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Saturdays are made for good music, and this song is one of my favorites. Here's a studio version of "I Need a Dollar," where you can really hear the blues and jazz roots much more claearly than in the more polished version. Nice job.

I can't quite pass up a political comment. On YouTube, they had this ad off to the side:

and the song is probably most commonly known through a mobile phone ad where a guy asks how many jobs he needs to work to pay his phone bill. That's a thoroughly middle class concern. Not an unimportant one, to be sure, but not what this song is talking about. It's about a guy who's lost his job (through no fault of his own) and has fallen on hard enough times that he literally cannot meet his need. Dependency isn't great, but given the other possibilities - which is the real point behind this song, I think - dependency isn't so bad after all.

On a lighter note, I was listening to My Fair Lady and a YouTube search turned up "Why Can't the English Teach Their Children How to Speak." In German. Somehow that tickled me...

And on a personal note, I have bronchitis. On the plus side, I have an excuse to dink around on the internet, but this cough is making life "interesting." I think I passed hoarse about two days ago. :-S



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Sep. 29th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're poorly! Chest infections are no fun at all. Hope you are keeping warm and have plenty of rest (has semester started yet??) and soothing things to drink...
Sep. 29th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks. The semester has started, but more or less without me. I'm not actually teaching this term, and while I do have seminars I'm sitting in on (medieval language/logic + contemporary philosophy of religion), that's somewhat optional. Mostly I'm working up a dissertation proposal. In theory, when my head isn't swimming. ;-)

I am drinking lots of water and herbal tea, and later I will heat up some miso soup - better than chicken noodle at clearing the sinuses IMO.
Sep. 29th, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
When I have stinking colds the Resident Geek makes me tom yam gai - Thai chicken, lemongrass and chilli soup. Perfect for clearing sinuses! I hope the miso does the trick for you - and glad you don't have to teach while you're ill, so at least you can rest up.
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