Love, Robert Indiana, Central Park c. 1971.
Mark Mulcahy’s most recent album is the first since his wife passed away in 2008. After her death he had to parent his twin 3 year old girls on his own. Colleagues and friends responded by organizing benefit concerts and a tribute CD (of covers of his songs) to help Mulcahy stay afloat financially during that time.
He explains to Fresh Air’s Terry Gross how his album “Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I love you" got its name:
It’s a note I got from somebody. At the time when I got it I just had it, I didn’t think about how to use it. I hung it on the wall. And when I was trying to think of a title for my record, I walked past it and I thought, that’s sort of the way because of the way I made the record and because of my life at that moment, I felt very lucky to have a lot of people [who] I know cared about me. I thought it summed up something about not only just the record but just everything. One day I was driving and I realized that it’s kind of like a movie title and the whole of the information of what the album was — was in one sentence.
From the archives: A Valentine’s Day love song by Ray Charles
You run out of friends and then you run out of friends of friends of friends and suddenly, you find yourself being introduced to the dregs.
— New Yorker staff writer Nick Paumgarten tells Terry Gross why so many adults are turning to online dating. (He also explains how each site finds you potential match(es.)