Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tips For Entertaining Summer Road Trips

By JJ Martin

Summertime is road trip time. After the harsh winter roadways, clear summer roads are a welcomed sight. Longer days mean more sunlight for driving so there's no better time to hit the road. Summer weather can provide near ideal road conditions making any trip easier. Whether in a car, truck, SUV, or RV a summer cruise is just what is needed to chase away the remaining winter blues. Put the top back or windows down, turn the radio up and drive.

Vacations are typically planned to get to the destination as quick as possible to enjoy the trip more. For most this means traveling by plane and dealing with the dreaded airport and baggage fees. A better way to travel is the old fashion road trip. Everyone pile in and ship out. Traveling by road gives you the option to stop at as many or as few points of interest on the way as you would like. Best of all, bags ride for free!

A road trip doesn't always have to be a coast to coast deal. Road trips can be used as bonding time with family and friends. Day road trips can be just as enjoyable. Finding local attractions within a couple hours of your house can make for the perfect way to spend a day off of work with the family. A quick weekend getaway to a nearby campground is another enjoyable summer activity that involves a short drive in the summer sun.

Once all the road games have been played and conversation is starting to fall off modern technology is there to save the drive. The longer the drive the more helpful modern technology can be, especially when traveling with kids. Listening to the radio or playing games on a tablet, iPod, or handheld gaming device can help pass the time. 12 Volt TVs and portable Blu-Ray and DVD players also offer entertainment for longer trips.

Even if you are not able to plan a family road trip, a summer drive can still be a mood booster. Hop in the car and turn up the radio and air conditioner. Hit the road with no destination in mind and see what you may see. And hey, if you really want to enjoy the fresh summer air without all the heat, put the air on full blast and crack the car window. Enjoy the summer roadways and remember to stay safe.

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Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=JJ_Martin

Tips For Entertaining Summer Road Trips

By JJ Martin

Summertime is road trip time. After the harsh winter roadways, clear summer roads are a welcomed sight. Longer days mean more sunlight for driving so there's no better time to hit the road. Summer weather can provide near ideal road conditions making any trip easier. Whether in a car, truck, SUV, or RV a summer cruise is just what is needed to chase away the remaining winter blues. Put the top back or windows down, turn the radio up and drive.

Vacations are typically planned to get to the destination as quick as possible to enjoy the trip more. For most this means traveling by plane and dealing with the dreaded airport and baggage fees. A better way to travel is the old fashion road trip. Everyone pile in and ship out. Traveling by road gives you the option to stop at as many or as few points of interest on the way as you would like. Best of all, bags ride for free!

A road trip doesn't always have to be a coast to coast deal. Road trips can be used as bonding time with family and friends. Day road trips can be just as enjoyable. Finding local attractions within a couple hours of your house can make for the perfect way to spend a day off of work with the family. A quick weekend getaway to a nearby campground is another enjoyable summer activity that involves a short drive in the summer sun.

Once all the road games have been played and conversation is starting to fall off modern technology is there to save the drive. The longer the drive the more helpful modern technology can be, especially when traveling with kids. Listening to the radio or playing games on a tablet, iPod, or handheld gaming device can help pass the time. 12 Volt TVs and portable Blu-Ray and DVD players also offer entertainment for longer trips.

Even if you are not able to plan a family road trip, a summer drive can still be a mood booster. Hop in the car and turn up the radio and air conditioner. Hit the road with no destination in mind and see what you may see. And hey, if you really want to enjoy the fresh summer air without all the heat, put the air on full blast and crack the car window. Enjoy the summer roadways and remember to stay safe.

12 Volt TV | 12 Volt DVD Player

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=JJ_Martin

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

In the Rumor Mill - A 75+ Megapixel Pro DSLR


I'm Drooling, and I'm a Nikon man.

In the Rumor Mill - A 75+ Megapixel Pro DSLR


I'm Drooling, and I'm a Nikon man.

