Evening music chat – Sufjan Stevens

The word “genius” gets bandied about in the most disagreeable fashion. When the same term can be applied to Stephen Hawking as well as the latest pop flavor-of-the-month, we’ve reached a point of not being able to discern the genuine article from mere frippery.

However, composer/musician Sufjan Stevens fits the bill. His songs are swirling soundscapes, as informed by pop craft as serious compositional strategies. His lyrics are spare, cutting poems. Every one of his albums is the work of a master; and the frightening thing is that he’s only 38, just entering into fully harnessing his powers.

So, for our evening music chat, a bit of the genius that is Sufjan Stevens.

John Wayne Gacy, Jr.


Seven Swans

Futile Devices

Come Thou Font of Every Blessing

For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti

BQE – Movement II – Sleeping Invader


May music wend you off to a blissful evening.

54 Responses to “Evening music chat – Sufjan Stevens”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    November 13, 2013 at 7:24 pm


  2. 13 Judith Fardig
    November 13, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    LL, I took the liberty of slightly revising your excellent letter to Senator Feinstein and FAXed it to all the Democratic Senator running for re-election plus Reid, Baucus, Wyden, and Boxer. I’m particularly distressed about my own Senator, Jeff Merkley falling into this trap!

  3. 22 a4alice
    November 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm

  4. 23 dotster3
    November 13, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Just got oddly polled by Rasmussen. First question—-country going in right direction, wrong direction. Then all the ethnic, race, age questions. Then a real curveball—–how often do I follow the National Hockey League. What??? When I responded rarely (only Chgo Blackhawks championship game), the poll came to an abrupt halt. Weird—-didn’t get the relationship between the direction of the country and hockey. What kind of poll was that?

  5. 26 a4alice
    November 13, 2013 at 7:41 pm

  6. 27 vcprezofan2
    November 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Whoops! Almost forgot that it’s go-to-the-bus-station-to-pick-up-offspring time. BBL

  7. 28 dotster3
    November 13, 2013 at 7:44 pm

  8. 29 MadameSoph
    November 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Hello TOD family!

    Just had to let you know about my awesome experience today with coveredca.com. I’ve been putting off calling and applying – mostly due to my past experiences dealing with health insurance stuff and what a PITA it can be. Well, today I called the 800 number and, after about a 15 min wait (was told it could be 30 min) got a guy named David who couldn’t have been more helpful and clear. He took me through the website and all my options, explained pros and cons and common misconceptions and also gave me some specific to my situation tips on the application process. He then guided me through opening an account and guess what?! The site is amazingly easy to use and fast! Plus, you are able to save and exit at any time during the process (which I did) and then come back at a later time to finish. He showed me where to go to look up all the docs and hospitals available in the various plans too. He must have spent like 45 minutes with me and would have spent more but I needed a ladies room break!

    I can tell you right now, in all the years of being an insurance customer on the private market, I never got anything close to this kind of customer service (I’m talking to you Blue Cross).

    I have to say how lucky I feel to be a Californian. I realize some of the other states’ exchanges don’t have it together like Covered CA does and, worst of all, some of the states opted out of running exchanges for political reasons.

    David also told me that, if you call at low traffic times, the wait to talk to someone is only a minute or so.

    Anyway, with all the haters hating out there, I just had to share how impressed I am with our Golden State!

  9. November 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm


  10. 39 a4alice
    November 13, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    yes it has basically the same message but I want to help get UT’s message out there and make people ask their news maker why they are not telling the whole truth

  11. 40 carolyn
    November 13, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    LL, love the word “frippery”……..delightful.

  12. 45 desertflower
    November 13, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Do you think we should tell them?? 🙂


    Scientists Find A DNA Change That Accounts For White Skin

    Scientists said yesterday that they have discovered a tiny genetic mutation that largely explains the first appearance of white skin in humans tens of thousands of years ago, a finding that helps solve one of biology’s most enduring mysteries and illuminates one of humanity’s greatest sources of strife.

    The work suggests that the skin-whitening mutation occurred by chance in a single individual after the first human exodus from Africa, when all people were brown-skinned. That person’s offspring apparently thrived as humans moved northward into what is now Europe, helping to give rise to the lightest of the world’s races.

    • 46 carolyn
      November 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      So….after reading the article, I discover that people like me are mutants! We are not originals….how about that!
      Did any of you see the clip of the program on which that white supremacist from N.Dak was a guest and he had his total DNA genealogy traced to prove he was 100% white European? I forget whose show it was…but the results came in and he was 86% northern European, and 14% sub-Saharan African! He was in total shock while everyone else laughed. He made some nonsensical remark about that “just being foolish statistics…”

      • 47 desertflower
        November 13, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        I’m a mutant, too:) That story is what led me to this story:) We are ALL a melting pot of beautiful…

    • 48 jackiegrumbacher
      November 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Df, I’ll bet those first mutants were thought to be weird and not very attractive. Hope this gets widespread coverage and is eventually taught in schools.

  13. November 13, 2013 at 8:08 pm

  14. November 13, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  15. November 13, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I’ve been visiting the orange site that shall remain nameless for a few days. There are times when I stay away for months, but they are so good at skewering Republicans and love to do it so when GOPers are acting up, I know I will see some posts I enjoy. I saw one of the best write-ups of the process going on now to fix the ObamaCare software. Very upbeat. I was married for 20 years to a software developer who does very high level consulting now and this article is right on target. My ex makes big money and works almost all the time because these programs almost always have big problems. User name, As The World Turns, tells where the problems were and the process for fixing them.

    I’ll give the link in case any of you want to read it.


    …Let me start off by saying that Healthcare.gov is now working well in most areas of the US. Folks are accessing the site all day, every day, and getting enrolled. Current capacity allows up to 17,000 people to register and up to 25,000 people to access the system each hour. During October, 846,184 US residents have completed applications for health insurance. Of those, about 106,000 have selected insurers and enrolled. October brought about 20 million unique visitors to Healthcare.gov….

    ….I’ll give you my perspective on Healthcare.gov post-launch tech surge — but, first, I’d like to repeat what you already know: The mad-dog political hysteria going on in congressional hearings and derp-news are nothing more than a continuation of the attempt to kill the PPACA. It is noise.

    The Surge Team will meet and perhaps even beat the deadline, as Healthcare.gov improves hourly. There is absolutely no need to fret over this….

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