It sometimes doesn't matter if we're completely proficient in one thing or if we spent years training for something else, the fact o' the matter is God might direct us in a totally different direction in order to use us to help further His kingdom!
"But, God," you might think, "this isn't what I'm good at. This isn't what I studied for. Why? I'm not sure I wanna do this."
Ummm, is that for you to decide? No. What someone's always gotta do is keep an open mind and -- be available. be adaptable. be acceptable.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
It sometimes doesn't matter if we're completely proficient in one thing or if we spent years training for something else, the fact o' the matter is God might direct us in a totally different direction in order to use us to help further His kingdom!
i don't like these days.
shin still hurts.
this poison-ivy-ish dealie on my left hand is waning but still uncomfortable...
can barely tie my shoes. have stopped cooking dinner for a few days so i don't get any dried pink calamine flaking off into what i'm preparing. not that it would kill me, maybe give me cancer, who knows, but i'm just resting.
so i think today qualifies as an Zero Day Due to Injury(s.)
Carefully crafted, I'm sure, by Zoooma at approximately 6:34 PM
Garage Days (2002)
Kick Gurry is the Lead Singer, Brent Stiller the Lead Guitar, Pia Miranda the Bass Player, and Chris Sadrinna is on Drums and together they're practicing their music, waiting and hoping for their first gig. One of these days they just know they're going to have a recording contract and will be playing in front of throngs of fans.
Along for the ride is their seemingly good-for-nothing manager (played by Russell Dykstra) and (Maya Stange as) the band's unofficial videographer and girlfriend to one (and then another) of the band members.
Aside from the music there are lives to be led at the very same time. Trials and tribulations all around that are both funny as well as tragic. Proyas' direction is quirky and definitely not sleepy or boring. His use of very non-traditional editing techniques as well as the addition of on-screen graphics and text help to make this an interesting time. Standing out in particular amongst all of that is two drug related sequences and the depression-related hallucinations of Joe the Lead Guitar Player. The primary story here is really that of the relationships between these people and the big time producer they seek help from. Music is just what everything revolves around. The plots are not new or fresh and the lives of these characters are not examined on any deep or very meaningful level... but the writing and directing is fun.
I liked this movie. For one, I'm infatuated with Australian cinema. And for two, not every film has to be intellectually stimulating to be a decent time spent in front of the screen. What's here is completely coherent and decently acted plus it's got a terrific soundtrack. Seriously, what more do you need?
(This should, however, receive perhaps just 2 stars, getting knocked down for the sexual situations, some nudity and the drug use.)
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
I'm thinking maybe I should keep track of Zilch Days and Zilch Days Due To Injury.
It might encourage me to get out more.
I don't really need the encouragement, though.
I don't think Zilch Days will eclipse Running Days but at the rate I'm going currently, seeing more Zilch Days than Hiking Days would be in effect and that would definitely make me wanna get out hiking more.
Of course there are times when Injury Rest is a must... which is sort of today.
Shin still has minor pain. Rest more and more? Or keep running to allow the leg muscles/tissues to get used to 19-20 minutes?
Also, and this is neat, I picked up some poisonous oils from something on the trail and its affecting the whole back of my left hand. Right now in one area I'm picking up a lot of branches and moving them and in another area I'm pulling a few thin, growing-very-tall weeds where they're just plain annoying. So in my contact with all that, one of them, which was not poison oak or poison ivy, is poisonous enough to affect me. Now, I cannot make a fist without tremendous effort and the fingers feel tight when doing so and almost painful. From my wrist down to most of each finger is covered with a layer of pink calamine lotion. I pretty much can't use the hand. Luckily the best position for my fingers is bent like they're around a tennis ball so the tips can hit the keys of the keyboard okay. Trying to tie my shoes -- not easy.
I've had this problem once before. Like two years ago and down here in South Carolina is exactly where it happened when visiting my dad. Same trail.
I'm not surprised. Not angry. Just an inconvenience. An itchy inconvenience.
So, yay, another Zilch Day Due To Injury. Joy.
Carefully crafted, I'm sure, by Zoooma at approximately 5:34 PM
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Back out for another run tonight. Evening is night, right? It's almost night. If the sun's still above the horizon, that's not night. As I'm out there it dips below the horizon, stars become visible, but the sky doesn't get completely black before I walk back in the door. Still there's a tint of blue and it's not fully dark yet. I suppose I'm out there from the latest part of the afternoon right through most of the evening, just about to night.
