Wikipedia Adds New Profile Pic!

Yay! I’m very happy to report that The Mystery Photographer who took this pic of me with the Parachute Jump in Coney Island, Brooklyn as backdrop finally got clearance (since said photographer apparently held the copyright) to post this updated photo of me on my Wikipedia Profile Page, over which I have no control. I didn’t even write it!

Anyway… thanks Mystery Photographer! Much appreciated!

Song of the Day #1946

Song of the Day: Friday the 13th (“The Bed Axe”) [YouTube link], composed by Henry Manfredini, is featured in the 1980 slasher film, which went on to spawn a huge multimedia franchise. I’m not particularly superstitious—but I do have to say that I closed not one, but two (!) different book deals on a Friday the 13th! So that sounds like good luck to me! Now “Bring me the Axe!” [YouTube link].

Song of the Day #1945

Song of the Day: Georgy Porgy, words and music by David Paich, appeared on the 1978 self-titled debut album of the band Toto. Having just heard this song during Episode 5, Season 6 (“Black and Blue“) of the fabulous “Better Call Saul,” I was reminded of how much I loved its groove, especially with those backing vocals by R&B singer, Cheryl Lynn. Check out the original version (below), the “Disco Purrfection” version, and a rendition by Eric Benet with Faith Evans [YouTube links].

Song of the Day #1944

Song of the Day: Eye in the Sky, words and music by Alan Parsons and Eric Wolfson, was the most successful release by the rock band The Alan Parsons Project. The title track to their 1982 album has become a staple on rock and soft rock stations, and in its album version, it is preceded by an instrumental piece entitled “Sirius“, included here [YouTube link].

The Essential Women of Liberty

For people looking for a fine introduction to the thought of a select group of women who have contributed to the cause of liberty, let me recommend The Essential Women of Liberty, coedited by Donald Boudreaux and Aeon J. Skoble, published by the Fraser Institute, with a foreword by Virginia Postrel. My dear friend Aeon informs me that the book is also available in hardcover and softcover editions.

The volume includes essays on Mary Wollstonecraft, Harriet Martineau, Rose Director Friedman, Mary Paley Marshall, Isabel Paterson, Rose Wilder Lane, Ayn Rand (a nice essay by Carrie-Ann Biondi), Anna Schwartz, Jane Jacobs, Elinor Ostrom, and Deirdre McCloskey.

I am truly delighted by the remarkably diverse selection of thinkers featured in this anthology. Indeed, any volume that runs the gamut from Wollstonecraft and Rand to Jacobs and Ostrom is worth the price of admission.

Deirdre McCloskey is the only woman featured in this collection whom I’ve ever had the privilege of getting to know personally, having worked closely with her as a contributor to The Dialectics of Liberty: Exploring the Context of Human Freedom, which I coedited with Roger Bissell and Ed Younkins. (Indeed, a Facebook symposium dedicated to that anthology generated a colloquy on her delightful contribution, which appeared in the May 2020 issue of Poroi.)

The book is available as a PDF (for free) and in a Kindle edition (for a mere 99 cents!). Check out a nice YouTube video highlighting the collection …

Song of the Day #1943

Song of the Day: Levitating features the words and music of many writers, including Dua Lipa, who took the honors for this track, which was the #1 Billboard Hot 100 Single of 2021. What makes this feat so remarkable is that the song peaked only at #2 in its chart run. But it placed in the Top 40 for all 52 weeks of the chart year, including 41 weeks in the Top 10, a record for any song by a woman in the history of the Hot 100. It’s only the third song in the chart’s history to take #1 honors for the year since the chart originated, without ever having hit the Top of the Charts (the other two: Faith Hill‘s “Breathe” in 2000 and Lifehouse‘s “Hanging by a Moment” in 2001). From Dua Lipa‘s second studio album, “Future Nostalgia“, the song’s electro-disco beat and infectious melody lent itself to multiple remixes. Check out the original video, the video remix with rapper DaBaby (below), and the Blessed Madonna remix, featuring Madonna and Missy Elliot [YouTube links].

Song of the Day #1942

Song of the Day: Be Faithful is credited to many writers, but it depends heavily on samples from, among other tracks, “Love Like This” by Faith Evans and, obviously, “Chic Cheer” by the Edwards-Rodgers team, which started this 3-song arc. It was released by American rapper Fatman Scoop in 1999 and re-released in 2003 to international success. The song was also featured in the 2001 film, “Save the Last Dance.” If you can handle the explicit lyrics, check out the evolution of a sample here [YouTube link].

Happy Mother’s Day

… to all the Moms out there!

Song of the Day #1941

Song of the Day: Love Like This is credited to a host of writers, including Sean “Puffy” Combs, Ron “Amen-Ra” Lawrence, and Faith Evans, though the Edwards-RodgersChic Cheer” sample looms large. With its soulful retro R&B/dance feel, this was the biggest hit of Evans’s career. Check out the official video [YouTube link]. Tomorrow, the original sample is taken to a whole other hip hop level!