Thursday, March 30, 2006

total solar eclipse

People gathered in the River Ganges in allabad, India to read Hindu tesxt to ward off evil spirits during the total solar eclipse.

These Lebanese students enjoyed the solar eclipse in Beruit!!

The solar eclipse that happened yesterday March 29th will be the last total eclipse until 2008.

These are just a few pictures I thought were cool from the eclipse that happened yesterday. Unfortunately, we couldn't see it on this side of the world.......what would we do without the internet?????

Graphic showing the path of a total eclipse of the sun which crossed four continents on March 29. The faithful said prayers, astronomers and thrill-seekers gazed skyward and watchers clapped in wonder as the moon turned day into night.

My dad was always intereseted in this type of thing, and I wish I would have taken the time to learn more myself.......I guess it's never too late to learn.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay............

On this day in 1968 Otis Redding's "(Sittin'on) The Dock of the Bay" was number one on the billboard charts.

What a great song....Really....I don't know anyone who doesn't love that song. It's one of those that takes you away with it....helping you "watch the clouds roll away."

Otis had sadly passed away in a plane crash nearly three months before his song hit No. 1.

What I found interesting about this song as I researched it, was the fact that Otis' inspiration for the song was none other than The Beatles. He spent a week on a houseboat back in 1967 listening to "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" over and over as he looked out across the water watching the clouds and mist and all the beauty rolling around him. With that, this world was given a beautiful gift of song.

Otis was involved in music all his life. He sang with the choir for his church in Geogria as a child. He was involved in his high school band, but dropped out to work for Little Richard in order to help his family financially.

Unfortunately, we lost this legend when his plane crashed into a lake near Madison , Wisconsin on December 10th, 1967.

It wasn't until 1989 that Otis was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It seems so sad that so many people have to leave this earth before they are really given credit for their accoplishments.

What a great artist and inspiration we lost on that sad day.........

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Need a good laugh???

Just some random stuff that made me laugh....

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Good Night......

When it's almost four in the morning and I get called in to work.....this is where my head is.................................................

Good Night

Now it's time to say good night
Good night
Sleep tight

Now the sun
turns out his light
Good night
Sleep tight

Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you.

Close your eyes and I'll close mine
Good night
Sleep tight

Now the moon begins to shine
Good night
Sleep tight

Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you.

Close your eyes and I'll close mine
Good night Sleep tight

Now the sun turns out his light
Good night
Sleep tight

Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you.

Good night
Good night Everybody
Everybody everywhereGood night.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Violent Femmes

It's been a few days since I've had time to sit down on the computer........For those of you who didn't know, I got the chance to see the Violent Femmes at the Vogue last weekend.

What a great show!!! Needless to say, there were lots of thirty-somethings running around reliving their high school and college years...and yes, I was one of them!!!!

For a three piece band, they sure can put out a huge sound!! Their percussionist was very annimated, and a lot of fun to watch. They also had a horn section join them for a few songs. They were called "The Horns of Dilemma." The sax player was great, and they had a guy with a slide whistle which gave everything a very unique sound.

They've only got a couple more shows before the end of this tour, but if anyone has a chance to catch them....I highly recommend it!!!

The only bad thing about the show was that my friend left a little early. It's kind of ironic actually, kind of sad from her perspective, but I couldn't help but laugh when it was all said and done.....anyway, quick story....My friend Jill and her boyfriend just broke up. The tickets for the show were a Valentine's gift from Jill to Russ. He was nice enough to let her keep them when they broke up (which I'm really sad about) but she left right after they played "Breaking Up is Easy to do." How ironic........she was outta there!!!!!