ANYWAY... my two minor problems felt better, good enough to feel safe from further injury. I probably woulda been safe yesterday but twas good to have the rest. Even with the rest I wanted to get back out there. Now that I'm back from this evening's run I feel GREAT... except the shin problem persists. Not happy about that.
19 minutes & 20 seconds (+8)
from Ruminations in New York (2005)
When We First Met
Time For a Friend
-benefit for Kevin Dunn-
Wolfgang's, San Francisco
Bob Weir acoustic w/David Nelson & Tom Stern: The Race Is On°
Bobby with the Whitey Melvin Quartet:
Fever°, Misty°, Twilight Time°
Kingfish with Bob Weir:
City Girls, The Winners, Festival
Bobby solo acoustic:
Heaven Help The Fool
This Time Forever
Monday, May 28, 2007
Riviera Theatre, Chicago
Walkin' Blues -» Saint of Circumstance,
Queen Jane Approximately, West L.A. Fadeaway,
K.C. Moan (Bob, Rob, Matt),
Heaven Help The Fool (Bob & Rob),
Juke (without Bobby?), Little Red Rooster,
The Winners -» Easy To Slip -» Supplication Jam -»
Bass (w/St. Stephen & Satisfaction), Drums,
Corinna -» Jam -» Sugar Magnolia
Encore: Johnny B. Goode
From the opening notes of Walkin' Blues it was clear the Chicago crowd wanted some Dead that night! Of course this wasn't the Grateful Dead anymore and everyone knew that. This was Ratdog. The music they were giving the fans a little more than two years after Jerry's passing isn't the same anymore... but still to so many in attendance, these songs represent the Dead and all that was great about them. Even in their presentation here, because they came from one Mr. Bob Weir, well, this was some of the freakin' sweetest live music on Earth.
With Saint of Circumstance kickin' in as Walkin' Blues wound down, it was clear this was gonna be a fun night! Cruisin' through Dylan's Queen Jane and Jerry's West L.A., it came time for half the band to take a little break while Bobby, Rob, & Matt did a nice acoustic K.C. Moan followed by Bobby's Heaven Help The Fool. A raucus Juke warmed the crowd up again for a howlin' good time on Rooster, a tune which always seemed to be a 1st Set crowd pleaser at Dead shows. Winners-> Easy To Slip-> Supplication Jam made a smooth slide right to Wasserman's bass solo. Since it never made a GD comeback and to this point in time Ratdog wasn't playing it and no other Dead member-related bands existed to play it, this one-man instrumental rendition was music to the ears! Following that Rob went into his standard playing of The Stones' Satisfaction which meant crowd sing-along time. The two, Wasserman & the crowd, worked nearly perfectly in time together. What a fun night and there's still some more to go!
After a brief Jay Lane drum solo, the band came back out and cranked into one of the Dead's most-hated new tunes in '94 and '95 -- Corinna. Ya know what, this is a song that needed the Dead to die so that the tune could live. Bobby really makes it his own with Ratdog the way it just couldn't be done with Jerry & Phil and a legion of Grateful Dead fans, some of whom go all the way back to the early 70's and late 60's. Half the Dead crowd couldn't embrace Corinna. I think since Jerry's death, the song is better appreciated done by Ratdog.
As Corinna slid into a sort of holding pattern Jam, the crowd got antsy knowing something special was coming. Talk about appreciating a great song from Ratdog, out of the Jam came those oh so familiar first notes of Sugar Mags! The crowd danced, the crowd sighed for Jerry, the crowd loved every note of the end of this show! After a standard Johnny B. Goode encore, the folks who filled the hall this evening dispersed into the Chicago night, pleased, blissed, filled with a great couple hours of music from the new Leader of the Band and his new gang of players.
With Jerry gone over two years at this point, it's just not the same anymore... but it is, but it's not. It's changed. Many Heads simply could not get into this music. Many did. And few knew at the time how important this tour was as part of the post-GD years. The crowds came out over the summer for the wang dang doodle that was the 1997 Furthur Festival. The bands playing that tour did their best to fill the gap that was left with no Dead for a second summer in a row. Phil made an appearance at Shoreline; he knew that there was more music to be played. But it was this Fall Tour that really proved the fans were still hungry for Dead tunes and not just from some ordinary cover band and not just during the summer season. Soon enough Phil & Bobby got together for the very first Phil & Friends show followed shortly thereafter by another Ratdog tour. The bus surely was rollin' again and it was only pickin' up steam. Fans were hungrier and hungrier and this night in Chicago was a beautiful appetizer of what was to come.
