“NEEDSUMBODY” – ABRA (2017)

Oct 30
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– DAVE

“Alive and Kicking” – Simple Minds – “Once Upon A Time” (1985)

Oct 28
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Each and every day. Get it!

– DAVE

“Weather to Fly” – Elbow – “The Seldom Seen Kid” (2008)

Oct 23
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– DAVE

“Blow Up The Outside World” – Soundgarden – “Down On The Upside” (1996)

Oct 21
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I love my hometown. In five days, I will officially not have a home here anymore but this place will always be home. This place, like most places, is changing. There are more people, signs of gentrification everywhere, Seattle people trying to show how “Seattle” they are, and proof everywhere that this place is a “place to be.” I would move back here for the right situation but for now, it’s warmer pastures. People are bundling up and withdrawing to their cozy confines for the next 6 or 7 months. I’m gonna go home tomorrow and sit outside and have a beer. It ain’t a bad life when you can say that most of your livin’ has been done in Seattle or Hawaii.

– DAVE

“Three Pistols” – The Tragically Hip – “Road Apples” (1991)

Oct 21
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RIP Gord Downie.

I say, bring on the brand new renaissance
‘Cause I think I’m ready
I’ve been shaking all night long
But my hands are steady

– DAVE

“Everyone Moves Away” – The Posies – “Dear 23” (1990)

Oct 20
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Lots of good talks with my papasan over the last two days. We talked about him growing up in Tokelau. We talked about mom. We talked about when he gets better and comes and stays with me in Hawaii. He told me he’s proud of me. He told me how much he loves my siblings and his grandkids. He told me he’s tired and if he leaves us soon, it’s okay and not to be sad. He told me he wants clam chowder for lunch tomorrow. He told me I should move to Tula and live in my grandma’s house.

He told me that it’s hard that my brother and I live so far away but he understands. “That’s life” he said. People have to do their own thing and he is supportive of what we are doing. That’s the thing that I appreciate the most about my pops. He’s old school; he’s old school AF. But, a long time ago he kind of untethered his wishes for what I do and how I lead my life from what an old school, blue collar, religious Tokelau and American Samoan born and raised guy envisioned from his kids. It’s not like I went all crazy and shit but at that guy’s core is for a son who is more church-going, a little more in tune with Samoan customs and a little more conservative. But, a long time ago, he decided that he was going to be proud and happy with whatever I did.

Tuesday afternoon, being 3,000 miles away and hearing the tone and message coming out of his mouth was hard. We aren’t done yet but it’s been two days and that guy is hanging in there and talking about the next five years of his life.

He wants me to go home on Sunday, no matter what’s going on with him. He doesn’t want me to miss anymore work. Of all the things pops taught me, it’s to get up and go to work. Every. Single. Day. That’s what he did forever. He had sick time, he could have stayed in once in awhile, but he didn’t, ever. Dude, would be sick as a freakin’ pack of dogs and go work in a machine shop that alternated between being too hot and too cold, every single day. No. Matter. What.

Since I stopped doing everything he told me to do, a few decades ago, we’ll see if I actually leave on Sunday. Such a disobedient son.

– DAVE

“When The Levee Breaks” – Led Zeppelin – “Led Zeppelin IV” (1971)

Oct 16
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There are so many, independently, moving parts in my life right now. They aren’t just moving; they’ve gone into overdrive although for all I knew they only ever had one gear, maybe two, at the most. This isn’t all good or bad but the thing that is bad, is of the sort that is permanent and changes who you are a little bit. But, it’s all just life – the shit that life brings and the kinds of stuff that make you realize that you are really living and participating.

– DAVE

“We Are Never Apart” – Nick Mulvey – “Wake Up Now” (2017)

Oct 16
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I was out watching that terrible, horrible, wake-up-in-the-morning-and-ask-yourself “did that game really happen” game last night… and man did that game ruin my night at the local establishment. Anyways, I was out watching the game last night, and two Citizen Cope songs got spun on the new-fangled jukebox thingie. It made me realize that my rebuilt playlists don’t have enough stuff from Mr. Greenwood. It also reminded me of this song which reminds me of Citizen Cope. I think it’s because there are a couple notes strung together that remind of “D’Artagnan’s Theme.”

Nick Mulvey seems like a guy that everyone’s about to know about. Kind of in a Hosier or Michael Franti kind of way.

Well I don’t know how else to say it
In a different way
But why don’t you just fade away
‘Cause there’s a battle going on
Down south of Babylon
So why don’t you just fade away

– Citizen Cope

I know, words from the wrong song, dummy. It’s “Mix and Match Sunday.” Hmm, not very catchy. “Swappin’ Sundays?”

– DAVE

“You Don’t Know How It Feels” – Tom Petty – “Wildflowers” (1994)

Oct 15
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Here’s another nice Petty Cover by Jack Johnson and friends including Alfie Jurvanen. I was YouTubing all things Petty tribute while procrastinating on a project this morning and found this. Today also happens to be my anniversary. Our wedding DJ (aka Primo Dude) played this song as we were winding down. My best (non-biological brother) man and I did this weird, two-steppish “I love you man” slow dance to this song. The things that I remember 22 years later. Only the important stuff.

– DAVE

“Drunk Americans” – Toby Keith – “35 MPH Town” (2015)

Oct 14
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Because it’s Friday night which typically has a habit of being followed by Saturday night but mostly because Corona’s # 1 fan has found his way to HI. I’ve been doing a lot of bragging lately about my special suit of armor that allows me to pop out of bed feeling no worse for wear on nights after repeatedly saying things like “one more round” or “make it a double.” But, I haven’t forgotten my home address or to close out my tab in a long time so I could be tested tomorrow.

– DAVE