Posts Tagged ‘Billy Bragg’

one organizes the other, and sometimes the most lost and wasted attract the most balanced and sane November 15, 2010 No Comments

thinking about a tune from the dust bowl, which Woody Guthrie spoke of the ‘mixture being all of us and we’re still mixing.’ a wonderful tune describing how most people get along and have a lot in common. writing from Narita Airport in Tokyo coming off an emotional high from the introduction of new people […]

Sweet moderation Heart of this nation Desert us not, we are Between the wars September 19, 2010 No Comments

As the comical socialist vs. capitalist debate is waged in entertainment land, I think about one of the true gifts in this world that divinity has granted us, and his name is Billy Bragg. Let’s have a look at a video East Germany circa 1985. A diplomat of the finest sort, certainly a man full […]

From the Big Church to the Big River and Out to the Shining Sea, This is the Land of Opportunity and There’s a Monkey Trial On TV March 14, 2008 No Comments

The Puritan John Cotton warned that “the more learned and witty you bee, the more fit for Satan you bee, as I grabbed it from this article about ‘Revenge of the Experts.’ For every creative ‘thing’ on the web, there’s about 1,000 ‘not so good’ things, hence another level of expertise or organization. I couldn’t […]

Call up the craftsman, bring me the draughtsman, build me a path from cradle to grave March 12, 2008 2 Comments

It’s been a charming / busy time, Jolen in to visit, great stuff, working while she’s in town, just gotta do it. Here’s a bunch of pictures from the last week. Why no blogging lately? Short version….new job has been busy. First, starting with a walk in Landa Park, going down some stairs, I bust […]

It may have been Camelot for Jack and Jacqueline, But on the Che Guevara highway filling up with gasoline February 21, 2008 No Comments

Right in the middle of the roundabout in New Braunfels, a 10 minute walk. Wonder what they did with Mary. Here’s what I’m going to eat for dinner Friday night. The hallowed grounds of Wurstfest, right across the street. The liberty bistro, a lunch stop sooner than later for me. As for dinner lately, I […]

If you’re lonely, I will call, If you’re poorly, I will send poetry, I am the Milkman of Human Kindness I will Leave and Extra Pint February 5, 2008 No Comments

I wonder if Billy Bragg was talking about leaving an extra pint of mike, or a pint of beer in the song. I would hope it was a pint a beer, even though milk does a body good and beer makes the belly big. Speaking of beer, when I moved into my place in San […]

Here comes the future and you can’t run from it, if you’ve got a black list I want to be on it, while I’m waiting for the great leap forward December 24, 2007 1 Comment

My top ten this year sounds more like a troll’s top ten more than anything. The long tail of music brings a lot of great stuff, but it also brings a lot of noise and trendy stuff. As I get older my filters just aren’t working as well, and I find myself heading back to […]

If You are Falling, I’ll Put Out My Hands, If you Feel Bitter, I Will Understand July 21, 2007 No Comments

It seems as if the adult version of Santa Clawz has came to visit. He brought me happiness, happiness in a variety of ways, in a variety of things, putting focus on great things, and blurring the focus on the turbulent stuff. I see how important it is in life to keep ‘re-inventing’ yourself, to […]

Take Down the Union Jack, It Clashes with the Sunset, And Put it In the Attic with the Emperor’s Old Clothes July 2, 2007 1 Comment

This weekend I finished The Progressive Patriot, A Search for Belonging by Billy Bragg, an excellent read, history through storytelling, and the man certainly has further etched his mark as one of my heroes. An English buddy of mine Neil introduced his work to me, at first glace he seems ‘unpatriotic’…..I don’t get that message, […]

The Laws of Gravity are Very Very Strict, and You’re Just Bending them for your Own Benefit June 28, 2007 No Comments

Lots to be said about the ‘C’ word, and the other ‘C’ word that accompanies. I’m talking about cancer and chemotherapy. Living through it once with dad, now navigating the rough waters with mom. Lots to be said about having a strong bond with the family for support, Ben Lee says it best when he […]