Yesterday was one of those “everything is connected” kind of days when I wander around without a particular plan and then that plan falls into place as if there had been a plan.
In search of a particular book rather than the serendipitous find at the Goodwill, I ventured out to a real bookstore, where I found the book I went in for plus four others and a fall recipe magazine.
One of the full price serendipity items is a book that’s part of a series of philosophy books. This one is Blues - Philosophy for Everyone (Ed. Jesse R. Steinberg and Abrol Fairweather, Wiley Blackwell, 2012). It’s a collection of essays discussing the universal connections between music and the human condition. Other topics in the series include yoga, chocolate, Christmas, sailing, coffee, fashion, fatherhood, and a few PG-13 topics. It looks interesting.
I think it was the title of the third essay that sold me: “Twelve-Bar Zombies: Wittgensteinian Reflections on the Blues,” by Wade Fox and Richard Greene. Anyway, I can’t wait to read it.
Later I checked out a coffee shop on my end of town that’s been getting great reviews.
As soon as I stepped inside, within hearing two notes of the background music, I recognized Keb’ Mo’s voice and thought, “This is my kind of place.”
It’s small but has all the classic hipster bookstore accoutrements — overstuffed chairs, reading material strewn about, community announcements pinned to a memo board, scones and other baked goods I shouldn’t eat in the display case, and a younger, non-annoying Russell Brand look-a-like behind the counter.
I told Russell that Keb’ Mo’ playing was a good sign and he didn’t seem to know what that meant but very cheerfully agreed anyway. Totally cool kid . . .and he makes a mean cafe mocha.
I got caught up on all sorts of new things going on all around me while I haven’t been paying attention.
Here in the community information exchange, for example, I learned there’s a fledgling theatre group putting on a production of To Kill A Mockingbird. Earlier in the day a dialogue with my inner Diogenes touched on examples of honorable men, wherein one side suggested Atticus Finch — chosen out of the blue — as an example of an honorable man and the other side countered that Atticus Finch was a fictional character created by a woman. That side might have been more optimistic after a pumpkin spice latte or cafe mocha. In any event, I liked this TKAM synchronicity. It was a sign.
Keb’ Mo’ it would be for the next music entry.
It was time for a more fun video, so I decided to choose something from YouTube’s selections instead of going in search of a particular song. That was an experience in itself, possibly a post for another day. Suffice to say that I never imagined POTUS showing up as a featured artist, but it could happen.
There are some more upbeat choices, but I decided to go with this one of “Better Man,” because it’s a good guideline for a Monday, plus it’s connected with Keb’s work with “Playing for Change,” an organization that has brought together an international group of musicians in the hope of spreading peace through music. There’s that universality of music and the human condition again.
And here’s “Better Man” :
Speaking of change, this post is also a page in my experimental page Hippie Cahier: The Musical. For now it’s a section of this site (one of the page links at the top). I don’t know whether it will be a new brand or a new separate site.
It just needs to be. That is all.