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i’ve got the makings of a champion every once in a while

February 18th, 2022

The Red Chuck Précis

(Weekly lyrics from Frank Turner/Punches)


Hey folks.

There's a lot of feels on this week's mix, so apologies in advance for any tears you may experience. No, scratch that. A good cry is great every once in a while and what better way than to cry to great music.

Just a reminder that we are now on Tidal, so you can get your tunes there if that's your chosen streaming service. Just know what's those albums once you discover the ones you love!

So, I'm not a football guy, but every so often, the Super Bowl does have something I actually want to see (this last occurred when Bruce Springsteen performed at the Halftime Show). There's a chant often heard at live pro wrestling shows, "You've still got it!", intended to show respect to veteran performers who are still, with excellence, doing their thing in the ring. The chant would have been entirely appropriate for last night's Super Bowl Halftime Show. The purest joy on the grinning faces of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, which I can only imagine was accompanied by thoughts of "holy shit, we've come so far, been doing it so long, and we still get to do this" was a beautiful sight.After that performance and her current album, I must ask, does humanity deserve Mary. J Blige? I don't know, but I'm sure glad we have her. Haven't watched it? Check it out.

This weekend is Thundersnow, quite possibly my favorite event of the year (yes, even over my birthday and Halloween). As with last year, the event is virtual, hopefully for the final time, so I can get together in person with all of these amazing folks and awesome musicians in person next year. But, in the meantime, virtual means YOU can check it out. Virtual is obviously a very different experience than the in-person version, but it's still a blast. You can get the details on the Facebook Event Page.

All right, I'm out. Take care. #BlackLiveMatter



Made You A Mix

Weekly Virtual Mix Tape: February 18th, 2022

The Red Chuck Weekly Virtual Mix Tape playlists are a collection of ten songs I've been listening to this week, crossing genre, era, and taste. No themes, just the tunes I've been sticking in my ears lately.

Available on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, & YouTube.

Support those bands on Bandcamp or their websites by purchasing that music.


Made You A List

A collection of links & reads I've been sticking in my brain the past week.

Take care of your heads, folks. Please.

Another in the countless tragic reminders that the way we police and enforce laws needs to change, especially in regards to people of color. We should all be enraged.

"...startled from a deep sleep and reached for a legal firearm to protect himself."

Fascinating history...and future?


“It’s funny that something that brings my life so much goodness and joy and happiness is also shaped like a nightmare a lot of the time.”

Some great thoughts on writing for the screen and on the new Scream flick, a surprisingly solid entry into one of my favorite franchises.

I haven't actually read any of the criticisms, but I thought the film was brilliant.

"This is a film with great faith in humanity, and cynicism only about the institutions we have built and the particular people who hold power."

"It is a similar moral to Albert Camus’ “Myth of Sisyphus”: the near-certainty of failure should not lead to resignation, but to even more determination. To end your life contentedly and without regrets, you need to know that you tried, regardless of the outcome."


The Red Chuck Précis is a weekly blog including my recent thoughts, a virtual mix tape playlist (available on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, & YouTube), and a list links, reads, & other interesting things I've found from around the Web.


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