More tunes and thoughts in November

Back in from turkey night. Ate myself stuffed. Calories and carbs were ridiculous. But it was a great meal. Left me feeling very thankful, appreciative and blessed. He worked hard on that meal, as he always does, and he’s a very good cook. It’s been a nice day.

Things can always be worse — that’s a very true statement. Don’t realize how good we’ve got until it’s gone is another true statement. We’re lucky to be loved and to love. Isn’t always (or usually) on time, but c’est la vie. Hidden blessings matter too. And sometimes we do get what we wish for and find out why we’re admonished to be careful with our wishes.

All truly is simply what it is, much as some hate that little declaration. Super simple yet inescapable truism. We like to think we can dramatically alter reality, and in our own limited ways we indeed can, but the Truth remains unaffected by our whims and fancies.

Anyway, also grateful for my cat. She’s a somewhat naughty girl, but she’s my lovebug. Gotten in the habit of trying to balance on my breasts while I sleep, nips on a regular basis, and thinks she’s a monkey. Otherwise she’s pretty well-behaved and sweet. A good baby. Been my housemate for a nearly a decade now.

Grateful for a warm apartment, working plumbing, a decent car, a job I like, grandparents who loved me, my true-blue friends, a largely-functional society, a healthy brother, being surrounded by so many interesting books, amazing music, and this computer before me that delivers an ungodly stream of information and entertainment, as well as allowing us to communicate quickly across long distances. Also grateful for the other technologies I rely upon, much as I gripe about modernity and its overwhelming abundance of stuff.

Time to turn on some more tunes. Beginning with one that plays regularly in my car, “Man Who Sold the World” cover by Nirvana:

Adore that song.

That was Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth.” It plays regularly and risks turning into little more than barely noticed background noise. Worthwhile to pause occasionally and pay close attention to its lyrics, to really let it sink in and feel it. We are where we are and it’s been coming a long time. Continuously unfolding. God only knows what all lays in store for us as a society.

“In the Flesh” by Pink Floyd:

“Karma Police” by Radiohead:

Works that way more often than we realize. ‘Course we aren’t the best at recognizing cause and effect anyhow, forever distracted with rationalizations and explanations that accord with what we prefer were true.

Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” (1964 version):

Nina Simone performing “The Sound of Silence” on the piano (circa 1968):

Switching gears, R.L. Burnside’s “.44 Blues”:

One of Mississippi’s finest homegrown bluesmen, there shown performing in the U.K. in the early ’90s.

That’s enough for one evening. Getting late.

More tunes for mid-July 2017

Been a long damn day. Turning to tunes…

A song I’ve yet to tire of since first hearing during my freshman year in college:

That was “Battleflag” by Lo Fidelity Allstars (or is a remix by Pigeonhed?).

Keeping with a few personal favorites, Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream”:

Tonight I uploaded a remix of Billy Idol’s famous song, “White Wedding (Razormaid Remix)”:

Depeche Mode’s “Hole To Feed”:

One I’ve posted up on here already not too long ago: Grace – “You Don’t Own Me (ft. G-Eazy) (Candyland Remix)”:

Freemasons – “Uninvited (Original Alanis Morissette Mix)”:

“Time To Let It Go” — Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm:

That’s enough for tonight.

Creating a new playlist for my car (2017 cruising tunes)

Time to burn a new music CD to play in the car. The following tunes are resonating with me at the moment.

Alice Cooper’s “Cleansed By Fire”:

First time watching that particular fan-made video to accompany the song.

You told me that nothing’s free except my own insanity…

Loved that song since first becoming acquainted with it in the mid-’90s thanks to a boy I was dating at the time. Further proof that at least a few good things do spring even out of shitty situations. Only learned last year that it was an Alice Cooper song, having had it lodged in the back of my mind all these years.

Next up, Sugarloaf’s “Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You”:

“Ain’t No Grave” by the legendary Mr. Johnny Cash:

Never tire of watching that art compilation either.

Enigma’s “Age of Loneliness (Carly’s Song)”:

Been a fan of that song since first hearing and purchasing the “Sliver” movie soundtrack in the early ’90s. The lyrics imprinted on my psyche and have since become a sort of mantra for me. “Life is crazy, life is mad. Don’t be afraid.” Repeats in my mind nearly daily in recent years.

