Archive for September 2007

Fear of Inversions (aka Handstand)

September 19th, 2007 — 6:01pm

I’m beginning to write a piece for Yoga Journal on fear of inversions. This is a topic I know something about — I’ve been practicing yoga for about 14 years and I still need help kicking into handstand.

If you are reading this blog (I know there are at least two of you out there) and if you do yoga and are afraid of going upside down, write me. I’d like to interview you. You can reach me at dmacy [at]

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Britney, Take 8,547,892

September 17th, 2007 — 1:53pm

Not that any more opinions are needed about Britney’s VMA performance the other week… I’m just wondering what passes for fat these days? If she’s fat, where does that leave the 99.9% of the rest of us?

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Sufjan Stevens

September 9th, 2007 — 7:01am

I am currently loving Sufjan Stevens’ song “For the Widows in Paradise; For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti”.

It’s incredibly beautiful — a plaintive banjo, horns, understated harmonies. But it’s all this in combination with his lyrics that really get me, and like any good lyricist, the words are big enough, and vague enough, to mean what you want them to mean.
Here’s a version on Youtube. I tried to ignore the video and just listen to the music:

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“A Life Spent in Music…”

September 7th, 2007 — 6:52am

“… is a life beautifully spent.” — Luciano Pavarotti

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New Interpretation of Bob Dylan

September 5th, 2007 — 7:15am

I started learning Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” on the piano, playing those achingly beautiful chords and lyrics, when my son Matthew joins me and asks, “Mom — why is he asking for the lady to lay across his big deathbed.”

“Matthew,” I replied, trying my best not to laugh (you know how serious 7 year olds can be), “I have absolutely no idea.”

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