Tuesday, January 31

Coretta is dead, Long Live Coretta

Coretta Scott King died at age 78

A survey

I stole this from Niki's Blog:

1 MINUTE AGO: I was reading an article about the Boondocks

1 HOUR AGO: I was reading email

1 DAY AGO: I was at the Flying Saucer drinking Corsendonk with my DK coworkers

1 YEAR AGO: I was working on Music Row, engaged to Tara

I LOVE: Tara, music, beer, Turkish food

I HATE: Closed-mindednesss, impatience

I FEAR: heights (open heights like cliffs and ledges)

I FEEL: tired

I HIDE: negative emotions

I DRIVE: a 02 Corolla

I MISS: Tara (when we don't see each other between Sunday night and Tuesday evening) & my parents

I NEED: A massage and a powerball jackpot

I KNOW: alot about music

I THINK: I am less significant than I am

FIRSTS..
First piercing: N/A

First credit card: American Express...member since 1987

First musician you remember hearing in your house: Jackson 5

LASTS...
Last big car ride: Tara and I went to Louisville this past Spring

Last food consumed: Banana

Last phone call: electician

Last Text Message: N/A

Last drink drank: Water

Last time scolded: Yesterday

SHORT ANSWER..
I AM: tired

I HAVE: to take the GRE

I LIKE: lots of things

I WISH: I could travel more

I WONDER: how long I will live

I DANCE: at home and nowhere else

I SING: all the time

I CRY: every once and awhile

I AM ALWAYS: thinking about something music related

I SPRAY: water

I WON'T: stay up much longer

I HATE: people who think they are more important than anyone else

FAVORITES..
NUMBER: 14

COLOR: green, blue & purple

DAY(S): sunday

MONTH: April

SEASON:Spring

DRINK: Guiness

IN THE LAST 2 DAYS, HAVE YOU...
CRIED?: No

HELPED SOMEONE?: Yes, I work retail

GONE TO THE MOVIES?: No

SAID 'i love you'?: Yes

WRITTEN A REAL LETTER: no

TALKED TO AN EX?: No

MISSED AN EX?: No

WRITTEN IN A JOURNAL?: Yes

HAD A SERIOUS TALK?: Yes

HUGGED SOMEONE?: Yes

McGruder is a genius

I thought the show was spot on. I think that in private even the most erudite of Black folk will feel and express the very frustration that MLK showed in this cartoon. Some will choose not to use particular words while others will.

Boondocks steps over line in its treatment of King

Monday, January 30

his own pair of chopsticks

Although I don't go to Chinese or Japanese places too often I have been talking about this for a few years now.

Go to restaurant with own chopsticks.

A very odd mix

I'm probably last on the complete list, we add a 4 KwH block (I think that's how it's calculated...) to our bill each month.

Top 25 Green Power users

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Love yourself and be awake-
Today, tomorrow, always.

First establish yourself in the way,
Then teach others,
And so defeat sorrow.

To straighten the crooked
You must first do a harder thing-
Straighten yourself.

You are your only master.
Who else?
Subdue yourself,
And discover your master.
-from the Dhammapada

Sunday, January 29

Buddhist Thought of the Day

The more you practice the three trainings of ethics, meditation, and wisdom, the more difficult it will become for you to act in a way that is contrary to an ethical, compassionate attitude. Ethics arise naturally out of contemplating the three trainings.
Martine Batchelor, "Meditation for Life"

The Boondocks

Thanks to UComics & A Mc.

$34 billion

From Gristmill:

Exxon Mobil Corp., you may have heard, just ended the most profitable year ever, for any American corporation. Ever. To the tune of $34 billion. That means Exxon pulled down about $1,110 a second last year.

Nonetheless, as Carl Pope extensively documents, the company remains one of the biggest deadbeats in the world, still digging in its heels about paying victims of the Exxon Valdez oil spill (2,000 of which are dead -- and their surviving family members have no standing in the case, and will never receive anything). Then there's the matter of oil and gas royalties, which -- despite the skyrocketing cost of oil and gas, and subsequent industry profits -- have remained level over the past few years. All that profit is going directly into corporate coffers.

