May 2017

"my use of lang
uage is part
and parcel
of my mess
age"

-T. Van Gogh

April 2017

"i try to do the right thing at the right
time. they may just be little things, but
usually they make the difference
between winning and losing."

-L. Alcindor

March 2017

"music does a lot of
things for a lot of people
it's transporting, for sure it can
take you right back, years back, to the very
moment certain things happened in your life"

-A. Franklin

February 2017

"I roamed & rambled & followed
my footsteps To the sparkling sands of her diamond
deserts All around me a voice was sounding"

-W. Guthrie

January 2017

"Come fool; be
patient. Life
is not logic."

-R. Jeffers

December 2016

"We have all a better guide
in ourselves, if we would attend
to it, than any other person can be."

 

-J. Austen

November 2016

"I'm not wise, but the beg
inning of wisdom is there; it's like
relaxing into - and an acceptance of - things"

 

-T. Turner

October 2016

"day after day, day
after day, we stuck, nor breath
nor motion; as idle as a painted
ship upon a painted ocean"

 

-S.T. Coleridge

September 2016

"Kansas City style, Chicago
style, New Orleans style hell
they're all Jelly Roll style"

 

-J.R. Morton

August 2016

"I'd rather have a hundred thousand or a million
people saying I'm nuts and I'm crazy for my musical choices
and what I've said lyrically, than a million
people all raising their hand on the first day."

 

-Chuck D

July 2016

"A child who does not play is not
a child, but the man who doesn't
play has lost forever the child
who lived in him and who
he will miss terribly."

 

-P. Neruda

June 2016

"A lot of times they don’t want
to hear it. But you know, if some good
is done to you, you should pass it on."

 

-W. Jennings

May 2016

"oh I'll twine with my mingle and waving black hair
with the roses so red and the lillies so fair
and the myrtles so bright with the emerald dew
the pale and the leader and eyes look like blue"

 

-M.M. Carter


April 2016

"Animals have a much better attitude to life
and death than we do. They know when their time
has come. We are the ones that suffer

-E.L Harris



March 2016

"If I favor one certain rapper or one
certain singer then only one certain
singer/rappers are going to favor Flav. So me,
I'm just a friendly ghost and not only that
I'm a musician. I like all kinds of music"

-F. Flav

February 2016

"But he had chosen solitude and the company
of other solitary people –opted for it when everybody
else had long ago surrendered , because he never wanted
to live in the world their way."

-T. Morrison
January 2016

I have hope in people,
in individuals. Because you don't
know what's going to
rise from the ruins.

-J. Baez






December 2015

And the things you can't re
member tell the things you can for
get, that history puts a saint in every dream.

-T. Waits
November 2015

"I'm in a half-way house on a one-way
street. And I'm a quarter past left alive. He can
talk about your people in a wonderful way. He
can talk about your people 'til your hair turns grey."

-R.L. Jones

October 2015

"If dreams were light
ning, and thunder were de
sire this old house would have
burnt down a long time ago."

-J. Prine


September 2015

"As I am. Was and am. And
will be. And will always be. And
have always been. Ha! Ahahaha!"

-A. Pepper

August 2015

"You've got to have something
to eat and a little love in your life
before you can hold still for any
damn body's sermon on how to behave."

-B. Holiday

July 2015

"What's right
is what's left
if you do every
thing else wrong"

-R. Williams

June 2015

"We listened to each other and the interest was
not put on; it was real. Parents should not wait
for the sophisticated conversation of a teenager."

-B. Keeshan

May 2015

"baby, got a bird honey
got a bird, will sing without
corinna, sure don't mean sure
don't mean a natural thing"

-T. Mahal

April 2015

"If you don't like my
ocean don't fish in my
sea stay out of my valley
and let my mountain be."

-M. Rainey

March 2015

"Love always brings
difficulties, that is true, but
the good side of it is
that it gives energy"

-V. Van Gogh

February 2015

"the creatures of the air have their
knowledge and know their times
and seasons because they, unlike man,
are in the order of their life and have
not perverted that order by reason."

-J. Joyce


January 2015

"Always walk
where you like
your steps."

-D. Matthews

December 2014

"Music is the only religion
that delivers the goods."

-F. Zappa

November 2014

"As I get older, I get
smaller. I see other parts
of the world I didn't see before. Other
points of view. I see outside myself more "

-N. Young

October 2014

"I don't know where jazz is
going. Maybe it's going to
hell. You can't make anything
go anywhere. It just happens."