The Price You Pay

I wrote this song just a few days ago. As I read it again, just before posting it, I am struck with the feeling that I could have written all day and not completed the song. So, I imagine that as I play this song in the future I will take parts of this song and make new songs out of it. That is nothing new though. I think I have done this several times.
**********
The Price You Pay
Copyright 2013, Keith Birmingham

Where did you think it comes from,
The money that you pay,
For all that your consuming,
For all the games you play.

You come drivin’ down the street
In that fancy new car.
Wearin’ all your fancy clothes,
And, smoking’ big cigars.

You sat there drinking whiskey
Watching your big screen t.v.
Never once are you a thinking,
That you stole that stuff from me.

It wasn’t you who paid the price
For everything you own.
I’m the one who foot the bill,
Worked fingers to the bone.

When he promised you the moon,
From Washington, D.C.
He forgot to let you know that
That the moon was bought by me.

And, the price that I have paid
For taking care of you,
It’s costing me my freedom
And, it’s all because of you.

So, now I’m here to tell you,
Just how it’s gonna be.
Yes, now I’m here to tell you,
That I’m here to set you free.

Your free from all the burdens,
The Argument and strife.
Your free to carry on
With you possessions and your life.

You can buy the things you earn,
And, live high upon this hill,
But, now it’s up to you
I will no longer foot the bill.

So, tell me, what’s your plan?
What are you gonna do?
To fund the life your living,
And, all the things I’ve given you.

The Price You Pay

I wrote this song just a few days ago. As I read it again, just before posting it, I am struck with the feeling that I could have written all day and not completed the song. So, I imagine that as I play this song in the future I will take parts of this song and make new songs out of it. That is nothing new though. I think I have done this several times.
**********
The Price You Pay
Copyright 2013, Keith Birmingham

Where did you think it comes from,
The money that you pay,
For all that your consuming,
For all the games you play.

You come drivin’ down the street
In that fancy new car.
Wearin’ all your fancy clothes,
And, smoking’ big cigars.

You sat there drinking whiskey
Watching your big screen t.v.
Never once are you a thinking,
That you stole that stuff from me.

It wasn’t you who paid the price
For everything you own.
I’m the one who foot the bill,
Worked fingers to the bone.

When he promised you the moon,
From Washington, D.C.
He forgot to let you know that
That the moon was bought by me.

And, the price that I have paid
For taking care of you,
It’s costing me my freedom
And, it’s all because of you.

So, now I’m here to tell you,
Just how it’s gonna be.
Yes, now I’m here to tell you,
That I’m here to set you free.

Your free from all the burdens,
The Argument and strife.
Your free to carry on
With you possessions and your life.

You can buy the things you earn,
And, live high upon this hill,
But, now it’s up to you
I will no longer foot the bill.

So, tell me, what’s your plan?
What are you gonna do?
To fund the life your living,
And, all the things I’ve given you.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

My Heart Bleeds, But What Difference Does It Make

How many times have you sat in front of your television and listened to the words they said, but wanted to complain about the words they spoke to get your attention? They are after your money. How many times have you seen a photo of a bruised and battered child, or a dogs body laying limp because there was no food? Surely you have seen the children from foreign countries walking through the filth were they are said to live. And, out of all of the visuals that you see, what is the one key ingredient that keeps you setting there to watch? What is the one ingredient that makes you pull out your checkbook to try to make a difference?

Music. It makes a difference.
**********
Keith Birmingham
Copyright: 2011 by Keith Birmingham
02/08/2011

I watched a man dying from his booze.
I watched a woman cry as she died too.
I watched a family as they fell apart.
And, I tried to understand.

I see the man who slaves all day,
In the fields just to make his pay.
I see the man life is beating down,
And, I try to understand.

I saw the scars on her wrists and hands.
Broken dreams lying in the sand.
When she died I didn’t understand.
The lady dressed in red.
And, my heart bleeds.

I watched the lady as she sold her soul,
To the devil on the streets below.
She lives a life of happenstance.
And, I cannot understand.
And, my heart bleeds.
And, my heart bleeds.

I see the face of a battered child.
A broken life, lying in the dust.
Another victim of a broken home.
Another child that’s all alone.
And, my heart bleeds.
My heart bleeds.

