Публичные библиотеки - это безопасное место для участия в общественной жизни и воплощение лучших черт американского идеала. Это место, где рады всем, где для улучшения качества жизни можно безопасно учиться, творить, выражать себя, проводить исследования .
В настоящее время множество людей и сообществ испытывают нестабильность, дискриминацию и социальную изоляцию. Как нация, мы должны решать серьёзные проблемы и отвечать на вызовы, с которыми мы сталкиваемся в поисках более совершенного единства.
От имени каждого сотрудника Библиотеки округа Малтнома, я адресую эти искренние слова людям, которым мы служим: Библиотека округа Малтнома – это безопасное место. Добро пожаловать! Мы ценим вас. Мы работаем для вас и помогаем вам вне зависимости от того, как вы выглядите, во что вы верите, где вы родились, на каком языке говорите, кого вы любите, вне зависимости от ваших способностей, жилищных условий или любого другого признака, определяющего вашу личность.
Библиотека всегда была и будет оставаться местом, где люди могут свободно находиться, думать и выражать своё собственное понимание правды. Пожалуйста, присоединяйтесь к нам, потому как мы, невзирая на все наши различия, работаем на принципах доброты и уважения.
Вэйли Олк (Vailey Oehlke)
18 ноября 2016 г.
Hasn’t 2016 been a doozy of a year? A friend of mine told me he wants to get some lighter fluid to incinerate his calendar. I told him I thought I might need explosives for mine.
Lately I have been trying put in some effort every day to make the world a little better. I go to demonstrations, give donations to worthy causes, subscribe to two good newspapers, and email my representatives in state and federal government. But once bedtime comes along, I need to leave this world behind and get lost in a novel. It's not a time for books that are esoteric, demanding, or very dark. My ideal escape read sucks me right into the story and gets me involved with its characters. If I especially like some of those characters, all the better.
The Bookshop on the Corner fit the bill perfectly. It tells the story of a laid-off librarian who buys a van, turns it into a portable bookshop, and moves to Scotland. The author's vision of Scotland is charming and cozy, full of perfect nooks for reading, gorgeous landscapes, cheap and lovely flats, handsome Scottish lads, exceptionally delicious toast, and, of course, many opportunities for reader's advisory. I loved it and have spent the last month forcing it on my librarian pals, who also love it.
In case you need some escape reads, too, I made you this list. And if you know of any excellent books that will whisk me away and guarantee me a good night’s sleep, please let me know. I think I’ll be needing these for a while to come.
If you're a zinester, you make zines! If you are new to zines and have never made one: zines are usually handmade paper booklets that anyone can create. Want to give it a try? Here are some directions for turning one piece of paper into a basic zine: a version to view online or a version to print. See below for more resources about making zines and books.
Whether zines are a new idea or an old friend for you, the library abounds with inspiration and resources for your creative project! Consider these:
The Central Library Picture File is an astounding resource: thousands upon thousands of magazine and book clippings, organized by subject. These can be checked out and photocopied or scanned (you can’t cut them up and paste them in your zine, though!). Do you need the perfect picture of a bluebird, or an ancient computer, or children’s clothes from the 1960s? Look no further! Ask about the Picture Files at the Art & Music reference desk on Central Library’s third floor.
Of course clip art can be found online, but clip art books are a pleasure to browse and use. Many of these come with a CD containing image files that you can download to your computer for resizing, editing, etc. A real gem of a clip art resource is found in the series of books called Crap Hound - each volume is created around a theme or cluster of themes (Superstition; Church & State; Hands, Hearts, & Eyes are a few), and the images are laid out in the most appealing, artful way.
The library’s zine collection is full of examples of zines and minicomics made by zinesters and artists from near and far. Zines can be browsed online in the library catalog (use the subject heading Zines or search by author or title, or try our book lists), placed on hold, and checked out just like other library materials. I recently read the most recent issue of Women of Color: How to Live in the City of Roses and Avoid the Pricks , a collective zine made by a group in Portland - the theme of this issue, #12, is zines! It contains comics, diagrams, and short prose pieces, perspectives on making zines and community. It's really great.
