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My 42nd Favorite Song of All-Time

Posted in 100 Favorite Songs with tags on July 31, 2012 by sethdellinger


“Revelate” by The Frames

I was introduced to The Frames by one of my last girlfriends (and when I say last, I mean, in all likelihood, final), who had spotted frontman Glen Hansard in the movie “Once” (both Hansard and “Once” are now a bit famous…The Frames, still kinda obscure).  My first exposure to the band was their live album, Setlist, and “Revelate” is the lead track on that album, and it immediately had me hooked.  I found and devoured and adored every Frames album almost immediately.  But nothing could ever compare to the version of “Revelate” that opens Setlist.  The live version below isn’t the EXACT version from Setlist, but it’s certainly close enough!

My 43rd Favorite Song of All-Time

Posted in 100 Favorite Songs with tags , on July 30, 2012 by sethdellinger


“Another Pilot” by Hey Rosetta!

The lead track on the debut album by my unquestionable favorite band, “Another Pilot” created another mantra for me to write on the outside of contemplative letters to friends, or in the margins of my notebooks:  “Start the engines, I’m dying in the long line.”  Read the lyrics, posted below the video, and wait through the whole song, it’s got different stages that need to be experienced:

Crows pitch on the lawn, screeching a song. The inmates wake up and they’re pulled to the bars to pine their regrets and their rusting corvettes and the tragedy they once had a part in. They said “You ruined our lives.  You pissed on our prize.” It’s still pulling your knuckles to your palm.

(fucking conscience, you’re siding with the wrong side)

You know the devil’s not deep–no, no, he’s brushing your cheek, and hearing him breathe you remember a song:

just another angel through the clouds and into the ground just another pilot through the clouds and into the ground just another child through the chrome sets out on his own

Birds shit on your car, you’re scraping it off. Do they know who you are? Don’t they know who you are?! They sing “You ruined our lives  You pissed on our pride.” Still pulling your knuckles to your tie. You carry on, hunched over your job.

(start the engines i’m dying in the long line)

But you wanna get off and run away from it all…

You plan your escape, at the end of the day, you plan your escape you take what you saved, and you get on a plane, yeah you take what you saved and you start fading away, as you’re turning the page, you start fading away

(just another angel through the clouds and into the ground just another pilot flying down just another devil out of the dirt and back into the earth)

(fucking conscience, you’re siding with the wrong side start the engines, i’m dying in the long line)

Philly Journal 7/25

Posted in Philly Journal with tags , , on July 26, 2012 by sethdellinger

My 44th Favorite Song of All-Time

Posted in 100 Favorite Songs with tags , on July 19, 2012 by sethdellinger

…and my 44th favorite song of all-time is:

“I’ve Got a Feeling” by The Beatles

Just a good old-fashioned badass Beatles song:

Philly Journal, 7/18: The Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Posted in Philly Journal with tags , , on July 18, 2012 by sethdellinger

One of the things I’ve been most interested in since moving here is the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.  Now, don’t get me wrong: it doesn’t really seem any more interesting than any other suspension bridge (although they’re all pretty interesting.  I mean, they hold themselves up!), but my exposure to the Ben Franklin (as it is affectionately known) has caused me to consider it’s nature moreso than other bridges.

First, a bridge of this nature is, ostensibly, ONE thing, yet it exists a multitude of places in a multitude of ways.  This particular bridge exists physically in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  On the Jersey side, its massive cement tower is anchored into the ground in the slum city of Camden, which is one of the worst cities in the country (from Wikipedia:  Although once a thriving center for manufacturing and industry, Camden is perhaps best known for its struggles with urban dysfunction. Three Camden mayors have been jailed for corruption, the most recent being Milton Milan in 2000.  Since 2005 the school system and police department have been operated by the State of New Jersey; the takeover will expire in 2012. In 2008, Camden had the highest crime rate in the U.S. with 2,333 violent crimes per 100,000 people while the national average was 455 per 100,000. Camden public schools spend $17,000 per student per year and two thirds of the students graduate. Two out of every five residents are below the national poverty line. )  

The other side of the bridge rests in Philadelphia, one of the most succesful cities in the world.  So there is a pretty glaring disparity between the two sides of the bridge, an object that is, in at least some ways, ONE object.

