A long long time ago...

 

 

I realized the other day that I really have been content with my life. Ive never been all over the world, but it was never in my bucket list to do so.  Ive had the opportunity to meet great people and have great adventures throughout my life.  With the exception of a couple of things I have done everything I ever wanted to do. 

Ive been hungry, but never starved.  I have been without a place of my own, but never without resources or a place to live.  I have seen addiction at its most brutal and although I have lost many friends, I am still here to remember them and help others not to walk in their footsteps.   My children have never done without although if you ask them, they might tell you differently.  But they too have been very fortunate people.

 

 

Ive learned a lot, tried to not make the same mistakes a second time and if I did, made a conscious effort not to do it a third time.  But I am not perfect and while I try to do my best, I will never be perfect.  I have two great kids who are adults now and have their own kids.  I finally don’t have to rent my house out, my kids are living in the house I bought for them to grow up in and now they can raise their children.   Watching them now, is a great joy for me.

 

As a person, my love of music was a major factor in my life so I spent a good deal of time, visiting places and seeing various bands. I was lucky where I grew up because I knew all the local bands and was able to practice in an old storefront downtown.  Later when my son was in his first band, we did the same thing and I had to be there since there were many bands in the space and he was a juvenile. Because of the time frames or type of music I sometimes got to hang out with some really cool people and later was able to help my son a little because of that.  I think I enjoyed working in production or promotion far more than in the band.   

 

I have spent years collecting things, as a hobby. Comics, Art, Art Glass, music, handmade seasonal items-especially Christmas ornaments. The hunting for the items I wanted to collect was all the fun, again going to places I had never been.   But, I decided that I didn’t want to collect anymore, perhaps if one of my dream comic books comes along in the deal of the century. I decided I would rather create Art than buy it.   Ive talked about it often on here and to keep busy I do ebru art , blow glass, fuse glass, make really nice bows at holiday time, and sometimes even make handmade Christmas ornaments.  I made all the center pieces for my daughters baby shower instead of buying them.    On top of that, I can go out and professionally photograph the grandkids or anything else I want, and add those new pics to my portfolio.

 

 

 

Ive tried multiple careers over the years, mostly due to necessity and with the mindset that I always had the ability and skills to find a job and make money and in those career or job changes I evolved.  If I needed additional money, I took a second job.  Ive done all kinds of jobs.  A friend of mine got me to try stripping as a guest in a revue once…I chickened out before I got on the stage, its just not who I am.   Although I don’t see anything wrong with it if you are making money in a revue or legitimately. 

I have worked in a Donut Shoppe,  Plants,  general offices, ran my own cleaning business for 4 years, worked as a server, worked night security, retail,  mini newspaper, radio station, law offices, accounting offices, and even delivered pizza, cigs and alcohol.   I always preferred working in the law and fell back on that when I needed to have something.  In Baltimore though, most offices wanted a degree so in 1990,  I went and got one, while pregnant with my son.  Its funny but I did well in school when I was younger and really disliked it, but as an adult have spent most of my free time, reading, writing or learning something for a class.

 

I really didn’t think when my last job ended, I would be able to turn this around, but I did and when my son asked me for some old pictures the other day and I looked back over my life, I realized..I had a good life.  I was blessed and I am grateful for that today even more than I was yesterday.  To all the people that made my life so full, whether we had good memories or not so good, THANK YOU.   To those reading this..its not all about work, life is so short.  Don’t waster your latter years on the pettiness of youth. Sit back, look at your pictures, and then try to enjoy those things.  You earned it.  I know I did…

 

 

 

 

Comments

wsucram15 Added Sep 16, 2017 - 2:03pm
Well  this was just some food for thought. 
Hey Opher...I thought I would take your idea and add some Jeanne to it...
But some of the people dont want their names in here.  So they are just in the pics.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 16, 2017 - 2:21pm
Jeanne
 
Nice. Just nice. I think I know you a bit from here. Thanks. You'll always have free stay in Senegal. Only one condition: No Nirvana can be played LOL
wsucram15 Added Sep 16, 2017 - 2:28pm
LOL.. your funny SEF.  You know I gotta have some grunge now.  Look at the last pic, thats circa 1991.  
wsucram15 Added Sep 16, 2017 - 2:30pm
SEF..I found a pic of Jimmy, the guitarist from my old band, but as usual I was taking the pic and he was tired. I even remember the night it was taken. We were at Foxy's lounge in Niles, Ohio.
wsucram15 Added Sep 16, 2017 - 2:42pm
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 16, 2017 - 2:44pm
Jeanne
 
I don't like to see my old pictures ... I'm not ready to get old. Î will never be mentally, but the fucking body already starts to ache - at 60...almost. Frankly, I'm on the verge of a depression, even though I know that the future looks bright. But that brightness should have come a bit earlier..
 
