Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ghetto Bachelor

Flava Flav is a nice guy. I really believe that, but his show "Flavor of Love on VH1, is so ghetto. It is like "The Bachelor", except Flav gives the chosen girls a Big Clock instead of a rose. They are down to the final three and as this clip shows, things are getting UGLY. These woman are low life girls. Not all, but most are. I believe that spitting in someone's face is low low low as you go. I might not like "New York", but I would have stomped a mudhole in that biatch "Pumpkins" butt too. Watch this! I know I shouldn't be watching such trash, but I am hopelessly addicted to all Reality TV.

I Say Good Day!

It is a good day in my world. I stand with arms unfurled. Ready to embrace the ones that poke me.


Sunday, February 26, 2006

Don Knotts - Dead at 81

Don Knotts

I was watching an old Andy Griffith episode when I looked at my home page and saw that Don Knotts had died. I loved him, especially as Barney Fife,( Barney Fife was one of the greatest character's in the history of television) but also from all the funny movies he made. My favorite was "The Ghost and Mr Chicken" He was great as Mr Furley on "Threes Company" too.


Don Knotts, who kept generations of TV audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show" and would-be swinger landlord Ralph Furley on "Three's Company," has died. He was 81.

Knotts died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, said Sherwin Bash, his friend and manager.
Griffith, who had visited Knotts in the hospital before his death, said his longtime friend had a brilliant comedic mind and wrote some of the show's best scenes.
"Don was a small man ... but everything else about him was large: his mind, his expressions," Griffith told The Associated Press on Saturday. "Don was special. There's nobody like him.
"I loved him very much," Griffith added. "We had a long and wonderful life together."
Unspecified health problems had forced Knotts to cancel an appearance in his native Morgantown in August.
The West Virginia-born actor's half-century career included seven TV series and more than 25 films, but it was the Griffith show that brought him TV immortality and five Emmys.
The show ran from 1960-68, and was in the top 10 of the Nielsen ratings each season, including a No. 1 ranking its final year. It is one of only three series in TV history to bow out at the top: The others are "I Love Lucy" and "Seinfeld." The 249 episodes have appeared frequently in reruns and have spawned a large, active network of fan clubs.

As the bug-eyed deputy to Griffith, Knotts carried in his shirt pocket the one bullet he was allowed after shooting himself in the foot. The constant fumbling, a recurring sight gag, was typical of his self-deprecating humor.
Knotts, whose shy, soft-spoken manner was unlike his high-strung characters, once said he was most proud of the Fife character and doesn't mind being remembered that way.
His favorite episodes, he said, were "The Pickle Story," where Aunt Bee makes pickles no one can eat, and "Barney and the Choir," where no one can stop him from singing.
"I can't sing. It makes me sad that I can't sing or dance well enough to be in a musical, but I'm just not talented in that way," he lamented. "It's one of my weaknesses."
Knotts appeared on several other television shows. In 1979, he joined the cast of "Three's Company," also starring John Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt.
Early in his TV career, he was one of the original cast members of "The Steve Allen Show," the comedy-variety show that ran from 1956-61. He was one of a group of memorable comics backing Allen that included
Louis Nye, Tom Poston and Bill "Jose Jimenez" Dana.
Knotts' G-rated films were family fun, not box-office blockbusters. In most, he ends up the hero and gets the girl-a girl who can see through his nervousness to the heart of gold.
In the part-animated 1964 film "The Incredible Mr. Limpet," Knotts played a meek clerk who turns into a fish after he is rejected by the Navy.

