Saturday, January 14, 2006

Saturday, January 14th 2006

And this is what is on my 5 disc CD player at home...

Probably my favorite album by her, the one I have listened to the most for sure.

Some of the best "fusion" music ever. I love the cover.

This WAS the album on my player the summer of my 16th year

Good luck finding anything out about "Redeye"

Underrated southern rock band and really nice guys. Loved this release

The boy returns...

..from Egypt, safe, sound and full of praise at the hospitality of the Egyptian people. Of course, he was over there with four women. In Egypt, in some areas, you are allowed to have four wifes. Apparently he was viewed by some as being a powerful American. How funny. He lived in a youth hostel in Cairo
for a week and then witnessed the Festival of Eid. That is a religious holiday where families come together on the last day of Ramadan. It could be likened to our Christmas and Thanksgiving together. Apparently, they also slaughter livestock in their driveway and give away some to the poor. His last week was in the apartment of the head librarian of Alexandria,
a city he called absoulutely beautiful.
He came back changed and more of a man. As a parent, you see him slowly drifting away, but as we learned in "The Lion King", it is the cycle of life. He has done more at 21 than I have ever even thought of. In some ways, he is more of a man than I am.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Traffic Jam

We were very, very good. Played our first show on St. Patrick's Day on the landing in St. Louis, then opened for groups like Shooting Star, The Rainmakers, Jeff Healy, Missouri and yes, do the 4 hour bar gig on Saturday Night. It was some of the best times ever. We did Stevie and Stevie proud, along with ZZ, Cream, Jimi and others. Wrote some of our own, too. Me in the middle, guitar player is Steve Percaro, yes, THAT Steve Percaro and Jim Evans on bass.

One of the greatest songs ever

Man, everytime I hear this song, it gets me... I had it on the Ipod and after last week when I buried my cousin who served in Vietnam, he reminded me so much of my brother, who served with him. My brother is buried amongst the rolling hills of Jefferson Barracks. Mark Knopfler is a musical genius to be able to write words that effect people so much...

Brothers In Arms...
These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Some day you'll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you'll no longer burn
To be brothers in arm
Through these fields of destruction
Baptism of fire
I've watched all your suffering
As the battles raged higher
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms
There's so many different worlds
So many different suns
And we have just one world
But we live in different ones
Now the sun's gone to hell
And the moon's riding high
Let me bid you farewell
Every man has to die
But it's written in the starlight
And every line on your palm
We're fools to make war
On our brothers in arms

Monday, January 09, 2006


Man, what a weird year already. Jack Snow was one of the nicest, classiest people I know. Always a gentleman when I saw him; always knew who I was and always asked how I was doing. A Notre Dame alum who was with the Rams forever.Maybe Billy Joel was on to something...he was only 62. Godspeed Jack Snow.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

The New Dodge Challenger

This is the new 2007 Dodge Challenger. I can't picture myself (50 next month) tooling around the city in it. Or can I....? I applaud Chrysler for trying something new.
Us old guys remember when the Dodge challenger was a muhfugga on the streets it looked like this:

Driving a car like that would turn a boy into a man very quickly. Also, gas was 37 cents a gallon.

The New Year

Man, the first week has been rough. I have a head cold that I can't seem to shake. I lost one of my favorite people and had to bury him on Friday. I got into a dust up with my daughter last night (over nothing). I am really looking forward to getting back to work. I would much rather deal with business challenges than deal with personal ones. Let's hope it starts looking up. I have faith in God and I know this is just a test. I hope I pass the audition.

Exploding Star

Here is what an exploding star looks like over a few months time. That must have been one fast it is.

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