Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Face That Shone

I don't know about how much you know about the Bible, but when Moses was leading the Israelites through the desert, God came down to the top of a mountain.  No one could even go near the base of the mountain except Moses.  He went up onto the mountain and God told him to hide in a crack in the rocks while God walked by.  Once God had passed God called out to Moses to look.  Moses turned and saw a glimpse of the back of God as God walked away.  When Moses came down from the mountain his face was glowing.  It scared the people and they told him to put on a veil.

Jesus took three of His diciples with him to the top of a mountain and was transfigured before their eyes into the Divine Son of God.  They saw two other men with Him in the radiance.  The prophet Elijah and Moses.

Have a nice Sunday.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Bruce Cockburn

Silver Wheels

High speed drift on a prairie road
Hot tires sing like a string being bowed
Sudden town rears up then explodes
Fragments resolve into white line code
Whirl on silver wheels

Black earth energy receptor fields
Undulate under a grey cloud shield
We outrun a river colour brick red mud
That cleaves apart hills soil rich as blood
Whirl on silver wheels

Highway squeeze in construction steam
Stop caution hard hat yellow insect machines
Silver steel towers stalk rolling land
Toward distant stacks that shout "Feed on demand"
Whirl on silver wheels
Whirl on silver wheels

100 miles later the sky has changed
Urban anticipation -- we get 4 lanes
Red orange furnace sphere notches down
Throws up silhouette skyline in brown
Whirl on silver wheels

Sundogs flare on windshield glass
Sudden swoop skyward iron horse overpass
Pass a man walking like the man in the moon
Walking like his head's full of irish fiddle tunes
Whirl on silver wheels

The skin around every city looks the same
Miles of flat neon spelling well-known names
Fat wheeled cars squeal into the sun Whirl on silver wheels

Radio speakers gargle top 40 trash
Muzak soundtrack to slow collapse
Planet engines pulsate in sidereal time
If you listen close you can hear the whine Whirl on silver wheels
Whirl on silver wheels

If I Had A Rocket Launcher

Here come the helicopter -- second time today
Everybody scatters and hopes it goes away
How many kids they've murdered only God can say
If I had a rocket launcher...I'd make somebody pay.

I don't believe in guarded borders and I don't believe in hate
I don't believe in generals or their stinking torture states
And when I talk with the survivors of things too sickening to relate
If I had a rocket launcher...I would retaliate

On the Rio Lacantun one hundred thousand wait
To fall down from starvation -- or some less humane fate.
Cry for Guatemala, with a corpse in every gate
If I had a rocket launcher...I would not hesitate

I want to raise every voice -- at least I've got to try.
Every time I think about it water rises to my eyes.
Situation desperate echoes of the victims cry
If I had a rocket launcher...some sonofabitch would die

Call it Democracy

Padded with power here they come
International loan sharks backed by the guns
Of market hungry military profiteers
Whose word is a swamp and whose brow is smeared
With the blood of the poor

Who rob life of its quality
Who render rage a necessity
By turning countries into labour camps
Modern slavers in drag as champions of freedom

Sinister cynical instrument
Who makes the gun into a sacrament --
The only response to the deification
Of tyranny by so-called "developed" nations'
Idolatry of ideology

North South East West
Kill the best and buy the rest
It's just spend a buck to make a buck
You don't really give a flying fuck
About the people in misery

IMF dirty MF
Takes away everything it can get
Always making certain that there's one thing left
Keep them on the hook with insupportable debt

See the paid-off local bottom feeders
Passing themselves off as leaders
Kiss the ladies shake hands with the fellows
Open for business like a cheap bordello

And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy

See the loaded eyes of the children too
Trying to make the best of it the way kids do
One day you're going to rise from your habitual feast
To find yourself staring down the throat of the beast
They call the revolution

IMF dirty MF
Takes away everything it can get
Always making certain that there's one thing left
Keep them on the hook with insupportable debt

And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy
And they call it democracy

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Trevor Rabin

I Can't Look Away

Something to Hold On To

Sorrow (Your Heart)

Cover Up


Etoile Noir

Eyes Of Love

I Didn't Think It Would Last

Hold On To Me


I Miss You Now

The Cape

Big Generator

Sunday, September 2, 2012

It never goes away

When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder - Twila Paris

Lamb of God - Twila Paris

Shine, Jesus, Shine - Graham Kendrick

Amazing Love - Hosanna! Music HM030 (Graham Kendrick)

Give Thanks HM007 - Hosanna! Music (Don Moen)

Like A Shepherd

Saturday, July 21, 2012



Three Songs

I don't know which of these I heard first, but between the three of them I fell in love with African music.