For more technical information about making zines and books, you might enjoy browsing some of our books about bookbinding - I recently stumbled upon How to Make Books by Esther K. Smith, which has instructions and lovely illustrations for a range of homemade books, from instant zines and accordion books to more elaborate stitched books and Coptic binding.
Portland has an amazing zine community. Here are two local resources you must know about:
The Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC) has a gigantic and wonderful zine library, classes, and tons of equipment that members can use to make zines: typewriters, art and printmaking supplies, computers, scanners, and of course, copy machines.
The Portland Zine Symposium is a local event, held annually in July, where zinesters gather to show, sell, and trade their publications. There are workshops, panels, and discussions about zines, independent publishing and DIY culture - it's free, and really fun and inspiring.
Hiện tại, một số lượng khá đông người dân và các cộng đồng đang gặp phải những bất ổn, bị phân biệt đối xử và không được xem trọng . Cùng một quốc gia, chúng ta cần phải giải quyết các câu hỏi, các thử thách lớn lao chúng ta đang gặp phải, trong việc xây dựng một liên hợp hoàn hảo hơn.
Thay mặt cho mỗi một nhân viên làm việc tại Thư viện Hạt Multnomah, tôi xin gửi những lời chân thành tâm đắc tới quý vị, những người chúng tôi phục vụ:
Thư viện Hạt Multnomah là một nơi an toàn. Quý vị được chào đón. Quý vị được trân trọng. Dù quý vị vẻ ngoài như thế nào, quý vị đang tin tưởng ở điều gì, quý vị sinh ra nơi nào, quý vị sử dụng ngôn ngữ gì; Dù cho quý vị yêu thương ai, khả năng như thế nào, tình trạng nhà ở ra sao hay bất cứ định dạng nào khác mà quý vị nhận, thư viện chúng tôi ở đây là để phục vụ quý vị.
Thư viện đã luôn luôn và sẽ mãi mãi là nơi mà mọi người được sống tự do, được là chính mình, được suy nghĩ và nói lên lên ý kiến của riêng mình. Hãy cùng chúng tôi đón nhận điều này với lòng nhân ái, sự hòa hợp, sự tôn trọng và lòng dũng cảm, ngay cả khi đối diện với các khác biệt giữa chúng ta.
Tổng Giám Đốc Thư viện
Ngày 18 tháng 11 năm 2016
Winter is here and the weather is getting cold. Do you need a safe place to warm up?
All Multomah County Libraries are heated (even when there's not a cold snap!) and they're great places to visit when you need a break from the cold. All Multnomah County Libraries are open seven days a week -- and there's a handy map you can use to find the library nearest to you. Come visit us!
From November to March, local governments and nonprofit organizations offer additional shelter beds for men, women, and families. In addition, daytime warming centers open up across the metro area whenever there is particularly severe weather.
211info is the best place to find up-to-date listings for warming centers and overnight shelters during winter's cold weather. To reach them by phone, dial 2-1-1 (toll-free from most phones). You can also get current shelter listings from 211 by texting "pdxshelter" to 898211.
Or, pick up a free paper copy of the Rose City Resource at your neighborhood library -- it's a great all-around guide to local public services and public assistance, published by Street Roots newspaper.
Here are some listings of winter shelters and warming centers by location:
- map of shelters in Multnomah County and Portland (including severe weather shelters and family shelters)
- Clackamas County warming centers
- Washington County shelter resources (including severe weather shelters)
If you are part of a family with children under 18, you can find a place to stay or a place to get warm in Multnomah County's list of shelters for families.
Would you like tips on safely "weathering" a cold snap? Take a look at the American Red Cross's information on cold weather safety, or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control's advice about staying safe and healthy in winter.
Questions? Call, text, or email a librarian to get personalized help -- or ask the librarian on duty the next time you're at the library. We will do our best to find the right resource or service for you!
Attention middle and high school educators: are you looking for good, new books to use in the classroom? Watch these videos, in which librarians from the Multnomah County Library School Corps introduce recently-published titles to use in the curriculum. We've broken them down by subject for convenience in viewing. Feel free to share the videos with other educators, too! Here’s the complete list of titles from this workshop.