When I started going to work, commuting from New Jersey into Philadelphia via a commuter train, I became aware that these trains cross the Ben Franklin Bridge, despite myself never personally having seen one when I drove across the bridge over the years.  This got me to pondering what other hidden (at least hidden to me) uses the Ben Franklin (and other bridges of its kind) might harbor.  I began to become aware that the bridge not only has a duality from one end to the other, but has many lives from top to bottom.  From the highest tower and suspension line, to the pedestrian walkway (above the trains and cars), the commuter trains (above the cars), then the vehicular level, and then the various ways the underside and bottom of the bridge manifest their presence over the wide swath of real estate they cast shadows on, I started to become aware that there were so many perspectives to view this bridge from it was actually difficult to wrap my mind around.  And I haven’t even started to think about the toll booth workers who spend all day working on the bridge.

So, I’ve started taking pictures from as many perspectives of the bridge as I can.  This is by no means a finished project; I’m sure you’ll see plenty more Ben Franklin pictures from me, but with less explanation, in the future.  The following pictures have been taken by me over the past three weeks.

On the pedestrian walkway, high above the Delaware River, in the center of the bridge


The underside of the bridge in South Philadelphia


The bridge descending into Camden


The bridge as seen FROM Camden going INTO Philly


The bridge seen going INTO Camden, FROM Philly


The entrance to the pedestrian bridge, Philly side


The entrance to the pedestrian walkway, Camden side

Workers doing construction on the vehicular lanes, as seen from the pedestrian level


Vehicular lane seen from a commuter train, during the brief moment the two are level with one another


Commuter rail tracks as seen from the pedestrian walkway


The bridge’s end, Camden side


Me on the Camden side, bridge going into Philly


The bridge passing over Campbell’s Field, where the minor league Camden River Sharks baseball team plays, in Camden


View of Campbell’s Field from the pedestrian walkway


The bridge running through the Rutgers University campus…by far the least threatening section of Camden


Bench/ gathering area about a quarter of the way across the pedestrian walkway, Philly side


Entrance to a pedestrian tunnel under the bridge, Camden side, so folks can walk from one side to the other (not related to the bridge’s pedestrian walkway)


Inside the pedestrian walkway under the bridge, Camden side


The Delaware River, as seen from the center of the bridge, pedestrian walkway


The main tower anchoring the bridge to the Camden side, seen from the ground


Me on the pedestrian walkway near the main Camden tower






















My 45th Favorite Song of All-Time

Posted in 100 Favorite Songs with tags , , , , on July 18, 2012 by sethdellinger

Click here to read about this list, or click here to see all previous entires on the list.

And my 45th favorite song of all-time is:

“Two-Fifty” by Chris Walla

Chris Walla is the absolute genius guitar player and indie rock producer who is the lead guitarist for Death Cab for Cutie, and who produces such heavy hitters as The Decemberists and Tegan & Sara.  He has released one solo album, Field Manual, and “Two-Fifty” is the standout track on it.  It is a song about how the Industrial Revolution has altered the role of the individual in society.  That’s right.  That’s what it’s about.  But it is a tender, reflective, subtle song, that more mourns for a loss of what once was, than is enraged by the inevitability of what has become.  The video below is a video I made and put on YouTube because it wasn’t on there any other way (and still isn’t)…the video includes the lyrics, which are crucial.  PS aren’t I clever, using the famous photo of a child worker in the Industrial Revolution before child labor laws, as the background for my video?  PSS I realize this song, which uses a video I put on YouTube myself, comes right after “Easy Money”, another video I put on YouTube myself, but it is just coincidence.

Philly Journal, 7/17: Video

Posted in Philly Journal with tags on July 18, 2012 by sethdellinger

OK OK, I know a lot of you are sick of my little videos.  And by all means, if you find them boring and pointless, feel free to ignore them.  But aside from having tremendous fun making them, I actually (surprise surprise) think I make pretty intriguing little videos.  I usually set out with a pretty good idea of what I’m going to do and what song I’m going to use.  I like to use interesting images paired with unlikely music to hopefully show the subject in a new, interesting, or unexpected light.  I think of them as a new media extension of simply taking photographs of your experiences.  It shows things more fully than just still pictures can, and allows me to further personalize them.  And now, as you can see, I’m giving them fancy little names.  Here’s the one I made today:



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