Day o' Rest.
I've got two very minor strains, one on each leg. Wanna make sure I don't make the situation worse by damaging what's already ailing causing me to be off the trail for days and days. Would be bad.
So today's a welcome Zero Day, sort of welcome, I mean I'm not exactly happy I'm hurt but it's not bad. At least my desire to be out there getting exercise isn't ailing. That's going strong. I know I'll be back out there as soon as possible.
Carefully crafted, I'm sure, by Zoooma at approximately 4:07 PM
Bizarre might be a good word to describe this erotic thriller. Independent Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto takes the viewer on an intense and surreal ride that will not soon be forgotten. The story centers around a woman (Asuka Kurosawa) who's longing to connect sexually with her husband. Their marriage has become lifeless leading Rinko into a compromising situation involving a patient of hers. What follows is nothing less than completely strange. The black and white cinematography with a blue tint added in post-production definitely adds to the dreary half reality, half insanity that seemingly revolves around and around each other through every minute of this film. At times Tsukamoto takes us to a place that'll either blow the viewer away or leave one feeling as lost as John Edwards in a middle class neighborhood.
While many laud this film as some sort of cinematic work of art, I will agree it's interesting but the subject matter, as it was presented, is purely objectionable. Because of that this is really a horrible movie hardly worth watching.
From the very first note that entered my ears,
How long's it been since I heard this?
At least a few years.
transported back in time,
to another place,
when life was so simple,
It's pretty messed up...
that 1989-1990 seems like not so long ago.
to and from Long Beach Island,
Maybe just a rumor?
(There's no way it coulda been true,
So, a little further east we had to go,
Uniondale, Long Island...
Ohhhh, mannnn, it was thought,
Twas all General Admission
just like we did three years before at the Meadowlands.
when I first drove over the Brooklyn Bridge.
is about all I remember...
the World Trade Center
(But then again,
Not sure why but that's what happened.
and home maybe 30 minutes later.
but we can't?
What's up with that?
exactly as it happened.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Why? Why is the New Testament (King James Version, of course) kicked off with Matthew giving us more begatting? There was so much of that stuff (that (nearly) everyone snoozes) through in the Old Testament. Matthew, what's the purpose?
Carefully crafted, I'm sure, by Zoooma at approximately 11:49 PM
....(up 12 from yesterday)
Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)
Sweethearts On Parade
Four Walled World
Times Of Trouble
Say Hello 2 Heaven
Call Me A Dog
Pushin' Forward Back
All Night Thing
Quite simply one of the best albums ever! I said the following after listening to Carlos Santana not too long ago -- this album really puts into perspective the contrast between mediocre music that I listen to and the really good stuff. Right now my desire to try other music is so strong that it could be awhile before I narrow my list down to selections that I know I'm gonna dig. When that happens, this'll make the cut, it should go without saying... and then like the NCAA basketball playoffs going from 65 teams to 32 then to the Sweet 16 to the Elite and then the Final Four, Temple of the Dog's gonna keep making that cut down to what could theoretically be a list of Top 100 Albums... but there's a long way to go before that happens. In the meantime it'll be more sampling and more listening to stuff I know I like, like this one. Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder shine on these songs. Mike McCready's guitar work is often sounding very much like that heard on Pearl Jam's Ten which was released less than a year after Temple of the Dog. One of my favorite aspects of the music here is it doesn't have very much of a metal sound. This is pure grunge, maybe to my ears, about halfway between loud and fast Soundgarden and mellow Pearl Jam. Just darn good music!
The Desert Trail (1935)
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Leave The Light On
|He Talks To Me|
It's Too Late (To Love Me Now)
If I Didn't Love You
Out Of Your Shoes
Train Wreck of Emotion
Gonna Leave The Light On
Eight Days a Week -
Far Side of the Road
I'll Take The Memories
|dload @ 256 kbps|
|Lorrie Morgan - Leave The Light On (1989)|
Antwerp's Placebo (The Plumber)
Alright, I'm having a sort of unpleasant time with trying to run to country music. The problem is with so many friggin' mellow ballads. I've come to the conclusion that a medium to faster paced song is easier to pay more attention to in order to pay less attention to how much I'd rather not be running and also how much I just want the run to be over already. I don't like to be thinking, "Alright 1/6 of the way done... 1/3 there... halfway there... 2/3 done, getting closer, one more song after this one..."
