Wednesday, January 31

Black Rock Fans Unite

Yeah, I have been the only Black face at so many concerts it's not even funny. Although I am currently listening mostly to African and Brazilian funk I still go back to my Hendrix & Gov't Mule.

I tried very heard to turn the guilt I felt for listening to my music into a point of pride. I was not like every other Black person so take that you asshole. There wasn't a week that went by throughout my 20s when somebody didn't make some comment about not knowing Blacks liked "this kind of music" or somebody commenting that I was a wannabe. It still hurts to hear when it does happen but I am far more confident in my self and my beliefs and my opinions to be too concerned.

I have gone through an evolution and continue to evolve and grow musically and personally.

My musical time line is something like:

Radio (talk, soul/disco)-> Jimi Hendrix & classic rock-> guitar music (every guitar player was fair game but especially metal)-> Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble-> blues -> jazz-> reggae-> world (especially african)-> folk/bluegrass-> jambands-> funk-> worldbeat-> electronica-> hip-hop-> Brazilian funk/samba

There were smatterings of all of these through the years, some things I didn't spend a lot of time with but I enjoy certain artists like certain gospel artists. Of course, if you look at my iTunes you will see all of the above. Everything is fair game and there is good stuff everywhere, although I'm not a big fan of polka.

Check out this article. Check out Afropunk, the movie & website. Check out the BRC (black rock coalition). Drop you labels and enjoy it all.

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Tuesday, January 30


Guess I'll have to stock up on my black & white stripes.

Oguchi Onyewu, one of my favorite young players for US MNT, gets to try the big leagues...Onyewu to bolster Newcastle

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Sunday, January 28

Buddhist Thought of the Day

You should roam in places that are your own, that arise in accordance with your own true nature.

And what is the place that is your own? It's the pasture of ardent clearness and mindfulness, where discontent and greed are put aside for the sake of the world. That is your own place, your natural range.
Samyutta Nikaya

Thursday, January 25

10 and a half Gators

OK, they are actually Crocs. I'm not much on the exotic leathers but this is funky.
Thanks Palms Out Sounds.

J-Ho vs. J-Hu

Interesting that they share initials.

Thanks to some audioblog out there, I have now heard both versions of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going", the emotional linchpin of the musical. I saw the movie but not the play. I was not impressed by the movie. The stage performances were very good but the off stage stuff was weak. Everything off stage had me asking for the next stage performance...that doesn't make a good movie, which is why I am not surprised that it wasn't nominated for an Oscar.

The other thing was that this reinforced my hatred for most musicals! I can't stand those damn things. This song is a prime example. The music in so many musicals is such a bombastic mess. This is one where you can sorta compare the source material (Motown) with the stage/screen production and you can see that even the most emotional song in the entire production lacks the substance, the subtleties and breath of a truly emotional ballad. Part of it is that fucking Broadway ending - the song gets bigger and bigger and STOPS. Every once and a while that would be fine but there are so many songs during a given show that end exactly the same way.

Anyway, my face-off b/t the two Jennifers: Jennifer Holiday wins hands down. Her version has style, and deep emotion and subtleties that Miss Hudson can't manage. Not one time have I listened to Jennifer Holiday and wished she'd stop but every time I've listened to Jennifer Hudson I've wished she would stop. Don't get me wrong, there was lots of power and emotion in Jennifer Hudson's version but there was no depth, no frailty, no real sadness that this song is talking about. I haven't figured out how to post mp3s to my blog so you'll have to hunt them down like I did, somebody out there has both.

See the movie, it's enjoyable. All the songs are wonderful, Eddie rocks the crowd...the 20th Anniversary show (or whatever it was) and the finale are worth the price of admission alone; oh and the scene where Effie & Deena get in each others faces.

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Nashville's Hot Chicken Blogged

Dethroner is one of my favorite's about guy things. I visit it when I need to reassure myself that I am indeed a guy.

Today, thanks to a Tennessean article, they featured a staple of Nashville's food culture, hot chicken, along with hot fish, the meat' n three, biscuits and BBQ there is nothing that says Nashville more than hot chicken

As Nashville as I claim to be I have never eaten hot chicken. I didn't have a high tolerance for spicy food when I was younger and then I forgot about it when so many of my friends became out-of-staters. It's constantly featured in local papers, Mayor Purcell is known for his love of hot chicken, the red stuff permeates the air in certain neighborhoods but I just don't make the effort to partake.

I'll have to change that.

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Monday, January 22

Buddhist Thought of the Day

You could, for a hundred years,
live in a forest
tending a fire,
pay a single moment's homage
to one person,
Better than a hundred years of sacrifices
would that act of homage be.
Dhammapada, 8, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Sunday, January 21

Buddhist Thought of the Day

According to Buddhist psychology, most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for, attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities. The pursuit of the objects of our desire and attachment involves the use of aggression and competitiveness…These mental processes easily translate into actions, breeding belligerence. Such processes have been going on in the human mind since time immemorial, but their execution has become more effective under modern conditions. What can we do to control and regulate these “poisons”—delusion, greed and aggression? For it is these poisons that are behind almost every trouble in the world.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Saturday, January 20

Buddhist Thought of the Day

You should know that so far as Buddha-nature is concerned, there is no difference between an enlightened man and an ignorant one. What makes the difference is that one realizes it, while the other is ignorant of it.
The Sutra of Hui Neng

Friday, January 19

Jazz Killers

Over the last couple of weeks we lost two amazing musicians, Michael Brecker and Alice Coltrane.

