Sunday, December 24, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Christmas Time Is Here
Friday, December 22, 2006
My Friend Hates Me
Then, last night out of the blue, I received an email from an old friend. He lives in another state, but over the years we had maintained a relationship via the internet and telephone. I saw him a couple of times when I was in town on business. Out of respect for his privacy, I won't print it verbatim, but the gist of it was that he felt like I thought of him as beneath me and not a peer, that I was condescending, and that he wanted to terminate our friendship.
In the words of Vic Ferrari, "Hard to feel good after that."
This came as a shock, and I was taken aback by it. I don't think of him that way, and I told him so. I feel pretty badly about the whole thing.
Anyway, it reminded me of this song (which is essentially a live demo) by P. Hux.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The War on Reason - A Rerun
The War on Christmas is already old news. The fact that people actually discuss it doesn’t surprise me anymore, but it only adds to my post-outrage fatigue. How is that people in this 21st century, living in the wealthiest nation on earth, with access to instant information can be so willfully ignorant? How many people know that Constantine and The Church decided to merge the winter pagan celebration and other European customs with the birth of Jesus for political reasons? How many Christians have ever even heard of Yule?
The very idea that mega-corporations are bowing to pressure from “secularists” because their advertisements say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” should be classed as satire. Does anyone who truly understands the teachings of Jesus Christ actually believe that he would condone the way our culture celebrates his “birthday?” That he would prefer that the corporations who, in order to increase their wealth by appealing to the greed in his potential disciples use the term “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays”? That he would turn a blind-eye to the suffering of so many at the hands of so few and actually promote the corporate agenda whose only purpose in life is to generate wealth through exploitation? That the actions of our president and our government and our corporations and all of us are perfectly acceptable but the words “Happy Holidays” are offensive?
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Courtesy of Mr. Fish
It was not to be.
More by Mr. Fish.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Al Kooper on "Like A Rolling Stone"
Some relevance here to my previous post.
Al Kooper was a driving force behind "The Blues Project." You can read about his many accomplishments here, but I thought it was interesting to hear out of his mouth the story behind him "bluffing" his way onto Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" and contributing one of the most famous organ licks of the 60's.