Anyhoo, the point of all this is that ExxposeExxon has a new video up lampooning Exxon, and it's kinda funny.

Support the Good Ones...

The Global 100 is a list of publicly-traded, MSCI World-listed companies that, based on research and analysis by Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, have the best developed abilities, relative to their industry peers, to manage the environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities they face. The companies were selected from the Innovest universe of around 1,800 securities.

The Global 100: Most Sustainable Corporations in the World

Saturday, January 28

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Enlightenment--that magnificent escape from anguish and ignorance--never happens by accident. It results from the brave and sometimes lonely battle of one person against his own weaknesses.
Bhikkhu Nyanasobhano, "Landscapes of Wonder"

Friday, January 27

What's going on...

It's been awhile since I've really said anything. Basically, I haven't wanted to say anything. The days pass by some things stay the same and my mood moves toward depression...nothing major; nothing like 2 years ago when I was really dragging.

Part of it is the reality that I make about 50% of what I made this time last year and my bills are exponentially higher. Tara takes care of most of them but I feel the pressure of being on a budget, a tight budget, and this is something I haven't had to worry about in a very long time.

The other part, the part that I have to really work on is how much of a slacker I feel like around Tara. I know I shouldn't - and don't have to - compare myself to Tara but when such a commanding persona is in your space everyday it's hard not to feel a little, dare I say, inadequate. Tara is confident in herself and her way and sometimes oblivious to fact that other people do things other ways that work just as well. I have to figure out how to deal with this. It's tough b/c I loathe confrontation. Confrontation makes me shutter, and I never know how to move beyond it, even the slightest head-butt.

We have a lifetime to work on this...

I'm not sure I understand this...

Rumor: Barcelona to purchase D.C. United?

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Without love we could not survive. Human beings are social creatures, and a concern for each other is the very basis of our life together.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Thursday, January 26

Susan Tedeschi's Desert Island Disks

Music Notes: Susan Tedeschi

Desert-island discs:
  • Queen of Gospel - Mahalia Jackson
  • Hide Away: The Best of Freddy King - Freddy King
  • A Donny Hathaway Collection - Donny Hathaway
  • Trouble - Ray LaMontagne
  • and
  • Songlines - The Derek Trucks Band (due in February)

Netwerk Music Group Takes On RIAA

Netwerk Press Release:

NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP TAKES ON THE RIAA

NEW YORK- Canadian based artist label and management company Nettwerk Music Group has joined the fight against the RIAA on behalf of consumers who wish to download music.

In August 2005, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) filed a complaint against David Greubel for alleged file sharing. Greubel is accused of having 600 suspected music files on the family computer. The RIAA is targeting nine specific songs, including 'Sk8er Boi' by Arista artist, Avril Lavigne, a Nettwerk management client. The RIAA has demanded Greubel pay a $9,000 stipulated judgment as a penalty, though it will accept $4,500 should Greubel pay the amount within a specific period of time.

'Suing music fans is not the solution, it's the problem,' stated Terry McBride, C.E.O of Nettwerk Music Group.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Let us rise up and be thankful,
for if we didn’t learn a lot today,
at least we learned a little,
and if we didn’t learn a little,
at least we didn’t get sick,
and if we got sick,
at least we didn’t die;
so, let us be thankful.
The Buddha

It is a shame for football...

that in the year 2006, you still have racism, says FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Clubs should be docked points for racist abuse

Wednesday, January 25

Not bad at all

Best looking MLS Logo in a long time...black and gold too.

Houston 1836 prepares for 2006

Buddhist Thought of the Day

It is good to control your words and thoughts. The seeker who is in control feels free and joyful. Listen to that seeker who guards his tongue and speaks wisely. Such a one is humble and does not exalt himself.
Dhammapada

Houston 1836?!

