I’ve run out of things to say
It’s time to be on my way
Just one last word about what we’ve lost.

There is so much love around
And still war and violence abound.
There are so many higher emotions in man
And still death and famine cry out in the land.
Concentrate now on the beauty of life
And eliminate the strife.

That’s all I have to say
It would be so easy to change our ways
We just have to be willing to pay the cost.

© 2012 Wasted Space Publishing

Second Ten

These are my second ten – the ones that didn’t make my top ten Desert Island Records. Now, if this is the only box of music that washes up on shore, I’ll still be happy. Well, I don’t know. I’ll still be stranded on a desert island with ten records and no way to play them. But at least I’ll have them.

Album Artist
Us Peter Gabriel
Communique Dire Straits
Full Moon Fever Tom Petty
The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion The Black Crowes
No Code Pearl Jam
Bringing Down the Horse The Wallflowers
Miles from Our Home Cowboy Junkies
Glimmer Kim Richey
Natty Dread Bob Marley
Mr. Happy Go Lucky John Mellencamp

My Playlist : 20120

Ten years ago I was already listening to about half of these bands, half I hadn’t heard of yet. That’s one of the reasons I like putting these lists together – they’re a story of where you’ve been, where you are now and (perhaps) a little glimpse of where you’re going.

Song Time Artist Album
Meet Me in the Indian Summer 4:00 Van Morrison Down the Road
Beautiful Night 3:54 The Waifs Temptation
Let it Roll 4:35 Kim Richey Bitter Sweet
Atmosphere 3:51 Son Volt Okemah and the Melody of Riot
Kingdom of Days 4:02 Bruce Springsteen Working on a Dream
A Ride Back Home 3:13 John Mellencamp Life, Death, Love & Freedom
Love Throws a Line 3:38 Patty Griffin Impossible Dream
Lithium 4:17 Nirvana Nevermind
I Might 4:01 Wilco The Whole Love
Susie (Dramas) 3:25 Elton John Honky Chateau
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard 2:44 Paul Simon Negotiations & Love Songs
Waiting in Vain 5:41 Annie Lennox Medusa
Sikorsky Parts 3:36 Joe Strummer Earthquake Weather
A Bride’s Place 5:50 Cowboy Junkies Sing in the Meadow
All I Do 6:30 The Derek Trucks Band Songlines
Taboo 5:34 Santana Santana III
Stand Back 3:28 The Allman Brothers Band Eat a Peach
Tryin’ 2:53 The Eagles The Eagles
18 Songs/1.2 Hours

iTexas Tour: Riverwalk

The Riverwalk in San Antonio is more a tourist trap and restaurant row these days than anything else. Tour boats and colored umbrellas and thousands of people with their eyes on everything but what’s in front of them. I think that all sounds too negative. I love the Riverwalk. I love the cobbled walkways and stone foot bridges. There are even a couple of places I like the Mexican food. But to me it is an older place with steel bridges spanning the river and old hotels from the art deco ’30s. That’s what I see, anyway. That’s what I take pictures of. Anybody can take a picture of a girl in a bikini top drinking a 3-foot tall frozen margarita, but that’s just what the place has become. Not what it is.