Music Wednesday

I can’t believe it’s been a month since the last music posting. So, now it’s 2020 and a whole new release of music. Some of these are older (2019) but still excellent.

  1. In the Afternoon by MGMT. This is their teaser song before the entire album is dropped (we hope). Dreamy pop circa 1980. Apple Music | Spotify | YouTube
  2. for L by Jeff Parker. Pretty straight forward jazz on this track. Some of the others on Suite for Max Brown are a bit more edgy. Guitar jazz. Apple Music | Spotify | YouTube
  3. Magpie’s Nest by Bonny Light Horseman. I’m really digging this new album. I’ll place it in the folk category. Apple Music | Spotify | YouTube
  4. Immigrant Boogie by Ghostpoet. Hypnotic and dark. Apple Music | Spotify | YouTube
  5. Beograd by SebastiAn. Dance. Apple Music | Spotify | YouTube


Bonnie Light Horseman Album Cover. It's a head of horse.

Sunday Reads (2020-01-12)

This first piece is a great read on public discourse and tech monopolies. I’ve read and respected the author Cory Doctorow for many years. You should look for other work by him! – Inaction is a Form of Action

In The Merchants of Thirst, Peter Schwartzstein takes us to Nepal to discover how difficult and costly it is for people to receive water. The dire nature should be a wake-up call for everyone.

This third piece was of particular interest to me because I know Marc Benioff. We can ask the question: is there such a thing as a good billionaire? Chris Colin wrote for Wired magazine The Gospel of Wealth According to Marc Benioff.

My final read for the day is a shorter piece from the NYT opinion pages. Talk Less. Listen More. Here’s How. by Kate Murphy digs into what it means to listen.

Gold bars

Sunday Reads (2020-01-05)

The long reads for this week cover the spectrum from autism, ethics, hate, peace, to communication. I hope you can enjoy one or two of these reads.

  1. As a parent of an autistic person and also a person with Autistic traits myself, I really appreciated Autism Gives Me Superpowers because it helps to cultivate empathy and a deeper understanding.
  2. Over the past several years, the fantastic research of ProPublica brought a series of articles on Hate. In What We Found in Three Years of Documenting Hate: A Letter to Our Partners, we can see an overview and links to all the resources in one place.
  3. Primarily from the Vajrayana tradition, Ethical Conduct Is the Essence of Dharma Practice takes a deep dive into ethics in Buddhism. Applicable for all traditions.
  4. How we communicate in the workplace or within a large organization, such as Plum Village, Basecamp leads the way with The Basecamp Guide to Internal Communication. Applicable for everyone, regardless of communication tool.
  5. Sometimes it feels truly impossible to practice interbeing and to be a true pacifist. We are so deeply ingrained in the language of violence and war, even when working in the social justice arena. Charles Eisenstein continues to inspire with his Building a Peace Narrative lecture (available both as text and video).
  6. In Buddhism, we often work with mentors or teachers to help us on the path. Each of us may be both a student and a teacher. In The Teacher-Student Relationship, the reader explores more deeply these relationships.