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“The Old Wisdom” by Jane Goodall

When the night wind makes the pine trees creak
And the pale clouds glide across the dark sky,
Go out my child, go out and seek
Your soul: The Eternal I.

For all the grasses rustling at your feet
And every flaming star that glitters high
Above you, close up and meet
In you: The Eternal I.

Yes, my child, go out into the world; walk slow
And silent, comprehending all, and by and by
Your soul, the Universe, will know
Itself: the Eternal I.


When I was younger I always found the National Geographic shows about Jane Goodall living with chimps interesting, but I didn’t know Jane wrote poetry until I watched her on Bill Moyers.


this is my new friend lakota … she was rescued from a neglectful master by 2nd male human in our dwelling on the eve of givingthanks that humans celebrate by cooking a large dead bird and eating it … there were many other delicious new smells in our dwelling also that complemented the dead bird

this new dog dweller of our dwelling is like me roscoe a dog that our 1st male human dweller resists dwelling with us and he is alpha male and we respect him but we still dwell

prior to us dog dwellers there was cat dweller tucker who is still with us but who did not speak until senior cat dweller zappa died .. . who got his name because 1st female human dweller thought naming him that to gain acceptance by 1st male human who enjoyed the creations of air-sculpture-magician of that name

tucker stays away from lakota and might be ascared because lakota is big … tucker and i roscoe run and play but i am smaller than tucker .. but i am much smaller than lakota and i am not ascared cause i am senior dog of dwelling

will tucker dwell successfully with lakota … will 1st male human dwell successfully with what is becoming dwelling like a barn … stay tuned …

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I have two main storage areas for my music collection, in the family room and a small room in the basement I call the vault. Above is the family room, below the vault.

When I mentioned posting something about my cds it was said, “I expect your massive music collection will keep you blogging for decades.” It has been mind boggling trying to figure out how to present it.

It would be a huge undertaking to try to write about the whole collection, so I will focus on just one part of it, one artist, Frank Zappa, and to thoroughly explore just Zappa would take years. He is probably the largest segment of the collection followed by Neil Young, Bob Dylan,Tom Waits and John Hartford. These are artists whose concerts were and are enthusiastically recorded by audience members resulting in a treasure trove of live shows available to those who seek them, which I have been doing for years. I have every official Zappa album/cd which total 85 at this date and his estate continues to release more.

I keep a list of all the live shows I collect, I haven’t updated it since July of 2008, I do have a word doc for each show I’ve collected since then but have not summarized it to my master list. There have been only two Zappa shows collected in the past fifteen months so it was easy to add them, it now totals 358 different titles/dates, most of them 2 cd sets. So between the official releases and the bootlegs I have a total of well over 800 Zappa cds!

Each live Zappa show is unique, he never played the same solo twice, each solo was improvised on the spot, and each show contained many solos. I of course have a copy of the last Zappa concert I attended, it was February 28, 1988. I have put together an edit of the concert that is only the solos, the total running time is just shy of 45 minutes. So of the 2 hour and 20 minute concert one third of it is unique never heard before and never to be heard again improvised performance.

The first performance of “Texas Motel Medley” was at that show, Zappa was obviously pleased with its performance because the first solo performed after its debut was the most aggressive, poignant performance I have witnessed!

Yes, music is the best!


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I watched this PBS “Frontline” show over the weekend, “Close To Home”, it examines the current state of the economy from the perspective of what is heard from a haircare chair.
There’s a lot of interesting data and articles in the “Readings & Stats” link too.

I thought it was something interesting to fill this space with, I couldn’t think of anything else, and I’ve been thinking about it … and it’s funny that I feel motivated to have something fresh here, that could be a subject in itself, I guess.

I’m on the 14th week of not getting a haircut and I … (wait .. there’s a spider lowering itself just left of the computer monitor, first thought “kill”, then I think cool, I’ll watch it … … creating it’s own lowering rope … … it’s small, harmless, life … … then I remember a bedroom that was rarely visited at my grandmother’s house, we were playing in there as kids and on the side of the bed between it and the wall we discovered a spider’s nest, with about a million very small harmless life … I killed the spider by the monitor) … and I … forgot what I wanted to say, damn spider!

Anyway, it’s a tie-in to mentioning my lack of a haircut, in the past I would get it cut about every six weeks, it always looked the same according to my wife. Why not get it cut now  … because it’s the first time in almost 30 years I don’t feel obligated to, obligated to what? … my Dad saying “you’re starting to look like a bum”, obligated to his memory the past 8 years of saying “you’re starting to look like a bum”.
I think if my Dad were alive today he too might stop getting his haircut, that’s just the kind of reckless rebels we are.

… a pile of dead leaves and a moon that’s the color of bone …
Tom Waits


from “The Black Rider”: a “musical fable” in the avant-garde tradition …

“November” from the original LP 1993

“November” live in Atlanta 2008

“November” from the avant-garde “musical fable” 1990:

a fitting artistic accompaniment to the transition of October to November ?