Good art has the ability to transcend beliefs and capture emotions. Once in a lifetime a work of art comes along and is able to do just that as well as define a moment in time. Zero Dark Thirty is such a movie. Now, I won’t extol the virtues of this movie because this isn’t … Continue reading Zero Dark Thirty
“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” – George Bernard Shaw When I … Continue reading Untitled Tailgate Series
I have been chewing on this since I jammed the third episode of of 1600 Penn, the heaping pile of steaming television dung, upon myself last week. I watched it not in the hopes it would get better, but to see how crappy it could get. It did not disappoint. In this third episode, Stacy … Continue reading More 1600 Penn
“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.” – Milan Kundera The first dog I ever got as an adult was a Rottweiler. … Continue reading Duke, Part 1
Quality is not an act, it is a habit. – Aristotle If quality is a habit, “1600 Penn” shows us that NBC seems to have considered quality a bad habit. The stinking pile of dung that was tossed onto the masses last week with “1600 Penn” proves NBC has either renounced quality entirely or is … Continue reading 1600 Penn
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson This guy looks like a lunatic, right? I guess he is to some degree…if you define lunatic as someone with radical ideas. I’m not gonna give you Seth Godin’s bio but I will say he … Continue reading No time like the present.
It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I love music. Today’s commute consisted of Gordon Lightfoot and mid 80’s LA rockers Broken Homes, how’s that for a blend? For me, music has provided me with more than a soundtrack to my life, it’s given me almost as much joy as a kiss from … Continue reading Music Industry’s Obi Wan Kenobi
“How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Suess So I was kicking it old school yesterday and writing a check when it hit me, I mean really hit me, that it is 2013.
I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative. Bill Hicks For those who read this with any sort of regularity I realize the last two posts have been kind of serious. Don’t worry, I’m returning to the penis and fart jokes now. South African Nobel Laureate Nadine … Continue reading Create like you’re dead.
“So, if consumers are like roaches, then marketers must forever be dreaming up new concoctions for industrial-strength Raid.” Naomi Klein BRIEF HISTORY You may be asking what does “Jakarta is Coming” mean. Well, here is the Coors Lite history. Prior to the the military coup in Chile in the early 1970’s, this phrase started being … Continue reading Jakarta is Coming
Christmas winds down and I am left giving thanks for all that I have, for all the people I know past and present, for all whom I love and love me. I am blessed. I can’t help but think of those who aren’t as lucky. My love and heart goes out to those suffering because … Continue reading Happy Holidays
“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” -Thomas Merton First things first, there are no words. There is simply nothing that can begin to describe the horror that took place … Continue reading I lived in a town called Newtown. Connecticut.
“They told you to get your résumé in order, to punch your ticket, to fit in, and to follow instructions. They told you to swallow your pride, not to follow your dream. They promised trinkets and prizes and possibly riches if you would just suck it up and be part of the system, if you … Continue reading We’re All Artists Now
I’m sitting in the middle tryin’ to live my life Cuz’ I can’t stop the war Shelter homeless, feed the poor Can’t walk on water I can’t save your sons and daughters I can’t change the world and make things fair The least that I can do is care “Care“ -Kid Rock I’ve lived in … Continue reading Somethings You Can’t Shake
HAPPY THANKSGIVING It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives … Continue reading Food For Thought
“The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!” -Albert Einstein I subscribe to Seth Godin’s blog and periodically receive some really interesting quotes about art, about commerce, about being an individual. Wanted to pass some along: When John Coltrane plays the melody early in the track Harmonique, you … Continue reading The Revolution
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one Nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all. The Pledge of Allegiance As we stand on the edge of this fiscal cliff I can’t help but think about just how divided we are as … Continue reading United/Divided
So, we re-elected President Obama, and by we, I mean the voters. Prior to the election, I was thinking how disappointed I would be if Romney would have won. And got to thinking about actually leaving the country should he have won. Which is a typical liberal response. Ireland and Canada were the two front … Continue reading What happens?
Today is election day here in the states and I voted. But look, let me make this emphatically clear, I believe the president has already been chosen. I am sadly aware that my vote pretty much means shit. Not only as part of the electoral process but also because of the state I live in. … Continue reading One person, one vote.
