Vin Scully

When people ask if I like poetry, I often hem and haw. I don’t read much poetry, mostly because I lack any internal sense of timing or meter; much of it is lost on me. What I do love is when the inherent beauty of language is revealed to me-the rhythms, the imagery, the innumerable possibilities.

Vin Scully is a master of language. If you do not know who he is, too bad for you. Vin Scully has been the radio and TV announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers for almost 60 years. He’s the best thing about Los Angeles, a treasure that we can hold up to San Francisco, Chicago, and New York and say, “sorry folks, you can’t have him. He’s ours.”

Thankfully, this article still lives on Salon.com. It’s a transcript of Vin Scully calling the ninth inning of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Cubs in 1965. For those of you who are familiar with Vin Scully’s voice, you’re welcome. For those of you who are not, don’t worry; the poetry is still there.

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Springsteen’s Vision of America

Today on his website, Bruce Springsteen posted a letter endorsing Barack Obama.  The endorsement itself is not as striking to me as the Boss’ vision of America:

He speaks to the America I’ve envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that’s interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit. A place where “…nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone.”

Amen.