It’s well past time to update this site once again. I’ll not turn it into a “blog”, but there is a space for feedback. I no longer have any excuse to ignore this site and I have no intention of ever deleting it.
Although I’ve joined Facebook, I’m seriously considering rescinding my own membership. I’ve come to the conclusion that Mark Zuckerberg has weaseled people into putting their most intimate information on Facebook and he’s done this so that he might become part of the 1%. I really don’t want anything to do with creating yet another wealthy American.
Twitter is equally useless, in my opinion. Politicians use both of these forums, especially Twitter, to write before they think or to have their staffs do it for them.
Both Twitter and Facebook are corporate entities whose respective bottom lines are to make their CEOs and upper management wealthy beyond what anyone and/or his or her descendants could ever need; indeed, could ever use.
Homo sapiens seems to be a species which is easily duped and Facebook and Twitter seem to be taking advantage of that trait.
I love to write. I love to write lyrics and music, I love to write poetry and I love to report on what is going on in our society as seen from my perch.
Writing about romance and love is satisfying as I've experienced both. Writing about the heartbreak of losing what was thought to have been never ending is painful but cathartic.
Having the ability to put music to the lyrics of others is something of which I'm proud.
Learning how to use the tools of poetry is also an accomplishment of which I'm proud. I learned what I could about it while going to school, but I had other desires that kept me from reaching my full potential.
In both music and poetry, I write not only about what I know, but about how I imagine that which I really don't know. Music and poetry give one that creative freedom.
With the advent of the Tea Party and those entities who began calling for the impeachment of Barack Obama even before he was elected, I am finding it more and more difficult to get excited about America.
I've held for some time that Americans support that which is against their own best interest more prolifically than most citizens of most other nations. The Tea Party has taken that premise and embraced it. Wealthy people have convinced Tea Party members that government is the only entity which can infringe upon personal freedoms. They say the American government is doing this by trying to regulate those who are trampling on the ability of lower and middle class Americans to grow and be free. There's a disonnect, isn't there?
I'll use an analogy. California is pretty close to a direct democracy state. If average people can collect enough names on a petition, the average person can actually create a referendum on which the state can vote. Average people in California can actually make laws.
I moved from Connecticut to California in 2001. In Connecticut, I lived a middle class existence. I owned a home whose interior had about 1200 square feet and whose property was a little over 1/2 of an acre.
I paid significantly more for a home in California whose intererior has about 900 square feet and which is situated on .7 acres.
Californians voted for this "progress". There, at some time or another, was a referendum on a ballot which told Californians that, if they vote in its favor, it would develop more housing without necessarily developing any new infrastructure. Californians voted to be overcrowded. They were duped by developers who had city council members on their "under the table" payrolls and were fooled into thinking that building more housing was a good thing.
I've also written quite a lot about how wealth is what elects people to decision making positions in The FUSA (The Formerly United States of America). I had written that “People are losing jobs because the wealthy are moving them to nations in which workers will accept a very small fraction of the wage Americans demand and deserve. In fact, those who accept the unacceptable wages deserve better. People have to work longer hours and more jobs and rely on the media like never before for information about our society.”
We can now say that people are no longer losing jobs which once offered a living wage and “benefits”. There are no more such jobs in The FUSA for most Americans. We were told that once NAFTA was passed way back in the ‘90s, our government would retrain us for new kinds of good paying jobs, tech jobs. However, as anyone who’s ever had to deal with a computer assistance call center knows, Americans aren’t the people who are answering the phones and helping them. Those tech jobs which were supposed to pay a living wage and offer benefits similar to those that manufacturing jobs once offered were never going to happen in The FUSA.
American based corporations sold out American workers. Clinton lied about what was going to happen after NAFTA was launched. Bush lied every time he opened his mouth. Barack Obama lies more eloquently than the other two.
I still intend to maintain this site although the readership has fallen off and it wasn’t that great to start with. We all have something of value to offer and I’ve put too much work into this site to stop using it to offer what I have to offer.
I think that my messages are as important as anyone’s and I’ll not stop expressing them.
Of course, the more we dig ourselves into a social hole by following The Corporacracy’s front people, the more important it is to have people notice it and report it, as I think I do. I’ve said that my goal is to leave the world in better shape than I found it and the way I do that best is through my writing. I know I’ve opened eyes and hope to open more before it’s all done.
I originally wrote that writing music is a passion for me. I’ve been doing it for about fifty years or so and the need for me to continue writing music still exists. The ability to perform it may be decreasing a bit, but I’m not giving up on that either; not yet at any rate.
If I’ve been remiss in updating this site it’s because I’ve been working almost exclusively on writing, performing, producing and publishing music. As of this date, June 8, 2013, I have published 10 CDs. My tenth CD, which I’ve cleverly entitled 10, has recently been released. I consider number 10 a benchmark because, if for no other reason, it’s my tenth. For some reason, that means something to me. At this point, writing, performing, producing and publishing look as if they’re going to take a back seat to promoting and distributing my music, all of it, from my first album LIFE; THE MUSICAL to 10. It may even be time for me to upload videos to YouTube or, possibly, even to this site. Up until now, I’d been hesitant to do that because I was concerned that my age would be a turn off. The ironic thing is that, at this point, I’m too old to care about that anymore.
My music is eclectic, maybe too eclectic. Whereas having “something for everyone” sounds good, having “something for everyone” also implies that there are some things that some people may not like. However, as I enjoy music of most genres, I just can’t help writing music for many genres. Of course, the good part about the whole thing is that you are bound to find something that you like and that’s my goal.
You can still find my music on many digital music web sites. CD Baby is still the main distributor of my music and it can be purchased directly from their site. It can also be purchased from iTunes, Rhapsody and other digital music outlets. Last, but not least, it can be purchased directly from this site.
The polls and space for feedback are still on each and every page of this site. I’m still hopeful that those who read these pages will use the polls and feedback to help me improve or merely just to express their opinions.
I’m still not ready to stop trying to inject common sense and compassion into the human race.
“Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.” - Janis Joplin
“Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.” - Janis Joplin