It might be helping with discipline, though. It takes me extra work to not just pull up and call the run a Failure. It also takes extra work to keep a good pace when a song is so slow I think snails prefer a more upbeat tempo.
On the bright side, the cover of the Beatles' tune Eight Days a Week is pretty darn barnstompin', hillybilly yokel, kinda bluegrassy country good and made for a great last running song 'cause it made me wanna speed up and finish on a great note, no pun intended. I didn't speed up during the last minute this time but ending my run with something I know that's fast-paced is always a good thing. Five Minutes is pretty good, too, which apparently, and I didn't know this until a moment ago, was her first Number 1 song on the Country charts.
Maybe for running a different order of songs would be preferred. But basically it's a really strong album and she's got a great voice!
Friday, May 25, 2007
My dog's doing better. I don't know what the heck was up. On some sound advice I got him some heavy duty worm medicine and that has alleviated his whining crying sound when on his side. He's been sleeping soundly on his side without having to constantly get up and move around looking for some painless comfort. He drinks his water, and is happy to eat biscuits but hasn't touched his food since Monday... but I do believe he is on the mend. I've still gotta monitor him constantly, well, mostly constantly except for the little bit o' time I took to get outside while he's sound asleep.
Got out for another mid-day short run, my second this week. Not as hot as I would have liked for a run of this nature (I'd really dig 90+ degrees!) but it was certainly better to be on the trail than sitting in a chair!!
Saw a couple of turkeys on my way down the trail and the same two on the way back. One had a huge plume (is that what it's called?) of feathers, a classic Thanksgiving decorations looking turkey. Damn me for leaving my rifle in Alaska or else this sucker woulda been mine on the dinner table tonight! Actually, no, I wouldn't blow away a turkey. Reindeer, sure, but I think I'd rather just buy a turkey. In any case... compared to deer, these guys let me get so close, maybe 30 feet away at which point they ducked into the woods. And also unlike deer, they weren't in a huge hurry to get away from me, just ambling away taking their time. Seemed like I almost coulda ran and leap at the big bird and grabbed it 'round the neck, not that I would but maybe if I was starving and in need of some food, hey then ya gotta do what ya gotta do... but I was just out for a run, not grocery shopping!
Running Time -- just over 10½ minutes
The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle (released on 9/11... 1973)
She's The One
Wild Billy's Circus Story
The E Street Shuffle
Mary Queen of Arkansas
Meeting Across The River
Different songs but from the same great albums.
10 stars outta 10 stars.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Holy cow, it's been wacked... should that be whacked? Lower Wacker Drive. Whack-a-Mole. Take your pick, I guess.
When your dog is like a child to you and he starts to cry while laying on his side, you might start to worry like crazy and wonder if he needs to go to the vet.
When he's okay while laying on his stomach, legs extended straight forward, or okay while walking around, what is one to think?
And then, when crying from seemingly being in pain, petting seems to make him fine again -- what's up with that?
Oi vey, ay caramba. Should one be having a cow, man, or just allowing this to play out for a little while to see if it subsides?
Last thing in the world that I wanted to do today was bring him to the vet and possibly have to leave him overnight.
Being away from him for a night, or two, or a week, or two, that can be done -- I can take my mind off him and know he's in good hands while enjoying whatever it is the heck I'm doing while not home, while I'm away from my pup.
BUT if he's in the hospital overnight and I ain't there, he's gonna be quite unhappy and that would kill me, figuratively not literally.
So, I had to spend all day and this gonna continue on into the night, monitoring him, just paying close attention to his movements and sounds. If this gets worse then he's gonna have to go to the after-hours animal hospital... or first thing in the morning he's off to the local vet.
We shall see.
Carefully crafted, I'm sure, by Zoooma at approximately 5:33 PM
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Zero Day. No run. No hike.
Exercise Time = Zilch.