My heart bleed for the children on the street.
For the pain they know will come.
And, the love I know they need.
And, I cry for the broken home.
And, my heart bleeds.
My heart bleeds.
My heart bleeds.
Yeah, my heart bleeds.

My Heart Bleeds, But What Difference Does It Make

How many times have you sat in front of your television and listened to the words they said, but wanted to complain about the words they spoke to get your attention? They are after your money. How many times have you seen a photo of a bruised and battered child, or a dogs body laying limp because there was no food? Surely you have seen the children from foreign countries walking through the filth were they are said to live. And, out of all of the visuals that you see, what is the one key ingredient that keeps you setting there to watch? What is the one ingredient that makes you pull out your checkbook to try to make a difference?

Music. It makes a difference.
**********
Keith Birmingham
Copyright: 2011 by Keith Birmingham
02/08/2011

I watched a man dying from his booze.
I watched a woman cry as she died too.
I watched a family as they fell apart.
And, I tried to understand.

I see the man who slaves all day,
In the fields just to make his pay.
I see the man life is beating down,
And, I try to understand.

I saw the scars on her wrists and hands.
Broken dreams lying in the sand.
When she died I didn’t understand.
The lady dressed in red.
And, my heart bleeds.

I watched the lady as she sold her soul,
To the devil on the streets below.
She lives a life of happenstance.
And, I cannot understand.
And, my heart bleeds.
And, my heart bleeds.

I see the face of a battered child.
A broken life, lying in the dust.
Another victim of a broken home.
Another child that’s all alone.
And, my heart bleeds.
My heart bleeds.

My heart bleed for the children on the street.
For the pain they know will come.
And, the love I know they need.
And, I cry for the broken home.
And, my heart bleeds.
My heart bleeds.
My heart bleeds.
Yeah, my heart bleeds.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

On The Road Again


This rest area is on I-25, northbound side. If I remember close to right it is about 40 miles north of Las Cruses, N. M. I took the shot from the southbound rest area, grabbed some shut eye, and trucked on to Calexico, California.

This bridge crosses the South Canadian River, at a point a few miles north of Hinton, Oklahoma, and east of Bridgeport, Oklahoma, on US 281 Highway. In the area beneath this bridge is a dune buggy, ORV and ATV recreation area.

On The Road Again


This rest area is on I-25, northbound side. If I remember close to right it is about 40 miles north of Las Cruses, N. M. I took the shot from the southbound rest area, grabbed some shut eye, and trucked on to Calexico, California.

This bridge crosses the South Canadian River, at a point a few miles north of Hinton, Oklahoma, and east of Bridgeport, Oklahoma, on US 281 Highway. In the area beneath this bridge is a dune buggy, ORV and ATV recreation area.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Folk Music - A dream that cannot happen.

The first thing I noticed when reading several lists of folk songs is that I never thought of many of these songs as folk songs. I just knew that I liked them, and that they were popular. Another thing I noticed is that many of them had the same message. But, today they play to two different audiences while receiving the same response. That is, they bring like minded people together that never realize that people on the other side of the fence are singing the same songs.

I started thinking about folk music last night while at an open mic event at Money Plays, a local bar and restaurant here in Las Vegas. It was just the atmosphere that reminded me of what I had seen on television back in the late '50's and early '60's. Where I grew up in western rural Oklahoma we did not have anything close to a beatnick cafe. But, I remember watching scenes of men and women (now I realize that many of them were college kids, and their professors) dress in weird clothes, wearing funny hats, and the men sporting goatee's, sitting around in smoke filled "beatnick cafes", spouting poetry and singing songs. I don't know about back then, but the only smoke you will see in those cafes today do not come from Marlboro's.

This morning, as I type these words (I forgot how to write.) the television behind me is playing a documentary about Pete Seeger. The documentary seems to be trying desperately to point out the fact that Pete Seeger was never a communist. I will make no judgement on whether Pete Seeger is a communist. I will simply say that his songs brought together people that wanted to make the world a better place. The problem with that, as I see it, is that many of those people seemed/seem (back then and today) to think that all they had to do was/is pass laws, or sit in large groups and think about making something happen, and it will happen.

Well, it won't. If you think the racial issue will disappear simply because you think it should you are wrong. As long as there are people who make their living solely off of the racial issue there will be racism. If you think that evil people won't still be shooting good people because you helped pass a law that takes guns away from good people you are wrong. Turn on a television news story this very minute, and you will learn that someone who just shot someone else should never have had access to a gun, but they did have access simply because all of the guns you are trying to destroy cannot be destroyed. And, If you think the war against terrorism is over because some idiot in Washinton, D.C. says it's over you are wrong. Quik, turn the television on. They are currently doing a news story on some terrorist bombing in some city somewhere on this planet. Your dream did not happen. It was/is a good dream, but as long as there are humans on this planet your dream will not happen on this planet. So, ain't it time for you to join the real world, live in the world as it is today, and be a part of the solution based on common sense instead of your touchy-feeling mind set.
**********

.The 100 Essential Folk Songs

1."This Land Is Your Land" - Woody Guthrie
2."Blowin' in the Wind" - Bob Dylan
3."City of New Orleans" - Steve Goodman
4."If I Had a Hammer" - Pete Seeger
5."Where Have All the Flowers Gone" - The Kingston Trio
6."Early Morning Rain" - Gordon Lightfoot
7."Suzanne" - Leonard Cohen
8."We Shall Overcome" - Pete Seeger
9."Four Strong Winds" - Ian and Sylvia
10. "Last Thing on My Mind" - Tom Paxton
11. "The Circle Game" - Joni Mitchell
12. "Tom Dooley" - The Kingston Trio (Trad)
13. "Both Sides Now" - Joni Mitchell
14. "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" - Sandy Denny
15. "Goodnight Irene" - The Weavers (Trad)
16. "Universal Soldier" - Buffy Sainte-Marie
17. "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" - Bob Dylan
18. "Diamonds and Rust" - Joan Baez
19. "Sounds of Silence" - Simon & Garfunkel
20. "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" - Gordon Lightfoot
21. "Alice's Restaurant" - Arlo Guthrie
22. "Turn, Turn, Turn!" - The Byrds (Pete Seeger)
23. "Puff the Magic Dragon" - Peter, Paul and Mary
24. "Thirsty Boots" - Eric Anderson
25. "There But for Fortune" - Phil Ochs
26. "Across the Great Divide" - Kate Wolf
27. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" - The Band (Robbie Robertson)
28. "The Dutchman" - Steve Goodman
29. "Matty Groves" - Fairport Convention (Trad)
30. "Pastures of Plenty" - Woody Guthrie
31. "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" - Gordon Lightfoot
32. "Ramblin' Boy" - Tom Paxton
33. "Hello in There" - John Prine
34. "The Mary Ellen Carter" - Stan Rogers
35. "Scarborough Fair" - Martin Carthy (Trad)
36. "Freight Train" - Elizabeth Cotton
37. "Like a Rolling Stone" - Bob Dylan
38. "Paradise" - John Prine
39. "Northwest Passage" - Stan Rogers
40. "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" - Eric Bogle
41. "Changes" - Phil Ochs
42. "Streets of London" - Ralph McTell
43. "Gentle on My Mind" - John Hartford
44. "Barbara Allen" - Shirley Collins (Trad)
45. "Little Boxes" - Malvina Reynolds
46. "The Water Is Wide" - Traditional
47. "Blue Moon of Kentucky" - Bill Monroe
48. "No Regrets" - Tom Rush
49. "Amazing Grace" - Odetta (Trad)
50. "Catch the Wind" - Donovan
51. "If I Were a Carpenter" - Tim Hardin
52. "Big Yellow Taxi" - Joni Mitchell
53. "House of the Rising Sun" - Doc & Richard Watson (Trad)
54. "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" - The Weavers
55. "Tangled Up in Blue" - Bob Dylan
56. "The Boxer" - Simon and Garfunkel
57. "Someday Soon" - Ian and Sylvia
58. "Miles" - Peter, Paul and Mary
59. "Masters of War" - Bob Dylan
60. "Wildwood Flower" - Carter Family
61. "Can the Circle Be Unbroken" - Carter Family
62. "Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound" - Tom Paxton
63. "Teach Your Children" - Crosby, Stills Nash & Young
64. "Deportee" - Woody Guthrie
65. "Tecumseh Valley" - Townes Van Zandt
66. "Mr. Bojangles" - Jerry Jeff Walker
67. "Cold Missouri Waters" - James Keeleghan
68. "The Crucifixion" - Phil Ochs
69. "Angel from Montgomery" - John Prine
70. "Christmas in the Trenches" - John McCutcheon
71. "John Henry" - Traditional
72. "Pack Up Your Sorrows" - Richard and Mimi Farina
73. "Dirty Old Town" - Ewan MacColl
74. "Caledonia" - Dougie MacLean
75. "Gentle Arms of Eden" - Dave Carter
76. "My Back Pages" - Bob Dylan
77. "Arrow" - Cheryl Wheeler
78. "Hallelujah" - Leonard Cohen
79. "Eve of Destruction" - Barry McGuire
80. "Man of Constant Sorrow" - Ralph Stanley (Trad)
81. "Shady Grove" - Traditional
82. "Pancho and Lefty" - Townes Van Zandt
83. "Old Man" - Neil Young
84. "Mr. Tambourine Man" - Bob Dylan
85. "American Tune" - Paul Simon
86. "At Seventeen" - Janis Ian
87. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon & Garfunkel
88. "Road" - Nick Drake
89. "Tam Lin" - Fairport Convention (Trad)
90. "Ashokan Farewell" - Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
91. "Desolation Row" - Bob Dylan
92. "Love Is Our Cross to Bear" - John Gorka
93. "Hobo's Lullaby" - Woody Guthrie
94. "Urge for Going" - Tom Rush
95. "Return of the Grievous Angel" - Gram Parsons
96. "Chilly Winds" - The Kingston Trio
97. "Fountain of Sorrow" - Jackson Browne
98. "The Times They Are A-Changin'" - Bob Dylan
99. "Our Town" - Iris Dement
100. "Leaving on a Jet Plane" - John Denver

