look closely

 

 

look closely

what do you see

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what do you see

in

a sun rise

is it a new beginning

is it a new life

look closely

it is not always clear

it is not always what it seems

does it make you think

of what the day will bring

of what will be done

or

not done

the clouds paint the picture

and seconds change the scene

what do you see

in

a sun rise

take the time

do take the time

don’t put it off

look closely

and let your soul free

and you will see….

clearly

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i remember

yew
i remember
when
she was born
and i held her in my arms
and she became my life

i remember clearly
i remember yesterday
i remember a little girl
in the sand and in the water
as the seagulls watched closely
and the tide came in and the tide went out
i see my life

i see a young girl
i remember clearly
i remember yesterday
i remember a young girl
as she looked forward
to tomorrow

i see a young woman
i remember clearly
i remember yesterday
as she embraced the rain
and the rainbow that showed the way
i see my life
as the sun came up
as the sun went down

as i remember…as i remember
i now see a beautiful, caring woman,
she is true and
in love
but just as the sun rises and sets
and the tide comes in and goes out
she will always…she will always
be my little girl

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I’m out of milk

dick tracyThe face of my watch is broken and I’m thinking about getting a new one because when I’m away from home I would like to know if I have enough milk and cold beers in the fridge. Huh?

faxAahh…don’t ya just love this new technology?

…but then again, I still have a difficult time understanding the process of putting a piece of paper into a machine, calling up a number and the exact copy of that paper comes out of another machine thousands of miles away in a matter of seconds.

Now I am being asked to understand that you can call up your refrigerator on your cell phone so you can look to see what is or is not in it.  They go for around what you would pay for a small car.

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or…

When someone rings your door bell and you’re not at home, your cell phone will alert you and you will be able to see who is at the door and communicate with them like your really there…or watch your dog tear up every thing in the house and all the while you thought it was the cat.

Now what I do understand is losing a bet in a pub and having to hitch hike around Ireland with a fridge.

round ireland with fridgeMy lap top is an antique and I do believe it is on it’s last legs so what do I do, buy a refurbished one on e-bay.  So what happens my old one is pissed because I bought another one and is now working better than the refurbished one.  Oh yes cars and machines have a soul and they can sense when you’re going to get a new one or at least think about getting a new one. My cell phone is not smart and will never be able to talk to a refrigerator but thinks it can.  Not sure what I’m going to do with that situation.

I drive a car that can not park itself and God knows that I certainly can’t park one.  I think I’ll wait until they get this whole thing down about cars driving them self.

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Apparently it is all about apps.  Do all these apps make you smarter and your life easier?  If they do, and I can understand how they function and don’t have to look for some eight year old kid to show me how everything works and when it doesn’t, how to fix it, I’m in.

Hey, I’m sorry, I’m going to have to leave you cuz a refrigerator in the local appliance store is calling or trying to call my cell phone and an Amazon drone is at my door with my new fax machine and watch. 

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feeling blue…catch the show or moon dance with clowns

 

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you convince yourself

the show

the sun rise
is just for you

but is it really?


the setting sun

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seems to attract crowds
but not today
the show again

is for me alone

am I selfish?
shouldn’t beauty like this
be shared?
not today
perhaps tomorrow

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eyes

look into the eyes
and you will see the person
look deeper and see beyond tomorrow

look into the eyes
for they are the windows
to the soul
and the wonder of imagination

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 ,
Well I don’t know why I came here tonight,
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.
Well you started out with nothing,
And you’re proud that you’re a self made man,
And your friends, they all come crawlin,
Slap you on the back and say,
Please…. Please…..
Trying to make some sense of it all,
But I can see that it makes no sense at all,
Is it cool to go to sleep on the floor,
‘Cause I don’t think that I can take anymore
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right,
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.
Well I don’t know why I came here tonight,
I got the feeling that something ain’t right
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you,
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
Stuck in the middle with you.
 Artist: Stealers Wheel
Stuck in the Middle With You Lyrics

