Yesterday was exhausting: up early to make it to an appointment with Human Resources, signing lots of forms, then rushing across campus to get ready to teach when
the call came with the news that I was asked to keep in confidence a while. Hard to believe and mentally taxing. Word and congratulations spread through the department. Then I had to go meet with students. The way it goes.
I have a kind of hobby collecting forgotten R&B songs, great ones that are just never played anymore. This weekend a commercial used one I'd never heard before: dark, sultry, steamy, full of self-loathing. Wow, I thought, heading to iTunes to look up the title. Only to discover it was Amy Winehouse. Her song "You Know I'm No Good." Wow is right. I was well aware of her, what she was supposed to sound like, her tabloid life.
But, damn, Back to Black is just about the greatest recreation of Motown I've heard in some ages.
Back to work.