Saturday, July 31
So, I did it. In between a couple of episodes of the Sopranos I asked Tara to share her life with me and she agreed (not that I expected any other respponse). I am now an engaged man. I am a very lucky man, I know that.
The memorial service for Rich was absolutely amazing. I haven't felt this overwhelmed with emotion is so long. It was a strange set of emotions. Rich was funny and that what brought up over & over again. Rich worked very hard for the benefit of children and people, becoming involved or starting organizations related to community activism and the solid education of young kids.
All of this is made more strange b/c we are celebrating a life that shouldn't be done. Rich died unexpectedly and he was too young, he shoulda had another 30+ years.
Urggh. It just don't make any fucking sense.
Friday, July 30
Thursday, July 29
First, I have to say thank God for public TV & radio. I have cable and the internet but for many people public radio/TV is all they have when it comes to less partisan (or at least more covertly partsian) info.
I understand why the DNC is not full coverage on the "big three" (ABC, NBC & CBS) - something about revenue & viewership - and I hope they extend the same courtesy to the RNC.
The explanation I heard on the radio was that these conventions are made for the delgates not for the general public, which makes sense to me. So, maybe it's ok that they don't cover all of the speeches.
Now, it just so happens that they did miss one of the best political speeches heard on a national level in a very long time by Mr. Obama.
Click here to read it.
Networks Sleep While the Fleet Center Burns
Sharpton to Bush: Black vote 'is not for sale' - Jul 28, 2004
Our vote was soaked in the blood of martyrs, soaked in the blood of good men, soaked in the blood of four little girls in Birmingham. This vote is sacred to us.
Wednesday, July 28
Tuesday, July 27
Barack Obama Transcript - 7/27/04
On behalf of the great state of Illinois, crossroads of a nation, land of Lincoln, let me express my deepest gratitude for the privilege of addressing this convention. Tonight is a particular honor for me because, let's face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely.
My father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in Kenya. He grew up herding goats, went to school in a tin-roof shack. His father, my grandfather, was a cook, a domestic servant to the British.
But my grandfather had larger dreams for his son. Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place, America, that stood as a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before.
While studying here, my father met my mother. She was born in a town on the other side of the world, in Kansas.
Her father worked on oil rigs and farms through most of the Depression. The day after Pearl Harbor my grandfather signed up for duty, joined Patton's army and marched across Europe. Back home, my grandmother raised their baby and went to work on a bomber assembly line. After the war, they studied on the GI Bill, bought a house through FHA, and moved west, all the way to Hawaii, in search of opportunity.
And they, too, had big dreams for their daughter, a common dream, born of two continents.
My parents shared not only an improbable love; they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or "blessed," believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success.
They imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren't rich, because in a generous America you don't have to be rich to achieve your potential.
They're both passed away now. And yet, I know that, on this night, they look down on me with pride.
And I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents' dreams live on in my two precious daughters.
I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all of those who came before me, and that, in no other country on Earth, is my story even possible.
Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation, not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
That is the true genius of America, a faith in the simple dreams, an insistence on small miracles. That we can tuck in our children at night and know they are fed and clothed and safe from harm. That we can say what we think, write what we think, without hearing a sudden knock on the door. That we can have an idea and start our own business without paying a bribe. That we can participate in the political process without fear of retribution, and that our votes will be counted -- or at least, most of the time.
This year, in this election, we are called to reaffirm our values and commitments, to hold them against a hard reality and see how we are measuring up, to the legacy of our forbearers and the promise of future generations.
And fellow Americans -- Democrats, Republicans, Independents -- I say to you tonight: we have more work to do. More work to do for the workers I met in Galesburg, Illinois, who are losing their union jobs at the Maytag plant that's moving to Mexico, and now are having to compete with their own children for jobs that pay seven bucks an hour. More to do for the father I met who was losing his job and choking back tears, wondering how he would pay $4,500 a month for the drugs his son needs without the health benefits that he counted on. More to do for the young woman in East St. Louis, and thousands more like her, who has the grades, has the drive, has the will, but doesn't have the money to go to college.