 

 

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feeling blue

blue is the color
and the color is the feeling
thought is deep
imagination deeper
once is enough
and enough is never

i am the walrus
and the time has come

 

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if

if i gave you sunshine
would you smile?
if i gave you diamonds
would you smile?
if i gave you laughter
would you smile?
if i gave you tomorrow
would you smile?
if i gave you carrots
would you smile?

then tomorrow it is
and carrots too

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spotlight on buzzards bay

the waves sparkle like tiny candles
the beach fire points the way
the water laps the beach
and the mandolin sings a song
a gentle wind carries the sound
a sweet smell wakens the mind
the night invites you
to
dance on the bay
and sing along

the spotlight moves
candles flicker
and the fire clings to life

the mandolin plays on
as you moon dance
under the spotlight
on a buzzards bay night

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the saxophone and the groupie

the music man plays
and she listens
in need of each other
in need of the magic
for without the sweet sounds
never would they have met

newport’s listing
came out today
the music man was featured
and she was not
the music man plays
and she pays
one would not exist
without the other

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Adele “The best f**king story ever!”

 

LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 02: Leicester City fans celebrate as their team becomes Premier League champions after watching the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Spurs' failure to win against Chelsea tonight sees Leicester City claim their first ever top flight title. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 02: Leicester City fans celebrate as their team becomes Premier League champions after watching the Barclays Premier League between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur on May 2, 2016 in Leicester, United Kingdom. Spurs’ failure to win against Chelsea tonight sees Leicester City claim their first ever top flight title. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

 

American sports fans take note.  The “football” world has a new and very unlikely champion.

I say unlikely because at the beginning of the season bookmakers were offering 5000 to 1 odds that they would win the championship.

…and it was more likely that Adele would not use the F word ever again.  Well no surprise here, she hasn’t stopped…

I even followed them in the Irish newspapers and week after week a reporter would say “any week now they will collapse”.

… and  Ladbrokes (a betting company) is  about to take a serious financial beating .

Student Karishma Kapoor, 20, was laughing all the way to the bank after betting £2 on her team winning at the start of the season – giving her a payout of £10,000.

Fairytale champion Leicester won the Premier League for the first time in the club’s 132 year history. Ecstatic fans rushed into the streets of Leicester on Monday as the outsiders won the Premier League in a victory seen as the most astonishing in the history of English football. I would venture to say that the celebrations will last well into the summer.

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/36189552

The reactions from around the world include…

“Proud of you Spurs! But Leicester… What an inspiration, the best f***** story ever! Congratulations!!!! X”

– Grammy and Oscar-winning pop star Adele, who hails from the north London district of Tottenham

Massive congrats @LCFC! It’s been a thrill to follow all season. #worthychampions.”

– Former world number one golfer Rory Mcllroy

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 02: Mark Selby with a Leicester City football club flag after lifting the trophy after beating Ding Junhui to win the World Snooker Championship final at the Crucible Theatre on May 02, 2016 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 02: Mark Selby with a Leicester City football club flag after lifting the trophy after beating Ding Junhui to win the World Snooker Championship final at the Crucible Theatre on May 02, 2016 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

“Many congratulations to Leicester. An extraordinary, thoroughly deserved, Premier League title.”

– British Prime Minister David Cameron

There’s no doubt that is the greatest achievement in the history of our game. Football had become a closed shop with the same teams winning year after year and you never believed a story like this could happen. Statue for Ranieri in the morning I think.””

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher

Maybe next year John Henry (Owner of Liverpool and the Boston Red Sox).

This uplifting tale of underdog vanquishing the mighty will reverberate through the decades. The phrase “doing a Leicester” will now enter the sporting lexicon.

