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Sparkling In The Sand

Favorite Line(s):
When God made you
He had a lot to do
In a day or two
You were my dreams come true
Soul searching eyes
I visualize
A girl with heaven in her soul
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On This Day In:
2020 A Destructive Mistake
I’d Rather Live In HER World
2019 And #IncompetentTrump Is A Failure At Both
2018 To Excel At Your Craft
Day 12: Waiting
2017 Like When You Can Order Others To Fight For You
2016 Holding Fast
2015 Alms Or Balms
2014 A Day At The Beach
2013 Pillows
Steppin’
2012 Invincible Summer
2011 Being Objective
2010 First Things First…
Northwest Passages – Intro
Northwest Passages – Day One
Northwest Passages – Poetry
Northwest Passages – Evening One
Northwest Passages – Morning Two

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What Is Hip?

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So you became part of the new breed
Been smokin’ only the best weed
Been hangin’ out on the so-called hippest set
Being seen at all the right places
Being seen with just the right faces
You should be satisfied
Still it ain’t quite right
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On This Day In:
2020 Remembering…
You KNEW That Man Was Trippin’
2019 Kingslanding
2018 I’d Bet On Taxes
Ooops! I Spoke Too Soon
2017 A Cautionary Wish
2016 Slogging
It’s About…
Man / Man
2015 Memorial Day – 2015
Content People Love To Share
2014 I Resemble That Remark
2013 Long Range Exploration
2012 UBI
2011 Opportunity

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Oakland Stroke

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Driving along on the freeway and this just popped into my head…  What can I say?
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On This Day In:
2020 We Have A Window
2019 No Escape
2018 Except When It Is From The Oval Office
2017 Bad Karma
2016 Poor Management Choices
2015 Is It Still Dark Out?
2014 Rule One
2013 Spelling God’s Name
2012 Love Your Life And Sing
Feeling Under the Weather?
2011 Cheers, Friend!

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So Very Hard To Go

Favorite Line(s):
Ain’t nothin’ I can say
Nothin’ I can do
I feel so bad,
Yeah
I feel so blue
I got to make it right
For everyone concerned
Even if it’s me,
If it means
It’s me
What’s getting burned
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On This Day In:
2019 It’s Obvious
2018 Passed Too Swiftly
2017 On Our Wall (Part 1)
2016 Or The Ripples From A Good Life
2015 Titles And Reputations
2014 Unfolding
2013 Again
2012 Needs
Damned
2011 Potter & Prejudice
Blink, Blink

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Favorite Line(s):
Saw me a girl today
Who walked with such a gentle sway
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On This Day In:
2019 I Wish This Were More True
2018 Used To Rejection
Day 16: Looking Ahead (Just A Little)
2017 Tonight
I Rejoice
2016 Conscientious Courage
Speaking Of Which…
2015 The Beautiful Snow
2014 Nurtured By The Voices
2013 Précis
2012 Fear And Understanding
2011 Just Being Human

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Yesterday afternoon Sean, Junior (his son) and I went to the Concord “Sleeptrain” Pavilion to see the KBLX Mount Diablo Jazz Festival.   The performances were by:
Lucy Woodward
Brian Culbertson
Natalie Cole
George Benson
Tower Of Power
Lucy Woodward was completely new to me.  It was the opening act and while her voice was good, the song choices seemed more appropriate to a nightclub venue and definitely after-dark feel.  Lucy’s site is interesting in that it has relatively high production value for someone with so little recorded experience.
Brian Culbertson was also completely new to me.  I admit I’m not a big jazz follower anymore – and, not that I ever really was.  I kind of floated in and out of jazz and found it mostly when listing to pop sounds (like George Benson) and / or big bands.  Anyway, Brian was very high-energy!  The production level was appropriate for a large venue and the hour was a good introduction to Brian.  His web site is very high-production value and interesting.  His latest album is called “XII” – mostly because it is his twelfth album.  Not terribly original…
Natalie Cole was next up.  She was fantastic!!  The only things I could object to were I was too far away and she wasn’t on for a full show (only one hour).  I was completely taken by her voice, band and song choice.  A couple of them almost made me tear up.  Natalie’s web site needs some major work!!  Basically, it’s a single page with just her tour dates.
George Benson was the “head-liner” of the show.  In all honesty, he was a distant third-place.  The music was excellent, but he simply had a bad night or he doesn’t have the pipes anymore to perform live.  He wasn’t particularly entertaining as a scat singer or when using traditional vocals.  Good thing playing is his strong suit.  They did most of the really big hits, but it just didn’t get me.
Tower of Power closed out the night.  TOP has always been one of my favorite groups and last night the music was tight!  They were the most enjoyable when they were playing their hits, but not stringing a seven minute song out to twelve minutes.  One, “There’s Only So Much Oil In the Ground” was timely given the BP oil disaster, but it was unnecessarily “extended”.  As a long time fan of the group, it’s sad to see them age physically.  There was a point where the whole horn section drops to one knee and then gets up.  They managed to hit the pose, but more than one had physical problems getting back to his feet.  [Sigh.] The practical effects of being on stage when you’re over sixty years old.  It’s a shame music can make you feel young, but it doesn’t actually make you young.
Anyway, Tower of Power still rock and they brought back a flood of memories!
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