Friday, March 17, 2006

concert for Bangla Desh


"Bangla Desh"

My friend came to me, with sadness in his eyes
He told me that he wanted help
Before his country dies

Although I couldn't feel the pain,
I knew I had to try
Now I'm asking all of you to help us save some lives

Bangla Desh, Bangla Desh
Where so many people are dying fast
And it sure looks like a mess
I've never seen such distress
Now won't you lend your hand and understand
Relieve the people of Bangla Desh

Bangla Desh, Bangla Desh
Such a great disaster - I don't understand
But it sure looks like a mess I've never known such distress
Now please don't turn away, I want to hear you say
Relieve the people of Bangla Desh
Relieve Bangla Desh

Bangla Desh, Bangla Desh
Now it may seem so far from where we all are
It's something we can't neglect
It's something I can't neglect
Now won't you give some bread to get the starving fed
We've got to relieve Bangla Desh
Relieve the people of Bangla Desh
We've got to relieve Bangla Desh
Relieve the people of Bangla Desh

Thursday, March 09, 2006

RIP "Pigpen" day late......



33 years ago yesterday, the rock and roll world lost a huge part of its history.

Ron "Pigpen" Mckernan was one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead. Known to many as "The Bluesman," Pigpen was the life of the show for years. Besides his skills behind the drums, his vocals and lyrics were cherished by fans everywhere.

Pigpen toured with the Dead from 1965 until August on 1971 when he took a four month break due to health problems. He returned to the tour in December 1971, but performed his last song only a few months later. He officially left the band in June 1972.

After struggling with his drinking and the evils it brought his body, Pigpen lost his battle at the age of 27 due to a stomach hemorrage.

Appropriately, his tombstone was inscribed with the phrase "Pigpen Was And Is Now Forever One Of The Grateful Dead." His legacy lives on in the hearts and souls of deadheads everywhere.

"The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion)"Words and music by Ron McKernan

Copyright Ice Nine Publishing

What are they seeing, when they look in each other's eyes?

What are they feeling, when they see each other smile?

Is it love, I don't know - or an emotion that I've outgrown?

Did I take a wrong turn on life's winding road?

Won't somebody help me find the right way to go?

My life need some correction, alteration in direction.

Won't somebody comfort me - yes, I'm lost, yes, I'm lost,Yes, I'm lost.

What is the secret of this tie that binds?

Two souls in communion, both body and mind.

Is it special magic, or just the nature of things?

Conceived of great spirit, not for beggars but for kings.

You who have found it please help me along.

I'm a man, I'm a man, - I'm not made out of stone.

My needs they are simple, I don't want anything,

but I surely want to fly on those wings, on the run, one more time.

All I wanna do, fly up, fly home.

Fly on those wings of love, fly up, fly home,

I'm a stranger staying in your town, fly up, fly home.

Help me somebody please! Fly up, fly home.

I wake up early in the morning, fly up, fly home,

you know I never saw you babe, fly up, fly home.

I just can't seem to understand,

can't seem to understand what's wrong, fly up, fly home.

What I wanna do is take a little ride with you,

on the wings of love,woh-oh one more time, one more time.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

New Links

I finally figured out how to add links to my blog site. I've added some links to a couple blogs that I enjoy such as Pete Townshend's blog, and a wine blog, a daily photography page that has cool photos posted every day, and of course, some links to my favorite musicians' websites.

There is also a link to the art gallery (La Luz De Jesus) that I visited when I was in Hollywood. On that webpage, you will find all sorts of links to artists....some pretty cool stuff. Also, Mark Ryden's website is here to view. He is an artist that caught my eye a few years ago in "Bizarre" magazine. I'll warn you, his art is a little morbid, but still beautiful to me. (If you look closely, you'll find Abraham Lincoln hiding out somewhere in most of his paintings) I love the eyes he paints....sounds kind of weird, I know, but you'll either love it like I do, or you'll hate it and think I'm totally crazy. I guess we'll see!!!

Check 'em all out, you might find something you like!!!

Watch out for the blue hairs

So, I'm on my way to work on Sunday, just sitting in my car at a stop light, minding my own business.....and.......BOOM....I get rear-ended.

