be receptive to enjoying and appreciating the small moments of life,

and (please excuse the Kiki Dee reference, Evan), to listen to the

music in me, rather than someone else’s recorded music. 



juke box neg   John Stevenson and Peggy Lyles would understand (and

say it better):





his power out,

my son calls to talk about

nothing special





morning sun enters

   the sleeper’s










border of sleep

   the sound of nearby breathing

   . . . mine






a deep gorge . . .

   some of the silence

      is me




the mime

in our mittens











before there is any

tune in my head






“his power out,” & “dawn” –  Upstate Dim Sum (2005/I)

“applauding the mime” – Quiet Enough (Red Moon Press, 2004)

“morning sun enters” & “some of the silence” & “border of sleep” – Some of the Silence (1999)





New Year’s Eve —

the harpist’s hands

still the strings



distant jazz

a calla lily

catches the rain



“distant jazz” – To Hear the Rain (Brooks Books, 2002)

“New Year’s Eve –” – Upstate Dim Sum (Special Guest, 2005/I)




  • by dagosan                                               


for a wedding ring —

seeing she has one




sticky, hot and hungry:

five politicians

at my front door


[June 28, 2005]



balloons small  HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY to James Arthur Giacalone (DOB June 28, 2000)!!


tiny check  Eugene Volokh sparked an interesting conversation yesterday by

asking about “Terms That Have Become Unmoored from Their Etymology in

Our Memory.”   (e.g.,  “dialing a phone number”without a rotary dial,  or using

“cc” when not sending a carbon copy).  


A couple of the Commentors — and I really do appreciate the      music staff

civility and focus shown by his readers in their comments — suggested that

the term “album” no longer makes sense, now that we have music coming

out on CDs.   I disagree.  We need a word to designate a collection of songs

released together as a unit under a particular title.   The collective noun used

should not depend on the medium used for recording the songs — which is

and will be ever-changing.  Thus, you are buying a particular Beatles “album” on

vinyl, or cassette, or CD, or DVD, or in some MP3 format.   And my Emmylou

Harris album “Luxury Liner” did not stop being an album when I recorded it

on a tape cassette from vinyl in 1976, nor when I recorded it onto a cassette

from the newly-released CD format in 2004. 

  • juke box The relevant Quick Definition of “album” at the OneLook Dictionary is:   

    “one or more recordings issued together; originally released on 12-inch

    phonograph records (usually with attractive record covers) and later

    on cassette audio tape and compact disc.”

  • Online Etymology Dictionary states that albums used to be used to hold

    autographs of celebrated people; that the term “photographic album” was

    first seen in 1859, and meaning “long-playing gramophone record” is from

    1957, because the sleeves they came in resembled large albums.   

PPE  While thinking about the Music Baton, I recalled the very first song from

the radio that I really, really, really liked.  I was 8 years old, in 1958, when Sheb Wooley’s

Purple People Eater” was the #1 song for six weeks.  You can read the lyrics, hear Sheb

perform and see the PPE by clicking the link.

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