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“And Now For Something Completely Different”

Monty Python – “And Now For Something Completely Different”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGK8IC-bGnU

…or pimping Dan Carney’s driftwood & found object art… click on the following link…

dan cowboy (300x400)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZoe7y6hd28

The writer of this blog supports and is a participating artist in ArtBank Bunclody, Ireland, a, not for profit, volunteer cultural center that relies on donations and grant funding.   www.artbank.ie is under construction and you can follow ArtBank on facebook.

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6’1″ again with John Cage

 

For those that missed it….

 

The following excerpts are from my 534 page book, published by Random House and due at stores on April 1 2016.  The book is an astonishing tale of intrigue and espionage, sex and seduction, action, adventure, tension and violence.  6’1” Silence is my first novel.  The story concept has been a work in progress for over five years and I am extremely proud of the result.   I hope you enjoy it.

My first reading of the book will take place at the mime convention in the Republic of Cambridge beginning April 1 through the 4th.  The reading will be in the  Che Guevara wing of the Republic of Cambridge library.

There are many people I would like to thank for helping me with this labor of love, especially the Procrastinator’s Club of Brookline, Massachusetts.  Without their inspiration the project would have been finished in two years.  Most of all I would like to thank John Cage.  His music and compositions are being incorporated into the Fantasy Pictures movie script based on the book.  The movie is scheduled to begin shooting April 1, 2017.  I could go on and on with additional thank yous…but full credits will be listed in my book and in the movie.

The following YouTube video of a 4’33” performance will give you a brief take on John’s brilliance.  I  suggest you look at it, “listen” and remember that there is a thin line between genius and madness.

John Cage’s 4’33” – YouTube

► 7:45► 7:45

 

Please keep scrolling down.

…keep going…

…just a bit more…

… and the pages are also blank.

Hey … why not?

The Irish Times reported that the BBC Symphony Orchestra recently gave a performance of composer John Cage’s seminal piece 4’33”, which does not contain a single note.   

The performance took place at London’s Barbican Centre.

It was part of a weekend of Cage’s work. The late avant-garde composer “wrote” the piece in 1952.

Cage’s reasoning for composing 4’3” was to demonstrate that “whereever we are what we hear is mostly noise.”

General manager Paul Hughes told BBC Radio 5 Live the orchestra had rehearsed to “get in the right frame of mind”.

Despite having no notes to play, the musicians tuned up and then turned pages of the score after each of the three “movements” specified by the composer.

The silence was broken at times by coughing and rustling sounds from the audience, who marked the end of the performance with enthusiastic applause.

Mr. Hughes denied the performance was a “mindless gimmick” and said Cage believed “music was all around us all the time” and the piece was his attempt to make the audience focus on sounds that were “part of our everyday lives”. 

But the audience at the premiere in 1952 was “so discomforted that mostly what you could hear was people getting up and walking out”, he said.

“They were completely outraged and extremely angry,” Mr. Hughes added.

He said Cage, who died in 1992 aged 80, was very proud of the silent composition.

 shhh!

My next novel is a sequel to 6’1” Silence and will be available sometime in 2018 and the movie version of 6’1″ Silence is scripted to be two hours and seventeen minutes long.  I would hope that you bring a book to read while there.

Have a wonderful 1st of April…

The writer of this blog supports and is a participating artist in ArtBank Bunclody, Ireland, a, not for profit, volunteer cultural center that relies on donations and grant funding.   www.artbank.ie is under construction and you can follow ArtBank on facebook.

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6’1″ again with John Cage

 

 

For those that missed it….

 

The following excerpts are from my 534 page book, published by Random House and due at stores on April 1 2016.  The book is an astonishing tale of intrigue and espionage, sex and seduction, action, adventure, tension and violence.  6’1” Silence is my first novel.  The story concept has been a work in progress for over five years and I am extremely proud of the result.   I hope you enjoy it.

My first reading of the book will take place at the mime convention in the Republic of Cambridge beginning April 1 through the 4th.  The reading will be in the  Che Guevara wing of the Republic of Cambridge library.

