I like to go dancing semi-regularly and sometimes I feel like this when dancing:

No, I’m not THAT tall, but this is exactly why I don’t wear higher heels when I dance— not because they’re uncomfortable (they’re not, generally) but because the “average” height for men in America includes children, apparently. (And yes, like the woman in the movie clip, I’ve almost been clotheslined with my own arm by guys who can’t/won’t lift their arm up high enough.


Spoonful by Howlin’ Wolf

So this week I wanted to share this remix of I miss you by Bjork but honestly the original video directed by John Kricfalusi is more interesting visually.

Ok.. so I like the main riff of this song, but the Theremin-y/whistle-y shrill bit(s)? Not so much. Even so, thought it was close enough to share… It’s the sort of track I might listen to on one of my long walks in an attempt to slow down my usually (very) brisk pace.

Shapeshifter Blues by Pilote

Halloween calls for something a little different.. a little silly. At least if you ask me.


Car Wash by the Easy Virtue Orchestra

Peculiar Fascination by Yasume

Last year, Fiona Apple recorded a cover of Pure Imagination from the 1971 film, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a soundtrack for the film below. The film (and accompanying game) is part of a campaign produced by Chipotle focused on food with integrity.

Read more about the film here and here

The song itself is available for download/purchase from iTunes, by the way.

It’s 10/10..Have a lucky day….

Or perhaps you’d prefer the album version of this song…

Tomorrow night, Baltimore’s own Bosley will be playing at the Mobtown Ballroom. Live music and dancing, you can’t go wrong.

Tripped over this group late one night while surfing among public radio stations and thought their music was a nice change from what I’ve been listening to recently and that’s why I’m sharing it with you today, dear readers.

How about you? What have you been listening to lately?

Last week Ignite Baltimore held their 15th round of lightning talks and as usual it was a fun mix of local perspectives and ideas.

If you’re not familiar with the concept of a lightning talk, speakers have 5 minutes and 20 slides that advance automatically to share their stories and make a point. There are, to my knowledge, no limits (other than time and slide quantity) to what speakers may cover so these evenings of about 15 speakers are generally pretty interesting.

Here are a few of the speakers from last week. Check out the rest on Ignite Baltimore’s YouTube Channel.


Courage to Code by Brigitte Warner


Radical Redemption: Prison Hospice by Kristin Metzger, R.N.

While traveling through Bali, it was not unusual to come across shrines and offerings regularly. The island is predominately Hindu and offerings and prayers are a part of daily life. As an outside observer the practice appears beautiful and brings moments of quiet calm to life.

These are flowers adorning a shrine in a fishing village on the eastern coast.

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Like this image? Prints and products featuring it is available for purchase online here.

Was digging through stacks of music I hadn’t listened to in a long while and uncovered, among other things, an album by the Ditty Bops.. It sounds like fun music for a warm night outside laughing friends, doesn’t it?


Wishful Thinking by The Ditty Bops

A few more flowers from Bali…. not alive necessarily but still pretty lovely if you ask me.

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Glory by Wye Oak

Lately, I’ve been trying to be more active again. I’ve been pretty good about working out regularly, but still feel like more movement needs to happen; so I’ve been working on that. With that in mind, I went for a walk in the rain tonight. After a long, hot sunny few days, it felt great to walk through the hushed wet streets.

While walking, a few things caught my eye:

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How about you, readers? Seen any unusual or interesting things walking around lately?

A friend turned me on to this group recently… the jury is still out for me about their sound, but still wanted to share their music with a broader audience.


Cold Steps by Professor Professor

Leafy Greens

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Summer is drawing to a close (in theory at least), kids are back in school and magazines, stores and cafes are all beginning to hint at the coming transition to fall. Even so, it still feels and looks pretty darn summery here in Baltimore …and summer in Baltimore means jungle-esque (hot, humid and very, VERY green).

These photos are from my trip to Bali earlier this year, but don’t seem like much of a stretch for Baltimore this time of year.

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This last picture I took at about 10 o’clock one night during a village festival.. but that’s a story for another time…
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When I lived in Colorado, I discovered DeVotchKa. They were one of the cooler local bands in the area in my book.

I like this song and find that most people have a hard time sitting still while listening to it (which is good, if you ask me). As such, I wanted to share a more artful presentation of the song this week in the form of a piece of student work from a few years ago by Daron Nefcy.


Death by Blonde by DeVotchKa

Here’s the full album version of the song.
And here’s a performance of the song in Denver’s Mercury cafe (A good spot for brunch too, btw)

This song reminds me of a number of things, but most strongly late fall/early winter in Göteborg where I listened to this album quite a bit. This recording is much newer than the original but still pleasant in my opinion and today I could use some optimism.

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