Monday, January 15, 2007

Is that O'Ceallaigh I hear?

This week we are lucky enough to have the ever so knowledgeable O'Ceallaigh from O'Ceallaigh's Felloffatruck Publications to grace the "My Music Highway Project" stage.

For those who know O'Ceallaigh you know there is no one like him. His smarts and witt get him a long way. For those who do not know him... get over to his place. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Everyone Please Welcome O'Ceallaigh to "My Music Highway Project"!!!

Inspirational Song and What It Did?

These days, I keep coming back to the ancient (1970) rocker "Won't Get Fooled Again" by The Who. Because it seems like we all have been. And as I have been reading more and more history in recent years, it seems like we humans have allowed ourselves to be fooled, over and over again. And as I write this, the poem of adversity, despair, and resilience
malgré lui popped back into my head (or what's left of it), "The Boxer", Simon and Garfunkel:

In a clearing stands a boxer
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of every glove that laid him down
Or cut him 'til he cried out,
In his anger and his shame:
"I am leaving, I am leaving!"
But the fighter still remains.
I have often thought of leaving. But here I still remain.

Future Generations?

I would hope that future generations would unlearn, permanently, the baby boomer lessons.

That everything can be had all the time. [Yes, that quoted Life in the Fast Lane by The Eagles.]

That complex problems can be solved, and good and long-lasting results achieved, by screaming and temper tantrums.

That you don't long for peace, you work for it - and a lot harder than you do for war, and with lots fewer short-term returns.

That the true rewards of peace are the bare room and the spinning wheel of Moandas "Mahatma" Gandhi, not the megabillions of Bill Gates.

I would have them learn that the one who screws public funding for education so that he can have more money to spend on his pet projects; the one who trains young people to worship MTV and throw money at its glitter while they work minimum-wage at CVS and dream no more, is far more your enemy, and an enemy of peace, than any Al Qaeda fighter.

I would have them learn that the Great Experiment of the Founding Fathers is in deadly peril, and that only they themselves can save it. If they cast off the corporate lullabys and act.

Favorite Project / Charity?

It would be so glib to say something like Darfur or the Jimmy Fund or something like that. But my heart is given to: Oceanography and Marine Biology. Which right now is low on the radar screen because people are focusing on bombs and rockets, and because so many people look at anything that smacks of "environment" and see eco-terrorists and nasty "government regulation". Yet the ocean sustains us. It's far more than freeing Willie and finding Nemo. Or pictures of cruises on the Discovery Channel. It's full of fields that have all the appeal of pond scum, and it certainly does not lend itself to emotive campaigns of the Jerry Lewis Telethon type. Yet the ocean sustains us. It provides half the oxygen on the planet, draws down half the carbon dioxide greenhouse gas. It absorbs heat - and how it reflects it back in the vicinity of Tahiti affects what the summer weather will be in Vienna. And while other causes see increasing funds from governments and private charities, funding for the ocean sciences is, at best, static.

OK, I'll get off my soapbox now.


No, No, No... no soapbox at all. I loved your contribution to "My Music Highway Project"... Thank you so much for your support! Thank you!

...and the music plays on!

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Friday, January 05, 2007

The Art of Getting By...

"The Art of Getting By" is this not a great title for a blog. I honestly can't tell you when I "met" Janet... I have to shamefully admit that I haven't been around her blog a lot.... but I plan to change that.

Reading her today, I realized what I have been missing out on. Her blog is a fun blog with her personal opinions, life, etc...

Everyone please Welcome JANET from "The Art of Getting By" to My Music Highway Project...

1) What song has truly inspired/touched you? (Name of Artist and Song please)

Ok, the first song that came to mind was the song Dogs In The Yard by Paul McCrane off of the Fame soundtrack. An unconventional choice, I know, but when I first discovered this song I was in high school. My discovery with this song fit in perfectly with the time period of my own self discovery. To me this song is all about being torn between different aspects of your personality, who you want to be and what you want to do. At the time it spoke volumes to me. In fact, it still does to this day.

Artist: Paul McCrane
Dogs In The Yard

I want to be bad
And not even care
I want to go out of my head somewhere
I want run crazy
Like the dogs in the yard
I want to cut the rope
But it's getting so much harder

I think I'll play poker
Stay out every night
Throw stones at the water
In the morning light

I want to be lazy like the dogs in the yard
Why can't I fly tonight?
Why can't I sleep all morning?
I'm going out of my mind tonight
That's where I'm going
That's where I'm going

Gonna have a good time
Before it's too late
Come on, baby, let's go uptown and celebrate
Gonna celebrate!

We're gonna run crazy
Like the dogs in the yard
We're gonna fly tonight
We're gonna sleep all morning

We're going out of our minds tonight
That's where we're going
That's where we're going

2) How did it inspire/touch/ or change you?

This is a hard question to answer because I feel like I went in to too much detail above.

3) What is one thing you wish for the future generations?

I truly hope future generations will finally be able to learn from past mistakes and grow from them. As a society, I don't think we're there yet. The mistakes themselves may change, but the outcome has remained the same.

4) What is one "Project"/ "Charity" that is dear to your heart?

I know this is going to sound bad, but unfortunately I do not know enough about charities to be able to pick one. If I chose one I would be doing so arbitrarily and I don't think that would be fair.


Janet, Thank You so much for helping with this project. I am sorry I am two weeks late with your post... but it has been well worth the wait. I much enjoyed your answers. Thanks, again!

... and the music plays on!

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