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My 39th Favorite Song of All-Time

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


“Education” by Pearl Jam

A b-side that didn’t see the light of day until Pearl Jam released an album of b-sides and rarities, “Education” has a funkiness and swagger that is atypical of the band.  Lyrically, it is straight-forward while also containing vast, simplistic wisdom and insight into human nature.  While Eddie Vedder is a tremendous lyricist, “Education” doesn’t approach the subject matter in his usual style.  In many ways, “Education” is wholly unique in the Pearl Jam canon.  I highly encourage you to check out the lyrics after the video.

I’m questioning my education.
Is my education all I am now?
While you’re deciding, I’ve been finding,
Looking around in the here and now.

If I’d been taught from the beginning,
Would my fears now be winning?

I’m questioning my own equation.
Is my own equation relevant somehow?
The flags will wave and the news is breaking.
See the man who can’t pick out his own tie?

If I’d been taught from the beginning
Would my fears now be winning?
A wide world, figured out the answers.
I’ll be in my own, dancing out.

I’m questioning my education.
Rewind it, what does it show?
Could be, the truth, it becomes you.
I’m a seed wondering why it grows.

Self-Portraits in Cities

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2012 by sethdellinger

Harrisburg, PA


Philadelphia, PA


Atlantic City, NJ


Pittsburgh, PA


Cleveland, OH


Buffalo, NY






My 40th Favorite Song of All-Time

Posted in 100 Favorite Songs with tags on August 24, 2012 by sethdellinger

Click here to see all the individual song entries.

First, a recap of what has come before:

100.  “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something
99.  “Jack & Diane” by John Mellencamp
98.  “Hotel California” by The Eagles
97.  “American Pie” by Don McLean
96.  “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson
95.  “Nuthin’ but a G Thang” by Dr. Dre
94.  “Bushwick Blues” by Delta Spirit
93.  “For the Workforce, Drowning” by Thursday
92.  “Fish Heads” by Barnes and Barnes
91.  “Shimmer” by Fuel
90.  “Rubber Biscuit” by the Blues Brothers
89.  “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals
88.  “Asleep at the Wheel” by Working For a Nuclear-Free City
87.  “There’s an Arc” by Hey Rosetta!
86.  “Steam Engine” by My Morning Jacket
85.  “Scenario” by A Tribe Called Quest
84.  “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane
83.  “Fits” by Stone Gossard
82.  “Spring Flight to the Land of Fire” by The Cape May
81. “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” by The Postal Service
80.  “Sober” by Tool
79.  “Dream is Collapsing” by Hans Zimmer
78.  “Why Don’t We Do it in the Road?” by The Beatles
77.  “In This Light and on This Evening” by Editors
76.  “Lemonworld” by The National
75.  “Twin Peaks Theme” by Angelo Badalamente
74.  “A Comet Appears” by The Shins
73.  “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” by The Decemberists
72.  “Pepper” by Butthole Surfers
71.  “Life Wasted” by Pearl Jam
70.  “Jetstream” by Doves
69.  “Trieste” by Gifts From Enola
68.  “Oh My God” by Kaiser Chiefs
67.  “Last Exit” by Pearl Jam
66.  “Innocence” by The Airborne Toxic Event
65.  “There, There” by Radiohead
64.  “Ants Marching” by Dave Matthews Band
63.  “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
62.  “The Best of What’s Around” by Dave Matthews Band
61.  “Old Man” by Neil Young
60.  “Cumbersome” by Seven Mary Three
59.  “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel
58.  “Machine Head” by Bush
57.  “Peaches” by Presidents of the United States of America
56.  “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones
55.  “Fell on Black Days” by Soundgarden
54.  “The New Year” by Death Cab for Cutie
53.  “Call Me Al” by Paul Simon
52.  “Real Muthaphuckin’ Gs” by Eazy E
51..  “Evening Kitchen” by Band of Horses
50.  “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” by Primitive Radio Gods
49.  “Top Drawer” by Man Man
48.  “Locomotive Breath” by Jethro Tull
47.  “We Used to Vacation” by Cold War Kids
46.  “Easy Money” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
45.  “Two-fifty” by Chris Walla
44.  “I’ve Got a Feeling” by The Beatles
43.  “Another Pilot” by Hey Rosetta!
42.  “Revelate” by The Frames
41.  “Wise Up” by Aimee Mann

…and my 40th favorite song of all-time is:

“Sample in a Jar” by Phish

It’s got all the hallmarks of what I love in a Phish song: carefully chosen but whimsical lyrics (including characters referenced off-hand but never introduced or explained), bouyant and joyous music, all with an undercurrent of subtle but definite deeper meaning.  But “Sample in a Jar” goes one step further with me personally, being about a character who is a drunk.  The character is at a stage I clearly remember: everyone is still having a lot of fun, but they themselves and some of the people around them are starting to realize there’s a problem.  Phish lyricist Tom Marshall (who isn’t in the band…think Elton John and Bernie Taupin) creates an amazing meaning-image with the chorus:  “I was foggy, rather groggy/ you helped me to my car./  The binding belt enclosing me:/ a sample in a jar.”  That.  Is.  Brilliant.

It’s hidden far away
but someday I may tell
the tale that untangled
when into your world I fell.
Without you now I wander, soaking
secretly afraid
But in your grasp the fears don’t last
though some of them have stayed.

