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Logical Investigations: Everything Everything, “Fortune 500” (2015)

In Aristotelian logic, you can get a result this way: If p, then q  (suppose it’s true that “where there’s smoke, there’s fire”) p (there’s smoke) Therefore q  (there’s fire) or this way: If p, then q  (suppose it’s true that … Continue reading

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Shout-Out to the Spouse: The Pretenders, “Thumbelina” (1984)

What a blessing is a spouse! A spouse is obliged to do three things: 1. Look after you when you’re sick. 2. Share your child care responsibility. 3. Go over what you’ve written. My own excellent spouse has gone over … Continue reading

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The Greatest Line: Randy Newman, “Sail Away” (1972)

Theme:  LAYERS A great line in a popular song might be a zinger, a detachable epigram like “Nobody’s perfect/Not even the perfect stranger” (“Time The Avenger” by The Pretenders). I particularly like that one. Two clichés struck together produce a flash … Continue reading

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Imagination Is the Boss: The Pretenders, “Brass In Pocket” (1979)

What a style.  She’s so special.  Her tone and phrasing a provocative mix of soaring thrush and stepped-on cat, Chrissie Hynde is certainly going to have some of our attention.  I fix on the moment in “Brass in Pocket” when … Continue reading

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