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You Were Always On My Mind

Favorite Line(s):
If I made you feel
Second best
Girl, I’m sorry
I was blind
But you were always on my mind
You were always on
My mind
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On This Day In:
2020 Rising Danger
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2019 Never Let ‘Em See You Sweat
2018 Just Two?
2017 Living Without Love
Good News!
2016 At This Moment
2015 Still Dreaming
2014 Good Wins
2013 Before
2012 Look To This Day
2011 One View Of Man

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One In A Row

Favorite Line(s):
And if you can look into my eyes
One time without telling lies
Well that makes one in a row
One in a row, one in a row
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On This Day In:
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2019 Contributing To Congress
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2018 But Take Heart
Poetic Marker
2017 The Few, The Many, The Most
2016 To My Brother
2015 For Junior
A Roman Rome
2014 Hmmm
2013 What’s A Motto With You?
2012 Worthy Companions
2011 Bourne Again
Which Ten Are You In?

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Yesterday’s Wine

Favorite Line(s):
Miracles appear in the strangest of places
Fancy meeting you here
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On This Day In:
2020 Where #45 Is Leading The Republican Party
2019 Your Own Blog Posts
The Man With A Code
2018 Choose Goodness
2017 Developing Translations
2016 Think Like A Hero
2015 Reductionism
2014 Gravitation, n.
2013 Ups And Downs
2012 Nerd Heard – And Good-Bye
Your Continuum
2011 Career Tips (Part 2)

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Hello Walls

Favorite Line(s):
Well look here,
is that a teardrop
in the corner
of your pane?
Now don’t you
try to tell me
that’s it’s rain.
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On This Day In:
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2018 A Reluctant Joiner
#IncompetentDonald: On The Road To Ruin
2017 He Says, It Says
2016 Marriage Advice
2015 To James (and ‘Tasha)
2014 Ssshhush, You Are Not Alone
2013 So I Chose Living…
2012 For However Short A Time…
2011 Take A Deep Breath And Continue (Or Not)
2010 Tootsie-Roll Day

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Me And Paul

Favorite Line(s):
It’s been rough and rocky travelin’,
But I’m finally standin’ upright on the ground.
After takin’ several readings,
I’m surprised to find my mind’s still fairly sound.
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On This Day In:
2019 A Dynamic And Adaptable System
2018 Speak Your Mind
2017 And I Thought It Was Just Me Getting Old
2016 One For Whole
2015 A Good Present
2014 And Your Point Is?
2013 Our Never-Ending Task
Furloughed
2012 More Mature Than I Thought
2011 Outlaw’s Music
Can Do!

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I Gotta Get Drunk

Favorite Lines:
There’s a lot of doctors that tell me
That I’d better start to slowin’ it down
But there’s more old drunks
Than there are old doctors
So I guess we’d better have another round
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On This Day In:
2019 Four Buffett’s
2018 Change Happens
Day 13: Ginger / Mint Relief
2017 Still Removing Bricks
2016 Namaste
2015 Still Learning
2014 Dark Processes
2013 To The Last Link
2012 Slept In Again
2011 Home Again, Naturally
2009 Thoughts after a long day of OT…

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[Happy Valentine’s Day, Hil!!  You are always on my mind…
All my love,
Always,
Your Kev
XXX
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On This Day In:
2016 Happy Valentine’s Day – 2016!!
2015 To My Special Lady
2014 Awakening
2013 Drowsy In Comfort
2012 Happy Valentine’s Day
2011 Own Your Bible

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Today I was browsing around on YouTube, just listening to this and that, and I found a song by someone I think is an under-appreciated artist: Glen Campbell and the song is “Less Of Me“.
Despite the fact that Glenn Campbell has had a phenomenal career spanning decades (50+ years!) with multiple hits (70 albums), I think he took a little flak for being in the transition period (when country was Nashville and fading) during the ascendancy of Rock / Disco and Rhythm and Blues (aka “Soul”) – in other words – Pop music.  It didn’t help his street cred that he had a variety show on TV.  In the background, Glen Campbell was a terrific musician and song writer who cut his teeth playing as a “session” musician.  Basically, he played a lot of background music for other artists.
Glen Campbell has retired now for health reasons.  I compare him to Willie Nelson (in country music), Bob Dylan (folk / pop music) and a hand full of others whose careers have spanned 50 years, we may never see his like again…
As always, enjoy the words / lyrics, go listen to the song on your favorite music provider and then go listen to some live music.  Support the Arts!  While you’re on my Poems page, feel free to check out some of my poems, some of my favorite poems and speeches (by others) and the lyrics of other songs I like.  Quite a few of them are older songs, some are funny, some are sad, some just remind me of past friends or earlier days.  Enjoy!!
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On This Day In:
2012 Rise Up!
The Gift
2011 Artful Courage
2010 A Handful of Lessons…

