Sorry, just had to post something else

I realize that I haven't been paying as much attention to my blog as I would like to.  So I'm apologizing to everyone (well, to my one follower, really).  I just figured it was time to bump the old Remembrance Day post off the top, and get something a little less depressing to greet people with.

So this post isn't of any significance, really, just me chiming in and letting everyone (one) know that I'm still here, the beard is still on my face - though I had to give in and trim it a bit - and things are a little more hectic than usual.  Along with raising my kids at home, I'm also training for a new job, taking a very long time to make a Christmas gift for my KK, and the fantasy football season is quickly rapping up.  So you can see where my writing priorities for this blog and my book have fallen to the way side a tad (sadly - I was on such a good role with my book.  Why does Life have to keep interfering?  Oh, wait, I think I already covered that...)

So please don't stop checking my blog.  Soon the football season will have come and gone - with me as champion - and I'll be motivated to get back to my blogging and writing.  But if I lose, and there hasn't been a posting for quite sometime, please notify the proper authorities...



Lest We Forget

Sometimes pictures are better than words...

Remembrance Day Haiku.

To all the soldiers

Who've sacrificed for the world

Let us not forget


Are there Pulitzers for song writing?

As promised at the end of my last blog, I'm going to leave you with 5 of my favorite lyrics from within my music library.  Read them this weekend, mull them over, even turn them on, or down load them to your mp3 player and give them a listen this weekend.  

You would assume that writing a great song should, in theory, be easier than writing a really great book.  I mean, what, are they, like, 1/1000 of the size of a book.  Not many words, yet to make a song really ring true to a listener and establish itself as truly great, it takes a lot more skill and talent than one might think.  Go ahead and try to write a song - a really sweet sounding, flowing song - and see how you do.  Pretty tough.

So enjoy these 5 snippets, in no particular order!    :D

"Money" - Pink Floyd

Money, it's a crime.
Share it fairly, but don't take a slice of my pie.
Money, so they say,
Is the root of all evil today.
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I'll buy me a football team.

"Sympathy for the Devil" - Rolling Stones

I stuck around St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change.
Killed the Czar and his ministers;
Anastasia screamed in vain.
I rode a tank,
Held a general's rank,
When the blitzkrieg raged
And the bodies stank.

"Democracy" - Leonard Cohen

It's coming to America first,
the cradle of the best and of the worst.
It's here they've got the range
and the machinery for change
and it's here they got the spiritual thirst.
It's here the family's broken
and it's here the lonely say
that the heart has got to open
in a fundamental way.
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

"Wish You Wer Here" - Pink Floyd

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl
year after year.
Running over the same old ground,
what have we found?  
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.

"Blowin' in the Wind" - Bob Dylan

How many times must a man look up
before he can see the sky?
How many ears must one man have
before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'till he knows
that too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
the answer is blowin in the wind...




A great writer doesn't have to be an author.

After cleaning the whole house today, I lounged back on my couch, put my feet up, and threw on the old IPod.  It didn't take very long for me to be reminded that although I was never a really avid reader before, I sure was - and still am - a very avid music lover.  And not following too far behind one of my favorite tunes will most assuredly be an inspirational message, or just some down right great writing.

What is the difference between an author and a lyricist?  I can't really think of one, unless you hit the obvious.  But don't they both try to basically do the same thing?  Yes, perhaps books may entertain you more, but often we can also get swept off our feet by a beautiful song.  And themes and messages can run rampant throughout songs as well.  

I've been blessed in having absolutely exceptional taste in music.  Today's "music" - to me - is a mockery of the truly great artist that have paved the way for today's wannabes.  But I guess that today's generation is easily pleased.  Okay, there may be a few exceptions to the rule, but it's really hard to compare anything to the classics.  That's why they're called the classics.

So I'd like to leave you with a great line from one of the most influential bands to ever grace the airwaves - Pink Floyd:

No more turning away, from the weak and the weary.
No more turning away from the coldness inside.
Just a world that we all must share,
It's not enough just to stand and stare.
Is it only a dream that there'll be no more turning away?

- No More Turning Away

Next blog, I'll outline 5 of my top lyrics that just make me shiver every time I hear them.  Some truly inspired, and great writing!