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“The great man through his actions will not set out to harm others, nor make much of benevolence and charity; he does not make any move for gain, nor consider the servant at the gate as lowly; he will not barter for property and riches, nor does he make much of his having turned them down; he asks for no one’s help, nor does he make much of his own self-reliance, nor despise the greedy and mean; he does not follow the crowd, nor does he make much of being so different; he comes behind the crowd, but does not make much of those who get ahead through flattery. The titles and honors of this world are of no interest to him, nor is he concerned at the disgrace of punishments. He knows there is no distinction between right and wrong, nor between great and little. I have heard it said, “The Tao man earns no reputation, perfect Virtue is not followed, the great man is self-less.” In perfection, this is the path he follows.”
— Chuang Tzu
Just hoping that you all get the chance to enjoy some of the weekend !!!
oh and Go Big Red !!!
The last few weeks I've been receiving mini lessons on recording and then mixing from Graham Cochrane through his site the
Originally got exposure to it through facebook. Scott Nathan had given it a Like and I checked it out. I've learned a lot about equalization and compression. It fun to find that there may be a better way to apply these two than what i've been doing. Gradually applying these new approaches to some of the mixes that I've put together lately.
Check it out and enjoy
Just a little note to all those Mothers out there, here's Hoping that you're Day is Special, because that's what Mother's are.
Today is George's birthday, here's a link to Purple Clover's presentation of a few pictures and his sayings:
Sorry you may have to copy and paste
Some have, some haven't
Some will and some won't
Some will out of habit
Some will because they want
It's in reach and you grab it
It's there for one and all
Here, there, and everywhere
There's enough love to fill us all
Taken from an article in the Midlands section of the Omaha World Herald January 8, 2016, a More Commentary article by The Washington Post's Micheal Gerson.
Whatever your view of Republican politicians, the aspiration, the self-conception, of the party was set by Abraham Lincoln: human dignity, honored by human freedom and undergirded by certain moral commitments, including compassion and tolerance. Lincoln described the "promise that in due time the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance."
It's like every morning, it seems like a brand new day. And then if you think about it you realize that... it is a bran new day. Enjoy your Bran New Day Today and Tomorrow. and Tomorrow.
Just thought that there should be other ideas similar to the "ALS Plunge" for other causes. The one that I often think of is Alzheimer's. What about "Hug Your Neighbor" for it? Then when they ask "what was that all about?", you could say "What was what all about."
It is a serious malady and could use additional funding,
Perhaps one of you might come up with an idea for whatever cause inspires you.
There are times when it is better to concern ourselves with You
rather than the usual I.
Just recently discovered that there is enough material to publish another CD. Went to the listening mode and discovered that my rendition of a Blue Steel song was put together differently than what was originally planned. I've kind of hit a lyric block in that the original ones now do not fit. I have stepped back for a minute or two hoping that when I get back to it everything will flow forth freely as it does sometimes. More later
"We are not human beings striving for a spiritual experience.
We are Spiritual beings enjoying a human experience."
The universe has enough to satisfy each man's needs, however,
it does not have enough to satisfy a single man's wants.
"When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw."
— Nelson Mandela
Got a Beautiful fountain pen from my wife Gigi a few weeks ago.
It formed the basic lines of inspiration for this pen and colored marker.
So here it is Kids, Just Another, Revelation,this is really, Beautiful and Crazy, and In the Spirit, of What?... The Spirit of Love.,,
Love, Love, Love,... Love, Love, Love...Love is All You Need" Hmmmh
"And Loved You Are"
Quote of the Day
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
"It is incumbent upon every man, in this Day, to hold fast unto whatsoever will promote the interests, and exalt the station, of all nations and just governments. Through each and every one of the verses which the Pen of the Most High hath revealed, the doors of love and unity have been unlocked and flung open to the face of men. We have erewhile declared—and Our Word is the truth—: ‘Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.’ Whatsoever hath led the children of men to shun one another, and hath caused dissensions and divisions amongst them, hath, through the revelation of these words, been nullified and abolished."
Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, Author: Bahá’u’lláh, Source: US Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1988 pocket-size edition, Pages: 269, excerpt from the LAWḤ-I-DUNYÁ (Tablet of the World)
As babes we all believe
that what may be, is
what a shame to have it pass
like in the looking glass.
