Tea for the Bloggerman

About Me

My name is Josh Cohen. Not much else to say after that. After experimenting with blogs in the past and failing, I thought I had learned my lesson. But I guess not. Here on this blog I will talk about things I like and things I do. Blogging is the egotistical wave of the future, so here I go!

But first, some things I like:

Literature – John Keats, Lord Byron, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, Dylan Thomas, John Masefield, Tom Stoppard, Peter Shaffer, Sophocles, Homer, Oscar Wilde, Charles Baudelaire, William Shakespeare, Allen Ginsberg, Alexandre Dumas, Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, John Milton, John Wilmot the 2nd Earl of Rochester, Matsuo Basho, Yosa Buson, Kobayashi Issa, Masaoka Shiki, Italo Calvino, Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson, Vladimir Nabokov, Thomas Harris, Leonard Cohen, Gao Ertai, Richard Wiley, David Winkler, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Ken Kesey, Derek Walcott, Joseph Conrad, Henry David Thoreau, John Donne…

Music: Right now I mainly listen to old-timey blues/folk, David Bowie, Tom Waits, and Leonard Cohen. I enjoy sounds. Some other big names include–

  • Blues: Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Sonny Boy Williamson II, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Buddyb Guy, Satan and Adam, Jason Ricci & New Blood, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Big Walter Horton, Leadbelly, John Lee Hooker, Albert/Freddie/B.B. King, Mississippi John Hurt, Chuck Berry, Paul Butterfield, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Johnson, Son House. Dudes Alan Lomax had a habit of recording.
  • Rock, Folk and Unidentifiable Noise: Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Muse, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Doors, The Shins, Jeff Buckley, Pink Floyd, a-ha, Rufus Wainwright, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, The Beatles, Peter Frampton, Duran Duran, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Rob Zombie, Burning Season, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jimi Hendrix, Flo & Eddie, Eric Clapton, The Monkees, Journey, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Iron & Wine, Donovan, Van Morrison, The Band, Woody Guthrie, Billy Joel, Elton John, Herman’s Hermits, Jake Shimabukuro, Bob Marley, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, The Clash, Antipode, Rob Dougan, Air, Beck, Ravi Shankar, The Rolling Stones, The Seatbelts, The Pillows, Malice Mizer, Moi Dix Mois, Schwarz Stein…
  • Classical: Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Saint-Saens, Kronos Quartet, Phillip Glass…
  • Jazz and R&B: Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Count Basie, Chris Botti, Art Tatum, Ottmar Liebert, The Andrews Sisters, Louis Armstrong, Prince, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, John Jorgenson.
  • Formatting is being weird. This dot is unnecessary. It is a waste of a dot.

In addition to reading and listening to music, I like other things. I watch movies. I play some music, if music it so can be called (I’m not entirely sure if that secondary sentence is entirely correct). I have a guitar, a mandolin, a few harmonicas, and a keyboard. Making noise on them is fun.

Okay, enough formalities. On with the show!


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