Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Capricorn Horoscope for week of May 28, 2009

Capricorn Horoscope for week of May 28, 2009

This is my pledge to you, Capricorn: I promise to use all my otherworldly connections to get your karmic debt reduced in the next few weeks. In return, I ask that you make these pledges to me: You promise not to be a self-pitying martyr or a cranky beast of burden or a willing victim of rank manipulation. You agree not to just follow sloppy orders or passively capitulate as some bad guy with a nice smile tries to lower your standards. And finally, you swear to feed a really healthy desire that will ultimately help give your other desires more integrity and nobility.

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there are no strangers

I was in Massachusetts and stopped a different store for the sunday papers. Someone walked in and said... Hi Sharon. I said hi and I have no clue who that person was. Probably someone from High School and I have no clue who. they spoke like they saw me last week or spoke to me earlier.....

I also ran into Lou my Rosanne Cash friend on the street in lower broadway today. He was coming from the Doctor and I was coming from an appointment in Staten Island... I was later than expected who would think he got transferred from Queens to Manhattan

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Capricorn Horoscope for week of May 21, 2009

Capricorn Horoscope for week of May 21, 2009

A long-time Capricorn reader named Allison wrote me an apologetic email. She said that she has always loved my horoscopes, and still loves them, but for the foreseeable future she's got to stop reading them. "Please don't take it as an insult, because it's not," she wrote. "I just need to be less subject to outside influences for a while. Maybe that will help me get better at paying attention to my own intuition." I understood exactly what she means. According to my analysis, this is one time when you may have to shield yourself from the noise around you -- even the good and interesting noise -- in order to hear your own inner voice better.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen
Saturday, May 16 8:00p and Sunday, May 17 8:00p
at Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
Price: $69.50 - $254.50
Age Suitability: None Specified
Tags: music, rock, concert, tour, hall of fame member
For four decades, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on. His songs have set a virtually unmatched standard in their seriousness and range. Sex, spirituality, religion, power – he has relentlessly examined the largest issues in human lives, always with a full appreciation of how elusive answers can be to the vexing questions he raises. But those questions, and the journey he has traveled in seeking to address them, are the ever-shifting substance of his work, as well as the reasons why his songs never lose their overwhelming emotional force.

leonard cohen

i missed the ticket sale for the Show at the Beacon because I was in Las Vegas so i was determined to see Leonard Cohen on this tour. I started with Boston because Fan Club tickets went on sale. I was able to get one ticket to each of the two nights. Then NYC went on sale. I got two tickets to the two shows at Radio City.
then I waited. I kept off craigslist or tickethubs to see the coming and going of extra tickets.

Yesterday, the day finally came. The weekend started with a John Prine show at the Beacon after finishing a long long training. I knew I would be tired and had to get up and teach two classes, my last two classes for the semester. I ended the class early and decided to go to OTB to place a bet on the Preakness. I learned how to bet a horse and made some wagers.

I went home to the grocery store and to do my wash.... Off to Radio City, being a fan club member, I gained early entrance to RCMH. I started at the merch table and got a LC tour shirt. I then realized that the Preakness was run and i had Rachel Alexandra on all of my tickets. I was able to exit the venue and gain reentry. I went to OTB and cashed in my tickets for my 36.00 winnings on my exacta tickets. I paid 36 and won 36.80.... i gained 80 cents.

Back to RCMH and then to my seat.... I saw Teddy Thompson enter the room and sit two rows down from me... Mid orchestra, center.....

The show started at 8pm sharp and suddenly, i was watching Leonard Cohen... Hearing those songs live for the first time in my life.... Leonard sang for hours... seeming to enjoy the night and his own poetry and the voices of his backup singers, the Webb sisters and Sharon Robinson. He seems to love this group of players in his band. His music calls for all sorts of instruments and sounds. B3 organ. LC dressed in a suit and signature fedora, is slim and has long hands. He played guitar and piano only for Tower of Song.