Most likely it was Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes that I heard first. It is a hauntingly beautiful song that appeals to my innate mystic sense, but when I first heard Youssou N'Dour's ethereal vocal crescendo at around 4:30 I was transported to a place I did not know.

I've been following that sound since.

I first heard Johnny Clegg in the early 80s. It was this particular lyric...

Ancient bones from Olduvai
Echoes of the very first cry
"Who made me, here and why? --
Beneath this copper sun."

My very first beginnings
Beneath the copper sky
Lie deeply buried
In the dust of Olduvai

And we are scatterlings of Africa
Both you and I...
in this particular song...

...that touched something deep and organic in me.

Paul Simon's Graceland had one song in particular that dropped the veil for me. The guitar and vocal accompaniment on this song is pure life, devoid of all artifice and pretence.

These songs have done more to transform my taste than any others.

This is certainly mangificent


Guitar Neck

    6 5 4 3 2 1

 0  E A D G B E
 1  F | | | C F
 2  | B E A | |
 3  G C F | D G
 4  | | | B | |
 5  A D G C E A
 6  | | | | F |
 7  B E A D | B
 8  C F | | G C
 9  | | B E | | 
10  D G C F A D
11  | | | | | |
12  E A D G B E

Seems like a nice introduction... the Medieval and Renaissance period.



I made this video

Based on one of my favorite songs. I sometimes feel it is the song of my life.

Friday, July 20, 2012


One of My Favorite Albums of All Time

Blows Against the Empire is a concept album by Paul Kantner and Grace Slick, released under the name Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship, the first album to use the "Starship" name, although the personnel line-up was not the same as would appear on the first actual Jefferson Starship album.

Blows by Puck Smith on Grooveshark

  • Paul Kantner – vocals, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, banjo, bass machine
  • Grace Slick – piano, vocals
  • Jerry Garcia – banjo on "Let's Go Together", pedal steel guitar on "Have You Seen the Stars Tonite", sound effects and vocals on "XM", lead guitar on "Starship"
  • Bill Kreutzmann – drums on "Let's Go Together"
  • Mickey Hart – percussion on "Have You Seen the Stars Tonite", sound effects and vocals on "XM"
  • Joey Covington – drums and vocals on "Mau Mau", congas on "Hijack"
  • Jack Casady – bass on "A Child Is Coming" and "Sunrise"
  • David Crosby – vocals and guitar on "A Child Is Coming" and "Have You Seen the Stars Tonite", background vocals on "Starship"
  • Graham Nash – congas on "Hijack", sound effects on "Home", background vocals on "Starship"
  • David Freiberg – background vocals on "Starship"
  • Harvey Brooks – bass on "Starship"
  • Peter Kaukonen – lead guitar on "Mau Mau"
  • Phill Sawyer[9] – sound effects on "Home" and "XM"

Side one
1."Mau Mau (Amerikon)"  Paul KantnerGrace SlickJoey Covington6:33
2."The Baby Tree"  Rosalie Sorrels1:42
3."Let's Go TogetherA"  Kantner4:11
4."A Child Is Coming"  Kantner, Slick, David Crosby6:15
Side two: Blows Against the Empire
1."Sunrise"  Slick1:54
2."Hijack"  Kantner, Slick, Marty Balin, Gary Blackman8:18
3."Home"  Kantner, Phill Sawyer, Graham Nash0:37
4."Have You Seen the Stars Tonite?"  Kantner, Crosby3:42
5."XM"  Kantner, Sawyer, Jerry GarciaMickey Hart1:22
6."Starship"  Kantner, Slick, Balin, Blackman7:07

The nicest man to ever live.

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Full Course

Stay the course

I am of course

sharing the illusion that someone is seeing any of this

Of Course

Of course

Boléro Dumbek



Crossing lines

Dapple Dan, he's just the man...

Just so I'll understand

Lookin' at the back side of me...

Friday, May 18, 2012

Covering Obscurity

It's a little weird to hear a song in a language one does not understand, and think, "I know that... that's <insert original artist here>" and it turns out one is right.
Hey, that's Pap Wemba...
And this is just random...