Queen Harvest’s Top Fifty-Eight (58) Albums of 2017

Who doesn't love an arbitrary, subjective, poorly thought out ranking? # Artist Album Year Week of 2017 58 Fear Is On Our Side I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness 2006 15 57 Cheap Trick One on One 1984 8 56 Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood Nancy & Lee 1968 21 55 Evil Friends Portugal. … Continue reading Queen Harvest’s Top Fifty-Eight (58) Albums of 2017

2017: Final Quarter Note

Call me Edna St. Vincent Millay's candle at dawn 'cause I am Burnt Out. For your reference, my impersonal rating system follows: ★★★★★ I listen to it regularly. ★★★★☆ I will listen to it again. ★★★☆☆ I wouldn't mind listening to it in a mix. ★★☆☆☆ If it comes on I won’t turn it off. … Continue reading 2017: Final Quarter Note

In Review: The Devil in the White City and The Fountainhead

Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City is a remarkable piece of pop history. Larson takes two very different historical narratives–one bringing pride and hope to a city, the other leaving shame and fear –and sews them into one fascinating garment. I expected the serial killer to keep my interest, but I was pleasantly … Continue reading In Review: The Devil in the White City and The Fountainhead

Inventory of a Stolen Purse

Black leather purse. Portable battery charger. 4" lightning cable. Small, rectangular, metal plate stamped with La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre. Recovered from my grandmother's home in Miami after her death. Magnet spelling out "DENVER," decorated with the “C” of the Colorado flag. Airport souvenir for my Dad. Plastic pill container with emergency stores … Continue reading Inventory of a Stolen Purse

Queen Harvest’s Top Five (5) Albums of 2016

This year was not my most musically adventurous. I spent a lot of listening time on podcasts (SSDGM), lecture series (Russia, Ulysses, Ireland), and Hamilton (again), and made minimal efforts seek out new music. I have decided to take action against musical malaise next year. I will listen to a new album every week, at … Continue reading Queen Harvest’s Top Five (5) Albums of 2016