When it was announced in 1998 that
Jim Carrey would star in a "Limpet" remake, Knotts responded: "I'm just flattered that someone of Carrey's caliber is remaking something I did. Now, if someone else did Barney Fife, THAT would be different."
In the 1967 film "The Reluctant Astronaut," co-starring
Leslie Nielsen, Knotts' father enrolls his wimpy son -operator of a Kiddieland rocket ride in NASA's space program. Knotts poses as a famous astronaut to the joy of his parents and hometown but is eventually exposed for what he really is, a janitor so terrified of heights he refuses to ride an airplane.
In the 1969 film "The Love God?," he was a geeky bird-watcher who is duped into becoming publisher of a naughty men's magazine and then becomes a national sex symbol. Eventually, he comes to his senses, leaves the big city and marries the sweet girl next door.
He was among an army of comedians from Buster Keaton to
Jonathan Winters to liven up the 1963 megacomedy "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Other films include "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" (1966); "The Shakiest Gun in the West" (1968); and a few Disney films such as "The Apple Dumpling Gang" (1974); "Gus" (1976); and "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo" (1977).
In 1998, he had a key role in the back-to-the-past movie "Pleasantville," playing a folksy television repairman whose supercharged remote control sends a teen boy and his sister into a TV sitcom past.
Knotts began his show biz career even before he graduated from high school, performing as a ventriloquist at local clubs and churches. He majored in speech at West Virginia University, then took off for the big city.
"I went to New York cold. On a $100 bill. Bummed a ride," he recalled in a visit to his hometown of Morgantown, where city officials renamed a street for him in 1998.
Within six months, Knotts had taken a job on a radio Western called "Bobby Benson and the B-Bar-B Riders," playing a wisecracking, know-it-all handyman. He stayed with it for five years, then came his series TV debut on "The Steve Allen Show."
He married Kay Metz in 1948, the year he graduated from college. The couple had two children before divorcing in 1969. Knotts later married, then divorced Lara Lee Szuchna.
In recent years, he said he had no plans to retire, traveling with theater productions and appearing in print and TV ads for Kodiak pressure treated wood.
The world laughed at Knotts, but it also laughed with him.
He treasured his comedic roles and could point to only one role that wasn't funny, a brief stint on the daytime drama "Search for Tomorrow."
"That's the only serious thing I've done. I don't miss that," Knotts said.
Knotts is survived by his wife, Francey Yarborough, and two children, Karen and Thomas, from his first marriage. Knotts and Yarborough married three years ago, Yarborough said.
Associated Press writer Vicki Smith in Morgantown, W.Va., contributed to this report.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Twisted - Joni Mitchell - Sing Along

~click here, scroll down to Twisted, pick your player and sing along~


My analyst told me
That I was right out of my head
The way he described it
He said I’d be better dead than live
I didn’t listen to his jive
I knew all along
That he was all wrong
And I knew that he thought
I was crazy but I’m not
Oh no

My analyst told me
That I was right out of my head
He said I’d need treatment
But I’m not that easily led
He said I was the type
That was most inclined
When out of his sight
To be out of my mind
And he thought I was nuts
No more ifs or ands or buts

They say as a child
I appeared a little bit wild
With all my crazy ideas
But I knew what was happening
I knew I was a genius...
What’s so strange when you know
That you’re a wizard at three
I knew that this was meant to be

Now I heard little children
Were supposed to sleep tight
That’s why I got into the vodka one night
My parents got frantic
Didn’t know what to do
But I saw some crazy scenes
Before I came to
Now do you think I was crazy
I may have been only three
But I was swinging

They all laugh at angry young men
They all laugh at edison
And also at einstein
So why should I feel sorry
If they just couldn’t understand
The idiomatic logic
That went on in my head
I had a brain
It was insane
Oh they used to laugh at me
When I refused to ride
On all those double decker buses
All because there was no driver on the top

My analyst told me
That I was right out of my head
But I said dear doctor
I think that it’s you instead
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
"It was Court and Spark (1974), a hybrid of pop, rock, and folk with a jazzy sheen, that proved to be a huge success, producing such classic songs as "Free Man in Paris" (inspired by stories told by her producer and then-friend David Geffen), "Car On A Hill" and, most notably, "Help Me", which, to this day, remains her best selling single (it reached the Top Ten).

Court and Spark was also notable for the first echoes of the influence of jazz on Mitchell's work, and despite the commercial success of that album and the subsequent live record "Miles of Aisles," backed by the 70s pop-jazz outfit LA Express, she would spend the rest of the decade following that muse and creating more free-form, jazz-inflected music."
I can't express my love for Joni Mitchell enough. Court and Spark is one of the Best Recordings ever made. What I would give to be able to write one line as well as Joni does. Twisted is a silly song, but it was one of my favorites off this album. I could relate.

original post Feb.22, 2006

Monday, February 20, 2006

Doctor My Eyes -These Days by Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne was a strong influence in my life during the late 60's and early-mid 70's. When "For Everyman" was released, I felt the spiritual lyrics brought me back to a place where I sorely needed to be.