I wheeled around because
I didn’t hear what you had said,
and saw you dancing with Elihu
up on Lemoy’s bed.
And I was foggy, rather groggy.
You helped me to my car,
the binding belt enclosing me:
a sample in a jar.
Now the market stands unfolding
with all the willies and their wares.
I shuffle by alert but numb
to all the glances and the glares.
And I think of you unheeding
all the times I raise my cup.
It’s now I know that you knew
that I’d soon end up “end up”.

I wheeled around because
I Didn’t hear what you had said,
and saw you dancing with Elihu
up on Lemoy’s bed.
And I was foggy, rather groggy,
you helped me to my car.
The binding belt enclosing me: a
sample in a jar

You tricked me like the others
and now I don’t belong.
The simple smiles and good times seem all wrong.

Even Flow

Posted in Photography with tags , , on August 22, 2012 by sethdellinger




Philly Journal, 8/21: Ben Franklin Bridge #3

Posted in Philly Journal with tags , , on August 22, 2012 by sethdellinger

In my first installment of pictures of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, I included some pictures of a ballpark that I had taken while walking on the pedestrian walkway of the bridge.  That ballpark is Campbell’s Field in Camden, New Jersey, which is home to the minor league baseball team the Camden Riversharks, who play in the Atlantic League.  (for those of you who are baseball fans, this is the league that Roger Clemens just signed on to play in…so it’s an outside possibility he’ll be coming to Camden).

Well, my mother and I attended a Riversharks game tonight, and it occurred to me that it would be quite interesting now to see the view of the bridge from inside the park, after seeing the view of the park from the bridge. Oh, and I had a great time at the game.  Very different from Phillies games, of course, and not even as energetic as Erie Seawolves games, but it’s the kind of team and ballpark that’s so sad, you just kind of have to love it.

“It’s not the dream that makes you weak/ It’s not the night that makes you sleep.”

Posted in Rant/ Rave with tags , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2012 by sethdellinger

The concert last night was AMAZING.  Partly because it featured two bands that I’m pretty much at the apex of liking right now, and it’s been a long time since my concert-going career was so in tune with what I’m currently digging (which is why you may have noticed a significantly higher rate of commentary about this concert on social media than I normally indulge in), and partly because I really have slowed my concert going frequency in the past year, so now when I do go to a concert, the experience is starting to have some of that oomph that it had in the beginning, oh-so-many years ago.

The Band of Horses show destroyed me emotionally, while the My Morning Jacket show ripped my face off, in the good way.  I won’t bother you with specifics, but it was wholly satisfying.  Although, one specific: I finally got a “Steam Engine” from My Morning Jacket, after seeing them 7 times now.  “Steam Engine” is my white whale with this band.  I’ve just thought up that term for this purpose, but it’s perfect.  I seem to have a “white whale”” with just about every band I see frequently.  My sister and I shared one with LIVE (it was “White, Discussion”) and we finally got it on their farewell tour.  With Pearl Jam it was “Hard to Imagine”, which at one point seemed unthinkable I’d ever hear…and by the end of the 2008 tour, I was actually annoyed when they kept opening with it!  haha.  Anyway.  Aside from those two, I think I have yet to see any of my other “white whales”.  Oh, and of course, I got “Steam Engine” last night, and I definitely fucking cried.

Of my opener/ closer predictions, I got one out of four correct (“The Funeral” to close BoH’s set)…which was by far the easiest guess, but was no gimme!  I got one from each band’s wishlist that I had made.  Not too shabby.

The inside of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, before the crowd arrived. I had a seat in the balcony.

Band of Horses during “Infinite Arms”.

Band of Horses setlist

1.  For Annabelle
2.  NW Apartment
3.  Knock Knock
4.  No One’s Gonna Love You More Than I Do
5.  Detlef Schrempf
6.  Infinite Arms
7.  The Great Salt Lake
8.  Cigarettes, Wedding Bands
9.  Older
10. Ode to LRC
11.  The First Song
12.  Laredo
13.  The General Specific
14.  Is There a Ghost?
15.  The Funeral

My Morning Jacket during “It Makes No Difference”

My Morning Jacket setlist
1. X-Mas Curtain   <—this is an incredibly abnormal opener
2. First Light
3. Outta My System
4. Holdin’ On To Black Metal
5. Tyrone (Erykah Badu cover)
6. Mahgeetah
7. Into The Woods
8. Evelyn Is Not Real
9. Gideon
10. Rocket Man  (Elton John cover)
11. The Bear
12. Strangulation
13. It Beats 4 U
14. Steam Engine
15. Victory Dance
16. Circuital
17. Touch Me I’m Going To Scream pt. 2
18. Touch Me I’m Going To Scream pt. 1
19. Highly Suspicious
20. Wordless Chorus
21. Run Thru
22. Smokin’ From Shootin’

Encore One:
1. Wonderful (The Way I Feel)  [with Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses]
2. I’m Amazed
3. It Makes No Difference  (The Band cover)

Encore 2:

1. Off The Record
2. One Big Holiday

In case you’re even mildly interested, I recorded MMJ coming onto stage and the first few minutes of “Xmas Curtain” (which has some incredibly interesting lyrics)…for me, one of the most interesting things to see from shows I wasn’t at is how the bands start the performance…the entrance music, the first few chords, the audience response…and MMJ never disappoint in this regard. (notice the red and green lights for “Xmas Curtain”, which, as far as I can tell, may or may not be about having sex with a prostitute on Christmas).   This also gives you a good idea of how far away I was :(

Philly Journal, 8/17

Posted in Philly Journal with tags , on August 17, 2012 by sethdellinger

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