I like it!

Houston MLS club pays homage to city's birth

Now let's hope the logo is good.

the League: Major League Soccer
the Team: Houston 1836
the CIty: Houston, TX

Monday, January 23

Buddhist Thought of the Day

In meditation, don't expect anything. Just sit back and see what happens. Treat the whole thing as an experiment. Take an active interest in the test itself, but don't get distracted by your expectations about the results. For that matter, don't be anxious for any result whatsoever.
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Mindfulness in Plain English"

Al's new record!

From desert to oasis: Escovedo's rootsy rebirth

the Man: Alejandro Escovedo

Be sure to go by your local indi record store and pick up Room of Strings, the live 2 CD set from Al's String 5tet...

Saturday, January 21

Have you ever noticed...

that a lot of pro atheletes are also pretty people?

Look at this kid Marvell Wynne (see picture below), he's a really good looking guy. What is that about?

MLS Superdraft

A Black guy as the #1 pick, who woulda thunk! Congrats, lets see how a defender shows his stuff...

the Player: Marvell Wynne
the Dad: Marvell Wynne
the Team: NY/NJ MetroStars

Friday, January 20

The Boondocks

For the Widespread Panic fans...

Anthony Franciosa dies at 77...

Tom Waits says
Well I'm goin' out west
Where the wind blows tall
'Cause Tony Franciosa
Used to date my ma
They got some money out there
They're giving it away
I'm gonna do what I want
Do what I want
And I'm gonna get paid
Goin' Out West

Wilson

One of my coworkers was a studio engineer for 20+ years. This morning I asked him if he'd ever worked with Wilson Pickett and he said yes, he had. Earnie proceeded to tell me a story about Wilson taking a joke the wrong way and not backing down from the much larger guy who told the joke. He said Wilson was a great guy but you had to be careful cause you never could tell when he'd take the joke the wrong way. This particular time he got nose to nose with a "rotund" black-belt bass player. The next day it was like nothing had ever happened.

I imagine Earnie has many more stories like that.

Wicked Pickett dead at 64

Veteran soul singer Wilson Pickett died on Thursday of a heart attack in Virginia, his manager said. He was 64.

Sad, sad. Wilson Pickett was an ass, or so I heard, but his music always transported me to another world. When he was on there was noone better! I suggest you go find some of those 60s Atlantic records, the ones recorded in Muscle Shoals. Look for the Hey Jude album in particular. The title track was the song that turned Clapton into a Duane Allman fan. Duane rips it up on a couple of tunes on that record.

Wednesday, January 18

US Soccer on the move

Jan FIFA Rankings (changes notated by number on the right...no number, no change):

1 Brazil
2 Czech Republic
3 Netherlands
4 Argentina
5 Spain
5 France
7 Mexico -2
7 USA 1
9 England
10 Portugal
11 Turkey
12 Italy
13 Denmark
14 Sweden
15 Japan
16 Greece
17 Germany -1
18 Uruguay
19 Iran
20 Croatia

The rest of the rankings...

Tuesday, January 17

Celebrities roll in

Apparently I missed the LeAnn Rimes & Keith Urban sightings but yesterday there was Darrell Scott and also, my buddy, David Olney.

Golden Women of the Movies

I didn't watch the Golden Globes but thanks to Egotastic I can share with you some of my favorite new wallpaper photos!

scarlett johanssonMy God! This woman gets sexier by the day. And I love her voice.

jessica albaNuff Said.

hang ziyiGrace.

Monday, January 16

More of my 2005 favs

Electric Blue Watermelon by my boys, the North Mississippi Allstars. They grow with each album and this one has some of their best ideas yet! It's essential a tribute album to Otha Turner, their mentor, they have subtle tribute parts like samples of him and they have overt tribute parts like "Moonshine". It includes some wonderful songs like Hurry up Sunshine with Lucinda Williams and the VERY Jim Dickinson, "Bang Bang Lulu".

I feel at home with this record.