Now don't get me wrong. The people I meet in small towns and big cities, in diners and office parks, they don't expect government to solve all their problems. They know they have to work hard to get ahead and they want to.
Go into the collar counties around Chicago, and people will tell you they don't want their tax money wasted by a welfare agency or the Pentagon.
Go into any inner city neighborhood, and folks will tell you that government alone can't teach our kids to learn. They know that parents have to parent, that children can't achieve unless we raise their expectations and turn off the television sets and eradicate the slander that says a black youth with a book is acting white. They know those things.
People don't expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all. They know we can do better. And they want that choice.
In this election, we offer that choice. Our party has chosen a man to lead us who embodies the best this country has to offer. And that man is John Kerry.
John Kerry understands the ideals of community, faith, and service, because they've defined his life. From his heroic service in Vietnam to his years as prosecutor and lieutenant governor, through two decades in the United States Senate, he has devoted himself to this country. Again and again, we've seen him make tough choices when easier ones were available. His values and his record affirm what is best in us.
John Kerry believes in an America where hard work is rewarded. So instead of offering tax breaks to companies shipping jobs overseas, he'll offer them to companies creating jobs here at home.
John Kerry believes in an America where all Americans can afford the same health coverage our politicians in Washington have for themselves.
John Kerry believes in energy independence, so we aren't held hostage to the profits of oil companies or the sabotage of foreign oil fields.
John Kerry believes in the constitutional freedoms that have made our country the envy of the world, and he will never sacrifice our basic liberties nor use faith as a wedge to divide us.
And John Kerry believes that in a dangerous world, war must be an option sometimes, but it should never be the first option.
You know, a while back, I met a young man named Shamus at the VFW Hall in East Moline, Illinois. He was a good-looking kid, 6-2 or 6-3, clear eyed, with an easy smile. He told me he'd joined the Marines and was heading to Iraq the following week.
And as I listened to him explain why he'd enlisted, his absolute faith in our country and its leaders, his devotion to duty and service, I thought this young man was all that any of us might hope for in a child. But then I asked myself: Are we serving Shamus as well as he was serving us?
I thought of the 900 men and women, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, friends and neighbors, who will not be returning to their hometowns. I thought of families I had met who were struggling to get by without a loved one's full income, or whose loved ones had returned with a limb missing or nerves shattered, but who still lacked long-term health benefits because they were reservists.
When we send our young men and women into harm's way, we have a solemn obligation not to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they're going, to care for their families while they're gone, to tend to the soldiers upon their return, and to never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war, secure the peace, and earn the respect of the world.
Now let me be clear. Let me be clear. We have real enemies in the world. These enemies must be found. They must be pursued and they must be defeated.
John Kerry knows this. And just as Lieutenant Kerry did not hesitate to risk his life to protect the men who served with him in Vietnam, President Kerry will not hesitate one moment to use our military might to keep America safe and secure.
John Kerry believes in America. And he knows that it's not enough for just some of us to prosper. For alongside our famous individualism, there's another ingredient in the American saga. A belief that we are all connected as one people.
If there's a child on the South Side of Chicago who can't read, that matters to me, even if it's not my child.
If there's a senior citizen somewhere who can't pay for their prescription and has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer, even if it's not my grandparent.
If there's an Arab-American family being rounded up without benefit of an attorney or due process, that threatens my civil liberties.
It is that fundamental belief -- it is that fundamental belief -- I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper -- that makes this country work.
It's what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family. "E pluribus unum." Out of many, one.
Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes.
Well, I say to them tonight, there's not a liberal America and a conservative America -- there is the United States of America.
There's not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America -- there is the United States of America.
The pundits, the pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states; red states for Republicans, blue states for Democrats. But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states.
We coach Little League in the blue states and have gay friends in the red states.
There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported it.
We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope?
John Kerry calls on us to hope. John Edwards calls on us to hope. I'm not talking about blind optimism here-the almost willful ignorance that thinks unemployment will go away if we just don't talk about it, or the health care crisis will solve itself if we just ignore it.
