30 Things I Love Right Now: April 15, 2020

  1. Metamodern Sounds in Country Music by Sturgill Simpson
  2. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson
  3. “Summer’s End” by John Prine
  4. “Paradise” by John Prine
  5. Every John Prine interview on the internet, ever
  6. Writing and thinking about and listening to John Prine
  7. S– cracking up when I sing “Angel from Montgomery,” particularly at the line “Just give me one thing that I can hold onto” (he likes the “onto” part)
  8. The irony of that, that he (S–) is an answer to that very prayer for me
  9. S–‘s new basketball goal
  10. Learning a bar chord for C-major, which I otherwise can’t play
  11. My natural habitat, which is wherever my wife and son are
  12. Jamaican Easter
  13. Baritones
  14. A horns section
  15. Strings
  16. Which is to say: ambitious instrumentation
  17. But also: simple instrumentation
  18. And “conversational” songs / poems / conversations
  19. Sons and brothers
  20. Hybridity — mix + match (eras, disciplines, genres, demographies, genetics and genealogies, lists of things I love)
  21. This unbidden impulse to go lower case and use .. as a scoring / caesura / something
  22. form .. code .. design
  23. saying true things
  24. by saying i mean writing
  25. by true i mean ..
  26. i don’t know what i mean
  27. this ..
  28. this ..
  29. this ..
  30. s– .. shouting .. in the next room: joyful