Saturday, June 6, 2009

Saturday Night Video Blogging/Open Thread

This song by Joe Jackson has always been one of my favorites but recently it's assumed the dimension of the personal down to the imagery of this video. That's why I can barely stand to listen to it. Only a very few of my readers will understand that statement and I'll just let that stand for now. But I'm having a very hard time coping right now with loneliness, existential angst, at the utterly corruptible and deceitful facet of human nature.

Only very, very few of my readers know exactly what I'm talking about. So while I'm sitting at home alone on another Saturday night and looking forward to an equally lonely 12 hour day tomorrow at work, I might as well see who else is out there with nothing else to do. It's like being a DJ alone in a broadcast booth late on a Saturday night. Ask me to post a certain video and I will. No one in the blogosphere does that, take requests. I will. Let's talk about life, death, anything in between.


At June 6, 2009 at 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fucking A!!! Let's talk music....

I think I'm gonna jump off the internet in a few minutes and spend this evening listening to the following:

Santana/Song Of The Wind...In my opinion,the greatest musical statement ever made with guitar(s)!

Allman Bros.Band/Jessica...Love this tune. Fuck it,I'm goona throw more ABB on this evenings list!! America's best rock n roll band!!!

Traffic/Walking In The Wind...Traffic's best tune!! Disagree? Sue me!!

Stomu Yamashta & Go/Crossing The Line....The version on Live From Paris burns....Winwood can do no wrong.

Oh hell,I'll think I'll add the two greatest rock n roll albums of all time to this evenings listening list.....Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main St.

And.....For shit and giggles..My Sharona.It was 30 years ago when My Sharona hit the airwaves....For a pop tune...That guitar solo always brings a smile to my face!

At June 6, 2009 at 7:04 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Well, you're kind of putting out of a job here. The whole idea was to start a dialogue and I would've done the leg work.

Yeah, "Jessica" is a very cool song, timeless in a way. It's not only on my Limewire play list but when I wrote American Zen, I assembled a CD of 10 songs and "Jessica" was one of them because my fictional rock and roll band The Immortals played it 30 years after their breakup. It's a helluva novel. I cannot understand why every agent had rejected it.

"My Sharona." Man, that takes me back to my youth.

And, yes, Stevie Winwood can do no wrong. "Gimme Some Lovin'" helped inspire American Zen and it's my band's signature song.

If I didn't know any better, I'd swear you were Minstrel Boy back home from the war. He's been MIA these past few weeks.

Rock on, dude. I'll be up for a while.

At June 6, 2009 at 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

About My Sharona and uh...youth. It was The Kinks that asked Where Have All The Good Times Gone. But then again,youth is overrated!!

I'm not sure what to say about loneliness. I'm a bit of a lone wolf and quite comfortable with it so.....I know at times it feels as if we're doing time on this planet, but, doing time doesn't offer the opportunity for chance. Life is full of chance.

Having said that....(Moonlight Mile from Sticky Fingers is on in the background and I had to stop and take it in)....The section where the toms come in just floors me. I got my first copy of this lp about the time it came out in 71 at the age of 9...And I still get the same feeling now as I did back then ....and still have my original genuine zipper copy!!

But anyway....Since being exposed to the net,it's good to know there are other kindred souls out there. On the other side of the picture,the degree of balkinization within this country
is disconcerting to say the least. There are attitudes I didn't know existed. I admit,as one who considers them self a progressive,I find some of the attitudes among my brethren to be...Less than ideal. Have we in America always been so balkinized? I'm not sure where I'm going with this... but, if anyone else wants to run with the ball on this conversation....Go for it!

At June 6, 2009 at 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn!! I seem to have a knack (no pun) for killing threads....I don't know why????

Perhaps I should go back to being a lurker?!

At June 7, 2009 at 12:25 AM, Blogger Bukko_in_Australia said...

