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A Song for Joe: Celebrating the life of Joe Strummer

A Song for Joe: Celebrating the life of Joe Strummer is a fundraiser for independent music venues that are being decimated by COVID-19. It took place yesterday, on what would have been Joe’s 68th birthday. Part of me can’t believe that he’s been going for 18 years already. At the time, news of his death hit me as hard as Bowie’s passing did in 2016. This show was a great way to honor his legacy and lasting impact.

Last night I watched the live stream. Then I immediately watched the playback again from the beginning. As I’m writing this, it’s streaming in the background. If you have no idea who Joe Strummer is, or why he continues to be important, you need to take a couple of hours. Listen to some great music by amazing artists and learn.

“This is not a time to be dismayed, this is punk rock time. This is what Joe Strummer trained you for.”

– Henry Rollins, Joe Rogan Experience, 11 February 2019

This was a message that I needed to hear this week. It resonates along with the Søren Kierkegaard quote currently making the rounds, “Faith sees best in the dark”. When there seems to be no reason for hope, we somehow find a way to carry on. The worse a situation gets, the more clear our necessary course of action becomes. We need to fight, however we can, with whatever means we can, on whatever level we can.

I don’t know if A Song For Joe is only going to be up for a limited time, or if they’ll keep it on YouTube forever. Check it out as soon as possible. Keep fighting the fight, and help keep independent music alove.

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Today’s Ambient: THE GREAT BEYOND by Peter Roe

Today’s ambient offering is THE GREAT BEYOND by Peter Roe. ThePrimeChronos is a YouTube channel devoted to “epic” music — orchestral, instrumental, soundtracks, and so on.

The daily ambient offering is a selection of the music that I put on while I’m writing. It is mostly instrumental and unobtrusive, creating atmosphere without becoming a distraction.  The goal is to find something that’s energizing but not overpowering. Every week I feature a different channel or artist.

There was a time when I created a soundtrack or playlist for each writing project. Not only was selecting music time-consuming, listening to the same songs over and over throughout the day became annoying. While I still usually have a “theme song” for each project that I play to get me into the right frame of mind, most of the music I select can be added to a playlist and put on a loop. I typically queue up several hours’ worth of background music so I won’t have to think about it for the rest of the work day.

THE GREAT BEYOND by Peter Roe

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Today’s Ambient Offering: 8-Hour Epic Music Mix

Today’s ambient offering is an 8-hour epic music mix. ThePrimeChronos is a YouTube channel devoted to “epic” music — orchestral, instrumental, soundtracks, and so on.

The daily ambient offering is a selection of the music that I put on while I’m writing. It is mostly instrumental and unobtrusive, creating atmosphere without becoming a distraction.  The goal is to find something that’s energizing but not overpowering. Every week I feature a different channel or artist.

There was a time when I created a soundtrack or playlist for each writing project. Not only was selecting music time-consuming, listening to the same songs over and over throughout the day became annoying. While I still usually have a “theme song” for each project that I play to get me into the right frame of mind, most of the music I select can be added to a playlist and put on a loop. I typically queue up several hours’ worth of background music so I won’t have to think about it for the rest of the work day.

8-Hour Epic Music Mix

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Today’s Ambient: Another 5-Hour Epic Music Mix

Today’s ambient offering is another 5-hour epic music mix. ThePrimeChronos is a YouTube channel devoted to “epic” music — orchestral, instrumental, soundtracks, and so on.

The daily ambient offering is a selection of the music that I put on while I’m writing. It is mostly instrumental and unobtrusive, creating atmosphere without becoming a distraction.  The goal is to find something that’s energizing but not overpowering. Every week I feature a different channel or artist.

There was a time when I created a soundtrack or playlist for each writing project. Not only was selecting music time-consuming, listening to the same songs over and over throughout the day became annoying. While I still usually have a “theme song” for each project that I play to get me into the right frame of mind, most of the music I select can be added to a playlist and put on a loop. I typically queue up several hours’ worth of background music so I won’t have to think about it for the rest of the work day.

Another 5-Hour Epic Music Mix

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Today’s Ambient: A 5-Hour Epic Music Mix

Today’s ambient offering is a 5-hour epic music mix. ThePrimeChronos is a YouTube channel devoted to “epic” music — orchestral, instrumental, soundtracks, and so on.

The daily ambient offering is a selection of the music that I put on while I’m writing. It is mostly instrumental and unobtrusive, creating atmosphere without becoming a distraction.  The goal is to find something that’s energizing but not overpowering. Every week I feature a different channel or artist.

There was a time when I created a soundtrack or playlist for each writing project. Not only was selecting music time-consuming, listening to the same songs over and over throughout the day became annoying. While I still usually have a “theme song” for each project that I play to get me into the right frame of mind, most of the music I select can be added to a playlist and put on a loop. I typically queue up several hours’ worth of background music so I won’t have to think about it for the rest of the work day.

A 5-Hour Epic Music Mix

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