That's not what I'm talking [about]. I'm talking about something more substantial. It's the hope of slaves sitting around a fire singing freedom songs; the hope of immigrants setting out for distant shores; the hope of a young naval lieutenant bravely patrolling the Mekong Delta; the hope of a mill worker's son who dares to defy the odds; the hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. Hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty, the audacity of hope
In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation; a belief in things not seen; a belief that there are better days ahead.
I believe we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity.
I believe we can provide jobs to the jobless, homes to the homeless, and reclaim young people in cities across America from violence and despair.
I believe that we have a righteous wind at our backs, and that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices and meet the challenges that face us.
America, tonight, if you feel the same energy that I do, if you feel the same urgency that I do, if you feel the same passion that I do, if you feel the same hopefulness that I do, if we do what we must do, then I have no doubt that all across the country, from Florida to Oregon, from Washington to Maine, the people will rise up in November, and John Kerry will be sworn in as president. And John Edwards will be sworn in as vice president. And this country will reclaim its promise. And out of this long political darkness a brighter day will come.
Thank you very much, everybody. God bless you. Thank you.
Reading the words doesn't completely do this speech justice. The delivery was impeccable.
I've added emphasis to things I found of particular note.
I'm not a political speech aficionado but this man LIT IT UP! He was subtle, he was confident, he was expressive. He took stabs at the Bush boys that most people didn't catch and he actually mentioned OUT LOUD the "racial slander" that says if you are Black and you read that you are acting white. Now, a little people might not understand this but I can tell you from personal experience that Blacks and Whites find you different if you are a literate and articulate black person.
There are people that say Obama might not have the support of the Black political establishment in Chicago but I am here to tell you that this man will be so far removed from those bass ackwards people it won't matter soon.
The Democrats' calm rock star - Jul 27, 2004
North Mississippi Allstars Update
The record will be produced by Jim Dickinson, father of Luther and Cody, and producer of such artists as Big Star, Primal Scream, and The Replacements.
The band has been writing over the past year and in May spent three weeks in the studio in pre-production getting ready for the recording sessions. Expect the record to be released in early 2005. Photos will be posted on a weekly basis from the recordings, so please check back regularly (www.nmsallstars.com/).
Monday, July 26
Check that. Tell EVERYBODY you know that they best get their butts to the polls.
Fare Thee Well David Baker
Sunday, July 25
Tonight we have Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band & The Peacemakers), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones) as well as Derek Trucks, Kofi Burbridge & YonRico Scott (all from the Derek Trucks Band).
Vernon, who has been a favorite of mine since the first Living Colour album on 85 or so but through the years my style changed, as did my ears, and what Vernon does gets a little nutty for me sometimes. Anyway, Vernon says you meet all sorts of musicians: talented, driven, gifted and magical, Oteil is magical. I couldn't agree more.
There has always been something special about him. It's not until I started seeming him do his own shows that I truly realized that he is one of a very special types. What was most amazing about this show tonight was that the room what filled with those magical types. Derek, Jeff, Rico, Kofi, Oteil & Vernon. Even more amazing is that I have had extended personal encounters with all of these musicians other than Vernon. True, honest, talented, kind people and it shows in every note they play.
- Film Directors are the New Rock Stars.
- Punk Is Cool - But Metal Rules
- All the Greatest Rock Stars Are Dead
- But Dead Comedians Rock Harder
- Rock Star Sperm Is Worth More Than Your Feeble Man Juice
- Musicians Make Lousy Actors, and Vice Versa
- Meaningless Sex Is All Part of the Job
- Only Rock Stars are Dumb Enough to Date Rock Stars
- Rock Should Come Naturally - Don't Force It
- Tenacious D Are the Future of Rock
Thanks to Uncut Magazine.
"Of all the gigs that we would ever do in our whole lives, and of all the places to end on a positive note, this is the one that's most meaningful to us,"Fishman told The Burlington Free Press in an interview appearing in Saturday's editions.
