Sunday, February 17, 2019

older I get the younger I think

Hey, how about some lyrical help. I’ll put a youtube clip of the song at the bottom. 

Did you watch the Grammy awards a week or so ago? We did. We enjoyed it. Some songs/acts we enjoyed more than others but covering the range of music playing today will not match everyone’s taste. However, this post is not about the recent awards show. I’m sharing my thoughts generated from listening to an older song by Bob Dylan titled “My Back Pages”.

Warning - I do often find myself culturally confused so my reasoning might be off. 

I see myself more royal than I am

There are songs for all occasions. The great songs invoke a feeling and maybe a thought. Those feelings range from serious to silly.

I’m left confused about Dylan’s title. Does it refer to his past history. Pages might be a reference to his time at school. The lyrics do have a few school references. If I develop these ideas even more I might achieve a “My Back Posts” post.

The chorus line,

“Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now”
begins my focus.

Older thinking vs. younger thinking - they can’t be described precisely. However, many would agree or at least admit hearing the description giving older thinking a more conservative view and younger thinking the more liberal view. When I read the lyrics of this song with that general description I find the words make more sense. He is telling us his view on life has changed and the change is not what is expected.

Now that I’m older I find myself valuing (even longing) the innocence, wonder, and joy of youth.

“Using ideas as my maps”

I do that with this blog. Using your ideas to guide you means you enjoy some freedom and you are thinking of ideas. Of course if you ideas are trash, poorly researched, well then you might be misguided.

"Half-wracked prejudice leaped forth
"Rip down all hate," I screamed
Lies that life is black and white
Spoke from my skull, I dreamed"
There are a few ideas in those lines but the one that I rank most important is that life is not black and white. Too often people think in black and white terms. Life is not that simple.

If you like the song, are there other phrases/ideas that you would like to share in the comments?

Thursday, January 31, 2019

that's cold

More than a day of temperature below 0 degrees F. Lows going below -20 degrees (which if the online calculator is correct is around -30 degrees Celsius).

That's cold!

Or as Frank Sinatra would say "That's life".

Lot's of these in the desert state of AZ

I'm taking my mind off of our visiting arctic air mass by posting a picture or two from our recent trip to the desert. Arizona has lots of old weathered men. Last month I was able to join them.

We also spent time in southern CA. While there on a raining day we went to March AFB where they have an air museum. The rain kept us mostly inside but on the way in I was surprised to see this plane, a T-39. Not all that special of a plane but it holds a special memory for me. Over my 10 year career in the USAF I only flew once on an Air Force plane. Many, many trips on commercial aircraft. It was a T-39 flight across country to Eglin AFB FL that was my one and only Air Force flight. A great comfortable flight.

like a corporate jet

Also I learned a few things at the museum. Can you guess the name of this lovely lady working for a defense contractor during WW2. You might be able to read it if you click on the picture.

I didn't expect to see this

After she became famous she changed her name to Marilyn Monroe. (oh I guess she dyed her hair blonde a few times too)

I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king

Not really, but I've been a blogger and I know one thing. Each time I find myself, flat on my face. 

It hurts nose and gives a headache.

That's cold.

I know I'll change my tune when I'm back on top in June. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Sweet Blog of Mine

Where it began.
You can begin to knowin by reading the “Short Background”.

I’ve been inclined to make a parody of Sweet Caroline called Sweet Blog of Mine.

Touching words
Touching me
Touching you
Sweet blog of mine, bah bah baah

Yeah someday I’ll finish it.

But for now I’ll just share a picture from the desert.

before the rain

I just got back from a great trip and reunion of many cousins. I’ve been to the desert, got hoarse from a cold with no name. I’m feeling better now. In the desert there was plenty of rain.

Ok how about one more picture. I figured out how to use the panorama mode on my smartphone camera. (click on the pictures to make them bigger)

doing a 180

As you probably know, I love the lyrics of good songs. Sometimes though, I just want to settle back and listen to an instrumental. Meet the culturally confused watermelon man.

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