My one complaint is Luther's continued "white guilt". Brotherman, we all know you are good people, you don't have to include a line on every album explaining that you're not like the rest of them...

Please go see these guts when they come to your town, you will NOT be disappointed.

the Tour: NMA on the road

Buddhist Thought of the Day

If we pick up the handle, we pick up the pot. Similarly, if we meditate on and develop compassion—the wish that all others be without suffering—we hold within us the essence of all other Dharma practices.
Geshe Hgawang Dhargyey, "Advice From a Spiritual Friend"

Saturday, January 14

Celebrities of Nashville

Henry Cho is my newest celebrity sighting. You remember Henry, right? Thr Korean comic with the country accent, from Knoxville. Very funny guy.

Very nice guy. No major conversation b/c I couldn't remember how I knew him.

Friday, January 13

Welcome to the Bible Belt!

WSMV-Channel 4 pulled the new NBC show The Book of Daniel after the network rejected a Channel 4 request to air it overnight instead of during "family viewing time," WSMV General Manager Elden Hale Jr. said yesterday.
Channel 4 pulls 'Book of Daniel'

the TV station: WSMV-Channel 4
the TV show: Book of Daniel

Thursday, January 12

The Boondocks

Thanks to UComics & Aaron McGruder. Be sure to watch the TV show

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Guarded in speech,
Well-restrained in body & mind,
Do nothing unskillful.
Purify
These three courses of action.
Bring to fruition
The path that seers have proclaimed.
Dhammapada, 20, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Wednesday, January 11

This is us!

Buy into Bounty, Join a CSA

I've mentioned this before but Tara and I are part of a CSA though her church. The farm is Avalon Acres in Hohenwald.

During the Winter we get a lot more meat than in the Summer. Last month we got a "grassfed" beef roast that was very nice and we've gotten some wonderful breakfast sausage.

Sometimes it's nice to know where your food comes from

Celebrities

A few weeks ago Alison Brown came in the store. Alison is the CEO & Founder of Compass Records and is also an awesome banjo player...think mellow version of Bela Fleck.

Alison and I became acquainted when I worked at Wherehouse Music. She was the first indi label to make contact and through the next 5 years or so we worked hard to keep her label profile as high as it deserved.

It was nice to see her again, it had been quite awhile.

Jim Ridley was in the store last week.

Tuesday, January 10

Best of 2005

I finally have some titles to call best of 2005...

Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine (this is just plain sexy! Her voice, her passion and her quirly creativity)
Alejandro Escovedo - Room of Songs (a live recording of his string 5tet, lush recording and super hot performance of this variation of Al's band)
Susan Tedeschi - Hope & Desire (SOUL Music!)

There are a couple of more but I'll have to come back later.

It's not luck, it's talent

I wasn't let go b/c I am a nice guy.

Nice guy works really well when you work retail...customers trust you when you are a nice guy, your coworkers think you're cool b/c you are a nice guy.

I am a nice guy...besides, I know more about more music than anyone in the store.

Monday, January 9

Just lucky I guess

Today was a day of change at work...a couple of team leaders changed and 2 of the 3 of us who trained together we let go...

I'm just lucky I guess.

Sunday, January 8

Elegance of Escovedo

I bought this last week but I haven't gotten to listen. I've seen several of the incarnations of Al's bands and it is quite amazing to see how he can rearrange these songs - for a rock band, a string 5tet and whatever else he puts together - and gets the same emotional strength. Nothing is ever lost in translation.
It's a graceful, elegant record, hinged on a delicacy that belies the intensity frequently just below the surface.
Room of Songs Review

Friday, January 6

10 Super Foods

Foods for a better diet...
  1. Beans
  2. Peanut butter
  3. Almonds
  4. Olive oil
  5. Green tea
  6. Fish
  7. Whole-grain breads and cereals
  8. Spinach

Ask Yourself Ten Mysterious Questions

Ten Mysterious Questions to wake up our inner selves.
  1. What is my life’s work?
  2. What are my unique gifts?
  3. What are the issues I must face?
  4. What activities deeply nourish me?
  5. What brings me pleasure and joy?
  6. What is the next step I must take in order to become more fully myself?
  7. What needs to be healed in me?
  8. How am I meant to serve?
  9. What is my passion?
  10. What is the task ahead of me now?