Quite tired especially from washing my dog's rear end. That wiped me out because Cassidy is not one who enjoys standing in a bathtub getting hosed down. Just to get him into the bathroom was a chore... like a two year old pushing a donkey. And then what I had to do was so gross but it needed to be done. Diarrhea and a very furry white dog do not go well together... kind of like Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell starring in the same movie. Second time in less than 2½ days that I've had to get him into hosing position and do this most disgusting job. I just might be the dumbass who caused this when I cooked up for him on Sunday night a whole load of chicken scraps that I've been saving from when I trim down chicken breasts. Giving him chicken scraps from time to time is a treat for him with no problems whatsoever, never once, nope, all's been fine & dandy and he's been one happy camper. But this time I've been saving 'em and I think a pound worth all at once, well... not good. I've just gotta hope he's done with it and gets back to regular so I won't have to go puttin' down old sheets and towels all over where he wants to lay down. Boy, I guess life would be easier without Dillweed but that dillweed has truly been Man's Best Friend and I wouldn't trade him for the world!
Carefully crafted, I'm sure, by Zoooma at approximately 7:20 PM
Mainstream movies that've been released in the past dozen years are, for the most part, movies that I have not yet seen. That doesn't necessarily mean I'm not familiar with standout performances from certain actors and actresses as well as directors and highly acclaimed films that some have made. Though I have not seen any of Nicole Kidman's most recent movies, I do know her work. So seeing her star in this movie had me scratching my head.
Kidman plays Isabel Bigalow who is cast as the new Samantha in a new Bewitched TV series revival. Opposite Isabel is Jack Wyatt, a washed up movie star looking to make a name for himself once again (played by Will Ferrell.) The question is -- why were these two paired together in this movie? Imagine Jerry Garcia doing a song together with Michael Jackson. Weird, ain't it? Well, here Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman go together kinda maybe like mustard and watermelon. Like dropping a '62 VW Bug engine into a new Ferrari. Like the Pope at an orgy.
Anyway, as Wyatt is looking to regain his A-list star status, Isabel just wants to be as normal as your ordinary average mortal rather than the witch she is. Her dad (Michael Caine) isn't making that easy for her. While the crew of the TV series is casting the new Samantha, Wyatt spots Isabel in a bookstore one day and casts her in the series and subsequently falls in love with him.
Nicole Kidman, I must say, did a good job with the material she was given. She's truly an A-lister herself, a world class actress which is why it's strange to see her in this role. Even though she did a good job, playing Isabel was not her kind of character. And Will Ferrell was okay, his usual goofy self. Still these two who excel in their craft in their own way just didn't work in this.
Also showing up here is a slew of names including Shirley MacLaine, Jason Schwartzman, Kristin Chenoweth, David Alan Grier, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell. But none of them could save this movie from being just a mediocre forgettable film.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Being in a place that I despise to much can be difficult. There's no doubt that I'd rather be back in my beloved central Alaska working and playing and exploring my 586,000 square mile backyard.
Unfortunately family emergencies happen and I've been down here in South Carolina tending to my ill father's needs. This is the most important thing for me right now. But while I am here, when I can, I'm gonna work on taking advantage of this place the best that I can.
I've decided to end continually striving for a slightly longer run each and every time I head out the door. That is still my main goal but sprinkled in amongst times inching closer to being able to run a marathon, will be some an occasional short run under the direct heat of the midday sun. Oh joy. I hate the heat. So why'm I doin' this? I've gotta strange idea that it'll help me in some way or another. At least I'll be used to running when the Heat Index is between 90° Fahrenheit and, oh, 105 or so. I ain't gonna push myself during these runs, just gonna keep 'em short and sweet -- 10-15 minutes takin' it relatively easy with sufficient ice water to sip on just afterwards.
Today wasn't quite 90, more like 85, but here's #1...
Running Time -- just about 10 minutes
The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle (released on 9/11... 1973)
It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
Does This Bus Stop at 82nd Street?
Tain't almost nuttin' better than a little Springsteen! Perhaps someday I'll expound on these albums but really there's no need. Just some o' my favorite music, hands down, nuff said!
Monday, May 21, 2007
No run. No hike.
What's my excuse? Hmmm... I was going to run but the day got a little crazy. You see, an Air Force cargo plane was transporting an elephant but due to lack of proper funding from Congress to maintain the fleet as well as it should be maintained, the cargo bay door failed mid-flight and out slid the not-so-well-secured elephant. Thankfully the crew had prepared for such an emergency by attaching a pachydernm approved parachute for use by elephants. It deployed okily dokily landing the Asian beast safely in my backyard. But as the package landed, it spooked a Grizzly bear who was wandering past. The elephant broke loose and the two started to fight somethin' fierece. While all this was happening I was resting my hamstring yet again but I got up lickity split, grabbed my camera, and started snapping pics of all this commotion. I really wanted to film it to send it into CNN's I-Report dealie so I could get my name on TV 'cause afterall, that would make life complete. But due to my lack of filming device, I had to take plain ol' boring pictures. After elephant & grizzly settled things with a handshake and decided to go grab a milkshake, I discovered no batteries in the camera.
