“Motorcycle Drive By” “God of Wine” – Third Eye Blind – “Third Eye Blind” (1997)

Jan 19
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“I’ve got a whole lot of family here tonight” but it’s still lonely.

This place looks pallid and in need of a good night’s sleep on the outside but on the inside there’s energy, love, remembrance, and unity. But, it’s still lonely.

I had a daydream the other day, and when I got back, I realized that I was fully zoned into a place about 25 years ago and mom and dad were about my current age. They were just doing normal stuff. They were heading out to run errands. Mom was going to United to buy supplies for catering jobs. Pops was getting ready to go to work or something. It was mid-day during the spring or early summer. It gave me a double take because it was just a normal, mundane set of images of something that I have seen a hundred times but I felt like I was, in real time, going to jump in my car and go over them and help them with whatever. They don’t come visit me in my dreams or pop in and say hi (like some other relatives have experienced); I just kind of carry them with me in the way I do things so it was weird.

I see glimpses of them in my family members’ faces tonight and of other people who aren’t here who have already passed or who are still with us. To be lonely in a crowded room, full of people who love me, and who I’ve known my entire life; it’s actually a good place to feel this way. We’re all connected.

– DAVE

“Till The End” – Curtis Harding – “Face Your Fear” (2017)

Jan 18
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Sometimes people just swear because they don’t really have anything to say. Like “hmmm, I can’t get anyone’s attention because I’ve got squat to say… maybe if I throw a fuck into the mix a few heads will turn.” I do it on occasion when I’m saying some inconsequential stuff and, for some strange reason, would rather try to make people listen to me then just be quiet and think of something more meaningful to say. But sometimes, a good old fashion, thread bare, naughty word is just what is in order to apply the right spice to a sentence. “Wait a minute, where the fuck you goin'” is s perfect mix of ingredients. It’s like two star, Thai red curry. The mouth gets a little warm but it doesn’t really burn or leave any lingering effects.

Curtis Harding is the fuckin’ shit – a real brother beamed in from the 70’s or some shit.

– DAVE

“People Say (feat. Redman) – Wu-Tang Clan – “The Saga Continues” (2017)

Jan 17
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I got a heaping ladle full of self-assurance today from somebody who left me with a general sense of that’s some serious bullshitty bravado. I got a lot of clarity, fear, and focus from someone who would, in some cases, think that “Tsar Bomba” is cool. “Some cases” being cases in a horror movie and not a Google App that could scare the shit out of you. I’m encouraged by my younger people who are motivated to duck and cover and disappointed by some of my peers who are stuck on “meh.” Focus – we are connected.

– DAVE

“Bury Me” – George Glew (2017)

Jan 16
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I keep having thoughts about our (Hawaii’s) false alarm on Saturday. I never really thought, at the time that it was happening, that I was going to die or that the state or island would take a hit. But, I have thought more about those possibilities since then. I had an after-the-fact thought of “am I good with myself if it happens?” Stupid question! What good is it to waste time contemplating that? Even to waste five seconds telling myself “yeah, I’m good” or “no, I’m not ready” – and distracting myself from helping to get my people and pets into the best possible space to ride out whatever comes next – is a huge waste of time.

We’re all connected – everybody. I can’t control a button pusher 12 miles of 4,800 miles away but I am connected, in some personal way, to a ton of people around me and globally. Even if “I’m good” was my answer that doesn’t work for connected people. “I’m good” isn’t human nature and isn’t a trait that leads to our survival. “No, I’m not ready” even for those who are ready, should be everyone’s answer who has someone who they are connected to.

– DAVE

“Here I Come” – Dennis Brown – “Wolves and Leopards” (1977)

Jan 15
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Something good had to have happened because of the false alarm. People rallied to try to save or preserve their people. Someone who was having a really hard time with things maybe got a 38 minute jolt of resiliency-infused adrenaline and did all they could to make sure they could stay alive into the 39th minute and beyond. People told their loved ones how they really felt and what they meant to each other – in a lot of cases for the first time in a long time.

This was the push alert that all push alerts will aspire to be when tallying double takes and spilled coffee. I have gone from “fire the bums” who don’t know how to handle their push alerting duties to “I feel sorry for that person or persons, that really sucks, they might still be bums… but that still sucks.” We all make mistakes and that’s a really fucked up mistake to have to deal with.

– DAVE

“Kickstart My Heart” – Mötley Crüe – “Dr. Feelgood” (1989)

Jan 13
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I was at the gym, and spent the first 13 minutes of an impending missile strike, earbuds in, volume at ten, oblivious to what could have been the end. Would it have been a bad way to go cranking “Kickstart My Heart” as I evaporated? It most likely comes off as crass to ask this question but it literally could have been what happened.

“I love you,” hugs, and a lack of regret are all in order because next time it might not be some poor bruddah accidentally hitting the wrong button but the real deal. Life goes by fast and we keep making things that try to give us more time but maybe we should eliminate a distraction or two and focus on one or two things that are more important than everything else on our dashboard.

– DAVE

“Nothing Compares 2 U” – Prince (feat. Rosie Gaines) – “The Hits/The B-Sides” (1993)

Jan 13
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Yes sir, nothing compares 2 u. I was reading the lyrics, after listening to this for about the 7th time today, and I started wondering how many people have drunk texted this word for word at 2:30 in the morning. ‘Cause someone has, right? Like a bunch of people. And then, damn, too late, too slow, why did your boozy brain and compromised reflexes hit “send.”

– DAVE

“Mathematics” – Mos Def – “Black on Both Sides” (1999)

Jan 12
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This is one of my hip hop go to jams numbers for sure. It’s been that way for awhile but it hadn’t dawned on me before that I need to dissect this and turn it into part of a lesson plan since I’m, ya’ know, a math teacher.

– DAVE

“Should I Stay or Should I Go – The Clash – “Combat Rock” (1982)

Jan 10
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Lots of throwbacks over the last few days – I need some 90’s and aughts to smooth out this patch. But first, “split.”

esta indecision me molesta
si no me quieres, librame
digame que tengo ser
no sabes que ropas me queda
me tienes que decir
me debo ir o quedarme

– DAVE

“Only You” – The Flying Pickets – “Lost Boys” (1984)

Jan 10
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This little song has definitely made the rounds as a cover. Enrique Inglesias, Kylie Minogue, Joshua Radin, and Selena Gomez are some of the big names who have put their stamp on it. I listened to those artists’ versions and they are all good and quite distinct. But, if I’m going to post this song, it’s going to be the original featuring Alison Moyet, who was kind of my go-to female pop voice back in the day, or the original cover (funny pairing of words) by The Flying Pickets. Besides the fact that The Flying Pickets version stands out in a uniqueness challenge because of the a cappella delivery, it was also their “one hit” moment in the sun. Good pop songs can be hard to come by and have short shelf lives but this one has stayed fresh for a long time.

– DAVE