Wednesday picks: June 19

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Sorry for the lack of Wednesday posts lately, friends.  I moved in to a new apartment a few weeks ago (yay!) and we didn’t get our wireless internet up and going until last week, so I didn’t really have many opportunities to surf the web and look for cool stuff to share with all of you.

But no worries!  Wednesday awesomeness is back this week.

1.  While they were at Sasquatch Festival over Memorial Day weekend, Mumford & Sons collaborated with Elvis Costello on a cover of Bruce Springteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad” with a little bit of Woody Guthrie thrown in there for fun.  The collaboration was for a new movement by the ONE campaign called Agit8, a collection of protest songs that have shaped history.  Maybe I just feel this way because I’m biased, but the cover is fantastic.  Check it out here.

2.  Another song for the Agit8 movement, this one by U2:  an acoustic version of “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” dedicated to Iran.  I love U2 dearly and I haven’t seen much of them in the past few months, so I’m glad to know that they still sound great and that they’re still dedicated to their music and activism.

3.  If you want a good laugh, the people of Tumblr showed me a feature on Google that allows you to write as if you’re collaborating with William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Emily Dickinson, Charles Dickens, and Friedrich Nietzche.  Basically, you start with a blank document, fill it in however you wish, and the six authors jump in periodically to correct you or add to your work.  It’s pretty clever and quite funny.  One of my favorite features:  If the document gets too long, Poe likes to write “THE END” on it and lock it up so you can’t write anymore.  What a grouch.

4.  The lovely Hannah Brencher (she’s the genius behind a movement that I’ve gushed about on this blog before, The World Needs More Love Letters) created this user-friendly guide to creating things that matter.  I might be using it to further shape this blog.

5.  If you hadn’t heard from my Facebooking and Twittering, Mumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane had to undergo emergency surgery last week for a blood clot on the surface of his brain.  Unfortunately, the band was forced to cancel their headline appearance at Bonnaroo Festival last weekend, but Jack Johnson was summoned to perform in their place.  He dedicated his set to Ted and the band, and he even covered “The Cave” and performed a little ditty about the events leading up to his headlining performance.  Here is the cover and his song for your viewing pleasure.  (P.S., Ted is recovering just fine, but with much less hair than usual).

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