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Three artists, Stones, Sox trade, college hockey, carols, Charlie Brown, Claw

Wednesday 12/6/23

The artists that mean the most to me at this point of my life are Nick Drake, Powell and Pressburger, and the Grateful Dead.

I should write something about the Rolling Stones' "Shine a Light." There is more happening in it than in any other Stones song and it's all integrated beautifully. Also: Billy Preston and what he does on both piano and organ on the cut.

The Red Sox traded Alex Verdugo to the Yankees. I have no idea who they got back but I suspect the Yankees "won" this trade, if we're talking talent, but the Red Sox may have helped themselves by subtraction.

Something about Verdugo--or the player he was in Boston, at least--was off. He's no star but I felt he should have been better than he was and more consistent. That he was one of three American League finalists for a Gold Glove in right field was comical to me. Was there really no one else? He wasn't very good out there. A Red Sox fan has seen various players play right field well, which is not easy in that home ball park.

Boston College and Boston University are tied for the #2 ranking in the country in the college hockey poll. Should be some good games coming up between the two Green Line rivals. Going to look into Beanpot tickets.

Contenders for the most quintessential of Christmas carols--"God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." For a particularly American flavor: "Jingle Bells," though that's not a carol, per se.

My love for the Deluxe Edition of the A Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack is boundless.

Shaved for the first time in over a week. That wasn't a good look.

My mother is having surgery today on her other eye to remove a cataract and implant a lens. I will call her after to see how that went. My sister is taking her.

I'm watching The Giant Claw (1957). Jeff Morrow is quite good in it and I rather like the scene at the farmer's with the Applejack. It feels homey and believable. Yes, I grant that the owner of said claw--claws, actually--looks like Eon the Terrible from Rudolph's Shiny New Year.

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