#SongsOfMy2020, No. 10: “Vibe (If I Back It Up)”, by Cookiee Kawaii

In a first for my annual music countdown, this was a student recommendation. Teachers can improve their standing with students if they can get into some of the things that students are into—but I usually have difficulty getting into their music. Here is a delightful exception. đŸ¤”

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Mikaela Davis: Casimir Pulaski Day

“…and the cardinal hits the window.”

I heard this one yesterday while sweeping the grounds around the swimming pool at the Surf 16 Condo/Motel in North Wildwood. My friend Ariel suggested the artist. When this song later came up in the YouTube auto-play rotation, I had to drop it here right away. Please find six minutes and a quiet space today to listen to this song and reflect on your blessings and on the beauty of this short life. Read more

Morrissey: Tomorrow

“The one thing that I ask of you is one thing that you’ll never do: Will you put your arms around me?”

Tomorrow ends the Morrissey segment of my #LastDayAtAKA series. Yes, I took quite a hiatus back there to wrap up the 2017-18 school year and get through the 2018 summer session for my grad school. I might take another hiatus in the fall once I begin teaching full time, but today is all about Tomorrow. Read more

Morrissey: I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday

“Please wait. Don’t lose faith.”

I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday is another highlight of Your Arsenal. It provides a bright and hopeful contrast to the previous Seasick, Yet Still Docked. It is said to have been inspired by Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie, which is reasonable considering guitarist Mick Ronson’s involvement with both projects. Read more