Led Zeppelin’s “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp”:

Nevermind that. Perhaps I’ll just load that Zeppelin III album into one of the other slots, replacing the Pantera album that’s been in there far too long anyway (and needs to be returned to who I borrowed it from).

Thinking I need some AC/DC tunes up in this instead. Starting with “The Jack”:

AC/DC – “If You Want Blood (You Got It)”:

AC/DC’s “Live Wire”:

Need to make a separate compilation CD for favorite AC/DC songs alone. Will get around to that another day…

Let’s toss in King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man”:

And “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent:

Never tire of that tune.

Not sure how many of these will wind up fitting on the disc, but let’s add some Tom Petty for good measure. “Don’t Come Around Here No More”:

And also maybe “Aerials” by System Of A Down:

Feeling the need to also include Metallica’s “Sad But True”:

June tunes

“Never Going Back Again”:

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Lindsey Buckingham kills it in that live performance. Never tire of watching it. Comes to life for me in a new way this week…

“Useless” by Depeche Mode:

That isn’t one by them I ever paid much attention to until the other day while out walking and listening to my mp3 player. It’s in my collection, yet I never really listened to its lyrics before now.

Depeche Mode – “A Pain That I’m Use To”:

That was their 2013 live performance at Austin City Limits.

I’m not sure
What I’m looking for anymore
I just know
That I’m harder to console
I don’t see who I’m trying to be
Instead of me
But the key
Is a question of control

There’s a hole in your soul
Like an animal
With no conscience
Repentance unknown
Close your eyes
Pay the price for your paradise
Devils feed on the seeds
That are sown

Can’t conceal what I feel
What I know is real
No mistaking the faking
I care
With a prayer in the air
I will leave it there
On a note full of hope
Not despair

Continuing on, here is Depeche Mode’s “Stripped”:

Depeche Mode — “Never Let Me Down Again”:

“John the Revelator” by Depeche Mode:

Yet to ever tire of that tune.

More tunes for late spring 2017

Grace (Trap City) – “You Don’t Own Me” (ft. G-Eazy) (Candyland Remix):

First time listening to that version of this song tonight.

More from Trap City, DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What” (Onderkoffer Remix):

Dug that song for a good while now.

Switching gears, a perennial favorite I heard tonight “Reminiscing” by Little River Band:

Very beautiful song. Incites me to actually feel like overcoming my fear and dancing out in public each time I hear it. Gorgeous song.

Atlanta Rhythm Section – “Georgia Rhythm”:

Adore that tune.

That was Atlanta Rhythm Section with “So Into You.” Deeply adore that song for several years running.

To be continued…

Late spring tunes for 2017

Because I need to chill tonight.

“La Grange” by ZZ Top:

Love that tune.

Ted Nugent’S “Stranglehold”:

Long loved that tune too. Mellow albeit slicing at the same time.

X Ambassadors’ “Renegade”:

Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know?”:

First heard that from a female bar-pal I met last year. Haven’t seen her in quite a while. Or her ex-husband.

[Update the next day: Weird coincidence. Actually ran into that couple tonight for the first time in many months. Slightly spooky after mentioning them on here yesterday. “Life is crazy, life is mad…” Heh. Such an odd coincidence is what I’m pointing at.]

That was Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats with “S.O.B.”

Absolutely adore that song and accompanying video.

Turnpike Troubadours’ “Before The Devil Knows We’re Dead”:

May we all get to heaven before the Devil knows we’re dead…

Sounds like a worthwhile prayer to me.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “I Need Never Get Old”:

Adore that tune.

“Motherless Child” by The Blind Boys of Alabama:

A haunting tune…

“Eminence Front” by The Who:

Yet to tire of that tune.

The Who – “Love reign over me”:

“Cis White Male — Parody Song” (by Teatac) / plus further thoughts on pedo Omnipolitics16

Good parody! Wanted to note that along the way in my travels this evening online. Messed up as it might be to use that as my intro on this topic. Still was a quality parody, IMO.