Her appointment as Fisk president has already raised lots of questions and this sure ain't helpin!
O'Leary says she was not 'unladylike' - Saturday, 07/24/04
Razing 'the projects' to raise neighborhood - Sunday, 07/25/04
Saturday, July 24
ideas, facts, or allegations spread deliberately to further one's cause or to damage an opposing causeMichael Moore wants to get GW out of office, he's a film-maker so there you have it.
Tell me something I don't know, damn!
Thursday, July 22
"Yes, Halle Berry is a jaw-dropping sight to behold in her dominatrix get-up ... er ... Catwoman uniform. But that alone doesn't make a movie"
- Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
- I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.
- In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.
- Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
- The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
- Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
- There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.
- An unbreakable toy is useful for breaking other toys.
- If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, "Quit while you're ahead"?
- Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
- The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
- Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks.
- Some people are like Slinkies.. . not really good for anything, but you still can't help but smile when you see one tumble down the stairs.
- Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
- Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?
- All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
- Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut saves you thirty cents?
- Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
- How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
- AND THE # 1 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You read about all these terrorists - most of them came here legally, but they hung around on these expired visas, some for as long as 10 -15 years. Now, compare that to Blockbuster... you are two days late with a video and those people are all over you. Let's put Blockbuster in charge of immigration.
'We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.'
--- George Orwell ---
Now, I've got to tickets to the ManU/Bayer Munich game at Soldier Field and I didn't understand that they were to be sold as a "Dutch Auction", let alone how a "dutch auction" works so I, following standard procedure for a normal auction but the tix up at a really low price and now I realize that that's the price they will sell at. I had no idea that I was to put them at the price I want to get for them. Some dude is getting a deal and I am losing about $40 per ticket!
Live & Learn, I guess.
Wednesday, July 21
Scofield, Richard Tremont - Age 56. Monday, July 19, 2004 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was born June 29, 1948 in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Frances (Tremont) and Kennard Scofield. He graduated from University of Connecticut 1970 and received his Masters degree in Child Development in 1979 from George Peabody at Vanderbilt. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Johnson and children Tara Johnson, Susie Johnson, Joel Williamson and Quintaria Brunson; four grandchildren, Joel (LJ), Yhazmyn, Jaliyah and Aanya and many beloved friends and extended family. Rich was founder and publisher of School-Age NOTES, a child development specialist and for 27 years was a recognized leader in the field of school-age care. He was the founding vice-president and long-time board member of the National School-Age Care Alliance and has served on the board of directors and in various positions for the Tennessee School-Age Care Alliance and the Southern Early Childhood Association. He was a neighborhood activist city-wide and particularly in the Breeze Hill community. He impacted thousands of children, families, and providers with his writings and public speaking. He lived life with irrepressible spirit and tenacity as well as generosity and sensitivity. No words to adequately describe the emptiness left by his death. A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held July 31 at 2:00 at Harambee Auditorium, Scarritt-Bennett Retreat Center; Nashville, Tennessee, followed by a reception and tree-planting ceremony at his home 2934 Vaulx Lane. Visitations will be at his home on Wednesday, July 21 4:00-8:00 and one hour before the Celebration of Life at Harambee Auditorium. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the "Richard T. Scofield Memorial Education Fund for Children", Bank of America, 645 Thompson Lane, Nashville, Tennessee, 37204.
Check out this memorial.
Personal note: I only knew Rich for a little while but he was a great guy. He was my brother in minutae and trivia. He, like me, was an only child. He was always entertaining and he cared deeply for his kids and grandkids. I really will miss him.
Tuesday, July 20
How many people do you know who see things this way?
The division of the human family into its two distinct branches occurred some 10,000 years ago, a few hundred years after the flood. Humans coexisted as members of small bands of nomadic hunter/gatherers.
In the pivotal event of societal evolution, beer was invented. This epochal innovation was both the foundation of modern civilization and the occasion of the great bifurcation of humanity into its two distinct subgroups: Liberals and Conservatives.
