Paul Mawhinney has the largest record collection in the world. It is worth millions of dollars but that can’t match Mr. Mawhinney’s passion. This bittersweet film by Sean Dunne captures his reckoning with his health and the death of vinyl. It just goes to show, you never know where your heart will go. What will touch you, make you feel connected to this world, inspire your devotion. I have always envied people who could hand themselves over completely. Even if it tilts a little toward obsession.
Archive for August, 2010
Oh how I love this song. The line, “Darling” she said, “I was yours to receive.” is killer. A life time of sorrow, want and loss in one sentence.
When we were younger we were hungry for, well everything, but most of all music. We saw Abbey Lincoln a bunch of times at Scullers or the Regatta bar. There was one night that was straight magic. You know the kind when the air is warm, all the doors swing open, you love your friends and life so much you might pop. The show was so crowded we were put ON THE STAGE with Abbey Lincoln (in the coolest hat) and the band. I thought our friend Jamie would fall off his chair in a swoon. She was one of a kind.
My brother Jim unearthed these beautiful matchbooks while moving a dresser in a place that he volunteers at. I was amazed that he sent them to me without knowing that I’d previously posted on this. I love the blunt simplicity and utility of”Municipal Liquor Store.”
Just heard Bill Lee signed to the Brockton Rox at 63 years young! When he pitched for the Red Sox he was the hero of my house. How my parents relished his renegade and kooky ways. Poor Don Zimmer (the Gerbil) was right there with Nixon as far as my family was concerned. He was “the man”, the squasher of free spirits, the bore. Worst of all he we thought him an “explainer”, you know the type, an expert in his own mind. My mom wrote an essay called “Bill Lee a Love Song” and sent it to him. Months later she and my dad saw Lee at the Eliot Lounge and she asked him if he had received it. He said, “Are you kidding! I put it in my scrapbook!” With those words he was cemented forever in the hearts of the Hughes’.
photo from: Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey