Sunset?

Old age traditionally marks the sunset of one’s life, but it need not be dark. It should be a glorious, long-lived beautiful sunset; brilliant, colorful and filled with good times.St. Martin's River Sunset.

Mahogany Bay Welcome SignTake time to travel for fun (maybe a cruise) and to visit family, plant vegetable garden, buy something just for you, prepare a great steak on the grill, dance a bit, fulfill some of those bucket list items and always, always, take time to laugh.

Unfortunately modern times dictate the need for disclaimers and warnings to keep us from hurting ourselves. Be sure to read and heed. ūüôā

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Happy 90th Birthday Chuck Berry

Happy Birthday to Chuck Berry, a Living Legend

chuck berry publicity photo - wikimedia commons licenseChuck Berry, an American Rock and Roll legend was born Charles Edward Anderson Berry on October 18, 1926. His decades-long career continues today and, at age 90, he still performs and is working toward the release of a new album, CHUCK, in early 2017.

His earliest songs, from the 1950’s, still live on and are remembered, sung and performed by many people all over the globe. Do you remember “Maybelline,” “Rock and Roll Music,” and “Johnny B Goode?” How many other songs do you remember?

Chuck Berry was one of the first musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it opened in Cleveland, OH in 1986. And, of course, we all remember his first #1 hit in 1972, “My Ding A Ling.”

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Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Bob Dylan “classics” that are likely the reason he received the Noble Prize in Literature on October 13, 2016.

Bob Dylan November 1932 - Creative Commons LicenseDylan, at age 75, is one of the most remembered songwriters of all time…not because of his vocal abilities but because of his lyrics. Many of his songs were covered and made immensely popular by other artists but it’s the words, themselves, that impacted our society in many ways. Many of his songs from the 1960’s chronicled the American anti-war and civil rights movements of the day and may ultimately have earned him the coveted Nobel Prize.

I saw this “suggested” list on Ultimate-Guitar.com‘s Tab Pro. It may, or may not be, the ultimate list of songs/lyrics that influenced the Nobel Prize committee but these sure do ring a bell. While I may¬†not care for all of them, I do know them. (Dates and lyric samples were gathered from online searches. I do remember them all – but not “that” well.)

  • Blowin’ In The Wind – 1963 – How many roads must a man walk down / Before you call him a man? / How many seas must a white dove sail / Before she sleeps in the sand?…
  • Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – 1963 – Well, it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe / Even you don’t know by now / And it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe / It’ll never do somehow…
  • Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – 1973 – Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door / Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door / Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door / Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door…
  • Forever Young – 1974 – Forever young / Forever young / May you stay / Forever young…
  • Girl From The North Country – 1963 – If you’re traveling in the north country fair / Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline / Remember me to one who lives there / For she was once a true love of mine…
  • Hurricane – 1976 – Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night / Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall / She sees a bartender in a pool of blood / Cries out my God, they killed them all…
  • It Ain’t Me Babe – 1964 – Go ‘way from my window / Leave at your own chosen speed / I’m not the one you want, babe / I’m not the one you need…
  • Just Like A Woman – 1966 – Nobody feels any pain / Tonight as I stand inside the rain / Ev’rybody knows / That Baby’s got new clothes…
  • Lay Lady Lay – 1969 – Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed / Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed / Whatever colors you have in your mind / I’ll show them to you and you’ll see them shine…
  • Like a Rolling Stone – 1965 – How does it feel, how does it feel? / To be without a home / Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone…
  • Make you Feel My Love – 1997 – When the rain is blowin’ in your face / And the whole world is on your case / I could offer you a warm embrace / To make you feel my love…
  • Mr. Tambourine Man – 1965 – Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me / I’m not sleepy and there ain’t no place I’m going to / Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me / In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come following you…
  • Tangled Up In Blue – 1975 – Early one mornin’ the sun was shinin’ / I was layin’ in bed / Wondrin’ if she’d changed at all / If her hair was still red…
  • The Tmes They Are A Changin’ – 1964 – Come gather ’round people / Wherever you roam / And admit that the waters / Around you have grown…

What do you think? Deserving or not?

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Three Weeks Until FREEDOM

Three weeks from today (October 19, 2016) until freedom.

Just think, in three more weeks it will be the day after Election Day, 2016. We will have this election “stuff” behind us. Hallelujah! We can then begin reverting back to our normal lives.American Flag in remembrance of 9-11-2001

Over the last several months we have learned that corruption and collusion are pervasive in national politics, in state politics and, yes, even in much of the mainstream media. The American people will either choose to allow it to continue or will (try to) do something to change it.

Either way, our lives will not change at all in the short term. In the long, term, however, there may be drastic changes, especially for our children and grandchildren. I hope, for their sake, that America chooses wisely.

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Life is getting more complicated these days

There are complications of growing older in society today.

it-is-a-tale-told-by-an-idiotLately my life seems to have been getting more complicated, and I want to thank my loyal friends and family members who steadfastly support me no matter what I am becoming.

There is a long list of personality flaws that have beset upon me over the last (whatever) number of years…

  • I was born white, which makes me a racist.
  • I am a fiscal and moral conservative, which makes me a fascist.
  • I am heterosexual, which makes me a homophobe.
  • I am not a Muslim, which makes me an infidel.
  • I am non-union, which makes me a traitor to the working¬†class and an ally of¬†big business.
  • I think and I reason; therefore I don’t believe much that the main¬†stream media¬†tells me, which makes me a reactionary.
  • I am proud of my heritage and our inclusive American¬†culture, which makes me¬†a xenophobe.
  • I value my safety and that of my family; therefore I¬†appreciate the police¬†and the legal system, which makes me a right-wing extremist.
  • I believe in hard work, fair play, and fair compensation¬†according to each¬†individual’s merits, which makes me anti-social.
  • I, and my friends, acquired a good education without much or¬†any debt at¬†graduation, which makes me some kind of odd underachiever.
  • I believe in the defense and protection of the homeland by¬†all citizens,¬†which makes me a militarist.
  • I am old enough to be retired and collect Social Security, which makes me a useless old¬†man.

I’m not¬†sure who I am¬†anymore. Into what have I evolved?
In addition, now I’m not even¬†sure which bathroom to¬†use. In 1969 President Kennedy¬†put men on the moon; in 2016 America put men in the Ladies Room. Such is life.
Full Moon

Yes, this was gleaned from the Internet. :)
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