Michael Brecker. I liked Michael Brecker a lot. I even got to see him play. I enjoyed him immensely, very hip and very creative.
JANUARY 13, 2007 - Following a two and a half year battle with MDS and then leukemia, Michael passed away. A memorial service is now being planned and details regarding the same will be posted here this coming Wednesday or Thursday. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to The Marrow Foundation's TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE FUND. Many lives have been saved as a result of those who joined the National Marrow Donor Program at donor drives on behalf of Michael---and who were perfectly matching donors for others in need. There is much work to do, and we ask you to please join us in this effort. Thank you for all of your support.
Alice Coltrane was not on my radar. Since she came into John Coltrane's band as his music moved in a direction that I can't grasp and I always thought she would be too way out for me. I appreciate her continual search for betterment through music.
January 16, 2007 · Pianist and composer Alice Coltrane died this weekend at 69. She was best known as the wife of jazz giant John Coltrane, but she put her own stamp on blues-based music. Alice Coltrane was one of the few to use the harp in jazz, and added an eastern sensibility to her music.
Be sure to check out the following tributes:

Alice Coltrane, Wife of John, Left Her Own Mark
Transcendence: r.i.p. Alice Coltrane
Jazz World Loses Sax Musician Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker dies at 57

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Buddhist Thought of the Day

[Wisdom] is like a lamp, O king, which a man might introduce into a house in darkness. When the lamp had been brought in it would dispel the darkness, cause radiance to arise, and light to shine forth, and make the objects there plainly visible. Just so would wisdom in a man have such effects as were just now set forth.”

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Wednesday, January 17

Nashville Barbie

I saw this on Metroblogging Nashville. It's been floating around for awhile but here ya go. The one thing missing from most of these is the Vera Bradley bag or the knock-off Vera Bradley bag.
Mattel has announced the release of limited edition Barbie dolls for the Nashville market:

Green Hills Barbie -
This princess Barbie is only sold at Green Hills Mall. She comes with an assortment of Kate Spade handbags, a Lexus SUV, a longhaired foreign lap-dog named Honey, and a cookie-cutter dream house with a lawn service. Available with or without tummy tuck and face-lift. Workaholic ex-husband Ken comes with a Porsche.

Bellevue Barbie -
This modern-day homemaker Barbie is available with Ford Windstar mini-van and matching gym suit. She gets lost easily and has no full-time occupation or secondary education. Traffic-jamming cell phone sold separately. Can
swear in English and Spanish. Available at Target.

Donelson Barbie-
This recently paroled Barbie comes with a 9mm handgun, bowie knife, a '78 El Camino with dark tinted windows, and a meth lab kit. This model is only available after dark and can only be bought with cash, preferably small bills, unless you are a cop, then we don't know what you are talking about.

Brentwood Barbie-
This yuppie Barbie comes with your choice of BMW convertible or Hummer H2. Included are her own Starbucks cup, credit card set, and country club membership. Also available are Shallow Ken and Spanish-speaking Nanny.

Antioch Barbie-
This pale model comes dressed in her own Wrangler jeans two sizes too small, a classic Guns-N-Roses shirt, and Tweety Bird tattoo on her shoulder. Wants to major in NASCAR at UT, but is still working on the 12 year plan at Nashville State Tech when classes don't interfere with WWE Raw and Ladies' night at Big Daddy's Southside Boogie Bungalow. She has a six-pack of Coors Light and a Hank Williams, Jr. CD set. She can spit over 5 feet and kick mullet-haired Ken's ass when she is drunk. Purchase her pickup truck separately and a get confederate flag bumper sticker absolutely free. Available at Big Lots & Dollar General Stores.

Old Hickory Barbie-
This tobacco chewing, brassy-haired Barbie has a pair of her own high-heeled sandals with one broken heel from the time she chased Beer-Gut Ken out of Antioch Barbie's (discontinued) house. Her ensemble includes low-rise acid-washed jeans, fake fingernails, strawberry lip-gloss, and a see-through halter-top. Comes with Barbie's dream doublewide trailer. Available at Wal-Mart. Cheap.

Belle Meade Barbie-
This collagen injected, rhinoplastic Barbie wears leopard print Spandex and drinks cosmopolitans to new age music with friends at the lodge. Into crystals. Comes with Percocet prescription, liberally dispensed thanks to her position at the nursing school, and botox treatments. Also cheap.