 

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The passing of Neil Armstrong today reminded me of another great American who I recently read hasn’t been doing too well lately: Willie Nelson.
I was never much of a “country” music fan until I got to Germany while I was serving in the Army.  My roommate was from Dallas, Texas and had been a DJ while working his way through college.  Anyway, he liked lots of different types of music, but was particularly fond of country and was a big fan of Willie’s.  Many is the night we sat around listening to Willie, drinking and playing cards.
Although my roommate was a “typically” obnoxious Texan about most things, he did manage to pass on to me a deep appreciation for country music and I’ll always be grateful for that.
Anyway, here’s the lyrics to one of my favorite Willie Nelson songs: “Always On My Mind“.  I think all hard-working family men will be able to appreciate the words and the spirit of the song.  And hopefully, a bunch of you long suffering wives will too…
As always, enjoy the lyrics and then go listen to Willie sing it.  It’s been covered by loads of others, so take your pick of your favorite…
And, Willie, get well soon.  You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
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One of the great American treasures of music is Willie Nelson.  Way back when I was in the Army I fell in love with his songs and song lyrics.  Today I’m including one of his classics on my Poems page.  The song is titled: “Me And Paul“.  It’s the story of hard times for a free spirit in the Country Music genre.
Although, I’ve “interpreted” the lyrics, this is one song you can’t “feel” just from reading the words.  You really have to go listen to it.  Highly recommended!!
The song is from his “Wanted! Outlaws” album, which is really a group /compilation album of Willie performing with Jessi Colter, Tompall Glaser and Waylon Jennings.  This was the first country music album to go platinum and it’s said that after this album, Nashville’s total domination of country music ended.  I guess the key word in that is “total”, as I still feel Nashville is pretty dominant.  This is the second song from this album to get added to my Poems page.  The first was “Put Another Log On The Fire” – another equally great life ‘n laughter song.
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When I was very young, I loved country music.  As I grew older, I discovered R&B and Rock.  My tastes grew to include most of the music we generally remember from the 60’s thru to today – ballads, show-tunes (musicals), Pop, Disco, and folk music.  Some artists transcend the trends of today and become – for me, anyway – kind of living legends.  Part of that comes from individual songs or albums being great and part of it comes from longevity and the sheer magnitude and volume of work they have created…
To me, one of the greatest song writers of all time is Willie Nelson.  Yes, he’s been writing (and performing) since the 50’s.  Yes, he’s put out a Godzillion number of albums.  Yes, he’s managed to crossover (on occasion) to mainstream and not so mainstream.  Yes, he’s had more million seller singles than I have fingers and toes.  But, he also means something more…
I’m not sure how to define what “more” is, but I  see it in more than 20 years of “FarmAid” concerts, I see it in the hole in the front of Willie’s guitar, I see it (and hear it) in the lyrics of his songs.  One of my favorites is “Hello Walls“.   If you can measure “true” poetry – whatever that is – by how it plays on your ears as well as your heart, consider the lines: “Is that a teardrop in the corner of your pane? Don’t try to tell me that it’s rain.” as the singer talks to a window.  I imagine the window thinks: “Is that a raindrop in the center of your pain?  Don’t try to tell me that it’s not.”  (Yes, I know my rhyme isn’t as good as his!  He’s Willie Nelson, not me.)
Anyway, the play on sounds (pane vs. pain) has always seemed brilliant to me and I would love the lyrics if for nothing else than this one verse.
My second addition to the poetry page is not a poem at all.  It’s actually a speech.  The Gettysburg Address is probably one of, if not the most famous speech in American history.  I’ve taken some liberties with Mr. Lincoln’s prose and reformatted it as if it were a poem.  When I read the Gettysburg Address, this is the way I imagine it being said.
The more I read about American history and the Civil War, the more I read about Lincoln and think about true leadership, the more I come to understand the meaning of giving “the last full measure of devotion” in order “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.  I pray for those in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan and throughout the world.
I pray our President will see the folly of continuing pointless wars and that he will bring our sons and daughters home!
In the meantime, we all need to agree to disagree.  We need to remember you can disagree with someone without hating them for their views. We need to work hard for the side we honestly support as being the best for all Americans (not just us as individuals), and we need to VOTE and encourage others to vote!  Vote in November and vote in 2012!!
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