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S o c o r r o, or, I shall be free

If you know who I am and you are willing, send me mail at my regular address and I will send you an address. One of my high school friends is homeless in Stockton, CA and I am soliciting direct donations to her, yes.

When we were in high school one of my friends’ fathers abandoned her family. My father paid her family’s mortgage that month. That friend is not contributing to this friend now, nor is anyone else, but my father is.

The fact that he is has brought it home to me: is it not normal that none of the others are contributing.

Some would say that if I were good I would be magnanimous and realize that these people simply cannot face it but I am not good and I think charity toward the ungenerous is just a mechanism designed to save them face. And of course the degree of my surprise is the degree of my (erroneous) belief in people.

Axé.

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¡Ay, quán fermosa viene Doña Endrina por la plaça!

It is Ash Wednesday, time to consider the battle between Lord Carnaval and Lady Lent, and I have found this really nice rendering one of the songs from the Libro de buen amor (1343). (An ad comes first, unfortunately — turn the sound down.)

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Peruvian Psychedelic Rock

“Telegraph Avenue was named after the street one of the band members stayed at in San Francisco during the summer of ’69.” He must mean Berkeley.

Read the article and listen to the songs.

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Mandolin Orange

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Com que voz

…desenganado. There is another title, Povo que lavas no rio, what more could you want?

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Here are those lyrics

Moi et ma belle on avait été au bal
On a passé dans tous les honky tonks
S’en a revenu lendemain matin
Le jour était après s’casser
J’ai passé dedans la porte d’en arrière.

L’apres midi mois j’étais au village
Et j’m’ai saoulé que j’pouvais plus marcher
Ils m’ont ramené back à la maison
Il y avait de la compagnie, c’était du monde étranger
J’ai passé dedans la porte d’en arrière.

Mon vieux père un soir quand j’arrivais
Il a essayé dechanger mon idée
J’ai pas écouté, moi j’avais trop la tête dur
“Un jour à venir, mon neg’, tu va avoir du regret
T’as passé dedans la porte d’en arrière.”

J’ai eu un tas d’amis quand j’avais de l’argent
Asteur j’ai plus d’argent, et ils veulent plus me voir
J’étais dans le village, et moi j’m’ai mis dans tracas
La loi m’a ramassé, moi j’suis parti dans la prison,
On va passer dedans la porte d’en arrière

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D’Angelo and the Vanguard

Real Love, from Black Messiah. That is new and you should really listen to the clip.

There’s Voodoo, and you can listen to it all–

and other albums, but I really think this Black Messiah would be the thing to have as you drove through the city, for instance.

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