One of the most revered singer-songwriters of the 20th century, Leonard Cohen, has passed away at the age of 82. Cohen, who just released his latest album, You Want It Darker, recently spoke about being ready to die in an interview with The New Yorker:“I don’t think I’ll be able to finish those songs. Maybe, who knows? And maybe I’ll get a second wind, I don’t know. But I don’t dare attach myself to a spiritual strategy. I don’t dare do that. I’ve got some work to do. Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”Best known for penning the songs “Suzanne,” “Bird On The Wire,” and the oft-covered “Hallelujah,” (from 1984’s Various Positions) which has seen everybody from Jeff Buckley to Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan play their own renditions, Cohen’s, at times, haunting lyrics have been heard by millions all over the world.Rest in peace, Leonard Cohen.From Leonard Cohen’s Facebook page:“Hallelujah”:
[H/T Pitchfork] On Tuesday night, Father John Misty hosted a concert to benefit those affected by the recent California wildfires at Los Angeles, CA’s The Theatre At The Ace Hotel. The concert was in support of Southern California Disaster Relief Fund which is working on recovery efforts following the catastrophic damage California wildfires have caused.Midway through the performance Beck emerged, to lead an all-star cast through a take on his 1996 single “Where It’s At”, including Joshua Tillman (Father John Misty) on drums, HAIM’s Este Haim, Jonathan Wilson on guitar, and others. Jenny Lewis, Lucius, Mac DeMarco, Nate Ruess, Rostam, Weyes Blood, Rivers Cuomo, Jeff Bhasker, and Tim Heidecker also made appearances throughout the night.Watch fan-shot videos from Tuesday night’s benefit concert below:
Versailles, IN—The Ripley County Community Foundation’s youth program, Ripley Youth Outreach (RYO), received a $5,000 My Community My Vision (MCMV) Grant to develop and initiate a youth-led project within Ripley County. The goal of MCMV is to have the youth plan and implement a project that appeals to teenagers in Ripley County. The Town of Versailles has partnered with RYO to assist with the community project.Sponsored by IHCDA (Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority), My Community My Vision is a youth community planning program that hopes to encourage teenagers to stay, or return, to their hometowns after college. The funders of this grant believe that the more involved a person is within their community, the more likely they are to return to, or to remain, in their hometowns. My Community My Vision hopes to empower the youth of Indiana to become future leaders of Indiana while teaching students about civic involvement and municipal planning.“We are very appreciative of this grant but more importantly, the opportunity it provides to local teens to be engaged in the planning and development of a community project. Ripley County is fortunate to have young people who want to invest their time and ideas into making our community a better place,” states Amy Streator, Executive Director of the Ripley County Community Foundation.Over the course of the next six months, RYO will work with an Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI) graduate student who will serve as a college mentor to the youth program. The mentor will assist in creating a vision plan based on the ideas put forth by the students.RYO will present their final proposal in Indianapolis to the My Community My Vision Board in April of 2020. Past recipients of the grant have completed projects such as community gardens, small business partnerships, community crime prevention initiatives, and public art projects. By the completion of the youth-led project, a meaningful youth involvement bond between students and community leaders will be established, along with the greater hope that students will return to their hometown after college. RYO’s community project will be implemented in the Fall of 2020.
McGrathThere are just some jobs in the world that people are meant to do. Bill Russell was meant to be a center on an NBA basketball team. FDR was meant to be president of the United States. Kevin Federline was just meant to be a loser.And Tommy Amaker is simply just meant to underachieve with his loyal band of underachievers, sort of like how Jared is meant to watch over those dreadful rolls of wretchedness produced at Subway.Amaker should go to the NBDL and create his own franchise. He could call it the Ann Arbor NIT-wits, in honor of Tommy’s favorite postseason tournament. I’m sure he could get Chris Webber to bankroll the operation, since it was Webber who all but ruined Amaker’s chances of succeeding at Michigan in the first place. Plus, living in Detroit, C-Webb could give himself season tickets. Hell, he could insert himself into the starting lineup.Speaking of the lineup, much like Bruce Willis in “Armageddon,” Amaker would have to track down his team with his ol’ standbys to fill his roster. Courtney Sims, Brent Petway, Lester Abram and Dion Harris are must-haves. Without them, Amaker will fail (likely by winning way more games than expected). You could bring in Daniel Horton from NBA preseason team obscurity and then round out the roster with either high school kids who jumped to the NBA too early or players from “And 1 Streetball.”Regardless, the announcer for “Streetball” should be on the court at all times as the P.A. announcer. Once he has his men, Amaker will be ready to continue his career of underachieving with some of the most talented (at least physically) players in the game, a task that his is unmatched at in efficiently. His teams will start the season off like a rocket and end as if that rocket only had half the fuel necessary to escape the Earth’s atmosphere. At least the NIT will likely still allow Amaker to compete, just for tradition’s sake. It wouldn’t be the same without him.Point: NIT-wits.PoppyAfter his firing from Michigan, the question on everyone’s mind is: What will Tommy Amaker do?There’s no doubt Amaker is a great recruiter, so it’s not unlikely that he’ll catch on at some head coaching vacancy right away — although his six lackluster seasons in Ann Arbor may turn some away.Or, he could take a season or two off, do the popular broadcasting gig and jump back into coaching when he sees the opportunity.But this isn’t about what Amaker is going to do; this is about what he should do.Given his track record, there’s one thing Amaker’s very familiar with: the NIT. Three out of his six seasons with the Wolverines, Amaker made the not-NCAA tournament, even winning in 2004.While the NIT has been making strides with its new eligibility rules, it could use someone like Amaker to run the tournament. After all, there couldn’t be a more qualified guy.Aside from the automatic bids, Amaker would know what teams to invite to the tournament — all he would have to do is compare them to his past Michigan teams.If Amaker were to take over the NIT, his first change would probably be to scratch the home-court advantage in the first couple of rounds. Since Amaker’s heart is still probably in Ann Arbor for the time being, he would change the tourney’s first-round site to the Crisler Arena. That way, at least Amaker would think he’s giving something back to the university … kind of.Seeing as how Amaker’s a “NIT-wit,” the tournament’s trophy would then change, too. Does anyone even know what the NIT trophy looks like right now? Exactly. Amaker knows the importance of making a memorable trophy, so he’ll smack a golden likeness of his face on the tourney’s award. It might not be as illustrious as the Lombardi Trophy, but doesn’t Amaker deserve it?