Perhaps you’d prefer to learn about new middle grade fiction to use with book discussion groups or literature circles? Check out our Novel-Ties videos. Each title includes discussion and extension ideas. In addition to use in book groups and classrooms, these titles are great to recommend to individual children and young teen readers. You can also find a list of the featured titles in the library catalog.
The videos are best viewed on desktop or laptop computers.
If you missed our in-person summer Gotta Read This workshop for grades K-5, the reading list is now available in the library catalog.
"How do you teach people to love each other's differences?"
by Sarah Binns
LEARN is a one-on-one tutoring program for adults who want to learn to read. Volunteers have partners, learners, with whom they meet weekly. Kim delights in sessions with her partner. “I’ve gained a friend that never would have happened otherwise,” she says with a smile. In the span of their few months together, Kim’s partner has progressed from a 2nd to a 3rd-grade reading level. “It’s fun to watch her grow and see her get excited that she can read and have more confidence in daily life,” Kim says. Many of us take this confidence to participate in day-to-day activities, such as identifying ingredients on food labels, navigating the computer, and reading the mail, for granted. Building this confidence is the mission of the LEARN program. Launched in 2010, LEARN is led by Lisa Regimbal, the adult literacy coordinator, and always needs more tutors. You can apply by signing up through the Multnomah County Library website.
The thing about Kim, though, is that LEARN is just the tip of the iceberg. “I volunteer everywhere,” she laughs. “I’m a teacher, I give back.” Kim volunteers with the Red Cross Disaster Action Team, the Cub Scouts, and at Philip Foster Farm, a pioneer historical site where twice a week she dresses in period costume and teaches Oregon history. “Sometimes I don’t have time to change so I go to the grocery store in my costume!” she says. It’s easy to be in awe of everything she does.
Kim also participates in Multnomah County Library’s Talk Time program, in which people meet to practice their English conversation skills. Both LEARN and Talk Time feed into Kim’s ultimate passion to teach and encourage the love of books. “How do you teach love?” she asks. “I learn so much from people’s different stories. How do you teach people to love each other’s differences?” Kim seems to be doing just that through all the work she does for the Multnomah County Library community.
A Few Facts About Kim
Home library: Gresham Library
Currently reading: Children’s books to read to her grandkids over FaceTime
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I was feeling like hell had just frozen over.
Greg Frye rescued me. (See his story here and check out his list. If you are going through a personal climate change crisis, it may help. It won't hurt.
Here's what Greg has to say:
I am a former teacher, a long-time volunteer at Multnomah County Library, and recent Master of Library and Information Science graduate from the University of Washington. Part of what I enjoyed about that education was thinking about how the library profession can become more inclusive – whether we’re talking about who is in the profession, who is served by libraries, or who and what is represented in library collections. In keeping with those discussions, I have recently read authors from around the world, several of whom have challenged my perspectives, understandings, and world views. Here are a few of my favorites so far.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. This is a well-crafted interweaving of two realities – one of the 1984 as many in Japan might have lived it, and a concurrent but alternate one only some people experience. Who lives in which reality? Is it possible to move from one to the other and back? Murakami presents a story that is part social commentary, part surrealism, and part thriller. A wonderful experience! (If you’d like to get a feel for his style, but don’t have time to commit to a multi-hundred page read, try Murakami’s The Strange Library – a short tale of a surreal library experience.)
Headhunters, by Jo Nesbo. Written by one of Norway’s most well-known authors, this is the fast-paced story about a professional whose work as a corporate headhunter cannot sustain both his extravagant life-style and the fledgling art gallery his wife opened. In order to bring in enough money, he has turned to art theft and forgery. Nesbo tells a wonderful tale that has twists right up to the end.