Oh well.....we do what we can, eh ? ;)
wsucram15 Added Sep 16, 2017 - 2:51pm
I never see me, not ever.  I thought I lost those pics in my divorce, the albums got left in the attic and he made sure to tell me that he had burned my pictures and yearbooks. 
These were in a plastic bag in a tub I made for my son years ago with all of his childhood stuff in it. I had no idea I had them.
I even have pics of me as a child, which I had no idea I had.  I'll let my kids fight over them. 
 
I look at it like this, if you know me...you dont need a picture. I promise I left you with a memory.  I make a point of it.  LOL
wsucram15 Added Sep 16, 2017 - 2:51pm
Oh..Im not old...I just enjoy the shit out of life...its great!!
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 16, 2017 - 2:57pm
Admit it - we're old(er), or elderly persons :-) But what the hell: At least we can say we LIVED to that age - millions of others didn't or don't have the chance....
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 16, 2017 - 2:58pm
....not that it will have any importance when in 50 years worms will have eaten our remains LOL
George N Romey Added Sep 16, 2017 - 3:00pm
Jeanne you've been blessed to lead a very full and rewarding life.  I understand that at times it hasn't been easy.  More importantly you left your positive mark on so many others.  I hope you continue to live in peace, health, prosperity and good company.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 16, 2017 - 3:03pm
George
 
What means "blessed" ?
 
"curious*
wsucram15 Added Sep 16, 2017 - 3:11pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUFL8WSxTgY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIGMUAMevH0
Perfect song for this article....
 
I cant get Caligula Horses album yet...just a sample.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 16, 2017 - 3:14pm
https://youtu.be/XZu5iSwwNwU
 
From me to you Just now :-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 16, 2017 - 3:30pm
https://soundpark.world/album/torrent-236088-caligulas-horse-in-contact-2017
 
Keep quiet you're a friend. I know Jim Grey meanwhile and he's ok :-)
 
Just spread their name for concerts in the US. I do it here.
Katharine Otto Added Sep 16, 2017 - 3:38pm
Jeanne (?),
Thanks for sharing.  It's an inspiring bio.  I'm impressed with your versatility and creativity.  It's nice to know other people are living adventures I can only dream of.
George N Romey Added Sep 16, 2017 - 3:57pm
Jeanne "blessed" simply means having the mental and spiritual ability to find the best in life.  Look at the destructive behavior of people with everything handed to them in life.  It makes you wonder.
wsucram15 Added Sep 16, 2017 - 4:02pm
George..you are a great person and we have discussed this...since you are younger than me you still have much time to reflect on this stuff.  I only did it because my son wanted some pictures and I found some I didnt know I had.
 
You know though George I am blessed, and I am so grateful.  I never used to think I chose my path because so many bad things happened to me as a kid...but those things prepared me for the path I did choose.    I had so much more strength than I ever knew.  Everyone does.
 
SEF...FYI, I did not forget Senegal.. But both my kids just had babies and these are my 2nd and 3rd Grand kids.   Also I just advanced a nice chunk of money so Marc could buy his first new car. (he needed it ) so ANY travel (I had two trips planned) has to wait for a hot minute.
 
Katherine..my name is Jeanne.  Wsucram is MarcusW backwards...that is my son.  the 15 is the age he was when I started using that as a login I think for Ebay?   
 
on the adventure thing...life is an adventure, it really is what you make of it.  You can create anything if you try. You just have to put in the effort and I promise its worth it.   Do dream..find a way to do what you want. Everything is possible.
 
As far as traveling, I know a few people and since I was always taking care of people, they helped me out and I have been all over the place because of that.  Back in the day, I was a dollar a day traveler.  Sometimes I worked in a place just to get to the next place.  You can still do that at some campgrounds and less formal situations.  Look it up.
 
You can do missionary work also...this will definitely help others and get you out of the house.  I would join Amnesty International to travel in a minute if they would let me.   When I can teach I might, just to help out from time to time.   Also my friends
church does a good bt of missions work and its for like a month at a time so I might do that in the Spring.  IDK..
I keep making plans and have to change them.
 
 
opher goodwin Added Sep 16, 2017 - 4:07pm
Jeanne - that is brilliant. How often do we sit back and take stock of the wondrous life and opportunities we've had. We are in the world's top 1% and should be grateful shouldn't we.
Thanks for sharing that.
And go tell SEF that you'll play Nirvana just wherever and whenever you want. I love 'em.
opher goodwin Added Sep 16, 2017 - 4:07pm
Jeanne - I love my old photos from the sixties. I have a section of them on my blog which is very popular.
opher goodwin Added Sep 16, 2017 - 4:08pm
Jeanne - isn't it wonderful that we have such varied and fulfilling lives. Half the world lives in poverty and we have so much.
George N Romey Added Sep 16, 2017 - 4:12pm
Sometimes we marvel at how fast time has passed by.  Didn't it seem like yesterday we were young and impressed by the adults around us.  Today those adults are gone and we are the old ones to younger adults.  Through the years we see society gains and it loses and we are never sure if the net is better or worse, but different.
wsucram15 Added Sep 16, 2017 - 4:26pm
George..you and I look at Blessed differently.  But Ill take that definition.
But believe me, I have been through some very destructive times I have writen a story that would make you cry...then flip it over because I survived it.  I didnt have things handed to me, but I also didnt have it bad.  My family was just very strict.
 
Ive known many people that had things handed to them, in fact my first 8 years in school were spent with hundreds of them. Rich spoiled kids are vicious...hell that was half my family. Vut some of those rich spoiled kids are friends of mine now.  ( I still like the freaks better though)
That hardest part though is watching everyone that gave me support in any way pass away.  I had to become the family whatever.
George N Romey Added Sep 16, 2017 - 4:39pm
Jeanne nothing turns the human race into animals more than money.  Interesting is those with the most are the ones that are the most selfish and just want more and more.  You can be proud that you survive then prosper even with so many obstacles and issues thrown at you.
wsucram15 Added Sep 16, 2017 - 4:55pm
Opher..in that tub I found all my Kurt Cobain original interview magazines along with the ones from his death.
I can show you pics from the 60s..all of those are from the 70s-90s, except the artwork. I found some of my mother and father that I dont remember ever having.  I also found one of my Dad and I.
 
Life is a good thing.  I have had soooo many days where it was so bad, but I know there is always a better day ahead and everything is a test for something else.
 
Leroy Added Sep 16, 2017 - 5:01pm
Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your life.  Very nice pictures.
 
As my wife likes to say, "When one window closes, another opens."  Seems you know that very well.  I'm about the find out.
opher goodwin Added Sep 16, 2017 - 5:08pm
Jeanne - Life sure is better than oblivion. I make the most of every second.
wsucram15 Added Sep 16, 2017 - 10:43pm
One of the largest lessons I learned is that you will usually always have what you need to get by.  Perhaps not always what you want..but what you need.  I have always tried to be a minimalist in running up bills or extending myself because I have seen what its like to have very little and also what people will do to you to take what you have.
I had the hardest time buying a flat screen tv, at the time they were so expensive and while then I was making good money and yearly bonuses, I just could not spend 1300.00 on something for myself.  So the tv sat in the box in my LR for over a month.  I was going to take it back and one day the boys broke the box down and I came home to a set up flat screen tv.
I still have that tv and it works great.  Makes me smile to think about that.  I really wanted to take it back, but friday night movies were a thing at my house. Everyone came. It was much nicer on a flat screen.
 
Leroy..what ever door you are opening, I wish you the best.  I have taken may leaps and opened many new doors.  I am glad I did those things. 
wsucram15 Added Sep 16, 2017 - 10:45pm
Opher...it sure is. I love life and people.  Wow. 
wsucram15 Added Sep 16, 2017 - 10:47pm
Also SEF..I left you a comment on your link you sent
John G Added Sep 17, 2017 - 4:05am
I've been all over the world, often near the pointy end of Anglo-US capitalism and its bastard conjoined twin, imperialism and its ravages.
I could write a lot but suffice to say I don't share your neutral view.
opher goodwin Added Sep 17, 2017 - 4:49am
When you put all the crap to one side and stop worrying about the world; when you sit in the midst of nature on a sunny day with just yourself and the whole beauty and wonder of life - then you know how wondrous it truly is.
Leroy Added Sep 17, 2017 - 7:16am
I get the same feeling when I am sitting in a tree on a crisp autumn day.
opher goodwin Added Sep 17, 2017 - 7:23am
Leroy - I used to do that a lot. Is that your work?
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 8:11am
Jeanne
 
And go tell SEF that you'll play Nirvana just wherever and whenever you want. I love 'em.
 
Don't you dare to do what Opher says here ! No Nirvana in Senegal LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 8:15am
BTW Jeanne
 
Thanks for the nice compliment *thumbsup* :-)
wsucram15 Added Sep 17, 2017 - 8:52am
SEF...you 'll be playing it.  Bet on that.. Just learn  "Jesus dont want me for a sunbeam"  and we are good.  Its not really a Nirvana song.  N/P.
 
Opher and Leroy..life is wondrous and the fall is best time of year.  The spring renews it all after we sluff off the cold that we need.
You guys got this...:)
wsucram15 Added Sep 17, 2017 - 9:20am
George..people are very ruthless when it comes to money, especially those that dont have it.
I know though the ones who have it are just more skilled at not being human somehow.
 
Leroy Added Sep 17, 2017 - 9:23am
"I used to do that a lot. Is that your work?"
 
No.  I am usually up in a tree when I hunt.  Even if I don't see my prey, there is other wildlife: chattering squirrels, gobbling turkeys, sly coyotes, and faking possums.  But, most of the time I am just sitting there taking it all in.   The best days are when it is nippy out just after a rain.  Everything is so quiet and peaceful.  Animals come out foraging for food.  If successful, it ends in a climatic "bang".  Unfortunately, I can't climb a tree at the moment but I do get the enjoy the land if only with my eyes.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 9:24am
Jeanne
 
That's a 3-chord-Folksong. Doesn't quite catch me, but if you like it that's ok ;-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 9:28am
BTW: I don't like fall. It reminds me of dying. I love spring. But luckily in Africa we don't have seasons like that. And we don't have opening and closing hours except in big stores in cities. And we don't have speed limits. And we can put up a house anywhere we want and don't have to follow rules on construction and design.
 
I like that. I call that freedom.....:-)
A Classicist Writes Added Sep 17, 2017 - 9:56am
This was just wonderful; your capacity to look back at your life; taking the bad along with the good; and realise you have enjoyed a good existence is real life-affirming stuff!  Many of us would most likely benefit from such self-reflection.  Thanks...
wsucram15 Added Sep 17, 2017 - 10:03am
Leroy..good huntin... get a nice buck.  I like the woods in the morning like when its not quite dawn yet. Best time of day..pretty much anywhere. 
I know SEF..I was trying to give you a break.  At least its not a Nirvana song.  Play Solsbury Hill then..those are two of my personal favs.
Just play the blues..I am good with that.  I was just kidding.
 
SEF..you keep talking about Africa...its very tempting that freedom thing. 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 10:18am
Jeanne
 
I know Africa is tempting. There you really HAVE FREEDOM. But the price to pay is lacking of financial security. Choose LOL
 
Solsbury Hill, Gabriel.....sorry again. I love Genesis, but Peter Gabriel solo was never really my thing. As is not Sting as well. Police yes - but Sting solo....only this one:
 
Sting - Inside
wsucram15 Added Sep 17, 2017 - 10:19am
SEF.. remind me to tell you once why I dont like Sting.  Its an old story, but you'll like it.
opher goodwin Added Sep 17, 2017 - 10:20am
Leroy - getting out in the midst of nature and seeing all the creatures about their business is life-affirming. I totally get it.
opher goodwin Added Sep 17, 2017 - 10:22am
SEF/Jeanne - I like summer when it's hot and burns! I don't like the cold - Autumn is too much like getting cold and dank for me. The evenings draw in and things die back. Heading for winter.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 10:35am
Opher
 
Yep. Really !
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 10:36am
Jeanne
 
