Daft Jams


Rain bokeh

Rain can bring joy and sorrow, depending on its context.

SLANTING, driving, Summer rain
How you wash my heart of pain! 
How you make me think of trees, 
Ships and gulls and flashing seas! 
In your furious, tearing wind, 
Swells a chant that heals my mind; 
And your passion high and proud, 
Makes me shout and laugh aloud!
Autumn rains that start at dawn, 
‘Dropping veils of thinnest lawn’; 
Soaking sod between dank grasses, 
Sweeping golden leaves in masses,- 
Blotting, blurring out the Past, 
In a dream you hold me fast; 
Calling, coaxing to forget 
Thing that are, for things not yet.

Winter tempest, winter rain, 
Hurtling down with might and main, 
You but make me hug my heart, 
Laughing, sheltered from your wrath. 
Now I woo my dancing fire, 
Piling, piling drift-wood higher. 
Books and friends and pictures old, 
Hearten while you pound and scold!

Pattering wistful showers of Spring 
Set me to remembering 
Far-off times and lovers too, 
Gentle joys and heart-break rue,- 
Memories I’d as lief forget, 
Were not oblivion sadder yet. 
Ah! you twist my mind with pain, 
Wistful whispering April rain!

Summer, Autumn, Winter rain, 
How you ease my heart of pain! 
Whispering, wistful showers of Spring, 
How I love the hurt you bring!

Rain Fugue by Jessie Redmon Fauset


Vitamin capsules

The late Peter Tork once said “pop music is aspirin and the blues are vitamins.”

Not sure I agree but it does pose the question: what kind of music do you find cathartic? Or enriching in some way, like vitamins. This playlist is for all you healthy people out there (and the ones needing some nutrients in their diet). I bet you didn’t think there’d be so many songs with the word “vitamin” in the title, did you?

Vitamin A – Important for vision, the immune system, and reproduction. It also helps the heart, lungs, and kidneys to work. Found in liver, fish oils, dairy products, eggs, leafy green vegetables, orange and yellow vegetables (carrots, broccoli, cantaloupe, and squash), and fortified cereals.

Vitamin B12 – Important for red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis. Found in fish, meat (particularly beef), poultry, eggs, dairy products, and fortified cereals.

Vitamin C – The most well known, important for the growth, development and repair of tissue in the body. Found in citrus fruits as well as tomatoes, red and green peppers, and potatoes. And supplements of course.

Vitamin D – good for your bones (keep your mind out of the gutter) and teeth. Also supports the immune system. Found in dairy products, fish oil, and fatty fish (herring and swordfish).

Vitamin K – Needed for proteins that help blood coagulation, also good for bones. Found in leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, and collards. Much like the MMR vaccine’s erroneous link to autism, Vitamin K injections in newborns were incorrectly linked to cancer and the claims were refuted upon review due to poor research and a lack of evidence.

Vitamin R – A colloquial name for methylphenidate, also known by its commercial name, Ritalin. It is a “stimulant medication used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy”, although many believe it is over-medicated for ADHD.

Vitamin S – A term used for salicylic acid, which isn’t a vitamin at all. It is used as medication to treat “warts, psoriasis, acne, ringworm, dandruff, and ichthyosis”.

What’s your favourite supplement? Let us know in the comments. (Just kidding! Although if you really need to tell us, we won’t stop you.)


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