Originally written April, 2011 A few months ago a very close friend called me to tell me she had some tragic news. It was the worst news someone like me could ever want to hear. She told me that she had just purchased two tickets to see James Blunt at The Beacon Theater here in … Continue reading Look, I hate the song too.
“So we cheated and we lied And we tested And we never failed to fail It was the easiest thing to do.” “Southern Cross” – Crosby, Still and Nash The other night the girlwife and I went to go see CSN at the Beacon Theater. I had wanted to see them since 1984 and since … Continue reading Darkest Before the Dawn?
“So get off your ass and come down here ‘Cause rock ‘n’ roll ain’t no riddle man To me it makes good, good sense” AC/DC Rock & Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution Long is the argument about whether or not rock and roll is dead. Personally, I find it is in the ICU and while not … Continue reading Rock & Roll
“Asked me mmmm, you had to ask me In the dreams you tell me Tell them only you were tired Sing along hold my life A good day is any day that you’re alive Yeah, a good day is any day that you’re alive” “Good Day” -Paul Westerberg Much like the rest of the world … Continue reading A Good Day
So it is no secret to anyone who knows me that I happen to like creativity. Hell, I sometimes even consider myself slightly creative. It is also no secret that I am likely to either drone on about or rail (I suppose that depends on your interest level and opinion) against the state of creativity … Continue reading The Root Cause
Here I am bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 6am on Saturday. Great. I can’t sleep for shit these days. I was wondering yesterday what exactly it is about me that makes me think my life is so important that I need to blog about it. I mean, am I really that self involved that I feel … Continue reading Arrogance in question
Fuck do I hate not being able to sleep. I suppose one of the perks to being single is that as opposed to tossing and turning and getting anxious about waking the X up, I can just get up, turn on the lights, grab my laptop, hop back into bed and work. Sure, the cat … Continue reading Richie Rich Makes Movies
So this past weekend the ladyfriend and I were summoned to a Jack & Jill baby shower in Massachusetts. While not on high on my list of ways to spend a weekend or a night, I felt that I had to go to this one. For reasons either too lengthy or inane to go into … Continue reading Ring of Fire
“Who the fuck are you?” No, no, I am not being antagonistic; for the uninitiated, it’s a quote from The Who’s “Who Are You”. And not the watered down version either, the big bad curse word singing album cut. I remember bringing “Who Are You” to music class for “Friday Listening Day” in the second … Continue reading Who are you?
Look, so much is going to be written about this show for a number of reasons, but probably none that matter. Yes it cost a boat load of dough to produce, yes the original producer died while The Edge was getting a pen to sign the contract, yes people broke some bones rehearsing it. But … Continue reading Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark
You may still have your face in the remaining scraps of some dive bar Bolivian Marching Powder, you may be sneaking out of some random persons apartment, you may simply be enjoying (or arguing) about whatever had happened hours before. Maybe you’re on the road to another gig. By and large, Rock & Roll is … Continue reading Morning Has Broken
IT TAKES TWO WHEN IT USED TO TAKE ONE “Did I Listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?” – Rob Gordon So, what came first, the chicken or the egg? The bass line or the flat line? Who can say for sure? One thing … Continue reading Lover, You Should Have Come Over
This picture above was taken by photojournalist Kevin Carter in 1993. Pretty tragic implication, right? It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in 1994. Is it real? Yea. That is most certainly a vulture following a starving child. Is it true? Can there be any doubt? Is it honest? You decide. So I just … Continue reading Is it Real? Is it true? Is it honest?
I recently finished reading “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. It’s the story of a dog helping keep his human from doing the wrong thing when everyone and everything is against him. Told from the dogs point of view. I loved it. I just started reading “The Big Short” by Michael … Continue reading Doin the right thing…that means you!
So this week in California, Judge Vaughn Walker overturned the voter driven ban on gay marriage, aka Prop 8. Now, I could care less really. Gay or straight, marriage is not a huge deal for me, I have avoided marriage for the better part of my ____ years. You wanna get married, great, go for … Continue reading Is Marriage Rock & Roll?