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150: Matti Caspi, ‘Not Good, A Man Being Alone’

Did you know that God created Womb-Man as “a help against” her Man? Here Matti Caspi dons a white tux, sits down at a white grand piano in a cowshed, and serenades a very fetching Elsie in the funniest video I’ve ever seen.

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146: Hamilton Camp, ‘Pride of Man’

In 1964, Hamilton Camp described in a spookily prophetic song how civilization’s greatest tower is laid to waste, turned to dust by terror in a flash of fire, brought about by the ‘Pride of Man’. In this week’s SoTW, Jeff looks at the Twin Towers and Rosh HaShana and the Tower of Babel story and his own personal religious philosophy and tries to make some sense out of a very confusing world.

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175: Traffic, ‘John Barleycorn Must Die’

An allegory, in which Demon Alcohol gets the last word.

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164: Bob Dylan, ‘Tangled Up in Blue’

Bob Dylan at his best. It don’t get no better than that.

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177: Joni Mitchell, ‘Woodstock’

50 years ago I was at the Woodstock festival, in the mud and the mire and the morass. Joni wasn’t, but she got it right in the song. True Woodstock is in the mind.

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SoTW 14: The Woodstock Festival/הימים הטובים לפני ואחרי וודסטוק

50 years ago the Woodstock festival took place in upstate New York. I was there. I got wet and muddy and cranky and went back home after one night to listen to some of the same artists on my headphones.

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163: Joni Mitchell, ‘For Free’

The albatross of fame and fortune. Young Joni crafting her disillusion into a gem, 1970.

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159: Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: ‘Ooh Baby, Baby’

In which Jeff indulges in gooey nostalgia, imbibes a few underage beers, ponders his life, and swills the unadulterated, luscious gush of emotion that is Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ ‘Ooh Baby, Baby’.

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