Folk Music - A dream that cannot happen.

The first thing I noticed when reading several lists of folk songs is that I never thought of many of these songs as folk songs. I just knew that I liked them, and that they were popular. Another thing I noticed is that many of them had the same message. But, today they play to two different audiences while receiving the same response. That is, they bring like minded people together that never realize that people on the other side of the fence are singing the same songs.

I started thinking about folk music last night while at an open mic event at Money Plays, a local bar and restaurant here in Las Vegas. It was just the atmosphere that reminded me of what I had seen on television back in the late '50's and early '60's. Where I grew up in western rural Oklahoma we did not have anything close to a beatnick cafe. But, I remember watching scenes of men and women (now I realize that many of them were college kids, and their professors) dress in weird clothes, wearing funny hats, and the men sporting goatee's, sitting around in smoke filled "beatnick cafes", spouting poetry and singing songs. I don't know about back then, but the only smoke you will see in those cafes today do not come from Marlboro's.

This morning, as I type these words (I forgot how to write.) the television behind me is playing a documentary about Pete Seeger. The documentary seems to be trying desperately to point out the fact that Pete Seeger was never a communist. I will make no judgement on whether Pete Seeger is a communist. I will simply say that his songs brought together people that wanted to make the world a better place. The problem with that, as I see it, is that many of those people seemed/seem (back then and today) to think that all they had to do was/is pass laws, or sit in large groups and think about making something happen, and it will happen.

