Thursday, July 17, 2008

Here Comes Sunshine!!!!

Alright, it's time to get back to normal 'round here!

This darkness got to give?

Yup, it did got to... it did... and now it's gone!

Here comes sunshine!!!!!

This afternoon marks the beginning of a new day, a new life in a way, so much pure goodness and pure love! I've still got to process it all!

It's been a ride that's been up, down, and all around... but I wouldn't trade a second of it for anything!!

I love you, Amy!!!!

The North Face trail running shoe -- good for use in the Appalachian Mountains ... but seriously, they are rather small compared to the Rocky Mountains ... Sierra Nevada are sweet, too.  Would definitely use 'em in the Alps, that's for sure.  One thing's for sure -- Jerry Garcia or Bob Weir or Phil Lesh or Blaise Compaoré probably never went running in Paraguay, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, Pyongyang, 평양 직할시 조선민주주의인민공화국 平壤直轄市 朝鮮民主主義人民共和國, Türkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Кыргызстан, Киргизия, Uzbekistan, O'zbekiston, Ўзбекистон Республикаси, Tajikistan, Тоҷикистон.  Probably the same with Brent Mydland.  At least that's my gut feeling.  I could be wrong.  I mean, there were a lot of drugs at Grateful Dead shows and the good Lord above, He knows I did my share!6:35 p.m ... hot, so hot, better than the bright, sunny
afternoon, but still about 84° here in the
SC Lowcountry
Thursday Evening Run: 14 minutes 10 sec+ ???
5 runs in July:total time about: 1 hour 21m
June:1 hour 47 minutes
May:4 hours 46 minutes

I had another unblogged about run a few days ago. That evening I set out for a hike/walk (more of a walk since it's flat and not challenging) but I had the urge to run and I did. Since I had no run-specific playlist, after I got back I figured out I ran about 13 and a half minutes, give or take some.

This evening I had run in mind, had a playlist set, had frozen water with me, and I floated... mostly. I didn't need the music what with my mind running on its own over everything that's transpired lately... and I made through my time without much of a problem, really. At the end I was just about deceased and almost wondering if my heart would stop from over activity in such heat. No worries, though.

Within a couple minutes and a few sips o' cold water, all was good again with my body and my breathing. I was on my way back and really life just about couldn't be better today!!!!

I'm not sure I can reach the (pseudo-)goal I set for running in July but so long as I keep running, I'll be happy with that. When that new month gets here... no... I'm not gonna wait until the new month to set a new goal, I'll set one starting with my next run! Like with New Year's resolutions -- why wait?!? If it's so important, why wait until that point in time to begin?

Anyway... a damn fine run! Hot but accomplished and with so much happiness carrying me along, really it just couldn't have been better! Well... if it was about 50 or 60 degrees... even 70! But otherwise -- i just got no more words!!!!


Running tunes...
Shelby Lynne - Identity Crisis [CD cover] (2003)Shelby Lynne

Identity Crisis

10 Rocks
If I Were Smart
Gotta Be Better
I Don't Think So
I'm Alive
I Will Stay
Evil Man
Buttons and Beaus
One with the Sun

This album is the first time that I've ever heard Shelby Lynn and what a great bunch of tunes! Several are quite sad and not for the broken-hearted! First time I heard these a few days ago, they weren't so easy to hear. All's different now and it's all good!

One thing about this -- it's country music? Not quite radio-friendly country music, that's for sure! Apparently this wasn't very commercially successful and that's actually what makes me like it even more. Plus there's the fact that Shelby Lynne's got such a great voice and her lyrics, they ain't fluff, not by any means.

Check out the review from
In giving Shelby Lynne's Identity Crisis even a cursory listen one has to ask the question as to whether the titles of Love, Shelby and this one were reversed by accident. While Love, Shelby, produced by Glen Ballard, was a schizoid mess of R&B, rock, and whatever, Identity Crisis is a deeply focused yet wildly adventurous look at American roots and popular musics as processed by Lynne, who is in top songwriting, vocal, and production shape here. Acting as her own producer with help from mixing engineer Bruce Robb, Lynne has penned 12 tough songs that showcase her true gift for lyricism and melody and display the real reach of her vocal prowess on a series of rootsy, souled-out -- sometimes psychedelic -- rockers and pop tunes. The sheer rock & roll abandon of "Gotta Get Better" could have been recorded by Beck, whereas the shimmering, down-tempo folkiness of "I Don't Think So," with gorgeous Fender Rhodes touches by Billy Payne of Little Feat, is harrowing in its heartbroken candor and seductive with its sultry melody that crosses Dusty Springfield with Scott Walker. Elsewhere, such as on the loopy, funky B-3-drenched "I'm Alive," Sheryl Crow's dark side meets the razor-sharp lyric sensibilities of John Mellencamp's Scarecrow-era material. But then, on "Lonesome," the classic countrypolitan-style honky tonk of Owen Bradley with Patsy Cline, or Chet Atkins with Connie Smith comes flowing through like honey in a sieve. The easy bluesy swing -- à la Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith -- on "Buttons and Beaus" is a something Bonnie Raitt might have recorded in the early '70s, if she had a razor's-edge delivery and skewed sense of humor. The tough, acoustic Chicago blues colored by a B-3 makes a standout of "Evil Man." The Tin Pan Alley-meets-Donovan touch on "One With the Sun" makes it the perfect closer, a loopy love song with clever lyrics, pastoral, romantic strings, and a melody that comes from timeless American pop music. Suffice to say, that while Lynne's career has produced many fine recordings -- I Am Shelby Lynne from 2000 being a recent case in point -- Identity Crisis is easily the most consistent record she had released since Tough All Over in 1990, and is without a doubt the most moving, ambitious, and elegant album of her career thus far. She sets a new standard for singers and songwriters with this collection, making it a candidate for any serious Top Ten of 2003. There is no identity crisis here, just the indelible mark of a mature, intense, always engaging artist.

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Sugarmag said...

Hiya Zoooma, I am so happy for you that you ran! Feelin' good? That's awesome!

Nazz Nomad said...

the darkness gotta give.
and it did.

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated