Wednesday, December 27

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Through heedfulness, Indra won
to lordship over the gods.
Heedfulness is praised,
heedlessness censured—
always.
Dhammapada, 30, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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This is a tribute...

Undomondo tribute to Ahmet Ertegun

I don't care about the past...

Another extremely hot TV appearance by James Brown. Wait till Nate Jones (I think) gets his solo...this is what it's all about. Tight and hot; fuckin' bad ass!
JB - Cold Sweat (Mike Douglas Show)

JB is gone

Watch this video and you will understand why words cannot express the tremendous loss I feel.

It's not just James as a singer and performer but James as a bandleader and talent scout...just listen to the band.

James Brown - Prisoner of Love/Please Please Please

Thursday, December 21

Made My Day

Over the past couple of days I've heard news reports about Wolfgang's Vault, this online store filled with Bill Graham Presents... memorabilia. The guy who runs it is in trouble b/c he apparently is using images in unauthorized ways...making coffee mugs with poster images and whatnot. My good friend Kevin dropped me an email about it and he decided to check the place out. See, not only does they website have all this stuff but they stream concerts from the vaults and that is what has made my day. I am listening to Albert King, 27Jun1971 from the Fillmore East.



Oh my fucking GOD! His power, his style, his voices...throat and guitar.



Sign up and check out some incredible live music (Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Zappa, Tracy Chapman, U2, etc)





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Tuesday, December 19

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Many people are afraid to empty their minds lest they may plunge into the Void. They do not know that their own Mind is the Void. The ignorant eschew phenomena but not thought; the wise eschew thought but not phenomena.
Huang Po, "Zen Teaching of Huang Po"

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Friday, December 15

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Restraint with the eye is good,
good is restraint with the ear.
Restraint with the nose is good,
good is restraint with the tongue.
Restraint with the body is good,
good is restraint with speech.
Restraint with the heart is good,
good is restraint everywhere.
A monk everywhere restrained
is released from all suffering & stress.
Dhammapada, 25, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

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Coffee quote of the day

If beer is heaven, coffee is faith.


Dethroner has talked about coffee all week.

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Ahmet Ertegun is dead. Long live Ahmet Ertegun.

Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records has died.

This man was responsible for a huge quantity of my favorite music and some of my favorite records. Without Ahmet there would be no Atlantic Records, without Atlantic Records...I don't even want to think about the musicians who wouldnt've made the records I adore. I will, however, give you 2 names - Ray Charles and Tom Dowd - and you can figure out the rest.

There will never be another like you Ahmet.


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World Footballer of the Year

Viva Italia!

Fabio Cannavaro, who skippered Italy to victory at the World Cup, was named World Soccer's World Player of the Year.

My boy Ronaldinho wasn't in the top 3. Barca had a great year but he sucked on the world stage...

Besides, Cannavaro was born on Sept 13, my birthday is Sept 14.

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Thursday, December 14

Song Title of the Day

I spend most of my day verifying the performers of songs. Usually it's artist for artist match but sometimes I have to use song titles to find more info or verify the correct performer.

Today I see a band called Puddy and in my database the song title "I Gave You My Love, You Gave Me". The complete title is "I Gave You My Love, You Gave Me The Clap". I would say that qualifies as song title of the day.

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Wednesday, December 13

Buddhist Thought of the Day

It is in everybody's interest to seek those [actions] that lead to happiness and avoid those which lead to suffering. And because our interests are inextricably linked, we are compelled to accept ethics as the indispensable interface between my desire to be happy and yours.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Main Entry: eth·ic

Pronunciation: 'e-thik

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English ethik, from Middle French ethique, from Latin ethice, from Greek EthikE, from Ethikos

1 plural but singular or plural in construction : the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation

2 a : a set of moral principles : a theory or system of moral values -- often used in plural but sing. or plural in constr. b plural but singular or plural in construction : the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group c : a guiding philosophy d : a consciousness of moral importance

3 plural : a set of moral issues or aspects (as rightness)




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Monday, December 11

Shout! Sister Shout!

I was listening to a little Rosetta Tharpe and stumbled across this excellent video.

I first heard of her from my Dad. One of his dying wishes was for some Lucky Millinder, who i was clueless, absolutely clueless about. I finally found a couple of disks which credited Rosetta Tharpe as a singer. I thought that was very odd b/c what I did know of her was as a gospel singer and Lucky Millinder is about as far from gospel as you can get. Years later I picked up "The Gospel of the Blues" and the tribute "Shout Sister Shout" and you will see by this video that this woman knows what she is doing...and that's before you get to the guitar solo!

Thursday, December 7

Nooo, this can't happen.

Klinsmann exits race for U.S. soccer coach



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Buddhist Thought of the Day

Real peace will arise spontaneously

When your mind becomes free

Of attachments,

When you know that the objects of the world

Can never give you what you really want.
Theragatha



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Tuesday, December 5

Kalifornia Klinsmann!

Wooohooo! We have a coach, we have a good coach.

Jürgen Klinsmann already has a strong history with US Soccer and I think it's a positive move to hire him. Who knows if he can revive the team and the organization but I will support his efforts and the team.

German legend to lead U.S. Soccer

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Friday, December 1

Quotes of the Day

I am reading A Change Is Gonna Come:Music, Race the Soul of America by Craig Werner. It's a great survey of how music fit in the social movements of America with an emphasis on the Black experience. It's really entertaining an enlightening.



Today I was reading about the blues and there are several great quotes in a matter of 3 pages:
Singing the blues is like being black twice.

BB King
By a conservative count, 180 percent of blues deal with sex or money. The extra 80 percent accounts for the times sex and money are the same damn thing.
Eddie Kirkland
Talking about Southern Soul Steve Cropper says:
It's a Southern sound, a below-the-Bible-Belt sound. It was righteous nasty.




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Buy something (RED)

Today is World AIDS Day.



Follow the link below or above and do something worthwhile.



(RED)



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