Saturday, January 08, 2005

The simplest of pleasures

Sometimes in the midst of a world that appears crazy and off the track, you have to seize simple pleasures to get through another day. There's only so much political posturing, pain, death and distruction that one can keep abreast of.

For me, music is one of those simple pleasures. Whether I’m listening to a new artist, a groove-worn favorite, or even banging out some rudimentary chords on my trusty Yamaha acoustic, it’s hard for me not to feel better with a song in my head and hopefully in my heart.

I’ve discovered a new way to enjoy more music in my life. While I’ve become a fan of internet radio through WMFU, I just stumbled upon I had heard my friend Jose of Spouse make mention of the station in the past, but while reading through his tour diary from Spouse’s just completed tour, I learned that they recorded some tracks while in St. Louis for 3wk.

Thanks to my newfound internet radio companion, I’ve been able to listen to a slew of indie music ranging from new artists (for me) like the wanteds, Tegan and Sara, The Fiery Furnaces and Bright Eyes, as well as old faves like Guided by Voices, Wilco, PJ Harvey and The Mountain Goats.

Speaking of simple pleasures, there is nothing more relaxing than curling up on the couch with that someone special, both of you reading your books, while the snow falls quietly on the deck outside the window.

A quiet dinner with the one you love (and haven't seen all week), conversation, a glass or two of wine and all seems right in this little corner of civilization.

The world may be going to hell in a handbasket, but for today, I’m choosing to enjoy pleasure and tune out the pain and exploitation for a few hours.


Anonymous said...


Thanks for sharing "Simplest Pleasures" with us readers.

I think we all get caught up in things bigger than ourselves. I know I got really angry during the election and afterwards.

I also like some of the heavy things too; keep up the variety; I like the mix you've had.

I'm gonna check out some of the music you recommended.


Jim said...


Thanks for taking the time to comment on my post, "The Simplest of Pleasures".

Sometimes I'm conflicted about what to write. There's so much injustice and wrongdoing being perpetuated in the name of truth, values and "the American way". On the other hand, there is a need to occasionally "take my foot off the accelerator" and give it a brief rest.

I want readers to feel that they can come to WordsMatter and learn about topics they might have missed, or get a different perspective. At the same time, I want to remain human and not be like some "man behind the curtain", like the Wizard in the Wizard of Oz.

I hope that doesn't sound to presumptuous and high-minded?

Anyway, thanks for letting me know you read the stuff I write, heavy, or occasionally light and playful.