Pink Cadillac

“Only those who dare will drive the world forward” is a line from a new commercial for Cadillac and it got me thinking about risk takers.  Again.

In my lifetime, that would included  people like Neil Armstrong, Bill Russell, Ronald Reagan, George Carlin, Andy Warhol, Bill Gates, Condoleezza Rice, John Coltrane, Warren Zevon and Ferris Bueller.


I would suspect that early mistakes, setbacks and a mindset to succeed drove them to greatness.

Those that dare make mistakes.  Those that dare live life.  Those that dare drive the world.

Not too sure if they drive a Cadillac.

Why the above?  I’m sure your list is different and as Ferris would say “Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”

I can’t imagine what Ferris’ story would be like if he took Cameron’s VW rather than the Ferrari.

Well now…I assume all of you have seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and therefore know what I’m talking about.  I just watched it for the “lost count” time.

…and


I’m at a convention in Atlanta and before I hit the floor I’m having a quick beverage in the bar at my hotel.  There are four people in the bar, the bartender, me and two guys at the end of the bar. One of the guys is Ben Stein, he plays the high school teacher in the movie and I start saying loader and loader “anyone, anyone, anyone”  and he waves me over and we had a great chat about politics and Ferris.

 

 

A business colleague of mine used to say “In your lifetime you will take at least two trips in a Cadillac, one when you are matched and the other when your detached.

I have said it many times before, those that offer up their soul through a creative life,  that dares to present their work before the public, are true risk takers.  Risk takers that would have no problem driving the world forward in a Pink Cadillac.

Once again I must salute risk taker John Renwick and all the volunteers and artists that have made ArtBank a great success.  If you have the time and interest take a look at www.artbank.bunclody.eu/.

You might find it daring.


logo newIf I may also suggest you re-visit the top of the page and look at the picture and listen to  Keep me in your heart by Zevon again.  It’s the last track on this album and if you don’t know anything about him it’s a teary farewell to family, friends and fans.  The picture tells it all.

Warren Zevon knew he was dying when he began recording his final and best album and two weeks after it was released he did.

He also had a bunch of famous friends willing to help him out one last time. Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen all joined him in the studio.

Read More: How Warren Zevon Said Goodbye With ‘The Wind’ | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/warren-zevon-the-wind/?trackback=tsmclip

Warren Zevon a true risk taker to the end.

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clean shave

dan1

It is time to rob a bank. 

…and why you may ask would I do that.  I have had a beard for a good part of my life, a white one at that and it will soon be gone.  So when my picture is taken by all the security cameras with a, I think I’ll dye it red, beard, the authorities will be totally confused….oh ya.

A decent beard has long been the number one must-have fashion item for any fugitive from justice. – Craig Brown

Something just doesn’t seem right with this plan.  Maybe I should consider a 7/11 store or a Cumberland Farms gas station.  I need some help here.  There has got to be a way I can make money on this deal.

dan5…and then there are people that say, no one will buy your stuff if you don’t have a beard.  I am trying to figure that one out cuz no one buys my stuff with a beard either.

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Ok…I heard what you just said.

The Urban Beardsman lists five reason for growing a beard and they are:

  1.  Beards look cool
  2. Someone else suggests it
  3. Staying warm
  4. Utter laziness
  5. Covering up what’s beneath

Once again you may ask, why did I grow a beard, you might as well ask the most interesting man in the world.

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I suspect my answer would be different than his.

duck_dynasty-1135914…to be continued

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www.artbank.bunclody.eu

 

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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.

look in fridge

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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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.   You can follow ArtBank on facebook and at http://www.artbank.bunclody.eu/ and watch “found objects” on YouTube by clicking below the ArtBank logo

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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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