Thursday, February 26, 2015

Happy Birthday Johnny Cash

We celebrated by listening to a CD of his hits from the Sun Records years.  He left some legacy.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

On the Cover of Rolling Stone and the AARP Magazine

Does anyone else hold the distinction of being on the cover of Rolling Stone and the AARP Magazine?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Breakfast with the Beatles salutes George Harrison This Week

I have mentioned the syndicated radio show Dennis Mitchell's Breakfast with the Beatles several times in this journal.  Since it is not on a New York City radio station, I listen to the podcast every week.  In honor of George Harrison's birthday Dennis is featuring his music.  Here is the playlist:

It's All Too Much 
Don't Bother Me 
While My Guitar Gently Weeps 

Sue Me, Sue You Blues 
Crackerbox Palace 

Special Order: Aloo Matar 
The Inner Light (hybrid extended) 
All Things Must Pass 
Prabhujee (with Ravi Shankar) 
You Like Me Too Much 

Let It Down (by Dhani Harrison) 

Within You Without You 
Heading For the Light 
If I Needed Someone (Japan 1991) 
Take Good Care of My Baby (Decca audition) 

You Know What To Do 
It Don't Come Easy 
I Me Mine 
I Need You 
My Sweet Lord (demo) 

Side Dish: Caviar de Harrisong 
Isn't It a Pity 
Savoy Truffle 

Give Me Love (Peace On Earth) (by Dave Davies)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Seasonal Affective Disorder

The Mayo Clinic defines Seasonal Affective Disorder as:

"A type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer."

I think that as far as I am concerned "depression" is somewhat exaggerated, but several consecutive weeks of terrible weather makes me feel "down in the dumps."  It is either bitterly cold, snowy, or both.  I just hate having to stay in the apartment.  I miss taking long walks, but the only thing I can do is wait for spring.

Friday, February 20, 2015

If Winter Is Here Can Spring Be Far Behind

"If winter is here can spring be far behind" is a famous quote by the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.  This month has just been miserable for weather.  We have had snow, sleet, freezing rain, and bitterly cold weather all February.  I feel sorry for the people in Boston who have received about 8 feet of snow this winter.

At least the days are getting longer.  Sunrise is about 6:45 AM while sunset is about  5:35 PM these days.  The most encouraging sign that spring is coming is that the camps have opened in Florida for the major league baseball teams.  I am just hoping for a warming trend.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Never Ending Tour in 2015

I was pleased to find out the Never Ending Tour will continue in 2015 as dates in the United States were announced for April and May:

And the beat goes on.  May the Never Ending Tour never end.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Some Thoughts on the Mourning Process

The mourning process differs.  Many people "fall apart" after a death in the family while others take it very well.  I think it is much more difficult when the death is sudden and unexpected especially when a younger person dies.

Mom's death was a slow process that I thought began when she voluntarily moved to an assisted living facility in 2010.  She realized that should could no longer live on her own.  The biggest step in her demise was her first fall in 2011.  I really thought that this was the beginning of the end, but after a long recovery she pulled through.  After that time there were smaller setbacks, but again she recovered.  The big blow came two weeks ago when she fell in her assisted living facility.  She started to recover after a major operation, but succumbed to complications.  In a sense it was a relief since Mom would no longer suffer.  If she had recovered, her quality of life would have been poor.

Over the past week I had stayed home observing a modified shiva, the Jewish mourning process.  I am quite pleased that I received over 150 condolences via Facebook or email.  I guess I can describe the messages as "virtual shiva calls."  I appreciate every one of them.  I even received messages from people I never met and from those I hadn't seen in years.

Very often a death in the family can lead to a reunion of long lost relatives.  I was quite hurt when two first cousins phoned my sister to offer condolences, but not me.  I phoned cousin JS about two years ago after his mother, my aunt, was killed in a tragic car accident.  Why couldn't he call me?  All I can say is "If you treat me like a stranger, I'll treat you like a stranger back."

Let me conclude this entry with the Sunday Will Never be the Same by Spanky and Our Gang.  For the last 4 1/2 I visited Mom once a week, usually on Sunday.  Now since she is gone, Sunday will never be the same.  However the song refers to a couple that has split.

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