Maps by Nuruddin Farah. This novel follows Askar, a Somali boy orphaned at the moment of his birth, who was taken in and raised by an Ethiopian woman named Misra. They live in a Somali village, where Misra is an outcast because of her heritage; she is later accused of betraying the village to her native country during the war between Ethiopia and Somalia. The story reveals Askar’s struggles during the turbulent war years to find his way and his identity, while determining where his loyalty lies. Told with elegant prose, strong characters, and vivid descriptions of life in these two Africans nations, this is a beautifully written book.
Life & Death Are Wearing Me Down by Mo Yan. A humorous yet sometimes agonizing tale of several generations of family as they live through China’s Cultural Revolution. Yan’s use of the cosmic cycle of reincarnation allows one of the story’s protagonists to see how his world changes, how his family and region evolve, and ultimately to come to terms with the misfortune he experiences early in the book. An excellent novel, but be prepared to chart relationships if you really want to follow all the detail Yan offers.
And finally, two from much closer to home to help shift perspectives.
Genocide of the Mind edited by MariJo Moore. This series of essays by modern Native American authors offers great insight into the experiences of Native Americans today. It presents historical as well as current and future-looking works. What does it mean to live as the “vanquished” indigenous peoples of a country like the US or Canada? This book offers some great perspectives.
The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture—and What We Can Do About It by Kate Harding. A no-holds-barred, sometimes sassy, sometimes incredibly sarcastic, always pointed look at rape culture – what it is, how it influences people of all ages and genders, implications it has for equality (or lack thereof), and what might be changing to help us get past it. Well researched and written, a good read for anyone wanting their eyes opened and their perspectives challenged.
The public library reflects the best of the American ideal: a place where all people are welcome and safe to learn, create, express and explore in ways that better their lives.
Today, a great many people and communities are experiencing instability, discrimination and marginalization. As a nation we must address the enormous questions and challenges we face in pursuit of a more perfect union.
On behalf of every person who works at Multnomah County Library, I offer these heartfelt sentiments to the people we serve: Multnomah County Library is a safe place. You are welcome. You are valuable. We are here to serve you, regardless of how you look, what you believe, where you were born, what language you speak, who you love, your ability, your housing status or any other way that you identify.
The library has always been and will forever remain a place where people are free to live, be, think and speak their own truths. Please join us as we embrace this work with kindness, inclusion, respect and courage, even in the face of our differences.
Director of Libraries
La biblioteca pública refleja lo mejor del ideal estadounidense: un lugar donde todas las personas son bienvenidas y se encuentran seguras para aprender, crear, expresarse y explorar en maneras que mejoren sus vidas.
Hoy en día, muchas personas y comunidades están sufriendo inestabilidad, discriminación y marginalización. Como nación, debemos abordar las enormes interrogantes y los retos que enfrentamos con el propósito de lograr una unidad más perfecta.
En nombre de cada persona que trabaja en la Biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah, les ofrezco estos sinceros sentimientos a las personas que servimos: la Biblioteca del Condado de Multnomah es un lugar seguro. Ustedes son bienvenidos. Ustedes son personas valiosas. Estamos aquí para servirles, independientemente de su apariencia, sus creencias, el lugar donde nacieron, el idioma que hablen, a quien amen, sus habilidades, su situación de vivienda o cualquier otra forma en que ustedes se identifiquen.
La biblioteca siempre ha sido y será para siempre un lugar donde las personas tienen la libertad de vivir, ser, pensar y decir sus propias verdades. Por favor, únanse a nosotros mientras nos dedicamos a este trabajo con bondad, inclusión, respeto y valor, aun frente a nuestras diferencias.
Directora de Bibliotecas
Wendy Red Star uses a variety of media to create her art, which draws from her tribal background (Crow) to explore the intersections of Native culture and colonialist structures. Her work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, and as far afield as Melbourne's National Gallery of Victoria.
Greetings, from Wendy Red Star and Beatrice Red Star Fletcher (my nine-year old daughter). Together we make up a mother/daughter artist collaborative duo. You can see some of our artwork at the Seattle Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum this month through December. Beatrice is an avid reader with a book in her hand at all times including at art functions, birthday parties, and the dinner table. I also love reading but my focus is on specialty books including, Native crafts, sewing, historical photography books on Native Americans, individual artist monographs, and anthropological books on the Crow Nation. I use these books for inspiration, knowledge, and references for art projects.