-T. Monk

September 2014

"How could someone posess a star? But you may
long for me, long before the Fall. Long before the winds
announce that winter's come to call."

-J. Rodgers
August 2014

"Chaos in the mid
st of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the mid
st of order is."

-S. Martin

July 2014

"Pick me up, gimme some food to
eat. In your truck, goin' no place I'll
be home, talkin' to nobody. You'll be
strange, you'll be far away."

-B. Hansen

June 2014

"You always have to remember - no
matter what you're told - that God loves
all the flowers, even the wild ones that
grow on the side of the highway."

-C. Lauper

May 2014

"Life has meaning only in the
struggle. Triumph or defeat is in
the hands of the Gods."

-S. Wonder
April 2014

"I rambled all
the time. I was
just like that,
like a rollin'
stone."

-M. Waters

March 2014

"If you hand me a
guitar, I'll play the blues.
That's the place I
automatically go."

-E. Clapton

February 2014

"Bitten off more than he can
chew. Am I like that? See our
selves as others see us. Hungry
man is an angry man. Work
ing tooth and jaw. Don't! O! A bone!"

-J. Joyce

January 2014

"Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions
and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas
and still go home lonely. That's what music is to me."

-J. Joplin

December 2013

"Music is a higher rev
elation than all wis
dom and philosophy."

-L.v.Beethoven
November 2013

"God took the seeds of
other worlds and sowed
them on this earth and they
sprouted in His garden; everything
that could grow, did. "

-F. Dostoevsky
October 2013

"what i like be
st about music i
s when time go
es away."

-B. Weir
September 2013

"And when you are emptied for
sleep, you are not. And when you are filled
with sleep, you never were. I don't know what
I am. I don't know if I am or not."

-W. Faulkner

August 2013

"I don't think about
time. You're here when
you're here. I think about
today, staying in tune. "

-J.L. Hooker
July 2013

"It was not
the thorn bending to
the honeysuckles, but
the honeysuckles
embracing the thorn."

-E. Bronte

June 2013

"Ginsberg's theorem:
You can't win. You can't break
even. You can't even
get out of the game."

-A. Ginsberg
May 2013

"The art of art, the glory
of expression and the sunshine of
the light of letters, is simplicity."

-W. Whitman
April 2013

"The woods would be
very silent if
no birds sang except
those who sang the best."

-J. Audubon
March 2013

"It was a world alive, always
changing and moving; and if you knew
where to look, you could see it,
some almost imperceptible, like the motion
of the stars across the sky "

-L.M.Silko

February 2013

"a tapestry of rich and royal hue
an everlasting vision of the ever cha
nging view a wondrous wo
ven magic in bits of blue and gold
a tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold "

-C. King

"Come fo
ol; be patient.
Life is not
logic."

-R. Jeffers








December 2012

"We live in the flicker -- may it last
as long as the old earth keeps rolling! But
darkness was here yesterday."

-J. Conrad
November 2012

"even castles made
of sand, fall into the sea,
eventually."

-J. Hendrix
October 2012

"Our greatest foes,
and whom we must chiefly
combat, are within."

-Cervantes

September 2012

"And above all, watch with glittering
eyes the whole world around you
because the greatest secrets are always
hidden in the most unlikely places. "

-R. Dahl
August 2012

"Somebody has to do something,
and it's just incredibly
pathetic that it has to be us."

-J. Garcia

July 2012

"They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us,
but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes
in life the seeds are covered with better soil
and with a higher grade of manure."

-E. Hemingway

June 2012

"We taste and feel
and see the truth. We do not
reason ourselves into it.""

-W.B. Yeats

May 2012

"Never discourage anyone...
who continually makes progress,
no matter how slow."

-Plato

April 2012

"And I forget to do      The little ordinary things
That everyone ought to do      I'm living in a kind of daydream
I'm happy as a king      And foolish though it may seem
To me that's everything      The mere idea of you"

-Albert King
March 2012

"As to when I shall visit
civilization, it will not be soon, I think.
I have not tired of the wilderness; rather
I enjoy its beauty and the vagrant life
I lead, more keenly all the time"

-Everett Ruess

February 2012

"SONG FOR LANGSTON

I sang all night
And cried all day

Been waitin' for a
Storm to come my way"

-Willie Perdomo

January 2012

"Some are
weatherwise,
some are
otherwise."

-Benjamin Franklin



December 2011

"The soul should
always stand ajar,
ready to welcome
the ecstatic experience."

-Emily Dickinson

November 2011

"Making your
unknown
known is
the important
thing."

-Georgia O'Keefe

October 2011

"To name some
thing is to wait
for it in the
place you think
it will pass. "

-Amiri Baraka

September 2011

"I’ve found you
’ve got to look back at
the old things and see
them in a new light."

-John Coltrane
August 2011

"To fall in love
is to create
a religion that
has a fallible god."

-Jorge Luis Borges

July 2011

"Life has got a habit
of not standing hitched.
You got to ride it like
you find it. You got to
change with it."

-Woody Guthrie

June 2011

"I hear and I forget.
I see and I remember.
I do and I understand."

-Confucius

May 2011

"Yes, it sure has been a long, hard climb
Train wheels runnin’ through the back of my memory
When I ran on the hilltop following a pack of wild geese
Someday, everything is gonna be smooth like a rhapsody
When I paint my masterpiece. "

-Rob Zimmerman

April 2011

"Walk away quietly
in any direction
and taste the freedom
of the mountaineer."

-John Muir

March 2011

"Today you are You,
that is truer than true.
There is no one alive
who is Youer than You. "

-Theodor Geisel

February 2011

"Utility & beauty are inextricably
in human affairs. The useful is always
attractive to us, the beautiful
in some sense always useful."

-Edward Abbey
January 2011

"I don't exactly
know what
I mean by that,
but I mean it. "

-J.D. Salinger







December 2010

"I'll wager at the very end a body realizes
the Lord has already showed Himself.
That things as they are -
just what they've always seen,
was seeing Him."

-Truman Capote

 


November 2010

"Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small.
We haven't time, and to see takes time - like to have a friend takes time. "

-Georgia O'Keeffe
October 2010

"in time of daffodils(who know
the goal of living is to grow)
forgetting why,remember how"

-e.e. cummings
September 2010

"We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel;
But it is on the space where there is nothing
That the usefulness of the wheel depends."

-Lao Tzu
August 2010

"But Schopenhauer's rage was so,
beautiful so well placed that I
laughed out loud then put him down,
next to Nietzsche who was also
all too human."

-Charles Bukowski




 

 

July 2010

"I've got season's tickets to watch the Angels now,
So it's just what I'm going to do.
But you the living, you're stuck here with the Cubs,
So it's me that feels sorry for you!"

-Steve Goodman
June 2010

"The trouble with life isn't
that there is no answer,
it's that there are so many answers."

-Ruth Benedict
May 2010

"Sometimes you have to play
a long time to be able
to play like yourself. "

-Miles Davis
April 2010

"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings,
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.
As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed,
but nature's sources never fail."

-John Muir
March 2010

"Dusk: the bird on the fence
a contemporary
of mine "

-Jack Kerouac
February 2010

"My old mule, He's got a grin on his face.
He's been a mule so long He's forgot about his race.
I'm like that old mule - Black - and don't give a damn!
You got to take me Like I am. "

-Langston Hughes
 January 2010
"Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none." -Ben Franklin

 

 December 2009
"Who are they for?
Friends. Not necesarily neighbor friends: indeed,
the larger share are intended for persons we've met maybe once,
perhaps not at all. People who have struck our fancy"
-Truman Capote
 November 2009
"Because I have got a thing That's unique and new
To prove it I'll have The last laugh on you 'Cause instead of one head
I got two And you know two heads are better than one. "
-Joni Mitchell
October 2009
"All lies and jests, still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest." -Paul Simon
September 2009
"It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it; there lies the secret of the ages." -W.C. Williams
August 2009
"I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other." -Mary Shelley
July 2009
"But the pine is no more lumber than man is, and to be made into boards and houses is no more its true and highest use than the truest use of a man is to be cut down and made into manure." -H.D. Thoreau
June 2009
"The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed--would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper--the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever." -George Orwell
May 2009
"I always wanted to be an explorer, but - it seemed I was doomed to be nothing more than a very silly person." -Michael Palin
April 2009
"A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool." -William Shakespeare
March 2009
"Everywhere he looked, he saw a world made of stories, the long ago, time immemorial stories, as old Grandma called them. It was a world alive, always changing and moving; and if you knew where to look, you could see it, some almost imperceptible, like the motion of the stars across the sky." "Ceremony"  -Leslie Marmon Silko
Feburary 2009    
"Saying something is pitch blackis like saying something is green. What kind of green? Green like my bottles? Green like a grasshopper?Well, night black is the same way. May as well be a rainbow."   "Song of Solomon" - Toni Morrison
January 2009    
"To say what you think is always a luxury and often a curse; for since you're only human, like the rest of us, your thoughts, a large part of the time, are doubtless wrong."   Benedict Arundel in "Arundel"