I was overwhelmed with music and sights and sounds. THese songs are so much more meaningful live. They took on a new life. There were times where the songs were stunning and sublime. The slight sounds amplified the music. Leonard looking spry and skipping to and from the stage, put on a show that should not be missed. The set list was essential Leonard Cohen. not one song that I wanted to hear was missing.

First set:
Dance Me To The End Of Love
The Future
Ain't No Cure For Love
Bird On The Wire
Everybody Knows
In My Secret Life
Who By Fire
Chelsea Hotel No. 2
Waiting For The Miracle
Anthem (plus Band intros)

Second set:
Tower Of Song
Sisters of Mercy
Take This Waltz
Boogie Street (Sharon Robinson voc)
I'm Your Man
A Thousand Kisses Deep (recited)

So Long, Marianne
First We Take Manhattan
Famous Blue Raincoat
If It Be Your Will (Webb Sisters voc)
Closing Time
I Tried To Leave You
Whither Thou Goest

I expected to get tired and have to say started to fade around Im your man and then If it be thy will..

Words cant describe seeing and hearing LC in person singing his own songs....

Back tonight for round 2

Thursday, May 14, 2009

apricorn Horoscope for week of May 14, 2009

"There are two things to aim at in life," wrote essayist Logan Pearsall Smith. "First to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second." You are currently in a position, however, to accomplish that magical second aim, Capricorn. More than ever before, you have the power to want what you actually have . . . to enjoy the fruits of your labors . . . to take your attention off the struggle so that you may fully love the experiences your struggle has earned you.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Editorial: Appreciations

Editorial: Appreciations
Still Singing



Published: May 4, 2009

I saw Pete Seeger Sunday night, alive as you and me. They threw a birthday concert for him at Madison Square Garden. John Seeger, age 95, said from the stage that he expected his 90-year-old younger brother to make 100, which seems reasonable. Standing there, banjo off his shoulder, head thrown back, Pete looked eternal, in that pose so engraved in American memory it should be on a coin.

More than 40 artists, including John Mellencamp, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez and Bruce Springsteen, joined in a stage-clogging sing-along. When its four-plus hours are edited down to highlights, from “This Land Is Your Land” to “Goodnight, Irene,” it will be a PBS special made in pledge-week heaven.

I wonder, though, how many of the angry moments will survive.

Will we hear the Native American musicians pleading for support in their battle with Peabody Energy? Peabody is a giant strip-mining company that has been at the center of lawsuits by Southwestern tribes over drinking water and income from mineral rights.

Will we hear the praise for the Clean Water Act of 1972, or the acid remark from one of the Indians: “Ever since that man by the name of Hudson went up that river, it’s gone to hell.”

The evening was, after all, a benefit for Clearwater, the name of an organization and a boat, both built by Mr. Seeger, that have fought for decades to rescue the Hudson River from life as an industrial sewer. The job isn’t done. Remember PCBs? General Electric dumped tons of them in the river. The company is about ready to dredge them out, but for now they are still there, seeping downriver and into fish.

That’s one hot issue. But issues and leftist anger were mostly confined to the first half of the evening. Under a sweet, heavy nostalgia glaze, the show summoned but never lingered on bygone days when folk singing was considered both relevant and dangerous.

Mr. Seeger has walked the walk for so long that he has outwalked most everybody who would ever want to beat him up, throw bricks at him or denounce him as a Red.

He’s “outlasted the bastards,” Bruce Springsteen said. But others will outlast him, and it will be up to a new generation to write and sing songs to fight power with truth. Will they? Or will they close their eyes and sway to “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore,” forgetting the part of folk singing that was never sweet for its own sake?

“Behind Pete’s somewhat benign, grandfatherly facade,” Mr. Springsteen said, lies a “nasty optimism,” a great way to describe the steel-willed Seeger method, the geniality that others mistake for softness.

Mr. Seeger is “a stealth dagger through the heart of our country’s illusions about itself,” Mr. Springsteen said, getting it exactly right.

Friday, May 08, 2009