I liked Joe Jackson for his first three albums, before he went all jazzy. He was good at that, too, but it didn't do much for the punk side of me. He was like early Elvis Costello, on the skinny-tie geekish side of punk, not as aggro as the safety-pin bands. Have you hard the "Mike's Murder" album, JP? It was from some little-known film that Jackson did the songs for. In light of your main fictional character's name, I thought it ties in.

You know what I used to do when I was lonely and bummed? Go for long rides on my bicycle. (Even though I had cars at the time.) It was a good way to get active, which kicks in the brain endorphins, and being outside of my abode (even though I lived in decent places) was a nice change. And when I was angry, pumping my legs to ride faster and faster was a good way to work off the rage.

Of course, you probably don't have a bike. But it's a good idea to have one should you get the chance.

At June 7, 2009 at 12:55 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

Oh, the Big Questions.

So if I understand this Jackson song, it is about a guy who is too timid to break up, and suggests that she be the one to do so.

This reminds me of a guy who, on his get-back-together date after breaking up, played me John Gorka's "Love is our Cross to Bear. Some lyrics:

"I want to be a long time friend to you / I want to be a long time known . . .
It's a weight, a wonder that is wise / I am here, you are there
Love is our cross to bear"

Sounds like the same thing. My guy had enough ego -- enough proprietary sense -- that he did not want to lose; but, he did not want to love, either. I was hopeful enough that I took the gesture as a positive sign, but on reflection, it is what is.

It is agonizing to limp along in relationship limbo. . . such a fine art it is! One side loses his/her heart surreptitiously, and must feign a confident cool. It is a lie, but it is called "relationship".

The one who is not in all the way is quite happy with the balkanized state of heart and head (to cannibalize a previous comment).
I don't get the sly dance.

Like the cheezy song says, if you can'r be with the one you love, love the one you're with. While I don't advocate for too-quick infatuations, it seems love should be allowed to flower, without restraint.

Q: Why do some people hang on, even when they prohibit/do not feel love (irrespective of any material needs)?'

[BTB] I'm headed to bed as 1:00 is my limit. Moving towards midnight. I'll check tomorrow for anyone's pearls of wisdom.]

At June 7, 2009 at 10:32 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

It seems I'm a thread-killer, too.

An unsolicited opinion: JP, you could easily have a new career dispensing advice on all matters great and small. Not a dismal Miss Lonely Hearts, but something witty.

Most of the male advice columnists are too snarky by half. You could start out with a pitch to your local paper, then syndicate.

I can totally see it.

At June 7, 2009 at 10:43 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Lisa, with the mess I'm in right now, I'm in no position to be passing advice on to anyone.

At June 8, 2009 at 12:16 AM, Blogger Bob said...

I always liked radio DJing late Sunday night, I figured I got really hard cases, the ones who had the weird feeling in their stomachs at the idea of getting up for some shit job Monday. Didn't influence much what I played, but those listeners appreciated that I knew it was Sunday night & people had jobs that sucked.

At June 8, 2009 at 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love is an addiction. Cold turkey is not easy, but you’ll get stronger every day.

At June 8, 2009 at 1:46 PM, Blogger Lisa said...


That's WHY I can totally see it, if you'll forgive me. It is the "physician heal thyself" phenomena. I think you are brilliant, but like so many of us, blinded by that one handicapping thing.

So you could use wisdom of the crowd/flash mob to synthesize a truth on any given question. I do it all the time! It is not that I have fixed my own life, but I sure can see the thing that is messed up and what needs to happen (even if my own foibles prevent me from immediate action.) And so with others.

Just an idea. . . "An advice column from a guy whose been there."

At June 8, 2009 at 2:19 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

(sigh) Lisa, if only you knew the mess I got myself into 3 weeks ago...

At June 8, 2009 at 4:15 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

Can you share it here on our Miss Lonely Hearts post?

At June 8, 2009 at 4:57 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Oooh, I don't think so. It would knock everyone flat on their ass and it's not the sort of thing you lightly come out with.


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