Time for the weekly wrap-up and then some music, so let’s go.

Ken Mehlman is gay gay gay gay GAY gay super-duper gay.  Ann Coulter made fun of Joseph Farah and his WorldNetDaily on Fox News, without shame.  Exodus International has no money, and still, no shame.  NOM and Ed Whelan figured out why Ted Olson is so gay for marriage equality:  his hippie liberal wife made him do it.  Gary Bauer came up with a measuring system where each and every 9/11 victim is three feet long, which helps Muslims figure out how far away from “Hallowed Ground” they have to build their mosques.  Memphis gay leaders pulled an inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance because the City Council wouldn’t give it a fair hearing, which led one Memphis resident (and a personal friend of mine) to stay until the bitter end to give the Council a bit of what-for.  And of course, Peter LaBarbera, Molotov Mitchell and Ugandan MP David Bahati are still insane.  Oh, and Wayne put up a music post of his own last night, so if you haven’t been there, go.

Instead of picking one song and hitting the iTunes shuffle from there, this week is going to be a little bit different.  As a songwriter and composer, I’ve always paid particular attention to lyrical narratives, and the way that songs can work together to form an arc.  The other night, my iTunes did something that I found magical when it played three random songs in order, which I then listened to in that order again, and again, and again, about eleventy times.  The three songs are “Transatlanticism” by Death Cab for Cutie, “1000 Oceans” by Tori Amos, and “Run” by Snow Patrol.  Aside from being three amazing, heartwrenching songs, when played together, they indeed form an arc.  Sometimes there are deep oceans, but there are also lighthouses.

So those three songs, and then we’ll hit shuffle on the last one and see what happens.  Ready, set, go. More videos after the jump.


“1000 Oceans”


1. Dar Williams – “In Love But Not At Peace”
2. Janelle Monáe – “Faster”
3. The National – “Racing Like A Pro”
4. Imogen Heap – “Tidal”
5. Damien Rice – “Eskimo”
6. Neil Young – “Harvest”
7. Suzanne Vega – “Blood Sings”
8. Marissa Nadler – “True Love Will Find You In The End” [Daniel Johnston cover]
9. Van Halen – “Dreams”
10. U2 – “Dancing Barefoot” [Patti Smith cover]

No word on where that Van Halen came from, but I’m okay with it if you are.

Dar Williams – In Love But Not At Peace

Marissa Nadler – True Love Will Find You In The End [Daniel Johnston cover]