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Lone Bulb – Crooked Cat Adams

24 April 2019

I have a confession to make. Kate Chopin is one of my favorite authors. I remember the first time I read her most critically-acclaimed novel The Awakening.  I’m not a feminist and obviously, not a woman but I nevertheless found the novel touching. For those of you haven’t read it, it’s a story about rebelling against the expectations that society places on us…

Hurt – Johnny Cash

17 April 2019

I remember being in my twenties and not really understanding why people get burned out. It was hard to grasp. I was young, happily married at the time, had no kids and in retrospect, not that many responsibilities. I led the kind of life that would make a great holiday resort for someone needing to recover from a rocky patch. Of course, when you are knee-deep in the Garden of Eden, you rarely realize that this is the case…

Can’t Kick The Habit – Spin Doctors

2 April 2019

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

–      Henry Ford

And yet that’s what most of us do. It’s actually rather crazy. We just keep going. I for one seem to have a master’s degree in that. It doesn’t matter if what I’m doing or who I am with isn’t good for me, I’ll see it through to the bitter end. I call it quits, all torn and broken, only after all other alternatives have been exhausted…

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones

26 March 2019

I’m writing this on a plane, flying back home from California. As my fifteen-year old son would put it, it’s a long-ass flight, close to eleven hours, and I’m only three hours into it. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I have plenty of time to write my upcoming post for Celebrate Life. And yeah, you guessed it right, this one is inspired by my trip, during which I drove about 2000 miles ­– a hell of a long way, at least by my standards…

Blue Raven – Gene Clark

19 February 2019

Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.
― Clive Barker (English writer, film director, and visual artist)…

You Are The One – The Impersonators

12 February 2019

So, it’s Valentine’s Day again, which means it’s time to reflect on the songs I’ve written in the past. A year ago, I wrote a post on a Carmen Gray track called “Fall In Love.” This year, I’ll take a look at a more recent song, “You Are The One” by my current group The Impersonators. Like “Fall In Love,” this track brings back a lot of memories, fantastic memories in fact…

Tiny Dancer – Elton John

6 February 2019

When I was a kid, quite a lot of people were trying to turn me on to the music of Elton John. They played me the tracks and showed me the photos. I liked the songs; the photos were sometimes a bit over the top, to say the least. One particular one comes to mind with Elton in his feather costume. I remember my dad looking at the picture and saying, “Please don’t ever come home dressed like that.”…

‘Til I Die – The Beach Boys

29 January 2019

Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.

–    Theodore N. Vail (former president of A T & T)

Very seldom do I run into a quote that’s as true as the one above. In a way, it’s ridiculous how vulnerable we are to our own thoughts. No matter how we slice it, we are at their mercy…

We Are One – In My Coma

22 January 2019

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.
–    H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (American author)

Or have they? What if they just suck at reading a map or weren’t paying attention at the intersection?…

Wishing All These Old Things Were New – Merle Haggard

16 January 2019

I was thinking about getting old the other day, how quickly it happens – it creeps up on you when you are not looking, old age. People live longer and stay in a much better shape longer than they did a few decades ago. Still, we all get old and our bodies give out little by little. But the angst of aging does not come from that alone; it’s also that our lives change…