Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Music XI

Sigred has tried this trick (see after the quote) in other ways, a number of times, with no change in the outcome.

doing the same thing over and over again 
and expecting different results. ~
Albert Einstein #quote

Previous to March 2012 she'd posted a song of the day, everyday, on Facebook for over a year.  From time to time she'd get a "Like" or a comment ("I met (so-and-so) in 1969 when I was a roady/lead singer for a high school rock 'n roll band; I saw (whosit) in concert in 2001!  They were fabulous!) etc. so this practice limped along with only a modicum of encouragement.  In March 2012 Sigred had a small spate of life's not-unusual set backs and one small consequence of that spate was she quit posting the song of the day on Facebook.  

No one commented, no one noticed*, not a peep was heard from her Facebook "friends and family".  

"I could be dead" she complained to a mildly baffled Fred. "And no one would notice!"

Later on, she complained to Fiona as well.  Fiona said "No, I'd know if you were dead."

"You're psychic?!" Sigred exclaimed. "You think we have some sort of special over-the-miles bond?"

Fiona denied any such dubious talents but was firm in her total self-assurance that somehow she'd know if her Mom had ceased to occupy planet earth. 

What could Sigred do?  She laughed and told Fiona she loved her back.  

In any case, Sigred's song of the day continued to be posted on other social sites where the appreciation from strangers is far higher than that which she ever got from her "friends & family".  

Go figure. 

In any case.... here's another set.  

Motorcycle Song ~ The Binges

This Night ~ Black Lab

Everything Trying ~ Damien Jurado

Barricades ~ Fyfe Dangerfield

Felicia ~ The Constallations

The Light ~ Mason Jennings

Start a War ~ The National

Shark In the Water ~ V.V. Brown

You Mean The World To Me ~ Toni Braxton

I Know ~ Jude

All That We See ~ The Black Ryder

Night ~ Bill Callahan

Ride Free ~ Jonny Kaplan And The Lazy Stars   

End of the Day ~ Doug Paisley

Telephone ~ The Black Angels

 AM-FM ~ !!! Chk Chik Chick

In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning ~ Junior Wells and Buddy Guy

Me and My Woman ~ Shuggie Otis

Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) ~ Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

Volunteered Slavery  ~ The Derek Trucks Band
The Sun is Shining Down ~ JJ Grey & Mofro

Shine On ~ Eric Bibb

Why Try To Change Me Now ~ Fiona Apple

Sway ~ Dean Martin

Maggot Brain ~ Funkadelic

A Slow Parade ~ AA Bondy

Where Did You Go? ~ Jets Overhead

Safety Dance ~ Men Without Hats

Sarah ~ Ray LaMontagne

Love Vigilantes  ~ Iron & Wine

Blues For Ben ~ Stanton Moore

People Gonna Talk ~ James Hunter

Harmonia ~ Cass McCombs

I Do Not Fear Jazz ~ Big Strides

No Moon At All ~ Brad Mehldau Trio

Night Train  ~ Oscar Peterson

Seven Day Mile ~ The Frames

Never Had Nobody Like You - Matt Ward

Drive ~ Dawn Landes

Lose You ~ Pete Yorn

The Shining ~ Badly Drawn Boy

$300 ~ Soul Coughing

Bobski ~ Galactic

Firesuite ~ Doves

Got to Be More Careful ~ John Cleary

On My Side ~ Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons

Whisper ~ A Fine Frenzy
Through The Dark ~ Alexi Murdoch

I'm in Love with a Girl ~ Big Star

Fire ~ Daniel Lanois

Cheap and Cheerful ~ The Kills

Vice ~ The Crystal Method

Teardrop ~ José González

Light For The Deadvine ~ People in Planes

Jerry Weintraub ~ Waldeck

Human ~ Civil Twilight

Mungal Feat Nitin Sahwney ~ Awake

Kicked Out ~ Pussy Galore

I Idolize You ~ Liz Wright

All My Life ~ DJ Harry

Let Me In ~ Hot Hot Heat

Slippery When Wet ~ The Commodores

Good Man ~ Josh Ritter

In A Gadda Da Vida ~ Iron Butterfly

Whole Lotta Lovin' ~ Otis Rush

Ain't No Reason ~ Brett Dennen

Follow the Leader ~ Matthew Ryan

Bastards Of Young ~ The Replacements

Are You Alright? ~ Lucinda Williams

Get Down Tonight ~ KC & The Sunshine Band

Dimension ~ Wolfmother

I Don't Like Mondays ~ The Boomtown Rats

See The World ~ Gomez

How Does It Feel ~ Michael Mind Project

In The Waiting Line ~ Zero 7

Listen Here ~ Eddie Harris

Grey Room ~ Damien Rice

Walter Reed ~ Michael Penn

Into Dust ~ Mazzy Star

* In this End, a couple of people did notice and comment to Sigred, whereupon she gave them a sneak peak of the above "Random Story", thanked them for their interest and directed them to other social sights where she continued to post music. 