Here are my picks:
Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi
This book gives me endless inspiration about the possibilities of pattern making. Whenever I need a break from conventional patterns I take a look at this book. In the past I have tried to make a few of the patterns out of paper. This book is challenging and engaging and a fun way to spend the afternoon.
The Art Of Manipulating Fabric by Colette Wolff
A seamstress's dream book! With over 350 diagrams and beautifully illustrated images demonstrating techniques to resurface, reshape, restructure and reconstruct using a simple square of fabric, thread and needle. This book truly brings out my inner nerd. I love spending hours analyzing each technique and dreaming up new ideas.
The Stars We Know: Crow Indian Astronomy and Lifeways by Timothy P. McCleary
My copy of this book is marked with underscores and notes in the margins. I have reread this book countless times and still find myself learning new information with each read. I am friends with the author, who I have worked with on projects including my solo exhibition Medicine Crow & the 1880 Crow Peace Delegation at the Portland Art Museum’s Apex Gallery in 2014. The observations of Crow star knowledge are fascinating. The old Crow stories are entertaining and eerily gruesome.
Crow Indian Beadwork (A Descriptive and Historical Study) by William Wildschut and John C. Ewers
This book is a great guide and resource to the art of Crow Indian beadwork from 1805 to contemporary times. The book includes several illustrations and photographic images of classic Crow designs. I use this book as a reference and a guide for my own beadwork.
Identity By Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native women’s dresses edited by Emil Her Many Horses
This is a gorgeous book filled with rich photographs of some of the best dresses and accessories of traditional Native women’s clothing. This book includes examples of historic clothing and contemporary trends across Native America. Filled with interesting essays and information that make it a valuable read.
When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad
It has lots of adventures and lots of mischief, like falling asleep in a crate between a goat and a bunch of geese and getting half your hair chewed off. It is full of marvelous literature!
Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
Nikki, the main character, has lots of awkward situations in her school life. Nikki has a lot of personality, and all of the Dork Diaries books have interesting plots filled with tons of funny moments. Also amazing illustrations.
Thea Stilton and the Cherry Blossom Adventure by A Geronimo Stilton
The Thea sisters travel to different places and learn about other cultures. The books are filled with interesting mysteries that the Thea sisters have to solve. There are amazing illustrations and amazing graphs.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s Magic by Betty MacDonald
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle uses magic to engage young children to behave. The books are filled with interesting things like her house being upside down. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is an interesting character because she owns a well-mannered pig and she loves kids.
Baby Mouse Cupcake Tycoon by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
Great book for young girls because it is about a girl mouse. Baby Mouse is very sassy, loves cupcakes, and has a wild imagination and a homework-eating locker. It’s awesome because every page is pink.
by Donna Childs
“Makerspace,” “maker movement,” “maker mentor,” are possibly not familiar terms, but they may herald the future. Spurred by President Obama’s call to promote science, technology, engineering, and math, and hoping to encourage creating over consuming, a movement is giving rise to makerspaces such as the one now at the Rockwood Library. Called a “collaborative learning environment . . . where young people (grades 6-12) learn real-life technology and engineering skills,” Rockwood’s 1000-square-foot makerspace offers instruction, workshops, mentors, and innovative technology tools like a laser cutter and 3D printers. The goal is to enable students to become comfortable with technology, and to learn by experimenting, while honing problem solving and critical thinking skills.
The Rockwood makerspace is supported by volunteer mentors, like Seph Bain, who offer workshops and guide students, motivating them, demonstrating possibilities, and pointing out risks. Seph’s introduction to Rockwood’s makerspace was pretty amazing. He was sitting on a plane, reading a Multnomah County Library book, when the passenger next to him said she worked there, was on her way to a conference for librarians to talk about makerspaces, and hoped to start one in Portland. By the time they arrived, Seph was ready to be the first volunteer mentor. For a while, he was the only adult, tucked in a small space at Rockwood in a pilot program with a few machines. A year later he is one of 10 adult and 9 teen volunteers in a new architect-designed addition to the library. Six days a week they help 12-15 students a day learn to work with computers, printers, a laser cutter, scanner, projector, vinyl cutters, sewing machines, and soldering irons.
