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Author Archives: michael

It Couldn’t Come At a Worse Time (#494)

I don’t know anything about Hugh Maclennan, the Canadian academic and novelist this song is dedicated to. I didn’t even know that much about him until I Wikipediaed him just now. But I kind of want to read the book that Wikipedia says this song is loosely based on. But mostly I just want to … Continue reading »

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I’m a Riddle So Strong (#495)

If I were writing this next Monday, when it’s (going to) pour all day, this would be more appropriate. It’s a great song for a rainy day: bitter, reflective, morbid. But I’m totally writing these one day at a time. Really. Yeah.

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I’m Not Looking For a Clearer Conscience (#496)

Sometimes a song doesn’t have a story to go with it. Sometimes it’s just a song I really like.

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Sleight of My Hand is Now a Quick-Pull Trigger (#497)

This is one of the newest additions to my Top 500. And it comes today because it’s my mom’s birthday. See, I first heard this at a Starbucks a few months ago; I was waiting for my double tall white chocolate mocha (in case you’re ever buying for me) and the whole staff was bopping … Continue reading »

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He’s a Complicated Man (#498)

Yesterday I mentioned I know someone from Kansas. That would be my friend Adam, who moved into my high school for my senior year, established himself as one of the funniest people I ever met, then disappeared off the face of the earth shortly after I drove out to visit him in the fall of … Continue reading »

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Somewhere In Middle America (#499)

Here’s a weird thing: East Coaster that I am, I’ve never met anyone from Oklahoma. I’ve only known a couple people from Kansas and Missouri, none from the Dakotas, and I don’t think I know anybody who’s actually a native Iowan. But I’ve come across a bunch of people from Nebraska, and some Nebraskans have … Continue reading »

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Don’t Need No Credit Card To Ride This Train

So I turn 40 in 500 days. (As of December 7, which, let’s pretend that is exactly when I’m posting this.) So here begins my countdown of my 500 favorite songs of all time. Not going to explain methodology, scientific number-cruching, any of that. Not going to promise I won’t punk out halfway through. Just … Continue reading »

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Lottery Dreams

Rerun from March:  After a lengthy conversation with KP, the following have been added to my Plans For What I’m Gonna Do With My Impending $600 Million:1) Enormous trousers, of course;2) A new renegade Boston-based performing arts group called the Broken Bow Symphony Orchestra of Anaheim;3) A hired bard to follow me around 16 hours … Continue reading »

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How I’m Celebrating National Burger Month

May 1: The Englishster (burger & fried egg on English muffin), Olde Magoun’s, Somerville May 2: Cheeseburger Basket, University House of Pizza, Boston

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Why I Need To Travel More

Last week I was away, and woke up every morning thinking that there was a real possibility I’d see or do or experience something that I’d never experienced before and might be cool and interesting and make me happy. I think I feel that way about three times a year in real life.

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