Music

The Song To Set Me Free

The Song To Set Me Free

A Navajo friend once told me that his people do not sin. Rather, they are “out of order.” ~Ellen Meloy Imagine a world where people are not labeled ‘evil’ because they violated an arbitrary rule crossing into sin but viewed as out of order, out of harmony, sick, and can be realigned with the flow […]

Winding Roads

Winding Roads

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. ~Max DePree How do we become who we need to be without a map showing us the path or, at least, the coordinate of the final destination across Terra Incognita? Is it because a glimpse of the treacherous road would terrorize us […]

The Persistence of My Existence

The Persistence of My Existence

I hear the call of a seasoned witchwailing from a murky draining ditchher black eye peering through a tartan buttonhole stitchcalling me to visit Greenwichand feast on a green willow switchwith a wicked son of a bitch

Magical Music

Magical Music

Music is an anesthetic. ~Yusef Kumuyakaa Music is an anesthetic and a stimulant. A calmer and an exciter. Music has the ability to amplify and attenuate a person’s mood. It swoons of love and drives people to a hateful nationalistic fervor rationalizing the invasion of sovereign nations. It unites a group while inciting to divide […]

Passive Music, Active Poetry

Passive Music, Active Poetry

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week. ~Charles Darwin In a world awash in information and, sadly, disinformation designed to manipulate a gullible public, the truth of poetry and music in an almost […]

I Don’t Understand Music

I Don’t Understand Music

You don’t understand music; you hear it. So hear me with your whole body. ~Clarice Lispector I enjoy multi-varied musical genres from the silky, sultry tones of Old Jazz as sung by the tormented Lady Day to the hardcore thrash of the deeply troubled Dead Kennedys. I get lost in the guitar licks of Neil […]

Plastic Flowers

Plastic Flowers

I show plastic flowers to Mother Nature’s daughter She held a vase, her misty gaze brought them to life I was amazed, she turned to me with a tear in her eye ~Neil Young, Plastic Flowers We attempt to mimic Mother’s handiwork in the creation of plastic replicas of living flowers. The irony is we […]

Untruthful Truths

Untruthful Truths

Dreams about transparent questions. ~Roberto Bolaño Much of our self-talk is opaque, talk obfuscating reality, talk justifying what we want to be true at the expense of what is true. We are trapped in an inner world built on rationalization, predicated on imagined realities.

Words are Vague Shadows of Reality

Words are Vague Shadows of Reality

How true is it that words are vague shadows of the volumes we mean. ~Theodore Dreiser I live with the belief that I don’t have much life left to live. I don’t expect to be above ground long enough to enjoy my retirement. I have 4 stents that were installed to circumvent a left anterior […]

The Devil’s Fingerprints Are On My Soul

The Devil’s Fingerprints Are On My Soul

Dear God, sorry to disturb you I feel I should be heard loud and clear We all need a big reduction in the amount of tears And all the people you made in your image See them fighting in the streets Cause the can’t make Opinions meet about God I can’t believe in you And […]

An Unscripted Education (Inspired by Lyrics #12)

An Unscripted Education (Inspired by Lyrics #12)

When I think back On all the crap I learned in high school It’s a wonder I can think at all ~Paul Simon, Kodachrome By an accident of birth depositing me in middle class America, I am blessed with a high quality education, a blessing not available to many in my country. I am the […]

Radiating Heaven (Inspired by Lyrics #11)

Radiating Heaven (Inspired by Lyrics #11)

I believe in the Kingdom come Then all the colors will bleed into one Bleed into one ~U2, I Still Haven’t Found Many look into the future, the deep future, the after death future and take solace that Heaven will be an existence where all live as one brother/sisterhood. A time when the line diving […]

Clickety Shoes (Inspired by Lyrics #10)

Fashion! Turn to the left Fashion! Turn to the right Oooh, fashion! ~David Bowie, Fashion The click clickety click sound heard when walking in a pair of well healed dress shoes as one tap dances through the day, each step another note in the song, is satisfying music. It’s a song unknown to those walking […]

Inspired By Lyrics #8 (Peaceful Easy Feeling)

I like the way your sparkling earrings lay Against your skin so brown And I wanna sleep with you in the desert tonight With a billion stars around ~Eagles, Peaceful Easy Feeling Living in Chicago has one major disadvantage. That is, I am over one thousand miles from my beloved desert. I miss the Mojave. […]

Inspired By Lyrics #7 (Remembering My Birth)

He was born in the summer of his 27th year Coming home to a place he’d never been before He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again You might say he found a key for every door ~John Denver, Rocky Mountain High I distinctly remember being born in the Spring of […]

Inspired by Lyrics #6 (In The Name of Love)

Early morning, April four Shot rings out in the Memphis sky Free at last, they took your life The could not take your pride In the name of love ~U2, In the Name of Love JFKs dream of sending a man to the moon became reality less than a decade after his assassination. There was another […]

Inspired by Lyrics #5 (Imagine)

Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too Imagine all the people Living life in peace You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one ~John Lennon, Imagine […]

Inspired by Lyrics #4 (People Are People)

So we’re different colors And we’re different creeds And different people have different needs It’s obvious you hate me Though I’ve done nothing wrong I never even met you So what could I have done I can’t understand What makes a man Hate another man – DePeche Mode, People are People I was traveling into […]

Inspired by Lyrics #3 (Where’s The Compassion?)

You and I – we may look the same But we are very far apart There’s bullet-holes where my compassion used to be And there is violence in my heart. ~Nine Inch Nails, My Violent Heart Lyrics for our current political climate which feeds us heart strangling fear instead of intellect freeing facts? The anthem […]

Inspired by Lyrics #2 (Listening)

And in the naked light I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing without listening ~Simon & Garfunkel, Sounds of Silence Ten thousand people on the subway. Ten thousand people on the city streets. All going about their days locked in isolating cocoons of their own creation. Personal prisons erected […]

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