Daily Archives: April 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Willie Nelson

“I smoke marijuana because it keeps me from killing people,” is likely Willie Nelson’s best known quote. Willie has written terrific songs, many now country standards like Crazy, Funny How Time Slips Away, Night Life, Hello Walls, Pretty Paper. Getting deeper inside Willie’s head: “Ninety-nine percent of the world’s lovers are not with their first choice. That’s what makes the jukebox play.” and “We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it.” and “You know why divorces are so expensive? They’re worth it.” Willie delivered these classic lines describing a cowboy in Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys, written by Ed and Patsy Bruce, “Them that don’t know him won’t like him and them that do sometimes won’t know how to take him. He ain’t wrong, he’s just different but his pride won’t let him do things to make you think he’s right.” Willie turns 78 today. Hear his sweet and sparse cover of Roy Acuff’s Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain live.

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Happy Birthday Annie Dillard

American writer Annie Dillard, born on this day in 1945, has written some of the best poetry, fiction and non-fiction I’ve ever read including Tickets for a Prayer Wheel, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Teaching a Stone to Talk and  For the Time Being. Annie said, “I cannot cause light; the most I can do is try and put myself in the path of its beam.” and “This old rock planet gets the present for a present on its birthday every day.” and “If Man were to die, wheat couldn’t survive him more than three years.” and “Ecstasy is a soul’s response to the waves holiness makes as it nears.” and “Nothing moves a woman so deeply as the boyhood of the man she loves.” Her latest book, The Maytrees, came out in 2007. Watch Annie speak at Harper’s Magazine 150th Anniversary in 2000. She’s very funny.

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Amazing Buskers Around the World #6

       From the Kuching waterfront in Sarawak, Malaysia, today’s busker, the final one of Amazing Buskers Around the World Week on readreidread, plays the traditional sape with a haunting and lonesome trill. Sape music is usually inspired by dreams and there are over 35 traditional pieces with many variations. The overall repertoire is slowly increasing.

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