Saturday, 20 October 2012

To Say What You Feel is to Dig Your Own Grave

There are notes between notes, you know. ~ Sarah Vaughan #quote

It is a luxury to be understood. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~ St. Francis of Assisi #quote

For death is not the worst, but when one wants to die and is not able even to have that. ~ Sophocles #quote

When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet. ~ Stanislaw Lec #quote

I worship impersonal Nature, which is neither "good" or "bad", and who knows neither love nor hatred. ~ Savitri Devi #quote

Don't trust the heart, it wants your blood. ~ Stanislaw Lec #quote

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins. ~ Soren Kierkegaard #quote

Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good. ~ Soren Kierkegaard #quote

A mind too active is no mind at all. ~ Theodore Roethke #quote

You're an idealist, and I pity you as I would the village idiot. ~ Stanley Kubrick #quote

What is madness but nobility of soul at odds with circumstance. ~ Theodore Roethke #quote

I think therefore we have nothing in common. ~ Tshirt #quote

It would be foolhardy to count on the conscience of the world. ~ Stefan Sweig #quote

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month. ~ Theodore Roosevelt #quote

The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything. ~ Theodore Roosevelt #quote

If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered. ~ Stanley Kubrick #quote
The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again I'd make all the same mistakes - only sooner. ~ Tallulah Bankhead #quote

In history...regret does not bring back a lost moment & a thousand years will not recover something lost in a single hour. ~ Stefan Zweig #quote

Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity. ~ T.S. Eliot #quote

No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will cramp his style. ~ Steven Brust #quote

It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value. ~ Stephen Hawking #quote

At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference. ~ Soren Kierkegaard #quote

In order to maintain an untenable position, you have to be actively ignorant. ~ Stephen Colbert #quote

World records are only borrowed. ~ Sebastian Coe #quote

The worst of all fears is the fear of living. ~ Theodore Roosevelt #quote

We were promised a society of philosophers. But the Blogosphere is looking more and more like a nation of ankle-biters. ~ Steven Levy #quote

Always speak politely to an enraged Dragon. ~ Steven Brust #quote

Because of you, I'm running out of reasons to cry. ~ Shakira #quote

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. ~ Stewart Udall #quote

Judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement. ~ Simon Bolivar #quote

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. ~ Stewart Udall #quote

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. ~ Soren Kierkegaard #quote

In man's struggle against the world, bet on the world.  ~ Franz Kafka #quote
So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays. ~ John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society #quote

I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok. ~ Shaquille O'Neal #quote

Silence remains, inescapably, a form of speech. ~ Susan Sontag #quote

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals. ~ Siddhartha Buddha #quote

To say what you feel is to dig your own grave. ~ Sinead O'Connor #quote

Have you ever felt like a phone call that's been disconnected? ~ Shannen Doherty #quote

Friday, 19 October 2012

At the End of the Line

But it's Coco Chanel® you Stupid Hag  Warning ~ The above piece of spoken poetry contains adult language.

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Monday, 15 October 2012

Of An Age

When Sigred was young with a young family, friends of hers picked up a stray cat on the street. They were going to keep him themselves but already had 2 cats that didn't take well to the new intruder. They asked Sigred if she wanted him. He was a teenage cat, discombobulated by living on the street followed by a home where he was constantly attacked and finally taken to a new home with a small child in it. It didn't take him long however, to settle in and become an important part of Sigred's family.

Sigred's oldest child named the cat, "HiCat". It was a simple process: after work and daycare Sigred and her daughter would walk home, trudge up the stairs to their apartment, open the door and the cat would be standing there waiting for them. Instantly Sigred's daughter would exclaim "Hi! Cat!".

HiCat lived with Sigred for something like 16 years until one day, he crawled under her bed, gave a strange sort of "Gack!" noise and then ceased to exist. Sigred & Fred were a couple by that time and stricken they proceeded to wrap HiCat in a towel (don't panic) and took him into the woods near their townhouse. There they buried him in a deep grave, cried a tear or two and walked home hand in hand. Sigred's youngest daughter, who had never known life without HiCat, never quite forgave Sigred & Fred for burying HiCat without her. They'd thought they were doing the child a favour but they were instructed quite vehemently that they hadn't. That child was then dutifully (as instructed) taken to the grave. She stared at it for a moment, then looked up at Sigred and said they could go home now.

Towards the end of HiCat's life he taught himself to go to the bathroom on the toilet. One day the kids shouted to Sigred that this was in fact what HiCat was doing. Sigred laughed and advised the kids they weren't fooling her that day.

"No, no Mom!" they tried to convince her. "He really is!"

A couple of days later Sigred also saw the phenomenon and HiCat's fastidiousness continued on until his death.

