A quick post to draw your attention to a couple of changes here at the KMA:
1… Have a look up there at the top of the page at our new spinning LP banner! It was no small thing getting WP to accept the .gif file for it, but once I figured it out it was easy. It was one of those Google for a long while expeditions until finding the right answer. Anyway. I really like the new spinning record. We hope you like it too, and that it works in your browser.
2… While I was changing the banner, I also changed the site’s tagline. As you already remember, it used to say “Use it up, use it all up. Don’t save a thing for later.” Which is a line from a Tragically Hip song called Use It Up. I’d thought it was a quote from Raymond Carver, but it turns out to be from his teacher, John Gardner. Anyway, it summed up a philosophy of mine, do things now because if you wait you’ll be dead and never do it.
Anyway, with the new banner, it was time to switch it up. Staying with the Tragically Hip, this time quoting the amazing tune Ahead By A Century, this is a rather poignant line for these times. Given Gord Downie’s cancer news, of course, this adds resonance to the line. But I think it holds true for all of us, same as Use It Up does. If you’re waiting for someday, or conditions to be different or perfect, they never will be and chances are you will miss your chance. Live now. Enjoy!