Vanderbilt Barbie-
This Barbie comes with a monogrammed tote bag, a collection of credit cards in her daddy's name, expensive hair highlights, cell phone and an enormous sense of entitlement. Available in two models: eating disorder with natural breasts or eating disorder with breast implants. BMW X5 or Chevy Tahoe (both available with Texas plates) are sold separately. Vanderbilt Ken (with Toyota 4 Runner and iPod to over-compensate for nerdiness and lack of social skills) is also available with or without the flipped up Polo collar. Expensive.

Madison Barbie-
This Barbie now comes with a stroller, infant doll and Bible. Optional accessories include a G.E.D. and bus pass. Gangsta Ken and his '79 Caddy were available, but are now very difficult to find since the addition of the infant. Available at any Christian bookstore.

Belmont Barbie-
This doll is made of actual tofu. She has long straight brown hair, archless feet, hairy armpits, no makeup, and Birkenstocks with white socks. She prefers that you call her "Willow." She does not want or need a Ken doll, but if you purchase two Brookside Barbies and the optional Subaru wagon, you get a rainbow flag sticker free.

Franklin Barbie-
Is pregnant, drives a new Ford Excursion, and is perfect in every way. We don't know who Ken is because he's always away hunting or in Japan on business. Franklin Barbie aspires to become Green Hills Barbie. Not cheap, but still very naive.

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Monday, January 15

You don't have to do it.

I've mentioned before that I struggle with huge lack of motivation and a large dose of procrastination. Last week was a bad week and started trolling the internet to find some possible insight and maybe, just maybe, some help. I found several sites and the first one, this one, (Steve Pavlina's Personal Development for Smart People) looks quite promising.

The second paragraph lays it out pretty succinctly:
...realize and accept that you don't have to do anything you don't want to do. Even though there may be serious consequences, you are always free to choose.
Wish me luck and if you've got any tips, I'll take em.

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When I Was a Child I Thought Like a Child

Happy MLK Day. It's taken me a long time to understand MLK, not that I do completely but I now seem him as more than the icon of a specific place and time.

To honor his memory and work we must do our best to love ourselves (at least accept ourselves) and in turn we must accept others as equal and we must WORK to correct what we see as wrong. As simple as it is it is so far from simple but we all must try. If we try we will honor all those who came before us.

See more MLK

Friday, January 12

Kathy helps our self-examination.

The folks over at Grist pointed me to this article at The Nation. It hits home and it might help me figure out why I do what I do. It hits home b/c I do some of the things she talks about but I quite often ask myself why I do these things. I buy the organic food and I often wonder is this doing anything. I know I am helping a small farmer when I buy food through my CSA but other than that, what difference does the rest of it make?

I question myself alot. I question why I do what I do and why I don't do what I think I should (some are things that I tell myself I really want to do). It's a mind game. Most of it revolves around my lack of ability to commit. I have trouble committing to myself, to involvement and most anything else you can think of. Honestly, I am surprised I had the guts to ask Tara to marry me. I've been in this funk for a week plus revolving, as usual, around these issues. I can't seem to make myself do anything.

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Presiding Bishop responds to President Bush's speech on Iraq

This woman (Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori) is strengthening my support of the Episcopal Church enough, I might just wanna participate again.
Diplomacy, built on a foundation of mutual respect and interest among people of good will, not more troops, can bring an end to this tragic conflict.
The full text is here.

The above statement is nowhere close to true. I've always thought the Episcopal Church had more sense than most. There are all sorts of other reasons why I don't go to church anymore.

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Thursday, January 11

Tuesday, January 9

Palbable Nonsense

This is a stunning commentary.

Keith Olbermann's commentary on Bush plan to increase troops

Buddhist Thought of the Day

When overspread by extreme vice--
like a sal tree by a vine--
you do to yourself
what an enemy would wish.
Dhammapada, 12, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Monday, January 8

Buddhist Thought of the Day

What is meant by nonduality, Mahatmi? It means that light and shade, long and short, black and white, can only be experienced in relation to each other; light is not independent of shade, nor black of white. There are no opposites, only relationships. In the same way, nirvana and the ordinary world of suffering are not two things but related to each other. There is no nirvana except where the world of suffering is; there is no world of suffering apart from nirvana. For existence is not mutually exclusive.
Lankavatara Sutra

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Saturday, January 6

Do Your Part

Each one of us has a stake in our environment. If you don't care think about your neighbor or your children. Small changes add up and here are a few small changes:

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Wednesday, January 3

Cake & eat it too.

Had we been physically in charge at that point we would have done things differently.
U.S. military spokesman Major General William Caldwell told a news conference in Baghdad.

So, let me get this straight. We go to Iraq to force help them set up a democracy, we get all excited b/c they have had 3 elections and now that elected gov't has done something, something lots of people wanted done, and we say things like this. That is just balls! We go in and fuck up the place, and yes, Saddam needed to be removed from power, and now we are bitching b/c of the way they do things, right or wrong, who are we to judge them. I said it when we liberated invaded that you can't force democracy, it HAS to come from the ground up. Besides, Iraq has a long history and there has always been jurisprudence within that history. That foundation is there and won't go away.

If we had only elected someone else President in 2000! Oh wait, I think we did.

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