As time marches to the drum
and as those who choose to run
get sombre, tired and true
and realize they're blue,
could like children ever cheery
pass so easily through the night
not wondering if the light
will greet them in the morn.
Us in pursuit of trivial trytes
in circles run our minds
and bodies follow too
through a hustle bustle world.
Could there possibly be room
to focus on life's joy,
and as we live and breathe
as children we can see
the joy that love can bring.
The winds of change are upon us
The wings of Angels rustling the air
and raising flames all around us.
Fiery love sent from above.
"Sitting fixedly, think of not thinking. How do you think of not thinking? Non thinking. This is the art of zazen
There are three sides to every story, yours, mine and the truth, and no one is lying.
Memories shared serve each differently.
I think I'm in the dog house again.
I knew it was late, but i didn't think it was already early. Oops
You know you get to a point,
where you look at it all,
at and around and through,
and sometimes even looking at you.
It's hard to get that we're not the boss anymore
but we don't have to fill our eyes with tears.
See, no one holds you preciously like I do
and I hold you close, close, near.
So really what'd you think about it
and tell me after your head has cleared'
cause sometimes it gets so cloudy
it seems the sun will never shine.
But then like nothing ever was before
all the sudden it's a dawning
and all the world's before us
because the sun is again shining darling.
Well we're just two beers from our destination
and just not into inclination
but we're feelin lucky luck lucky today.
So with no invitation
we show up
and find that the orchestration
was yesterday, oh my... oh my...
I'm but a drop of it
but a part of it all.
It seems a bit of it
seems to enthrall.
Then come to think of it
Faith can come for all
Hope follows faithfully
and strength is installed.
Courage the larger one
sticks up for you,
Laughter the brighter one
abstains you from the blues
Now where else could this come from,
except from the hum drum.
Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.
What is a good man but a bad man's teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man's job?
If you don't understand this, you will get lost,
however intelligent you are.
It is the great secret.
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."
Spiritual Satifaction is where you are now, not searchin for nothing and finding it all.
Four things come not back- the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity.
So I walk into Mel's Tav here in Norfolk and run into a drummer from Stanton, not far away. He says, headed back there later to jam with his band, Blue Steel. I say you mind if I grab my guitar and come along. He says sure and i could just follow him down there.
Here you see the band I was about to meet. Blue Steel, consisting of John Farenholtz lead guitar and rythm, Tom Mandl lead singer, Bob Hartl Bass and Jim Whitehurst drums.
Here's another picture. It was on the bottom of the poster above. I think the guys were in a confederate mood when they put this together.
After hiding in the coat closet for most of the first day, shyness, you know. Eventually put together this awesome crew.
You recognize anyone? How about Dennis Long, Myself, Bob Nelson, John McDonald,Gearge Warrick, Terry Ralston, Jim Scheer and Gary Noyse.
Here's where the journey began. Nap pad under my arm and off to
Northern Hills for half a day to get a taste of Knowlege.
From http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Life: "A wildfire demonstrates the characteristics needed for life based on some definitions and is often cited as an example of where the definitions present ambiguity or non-intuitive consequences. Fire "breathes" oxygen, consumes food (wood or other fuel), grows (expands across the solid fuel), reproduces by division or by spreading spores (embers) through the air, and eventually dies while excreting waste ash. Sensitivity and reaction to surroundings is more difficult, but fire does react to water by retreating or dying. By the definitions involving energy, fires can consume energy in a controlled manner, however, their primarily destructive nature makes them fail at being alive using definitions based on information or evolution.
Interestingly, even though fires may spring to life spontaneously under the right conditions, and there is no obvious physical link between various individual fires, they all appear to be very closely related - or even identical - in terms of their chemistry."
Also check out MRS GREN: the seven characteristics of living things.
Steven Pressfield, an American novelist, said, “Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It's a gift to the world and every being in it. Don't cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you've got.”
This quote made sense.
Lao-tzu, author of Tao Te Ching once said, "I have just three things to teach: Simplicity, Patience, and Compassion. These are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, You return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, You accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, You reconcile all beings in the world." There is one more treasure I thought should be included, simply having a friend. And when I think about it the more friends you have the better.
