Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

For a fifth straight week it’s 3 new songs in and 3 old songs out and still only two songs missing for my Top 40 for the week .

Missing songs this week:
Out Of Time – Stone Temple Pilots, Solid Ground – Tom Keifer,
New to the Spotify list this week:
Breaking Point- Bullet For My Valentine, Long Way To Go – Andrew Stockdale,  Feel the Same – Candlelight Red
Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
God Is Dead?- Black Sabbath, Anastasia – Slash, In The End – Black Veil Brides

For the larger (once again nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s new music to enjoy this week, including the latest single from Kiss, new music from SOiL (with the return of Ryan McCombs), another bluesy number from newcomer ZZ Ward and more. You can find it at this link

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

The top of the playlist remains pretty stable but there’s plenty of jockeying for position down below.  For the fourth straight week it’s 3 new songs in and 3 old songs out and still only two songs missing for my Top 40 for the week .

Missing songs this week:
Out Of Time – Stone Temple Pilots, Solid Ground – Tom Keifer,
New to the Spotify list this week:
Beast – Nico Vega, You Think You Know – Device, In It To Win It – Saliva
Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Dead City Radio- Rob Zombie, One Finger & A Fist – Drowning Pool, More Than Fate – Eye Empire

For the larger (once again nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s new music to enjoy this week, including a fun video from Deep Purple, the playlist debuts of new artists Girl On Fire and Gloomball and more. You can find it at this link

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

The top of the playlist remains pretty stable but there’s plenty of jockeying for position down below.  For the third straight week it’s 3 new songs in and 3 old songs out but now only two songs missing from my Top 40 for the week .

Missing songs this week:
Out Of Time – Stone Temple Pilots, Solid Ground – Tom Keifer,
New to the Spotify list this week:
It Ain’t Right – One Bad Son, Nothing Left But Tears – Buckcherry, Love/Hate Relationship – Trapt
Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Decay- Sevendust,  Adrenalize – In This Moment, Feeling Good – The Sheepdogs

For the larger (once again nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s a downright ridiculous amount of new music to enjoy, with at least a dozen new songs added.    Highlights include the second single from the just released album by Atlanta’s own Almost Kings, the first track from the forthcoming solo album by Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish), and songs from new bands galore including Redrum, The Mercy House, The Zero Sum and much more. You can find it at this link

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3 Things (for 6/12/13)

If you were here earlier in the week then you know how this works.  You get to hear about three things that are on my mind, whatever they happen to be.  Pretty simple, huh?

Be nice, I meant the concept, not my mind.

1) Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons seems like a nice enough guy, good young ballplayer.  But with all the attention paid to the hitting woes of B.J. Upton (.161),  Dan Uggla (.193) and Jason Heyward (.215), perhaps not enough has been noted about Simmons woeful performance as a leadoff hitter.  His .258 on-base percentage is the worst in the NL among players with 150 plate appearances batting 1st, and not by a small margin.  30 points worse than the guy one spot ahead of him, nearly 60 points worse than the one ahead of that.    His OBP is nearly 70 points higher batting in all other spots in the order.   Time to put an end to this particular failed experiment & find another solution.

2)  Legendary comedienne Joan Rivers turned 80 over the weekend.  A weekly talk-show where she roasts celebrities for their fashion faux pas, a successful fashion line that includes marathon hype sessions on QVC, a personal life that has had a share of tough moments, through it all though she endures.  Granted, she’s had enough work done at this point that it often seems she has a hard time moving her face but y’know, at 80, if I’m still going as hard as she does then screw what I look like.  Props Joan, keep doing what you do.