It should be worth noting that I'm currently still in South Carolina taking care of my dad... so what was a Grizzly doing on the loose here?!?
Carefully crafted, I'm sure, by Zoooma at approximately 6:53 PM
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Trail Time: 72 minutes
19 minutes & a second (up 9)
released just a month before 9/11... ouch.
I Believe In You
Better Than I
Touch Of Faith
It's All Good
Do They See Jesus In Me?
4 songs from: Go To Heaven (1980)
Feel Like a Stranger
Far From Me
Unfortunately this was not the most enjoyable... and that might be being kinda kind. I got the feeling this was music made to grab the Britney Spears kind of audience, sort of? Twas, I do believe, aimed at teen girls. The songs so closely border on that pop sound that, if I was scanning radio stations and I heard something like this, I would pass right on by. It doesn't fully cross over into that full blown sound, though... so, it was tolerable.
There is one thing to especially note about this album -- I would pay a hundred bucks for this CD for the very last song alone. Do They See Jesus In Me? is just Ms. Williams singing while playing the piano. It's a complete departure from the rest of the album, an absolutely beautiful piece of music!! Eventually I'll give her later CDs a listen and I hope this one song here is a precursor to more mature music from her in the future, music that veers away from girlie teeny pop towards some nice singer songwriter sounds for adults.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Jerry Garcia Band ~ 2/29/80
Mission In The Rain,
Knockin' On Heaven's Door -» Deal
It seems that great tunes always makes a run easier. At least so far. Tonight's selection for my listening pleasure again filled my ears with sweet, sweet music while my legs were seemingly carried along as if floating down the trail without any problem whatsoever.
Throughout the History of the Dead and Jerry Garcia's bands, etc, this is the only show to have taken place on February 29th. Jerry was around and playing for some 30 years but this added day to the calendar only happened 7 times in all that time. Somehow inbetween GD and Jerry shows, 2/29 was only played this one time (and then once again in 2000 by Bobby's Ratdog.)
Actually, this date had two JGB shows. Rather than two sets for this night, they, I guess, ushered everyone out of the theater at the end of this 55 minutes of music and then allowed a whole new set of ticketholders in a little while later for another show. Listening to the two shows together makes sense especially since no songs were repeated... but for running purposes, this one show fit perfectly.
The quality is not the greatest. It's an average sounding Audience recording but isn't terrible and is easy enough to enjoy. The show itself is short... too short in my opinion. To sort of borrow from an extremely overused phrase -- it's not always size that matters. Short shows can certainly smoke. This one may not smoke but it's alright. I love these Jerry reggae-ish Knockin's and then the intensity surely picks up at the end with Deal but there's nothing particularly mindblowing. Overall it's a nice almost hour of music from Jerry in early '80. Good stuff.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
1 hour & 37 minutes
A Strange Day
One Hundred Years
Break (Instrumental Demo)
Demise (Instrumental Demo)
Temptation (Instrumental Demo)
Airlock: The Soundtrack
The Hanging Garden
I'm not exactly thrilled with the title of this album... but then again the word Pornography doesn't strictly mean something sexually explicit...
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Another run. Another miniscule improvement.
Time on the Trail -- 71 minutes
Running Time -- 18 minutes & 33 seconds (+10)
the 2001 expanded reissue of their 1991 debut album...
1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours
409 In Your Coffeemaker
Road To Acceptance
At The Library
The One I Want
Why Do You Want Him?
