More blues talk

“Lift”

 

I want to lift you up

I won’t let you down

I came here to tell you face to face

It’s the way I want to do it

It don’t matter if we make it

It only matters that we try

When you’re down here’s my hand just take it

We can lift ourselves on our own

On our own

I believe in you


You can’t see what I see


What was hard is now easy


Perspective is what you need

It don’t matter if we make it


It only matters that we try


When you’re down here’s my hand just take it


We can lift ourselves on our own


On our own

“Say It” 2010


“Say It” was released on this day in 2010.

 

Hard Times

Frivolous fun

I get accused of being too serious. They tell me that I think too much before I speak. Well, they can eat this one.

“Say It”


 

I know some people who only listen to this record.
Just sayin.

Lamenting the departed music rooms


Thanksgiving 2021 @ the Railway in Beverly MA.

 
When I listen to live recordings from the past, particularly jazz ones, I focus on what I can pick up from the crowd. The anticipation, clapping, cheering etc. I try to imagine all the stories that go with these places.

The people that met there. The disputes over nothing fights. The staff that became rockstars and maybe even got fired. All these black and white images of the past become the present in color as I see precious venues close up and go away. But there’s no room for sadness because something always rises up to take it’s place.

Man built the stage, not the other way around.

Backyard Parties

After 2 years of cancellation the historic Heatherfest happened last night and it was one for the books.

End of summer

Float

Float

this is life on a cloud


why worry about it now 

fingers open and catch nothing 


I can’t hold time

do you recognize me 


from another place


am I familiar to you

let’s dance on this cloud 


together for awhile


Media

It’s hard to understand what’s worse:  Legacy broadcast media (news media institutions established before the digital era, such as ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NPR and NBC) publications and commentaries or that people believe and defend it.   I wrote a song about it in 2020 called “Smoke.”

When the futures on hold and you got to sit and wait
and the engine won’t turn over
and you’re dead in the water
when the smoke clears will you finally see
what others have known for years

Wake up to the life you’re living
they give dollars for your time
and steal ideas from your mind
Smoke is there to blind your vision
See through it with your thoughts
just don’t use your eyes

I watch my heros spread their ideas worldwide
then they got paid and they got rich and I watched their purpose die
What were they thinking while they were drinking to their numbers
How come they’re always telling stories about when they had nothing

Wake up to the life that you’re missing
they give dollars for your time
and steal ideas from your mind
Smoke is there to blind your vision
See through it with your thoughts
Don’t believe their lies

There was smoke in the air in the morning
everyone ignored the warnings
and these voices from the past
telling us we may not make it through the night

Wake up to the life that you’ve been given
they give dollars for your time
and steal ideas from your mind
Smoke is there to blind your vision
See through it with your thoughts
Don’t use your eyes

Hard to believe I missed this one

It’s a challenge to stay on top of everything. Despite using this one as the “warm up” for almost every band concert for 5 years I somehow missed it when putting “Say It” up on YouTube…go figure.

Sunset Cruise

Playing a sunset cruise on the “When and If” on Wednesday Aug 31st.

Secret stuff

History of “Give Back” (10 years with the PMC)

Played the PMC (Pan Mass Challenge) last Saturday and I’m alway blown away by the numbers of people who come out and the amount of $ they raise for cancer…6,400 riders and on the way to 66 million…

When no one know what happens next

I’ve never seen the conflict between the ruling class and the commoners (everyone else) be more transparent than it is right now.
There’s a worldwide running narrative of the people against their leaders, some of whom are obeying the real elite, the wealthiest international individuals who can’t be held accountable by any system that they manipulate or control.

Still, there’s hope…

In the bloody history of humankind we’ve always had the same sort of problem (individual greed being the real spiritual dilemma) but the renegades and the healers have always risen from anonymity to bring us forward.
When the time comes those leaders will reveal themselves again.

“We going to fly over everything that we see / when no one knows what happens next we’re going to be renegades and healers”

Renegades and Healers” came out a few days before the U.S. recognized covid.