Once beer was discovered, it required grain, and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the glass bottle or aluminum can had yet been invented, so it was necessary to stick pretty close to the brewery. That's how villages were formed.
Some men spent their days killing animals to barbecue at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of the conservative movement. Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting, learned how to live off conservatives by showing up for the BBQs every night and doing women's work like sewing, fetching and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the liberal movement. Later, some of the liberals actually became women.
Liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, invention of group therapy and democratic voting to see how to divide the beer and meat that the conservatives provided.
Women were not interested in democracy at that time because most of them were still women back then, and the conservatives fed them.
Conservatives are symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass.
Modern Liberals like imported beer (they add lime), but most prefer white wine or foreign water in a bottle. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are on liberal menus. Their women have more testosterone than the men.
Liberals like deviant sex and want others to like it too. Their first successful city governments were Sodom and Gomorrah. Most social workers, personal injury attorneys, journalists, and group therapists are Liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule in baseball because it wasn't "fair" to make the pitcher also bat.
Conservatives drink domestic beer. They eat red meat. Conservatives are big-game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumber jacks, construction workers, medical doctors, police officers, corporate executives, soldiers, athletes, and generally anyone who works productively outside government. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.
Liberals do not produce anything. They like to "govern" the producers and decide what is to be done with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals just stayed in Europe when conservatives were coming to America.
Conservatives have principles; believe in a Creator, and the rule of law. They practice charity and give to the poor, normally through their churches. When in doubt on an issue, they check both the Bible and the Constitution, which they use as a constant reference in a changing world. They believe in the concept of truth.
Liberals do not have principles, except for their dedication to stealing production of conservatives and undermining principled references such as the Bible and Constitution. They are never in doubt on an issue because they always do whatever is best for them without regard to others. They have no standard of reference.
Liberals do not give to charity. They cultivate the poor like a cat cultivates a field of mice. They use the poor as voters and give them a portion of stolen tax money which they vote away from conservatives.
Conservatives believe in self defense, both at home and abroad. They own guns and use them to discourage liberals and other common criminals. They provide guns to the armed forces to discourage foreign liberals and other foreign criminals.
Liberals do not believe in conservative self defense. They disarm conservatives, and then attack them with impunity by liberal armies with guns. King George, Hitler and Stalin were all liberals who abandoned the rule of Law, had no principles except their own self indulgence, and attempted to tax and govern conservatives. Liberals believe in BIG government. They think the United Nations is the ultimate answer.
Conservatives believe in the rule of law and when sitting on juries, convict common criminals and acquit fellow conservatives who have been charged by liberals. When serving in the armed forces, they shoot liberals from other countries who want to govern our country. Conservatives know the difference between a common-sense law and a bone-headed statute passed by some liberal from Massachusetts. When sitting on juries, they do not enforce bone-headed statutes, and don't explain their reasons.
Liberals only believe in whatever laws are appealing to them, such as the privilege of making a living by taxing conservatives. When sitting on juries, liberals convict producers and acquit liberals and other common criminals. Modern Judges are all liberals as they do not produce anything except chaos, and are paid with confiscated tax money. They consider it against the law to reference any source of law such as the Bible or Constitution. Like other liberals, they just make it up as they go and do what is best for them. Judge Roy Bean is their model.
The American cowboy, of course, is your basic, full-bore Conservative. A hundred years ago, an Englishman visiting Texas was attempting to find the owner of a huge cattle ranch. He rode up to one of the ranch hands, and inquired, "Pardon me, but could you perhaps tell me where I might locate your master?" To which the cowboy replied, "That sumbitch ain't been born yet".
So, what'll it be? Wine or Beer? Domestic or Imported?
Today I go to my fav coffee joint, Fido, and run into one of favorite musical acquaintences, David Olney. We always have a really fun chit-chat when we see each other. He's such a talented and unique individual. He asked me when I was gonna write my groundbreaking tome, which is interesting b/c I don't think I'd ever mentioned to him that I would like to write.
We met way back in the day. When the last record store I worked in first opened. He was our first in-store performance and I have been a fan ever since.
