Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Behold : A play list dedicated to the most mysterious hour of the night : midnight. 

The midnight hour is believed to be the time when magic practitioners would cast their strongest spells and hexes due to it being an in-between time.

Midnight is also a quiet, reflective time ... oftentimes lonely and sometimes creepy.

Poet Wallace Stevens summed up the midnight feeling pretty aptly :

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.

I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
One luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right. 

I have been one acquainted with the night.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

focal point : 80's R.E.M.

In the 1980's, the band R.E.M. encapsulated (at least for some) a dual sense of Southern pride and mystery ... Before their album Out Of Time was released in 1991, the band still seemed to be sort of a Southern 'best kept secret' and both their songs and persona were things to marvel and guess at. 

This compilation attempts to gather together R.E.M.'s more intriguing compositions. In a sense, before 1991, R.E.M. were simply a very different band than what they eventually came to be identified as. 

Their 1980's songs were just as simultaneously ephemeral, playful and poetic as the first weeks of Autumn, a sudden thunderstorm, an old photograph or the driving, unexplainable allure of an abandoned house.

As always,

*** ENJOY ***