Monthly Archives: July 2013

Flavors of Entanglement (Alanis Morissette)

Alanis Morissette has written good poetry and good lyrics throughout the album. Enjoying her more ballad-like songs these days, some of these songs really explain everything that’s wrong in the world, such as the tune “Underneath,” which explains that what is wrong begins with us.

“Straitjacket” is another relatable tune if you’ve ever dealt with people that just make ya kinda crazzzzzy….

“Not As We” is very pretty and “In Praise of the Vulnerable Man” is another good tune. This is a nice album you’re sure to enjoy.

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Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection

This CD spans the opus of Stevie Wonder’s career, from gospel boy-wonder through the incarnations of musical genre throughout the decades. Stevie Wonder, aptly named, has been with it, and with us, through it all. His funky, plucky style and bluesy, r-and-b love ballads are among the favorites that keep him number one in the American pantheon of music greats.
Here are some of the featured tunes, ones I especially adore, on this CD set: Superstitious, Sunshine of My Life, My Cherie Amour, Signed Sealed and Delivered, For Once in My Life, I was Made to Love Her, Uptight, Boogie On Reggae Woman, You Haven’t Done Nothing, That Girl, Living for the City, and Masterblammer. I couldn’t narrow it down…

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The Devil’s Doctor: Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science – by Philip Ball

Originally published by William Heinemann, a division of Random House Group, Britain and copyright 2006 by Philip Ball; and published in the U.S. by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, New York, The Devil’s Doctor is a thorough- and exhaustively researched work on the evolution of alchemical/chemical experimentation leading up to the way we conduct science today.
In the enchanting style of author Philip Ball, it is interesting to read about the manners by which our progenitors conducted theoretical processes. Frankly, it is amazing that we have even reached our present accomplishments, given some of the previous thoughts of the generations before us! A good, if long, read, nevertheless.

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View with a Grain of Sand…(Wislawa Szymborska)

This book of 100 poems by Wislawa Szymborska won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1996. Translated from the Polish by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh, it is a compendium of selections from books published between 1957 to 1993, previously copyrighted by the poet, with this latest book edition being copyrighted in 1995 by Harcourt, Brace and Company, New York.
While the author was born in 1923, the poetry she has written has classical permanence, breaching the effects of time over several decades with regard to the pertinence these poems affect on our present day souls.
Some of my favorites include: Brueghel’s Two Monkeys; Nothing Twice; Rubens’ Women; Coloratura; Bodybuilder’s Contest; Birthday; Psalm; Lot’s Wife; Seen from Above; The Onion; Children of our Age; Into the Ark; and No Title Required.

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