Check him out if you can. He's a wonderful storyteller and musician.
Monday, July 19
Beasley to sign with PSV Eindhoven - Sunday July 18, 2004 6:14PM
The sharp skill of 'Mr. Summer Movie' - Jul 19, 2004
"I am a serious summer movie fan, and I know the type of movie that needs to be in July. I have a sense of what audiences want to see. What I hoped to develop with 'I, Robot' was the ability to push it forward.""I am a serious summer movie fan, and I know the type of movie that needs to be in July. I have a sense of what audiences want to see. What I hoped to develop with 'I, Robot' was the ability to push it forward."
Sunday, July 18
Friday, July 16
As a rapper, as an artist, we've got power," he said. "If we can get people to vote from the ages 18 to 44, we can make a change."
Rapper blames Bush for 9/11 in new song - Jul 16, 2004
Thursday, July 15
Wednesday, July 14
He is an amazingly creative musician. after years on Blue Note he is now a ropeadope recording artist and he has just released his new record "Friends Seen & Unseen" (The title is related to Nashville.) It is a trio featuring John Ellis & Derek Phillips.
I am only on the 2nd song and it sounds like it will be more of a straight jazz album. All his music tends to be funky but sometimes he leans mre heavily on the funk groove and so far this sounds more swinging than head-bobbin. I've also noticed that there is no traditional or gospel song; there is usually one or the other on Charlie's records.
For those unfamiliar with Charlie go to charliehunter.com and check out some video and sound bites.
Tuesday, July 13
It was 1979, I was in the 6th grade, maybe 7th, and Charlie Daniels came out with "Devil Went Down To Georgia". Everybody loved the song but it was controversial because Charlie said "son of a bitch" in the song. Well, some radio stations played the "son of a gun version" but only KDF, & maybe KQB, the rock stations played the "son of a bitch" version. I tuned into KDF - KQB was a bit hard core for my 11 year old ears - and never turned back.
Several years later, while in high school, I attended several of the Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jams. I saw Skynyrd, Allman Bros and all sorts of other bands I don't remember.
There was even a time when I bought a Tom Petty "Southern Accents" tour shirt that had a Confederate Flag on it. I was doing it out of spite, I think I was trying to say this flag means nothing to be but who knows I was kid. I just liked the design.
Anyway, I've trailed off... That was just a taste of my life as a childhood Redneck.
Monday, July 12
Sunday, July 11
Saturday, July 10
Bush pushes same-sex marriage ban - Jul 10, 2004
Friday, July 9
Cool Springs Harley Davidson (next to the Cool Springs Mall)
first set starts at 10:00 A.M. -- Rise and Shine!
second set will probably start between 11:30 and Noon . . . .
The gig is part of a benefit/rally being held there in honor of officers Sgt. Jerry Mundy and Deputy John Musice who were killed trying to set up a 'spike strip' to stop a car that other officers had been chasing . . . .if you've been watching the news lately, I'm sure you've heard about it.
In any event, the whole thing goes from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 and should be really cool . . . obviously its for a cool cause . . .
Unsigned Music Network - Charlie
Makes easier gumbo.
I know the artists will say they speak out in their art but what about athletes. Remember Muhammad Ali? What about Tommie Smith & John Carlos at the 68 Olympics? I'm sure there are others who have done it but who does it now? What about the leagues in general... FIFA and UEFA have launched huge anti-racism campaigns, why doesn't the NBA or NFL?
Stay tuned for "Yoga" episode 2: Yoga for Relaxation 7/14/04.
You are an SECL--Sober Emotional Constructive Leader. This makes you a politician. You cut deals, you change minds, you make things happen. You would prefer to be liked than respected, but generally people react to you with both. You are very sensitive to criticism, since your entire business is making people happy.
At times your commitment to the happiness of other people can cut into the happiness of you and your loved ones. This is very demanding on those close to you, who may feel neglected. Slowly, you will learn to set your own agenda--including time to yourself.
