Summer 2017 Playlist

Recorded on July 3rd, 2017

Here’s a summer 2017 playlist I made. I’m having a hard time not adding to it as I think of more songs, but this is it for now. And it’s in no particular order, so you may as well shuffle it.

Also posted on Spotify.

Missy ElliottThe Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)Supa Dupa Fly
Salt-N-Pepa, En VogueWhatta ManThe Best Of Salt-N-Pepa 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection
AlvvaysArchie, Marry MeAlvvays
Bob WeirCassidyAce
Norma TanegaDon’t TouchWalkin’ My Cat Named Dog
Fred NeilThe DolphinsThe Many Sides Of Fred Neil
DungenSkit I AlltSkit I Allt
LL Cool JMama Said Knock You OutMama Said Knock You Out
Washed OutFeel It All AroundLife Of Leisure
Vieux Farka TouréFutureMon Pays
Janelle MonáeIsn’t This The WorldHidden Figures: The Album
Connie FrancisMy Heart Has A Mind Of Its OwnAt Her Best
Angel OlsenShut Up Kiss MeMY WOMAN
OddiseeThe Carter BarronRock Creek Park
Q-TipBreathe And StopAmplified
Mac DemarcoSalad DaysSalad Days
Looking GlassBrandy (You’re A Fine Girl)Looking Glass
OrpheusI Can Make The Sun RiseJoyful
The SpinnersGames People PlayPick Of The Litter
Todd RundgrenHello It’s MeSomething/ Anything?
Grateful DeadPlaying In The Band - Lyceum Theatre, London, England 5/24/72Europe ‘72 Vol. 2
Sandy Denny, StrawbsOn My WayAll Our Own Work
The ChillsNight of Chill BlueThe BBC Sessions
2PacAll Eyez On MeAll Eyez On Me
Fairport ConventionTale In Hard TimeMeet On The Ledge: The Classic Years (1967-1975)
Best CoastBoyfriendCrazy For You
D’AngeloUntitled (How Does It Feel)Voodoo
BroadcastCome On Let’s GoThe Noise Made By People
DonovanEpistle To Dippy - Single VersionDonovan’s Greatest Hits
Fleet FoxesRagged WoodFleet Foxes
Fleetwood MacSaraTusk
The KinksDo You Remember Walter? - Mono MixThe Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (Deluxe Expanded Edition)
Hope Sandoval and the Warm InventionsOn the LowBavarian Fruit Bread
Joni MitchellCactus TreeJoni Mitchell (AKA Song To A Seagull)
Steve GunnWater WheelTime Off
Alex CalderLight Leave Your EyesTime
Ice CubeIt Was A Good DayThe Predator
Lucy DacusI Don’t Wanna Be Funny AnymoreNo Burden
Warren G, Nate DoggRegulateRegulate…G Funk Era (20th Anniversary)
Snoop Dogg, Pharrell WilliamsDrop It Like It’s HotR&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
BoogarinsFalsa Folha De RostoMANUAL
The ClienteleI Had to Say ThisSuburban Light
Beauty PillDog With Rabbit In Mouth, UnharmedBeauty Pill Describes Things As They Are
Skee-LoI WishI Wish
Nick HeywardWhistle Down the WindNorth Of A Miracle
Sven LibaekMusic for Eels (from “Inner Space”)Inner Space: The Lost Film Music of Sven Libaek
FocusHouse Of The KingIn And Out Of Focus
Salt-N-PepaLet’s Talk About SexBlacks’ Magic
DeerhunterDesire LinesHalcyon Digest
Sarah HarmerPendulumsAll Of Our Names
The ShinsGirl Inform MeOh, Inverted World
Percy Faith & His OrchestraThe Theme from “A Summer Place”16 Most Requested Songs
Devendra BanhartNow That I KnowCripple Crow
Thomas DolbyThe Flat EarthThe Flat Earth
Stevie WonderYou Are The Sunshine Of My LifeTalking Book
Courtney BarnettNobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the PartySometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Astrud Gilberto, Antônio Carlos JobimAgua De BeberThe Astrud Gilberto Album
Led ZeppelinDancing DaysHouses Of The Holy
The Doobie BrothersBlack WaterWhat Were Once Vices Are Now Habits
Bee GeesNight FeverSaturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Soundtrack)
Marcos ValleSo Nice (Summer Samba)Samba ‘68
XTCSummer’s CauldronSkylarking
Neil YoungOut On The WeekendHarvest
Junior KimbroughLonesome in My HomeFirst Recordings
Molly BurchDownheartedPlease Be Mine
Scott WalkerRhymes Of GoodbyeScott 4
Dean & BrittaOut WalkingL’Avventura
Santana, Michelle BranchThe Game of Love - Main / Radio MixShaman
Colbie CaillatFallin’ For YouBreakthrough
The Long WintersPushoverPutting The Days To Bed
New OrderAge Of ConsentPower, Corruption & Lies
Joe JacksonYou Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)Greatest Hits: Joe Jackson
The Notorious B.I.G.JuicyReady To Die The Remaster
New RadicalsYou Get What You GiveMaybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too
PrinceI Wanna Be Your LoverPrince
LoveWonder People [I Do Wonder] [Outtake - Original Mix]Forever Changes: Alternate Mix and Outtakes
The WoodentopsGood ThingGiant
Blake BabiesOut ThereSunburn
My Bloody ValentineOff Your FaceGlider
Shrimp BoatFree Love OverdriveCavale
The Ocean BlueCeruleanCerulean
The SmithsWilliam, It Was Really NothingHatful Of Hollow
Steely DanPegAja

Finding Untagged Items in TaskPaper

Recorded on February 4th, 2017

I just found an answer to a question on the TaskPaper forums with an answer by Jesse Grosjean (of course). If you need to find all the untagged items in a TaskPaper file, save this as a search in the sidebar:

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No More Obligatory Daily Blogging

Recorded on February 1st, 2017


I’m done for now, stepping off the hamster wheel. If you ignore the random day or two that I skipped, I’ve been posting at least once a day since 1/31/2016. I’ve written a few thoughtful posts that still make some sense and might stand on their own in the future, and I’ve written a whole lot of short, crappy posts when it got too late at night and it was more important to sleep than set the world on fire with my prose. In the process, I got a pretty slick iOS-based publishing system going, which allows me to create and edit from anywhere entirely on the iPhone.

I also learned what it’s like to have a daily creative obligation (not always great!). The most energized I felt was early in the process, when I was still ironing out workflows and sharing info about process and tools, and I was doing the majority of the writing in the wee hours before work. It’s a good feeling knowing that you’ve created something and put it out into the world before you even leave the house in the morning. But as the obligations of the year weighed me down and the U.S. election started to come into depressing focus, my energy dipped and then crashed. A whole lot of evenings ended up with me literally falling asleep on the couch, typing into Drafts or Editorial until I couldn’t hold the iPhone up anymore. Doing anything creative every day kind of sucks when you’re doing it just to be doing it.

I don’t know if I’ve gotten any better at writing, but I think I’ve gotten faster at it. I now think much less about the structure of posts and can just dive in and see where an idea takes me. Sometimes those turn out to be the best pieces. They say the best way to find out what you think is by writing about it.

I’ll keep the blog online for the foreseeable future. I look forward to posting with far less frequency and hopefully more length and quality. What a luxury to only write when I feel compelled to, and use some of that extra energy for other creative pursuits. Thanks for following along. And now…