I'm already running late for work, so I really don't have time to deal with this crap. I get out of my car, saying a few choice words to myself as I approach the car behind me. Then what do I see, but a sweet little blue haired lady that looks as if she's about to cry. Suddenly, my fury was gone and my sweet speaking self came back saying "Oh, honey, are you OK? You didn't hit your head or anything did you?" After a couple deep breaths, she finally looks up with a pitiful look on her face. "Honey, I'm so sorry," she says. "I was already stopped behind you and I was looking through my purse and my foot slipped off the brake and hit the gas. I'm SO, SO sorry!"

After seeing how much more upset about the situation she was than I was, and knowing I was already late for work, I said "Let's just forget this happened. No one is hurt, and the cars are fine." I thought she was going to cry right then and there.

So , anyway, even though no one was hurt, it still made me mad. But what can you do?!?

Thursday, March 02, 2006

a time of celebration

After nearly five years, I have finally come to a time of comfort knowing that my paranoid schizophrenic mother married a paranoid schizophrenic man. (It was real hard to accept at first)

Mom and Will have been together for about five years, and will be celebrating their 2nd wedding anniversary this Sunday, March 5th. I am very happy that they have one another.

It has been a struggle (like my Mom hasn't endured enough struggle in her life) but they have come a long way in the last few years.

I'll never forget the day Mom called me and said "guess what I did today...I got married!!" I had to sit down before I fell down. Not only did this mean that they wouldn't get as much from social security to support themselves and I would be more accountable for helping them financially, but it also meant that I now had a schizophrenic step-dad who I wasn't sure could take care of himself let alone my mother. I thought for sure this would be the beginning of me having another child...for years, the roles have been reversed with Mom and me.

What a great surprise it has been to see the two of them grow in their relationship. After all the trips and long term stays in the hospital for both of them, after all the fights and changes in meds (which makes them harder to deal with than normal), they are still holding strong.

It's amazing to see someone like my mom functioning fairly normally in society. Who would've ever thought a woman who spent over 17 consecutive years in a mental institution could lead a normal life now. Of course, it's not exactly normal by most people's standards, but for two mental patients, it's beyond normal.

I thought when Dad died seven years ago that it would be the beginning of the end for my mom. I am so proud to say that she proved me wrong!! I love my mother with all my heart, and I feel so fortunate to have been able to rekindle a somewhat normal relationship with her. We have had a lot of oppourtunity to catch up on times that were lost while she was in the hospital during my childhood. I am so thankful for that.

So, this Sunday brings a day of celebration. A day for Mom and Will to be thankful for one another. And a day that I can also be thankful for the remarkable steps my mom has taken to better her life....


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

strange news

OK, How weird is this? This is an article from the "Daily Record UK."
I know people have some strange beliefs, but I think this poor little girl may have some issues after this incident.......

23 February 2006

A girl was forced to marry a dog because her superstitious family thought her teeth had brought them bad luck.

Seven-year-old Shivam Munda was told to wed the stray after her upper teeth arrived before her lower teeth.

Her father Kundan, a coal miner, said it was a bad omen and had brought an "evil eye" on her and her family.

He added that by marrying the dog, she would remove the eye's spell and be free to marry a man later.

The Santhal tribal marriage ceremony was part of three days of traditional festivities in Dhanbad, a town in Bihar, eastern India.

David Gilmour

If anyone is looking for some new music, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd has a new CD which will be released on March 6th, and available in stores on March 7th. It has been played on radio stations nation wide for a couple days now. From what I have heard, it's a great compliment to any music collection. I have only caught a couple tracks at this point, but I like what I've heard so far. Both songs had that eery/trippy Pink Floyd sound to them.

It's great to hear new material from artists that have already contributed so much. This is David Gilmour's first release since Pink Floyd's "The Division Bell" which I think was released in the mid 90's.

David Crosby and Graham Nash collaborated with Gilmour on the title track "On an Island," which I haven't heard yet, but who can go wrong with Gilmour, Crosy, and Nash together?

Looking forward to adding this little gem to my collection........