Tell us !
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 10:38am
I don't like winter because a) I don't like to wear loads of clothes and b) I don't like living in a fridge ;-)
opher goodwin Added Sep 17, 2017 - 11:06am
SEF - Ha ha Spot on.
wsucram15 Added Sep 17, 2017 - 11:18am
I like the fall because of the change in seasons, I like winter because of Christmas and all my boots..after that, it can go away...I love the spring, because its Spring whats not to love. 
The summer is cool for for the water ...but we have had too much this year.   Plus I love summer shoes...lol on and I used to like it for outdoor concerts, went to everyone all the time.
wsucram15 Added Sep 17, 2017 - 11:21am
Nah..I will talk about it one day.  I met the Police, suffice it to say I wasnt a huge fan of his.  I found him aloof and kinda weird, although everyone else loved him.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 11:28am
Oh ! You met them. Not bad. I never met "famous" rock musicians, but then I was never a concert goer really. I met a lot of African musicians, and none of them were aloof - Africans never are in general. Only Oumou Sangaré was like that. Salif Keita is a really down-to-earth guy. But Swiss musicians are not aloof - they're actually arrogant, although nobody knows them outside the country !
opher goodwin Added Sep 17, 2017 - 2:17pm
Jeanne - that's the sting in the tale!
wsucram15 Added Sep 17, 2017 - 4:04pm
hardy har har...Opher.
 
Classicist. Wow, thank you.   I think the reason I can speak the way I do and be the way I am is I have had friends who do the same.  My closest friends are my mirrors and they dont let me hide from much.  I have a handful I can specifically say that I would not be who I am had I not known them.
 
 SEF- On  famous people , even actors (I forgot to mention I worked in an fancy scmanchy  hotel for about a year) are just like everyone else.  I met Edward Norton..hes a nice guy, his GF at the time CL was a little rude but I expected that.  I met the cast of Homicide who lived in the hotel I worked at and often spoke with them.   There were a bunch of people through the years Ive seen or met.  Jeeze..SEF, they really are just people.
 
Most were really nice as long as you dont act like a nut or bug them to sign crap.  People sell that stuff online and many famous people dont like to sign stuff for that reason. I think the only Iconic person I ever met was Cher and I met her twice, in fact about a month ago she commented me on twitter.  Ive met other really famous ones that people are really fond of..but none with that stature.  Sonny btw, was once of the nicest people I ever met (I also spoke with him twice). He really was, even as a Senator. 
 
Some ppl will offer and you just hand them the shirt, but I never usually asked. I had a bunch of signed shirts hanging in my closet along with those signed sticks in boxes (now those I did get signed).  The shirts (some of which were very rare) were stolen.  I was crushed.   I could buy all the concert shirts in the world..those are irreplaceable items. Each one had a story and some of those shirts had things written to me on them.  Sad...ppl are so petty.
 
I cannot begin to list the liquor or other stuff I have indulged in just chillin with regular people who happen to make money because they play music.  Wow..admissions of a music junkie...lol.
I would do it all again, twice if I could.  Ask Opher, its fun.
But I have told you all of this.
 
SEF..if you could meet just one person at any time in history who would it be and why?
Same for you Opher (the ones you met dont count).
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 4:23pm
Jeanne
 
Well.......since I know only African "celebrities" I can't really comment on that, but I can imagine :-)
 
Meet a historical person ? Hm...there are two: JTC and Hawking in a debate LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 4:25pm
Oh sorry, I mean Jesus The Carpenter by saying JTC. Since you Americans always throw abbreviations around which foreigners don't know ;-)
wsucram15 Added Sep 17, 2017 - 5:22pm
SEF..everything here is about famous people. ITs how we elected a celebrity for President...they saw him on tv and he wasnt a politician.
The person can be anyone at any time in history.
 
 Jesus, thats a good one and Hawking has questioned the possibility of a higher being.  His brother was in a car accident and died, but they managed to bring him back.  The things his brother told him, swayed Hawking for a hot minute.  (look it up)
 
I never reached back quite that far, I always wanted to meet Thurgood Marshall or MArtin luther King, Jr.  More so Thurgood Marshall.   He was a huge influence on me in my law studies.  I would also like to have met Lincoln and a few other Presidents, just to ask a question or two.
 
C.L. is Courtney Love.  I didnt think it was worth mentioning, really.
opher goodwin Added Sep 17, 2017 - 6:06pm
Jeanne - I'd go for Woody Guthrie. He was a hero of mine. Then I'd go for Leonardo Da Vinci.
wsucram15 Added Sep 17, 2017 - 6:10pm
Both seriously good choices.  Im impressed.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 6:28pm
Jeanne
 
Courtney Love to me was just the accidental chick who met Cobain and profited from his growing fame - certainly after his death. Hole was just a retropunk band that even Gossip made better LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 6:32pm
BTW:
 
Again I'm sorry but I rarely liked US music. After Zappa it became flat and superficial. I loved Elvis' Hound Dog but then came stuff like Glen Campbell. The real stuff happened in the UK.
 