Happened to stumble across that channel tonight while attempting to look into that self-described pedophile omnipolitics16. Andy and Chris Warski held a Google hangout with him on Saturday, which was interesting. Previously watched another video by andywarski on this pedo, and that prompted me to watch several videos on the guy’s channel as well so as to seek out more info. Created a video Saturday night about it, for better or worse. Frickin’ sickened by this type of shit. Hurts the soul to even know about it going on and the thought process behind it. Seeking justification for why sex with a 7-year-old is somehow all right. Fuckin’ horrible as well as incredibly stupid.

The joker has been pulling down his YT videos on his omni channel this evening. But it appears plenty of others have already downloaded his content so as to make their own response videos. Good on them. Meaning his videos have been preserved despite his attempts to remove them in recent hours from further public viewing. But he promises more content is coming soon, which I’m sure it’s bound to be equally unsettling. Deeply introspective and self-aware he is not.

Perused about a couple hours of the guy’s content directly before he marked so much of it private. Is he the worst sicko I’ve ever encountered? Likely not. But he’s what I happen to have come across a few days ago. Unfortunately. Was having a relatively decent week before that strolled across my radar.

Have personally had a problem with pedophiles (and hebephiles, though to a somewhat slightly lesser extent) since way back when. Can’t tolerate the shit. Won’t. Simply not conducive to a civilized and functional society because it fucks innocent people up psychologically. Screws their minds at tender ages in completely unnecessary ways. Cannot tolerate any aspect of that shit. Can barely accept the notion of chimos who don’t actually offend against minors (however their perverted asses manage that) speaking from their own unique perspectives. Because they too are members of society, as I am frequently reminded. Okay, fine. So say you all. Fuck it. But when they start openly advocating for and aiming to justify pedophilia (and here I am using the strict definition in regards to pre-pubescent children), they’ve stepped past a line with me. Nope. Cannot go for that. I suppose you can speak and share your views in the public square as you so desire, but do not be surprised if law enforcement starts taking an interest in you as a result. As they rightly should in such an instance.

Now, I grasp that may sounds like running them underground when stating it so plainly. Honey, most of them are underground already. Difficult as hell typically to pin down and successfully charge such sons of bitches. When one is stupid and naive enough to wander onto the internet and declare his ambitions and desires out loud and with his face shown, well, then he gets whatever he gets. Same holds true for those who get caught in the act. My sympathy for humanity dries up at some point.

The guy even claims in videos that he himself was never sexually molested or raped as a child. So what he’s describing in his videos demonstrates a total lack of empathy for potential victims. He himself claims to be aiming to refrain from sexualizing kids, which is good if that’s to be believed. Doesn’t seem too interested in seeking psychological help on the matter though. Much more focused on reaching for rationales instead.

Yeah, he’s young himself, and that’s what makes it especially troubling. The guy is obviously messed up in the head, for whatever reasons. Do I feel an ounce of pity for him? Of course I do. But goddamn. One has to draw the line somewhere. And this is where I draw mine. Period.

The guy deserves to be looked into, in the least, that much I believe firmly. And preferably by law enforcement officials.

More music for mid-February 2017

Sifting through songs I uploaded to my YT channel in recent years. All probably posted on here previously, but oh well.

“Hallucination” by David Bowie (from the Labyrinth soundtrack):

“Time To Let It Go” by Cedric Burnside & Lightnin’ Malcolm:

“I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself” by The White Stripes:

“Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)” — David Allan Coe:

Beautiful song there. David Allan Coe possessed so much talent, despite his raunchier musical creations that some continue to take issue with.

“I Put a Spell On You” — Nina Simone:

A beautiful rendition of that song. Never tire of listening to her sing it.

One I rarely listen to these days, “Lilac Wine” by Nina Simone:

Very beautiful song. Timeless.

Listen to me, why is everything so hazy?

Isn’t that he, or am I going crazy, dear? …

Such a heavy song…

“Runnin’ Down a Dream” by Tom Petty:

Footage there captured during my 2013 South-bound trek driving into Memphis.

“Lonesome Valley” — Fairfield Four:

Another South-bound trek captured there.

On that note I am heading to bed. Have a few appointments around noon tomorrow.