Have not been very active on this site or in life lately. Have been dealing with several reoccurring heath issues: sinusitis, bronchitis, a chronic cough, daily asthmatic attacks, plus hip & joint pains that render me incapacitated. Will be going in for another sinus surgery soon.
For all of you that are able to move or breath without pain, " Breath deeply, get a little groove in your step & give thanks for the blessing you have received". It's the little things we take for granted that count for so much.
Here are a few random things I meant to write but haven't been able to piece my thoughts together:
1. While visiting my son, he had this LP playing "Cold Fact" by Rodriguez & the sound was soulful & ethereal, the lyrics are pure poetry, the songs are wonderfully arranged & orchestrated. It's listed as Country & Folk, which does not describe it at all. If you like Jim Croce &/or Arlo Guthrie this is for you.
My favorite song from his "Cold Fact'" album is "Crucify Your Mind"
From his "Coming From Reality" album is "Sandrevan Lullaby-Lifestyles" even though the intro is rather long.
Later we watched the documentary "Searching for Sugarman". It is hard to believe that an American who is legendary in other parts of the world was completely unknown in the US, that he knew nothing of his musical success & that he got NO royalties for his work. He is now in his 70's. See the movie, it will explain "Rodriguez" much better then I have.
Official site link: [link]
IMDb movie link [link]
Several of his songs are posted on youtube.
This guy has gotten ripped off enough, buy the music & make sure you buy it from a company that is actually paying the royalties he deserves to him & his descendants. My son generously gifted me both CD. "Cold Facts" is my favorite of the two. There are rumors that a 3rd album might be out soon.
2. Just finished reading "Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)" by Jenny Lawson The Bloggers
Two warnings that should have accompanied this book but didn't:
If you have a weak bladder buy adult diapers (& wear them) or sit on the toilet while reading this book.
If you are an asthmatic have your rescue inhaler (or oxygen tank) close at hand & limit your reading to one chapter at a time & don't resume reading until your breathing is under control again.
Warning TMI coming: I laughed so much I wet myself (literally) even with a leak pad on (that's why I suggest the adult diapers) & got an asthmatic attack so terrible I lost all sound to my laugh (maybe dogs could still hear it). It sounded like someone had clipped off my vocal cords. I felt dizzy & had to take a nap (thankfully not on the toilet). The chapter about how she almost ODed on laxatives was a killer, I somehow managed to survive it, hopefully you will to. If not, what a way to go.
Link to site [link]
Book sells for around $10-15 dollars.
I was gifted a copy by my daughter, she says this is NOT a good book to read while on a plane cause her husband did & they almost got booted off (thankfully it was a non-stop flight) but the flight attendants & those around them thought he was crazy cause he was laughing hysterically the entire flight, so maybe this should be the 3rd warning.
Read in a place where hysterical laughing will not land you in a straight jacket &/or get you kicked off a flight.
3. When I hyper-extended my hip, I was a total couch potato so finally got around to watching this show called "The Vicar of Dibley". IMDb link to Vicars of Dibley [link]
If you are a "Father Ted" [link]
(Irish Comedy) fan, then this is for you. If you've not discovered either yet, well you're in for a treat.
My favorite of the Vicars Series was the Christmas Special (2006-07) part one "The Handsome Stranger",
I didn't care much for Part 2 "Vicar in White".
Hilarious if you like this kind of humor.
I am a fan of laughing hysterically even if it leads to wet undies & has me gasping for air like a fish on dry land.
Death comes for all of us, until then have fun!
Do (legal) things that make you laugh like an escape loony.
Spend time with those you love.
Don't stress out about the things you cannot change.
NOTE: I was also gifted Kaizers Orchestra "Ompa Til Du Dor" CD (Norwegian Rock band) by one of my other daughters. Even though I don't speak the language, I love the overall sound & the way they have incorporated instruments not commonly found in Rock music. In the US, the CD is finally available through Amazon for those of you who prefer your music in hardcopies form (CD, LP, cassette, 8-tracks).