after the news--if it can be called that--of late, songs like America by Steppenwolf are often in my ears, and the grittier protest songs of the 60s, including Helter Skelter...

reading Gibbon's Fall of the Roman Empire, seeing patterns repeat of course, or form and suggest repetition...he observes that Christianity came to the fore because of the hypocritical brutality and dissipation of the...
Read More

VIEW 4 of 4 COMMENTS
oldernow:
@thebeliever oh--and thanks for commenting! i truly wondered if you were still around, and what your thoughts on these matters are!
thebeliever:
I always read your posts when they come up, though I don't always comment. I think you and I and a lot of other people have some of the same worries these days. I've never seen anything like this, and it makes me wonder about the future... How can these people (supporters of the migrant detention centers, shouters of "lock her up" and "send her back")-- how can they be part of the American community going forward? They are turning their backs on the rest of us and inciting hatred and violence; there's no going back from that. I cannot look at these people with any sort of respect, and there's a lot of them.... The repercussions from this era will be felt for a long time. And Trump won't be around forever, thank God. What will these people, who have sold their souls, do? Probably look for the next demagogue. It's not pretty.

...Something Wicked This Way Comes... --said the witch in Macbeth, and said Mr. Bradbury some time later... of the two, in this case I must own that I prefer Bradbury... here's a quote from his novel about two boys and a truly unworldly, dangerous circus - "

So there they go, Jim running slower to stay with Will, Will running faster to stay with Jim, Jim...
Read More

This is from Edward Gibbon's lil 5-tome treat "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" - Book 1, Chapter 3 -- and really, he is so eloquent throughout I cannot but recommend him to the doughty reader! -- and note the date of publication --

The obvious definition of a monarchy seems to be that of· a state, in which a single person, by whatsoever name he...
Read More

kinda makes my jaw ache and a particular sort of biting on aluminum flavor in my mouth...

oh yes indeedy... gotta watch them rabbits runnin in the ditch...

VIEW 5 of 5 COMMENTS
oldernow:
@ferkixlll yeah, I never did buy in to the "tune in, turn on, drop out" thing - or the whole "all war is bad" thing either - my dad and both my uncles went through WWII as POWs from Bataan... not a lotta love of the Orient in our house...  they made it, but with physical and mental scars .. // I did enjoy the 60s and the creative energies, the willingness (for a while) to confront a moribund status quo... but it was clear to me that my friends weren't so much "anti war" as "anti-getting-my-ass shot off"... so when their ass ceased to be in wind... their values reverted to type.   Meanwhile, up here in Ithaca, some of us have persisted in trying to move the political needle a bit more to the left as a counterpoint to the current misuse of the right...   ... welp, it'll all be over soon anyway I suppose...
ferkixlll:
Those young whipper snappers are going to have to cope with the mess. I wish them luck.

i suggest taking a moment to watch "Grateful Dawg" documentary... a time gone and come again gods willing...

also the documentary "The Other One" touches a little of the spirit of the 60s before it became a thing... (for that matter a documentary that REALLY catches San Francisco before Time Magazine invented Haight Ashbury is "The Cockettes"...)

i do miss those years sometimes... and i...
Read More

VIEW 7 of 7 COMMENTS
oldernow:
@ferkixlll "vote like your life depends on it" - you said it!  I live in a county of 16,000 people... more than once a local office has been decided by less than 20 votes with substantial consequences (Formula 1 used to race here and doesn't due to a single counselman in the 70s...)  ... and so on up the line... yes both parties are crap, but unless and until the Left gets its too-too individual and elitist head out of its gooey ass the Hard Right's ability to anticipate, plan and deploy effective power grabs will persist... the Left cannot admit to itself that it too wants power, but it had better start doing do - we need to take several steps back towards checks and balances before we try anything fancy like a multi-party system or, who knows, a democracy!
ferkixlll:
We are a Representative Democracy. We elect people to be representatives. Unfortunately too much of their time is spent dunning money for their reelection, so The Peoples work takes a back seat. *We have gotten so far from "We are one", that failing any of a groups litmus test rules one out of the group. If not inclusive how to form coalitions? The Rebel Groups in "Life of Brian" come to mind. The bigger the fractures the easier to wedge apart. ** So kind of screwed is the diagnosis.