There are many people I would like to thank for helping me with this labor of love, especially the Procrastinator’s Club of Brookline, Massachusetts.  Without their inspiration the project would have been finished in two years.  Most of all I would like to thank John Cage.  His music and compositions are being incorporated into the Fantasy Pictures movie script based on the book.  The movie is scheduled to begin shooting April 1, 2017.  I could go on and on with additional thank yous…but full credits will be listed in my book and in the movie.

The following YouTube video of a 4’33” performance will give you a brief take on John’s brilliance.  I  suggest you look at it, “listen” and remember that there is a thin line between genius and madness.

John Cage’s 4’33” – YouTube

► 7:45► 7:45

 

Please keep scrolling down.

…keep going…

…just a bit more…

… and the pages are also blank.

Hey … why not?

The Irish Times reported that the BBC Symphony Orchestra recently gave a performance of composer John Cage’s seminal piece 4’33”, which does not contain a single note.   

The performance took place at London’s Barbican Centre.

It was part of a weekend of Cage’s work. The late avant-garde composer “wrote” the piece in 1952.

Cage’s reasoning for composing 4’3” was to demonstrate that “whereever we are what we hear is mostly noise.”

General manager Paul Hughes told BBC Radio 5 Live the orchestra had rehearsed to “get in the right frame of mind”.

Despite having no notes to play, the musicians tuned up and then turned pages of the score after each of the three “movements” specified by the composer.

The silence was broken at times by coughing and rustling sounds from the audience, who marked the end of the performance with enthusiastic applause.

Mr. Hughes denied the performance was a “mindless gimmick” and said Cage believed “music was all around us all the time” and the piece was his attempt to make the audience focus on sounds that were “part of our everyday lives”. 

But the audience at the premiere in 1952 was “so discomforted that mostly what you could hear was people getting up and walking out”, he said.

“They were completely outraged and extremely angry,” Mr. Hughes added.

He said Cage, who died in 1992 aged 80, was very proud of the silent composition.

 shhh!

My next novel is a sequel to 6’1” Silence and will be available sometime in 2018 and the movie version of 6’1″ Silence is scripted to be two hours and seventeen minutes long.  I would hope that you bring a book to read while there.

Have a wonderful 1st of April…

The writer of this blog supports and is a participating artist in ArtBank Bunclody, Ireland, a, not for profit, volunteer cultural center that relies on donations and grant funding.   www.artbank.ie is under construction and you can follow ArtBank on facebook.

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Saint Patrick’s Day with lots of green salads

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The Irish in Ireland or where ever they may be will celebrate almost any event especially when it stops raining. St. Patrick’s Day on the other hand is more than just an event it is a day that one takes comfort in that snakes are nowhere to be found in Ireland.

That fact alone is reason to celebrate and apparently some people over here like their celebrations so much that an entire section of the Irish Independent Newspaper (Living 3/6/16) was devoted to drinking.

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I was recently told a story, from a very reliable source, about this good family gentleman that frequented a wonderful pub that comes alive with music late in the evening. He was, by all accounts, the pub’s best customer.  Unfortunately he passed. His family held the wake at the pub and I’m sure the pub will sorely miss him.

He weighed in at around 300lbs and at least 3-4 times a week, at this pub, god only knows where else he went, he would consume about 12 shots of Irish whiskey and wash it down with the same number of pints of Guinness. Must have had a very good government pension, his liver that’s another story.

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He was laid out at the pub and music, dance and drink were in ample supply. At the end of the evening just before they closed the coffin his daughter approached with a glass of whiskey and opened her father’s mouth and poured it in and kissed him goodbye.

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The best come back line about “drink” that I have ever heard was from a friend of mine who was having some medical problems and he asked his doctor if it would be OK to have a glass of wine with dinner. She replied, sure but balance it out with a salad. His response was a “classic”. What if I have 6 salads?

I recently saw a picture of him with an absolute gorgeous  woman by his side on some Caribbean Island. It looked like he was eating salads all day.

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The controversy regarding  Good Friday continues, the Irish public are once again split on the tradition banning the sale of alcohol during the religious festival.

green bottles….well at least they’re green.

The rule prohibiting the sale of alcohol came into effect in the 1924 Intoxicating Liquor (General) Act, a version of which is still used today. The original read:

“It shall not be lawful for any person in any county borough to sell or expose for sale any intoxicating liquor or to open or keep open any premises for the sale of intoxicating liquor or to permit any intoxicating liquor to be consumed on licensed premises … at any time on Christmas Day, Good Friday, or Saint Patrick’s Day.”

Back in 1960, a newer version of the act repealed the Saint Patrick’s Day ban, giving it the same rules for alcohol trade as a Sunday.

jamison…I only drank one….

However, the provisions banning the sale of alcohol on Christmas Day and Good Friday were never repealed, and stay in effect to this day. The Christmas Day rule is less contentious, as most shops are closed on that day.

…and with that history lesson and while I’m thinking of what “drink” to have with my salad “s”  I wish you all Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

 

The writer of this blog supports and is a participating artist in ArtBank Bunclody, Ireland, a, not for profit, volunteer cultural center that relies on donations and grant funding.   www.artbank.ie is under construction and you can follow ArtBank on facebook.

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The “Man” flu and Irish wakes

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It is three in the morning and I have a feeling this one is going to be all over the map.

The “Man” flu is rampart in Ireland. I now have it and the reason it is called the “Man” flu is because the men over here, not me, moan and groan about how bad they feel and drive their partner, wife or girl friend to send nude pictures of themselves to the weather guy and ask him if he would take them away to Majorca. Mary sent a note saying she had road frontage on her farm. She lied her brother does.

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Ah a road frontage story…

Colleen, my soon to be married daughter, used to live in Charlestown, Massachusetts, which according to some sources was the number one location in the country for bank robberies. She and I were to meet, let’s call him Paddy, at the Warren Tavern in Charlestown at 1 PM on a Saturday. If you haven’t been to the place where George Washington and Paul Revere had a “few” you’re missing out. Well we show up at 5PM and by then Paddy “owned” the place. The bartenders, waitresses, patrons and even the owner who’s from Ireland were all over him. The place loved him and he was shit faced.

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Off we go to the Wharf Tavern over looking Boston and he starts talking about his new girl friend and her land with “road frontage”. The next day, much to Paddy’s chagrin , I revisited his stories about the Warren Tavern and his “road frontage” girlfriend. I think he left most of what he drank and ate the day before in my bathroom.

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Yesterday we went to two wakes, one at a home and the other at a funeral home.

The first was for a woman that was 92 years young. Last year I went to her grandson’s 21st birthday celebration at a pub. The place was packed with young people and also with older friends and family. She was sitting at a table and I was at the bar and someone tapped me on the shoulder and said she wanted to have a “chat” with me. I went over to her and asked if I could get her a drink and she said “of course but let me finish the whiskeys (4) in front of me now”.

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I tried to catch up to her and we had a wonderful conversation about her life and Ireland. Word got back to me about her death and how she would have appreciated me attending her wake when she passed.

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During the course of the day there must have been 300+ people that paid their respects.

The other wake was for Mary’s cousin. She was a top golfer, painted, played most musical instruments, jammed with Mick Jagger and lived for the night. She once visited us when we lived in, at that point in time, the most boring town in Massachusetts, Plymouth. She arrived, we went to bed around 11 or so and she wanted action. None to be had so the next day she got on a plane back to Ireland.

At this wake I went into the funeral home’s kitchen where a few people had gathered hoping that they had something stronger than tea. They didn’t but this kind older lady sat next to me and explained why she didn’t come with her husband.

He had the “Man Flu” and she was sick and tired about hearing about it and after the funeral, was off with the weather man to Majorca. Those pictures must have been something else.

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