The Parting Glass

The lyrics to this song date back to at least the early 1600s. The melody came a century or so later. It’s usually played at the end of the night as a farewell song.William Christie, who compiled two volumes of Traditional Ballad Airs, wrote in 1876 that The Parting Glass was still the last playedContinue reading “The Parting Glass”

Third Time’s The Charm – Fictional Humans Of New York #5

The first time Jim tried to kill himself was in the summer of 2008. He swallowed an entire container of Tylenol and washed it down with a bottle of gin. When he woke up he wished more passionately than ever that he was dead. He stumbled to the bathroom and asked the moron in theContinue reading “Third Time’s The Charm – Fictional Humans Of New York #5”

I Want You

“Brevity is the soul of lingerie” – Dorothy Parker Although this blog is called Words & Music there are situations that call for economy in the use of words.  The longest song The Beatles ever released (except for the experimental Revolution 9) is “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” which clocks in at 7Continue reading “I Want You”

The Lovelorn Blues

Everyone must feel a little lovelorn sometimes. And there’s some comfort in knowing you’re not alone in your misery. Hence, the blues. I’m lovelorn babyI’ve got the lovelorn bluesI’m lovelorn babyAnd so are you Tell me again how everything that’s put together falls apartTell me again how you can go on living with a brokenContinue reading “The Lovelorn Blues”

The Parable of the Matador and the Juggler

There once was a man who learned how to juggle.  He found joy in the act of bringing flight to inanimate objects and comfort in the fact that he was performing an activity with no practical application.  It brought peace to his wandering mind and pleasure to stray audiences. The juggler’s father was a hard-workingContinue reading “The Parable of the Matador and the Juggler”