Sunday, May 31, 2009

Bob Dylan - When He Returns (Live - 1980)

From one of his two Christian albums. Dylan was "born-again" in 1979 and recorded two "Christian" albums SAVED and SLOW TRAIN COMING. This is a favorite of mine during this period. Deep stuff here folks. . .

The iron hand it ain't no match for the iron rod,
The strongest wall will crumble and fall to a mighty God.
For all those who have eyes and all those who have ears
It is only He who can reduce me to tears.
Don't you cry and don't you die and don't you burn
For like a thief in the night, He'll replace wrong with right
When He returns.

Truth is an arrow and the gate is narrow that it passes through,
He unleashed His power at an unknown hour that no one knew.
How long can I listen to the lies of prejudice?
How long can I stay drunk on fear out in the wilderness?
Can I cast it aside, all this loyalty and this pride?
Will I ever learn that there'll be no peace, that the war won't cease
Until He returns?

Surrender your crown on this blood-stained ground, take off your mask,
He sees your deeds, He knows your needs even before you ask.
How long can you falsify and deny what is real?
How long can you hate yourself for the weakness you conceal?
Of every earthly plan that be known to man, He is unconcerned,
He's got plans of His own to set up His throne
When He returns.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pearl Jam - War

From December 2002 at the Showbox in Seattle. Four months before we invaded Iraq.

Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone (outtake)

Good stuff!

Monday, May 25, 2009

M. Ward - Rave On

M. Ward covering Buddy Holly. I just saw him last week in Visalia. And each day that show keeps getting better! Thanks Mark. . .

Wilco - The Jolly Banker

Wilco covering Woody Guthrie. Gotta love this!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Obama's Speech at Notre Dame

The Audacity Of Humility
In this world of competing claims about what is right and what is true, have confidence in the values with which you’ve been raised and educated. Be unafraid to speak your mind when those values are at stake. Hold firm to your faith and allow it to guide you on your journey. Stand as a lighthouse.
But remember too that the ultimate irony of faith is that it necessarily admits doubt. It is the belief in things not seen. It is beyond our capacity as human beings to know with certainty what God has planned for us or what He asks of us, and those of us who believe must trust that His wisdom is greater than our own.
This doubt should not push us away from our faith. But it should humble us. It should temper our passions, and cause us to be wary of self-righteousness. It should compel us to remain open, and curious, and eager to continue the moral and spiritual debate that began for so many of you within the walls of Notre Dame. And within our vast democracy, this doubt should remind us to persuade through reason, through an appeal whenever we can to universal rather than parochial principles, and most of all through an abiding example
of good works, charity, kindness, and service that moves hearts and minds.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Can Sleep Deprivation Kill You?


Around a hundred prisoners died during interrogation by US forces under George W. Bush.
While no human being is known to have died from staying awake, animal research strongly suggests it could happen. In the 1980s, a University of Chicago researcher named Allan Rechtschaffen conducted a series of groundbreaking experiments on rats. After 32 days of total sleep deprivation, all the rats were dead. Curiously, researchers still do not agree on the cause of death. It's possible that the rats' body temperature dropped so much that they succumbed to hypothermia. Another theory posits that the rats' immune systems became so depressed that bacteria normally sequestered in their intestines spread throughout their bodies—though Rechtschaffen counters that his rats perished even when they were administered antibiotics. A third explanation points to some evidence of brain damage among the sleep-deprived rats. It's also possible that extreme levels of stress contributed to the rats' demise.

Quote of the Day

I’m not an evangelist vegetarian; I don’t recall ever trying to press a carnivore of my acquaintance to give the stuff up. This isn’t because I think it’s a matter of pure pesonal aesthetics: In fact, I think they all ought to stop. But part of “making life livable for ourselves” means not turning into the sort of noodge who browbeats friends and acquaintances about their dietary choices—at least until they start ordering the Flipper Tempura Roll at Nobu. But let’s not coat this in self-deluding horseshit about pluralism or tolerance or “live and let live.” That debases our ethical impulses by making concern for animal (or, indeed human) suffering one more matter of taste—like a preference for anchovies. Respecting other people’s right to make a different choice—at least within certain broad parameters—shouldn’t mean denying we can judge some choices better than others. - Julian Sanchez

The Beatles - Get Back sung by John Lennon

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Avett Brothers - November Blue (live)

The Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, honky tonk and ragtime to produce a sound described by the San Francisco Chronicle as having the "Heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones."


The Avett Brothers - The Ballad of Love and Hate

I decided Tuesday to trek down to Hanford to see these guys. This song has been on my Ipod for a few months and never gave much thought to the words. I can say that its taken on a whole new meaning after hearing this song live. Watching Seth Avett pour his heart out blew me away. It was a great moment. Great song. Listen to the words. Pretty good stuff! Much better live.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Eddie Vedder talks about Tom Petty & "The Waiting"

Neil Young- Comes A Time (live)

My favorite Neil Young song. I can't explain the tears that rolled down my eyes last year when he played this at the Bridge School. Amazing song. Amazing spirit.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Sleepyhead - Passion Pit - Stop Motion

This is cool. . . Yes, we can all relate.

Bob Dylan - Love Minus Zero/No Limit

Imagine chilling in that hotel room. Good stuff!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Paul McCartney & Wings - I've Just Seen A Face (Seattle '76)

This was one of the few Beatles songs Paul played live in the 70's.