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Sure, we all complain about commercials. I channel surf away and still can’t escape them — this evening while I fiddled around online a rum commercial came on in the background that made me turn the TV off.

But not because I disliked it. Rather, I heard it through for the background music, Iggy Pop’s The Passenger, which made me want to hear that song again.

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I just saw a wonderful documentary. It began with an item in the local weekly newspaper about a movie called The Wrecking Crew showing at the old theatre out on the former naval air station.

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Every May our street is closed off for a marching band competition. A minor nuisance, as we all have to move our cars elsewhere in the neighborhood, but mostly it’s great fun to see the kids come down the street playing their hearts out (sometimes well, sometimes not so) as they pass the reviewing stand, which is located just up the block from our house.

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It started with my friend a couple weeks ago. We walk our dogs together weekend mornings, and he asked if I’d noticed all the birds singing to greet the dawn.

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One of the bay area’s radio stations, KFOG, has a retrospective program called ten at 10. At 10 a.m. they play “ten great songs from one great year,” along with commercial jingles, sound bites from politicians or other cultural events, and clips from movies popular at the time. A little bit of nostalgic time travel in the midst of the daily hurly-burly.  (more…)

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Raised agnostic as I was, I haven’t had any institution with absolute moral authority in my life. I mean, my parents were pretty powerful for a while there. But they didn’t raise me to believe in absolute authority.

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Getting it right, eventually

 A year ago I posted on it, but struggled to say it, and didn’t nail it. I admit it. I tried here, in Better shared than in private about how sometimes I enjoyed hearing a song on the radio but I wouldn’t necessarily go play the same song on my own stereo. Why did it seem to sound better on the radio?

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