Ray Charles & New Library Cards

I had to drive to the county next door to mine recently for a library card, and I listened to The Genius of Ray Charles by Ray Charles on my way home. I’m hoping by now that you’re wondering two things: Why the road trip for a library card and how was the Ray Charles album? I’ll answer both.

I now have two library cards. The first is for my own county’s library system, which seems to hate having a robust digital library. Yes, it grants us access to ebooks and audiobooks, but the selection isn’t that great. A few years ago, a librarian friend of mine suggested checking with other counties in my state to see what they offered and how much their library cards are for non-county residents. It might be a cheaper option than an audible subscription. My friend was correct. I found several counties in Florida that have much more extensive library systems and more content, especially digital content. I was tempted to drive to Duval County (Jacksonville) for their $40 library card when I discovered that the county to the north of mine allows ALL Florida residents to have a free library card. So, I’ll give it a shot for a while and see if it meets all my needs. If it does, my audible account it targeted to be Thanos’d.

Ray Charles entertained me on the trip back. The Genius of Ray Charles currently resides at number 265 on the Rolling Stone list. This particular album feels very big-band to me. It reminded me of the days of my youth when we visited my mom’s family in Ohio. Grandpa always had big, old Caddy’s and listened to big-band music. It’s a fun album. I’m not sure the backroads of Florida do it justice, but it made the trip more enjoyable.

I Love Ya Baby

I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to listen to this album and have it make some kind of sense. I even tried giving up on the making sense part and just let it do it’s jazz-fusion thing. It was still just a weird mess to my head. The album in question is Child is the Father to the Man by Blood, Sweat and Tears. It sits at number 266 on Rolling Stone’s list and it makes me wonder how this list was made, which is a silly thing to wonder about because Rolling Stone is pretty up front about how the list was made (a whole bunch of critics and musicians voted). Child did not help me: clean my house, chill on the couch, write a 7-page essay on Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Those are the recent things I tried to do while listening to this album. It was a distraction each time. Today, I think I found the thing that it might be okay for: driving. I drove home from Gainesville this afternoon and still very much wanted to change the channel, and had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t listening to a channel, but I got all the way through it. In all this I have learned that I like the first full song. It’s called “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know.” It’s kind of dark and brooding. I like that. I don’t like the rest of it. ymmv

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The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Technically, I broke up with this book. Goodreads does not seem to have a way to mark things DNF and I don't want to create another shelf just for books I broke up with. I'm not that spiteful about it. I'm, also, not going to say anything bad about this particular book. It just didn't click for me, and I have a TBR mountain that doesn't allow for me to waste time on things that aren't clicking. I wanted it to work out. Really. It just didn't. Do you have any book break up thoughts? Let's talk about it. Also, how do you tell Goodreads that you broke up with a book?

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267 The Real Who


No. The Who.

Quadrophenia was dropped in October 1973. It was The Who’s sixth studio album and second rock opera. Someone I worked with, years ago, loved this album. They once told me a story about how it had blown their mind. He would arrange his speakers around him and listen to it for hours. I had never heard it before. I didn’t know that W.A.S.P.’s The Real Me was a cover of a song on this album. I kinda feel like I should have known. I don’t know why. I can identify the popular tunes from The Who when I hear them and I didn’t need to be told that the CSI’s where using them as intro music. Basically, this boils down to, yeah, I think The Who is a great band but this particular album didn’t do much for me.

MCA, 1973

268 Down in the School Yard

First, happy New Year. I hope you have a great holiday season. I’ve been doing a lot of work stuff and melding with my couch. Whatever. Let’s just get back to things and see how this goes.

Paul Simon. I like Paul Simon. I mean, I guess I like Paul Simon. I haven’t extensively listened to Paul Simon. While Rolling Stone seems to love his first post Simon and Garfunkel (released in 1972). I had high hopes for it but was disappointed. Julio is on this album. I like the Julio song. Other than that, I don’t get it.

Columbia, 1972