Don't Leave Me
Only Of You
I Want To Be Alone
Going To Pasalacqua
I Was There
The Judge's Daughter
Paper Lanterns (Live at WMMR)
Words I Might Have Ate (Live WMMR)
Studio Banter (Live WMMR)
One For The Razorbacks (Live WMMR)
Hmmm. Trying to be musically open-minded I think is why I chose to listen to some Green Day. They are very far from being on my Top 50 list... very far. I don't love 'em but I guess I don't really hate 'em... I'm just eh. But I decided to give some of their music a chance starting with, as usual, their debut album. My opinion -- this makes some decent house cleaning music, like when you're busy movin' stuff around, doing dishes, dusting, polishing, etc, etc, actively making what's a little messy into something quite neat & presentable... when you're not really paying attention to the music but want something loud to play in the background. This might work for that. It's not bad but it never made me go "Wow." Didn't make great running music, that's for sure. I might give some more of their albums a listen in the future but in the very long run, I've gotta feeling that Green Day isn't gonna be on my most listened to list.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
First run in FIVE days time. Bad, very bad. I suppose it's more exercise than some people get in a year but to have taken 4 whole inexcusable days off is just ludicrous.
Great run, though. Wait. I meant -- great run!
Started off again with a hike out and then saved my run for the return trip. Pretty much right outta the front door I wanted to run. I was itching to! Instead I hiked out at a nice pace and then ran back. By the time my running time was up I was freakin' beat! Whewww... but since getting back and cleaned up I have felt so high, so great, but at the same time kinda cursing myself for not being out there for so long.
Must not take so many days off!
Trail Time: 71 minutes
Running Time: 18 minutes & 23 seconds (up 11 seconds from last time)
The Stone Roses
their self-titled debut album (1989)
Bye Bye Bad Man
She Bangs The Drums
Made Of Stone
(Song For My) Sugar Spun Sister
Elizabeth My Dear
Shoot You Down
This Is The One
I Wanna Be Adored
I Am The Resurrection
Holy cow. What a great album!!!. It's been many years since I last heard "I Wanna Be Adored" -- a song that was a popular favorite in the early 90's. That one song was the extent of my knowledge of The Stone Roses... until now. This Manchester band really coulda, really shoulda stayed together and put out more music than just two albums. At least they recorded this one and I'm glad I listened to it! A bunch of the songs go beyond just standard Start It Up, Play It Through, Done... they get into exploring musical spaces that are usually reserved for "jam bands" like the Grateful Dead... uh, and whoever else does that kind of music nowadays. Anyway, some of tunes really go off for awhile and you can easily get lost in the music. Did they really compose their jams that way? Or maybe they worked 'em out over time while practicing and then layed them down perfectly during studio recording sessions? In any case, it's just a shame this band doesn't exist anymore to play these songs live. Perhaps some people wouldn't get it? Perhaps others would be, because of this music, be opened to bands that, when live, play songs that go eight or ten minutes due to extended playing i.e. jamming. Musically, at a live show, some people wanna hear songs done straight forward like on the studio albums but just in person. That can be okay, maybe, sometimes. But why not dance to a band exploring with sound? That's what's hear on this Stone Roses debut and I can't stop raving about it! Wow. If I was gonna sit down and rank albums from 1989, this would be darn near the top!!!
Murder Between Friends
Kemp and Lang play best friends Kerry Myers and Bill Fontanille. Then one ordinary mid-1980's Louisiana day, Bill offed Kerry's wife with a softball bat. But wait... Bill claims it was Kerry who was the one who whacked his wife. In comes Timothy Busfield as the prosecutor to seal this case shut and send Fontanille to prison. But uh oh, a slight twist and all does not go as he had hoped.
The telling of this story on the small screen is pretty standard Made-for-TV fare. Since this is based on a real life case, there's no way to really know how accurate it is. The performances were decent all around and never was I feeling terrible bored. Who was really guilty here? Had to find out. And it wasn't until writing this that I discovered who Martin Kemp is and that he's British -- his accent in the movie was sufficiently American enough to pass by my discerning ears.
A complaint I do have is at the beginning of the movie the director showed a whole lotta shots of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter in New Orleans in order to establish where this takes place. That's all well and fine but that must have just been some stock footage because clearly this was filmed in (and around?) Los Angeles. They really should have made the decision to actually film on the streets of New Orleans and then the movie could have achieved a higher level of authenticity which means something to the knowledgable viewer. Instead the producers decided that the average viewer A) won't know the difference and/or B) is dumb enough that we can fool them. Their loss because their little docudrama could have been better if it was more real. Still it's an interesting story but nothing spectacular. Might wanna read the book -- Blood Will Tell -- for more info.
A slightly interesting sidenote, Kerry Myers today appears to be a reformed man, speaking to kids on class fieldtrips to Louisiana's Angola Prison, advocating for prisoner rights and is the editor of The Angolite, a highly aclaimed magazine published behind bars.