Doctor My Eyes

Doctor, my eyes have seen the years
And the slow parade of fears without crying
Now I want to understand

I have done all that I could
To see the evil and the good without hiding
You must help me if you can

Doctor, my eyes
Tell me what is wrong
Was I unwise to leave them open for so long

'Cause I have wandered through this world
And as each moment has unfurled
I've been waiting to awaken from these dreams
People go just where there will
I never noticed them until I got this feeling
That it's later than it seems

Doctor, my eyes
Tell me what you see
I hear their cries
Just say if it's too late for me

Doctor, my eyes
Cannot see the sky
Is this the prize for having learned how not to cry


Well I've been out walking
I don't do that much talking these days
These days--
These days I seem to think a lot
About the things that I forgot to do
For you
And all the times I had the chance to

And I had a lover
It's so hard to risk another these days
These days--
Now if I seem to be afraid
To live the life I have made in song
Well it's just that I've been losing so long

I'll keep on moving
Things are bound to be improving these days
These days--
These days I sit on corner stones
And count the time in quarter tones to ten, my friend
Don't confront me with my failures
I had not forgotten them


Friday, February 17, 2006

Dark World


I stepped into your darkworld
Drank from your angry cup
I walked into your blackness
Now you must give me up

No longer will I close my eyes,
to your unholy hate
I will turn and walk away
For I know you are not my fate


original post 12-08-2001

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

It's A Beautiful Day - White Bird

White Bird

White Bird
In a golden cage
On a winter's day
In the rain
White bird
In a golden cage

The leaves blow
Cross the long black road
To the darkened skies
In its rage
But the white bird
Just sits in her cage

White bird must fly
Or she will die

White bird
Dreams of the aspen tree
With their dying leaves
Turning gold
But the white bird
Just sits in her cage
Growing old.

White bird must fly
Or she will die
White bird must fly
Or she will die

The sunsets come
The sunsets go
The clouds Float by
And The Earth Turns slow
And the Young Birds Eyes
Do always Glow
And She must fly
She must fly
She must fly

White bird
In a golden cage
On a winter's day
In the rain
White bird
In a golden cage

White bird must fly
Or she will die
White bird must fly
Or she will die
White bird must fly
Or she will die
White bird must fly

Sample at Yahoo Music

I wore this album out and had a hard time replacing it. Great stuff!

San Francisco psychedelic folk-rock unit It's a Beautiful Day was primarily the vehicle of virtuoso violinist David LaFlamme, born April 5, 1941 in New Britain, CT but raised in Salt Lake City, UT. After beginning his musical education at age five, LaFlamme later served as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, following an army stint by settling in the Bay Area in 1962. There he immersed himself in the local underground music scene, jamming alongside the likes of Jerry Garcia and Janis Joplin; after his short-lived Electric Chamber Orchestra splintered, LaFlamme also co-founded an early incarnation of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks before assembling It's a Beautiful Day in mid-1967. The group -- which originally included LaFlamme's keyboardist wife Linda, vocalist Pattie Santos, guitarist Hal Wagenet, bassist Mitchell Holman, and drummer Val Fuentes -- issued its self-titled debut LP on Columbia in 1969, scoring their biggest hit with the haunting FM radio staple "White Bird." Linda LaFlamme left It's a Beautiful Day soon after, going on to form Titus' Mother; keyboardist Fred Webb signed on for the follow-up, 1970's Marrying Maiden, while Holman exited prior to 1971's Choice Quality Stuff, recorded with new guitarist Bill Gregory and bassist Tom Fowler. In 1973, ongoing disputes over royalties forced LaFlamme out of the group he created, and upon installing new violinist Greg Bloch, the remaining members issued It's a Beautiful Day...Today before dissolving in the wake of 1974's 1001 Nights. LaFlamme mounted a solo career in 1977 with White Bird, continuing his protracted legal tussle with ex-manager Matthew Katz for years to follow; sadly, Pattie Santos died in a December 14, 1989 auto accident. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide
Written by Jason Ankeny

Monday, February 13, 2006

Bob Dylan

I Shall Be Released
Bob Dylan

They say everything can be replaced
They say every distance is not near
So I remember every face
Of every man who put me here.

I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now,
I shall be released.

They say every man needs protection
They say every man must fall
So I swear I see my reflection
Someplace so high above this wall.

I see my light come shining
from the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now,
I shall be released.

Standing next to me in this lonely crowd
Is a man who swears he's not to blame
All day long I hear him shout so loud
Crying out that he was framed.

