Night Music: Keeping It To Myself

October 24, 2016

Poem: In Those Days

October 24, 2016


in those days,

when we had nothing to lose,

when a shoestring would have

busted our budget,

you wouldn’t have been mawkish

if we’d lived in a belfry;

you wouldn’t have been angry

if it was ringing with bats.

you’d have loved it, and loved

life and loved me while doing it.


but these days,

when we have everything,

if it’s not designed by a consortium

of the better known architects

we don’t even look,

don’t even disturb our coiffeured

minds for a moment

unless it has the imprimatur

that others love it

and is, therefore, worth loving.



Dinner Tonight #8

October 23, 2016


A chicken, sausage, pepper, and potato bake. Thanks once again to Chef John!

Image: Hawaiian Ferns

October 23, 2016

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Happy 6,020th Birthday World!

October 23, 2016

According to the calculations of Archbishop Usher of Armargh, today is the earth’s birthday.  His calculations led him to believe that God created the world on October 23rd, 4004 BC.

Now, there are those who say his math is wrong, but let’s not quibble on our birthday!

Night Music: Kodachrome

October 22, 2016

RIP Phil Chess

October 21, 2016

phil-chessIt is with a great sense of loss that I heard this morning of the death of Phil Chess on Wednesday. With his brother Leonard, he created Chess Records which brought “race” music to a wider audience, helped give birth to rock ‘n’ roll, and in turn inspired a whole generation of British artists such as the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.

Chess records — which gave us Etta James, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Chuck Berry, and so many more — made Chicago the world capital of the blues. Their popularisation of black music helped spawn the white variant that eventually came to be rock ‘n’ roll.

Phil Chess was 96 years old.