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Catastrophic Collapse with Caffeine

When all else fails, suffer.

Hopes lie dead and buried.
Trains of thought derailed.

Everything is ruined.
All good plans have failed.

Nothing turned out right.
Bill collectors pound the door.

My coffee cup is empty.
I guess I'll have some more.

Coffee alone among the ruins

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Old Tom Riddle

A match made somewhere other than Heaven!

Old Tom Riddle

Steamboat Willie,
by Walt Disney,
invented twerking.

You can look it up.

Posted by: Dark Light, Day of Confusion

Mickey twerks

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Intersectional Realities

Getting there in a roundabout manner

I have to confess, I still don't know what intersectionality means.

And neither does my spell-checker.

In town, they replaced a 4-way stop with a roundabout. All intersectionality thereafter became tangential.

(I only retain enough HS Trigonometry to make obtuse jokes like that.)

Dividing Highway
Image from "Getting From Here to There" series in Daily Doodles, 2013. There is a larger version

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The War was over as soon as it had Begun

I started out with some short, simple cartoonish lyrics.

I had tunes in mind to go with the lyrics.

So I picked up instruments and learned to write crude musical notation, which didn't really convey the tunes.

So I started playing and recording the songs, so my intended tunes could be heard.

I started out as a lyricist, became a composer, then a performer, all the while still mainly thinking of myself as a cartoonish lyricist.

Over decades, some songs held up better than others. Lyrics about which I was so serious came to seem to me overly serious, subtle turns of phrase became what did I mean by thats.

Some tired old songs, I do my best to be serious and give them a good performance.

Other songs, I just can't bring myself to sing them.

This is one of those. It was intended as a kind of post-nuclear war lament and encouragement to rebuild. I was probably trying to do something like Jefferson Airplane's "Wooden Ships."

Crosby & Nash with Grace Slick - Wooden Ships

I may publish the lyrics, some day, at least to show how the chord notations are supposed to be paced, but for now, I'm just posting this page as a place-holder for the song.

Performed, instrumental, in Mindful Webworkshop #12, 2016 Oct 28.

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You will all know what I do

       C          Bb            F
By the time I was caught in the trap
               C          Am  G
It was already too late
       C         Bb         F
By the time I discovered my error
                  C      Am  G
Too much had been done
       C          Bb
By the time I got out
    F                      C      Am  G
The damage was pretty well total
       C         Bb           F
By the time I convince you in words
He could have everyone.
Am        G
Listen to me!
      C        Bb          F
If we all turn away pretty soon
                       C     Am  G
You will all know what I do
      C           Bb           F
If we all just pretend we will have
                  C     Am  G
No more places to hide
      C            Bb           F
If we all stop and think we can see
                  C     Am G
What we were just isn't anymore
      C            Bb          F
If we talk to each other we'll know
the Wizard has lied.
              Am        G
Why won't you listen to me?
From the musical "The Mad Wizard."
Performed in Mindful Webworkshop #12, 2016 Oct 28.