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The only good thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself.
   –  Oscar Wilde
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2017 For Some
2016 Fragile And Explosive, Provocation And Privacy
2015 Bound Up
2014 Economic Engines
2013 Weren’t You Supposed To Be Reading?
Absent Friends
Where I Stand
2012 Hangin’ With His P’s
Help Save
2011 Six Facets Of Good Leadership

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Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for.
   —  Earl Warren
Former Chief Justice
United States Supreme Court
[You can find the song’s lyrics on my Poems page.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2014 Indispensable Wits
2013 I’d Like To
2012 2012 National League Champions – San Francisco Giants!!
2nd Viewing – No Change
Light Shining Out of Darkness
2011 Just Kickin It
Are These The “Real” Protectors Of America’s Constitution?
2010 Giants Advance To 2010 World Series!!!

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When I got out of the Army, a friend recommended a book to me about a CIA assassin who was also a zen master (yeah, I know, but just go with me for a second).  Anyway, the guy had a garden built in the middle of his house so when it rained he could sit on a cushion, close his eyes and listen to the rain drops hit the various leaves.  The image has always stuck with me…
While I was in Liverpool recently, I was sitting next to an open window (reading) and the memory came back to me, so I closed my eyes and I’ll be darned if I couldn’t hear the drops striking various things – the window, the roof, the trees, etc.
This in turn got me thinking about “rain” themed songs.  Most are usually about crying over a breakup, but some are not.  It turns out there are loads of songs which use this imagery.  Here are some of my favorites from across my life:
Breakups:
It Must Be Raindrops
Listen To The Rhythm Of The Falling Rain
I Wish It would Rain
Happiness and/or Memories:
Singing In The Rain
I Can See Clearly Now
Alabama Rain
Walking In The Rain (With The One I Love)
Shelter From The Storm
As always, read the words (first), then go listen to the songs/music.  If you agree they’re terrific or just bring back memories for you – drop me a comment.  Don’t forget to buy from your source or go visit someone playing live music.  That’s the best way to support the Arts!!
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I was watching the morning news shows last week and it seems there are some mighty gutless folks out there who text message their boyfriend/girlfriend to break up because they just can’t face the other person!!
Let me make it easier on you…  Send them one of these two songs: “It Ain’t Me, Babe” or “Lover’s Cross“.  (The links are to the lyrics, not to the songs.  Go look ’em up yourself!)
By the way, I still think you’re gutless to not face them, but at least this has got a little more flair!
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Today I’ve added a bunch of lyrics and two poems.  One of the poems, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” was actually a poem before it was converted to a song.  The other poem (“Fire And Ice“)  is another of the one’s I learned while a child.  I memorized it because it was meaningful – but mostly because it was short.

 

Next, I’ve added two more patriotic lyrics: “America, The Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner“.  My favorite line from America is “crown thy good, in brotherhood, thy liberty, in law”.

 

The next two are martial (as well as nationalistic), but they represent a very strong side of my personality: “The Ballad of the Green Berets” and “The Marine’s Hymn“.  I always thought I’d grow up to be a Marine, but then I found out they were actually part of the Navy and were mostly based on ships.  Since I didn’t know how to swim and was terrified of the water for most of my life – that was out!  My poor vision kept me out of consideration for a lot of occupations in my life.  I definitely would have considered being Airborne, Ranger and Special Forces.  I guess God had other plans…

 

The final two additions today are both about thinking back.  The first is by Billy Joel, who – for a brief period – was one of my favorite pop stars: “Keeping the Faith“.  The second, is another by Jim Croce: “Operator“.  Sometimes you want sooo bad to make that call — then, never mind!

 

 

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Today I added my first lyrics page.  It’s the song: “Learned the Hard Way Every Time“, written by Jim Croce.  I don’t remember the first time I heard the song.  It was probably back when I was stationed at Fort Lewis in Washington state (just outside of Seattle).

I’ve probably listened to this song a thousand times (that’s “listened to”, not heard).  It still reaches into my soul.  I’m not sure you can say much more about a song (or poem).  I’ve always felt it was a great tragedy Jim Croce died so young.  All three of his main albums were great!  To me, the night of his plane crash, was the second “night the music died”.

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