Fortune Cookie Blog (It’s as EZ as ET?)

 

It’s a damned shame that spacefarers Klaatu and Gort (his take
no crap from nobody robot) are just fictitious characters. Now,
more than ever, we, the defenders of equality, diversity, civility,
tranquility and liberty, need alien allies to help us realign all of
the “almighty” autocrats’ alleged minds to conform to our own!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reach Out of the Darkness ~ Vid of the Day

YouTuber Stephen Hereford has covered, updated and visually enhanced the rock classic track, Reach Out of the Darkness, originally recorded / released in 1967 by the folk duo, Friend and Lover.

Admittedly / initially, his logic (re the mid-clip animal scenes) eluded me. But… upon deeper reflection… I did eventually grasp the underlying message…

We, who claim to be evolved and intellectually superior, should find it even easier to get along with each other.

 

 

 

 

 

Fortune Cookie Blog (itty-bitty ity words)

 

Itty-bitty, “ity” suffixed words can be rich with big ideas. e.g., Amenability,
Affinity, Credibility, Civility, Diversity, Equality, Felicity, Flexibility, Generosity,
Geniality, Humility, Integrity, Reciprocity and Sagacity. Each word’s Quality
represents a key Necessity, which facilitates the Sustainability of Humanity.

 

 

 

 

The Woodstock Nation: RIP? Or just MIA?

From August 15th thru 18th, 1969… while festival goers were reveling within their newly established Bethel, NY, Woodstock Nation… I was stuck at home… back in Michigan… stuck in my early teens, too. The only way I could’ve ever counted myself amongst Woodstock’s estimated 500,000 souls, would’ve been to run away from home, hitchhike and… upon my eventual return… REALLY face the music… a.k.a. parental repercussions / getting “grounded for life”. Bummer! <—Now, there’s a word in desperate need of carbon dating!

Mom and dad’s (understandable) protectionism… in a sense… had already been grounding me… and for doing nothing wrong, too. Over the past half century… just for fleeting moments… I’ve oft wondered. What would I have had to lose had I flown the coup for about a week? Well, here’s what I actually did lose by nearly always being the obedient son: The ability to treasure the lifelong memories of having actually been there.

Of course, even from afar, I did manage to catch this monumental music event’s sense of belonging, anyway. Funny how that sort of “buzz” was fully capable of bridging that 1000km gap. How so?

The Woodstock Nation-State was just as much
a state of mind. And in my mind, it still is.

The Woodstock state of mind does transcend the music, too. From my perspective, it is to believe in enriching society with essential liberty, peace, love, tolerance, equality, inclusiveness, diversity, ecological sensitivity and fiscal sobriety.

But, to transition back to the music… ultimately… I did finally get to hear a portion of what I had missed, thanks to [1] the tireless, audio engineers, who had kept the onsite tape recorders rolling, [2] Cotillion / Atlantic Records for releasing these performances as a 139 minute duration, vinyl triple album on May 11, 1970, and [3] the progressive rock, FM radio DJs, who kept on playing these LPs in heavy rotation. BTW, as a young teen, my parents would not permit me view the R-rated Woodstock motion picture so, to me, this festival had remained heard but not seen.

Eventually, in a manner of speaking, I did get to “time travel” for a virtual visit to Bethel, too! This was courtesy of a local band performing at one of my high school’s Friday night dances. These four musicians covered… no it was much more than that… these showmen had all faithfully recreated Sly & The Family Stone’s Woodstock performance of I Want To Take You Higher. Their frontman’s spirited pep-talk adeptly mimicked / echoed Sly Stone’s style / sentiments. And that energized / encouraged us to shed our inhibitions… to participate in a hip, sing-along where we repeatedly sang / chanted “I want to take you higher”, while enthusiastically, joyously, rhythmically waving our peace sign, gesturing hands high in the air!

Oh, how both the times and crowd mentality have changed these past fifty years. How so?

• Instead of upraised arms to revel in our freedom, lately, within the political arena, we’ve been witnessing arms upraised in thinly veiled salutes to fascism.

• Instead of the index and middle fingered gesture of benevolence / peace… lately, nearly everywhere we look… absent the index finger… this becomes the gesture of malevolence / hatred. And, far worse, within ubiquitous pop up war zones, the index fingers too frequently get routinely repurposed as trigger fingers.

• Instead of chants that take us to a higher plane of existence, currently, rallies become the venue for rowdy crowds to chant “campaign slogans” such as  “Send them back!”, “Send her back!” and “Lock her up!”

But… it’d be a bummer to end this post on such a sad note… especially on the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock.

“I want to take you higher” was / still is Sly Stone’s goal… and mine too…

 

 

 

 

 

 

NU : Now United = UN : United Nations ~ A Sunday Song

Our Sunday musical adventure is still going strong at Week #46. At this juncture, we’ll be giving a listen to the track, Sunday Morning, as performed by American Idol creator Simon Fuller’s Now United… a nationality-diverse pop music ensemble showcasing 15 vocalists. Since late 2017, these latter day troubadours have been wandering into our lives / homelands (especially Brazil, India and Philippines). Their mission: To raise their spirited voices in song to promote both musical and societal harmony.

That very outlook is ensconced even within their name. Acronymically speaking, NU is to Now United what UN is to the United Nations.

That’s the precise frame of mind that’s much needed (and oft lacking) within our troubled world… where musical and societal harmony (to say the least) are not always in accord.

While we must never give up on our dreams and hopes for the betterment of society, there’ll be times when we must pack up our baggage and take our minds out for a spin… i.e., crank up the feel-good music and venture forth on a figurative (maybe even literal) road trip.

There’s nothing wrong with occasional escapism on a Friday / Saturday / Sunday… provided we make that a round trip back to Monday Morning Reality… when / where we’ll get back to work… working towards a better world… a better tomorrow.

I hope you’ll return seven tomorrows from now for our next Sunday Song. Till then, have an enjoyable, productive, harmonious week!

 

 

 

 

The Good Life’s Recipe (One Quick Limerick #047)

 

Drink in diversity’s full bodied flavor,
Spit out divisiveness, it does no favor,
Inc’s red ink must not flood,
Ditto that! War’s red blood,
Four facts of life, for good life, ALL can savor!

 

For more limericks (as well as other verses and song parodies, etc.), head over to my “Categories Menu” and select “Poetry”.

 

 

BlogCast: Tom’s Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas: Song 17

It’s oft been said that the voice is an instrument… an attribute, which the Pentatonix singers amply demonstrate with their lavish, spirited, multilayered harmonies. No further set up for this joyous holiday classic is required… save to say…

 

Celebrate the season!

Embrace the diversity!

Add your voice to the harmony!

And enjoy this amazing performance!

 

I thank you for stopping by to listen and invite you to stay with me throughout this entire holiday season. My plan is to get as many of us into the holiday spirit as is possible. Towards that future, I’ll continue presenting faves from my vast, ever expanding Christmas music library… classics all… counting ‘em down one-a-day… from now until the 25th.

You can expect my future tracks to contain a mix of spiritual content, social commentary, secular…and yes… even a few songs will be downright silly.

 

Till the next time we meet… again… my heartfelt thanks for listening.

I wish you all a joyous, peaceful holiday / Christmas season.

 

Hope you’ll be stopping by, daily, to hear out my entire Top 20 Countdown “2” Christmas, as well as give a listen to my regular monthly BlogCast, slated for Sunday, December 24, 2017.

 

FYI, my past musical presentations are archived within my BlogCast and music categories.

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