I see my light come shining
from the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now,
I shall be released.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Fixing A Hole

Fixing a Hole

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in,

And stops my mind from wandering,

Where it will go

I'm filling the cracks that ran though the door,

And kept my mind from wandering, Where it will go

And it really doesn't matter if I'm wrong I'm right,

Where I belong I'm right, where I belong

See the people standing there, who disagree and never win,

And wonder why they don't get in my door

I'm painting my room in a colorful way,

And when my mind is wandering

There I will go

And it really doesn't matter if I'm wrong I'm right,

Where I belong I'm right, where I belong

Silly people run around, they worry me, and never ask me

Why they don't get past my door

I'm taking my time for a number of things,

That weren't important yesterday,

And I still go

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in,

And stops my mind from wandering,

Where it will go, where it will go

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in,

And stops my mind from wandering,

Where it will go

~For Guitar~

Fixing a Hole
The Beatles

F C+ Fm7 (2 beats per chord)

Bb9 F C+ Fm7 Fm6
I'm fixing ...where the rain ...
Fm7 Fm6 Fm7 Fm6 Fm7 Fm6
stops my mind ...where it ...

F Gm/C F Gm/C
really ...if I'm ...where ...
F Gm/C F
I'm right where I ...

See the people standing ...and ...
wonder why they ...

F C+ Fm7 Fm6 Fm7
painting the room...
Fm6 Fm7 Fm6 Fm7
dering there I ...Oo oo ...

Bb9 = x10111
C+ = xx2110
Gm/C = x3033x
Fm6 = xx0111
Fm7 = xx1111

"Fixing a Hole"
Written by Paul McCartney
Performed by the Beatles
from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"


F C+ Fm7 Fm7(II) Bb7


Fixing A Hole

Recorded at Regent Sound Studio, London, 0n February 9 & 21, 1967.The album version is mixed from take 3.Fixing A Hole, another believed to be about drugs, was really about a house that Paul bought in Scotland called High Park near the town of Campbeltown. This property, containing 400 acres had a house in very poor condition. Paul noticed the condition and a hole in the roof where the rain came in, and thus the song was conceived.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Tongue-tied and twisted just an earth-bound misfit, i

Pink Floyd
Learning to Fly


Are you a misfit
just a bit out of sync
watching from the edge
as the others skate 'round the rink

Do you recognize yourself as the odd one out
are you proud of your quirks,
is your weirdness on straight
Viva la difference is what your about

A Misfit you are
Lonesome at times and wanting to meld
Solitude you craved to write of bad days
but like a bad meal
you don't always get what you ordered.


Sunday, February 05, 2006

Stranger In A Strange Land - Leon Russell


Leon Russell and the Shelter People
Stranger In A Strange Land

How many days has it been
Since I was born
How many days until I die
Do I know any ways
That I can make you laugh
Or do I only know how to make you cry

When the baby looks around him
It's such a sight to see
He shares a simple secret
With the wise man

He's a stranger in a strange land
Just a stranger in a strange land
Tell me why
He's a stranger in a strange land
Just a stranger in a strange land

How many miles will it take
To see the sun
And how many years until it's done
Kiss my confusion away in the night
Lay by side when the morning comes

And the baby looks around him
And shares his bed of hay
With the burrow in the palace of the king

He's a stranger in a strange land
Tell me why
He's a stranger in a strange land
Just a stranger in a strange land

Well, I don't exactly know
What's going on in the world today
Don't know what there is to say
About the way the people are treating
Each other, not like brothers

Leaders take us far away from ecology
With mythology and astrology
Has got some words to say
About the way we live today
Why can't we learn to love each other
It's time to turn a new face
To the whole world wide human race

Stop the money chase
Lay back, relax
Get back on the human track
Stop racing toward oblivion
Oh, such a sad, sad state we're in
And that's a thing

Do you recognize the bells of truth
When you hear them ring
Won't you stop and listen
To the children sing
Won't you come on and sing it children

He's a stranger in a strange land
Just a stranger in a strange land

I met and kissed Mr. Russell way back in the 70's. It was a New Years Eve and I went to see Willie Nelson and Leon. When Leon was performing "Tightrope", they allowed a few girls on stage with him. I was a girl then and he gave me a big ole bushy smackeroo. What a fun time to be alive. The 70's were strange and exciting times.

Thursday, February 02, 2006



How can I sit here pretending.

When I really want to scream.

How can I fake it.

The thought to me is obscene.

The daily act of living,

is too much sometimes to bear.

Maybe I could just smile and nod.

Let them think I care.

original post 12-08-2001