Spiro’s latest, Eternal One. Grab it on Bandcamp.
Can you say Mobi meets Tokyo slomo disco?
I’m old enough to remember Kenny Rogers singing opposite some famous women in “relationship songs,” some positive and hopeful. Later in the 80s, The Human League released a famous back-and-forth man-woman breakup song, “I’m only human.” More recently, of the hopeful variety, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros had a contagious folk back and forth love song between a man and a woman, called “Home is whenever I’m with you.”
This is an ambient chill version of that genre of love songs, of the second category, the breakup kind. It is by Say Lou Lou and called “Fool of Me.”
The War of 1812 is sometimes called America’s Second war for independence. There are a few reasons why:
- in this war, the now united states of America (formerly a federation, or mere confederation of colonial states, prior to the Constitutional Convention of 1787-89) asserted its rights as a nation on the global stage of early 19th century world politics
- in this war, the United States of America consolidated territorial boundaries that clarified its own sovereign domain
- in this war, the United States made clear to itself, internally, that it had an important, and independent, role to play in the larger stage of global nation-states.
This war is also important because of the way the bellicose posture of the nation toward the indigenous Americans was solidified for the next hundred years.
I learned (or re-learned) these truths after recently finishing the book: Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence by A.J. Langguth.
Another installment in my reading related to the revolutionary war period, this book helped to clarify some of the political lines of trajectory that began in the Seven Years War (concluded with the treaty of Paris in 1763) and earlier, as well as show how the transition from the revolutionary personalities of the late 18th century (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, for example) took place in the early 19th century world of emerging American politics.
Langguth’s book was helpful for three reasons. Continue reading