You are gregarious, friendly, charming and charismatic. You like animals, sports, and beautiful cars. You wear understated gold jewelry and have secret bad habits, like chewing your fingers and fidgeting.
You are very difficult to dislike.
The Mule is coming out with their first recording as a 4tet. This will tell us what the new Mule sounds like. I'm nervous and excited! I have loved these guys so long but haven't heard what I like since Allen Woody died.
"DEJA VOODOO" ONLINE PRE-SALE
The long awaited and much anticipated new Gov't Mule studio record, "Deja Voodoo" will be released on September 14, 2004. This album, the first to include keyboardist Danny Louis and bassist Andy Hess along with founding members Warren Haynes and Matt Abts, is comprised completely of songs which have never been performed live. When asked to describe the album, Haynes Haynes says "It sounds like Gov't Mule, but it doesn't sound like anything we've already done. It has the same muscle and the same influences and character. But the fact is that it's a new band interpreting, and I'm writing songs for the sound of the new band."
"Deja Voodoo" is available for Pre-Sale now @ Music Today's Gov't Mule store. It is also available for Pre-Order through The Mule Van, which will be in the parking lot of every single Allman Brothers/Grateful Dead show that Warren Haynes plays this Summer.
Everyone who Pre-Orders "Deja Voodoo" will receive receive a limited edition, exclusive (not available in stores or at shows) "Mule Tracks Sampler" featuring live soundboard Mule tunes and be entered to win one of the following prizes:
Grand Prize: 2 pairs of front row tickets to the Gov't Mule show of the winner's choice*
Second Prize: 2 framed Danny Clinch photos signed by the band
Third Prize: 2 Gov't Mule Fall Tour Posters signed by the band
1. Bad Man Walking
2. About To Rage
3. Perfect Shelter
4. Little Toy Brain
5. Slackjaw Jezebel
6. Wine & Blood
7. Lola Leave Your Light On
8. Silent Scream
9. No Celebration
10. Mr. Man
11. Separate Reality
12. New World Blues
And the supporting tour!
"DEJA VOODOO" TOUR
In support of "Deja Voodoo", Gov't Mule will mount an extensive coast to coast tour this Fall. The first 2 dates of the tour will be in Pompano Beach, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. We are also very proud to announce that Gov't Mule will present and headline "Red Rocks The Vote" at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Sunday, September 19th. The Mule, along with HeadCount, will be joined by many of their friends and other musicians who want to actively register voters before November's election. Please check Mule.net for details as they are announced. Tickets for these 3 shows will go on sale through Gov't Mule Ticketing Monday July 12th @ Noon Eastern Time
Date Venue City Public On-Sale
09/10/04 Pompano Beach Amphitheatre Pompano Beach, FL 7/16
09/11/04 Masquerade Music Park Atlanta, GA 7/16
09/19/04 Red Rocks Denver, CO 7/31
More Deja Voodoo Tour dates will be announced next week.
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Thursday, July 8
We live on a relatively quiet street but it is a shortcut street and some people come through here at a pretty good clip - speed limit is 25.
Do you think this could work? How will it affect the neighborhood?
I guess I need to call my councilman.
It was freaking hard! I had no idea that sitting in one place and stretching could be so difficult. The good thing is that I am learning. Nor was I turned off.
But that's it for tonight. Screw the work I brought home. I'm putting my ass in the B.E.D.!
I guess after you get used to it you can really concentrate on the meditative quality. I breathed through my nose the entire session but I sure as hell wasn't thinking about my breathing or focusing on my body releasing or whatever!
Anyway. Next week I will try the Yoga for Relaxation, maybe that will be kinder to me.
Last week he asked if we wanted to go to lunch with him and so we - my VP of Production & Marketing, my Senior Editor and I - did. This guy is such a nice guy, not affected with Rock Star attitude, just a nice guy who is also VERY talented.
He told stories about his rock star friends and how life is different in Nashville compared to California, etc, etc.
If was fun.
Bush has declined invitations in each year of his presidency -- becoming the first president since Herbert Hoover not to attend an NAACP convention.