When not at Rockwood, Seph works as a computer programmer and builder of puzzles for escape rooms. He describes himself as part of the Maker community, hobbyists in the Ben Franklin mold who experiment with science and technology. For example, thanks to Arduino, a computer on a chip, hobbyists can get into electronics. With the advent of adult makerspaces such as ADX in SE Portland, members can have access to a wide range of equipment, classes, experts, and fellow makers.
Despite his own significant experience, Seph admits to having learned by teaching the students and experimenting with Rockwood’s equipment. He believes the most effective way to encourage kids is to start a project himself; soon someone is looking over his shoulder wanting to know how to do that. And that, according to Seph, is his mission: showing them possibilities and hoping they take it from there.
A Few Facts About Seph
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Casey Jarman is a music critic, writer and illustrator, contributing to The Believer, Willamette Week and Portland Monthly, among others. His latest work is Death: An Oral History, a collection of conversations with people on the topic of death. He will be talking about his new book at Wordstock, Nov. 5 at the Portland Art Museum and at Powells on Oct. 27 at 7:30 pm.
I wrote a book about death partly because I was sick of writing about music. That’s my background, for the most part: writing profiles of and doing interviews with musicians. I’m a nerd about songwriters and music production, but I thought I needed to write about something that shook me up a bit and challenged me. So I pitched a book of interviews about death, and I was lucky enough to have an editor go for it.
When I started the book, almost two years ago, I interviewed a retired Catholic priest in Eugene. We had a lovely conversation — it didn’t make it into the final book, but it still floats to the forefront of my mind often. When I got into my car to leave the church where we spoke, I tuned the radio to the local college radio station. The DJ was playing “Farewell Transmission” by Magnolia Electric Company. I felt a sort of buzz go through my body as Jason Molina, who himself died a pretty dismal death in 2013, sang “The real truth about it is / There ain't no end to the desert I'll cross / I've really known that all along.” And then, “I will be gone, but not forever.”
This sort of thing kept happening. The deeper I got into these intense interviews, the more I noticed themes of death and grief coming up in the music I loved. I started hearing these songs in a new light, because of the really personal discussions I was having with people. So I started keeping a list of songs that addressed death in a thoughtful way, and I started daydreaming about making a Death Mixtape that I could hand out after readings or discussions. Readings and discussions make me pretty nervous, but sharing a compilation of songs I love, that’s a joy. So here it is!
There are a lot of sappy, sentimental songs about death. There’s a time and place for those, I’m sure, but I haven’t found that time or place just yet. The songs on this list are funny or pretty or abstract. I tried to leave out songs that we’ve all heard a thousand times. Leonard Cohen doing “Hallelujah” is no less a wonder because we’ve all heard it a hundred times, but hopefully you'll find something new here.
1. “Poor Bastard,” Kyle Morton
The opening track from the Typhoon frontman’s recent solo debut, What Will Destroy You, finds its protagonist regaining consciousness in the midst of his own funeral. When he springs from his coffin, he announces, “I’m feeling so much better now, I want to thank you all for coming out — though premature, it truly means the world.” It’s a darkly funny tune, but the arrangement is deeply melancholy. Morton has spent years writing insightful songs about mortality, but this might be the first time he’s used an absurdist comic fantasy to get into it. It reminded me that many of the deepest and most moving conversations I had about death, while working on this book, also involved a lot of laughter.
2. “Undertaker,” Bry Webb
A brooding gothic folk tune with a funeral dirge brass arrangement that probably should have landed on the Boardwalk Empire soundtrack at some point. This one really only has a vague narrative, but I believe it. A small-town undertaker singing “all my enemies come back to me” gets me every time.
