Monday Muse: 2018 Favorites

2018 may have been a bit of a crap year, but I picked up some great music anyways. Here are my three favorites of 2018…

Last Man Standing, Willie Nelson

I grew up with country music. Dad was the news director at WUBE and our radio was always tuned to 105 FM. So even though it’s never been cool, I will always have a soft spot for the kind of smart ass honkey tonk vibe that Willie taps into here. The title track sets the mood for a romp through the country legend’s life as the 85 year old watches his fellow outlaws shuffle off the stage, wondering who’s next and will he be ready when his time comes up.

Love in Wartime, Birds of Chicago

We discovered Birds of Chicago at the first Nowhere Else Festival, a yearly shindig at a farm that Linford and Karin of Over the Rhine have turned into a musical Mecca of sorts. They just blew me away with an energetic mixture of roots, soul, gospel and rock. Love in Wartime continues to please the ears and feed the soul.

All that Reckoning, Cowboy Junkies

On All that Reckoning, Alan Anton and the Timmins clan; Margo Micheal and Peter, manage to craft an album that calls your mind back to 90’s college radio crackling through the ether to the stereo of your 5th hand car as you pick your way home in the dead of night down lonesome roads past quiet farms and abandoned quarries with the windows down to clear the heavy hot summer air as you pray the fumes in your tank get you home before the sun comes up…
Seriously… that’s what it’s like.

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Welcome to the Derby

Hi there everyone. I’m Lou and this is my new blog! I know starting a new blog in 2019 is kind of anticlimactic. I’m sure kids these days are doing a a thing where they just share thoughts with each other directly through the brainstem or something we never imagined. Well when I was little the something I never imagined was the ability to send your thoughts out into the world to share with the universe on the magic device in their pocket so I’ll take what I can get.

Discounting aborted attempts at photo and RPG blogs this will be my second solo blog. I started Raising Hellions in the Fall of 2009. A classic Dad Blog, Raising Hellions started as a way to process being a Stay at Home Dad taking care of three little ones while The Girl pursued her career. I met some great folks through the Dad Bloggers community and the National Stay at Home Dad Network.

But even before that blogging has been a part of my internet experience since practically the beginning. I have been lucky to be welcomed into the comment sections of some great communities, Freethought Blogs, Patheos Nonreligious, The Orbit, Slacktivist (the smartest Christian blogger I know,)  but most especially Rebecca Watson and The Skepchick Network. When the network launched it’s secular parenting wing at Grounded Parents in 2013 I was ready. My elevation tom D-List Atheist Celebrity was complete.

I’m not leaving Grounded Parents, but I’m simply not as immersed in that aspect of parenting anymore. The Hellions are turning into teens and a lot of the Secular Parenting issues I’ve written about in the past aren’t part of my daily internet life anymore.

Dawkins being memed

I started writing the Internet Meme Demolition Derby as a reaction to the way terrible parenting advice or news was reported and shared on social media. It’s some of the best writing I’ve ever done so when I decided that I wanted a new blog, the name just felt right. I plan to do similar meme related teardowns here, just on a much broader range of topics.

So welcome to the my new front door on the internet. Check out The Rules before commenting please and I hope you enjoy what I have to offer.

Thanks, Lou.