Well, it won't. If you think the racial issue will disappear simply because you think it should you are wrong. As long as there are people who make their living solely off of the racial issue there will be racism. If you think that evil people won't still be shooting good people because you helped pass a law that takes guns away from good people you are wrong. Turn on a television news story this very minute, and you will learn that someone who just shot someone else should never have had access to a gun, but they did have access simply because all of the guns you are trying to destroy cannot be destroyed. And, If you think the war against terrorism is over because some idiot in Washinton, D.C. says it's over you are wrong. Quik, turn the television on. They are currently doing a news story on some terrorist bombing in some city somewhere on this planet. Your dream did not happen. It was/is a good dream, but as long as there are humans on this planet your dream will not happen on this planet. So, ain't it time for you to join the real world, live in the world as it is today, and be a part of the solution based on common sense instead of your touchy-feeling mind set.
**********

.The 100 Essential Folk Songs

1."This Land Is Your Land" - Woody Guthrie
2."Blowin' in the Wind" - Bob Dylan
3."City of New Orleans" - Steve Goodman
4."If I Had a Hammer" - Pete Seeger
5."Where Have All the Flowers Gone" - The Kingston Trio
6."Early Morning Rain" - Gordon Lightfoot
7."Suzanne" - Leonard Cohen
8."We Shall Overcome" - Pete Seeger
9."Four Strong Winds" - Ian and Sylvia
10. "Last Thing on My Mind" - Tom Paxton
11. "The Circle Game" - Joni Mitchell
12. "Tom Dooley" - The Kingston Trio (Trad)
13. "Both Sides Now" - Joni Mitchell
14. "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" - Sandy Denny
15. "Goodnight Irene" - The Weavers (Trad)
16. "Universal Soldier" - Buffy Sainte-Marie
17. "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" - Bob Dylan
18. "Diamonds and Rust" - Joan Baez
19. "Sounds of Silence" - Simon & Garfunkel
20. "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" - Gordon Lightfoot
21. "Alice's Restaurant" - Arlo Guthrie
22. "Turn, Turn, Turn!" - The Byrds (Pete Seeger)
23. "Puff the Magic Dragon" - Peter, Paul and Mary
24. "Thirsty Boots" - Eric Anderson
25. "There But for Fortune" - Phil Ochs
26. "Across the Great Divide" - Kate Wolf
27. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" - The Band (Robbie Robertson)
28. "The Dutchman" - Steve Goodman
29. "Matty Groves" - Fairport Convention (Trad)
30. "Pastures of Plenty" - Woody Guthrie
31. "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" - Gordon Lightfoot
32. "Ramblin' Boy" - Tom Paxton
33. "Hello in There" - John Prine
34. "The Mary Ellen Carter" - Stan Rogers
35. "Scarborough Fair" - Martin Carthy (Trad)
36. "Freight Train" - Elizabeth Cotton
37. "Like a Rolling Stone" - Bob Dylan
38. "Paradise" - John Prine
39. "Northwest Passage" - Stan Rogers
40. "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" - Eric Bogle
41. "Changes" - Phil Ochs
42. "Streets of London" - Ralph McTell
43. "Gentle on My Mind" - John Hartford
44. "Barbara Allen" - Shirley Collins (Trad)
45. "Little Boxes" - Malvina Reynolds
46. "The Water Is Wide" - Traditional
47. "Blue Moon of Kentucky" - Bill Monroe
48. "No Regrets" - Tom Rush
49. "Amazing Grace" - Odetta (Trad)
50. "Catch the Wind" - Donovan
51. "If I Were a Carpenter" - Tim Hardin
52. "Big Yellow Taxi" - Joni Mitchell
53. "House of the Rising Sun" - Doc & Richard Watson (Trad)
54. "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" - The Weavers
55. "Tangled Up in Blue" - Bob Dylan
56. "The Boxer" - Simon and Garfunkel
57. "Someday Soon" - Ian and Sylvia
58. "Miles" - Peter, Paul and Mary
59. "Masters of War" - Bob Dylan
60. "Wildwood Flower" - Carter Family
61. "Can the Circle Be Unbroken" - Carter Family
62. "Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound" - Tom Paxton
63. "Teach Your Children" - Crosby, Stills Nash & Young
64. "Deportee" - Woody Guthrie
65. "Tecumseh Valley" - Townes Van Zandt
66. "Mr. Bojangles" - Jerry Jeff Walker
67. "Cold Missouri Waters" - James Keeleghan
68. "The Crucifixion" - Phil Ochs
69. "Angel from Montgomery" - John Prine
70. "Christmas in the Trenches" - John McCutcheon
71. "John Henry" - Traditional
72. "Pack Up Your Sorrows" - Richard and Mimi Farina
73. "Dirty Old Town" - Ewan MacColl
74. "Caledonia" - Dougie MacLean
75. "Gentle Arms of Eden" - Dave Carter
76. "My Back Pages" - Bob Dylan
77. "Arrow" - Cheryl Wheeler
78. "Hallelujah" - Leonard Cohen
79. "Eve of Destruction" - Barry McGuire
80. "Man of Constant Sorrow" - Ralph Stanley (Trad)
81. "Shady Grove" - Traditional
82. "Pancho and Lefty" - Townes Van Zandt
83. "Old Man" - Neil Young
84. "Mr. Tambourine Man" - Bob Dylan
85. "American Tune" - Paul Simon
86. "At Seventeen" - Janis Ian
87. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon & Garfunkel
88. "Road" - Nick Drake
89. "Tam Lin" - Fairport Convention (Trad)
90. "Ashokan Farewell" - Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
91. "Desolation Row" - Bob Dylan
92. "Love Is Our Cross to Bear" - John Gorka
93. "Hobo's Lullaby" - Woody Guthrie
94. "Urge for Going" - Tom Rush
95. "Return of the Grievous Angel" - Gram Parsons
96. "Chilly Winds" - The Kingston Trio
97. "Fountain of Sorrow" - Jackson Browne
98. "The Times They Are A-Changin'" - Bob Dylan
99. "Our Town" - Iris Dement
100. "Leaving on a Jet Plane" - John Denver

