Saturday, October 25, 2008

A Sure Cause of Writer's Block

Tom Rush--"Urge For Going" (mp3)
Leo Kottke--"In Christ There Is No East Or West" (mp3)

So I'd been on a couple of journeys up north in the last week, where the leave are turning and the air is colder and my thoughts were finally turning to fall, and I planned to write a post on that imminent season (you can't start autumn with an arbitrary calendar date--you start it with leaves and weather), but then I received the letter below and it took the wind out of my sails:

Blogger has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that certain content in your blog infringes upon the copyrights of others. The URL(s) of the allegedly infringing post(s) may be found at the end of this message.

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"Urge for Going," written by Joni Mitchell, is from Tom Rush's The Circle Game; "In Christ There Is No East Or West" is from an out-of-print Leo Kottke album entitled Greenhouse.


Anonymous said...

I don't fully get what this means; are you saying that the blog is under indictment like Senator Stevens?

Anonymous said...

that's disgraceful. bush appointed
an intellectual property czar recently. they still don't get it.
metallica makes money, don't they.

by the time nirvana made it to dixon, cobain was in the ground. richard marx and mc hammer, though, were well-known.