Music for a rainy Saturday

Both recommended by the always terrific Cover Lay Down blog. “We’ve made it to the end of another week, the end of the endless summer once again. Let us dwell not in words, save those which are sung in reverence and glee. Let us speak our piece and move on, in honor of the respite we’ve earned a hundredfold.”

Tift Merritt covering I Can See Clearly Now.

Folkapotomus covering Times Like These.

One of my favorite ‘Modern Love’ columns in a while

From writer and hospice chaplin Kerry Egan:

Why, then, would any of us leap into marriage, knowing that the future is unknowable, knowing our spouse is a mystery we can never fully understand?

I suppose it’s faith. Belief that there is something deeply good in the mysterious heart of the infinitely knowable other. And hope that this goodness will be enough to face the future together. Sometimes that works out; sometimes it does not.

Turns out my birthday is not rare

I’ve always felt my birthday was an uncommon date to be born. I blame celebrities for this. Horoscopes always throw in celebrity birthdays. And when I was a child, June 25 was not a celebrity birthday winner.

George Orwell born on the day in 1903, but he died 30 years before I was born. Sidney Lumet got the day in 1912. While Network and Dog Day Afternoon are now two of my favorite movies, Lumet is not a child’s example of a famous person. Same for June Lockhart, Eric Carle, Carly Simon. Peyo, creator of the Smurfs, was closer. But still, he was no Smurf. In the late ’80s and early ’90s, when my awareness of shared birthdays was peaking, Sonia Sotomayor, Anthony Bourdain, Ricky Gervais, and Linda Cardellini hadn’t arrived on the scene yet. George Michael and Dikembe Mutumbo were a start. But so few.

So, it was surprising to me this week to find my birthday just outside the top 100 days to be born in the United States. I shouldn’t have been surprised. Beyond the celebrities, as a child I was friends and played basketball for years with two other June 25s, and one of them had a twin sister. But, still, I was surprised.

All of this post is to say, check out friend Matt’s years-old-but-still-cool visualization of how many people are born on each day of the year.

Then explain to me who any of these YouTube celebrities are. Via Famous Birthdays Dot Com, they were all born on my birthday. George Michael and Dell Curry, thanks for being there.