Replace the tape with a new one


Michael Brown prompted the wheels to turn last night.
And the wheels on the bus go round and round.

The thing is, I could choose to replace the tape with a new one.”

But what tape is playing?
And what tape will be playing?
The Good Enough tune?
The Patience beat?
The Acceptance rap?
The Gratitude melody?
Or does a sharp gust of wind blow it over.
And scramble it all up.

Y. That perfect letter. The wishbone, fork in the road, empty wineglass. The question we ask over and over.
— Marjorie Celona, Y



  1. What can I say, David? I am truly honoured that you chose to feature my article.

    What you don’t realise is that the reason I put what I do into my Blog is the inspiration I get from you. Your Blog is like a beacon of light, leading the way in the beauty of your writing, the range of content, and the generosity of spirit you display. How you find the energy to keep it up so rigorously, day in, day out, is beyond me.

    I feel like I just found myself wandering accidentally onto the platform in the middle of a performance of Lohengrin, with you conducting the New York Philharmonic, when all I wanted to do was find the restrooms! Startled and mildly embarassed. A not unfamiliar feeling in my world!

    Thank you.


  2. thanks for this David–it was just excellent and funny which makes it great in my books


  3. Reblogged this on Todd Lohenry and commented:
    Ahhh. Good one!


  4. Well done. And I think the tape gets scrambled often enough without the wind. Perhaps we should upgrade to a cd player? 😉


  5. my tape gets stuck on replay at times, until i correct the glitch. once i do, it moves on ahead. at times, ii has also gotten tangled, or i couldn’t hear it well enough, it wasn’t clear, and just kept getting more and more muddled up, and needed to just cut it and get a new tape. all strategies for moving on to a better tape, one that is clear and calm and balanced.


  6. I have so many cassette tapes with vintage music…I best get them moved to a DVD player before the cassette player drifts into the stuff dreams are made of…


  7. This is beautiful. Besides, I completely agree with Michael 🙂


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