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Bonmots & Bullshit, 8/26

26 Aug

When you vow that you won’t get your hopes up about something, you will – just a little bit. That’s called “what if?” It’s natural, no matter how pessimistic you might be.

BLACK SABBATH are supposed to retire at the end of this year and their current tour. So it’s perfect timing for the October publication of a big, illustrated history of their entire career. Every era is covered in-depth – Ozzy, Dio, and the “lost” 80’s. Details are here.

So many times, it’s about the dialectical. Only I never knew it.

After 50 years, the most iconic passenger jet of all will be ending production. Goodbye, 747.

I should be old enough to know better. It’s remembering the better, in the midst of the noise, that’s the hard part

Favorite songs this week include Brice Springsteen’s “Roll of the Dice” and “Last Parade” by the Matthew Good Band. The former is an automatic mood-enhancer; the latter’s lyrics hit home.

Saw Jason Bourne earlier in the week. Mostly and of course, predictable, along with action-packed. This is the fourth installment with Matthew Damon, and there’s nowhere else the movies’ continuing story can go. He knows who he is now, he’s on the run, he knows what happened and what he did, and now knows how it started and that his dad was involved. That’s it. Or it should be.

Does anyone still need any proof that this guy is completely, utterly full of shit?

In April, at the worst, I vowed to make this summer fantastic, whether I was single or not. I’ve succeeded.

I’m a capitalist but there’s no way the outrageous price increase to the life-saving EpiPen can be justified. It’s about greed, pure and simple. That the CEO’s salary increased 671% increase since her company took over EpiPen is also telling. Looks like there will be Congressional hearings, which should be interesting given the CEO is the daughter of a U.S. senator. Being outraged isn’t being or anti-capitalism, it’s about empathy and common sense.

COOL SONG – Matthew Good: “Last Parade”

24 Aug
“LAST PARADE” by Matthew Good has been a long-time favorite – so has Matthew Good, actually. Spend some time to discover this Canadian artist who’s Matthew Good Band were big alternative rock stars in the 90’s in the Great White North. I’ve always loved this song…it just builds and builds, with that insurgent keyboard figure pulsing away in the verses, with a chorus that sneaks up on you.
Like so many of my favorite songs, I’ll hardly pay attention to the lyrics, just bits and pieces that standout to sing along to – and then, on the 40th listen, BAM!  The words hit home:
It feels like time to let it go
It feels like time to break or show
It feels like time to cut your brakes
Shut your mouth, do something, anything
It feels like time to fuck or leave
It feels like I’d choke you just to breathe
It feels like time aint time at all
Just black out, wake up foreign, wander home
I wander home
Take me out
Lay me down
Let the dirt
Fall all around me baby aint it
Good to be back home
Theyre burning futures in the mountains
Only look (?) and you can counts yours baby
Ain’t it good to be back home
LISTEN!!

Life Lessons, Redux.

22 Aug

Came across a previous post, and thought it was worth another look and to cut and paste. So why not?

#LifeLessons Advice from an 80 year old man. 
1. Have a firm handshake.

2. Look people in the eye.

3. Sing in the shower.

4. Own a great stereo system.

5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.

6. Keep secrets.

7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.

8. Always accept an outstretched hand.

9. Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.

10. Whistle.

11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.

12. Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.

13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.

14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.

15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.

16. When playing games with children, let them win.

17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.

18. Be romantic.

19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.

20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.

21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.

22. Be a good loser.

23. Be a good winner.

24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.

25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.

26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.

27. Keep it simple.

28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.

29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.

30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets

31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.

32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.

34. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.

35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.

36. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.

37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.

38. Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’

39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.

40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.

41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.

42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.

43. Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.

44. Become someone’s hero.

45. Marry only for love.

46. Count your blessings.

47. Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.

48. Wave at the children on a school bus.

49. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.

50. Don’t expect life to be fair

Steven Tyler Goes Country

15 Aug

I DIDN’T EXPECT TO LIKE THIS. Hell, I didn’t even know his new album was finally out. I’m talking about Steven Tyler – yes, the lead singer of Aerosmith – and his “gone country” album, We’re All Somebody From Somewhere. 

“My Own Worst Enemy” – I actually found out about this track via a post from the Lefsetz Letter blog a few days ago. I’d forgot Tyler’s record was coming out – wait, it is actually out? I could easily slag off Tyler’s try at country – but there’s a lot a like about country music, and I applaud any veteran artist who wants to stretch his creative wings a bit.

And you know what? It’s pretty damn good. It doesn’t have that country-pop sheen and shine that most songs coming out of Nashville have – that are as much rock as country, really. You could easily not describe this as country – maybe even say its got an Americana bent to it, I suppose. It’s mellow, dark and a bit sad…and when the drums kick in and the guitar solo starts to slice through your speakers you can easily hear this on an Aerosmith album. It’s moody, dark, foreboding…and really good. A far cry from what I initially expected. I’m looking forward to hearing the whole album.

 

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12 Aug

Bullshit & Bonmots: August 12

12 Aug

WHEN THIS POSTS I’ll be running the Ragnar Relay. At the time I’m writing this I haven’t actually met the folks I’ll be running with but by the time the race ends I know I’ll want to run with them all next year. That’s what happens when you spend nearly 24 hours in a van running a 196-mile relay race – camaraderie!

LIFE CAN GO from the ridiculous to the sublime in a minute for me.

A NEW PODCAST THAT I AM HOOKED ON is Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History. It looks back and reinterprets a past event, a person or an idea, something that’s been overlooked or deserves a second chance. Worthwhile listening.

THE ONLY WAY you can get close to having “closure” (whatever the fuck that really is) is to just accept that you’re probably never going to get it.

EVERY DAY I get at least one automated telephone sales pitch. Tuesday I got a call from 914-610-4721 that said they were the Internal Revenue Service and that they were going to sue me. When I called the number someone actually answered “Internal Revenue Service/Debt Collections.” The IRS does NOT do business that way, by the way. Most days, I get an automated call saying that it’s an “important message about your credit card” or something along those lines. I can’t believe this way of soliciting business still works enough that automated telephone sales pitches are still a thing.

LIKE BOOKS ABOUT MUSIC, MUSICIANS and the like? Then check out AllMusicBooks.com where the newest books are reviewed and discussed.

I’M STILL PLANNING on getting the Weapon of Self-Distraction podcast going. I did one episode but it…sucked royally. It will improve and it will happen

CHEAP TRICK ON LIVE FROM DARYL’S HOUSE several weeks back was amazing. Especially this version of  “Taxman” from their debut album:

AND BUTCH WALKER was also on Live From Daryl’s house back in 2012 and I’ve only just found this version of one of my favorite Hall & Oate’s songs, “Say It Isn’t So.”  Walker is one of my favorite artists – any and all of his seven albums are fantastic, and his new album comes out the end of this month.

 

 

 

“Please stay at home. Why are today’s concertgoers so rude?” Blog Post via AllMusicBooks

11 Aug

Go to a lot of concerts? Bet you can relate to this: Please stay at home. Why are today’s concertgoers so rude? | AllMusicBooks

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