Gonna sail away

How sad it is to watch people who I’ve never met–but who still enriched my life in some way–cross over into whatever comes next. In just the past week, Chuck Berry died (and I’ve had Johnny B. Goode stuck in my head ever since), followed by Jerry Krause of the Chicago Bulls, Chuck Barris ofContinue reading “Gonna sail away”

Well I’m takin’ my time

This morning Boston’s Foreplay/Long Time came on the radio, and I listened to it for the I’ll-never-know-how-manyth-time. Twenty-nine years ago, I used the opening lyric (It’s been such a long time, I think I should be going) as my parting words to my graduating high school class of 1986. Griffin High, the school I graduatedContinue reading “Well I’m takin’ my time”

Rock and roll band

  Last night, on a soggy beach in Chicago, I saw Boston play live for the first time in my life. I’ve written about Boston many times in this space, and hearing their music in the company of thousands more who also appreciate their unique sound meant a lot to me. I was once aContinue reading “Rock and roll band”

I’m just moving along

My teenager enjoys posting TBT (Throwback Thursday) pictures on Twitter. The idea that a fourteen year-old is nostalgic for the past amuses me, actually. And because my blog is drenched in nostalgia for the past, at least sometimes, I decided to go along. I posted this picture to Facebook today, and it will hit TwitterContinue reading “I’m just moving along”

Chasing that dream

As I was out running errands yesterday, I heard Boston’s “Foreplay/Long Time” on the radio. It’s always been a song I can listen to, and yesterday was no exception. Upon hearing the late Brad Delp’s vocals, I was reminded of how, at the end of my high school days, I quoted the line “It’s beenContinue reading “Chasing that dream”

One man’s protest

Boston dominated the news this week, and it should have. I’ve never seen a more riveting story about one city and its grit. Hats off to everyone who rose to the occasion and turned a terrible event into a lesson in strength. I will always be in awe of how the city came together inContinue reading “One man’s protest”

Keep a’ goin’

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day, and it will be the second year I’m taking part in it. Last year’s poem, and the story behind it, is here. I came across the poem I’m using this year in a small volume of poetry that I acquired a number of years ago. I’ve never beenContinue reading “Keep a’ goin’”

Far away and left behind

I love a good paradox. Elements of one thing, along with something completely different. ¬†Salty peanut butter and sweet grape jelly. That sort of thing. Yesterday afternoon I was confronted by such a paradox, as I was picking my young daughter up from her play rehearsal. I love that she’s in a play about Halloween,Continue reading “Far away and left behind”

Safe from British bullets

Mitt Romney’s gone across the pond, and so far it’s not gone well for him. If the idea was to make him seem presidential on the global stage, it’s turned into just the opposite. If you don’t believe me, consider that #RomneyShambles is the top trending item on Twitter as I write this. It won’tContinue reading “Safe from British bullets”

Quarterly Report #4

Picture from The Greenville, SC Blog How quickly the time flies! This report, in keeping with the tradition I established after beginning this blog a year ago, is meant to take stock in what I’ve done, and where I see things heading in the months ahead. First things first. The blog celebrated its first yearContinue reading “Quarterly Report #4”

When in Boston, don’t miss this

There are lots of historic sites in Boston, but this is one that I’ve never considered before. Along the Freedom Trail is a gem of a cemetery called the Granary Burial Ground, which I recently visited for the first time on a beautiful sunny day. Imagine, if you will, some of the biggest names fromContinue reading “When in Boston, don’t miss this”

Ask what you can do for your country

Monday afternoon, Hyannis, Mass. Hyannis is one of those places that you’ve heard about before. This is probably because the Kennedy family has their “compound” here. It’s actually in Hyannisport, but Hyannis is the short-hand version. I probably first heard of Hyannis as a line in a Boston song called “Rock and Roll Band” onContinue reading “Ask what you can do for your country”

Are you happy, Rock Hall?

Word of Axl Rose dissing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, just days before the induction ceremony, struck me as vindication for what I wrote last year about the band not being suitable for induction. I stated, at that time, that Appetite for Destruction¬†was worthy of Hall of Fame induction, and the “November Rain”Continue reading “Are you happy, Rock Hall?”

Hard to believe

The last post I wrote was a celebration of the career accomplishments of Mariano Rivera. He’s been great, he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer when the time comes, and I don’t think we’ll see another one like him again. But, having said that, there’s at least one instance where he didn’t come up big.Continue reading “Hard to believe”