 

"I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do." -Willa Cather

 

"But no more of this blubbering now,
we are a going a-whaling,
and there is plenty of yet to come. 
Let us scrape the ice from our frosted feet,
and see what sort of place this "Spouter" may be."  Herman Melville, Moby Dick

"Give my feet to the footloose
Careless, fancy free
Give my knees to the needy
Don't pull that stuff on me
Hand me down my walking cane
It's a sin to tell a lie
Send my mouth way down south
And kiss my ass goodbye" -John Prine


"A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men."  -Roald Dahl

"From the dark end of the street - To the bright side of the road - We'll be lovers once again on the bright side of the road."  -Van Morrison

"When does the butterfly read
what flies written on its wings?
So it can understand its itinerary,
which letters does the bee know?
And with which numbers does the ant
subtract its dead soldiers?
What are cylclones called
when they stand still?"  -P. Neruda


"Maybe at last, being but a broken man,
I must be satisfied with my heart, although
Winter and summer till old age began
My circus animals were all on show,
Those stilted boys, that burnished chariot,
Lion and woman and the Lord knows what." -W.B Yeats


"A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom."  -Robert Zimmerman

"The winds of change are always blowing
And every time I try to stay
The winds of change continue blowing
And they just carry me away."    -Willie Nelson

"How can I be useful, of what service can I be?
There is something inside of me, what can it be?"  -Vincent Van Gogh

"At times he repeated lines to himself and this consoled him."  -James Joyce

"Come fool be patient;  life is not logic." -Robinson Jeffers

2008

"He had kicked himself loose of the earth.  Confound the man! he had kicked the very earth to pieces.  He was alone, and I before him did not know whether I stood on the ground or floated in the air."   -Joseph Conrad

"How blind and unreasoning
and arbitrary are some of the laws of nature
--most of them in fact!"
-Mark Twain

"A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory."   -S.T. Coleridge

"Bent as you are from straining
against the bitter horizontals of
a north wind, -- there below you
how easily the long yellow notes
of poplars flow upward in a descending
scale, each note secure in its own
posture-- singularly woven." - from W.C. Williams' Trees

"Call me Ishmael. Some years ago -- never mind how long precisely -- having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world." -Herman Melville

 

"I'll walk where my own nature would be leading: It vexes me to choose another guide."  -E. Bronte

 

"Asshole of the Universe into which I disappear-- Elastic Hand that spoke

     Crane-- Music that passes into the phonograph of years from another

     Millienium-- Ear of the buildings of NY--

That which I believe-- have seen-- seek endlessly in leaf dog eye-- fault

     always, lack--  which makes me think--

Desire that created me, Desire hid my body, Desire all Man know

     Death, Desire surpassing the Babylonian possible world"  from Ginsberg's Magic Psalm

 

"Nature is the art of God" -Dante

 

"We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."  -A. Leopold

 

"I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling." -The Dharma Bums, Kerouac

 

"Wanna fly you got to give up the shit that weighs you down."  -Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison

 

"We must uncenter our minds from ourselves;

We must unhumanize our views a little, and become

     confident

As the rock and ocean that we were made from."

-R. Jeffers

 

"But I'll wager it never happens.  I'll wager at the very end a body realizes the Lord has already shown Himself.  That things as they are"-

"Just what they've always seen, was seeing Him.  As for me, I could leave the world with today in my eyes."

-Buddy's friend from "A Christmas Memory" by T. Capote.

 

"The apostle Thomas said he would not believe until he saw,

and when he saw, he said:  "My Lord and my God!"

Was it a miracle that made him believe?  Most likely not.

He believed only because he wanted to believe, and possibly he already believed

in the secret recesses of his being while he was saying, "Except I shall see,

I will not believe.""   -Dostoevsky

 

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We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel;

But it is on the space where there is nothing

That the usefulness of the wheel depends.

We turn clay to make a vessel;

But it is on the space where there is nothing

That the usefulness of the vessel depends.

We pierce doors and windows to make a house;

And it is on these spaces where there is nothing

That the usefulness of the house depends.

Therefore just as we take advantage of what is,

We should recognize the usefulness of what is not.

-Lao Tzu