“Mercy Mercy Me” at the White House

As unbearable as it is to think about the man who currently dwells in the White House, fouling the office he holds to a degree no one could have begun to imagine, and every single day, it’s good also to remember another time. Here was one: Usher getting “Mercy Mercy Me” so very, very right that Marvin couldn’t have been more touched. In the presence of the Obamas and their guests: this is who we are.

“This Woman’s Work” — Kate Bush

Hadn’t heard this in ages. Needed to hear it tonight.

The original, which many people don’t realize.

I know you have a little life in you yet
I know you have a lot of strength left
I know you have a little life in you yet
I know you have a lot of strength left…

All the things we should’ve said that we never said
All the things we should’ve done that we never did
All the things that you needed from me
All the things that you wanted for me
All the things I should’ve given but I didn’t
Oh darling, make it go away
Just make it go away now