Endless Loop: Forever

charlatansHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Forever” by The Charlatans UK

I used to never get sick.

Oh sure, I’d catch a little bug every now and then, but usually only once every couple of years, and I’d always recover quickly, some 24-48 hours later the last remnants of cold or flu or whatever just fading away.  I didn’t miss school.  I didn’t miss work.  Hell, when I was smoking, I didn’t even stop doing that, switching over to Menthols like a good little idiot who thought he’d live forever.

Endless Loop: An Ending (Ascent)

brianenoHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“An Ending (Ascent)” by Brian Eno

Brian Eno’s “An Ending (Ascent),” from 1983’s Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, is easily one of my favorite pieces of music of all time, probably top five even.  It’s just so wonderfully moving, a haunting and beautiful instrumental that could score just about any moment in time, from bittersweet elation to quiet despair.  It can bring tears just sounding as it does without any discernable context whatsoever, just the notes, the melody, the sound.  And I love it for that.  That feeling is about as close to god as I’m ever likely to feel.

Endless Loop: Shake Your Rump

beastieboysHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Shake Your Rump” by Beastie Boys

Endless Loop: Lust for Life

iggypopHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Lust For Life” by Iggy Pop

The Joup Friday Album: The Fixx – Shuttered Room

Shuttered RoomI don’t believe I have ever been without access to a record player. Not to say I’ve always been as into Vinyl as I am now; the collecting bug is, I believe, a mild form of mid-life crisis (thanks to the one episode of Mark Maron’s podcast I listened to for helping me to figure that out).

Beats Harleys and prostitutes.

Endless Loop: Those Were the Days

maryhopkinHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years? Sure you have. These are the songs that always make the cut. The songs on repeat. We all have them. I have a ton. Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Those Were the Days” by Mary Hopkin

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and I’m sure we’re all very busy, so let’s just get to the point.

The Joup Friday Album – Fantastic Mr. Fox OST

617wv2bZRTL._SX466_My very dear, fellow Joupers:

The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days – perhaps tonight. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when Thanksgiving should be no more. 

Tis hard to see the mighty prancing of reindeer, trampling the turkeys and pilgrim hats beneath their merciless feet. No cranberry or pumpkin to administer relief in that hour the most sad in the history of holiday cheer. O the holiday cheer. O the horrors premature twinkling lights and Black Friday sales. Truly it may be considered the most cruel and awful scourge which can befall the period between Halloween and Christmas. Heaven grant there may be an end soon.

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