Today it's different. There are a lot of good US bands around, but when I was in my 20's all we had from the US was Kansas, Journey, Kiss, Mötley Crüe and all that clean shit LOL
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 6:36pm
Opher
 
Arlo's "Alice's Restaurant" is worth a try too. And I always felt like a Hobo. Not by mistake I named my BBS (Bulletin board system - google that) in 1993 HOBO'S SHACK :-)
wsucram15 Added Sep 17, 2017 - 6:48pm
In the 70s I liked Faces, also Zepplin, Pink Floyd and Queen. 
I liked Steve Perrys voice and I still do, but refused to see Journey at all after I saw them at a small festival type thing in Ohio.  I liked Earth Wind and Fire, UK, Lou Reed, Punk, Ohio Players, Stuff other people didnt listen to. I even liked older Van Halen, but never liked David Lee  Roth. 
I went to therapy the other day and this guy was jamming on Ohio Players, I havent heard them in years. 
 Motley Crue was not bad but my fav band and album was Cinderellas Long Cold Winter. Gypsy Road was the big hit..worst song on the album.
When the 90s hit, I was in heaven...and had so much fun. 
 
I never liked Love or her band Hole.  
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 7:01pm
Cinderellas Long Cold Winter.
 
I've got a different taste, as you know, and you note exclusively US bands....but I love that song "Long cold winter" - the ONLY song I like of Cinderella. The guitar work is fantastic - but the vocals....well ;-)
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 7:04pm
BTW: Try the band "Patto". Like...
 
Roll 'em smoke 'em - Patto
 
Take the time to listen to the whole album.....
wsucram15 Added Sep 17, 2017 - 7:38pm
Tom Keifer is the vocalist and he wasnt trying for anything great, he was a raspy singer.  I liked it with the stuff they played and I loved long cold winter.  They did later stuff.  But it was their bluesy Stuff I liked the best.  They play their stuff live bluesy like that.  I guess they figured out it sounded better. 
 
Uk was not a US band. Now I didnt have much exposure early on to European bands.  Not until later. Except the Beatles, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin..Black Sabbath.   Stuff like that.
The stuff I liked was more abstract, like UK, no one back then played electric violin and no guitar. No one.   I always liked funk and punk.
The last 15 to almost 20 years I started getting into more ambient and technical stuff, again.  The past 8-9 years I look for something much different in a band.
 
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 7:42pm
I'm still influenced by the Beatles. Rooney, Milburn, even some Oasis, there are so many, or then......you know what I like LOL
 
But I simply can't listen to that old stuff anymore. I can lie in bed and "hear" those songs in my brain.....
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 17, 2017 - 7:45pm
BTW: I wonder if other people do that too: "Listen" to a song in their head without actually HEARING it. It's a strange thing....
wsucram15 Added Sep 17, 2017 - 8:04pm
I know..and yes.  It was weird I heard American Pie all day yesterday (silently) and went out to the car today and it was playing on the radio. 
 
I gotta tell you though..my Granddaughter like pop music, peppy stuff. My daughter says its too early to play punk and my older Grandson will listen to stuff like Sigur Ros or Lazuli but not the Ramones.  We will see.   My newborn Grandson..we dont know yet...but its Marcs son.  Time will tell.
 
There is some stuff that on occasion I just love to hear, but I have to be in the mood for it.  If Im sitting here typing I am always listening to something.  It used to bother my BF, because he is on his computer or in the LR watching tv.  But he is used to it now and will ask me who it is if he doesnt know.
 
 
Even A Broken Clock Added Sep 18, 2017 - 10:06am
Jeanne - just got to this one. Loved the look back at a life well spent, and the breadth of the comment stream. I'm glad that I'm not the only one who has earworms. I never played music in a group but have continued to sing choral music. This fall we are preparing the Verdi Requiem to sing with our local symphony. But my earworms can run the gamut from Allman Brothers to zydeco.
wsucram15 Added Sep 18, 2017 - 10:17am
I m glad you liked it as usual it was inspired by one of my kids. 
I love music, all kinds of music, especially choral music.  Its how I learned to sing.  But  I cant sing anymore, I did something to my throat where my voice gets scratchy and sometimes hurts.  I was able to do work a few years back on one of my sons CD's but it wasnt anything strenuous.  I just never noticed anything until I tried to sing with my daughter about a year or so ago.
 
