March 21, 1965: Remember The Bridge

“Something’s happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear. There’s a man with a gun over there. . . .”

—Stephen Stills, “For What It’s Worth”

TEACHING: SIMPLE CAN BE BETTER

“You learn your craft at a higher level when you’re not spending a good portion of your energy re-learning your tools.”

—Elena Moon

Career: Winter Has Come

“Whatever the calling, stumbling and falling
I got through it knowing there’s no other way
There’s no other way”

—-Mary Chapin Carpenter, “The Calling”

4 ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS

“He said, “Drifter can ya make folks cry when you play and sing?
Have you paid your dues, can you moan the blues?
Can you bend them, guitar strings?”
He said, “Boy can you make folks feel what you feel inside?”

—-David Allan Coe, “The Ride”

INAUGURATION DAY–2017

“You love the thunder and you love the rain
What you see revealed within the anger is worth the pain
And before the lightning fades and you surrender
You’ve got a second to look at the dark side of the man”

—–Jackson Browne, “You Love the Thunder”

The Past Needs Cleaning

Louisiana rain is falling just like tears
Running down my face, washing out the years
Louisiana rain is soaking through my shoes
I may never be the same when I reach Baton Rouge

—-Tom Petty, “Louisiana Rain”

Thinking & Remembering in December

“And now I own

what I desire:

a hole,

a nothing I can fill with anything.

But for a long

time I will leave

it empty

before I make it something

and diminish it. . . .”

—Andrew Hudgins, “After Muscling Through Sharp Greenery”

Winter Comes Early

Seem like such a simple thing to follow one’s own dream
But possessions and concession are not often what they seem
They drag you down and load you down in disguise of security.
But we never had to make those deals
In the days that used to be.”

                 —-Neil Young, “Days That Used to Be”

 

2016: Autumn’s Been Hard; R.I.P. LR

“The left ones think I’m right,
The right ones think I’m wrong
And many people look my way
And many pass me by
And in my quiet reflection I wonder why

Magic mirror won’t you tell me please
Do I see myself in anyone I meet?
Magic mirror if we only could
Try to see ourselves as others would”

—Leon Russell, “Magic Mirror”

R.I.P. LC

“And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said “All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them”‘

—Leonard Cohen, “Suzanne”