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049: Chrysalis (J. Spider Barbour), ‘Summer in Your Savage Eyes’

The greatest band no one’s ever heard of.

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146: Hamilton Camp, ‘Pride of Man’

The 20th anniversary of 9/11, Erev Yom Kippur, and a spookily prophetic 1964 song about civilization’s greatest tower laid to waste, brought about by the ‘Pride of Man’.

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203: Aretha Franklin & Ray Charles: ‘Spirit in the Dark’

I’m about to submit myself to a month-long prayer marathon, be bored out of my mind, try to seriously ponder my destiny for the coming year, and sneak in an occasional thought about Aretha and Ray’s ‘Spirit in the Dark’.

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154: Laura Nyro, ‘Save the Country’

And yet again my city is being bombarded by Hamas missiles, half a dozen since last night. Thanks to the IDF’s Iron Dome for watching over me physically and to Laura for watching over me spiritually.

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050: The Rolling Stones, ‘Gimme Shelter’ (Kent State)

51 years ago, I walked onto my deserted campus and experienced a musical hallucination. That terrible time when American soldiers killed American citizens.

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274: Tim Hardin, ‘Reason to Believe’

“The Perfect Song” and some indulgent navel-gazing. Do I choose the music, or has the music formed me? My personal existentiality as reflected a 2-minute paragon of restraint.

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246: Tom Waits, ‘Kentucky Avenue’

The things you wonder about at 12. Airborne by wonder, lifted on the wings of imagination, from Lima or from Whittier, all the way to places we couldn’t yet even dream of.

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271: Laura Nyro, ‘Walk on By’ (Bootleg Collection)

A Rosh HaShana gift – 15 bootleg covers that never appeared on Laura’s official albums.

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