3)  The fact that a convicted felon was finally taken into custody on a warrant for violating probation is faint comfort after he spent ten days free on bond courtesy of an apparently clueless local Magistrate “Judge”.  Perhaps only in Berekely-on-the-Oconee could releasing a multiple offender, with possible gang connections, after they had tried to disarm a police officer, seem like good “judgment”.  The court system in Clarke County continues to slide downhill  with every questionable – much less completely inexcusable – decision, seemingly always in favor of putting clearly dangerous criminals back on the street as quickly as possible.  I fear that it’s going to take some enormous tragedy to create enough momentum to get some common sense back in both the judicial and prosecutorial aspects here, and I’m sad to say that even that might not be enough.

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3 Things (for 6/10/13)

I think I’ll try something new.  Or something old that I haven’t done much lately so it might seem new.

One of the easiest ways for me to write is what I think of as an “Andy Rooney” column.   You know, that stream of consciousness ramble that started with “Did’ya ever wonder …” and covered a variety of bullet points and one-liners long enough to fill his whole 60 Minutes segment for a week.

Between Facebook and Twitter there’s really not a shortage of opportunities to do that sort of thing now but sometimes there’s things that either don’t fit into 150 characters or just feel a little off as a status update.

I’m not sure frequently I’ll end up doing this kind of entry but, for now, let’s see what I’ve got.  It’s certainly a mixed bag tonight.

1)  The NBA barely registers on my radar at all but that Lebron James blocked shot was a lot of fun to watch (unless you’re from San Antonio).  I find myself pulling for the Heat much of the time simply because they are at least vaguely interesting as a storyline, this series is no different.  And by “pulling for the Heat” I really mean wanting them to win but not caring nearly enough to do anything more than check the ESPN.com sports ticker occasionally throughout the night.  Not counting involuntary viewing at a restaurant or something of that nature, I literally can’t recall the last time I stopped a television on an NBA game.  At least several years I believe … but that block was fun.

2) Sting and Fleetwood Mac played simultaneous shows in Atlanta tonight.  If you went (or wished you did) then good on you, I hope you had a blast.  That said however, after seeing a question about “if you had to choose” the only thought I had was that the only way I could have endured either was a gunpoint and even then there’d have been a good chance I’d have snatched the gun away and put myself out of my misery.   Stevie Nicks bleating like one of the Billy Goats Gruff or Sting trying to bore me to death, that’s a choice right up there with being burned alive with a flamethrower or napalm.

3) Speaking of flamethrowers … the treacherous likes of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden make me very nostalgic for the good old days. Untimely “brake failure” or a sudden “heart attack ” might very well have provided a small measure of justice for those two sorry bastards.    I’d prefer a firing squad for treason (under the “aid & comfort” provision) but as far as I’m concerned the proverbial shadowy “accident” of fiction and lore would be better than watching get off with a slap on the wrist (if that much even happens).

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It’s where you find it

This post might turn out to be more of an interesting exercise than I expected.  It’s one that I started nearly three weeks ago only to get knocked off track.  In the meantime, my conclusion is different that what I was expecting.  (I’ll show you where the break came when we get there).
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A few days ago I made a couple of comments about my own lack of wisdom.  Nothing unusual, I tend toward self-deprecation  on anything remotely serious, a pretty common defense mechanism I guess.  Truth is, though, I think I might actually be getting little wiser than I used to be.  I’m not bragging or anything, it’s likely a sign of just how far I had to go as much as anything.

Aristotle said “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”   After spending close to three decades trying to figure myself out, I think I’ve got a lot of that part covered.  In some ways that goes back to the self-deprecation thing, there’s nobody who knows my faults better than I do, I’ve spent plenty of time examining them.  Truth is, if I didn’t get me figured out reasonably well, there were pretty serious doubts (and fair reason to doubt) there was going to be much left of me to figure out.

But this really isn’t about how wise I’ve supposedly gotten, it’s about why I believe I might be a little wiser and, moreover, how I think I’m getting that way.

“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”
Marcel Proust

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And that’s where my train of thought derailed.

In hindsight that was almost predictable.  I was probably almost to the point of being cocky, feeling good about the sudden surge of insight and self-improvement or whatever the heck it was.