Eight Buddhist Principles for Relationship

Because love is other-concerned, has no hierarchy, and does not cherish self-vindication, these teachings may be used as wise guides for intimate relating.
  • May I consider all beings precious.
  • May I always respect others as superior while attaining self-esteem.
  • May I face my inner darkness and turn it to good.
  • May I be moved with compassion for the pain behind the spite others may show me.
  • When I am hurt by others, may I forego retaliation while always fighting injustice.
  • May I reckon those who betray me as sacred teachers.
  • May I offer joy to all beings and secretly take on their suffering.
  • May all beings and I be free from ego concerns of loss and gain.
Adapted from How to Be an Adult in Relationships by David Richo

Thursday, January 5

Congrats to the kid!

Freddy Adu remembers the day he found out he had earned a shot at making this year's U.S. World Cup roster.

FOXSports.com - USA- Adu realizes U.S. dream

Celebrity Sightings Forgotten

I don't know where my head was at when I made that post about celebrity sightings but I forgot the following:

Bela Fleck
Victor Wooten (and his band)
Futureman (we had a long chat about the Black Mozart, Monsieur de St. George)

Tuesday, January 3

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves. Consider, for example: a magician who cuts his body into many parts and places each part in a different region--hands in the south, arms in the east, legs in the north, and then by some miraculous power lets forth a cry which reassembles whole every part of his body. Mindfulness is like that--it is the miracle which can call back in a flash our dispersed mind and restore it to wholeness so that we can live each minute of life.
Thich Nhat Hanh, "Miracle of Mindfulness"

Stop & Smell the Roses

  • Leave your watch on the bedside table.
  • Check your e-mail only two or three times a day.
  • Take the scenic route.
  • Light candles before you start cooking dinner.
  • Make up rituals. Say a silent word of thanks and make eye contact with everyone at the table before you start eating.
  • Let the phone ring once or twice before answering.
  • Make a handmade present for a friend.
  • Set aside one night a week all for yourself-- and a day once in a while.
  • While driving, assume that everyone else on the road is answering the call of a friend in real need.
  • Bake your own bread. Grow your own vegetables. Brew your own beer.
  • Spend as much time outdoors in natural settings as you possibly can. Pay attention to cycles of the moon and the shifting seasons. Sit down beside a stream or river whenever you can.
  • Appreciate the pleasures of slow music: tango, waltz, cool jazz, ballads, bossa nova, folk and more.
  • Buy two hammocks: one for the garden, one for your living room.
  • Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer.
  • Take a few moments before you climb out of bed in the morning to remember your dreams and think about what you want from the day.
  • Learn the fine art of arriving late gracefully.
  • Don’t be afraid to cancel plans.
  • Factor in an additional 25 percent, every time you estimate how long something will take.
  • Always jump on the chance to play with a child, and do it on their terms.
  • Never pack your schedule so tightly that there’s no room for a short walk.
  • Take a left where you generally take a right.
Thanks Stoner!

Celebrity Sightings

DK is located in a very ritzy part of Nashville known as Green Hills. Alot of celebrities live close by and it is an area where the haves want to be seen by the other haves.

Everyday day I come home and tell Tara who I saw in the store today. I've meant to keep a log but I keep forgetting.

Since I started I have seen, if not personally helped(these don't include book signings):

Gov. Phil Bredesen
Mayor Bill Purcell
Kathy Mattea
Steve Earle
Gordon Gee
Tim McGraw/Faith Hill (they usually come in together).
Clint Black
David Olney (my friend and regular customer from back in the 90s)

I believe there are others that I am forgetting. Stay tuned for more as the days and weeks go by.
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