"It's really a very simple story. What happened was this: I met this girl and did a very stupid thing. I fell in love. Hard. I know that to some people that makes me an idiot and a loser. What can I say? They're right. I did some extremely foolish things; I'm the first to say it. And they've left me in jail and alone."
So begins one of the most compelling, emotionally charged, and affecting novels you are likely to read this year.
In preparation for Valentine's Day -- and our 44th Anniversary -- I've been spinning some love songs in my head.
Love is something that must be sung about. (If you don't feel like singing about it, it's probably not love.)
Love songs come in all styles, all varieties. Here are three of my favorites:
DELICATE – by DAMIEN RICE (1997)
What is it about Irish artists? How that small island can produce so many fine writers, musicians, actors, etc. is one of the wonderful mysteries of civilization.
Born in County Kildare in 1973, Damien Rice has released only three albums in twelve years, and only the first "O" made much impact. But his style -- equal parts Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke, with a dash of Nick Drake thrown in – pleases me more than the first two guys and as much as the last. Some people attribute Damien's comparative lack of production to his break-up with his girlfriend/muse Lisa Hannigan. I wish he'd release more music. His best – like "Delicate" – is quite special.
Sample great lyric: "Why'd ya sing 'hallelujah' / If it meant nothing to ya?"
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everyday THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ... LA BRAVA by Elmore Leonard ... RAZZLE DAZZLE by Michael Riedel ... the new New Yorker and the new New York Review of Books
Deezer! ...Howard Stern and Thom Hartmann always... lots of COSI, lots of KEITH JARRETT ... ... too much Pandora (but I made a new Shelby Lynnestation) ... and tons of Van the Man
MSNBC and Fox ... Rick Steve's Europe (comfort watching) ... Turner Classic Movies... and the struggles of the Lakers and the Clippers