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December 10th, 2021

The Red Chuck Précis

(Weekly lyrics from OUT/Summer Tribute)


Hey world.

Every so often, I come back to a song that I'd hardly noticed before. It's usually a deeper track on an album from a favorite artist, but can also be some random tune on a playlist or lessen frequented album. Wherever it comes from, for whatever reason, the song didn't hit me upon the initial listen. Then something brings it back into my headphones and I fall in love with it. That's the case for one of the tracks on your mix tape this week, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness' Cecilia and the Satellite.

The change occurred some time during the COVID-19 lock downs. It may have been an experience with one of McMahon's frequent Instagram virtual concerts, a regular event in our household. All I know is that it's on my playlists constantly now, a song generally accompanied with rising feelings, turning up the car stereo, and belting out the lyrics.

The next time you're looking for that next great tune, consider turning from the newest music and looking into your archives instead.



Made You A Mix

Weekly Virtual Mix Tape: December 10th, 2021

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, & 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.

Redistricting may oust half of incumbents in Michigan, analysis finds

"it’s clear the group’s 13 members didn’t take incumbency into consideration."

Yep. And I have zero problem with that. While Michigan does have a problem regarding keeping institutional experience in the legislature, that problem stems largely from our term limits, not these new maps. Interesting developments as Michigan continues it's journey in to what will hopefully be fairer election maps. Given that one party has maintained a majority in the legislature in spite winning less overall votes on multiple occasions, it's clear we need new maps.

“Blowtorch” warm-up coming for mid-December

Ugh. This is not winter.

Jane Jacobs on People-Centered Urban Planning

I've been reading a bit about Jane Jacobs and the idea of building cities for people, not cars.

"If a city is walkable, it facilitates human activities. The city’s elements should be purposefully designed so people can walk to and from anywhere with ease."

Accident survivors express dismay at $400 refund checks from a fund that pays for accident care

This law was bad for Michigan and is need of a fix. I preferred the higher bills.

Bill would ban "panic defense" on attacks against LGBT victims

A good move for Michigan and once supported by the the American Bar Association.

The final, anguished years of a warrior-scholar who exposed torture by U.S. troops

Fishback helped expose the torture committed by the United States and revealed the fact that it was under the direction of military and government leaders.

Astronomers find a new planet that's mostly made of iron

Whoa! #spaceisneat


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

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