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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Action

A very busy time - more so than before.  Not complaining, just trying to juggle and balance while maintaining the pleasure in all I've been doing.  Music being the staff of my life has now made itself comfortably a part of everything - not just the enjoyment of listening, reading about and writing it.  Now it's writing about, talking about, seeking about and seeing and listening.  I'm able to walk the beam of both musician and journalist; fan and performer. friend and critic.

And you know, that's not a bad thing at all. 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Everyday spins

It's funny - no complaints about anything - but it amazes me:  when I think I have complete control again of my time and how to apportion it - work; time for writing, doing "Overnight America", gym, play guitar and record - other things; newer things come along.  This too, I think I've begun to master!  I reiterate - there are no negatives here; I just want to make sure that sooner than later, all the things I want (and feel I need) to do are done/achieved/accomplished.

Even something like sitting down here to write what I'm thinking about has diminished over the years, especially in this last one, but naturally, it's due to all the other writing I've done and continue to do.  But I am glad to give myself the few minutes it takes to say what I want to and clear out these few cobwebs or arcane thoughts tumbling around in my mind as new "adventures" (some of which I'd never even thought of before) start to take shape.

So I exhale, close my eyes for a moment and get right back to work...  even this late on a Saturday night.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September song

It's funny how time changes you.  Seriously. I can remember when I was another person from who I am now and thought some very different thoughts - when living in the moment seemed like it was all that mattered and nothing else did.  That can be fine on some levels - it IS important to be here now, but you do have to consider (especially when you reach a certain age and point and time) in life's experiences that every one of your actions will have a reaction.  And no sooner than I stopped to think about possible ramifications of my actions, etc., things changed dramatically.  And if anything, it set me in the direction I've been traveling in ever since, which is one of balance to rationality to pure joy.

And as time changes a person - if you are willing to embrace change - so does it also keep some people walking in the same circle; never going anywhere.  Names and faces may be new but the stories are always the same.  The bitterness and old hurts come up again and again; the conversation remains the same.  Same.  Repetition.  Going nowhere.  Even the physical parameters are the same - never a different scene.  I cannot, in all good conscience, keep those kind of people in my life any longer, nor grant them re-entry. 

I've forded a river I have no desire to recross; I'm quite content, happy, joy-filled with only positive things in and around my sphere.  The real, daily world is out there - I live in it every day and I take part in things that matter to me.  But what doesn't matter is how anyone on a treadmill lives.  It's ponderous at best, ludicrous at most and I want nothing to do with it.

So the past firmly (yet easily) remains where it belongs - in the past.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Riding down the inertia

So much activity over these last few weeks - the vacation, this weekend - I'm genuinely, physically tired.  So glad that next week is a long weekend!  I need some quiet down time.  Hopefully, some time alone with (at least) the guitar.

Georgia was amazing, to say the least.  Athens was a joy to see and the added surprise of meeting (by chance) Michael from Pylon was a wonderful moment.  Atlanta was exciting and interesting - everything about the week was heaven.  I could have stayed in that amazing hotel the whole time and had a blast - but I didn't...  Even the flights were great and I'm proud that I didn't have any irrational fears when we were airborne.

Yesterday's drive to the nation's capital was another story.  I'm sorry but driving in and around D.C. sucks.  Convoluted and no parking anywhere - unreal!  Thankfully, the reason for the trip - the Big Star #1 Record/3rd show - was perfect.  An other-worldly experience.  And I'm so thankful that Liz was able to enjoy it and take it in since she couldn't last year.  Those musicians continue to amaze me...

Happy and relieved to have gotten home at a reasonable time - enough to do laundry, write two reviews and relax so that I could write here.  I need this kind of relief.

And a good night's sleep tonight, I hope!

Monday, August 04, 2014

Off we go into the wild blue yonder

Although this is just a brief posting, as I'm tired and having trouble seeing clearly, I just wanted to jot down a few thoughts before we split for Atlanta later today.

If I'd been vague or not clear, we're flying to Atlanta this afternoon - staying in Georgia until Saturday.  While the hotel booked is in Atlanta, we have a rental car awaiting us at the airport.  The plan is to drive to Athens on Tuesday to see the art exhibit about the music scene and to visit the town, properly.  Wednesday - get up early and drive to Savannah - that's about 3 hours; Thursday, back to Athens since Liz wants to go to the 40 Watt Club and Friday, see some of the sights around Atlanta.  All in all, we should be home by 5 p.m. on Saturday.

I'm looking forward to seeing something new - it's been two years since we made the pilgrimage to Memphis.  This seems almost like the logical follow up, doesn't it?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

One moment in time...

Just a thought of sweet nostalgia - one year ago tonight.  The night we all said goodbye to Maxwell's.  Even now...  I watch that video clip; I re-read what I wrote - I think about it and no matter what, my eyes fill with tears of joy and disbelief.

Still seems so beautifully unreal.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Independence Day redux

A good night's sleep helps heal the physical maladies that have been plaguing me lately - so waking up with my hip not hurting, as it had been, is pretty encouraging.  The skies are overcast and looking like the rains will be coming dow at any given moment.  But I do not care; aside from having no plans for this 4th of July, I am merely glad to feel alright. 

It's been difficult for some time, as many of you know, for me to feel close to 100% - between the arm problems I had in not one, but both arms, and then the hip problems, it's been something of a disappointing time.  The physical pains and problems lead to a dip in the emotional state and subsequently, I haven't had the drive I'd had previously.  BUT...  this is not a moan-fest.  I AM feeling quite a lot better and am looking squarely at the now and the tomorrow, not the yesterday. 

So what better day to wake up and feel good?  On the day the Colonies became the United States.  Pretty apt, I'd say.  Simple things to do - groceries - maybe attempt the gym - write and post the next round of reviews.  My kind of day off, plus it's a long weekend.

I wish everyone a fun and safe Independence Day!


 
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