Congratulations,  Im glad you get to sing and please enjoy it, take care of your throat....:). 
A Classicist Writes Added Sep 18, 2017 - 1:59pm
My pleasure!  I have resolved to start the week taking stock of all that is good in my life -- and bad -- and being thankful for what Imhave achieved and have!
 
Thank you for your thoughts on my Solitude article; your interpretation was really interesting, and you demonstrated the answer to a rhetorical question I asked a reader:'how do individuals interpret solitude?
 
Great stuff...thanks!! 
wsucram15 Added Sep 18, 2017 - 10:25pm
Sorry..if you ask a question, I do like to answer them.  Your article was very good. Great topic.
A Classicist Writes Added Sep 19, 2017 - 3:39am
Thanks!  And no need to apologise = )
opher goodwin Added Sep 19, 2017 - 3:43am
SEF - I always loved that song - though the film was a little off. I saw him play a few years back and he signed a couple of albums for me. A nice guy.
wsucram15 Added Sep 19, 2017 - 10:25am
Opher and Stone;
I have played Alices Restaurant so many times for people, especially younger people who really love it.  Its a timeless song. 
My son loves Woodie Guthrie..my house has always been full of music of all kinds especially with from time to time people coming in and giving me alternatives. 
Stone -on the Patto, good stuff, really good.
Stone-Eater Friedli Added Sep 19, 2017 - 11:13am
Jeanne
 
Oh, good, new fans for Patto, although there's only the drummer of the band left alive.....Ollie Halsall was one of the most underrated guitarists (and musicians in general) of his time.
wsucram15 Added Sep 19, 2017 - 12:15pm
Still cant get Caligulas Horse here.   Ill see it eventually
opher goodwin Added Sep 20, 2017 - 11:12am
Jeanne - Arlo had an infectious humour didn't he? So many people love Woody. He's timeless. 
wsucram15 Added Sep 21, 2017 - 2:09am
Sorry I didnt see this Opher..yes he did.  I even like Woody, he is a classic.
opher goodwin Added Sep 23, 2017 - 8:28am
What he sang about is still true today.
Jeffrey Kelly Added Sep 25, 2017 - 5:22pm
Thank you, Jeanne.  
 
As for me me as I get older I suddenly realize there's so much that I want to do.  There's still so much to read, watch and experience.  Time seems to be speeding up and I realize how much I mourn how my children are growing up in front of my eyes.  I realize I miss the little ones that cuddled with me in my chair, they don't want cuddles as much anymore.
 
I miss my father, he passed away 20 years ago.  I look at my mother now, she's in her 70's, I realize that my time with her is growing short.  It pains me to look at my siblings and see them get older, I wonder how much time we have left together for holidays and gatherings.
 
I'm 47, I turn 48 next March.  I'm starting to wonder how much time I have left.  I want to reach retirement and travel to the places I've always wanted to see.  I want my wife with me, I hope we reach old age together.  
 
Reading what you wrote made me think of all this again.  There's an odd sadness that comes with all of that....but not a bad sadness, more of nostalgia and hope.  I want to see my children graduate high school, go to college, make a life for themselves, get married and have their own children.
 
Thank you.  Again.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 27, 2017 - 8:59pm
SEFa sez: Only Oumou Sangaré was like that: Wow, she has quite a voice, and one would think her anything but aloof from it or her politics, but that's how it is.  You never know until you meet them and find out if expectations are due to "celebrity," or otherwise.
Jeff Michka Added Sep 27, 2017 - 9:02pm
Jeffrey Kelly sez: I'm 47, I turn 48 next March.  I'm starting to wonder how much time I have left.  I want to reach retirement and travel to the places I've always wanted to see.  I want my wife with me, I hope we reach old age together. - You're a kid, Jeffrey!!  Hopefully, and with luck and a small dose of "good fortune", you AND your wife will have that time together.  I'm grateful for every minute my wife and I spend together. Wish we were on the sunny side of 48 yrs old again.  LOL
Jeffrey Kelly Added Sep 28, 2017 - 12:17am
Why, thank you, Jeff M!!!
 
I wish you and your wife many happy years together.

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