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I got a Plan A, and I got a Plan B
And if it’s absolutely necessary, we’ll go to Plan C…

People have been telling me it’s unseemly, how much I talk about Rachael Price.

What can you do? ‘Hypotheticals’ is keeping me awake at night. Not that I’m complaining. Sometimes you get an earworm that’s so much fun you want to lie there and praise The Lord. But I do need my sleep, so I figure writing about the song might exorcise the— 

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It seems our Joni is the Lady of the Hour, so I’m going to share with you the whole shaggydog tale of how I encountered her, how I fell in love with her, and how I broke her heart. Okay, hurt her feelings…

“I’m embarrassed to say that I just stumbled across this song at 32 years of age. It’s my first real awareness of a Joni Mitchell song, which is even worse. I paid attention to the lyrics after being enchanted by the melody after around ten listens. Now that I’ve studied the lyrics and found your wonderful commentary, I appreciate it all the more”.

“I have just discovered this album and this song speaks to me most. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on it.”

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A brilliant, fully-realized composition improvised on the piano by an obstreperous bassist

A hopelessly happy jaunt into the 1970s– the sappy grin on the face of lead guitarist, the come-on smile of the backup chick singer 

The 20th anniversary of 9/11, Erev Yom Kippur, and a spookily prophetic 1964 song about civilization’s greatest tower laid 

297: Lake Street Dive (Rachael Price), ‘Hypotheticals’

I got a Plan A, and I got a Plan B
And if it’s absolutely necessary, we’ll go to Plan C

And yet again my city is being bombarded by Hamas missiles, half a dozen since last night. Thanks to the IDF’s Iron Dome

‘Morrer de Amor’ as sung by Luciana Souza – the lyrics of this song are in a language I don’t understand, and I know almost nothing about it

297: Lake Street Dive (Rachael Price), ‘Hypotheticals’

I got a Plan A, and I got a Plan B
And if it’s absolutely necessary, we’ll go to Plan C

On Holocaust Day we remember the incomprehensible persecution suffered by Moldovan/Polish/Russian Jewish 

This is what the kids call, I believe, a “mind-fuck.”
You hear it, you see it, but you can’t believe it. 

Who da daddy of rap?

Who da grandaddy? 

Jazz for the 21st Century–the Esbjorn Svensson Trio. So worth the journey.

1966–when Paul Simon mistook Jeff for Art and gave away that unforgettable, bouncy

It’s Passover! Let’s sing a song of slavery!
Paul Robeson brought the Spiritual to the concert hall

“Thank you so very much for your wonderfully eloquent and engaging posts. They not only bring back so many memories of the music of my misspent youth, but deepen my understanding and appreciation of the universal interconnections that music creates. It’s always a joy to read – so thank you for writing with such love.” Linda (292: My 10 Life-Changing Albums

“Jeff, this is such brilliant writing. It deserves a huge audience. I just love your sense of humor and we really need one now.” Judy Labensohn (247: Perry Como, ‘Kol Nidre’)

“Jeff, Great writing, great insight, great song. Like “In My Life” itself, your observations took me down memory lane and Life in the Time of Covid at the same time.” —Alan Tigay (053: The Beatles, ‘In My Life’)

I stumbled on to your website and that cost me almost the whole rest of my weekend. Can’t say I have yet read all your posts, but is has been a tremendous experience and often a trip down memory lane, to read your very well written and insightful comments. Many, many thanks.” Jan dalhuisen (261: Kurt Elling/Sting, ‘Practical Arrangement’

You sound like someone who has an unhealthy relationship with both women and himself.” Stephen Linhart (272: Vilray, ‘Do Friends Fall in Love?’ with Rachael Price)

“Once again I feel like we may be identical twins separated at birth.” —Jeffrey C. Apfel (260: David Crosby/Joni Mitchell, ‘Yvette in English’)

“Your blog is in my RSS reader. When a new post comes out, I drop everything and come here and read and listen and think and sometimes shed a few tears. Thank you for this. It’s magical. Worth the extraordinary effort you put into it.” Seth Godin (163: Joni Mitchell, ‘For Free’)

“This post brought some tears of happiness to my pandemic-weary eyes this morning.” —Elizabeth (229: The Beatles: ‘I’ve Just Seen a Face’ (“Rubber Soul”)  

“Thank you for your insight, Jeff !” —Bill Evans’ widow, Laurie Verchomin (124: Bill Evans, ‘Nardis’)