I thought I would blog now in the morning since today promises to  be another full one. I didn’t sleep great last night.I wasn’t thinking of anything in particular. Dead family appeared in my dreams, smiling, unspeaking. I think I probably got enough sleep but I remember tossing and turning much of the night.

I have many little tasks today in order to get ready for this evening’s rehearsal. They are the details of preparation that make up a choir director’s itinerary. I also have to meet with Rev Jen and give a piano lesson. Tomorrow I have a funeral to play and an eye doctor appointment in Grand Rapids in the afternoon.

And with all this stuff, I have some serious practicing and composing to continue.

The Playlist: U2 Dances Into Darkness and 11 More New Songs

I love these playlists. I hope I have time to listen some of this.

Trump Syllabus 2.0 | Public Books

An interesting set of links , many to recommended books. It will take some time to sort through this.

Salman Rushdie’s Prose Joins the Circus in ‘The Golden House’ – The New York Times

Speaking of Trump, he seems to have made it into Rushdie’s new book. Cool.

To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now – The New York Times

This is a heartbreak of a story. It reminds me of a quote I read this morning: “The British philosopher Stuart Hampshire has suggested in Innocence and Experience that a culture’s moral sensibility depends less on divisions between ‘moral’ or ‘immoral’ than on whether any particular issue—slavery, opprobrium regarding sexual preference and practices, certain uses of power—is perceived as falling within the morality of all.” from Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World by Jane Hirshfield.

Phone Mic – iGadget Store

I need one of these.

John Ashbery, a Singular Poet Whose Influence Was Broad, Dies at 90 – The New York Times

I didn’t know his poetry that well.

Read John Ashbery’s Poetry – The New York Times

I read all of these. Not sure what I think.

This is an instructive feature portrait of a business woman from Jackson Michigan. She voted for Trump but that’s not the thrust of the article. However, it does break some left wing stereotypes.

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