I was heading for something along the lines of “I’ve spent all these years trying to figure me out, suddenly I seem to be getting some real insight into other people”.  The good part about this wave of knowledge or wisdom or whatever was — the part that had me feeling a little giddy — that I was actually learning as much about myself through them as anything.   It’s a little hard to explain without going into far more detail and specifics than I consider appropriate, but suffice (maybe) to say that through some of these encounters & learning experiences I honestly felt like I grew as a person.  I was able to set aside some things that had bothered me for literally decades.  It doesn’t seem healthy to me for anything to be stuck in your craw for that long, logically I figure anything that old has to spoil or even become downright toxic.

That’s the good part.

The not-so-good part is when I got a stern reminder of just how much further I have to go.    My increasingly evolved, oh-so-wise, new-and-improved self stumbled headlong into a situation that left me with a furrowed brow and a definitely deflated ego.  In the grand scheme of life it’s really not something that’s a big deal … but it was something that fit precisely into an area where I was so proud of all my new-found development.

When this entry started, I said I wanted to talk about not only why I thought I was getting a little bit wiser and how I thought I was getting that way.  I think I’ve managed the first part of that, the second is tougher now that I’ve come back — or been brought back — to reality.

What I was going to say was something along the lines of how I thought that maybe self-awareness only gets you so far, that I was starting to believe that maybe some lessons required other people.  Certainly some of the quite random interactions that had taken me toward this supposed enlightenment were the catalysts for the new understanding.  These were things that had been unresolved, or at least unsettled, for years until those people & situations came along.  In each case, I really came away with this sort of mystical sense that “this was not accidental, this was what you were supposed to learn and this was the time for you to learn it”.  To be honest, it was all rather cool, it’s a good feeling to know that you’re being taught AND that you’re learning the lesson.  Quite satisfying.

And then … this.  Smacked upside the head by the realization that you’re still somewhere around mastering subtraction with single digit whole numbers but the End Of Course Test covers something like vector calculus.  And no, I really don’t even know what the hell vector calculus is, much less how to do it.  But it sounds complicated.

See why this entry stalled out?  I mean, what’s the point here?  I had one when I started, honest.  But when the very premise I was working from unceremoniously popped like a cheap balloon from a 3rd-rate pizza place, this was pretty much adrift. And then tonight I wandered back around to this and figured maybe the ending, or the lack of a happy ending, was actually THE point in the first place.

See, I started out to talk a bit about the journey.  Maybe it wouldn’t have been much more than my usual rambling, but it at least felt like it had some purpose or point.   What hits me now is that this is also just part of the journey.  My next lesson to be learned was something like how the journey never ends, that there’s several ways to advance toward Go! (and $200), and that sometimes “You have been elected chairman of the board” just means you have to pay each player $50.

Less fun that the $11 prize for winning second place in a beauty contest … but the game continues.

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Ready To Rock (weekly playlists)

Where did the week go?  And how did it get to be Friday all of a sudden?  I’ll just cut to the chase since I’m running behind.   For the second straight week there’s 3 new songs in, 3 old songs out and 3 songs missing from my Top 40 for the week .

Missing songs this week:
Out Of Time – Stone Temple Pilots, Solid Ground – Tom Keifer, It Ain’t Right – One Bad Son
New to the Spotify list this week:
Misery Loves My Company – Three Days Grace, Burn It Down – Mindset Evolution, That Day – Nonpoint
Dropping off the Spotify list this week:
Vilify – Device, Walking Shoes – The Virginmarys, Straightjacket Supermodel – Eve To Adam

For the larger (once again nearly 200 songs) YouTube version there’s a lot of new music to enjoy, including the debut of Mindset Evolution, the first song from the forthcoming solo album by Jon Oliva (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Ochestra), a nice downtempo track from Smile Empty Soul,  and another new song from Digital Summer. You can find it at this link

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