Friday, July 03, 2020

Friday Music: A Story and a Song

Forty-five years ago my twin brother and I were living in Santa Cruz. We liked to go out and listen to music and found a musician who played at local venues. We became acquainted with him and even went to his house on occasion for some reason or other. One night at one of his shows, he had a guest with him, a visitor who was staying at his house. Some time during intermission he asked us if we would give his guest a ride home to his house. We said yes, and thus began our short time driving the author Tom Robbins to his destination. Michael and I had both read Another Roadside Attraction and were quite thrilled to be spending time with the author. We started a conversation though, that I will never forget. I think it was about a particular paragraph in his book that we disagreed with. Here is the paragraph:
“The most important thing in life is style. That is the style of one's existence the characteristic mode of one's actions is basically ultimately what matters. For if man defines himself by doing then style is doubly definitive because style describes the doing. The point is this happiness is a learned condition. And since it is learned and self generating it does not depend upon external circumstances for its perpetuation. This throws a very ironic light on content. And underscores the primacy of style. It is content or rather the consciousness of content that fills the void. But the mere presence of content is not enough. It is style that gives content the capacity to absorb us to move us it is style that makes us care.”
We wanted to know how style could be more important than content. It made no sense to us. Although these days in the modern world we do see how style takes up way more space than content ever will. It still does not rise to importance of content. Style did not get us to the moon, but it did get us doing a moonwalk dance! LOL!

Let's just say the conversation did not go anywhere significant. It was awkward and silly, but I'll never forget it. In retrospect I'm a bit embarrassed that we actually did this, but when we're young it's easier to say whatever is on our minds.

A few years later the musician came out with an album that has the same title as the book Tom Robbins published in 1976. So, here is that song, Even Cowgirls Get The Blues. The book was later made into a movie directed by Gus Van Sant in 1993.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Venturing Out A Bit

Life has gotten very quiet, very small, very contained. One or two trips to the market each week. Walks around the neighborhood everyday. Every now and then we venture out a little further. We went to the marsh. We wore our masks. We kept our distance.

There was a low fog when we arrived. It looked dreamy against the blue sky.

There was a Green Heron hanging out with a metal friend.

There were colors of blue and green that stretched in all directions.

A few days later we walked the Moo Cow Loop and saw a field of yellow that made us glad all the way to our bones.

This all we have. Roger is still experiencing his dizziness and gait issues. He mostly feels pretty good, and we're really glad about that. He has a phone consult with the doc next week. Life goes on in its utterly altered state these days. We hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Take care, friends, and thank you for stopping by.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday Music: Steve Kimock

Roger and I have been fans of Steve Kimock's music since an old blogging friend sent us a link to his song Cole's Law. He's a fine and talented guitarist. Roger found this, an NPR Tiny Desk Concert (all music performed live at the desk of the host the radio show All Things Considered) performance by Steve Kimock and loved it. So, I sent a link to my brother Michael, which is why he sent us last week's Friday Music song.  This is a 16 minute "concert" with the first song (and the only one with lyrics) sung by Leslie Mendelson (who sang with Jackson Browne last week). So, if you like a mellow guitar, sit back and enjoy.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Two Minutes of Sky

I went out front to stand in the sun while I was talking on the phone. As always, I scanned the sky for any atmospheric optics. That's when I saw a hint of color around the sun. I kept talking with my cousin while I ran in the house, grabbed the camera, ran back outside and started clicking away. Left hand holding the phone to my ear, right hand holding the camera.

From the first photo to the last it was really only two minutes. I hope you'll click on the above pic to watch the corona form and then dissipate.

Here is my favorite photo.
This was the corona on solstice. It made me very happy to be reminded of the beauty of our skies in these otherwise bleak times.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Friday Music: A Human Touch

I had a different post ready for today, a funny story and a song... but then my brother sent me this song. Roger and I fell in love with it. So here it is. It was written for a documentary about the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, but it has a compelling relevance to the times we're living in now.

Next week I'll post a different song and give you the backstory of how Michael found this song. Then in two weeks I'll post the song planned for today. We love music so much. It keeps our hearts happy, and we love sharing!