this has no place here... but then, this is no place! or time... or any other place... and trust me, His Holiness is unperturbed and by no means "offended" by any image or discussion here... I have met with him over 30 times in the past 50 years... sometimes for days of discussion, so I am not making this up....

take 15 minutes = it might...
Read More

take five:

if you wanna play Jazz... leave America behind... Brubeck played in a "mixed race" band in the army--and when he came back to the u.s. of a he found out they couldn't stay or play together in half the states of the union (unlike today when it's ... well, about the same actually) -- so back to Europe they went, or stayed...
Read More

ferkixlll:
In some respects it is a 1 step forward 4 backwards kind of thing. Lewis Carol had the gist with the Caucus Race. ** As a Dead follower you might get a kick out of this: in my Blog the other week I challenged people to take "El Paso" and write Felina's point of view. @dhyani rose to the challenge, her version can be seen on my Blog Page and in the Writers Group - Poets Thread ( easier to read here and she put up one of the Dead concert takes. * I'm interested in your opinion. Enjoy.

that would the name of this tune... from the inarguably (yeah, right) best jazz album ever. and group.... Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans...

Kind of Blue was THE album for a long time; from its creation in 59 at least until 70 when he did Bitches Brew... Miles was a sad figure as often happens in jazz... he grew backwards for the most part...
Read More

ferkixlll:
🍺 - Miles, like a comfortable sweater is condusive of revery.

and in case you're jonesing for Gerry:

let us remember that road, note those ripples... they abound, if only we pause a moment or two...

VIEW 3 of 3 COMMENTS
oldernow:
@ferkixlll you're most welcome... they weren't always good, but when they were good, they were--and remain--great.
ferkixlll:
So true.
21

This guy knew how to party! anyone know who it is? Oh, and he carved his Jack O'Lantern his own self... with his lil hatchet...

VIEW 7 of 7 COMMENTS
oldernow:
@ferkixlll -- I had a VW bug with a blown Porsche engine and a modified tranny, drive train etc.  Looked like a lil bug on the road, but held the road at 40 in 2nd, 75 in 3rd, and I got clocked at 115 in fourth (with a tail wind).  In those days I stopped only to pee, get gas & more coffee to wash down my, um, 'helpers' -- and felt like i was 200 years old when the drugs wore off... but i did enjoy making time blowing through the night--this was in the mid-60s when the interstates were just coming in, and there were long stretches of empty two-lane roads with local radio stations crackling in and out of existence as we high-balled hither and yon.   only got stopped once, and the cop just said, "take it slower till you get out of my area, I don't wanna clean up the gore" so I did.  // nowadays it's a freakin' 4 cylinder Outback with more software than my computer... meh //   I hope you and your bits and bobs of family enjoy some of this season - it is so often a mixed bag!
ferkixlll:
My VW was a Baja'd '68 in Nov '81 from Denver to S. Of Pittsburgh where the Oil Pump let go. Surprised that I got that far, as every 50 miles I had to use a Propane torch to thaw the Venturi  ( let that sink in). But my x-country was 18 wheels with some constraints on how I did it. ( like a comment so that it is flagged and a person will know to look for an answer ).
14

this album - Wee Tam, along with Big Huge and "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" catch a remarkable, light, prescient, wise impulse that blossomed and faded from (public) sight all too soon.... as one who lived through those days in a commune and also the Chicago Democratic Convention, guns on campus at Cornell - the light was so very much brighter and the response to irresponsible downright...
Read More

ferkixlll:
Server Error?  Seeing who's paying attention or losing your Blogs. But "the incredible string band" was a treat to hear.