Open Mic Night at Money Plays, Las Vegas, NV .







Just a few shots from my Friday night out on the town.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Lyrics by - B.H. Obamalamawama

Every great man should learn to express himself truthfully to his fans. Our Prezzy has.

Nothing You Can Do About It Now - by B.H.O.
A parody on the song, “Nothing I Can Do About It Now”, by Willie Nelson.

Verse #1
I’ve got a long list of real excuses, for what I have and have not done.
I’ve got a picture in the back of my mind of all the damage I have done.
I’ve survived every situation, with the help and grace from my Allah.
With the press here by my side, I’m free to golf and smile,
And, there’s nothing you can do about me now.

Verse #2
I’ve got a wild and expensive woman. She loves to fly around the world.
I’ve heard her yell, and I’ve heard her scream. Just because I told her “no”.
I’ve got the press and the Senate with me. We’re going to rob this country blind.
And, I’ve been letting’ people die, with malice and forethought.
And, there’s nothing you can do about it now.

Chorus:
Ridin’ in my golf cart, buyin’ foreign votes,
Giving foreign aid to al Qaeda.
Leavin’ truth behind, blaming someone else.
Waitin’ for the chance to tax the air, air, air, air.

Repeat verse #2

Repeat chorus

Repeat verse #3

And, I’m so proud of the time I’ve wasted, and all the damage that I’ve done.
And, I know just what I’ll do. And, I know just who I’ll screw.
And, there’s nothing you can do about it now.

I’ve stolen everything that my position will allow.
And, there’s nothing you can do about it now.

Lyrics by - B.H. Obamalamawama

Every great man should learn to express himself truthfully to his fans. Our Prezzy has.

Nothing You Can Do About It Now - by B.H.O.
A parody on the song, “Nothing I Can Do About It Now”, by Willie Nelson.

Verse #1
I’ve got a long list of real excuses, for what I have and have not done.
I’ve got a picture in the back of my mind of all the damage I have done.
I’ve survived every situation, with the help and grace from my Allah.
With the press here by my side, I’m free to golf and smile,
And, there’s nothing you can do about me now.