3. “This Woman’s Work,” Kate Bush
It’s so shocking to me that Bush wrote this incredible song for a mediocre John Hughes film starring Kevin Bacon. Ostensibly about complications during childbirth, to me it reads like a song about the frantic and overwhelming pause before grief. It has these cascading moments of sheer panic and confusion — I’m reminded of discussions I had with Jana DeCristofaro about Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s stages of grief refusing to proceed in an orderly fashion — but then it also has these distinct moments of clarity. It’s a wise and generous song.
4. “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died,” Bobby Bare
Like I said, there are many sappy country songs about death. This one, though — written by Tom T Hall — seems so honest and unvarnished. It’s a small story with little details that wouldn’t matter much to anyone but the narrator. It’s not a big sentimental number about some great American — it’s about a random guitar player that just made an impression on Hall when he was a kid.
5. “I Seen a Man Die,” Scarface
There are certain MCs who function more like journalists or ethnologists than entertainers, and Scarface is one of those. Even for him, “I Seen a Man Die” is a pretty deep dive. The third and final verse is especially striking: It’s basically Scarface coaching a young man through the process of dying, which reminded me a lot of talking with Katherine MacLean about guiding her sister to the unknown. Scarface’s version: “I hear you breathing but your heart no longer sounds strong / But you kinda scared of dying so you hold on / And you keep on blacking out because your pulse is low / Stop trying to fight the reaper just relax and let it go”
8. “Living Without You,” Randy Newman
It’s unclear whether the titular “You” in this song is deceased or just out of the picture, but it’s an incredibly visceral grief that a young Randy Newman touches on here, and it certainly translates to bereavement. Plain and direct and brutally honest. “Nothing’s gonna happen / Nothing’s going to change / Baby it’s so hard living without you.” The arrangement is totally flooring, too.
6. “King of Sorrow,” Sade
Thematically identical to “Living Without You,” only this has Sade’s notoriously sexy vocals and smooth production attached. “I’m crying everyone’s tears” is one of the most open-ended and compelling lyrics I can think of, though, and the total disregard for gender conformity in the chorus is something I greatly enjoy.
7. “Letter in Icelandic from the Ninette San,” John K Samson
I don’t know how you write a believable song from the perspective of a dying man when you’re not dying, but I think this is one. I do know that in Samson’s case, there was a lot of research about the actual Ninette Sanatorium in Manitoba. (On the same album, he also writes a song from the perspective of a graduate student who’s researching this Sanatorium, so it all gets very meta.)
9. “Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow,” Joni Mitchell
Good to get a little funky ’round the middle of the mixtape. “Death and birth and death and birth!”
10. “Joy & Pain,” MAZE
I got to see Maze in 2012. It was a life-changing event. This is a marquee song for the band. It’s healing in its simplicity. It also keeps the funky middle-bit of the mixtape going strong.
11. “Dead Slate Pacific,” John Vanderslice
A song about mental health, suicide, and anxiety. Different readings could make it feel guilt-trippy or sweet. After years of hearing it, I’m still not sure which reading I subscribe to.
12. “Priests and Paramedics,” Pedro the Lion
I talked to Pedro co-founder David Bazan about this song, wherein a paramedic debates whether it would be best to tell a dying man that he’s dying or not, and a priest decides to reveal his own battle with depression mid-eulogy. He felt like he should have given the story another twist. But I like it just the way it is, Bazan’s bleak vocals and all. If you haven’t checked it out, Control is one of the great rock records of its era.
13. “Funeral Song,” Laura Gibson
I won’t claim to know what Gibson, a dear friend of mine, is getting at here. To me, it sounds like a story about the whole world — even inanimate objects — coming together to mourn. And there’s something very pretty about that, beyond Gibson’s great voice and playing.
14. “Even The Good Wood Gone,” Why?
I thought this was a nice bookend to pair with “Poor Bastard.” Instead of waking up in his casket, this song’s protagonist wakes up as a museum pharaoh with a “No Flash Photography” sign hung around its neck. Songwriter/frontman Yoni Wolf’s transition from rebirth to a much less exotic death is pretty compelling, too. Something about the whimsical, baroque instrumentation here just does it for me, too.
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