HiCat seemed to get smarter and somewhat pensive in his old age. He'd stand or sit wherever the family was and intensely watch everyone's actions, his head twisting back & forth so as not to miss a thing. After going to the bathroom on the toilet, he'd stare at the toilet's handle but... in the end... gave up on mastering that particular part of the ritual. He eventually developed some sort of neurological inconvenience, in that from time to time he'd be walking across the floor and simply freeze with a thousand yard stare. One front paw up, the opposite back paw also up, he'd stand there in balance for a second or two, then give a small hop and continue on his way.

In any case, the reason for this story is as follows:

Fred was standing in the bedroom the other day and Sigred walked in on him. Now Fred & Sigred are getting to be of an age too. There was Fred, head tipped to one side, staring at the bedroom wall. Sigred stopped and look at him for a second and then commented:

"You're doing a HiCat."

Fred shook his head and explained what he was thinking about but agreed, that yes indeed, he had had all the appearance of a classic HiCat.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

It Ain't Easy

It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. ~ Leonardo da Vinci #quote

The easiest way to be cheated is to believe yourself to be more cunning than others. ~ Pierre Charron #quote

It is much easier to find fault with others, than to be faultless ourselves. ~ Samuel Richardson #quote

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light ~ Plato #quote
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.~ Alfred Adler #quote

It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem. ~ Malcolm Forbes #quote

A person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn and not easily mended. ~ Ian McEwan #quote

I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel, and incompetent comes naturally to me. ~ John Cleese #quote

You can easily judge the character of someone by how they treat those who can do nothing for them. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe #quote

Living is what scares me. Dying is easy. ~ Charles Manson #quote
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier 'n puttin' it back in. ~ Will Rogers #quote

Logic and fact keep interfering with the easy flow of conversation. ~ Mason Cooley #quote

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. ~ Francois de la Rouchefoucauld #quote

Easy come, easy go. ~ Chaucer #quote

Character is much easier kept than recovered. ~ Thomas Paine #quote

Roy Batty: It's not an easy thing to meet your maker. ~ Blade Runner #linesfrommovies

It was easier to conquer it than to know what to do with it. ~ Horace Walpole #quote

Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy ~ Einstein #quote

It is easier to be critical than correct. ~ Benjamin Disraeli #quote

It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference. ~ Tom Brokaw #quote

It's easier to put on slippers than to carpet the whole world. ~ Al Franken #quote

Be careful going in search of adventure - it's ridiculously easy to find. ~ William Least Heat-Moon #quote

The easiest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it in your pocket. ~ Author Unknown #quote

I think it's very easy to get corrupted. ~ Steve Chabot #quote

To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely. ~ Jorge Luis Borges #quote

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. ~ John F. Kennedy #quote

The absent are easily refuted. ~ C.S. Lewis #quote

It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities. ~ Josiah Stamp #quote

Strange about parents. We have such easy access to them and such daunting problems of communication. ~ James Merrill #quote

Sunday, 7 October 2012

There is Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself

Don't fear god
Don't worry about death
What is good is easy to get, and
What is terrible is easy to endure ~ Epicurus #quote

There is nothing to fear but fear itself. ~ Franklin Roosevelt #quote

The most drastic and usually the most effective remedy for fear is direct action. ~ William Burnham #quote
To fear is one thing.  To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another.  ~ Katherine Paterson #quote

Never turn your back on Fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed. ~ Hunter S. Thompson #quote

Fear is the original sin. Almost all of the evil in the world has its origin in the fact that some one is afraid of something ~ L.M. Montgomery #quote

A peace that depends on fear is nothing but a suppressed war. ~ Henry Van Dyke #quote

Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself. ~ J.K. Rowling #quote

He who doesn't fear death dies only once. ~ Giovanni Falcone #quote


Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. ~ Bertrand Russell #quote

Definitely, it's a fear of failure that drives me. ~ Jerry Bruckheimer #quote

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them. ~ Confucius #quote

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true. ~ Irving Caesar #quote

Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop.  ~ Usman B. Asif #quote

Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only standing still. ~ Chinese #proverb

When the going gets tough, the weird turn pro. ~ Raoul Duke, "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" #linesfrommovies

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. ~ Les Brown #quote

He who makes a beast of himself
Gets rid of the pain of being a man. ~
Dr. Johnson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas #linesfrommovies

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. ~ Marcus Aurelius #quote

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. ~ Bertrand Russell #quote

But what are our stories if not the mirrors we hold up to our fears? ~  Wally Lamb #quote

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson #quote

Surely, in the light of history, it is more intelligent to hope rather than fear, to try rather than not to try ~ Eleanor Roosevelt #quote


Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it. ~ Bertrand Russell #quote

My biggest fear in life is to be forgotten. ~ Evita Peron #quote

Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear. ~ G. Gordon Liddy #quote
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely. ~ Buddha #quote

But what is all this fear of and opposition to Oblivion? What is the matter with the soft Darkness, the Dreamless Sleep? ~ J. Thurber #quote

Everything I've ever done was out of fear of being mediocre. ~ Chet Atkins #quote

I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living. ~ Anais Nin #quote