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Entries by Cantinero

Plasticine: An Upbeat Song for Downbeat Times

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2009 | 4:05 PM

I was recently asked to contribute a song for a movie trailer, they wanted something that exemplified the human struggle, working against the machine but resolving in triumph, whilst remaining lyrically vague? You have to take every opportunity that comes your way, but this really stumped me. I consider myself...

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Winter in the Catskills: A Holiday Recession Song

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2008 | 7:40 PM

About 18 months ago I moved onto Main Street in Catskill, a small, blue-collar town in Upstate NY, where discarded Newport Lights cigarette packets are the garbage of choice. When we arrived, there was a sense of a town in the throws of re-imagining itself. There were art galleries, an...

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When Prophecy Fails and the Lights Go Out on the Clintons

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2008 | 9:43 AM

What happens next? A landmark study of cognitive dissonance is chronicled in When Prophecy Fails. The book studies a group predicting the imminent end of the world, and then lays out what happened when reality crashed the party. The bottom line is, in the face of unwanted truth, rationalization...

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Is Bill Clinton the New Prince Philip?

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2008 | 5:12 PM

Rep. James Clyburn recently called Bill Clinton's campaign antics "bizarre." Being English, it reminds me of some unseemly behavior from another prominent husband. As he lurches from one gaffe to the next, Bill Clinton is starting to look a lot like Prince Philip.

During a state...

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Go Getter

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2008 | 10:23 AM

A while back, I was having a conversation with my wife about the machinations of Lee Attwater, and how on his death bed he was apparently apologizing for his divisive ways. Around about the same time I was watching a documentary series by Adam Curtis called The Century of the...

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