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Three Good Things for Friday, March 8th

I remember learning that the literary trope of having the weather echo a character's emotional state was called "the pathetic fallacy". Fair enough, but it's been a gray, cold, rainy day outside and a gray, cold, rainy day inside for me. Call me pathetic, but it's the way it is this Friday. Bright spot: Lucas's third grade music class concert. Incredible what an impact an energetic and caring teacher can make on a roomful of kids. He even had them adjusting their dynamic range on the songs that had a percussion part!

Okay, the good things:

1. Stay Awake.

Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films. On the back it says it's dedicated to the immortal memory of Gil Evans. It is a tremendous, joyful, and very very weird album.

My Dad introduced me to this album when I was a kid by asking me to guess which song Tom Waits was covering, and waiting for my mind to get blown fully it of my ears when I realized it was "Heigh Ho" from Snow White.

The album is so, so good, and it was a great to be reminded of it tonight by an exchange between comic book legends Erica Henderson and Greg Pak. It's neat when you find points of connection with people that you hold in esteem.

2. RIP Akira Toriyama.

His work didn't make the kind of impact on me that it did for so many others, but I loved this article about his skills in mechanical engineering and drawing. In general I'm a sucker for a well-drafted piece of mechanical design.

3. Leo and Jack.

They're sharing space well! Like little buddies!


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