Just hopin some of you made it down to see Nick and Dan Witte sometime thur, fri, or sat. Thurs. was the two of them at The Fifth, a great crowd, saw alot of people that you don't always. Fri.., the Izaak Walton Lodge for Jim Casey's wedding to Amy Trimble. Congrats!!!!! Probably twenty of Northeast Nebraska's Greatest Rock and Roll Musicians rotated through out the night, Casey did a great job of mixing them all up. Greg Goodman, Doug Spiedel, Sam Newton, Terry Butterfield, Don Peterson, Bill Settell, Nick and Dan and More. Heck Casey even got on the sax (first time in twenty years) and laid down some notes. Saturday was a little more laid back. Nick and Dan played several new selctions that Nick's been working on and near the end of the night were joined by Bill Settell and myself as the stereo congos. Just...
The Leland Project, at least number one of hopefully many is up and running. It's been a little over two years of labor, fit in between jobs and gigs, but Nick has put forth a musical collection of songs he can be very proud of. Different feels incorporated from his experiences living all around the south east, the west and northwest. He also draws from his roots here in central USA in some numbers. Please first check out the second photo below where you will discover some of the names of those fabulous midwestern musicians that contributed to the project. Then, after you recognize a few names, and the excitement starts to build, check out the music on the music page, and please if you like what you hear visit the music store and get yourself a download. As for me I'm very Proud to be part of the process. Hope you are all doing well.
Tales from a Tavern:
It's getting cooler and some days have seemed like Halloween lately. We been working away on the next CD and have the music pretty well planned out, I was contemplating going mostly instrumental on this one but I think I'll hang in for awhile and see what develops. Had another visitor from South Dakota in the studio for an evening to help with Nicks project. Ricky Jacobson, keyboard and accordion extraordinaire. We got a couple tracks on a couple songs and sent him home with more to work on. We'll see how it all comes together. Nick and Ricky entertained at the Fifth Street that Thurs. and it was a Very Good Time. Got a few new Pics up and running hope you check them out and that you're all doing Well.
Well we survived another spring campout and besides having it rainy for three days and about 40-60 degrees most of the time we were there, we had a blast. We kept the fire going we cooked some great meals, we caught some fish and one of them, was lucky enough to be eaten. At seven pounds that flat head cat was ttaassstttyyy, two nice fillets enough for generous first course one night. Chaz caught his biggest ever at five pounds. Unfortunately, he was a little busy when we discovered he had one on, but he rushed on over and pulled it in. We didn't eat that one. I of course caught the first and most but that's all I can say. They'll be bigger next time. The boats floated, the engines worked, the tents stayed dry, we had just the perfect over abundance of food and all my laughing musles are still sore. Oh yeh, Can't wait to get back to some of the music projects we've been working on. Had had a lyric block going there for awhile but with a fresh start who knows. I can tell you we came up with some concepts whilst a fishing. Am thinking about a fishing song for inclusion on the next CD. It's getting there. Slow but sure. Hope your all doing well
June 28th, not July 12th Dan Witte showed up in Norfolk and we had the pleasure of having him around for a couple days. Nick and Dan were to perform at The 5th Street Tav here in Norfolk that night. Not surprising was that word had gotten around and there would probably be some friends that might show up. Dan had asked me to record the show with the Roland VS2400 CD digital recorder. We set up two mikes and pulled one line out of the mixer. We were hoping to capture the guitars with the mikes and pull the vocals and such through the line out. I noticed a young lady taking lots of pictures all evening and asked if she would be willing to e-mail a few of the better shots to me at Sand Sound. Dan did one better. He just happened...
So I got an E-mail from Dan who lives up in aberdeen SD, just like Rocky Racoon, and he's a teachin and he's a playin music there. He's got a band "The Velvet Touch". They really do a fine a job. Any way he sent a few a songs originnally recorded on a 4 track reel to reel. A real nice one and he actually new how to run it. They were a kick and included Settel and Nick and Ricky and Harlan and himself. Nick stopped over later in the afternnon and got a hoot out of them.
I looked all over for it, in everything,on everything,under everything and I finally found it. You know where I found it, in the last place that I looked.