Verse #2
I’ve got a wild and expensive woman. She loves to fly around the world.
I’ve heard her yell, and I’ve heard her scream. Just because I told her “no”.
I’ve got the press and the Senate with me. We’re going to rob this country blind.
And, I’ve been letting’ people die, with malice and forethought.
And, there’s nothing you can do about it now.

Chorus:
Ridin’ in my golf cart, buyin’ foreign votes,
Giving foreign aid to al Qaeda.
Leavin’ truth behind, blaming someone else.
Waitin’ for the chance to tax the air, air, air, air.

Repeat verse #2

Repeat chorus

Repeat verse #3

And, I’m so proud of the time I’ve wasted, and all the damage that I’ve done.
And, I know just what I’ll do. And, I know just who I’ll screw.
And, there’s nothing you can do about it now.

I’ve stolen everything that my position will allow.
And, there’s nothing you can do about it now.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Things Change - always.


I think this was the first "open mic" event this store has had on a Wednesday evening. It was at a Sam Ash Music Store. Anyway, by the time I arrived the event was all but over.
***
The best laid plans are often laid to waist by reality. And, I am facing a reality today. But, I think I just may be changing my plans for the better. One of the projects I had in mind when I came to Vegas was to photograph buskers (street entertainers) on The Strip and at Fremont Street Experience, and perhaps write a book, or at least some articles on them. Well, at least for now, it appears that my left foot and both legs are telling me that I am not going to do it, They are not going to let me do the required walking. And, that is the bad news. The good news is that I am slowly moving toward what I think is a better idea anyway. And, one much easier for me to accomplish. However, I may not get a good start at this new project for a few weeks. Much of my time will be spent just getting ready to do the project.

No, I am not going to walk a tightrope across the Grand Canyon, and I am not jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. I am simply moving indoors (for the most part) to photograph at “open mic” events. It is as simple as that. Oh, I do hope there will be times when I feel like walking. I hope that my foot and legs will get better, but I’m tired of waiting for that to happen.
I do like to walk The Strip to see the show that the tourist create.

Last night I caught the last act at an open mic event a mile from my house. I had planned on going for the whole event, but I got busy on another project. It seems that when I left Oklahoma about 1.5 months ago I must have left my memory there, because I damned sure can’t find it around here.

So, now much of my computer time will be spent searching for “open mic” events to attend. There are lots of them throughout this valley.

Things Change - always.


I think this was the first "open mic" event this store has had on a Wednesday evening. It was at a Sam Ash Music Store. Anyway, by the time I arrived the event was all but over.
***
The best laid plans are often laid to waist by reality. And, I am facing a reality today. But, I think I just may be changing my plans for the better. One of the projects I had in mind when I came to Vegas was to photograph buskers (street entertainers) on The Strip and at Fremont Street Experience, and perhaps write a book, or at least some articles on them. Well, at least for now, it appears that my left foot and both legs are telling me that I am not going to do it, They are not going to let me do the required walking. And, that is the bad news. The good news is that I am slowly moving toward what I think is a better idea anyway. And, one much easier for me to accomplish. However, I may not get a good start at this new project for a few weeks. Much of my time will be spent just getting ready to do the project.

No, I am not going to walk a tightrope across the Grand Canyon, and I am not jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. I am simply moving indoors (for the most part) to photograph at “open mic” events. It is as simple as that. Oh, I do hope there will be times when I feel like walking. I hope that my foot and legs will get better, but I’m tired of waiting for that to happen.
I do like to walk The Strip to see the show that the tourist create.

Last night I caught the last act at an open mic event a mile from my house. I had planned on going for the whole event, but I got busy on another project. It seems that when I left Oklahoma about 1.5 months ago I must have left my memory there, because I damned sure can’t find it around here.

So, now much of my computer time will be spent searching for “open mic” events to attend. There are lots of them throughout this valley.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Out of Commission Host



Just a quick apology. I have been out of commission for about the last 10 days. Feeling better, but having to take it easy. I hope to head for Fremont Street tomorrow night to get some photos. No promises, just hopes. This is a pre-sunrise photo from just outside of the Hard Rock Casino, looking west toward Las Vegas Blvd.