February 2009


 *Author’s note:  Click on the song title and artist’s name at the end of this post to listen to this song in its entirety and to visit a Web site dedicated to the band.

I can’t be the only one that feels like we are living this song as the underlying tension among the masses boils higher while hardworking people lose their homes, their jobs, and retirement savings, and greedy corporate executives get bigger bonuses and salaries in an effort to strategically divide us into two groups – the Have Alls and the Have Nothings.

-B

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Inside my future I
What I see just makes me cry
I’m way down now
I’m way down now
The clocks will all run backwards
All the sheep will have two heads
And Thursday night and Friday
Will be on Tuesday night instead
And all the times will keep on changing
And the movement will increase
There’s something abut the living, babe
That sends me off my feet
There’s breeding in the sewers
And the rats are on their way
Their clouding up the images of my perfect day
And I know I’m not alone
And I know I’m not alone
And I know I’m not alone

World Party, Way Down Now

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 *Author’s note:  Click on the song title and artist’s name at the end of this post to listen to this song in its entirety and to visit a Web site dedicated to the band.

One of the great things about the time period I lived in Austin, Texas was the music you could hear on the radio and see live around the town.  This song actually got airplay regularly on the great, yet underrated radio station KGSR.  You will never hear anything close to this on the radio stations in bigger markets like Houston. For this reason, I rarely listen to commercial radio stations anymore.  I also was lucky enough to see this band perform this song as well as many other songs live at the Cactus Cafe in Austin one evening as Charlie’s six piece band crowded onto the tiny stage with their instruments (including drum set and stand up base) and played an incredible set for the enthusiastic crowd.  The intimate setting was about as close as you can get (which is really close) to having a band play for you and your friends in your own living room.

Sunday Clothes captures the strong hold religion and the church can have on you from an early age through adulthood and how they use fear and the empty promise of a better life passed on unchallenged by logic and reason from generation to generation.

– B

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Grandma slicked my hair down
I cinched up my belt
I can still remember how that polyester felt

Townsfolk all a tremble
Yeah they knew what lay before
As the preacher takes the pulpit
And the usher shut the door

Came into this crazy world round 1968
Fathered by a crazy kid with nothing on his plate
Daddy got in trouble, yeah Daddy did some time
Visiting day at the penitentiary was where I learned to cry

Yeah we were singing those hymns over and over again
Sunday morning, Sunday evening, Wednesday nights
I never understood it all that well back then
But it probably saved my life

Charlie Sexton, Sunday Clothes

*Author’s note: Click on the bolded words below for links to related video clips.

 Word Problem:

The economy has been battered beyond recognition for many Americans.  Homes, jobs, and retirement savings have been lost at record levels.

Person A holds multiple jobs just to make ends meet and relates her story to President A at a town hall meeting.  Four years later, Person B has been forced to move into her car while awaiting public housing assistance and relates her story to President B at a town hall meeting.

Who will receive assistance quicker?

A. Person A
B. Person B
C. Both Person A and Person B will receive assistance in an equal amount of time.
D. Shut the hell up, I trying to watch the American Idol on the Tee Vee machine.

Answer: B.  Person B

What a difference four years can make in the level of compassion and decency exhibited by our leaders.  However, we still have a huge mess to clean up or we won’t make it here anymore.

-B

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Author’s note: Click on the song title and band’s name at the end of this post to listen to this song in its entirety and to visit a Web site dedicated to the band.

Have you ever had one of those days that knocks the wind out of you, and the only remedy is to seek refuge with someone you love and trust ?  Together you tune out the rest of the world, until you are able to find peace and venture into the wilderness again?

-B

                                                                           

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  If I lay here, if I just lay here.
Would you lie with me, and just forget the world?

Snow Patrol, Chasing Cars