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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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Pleas

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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Renegade

You will all know what I do

1.
       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
              C
He could have everyone.
Am        G
Listen to me!
2.
      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
               C
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.



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Half Crazy

It's a sine of the times

    G
I'm only half crazy
    Em
The other half's fine
      C
You'd half, too, be crazy
       D
With a life like mine.
    G
I'm off on a tangent
             Em
Where do I cosine?
     C
This song is half there
          G
Like this line
Performed in Mindful Webworkshop Episode #10, 2016 Oct 14.



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Bullets & Beef

What makes America great

1.
F
Big dead cadavers rotissin' in the winda
Bb7
Ten-point buck tied onto the fenda
F
Got drunk and shot off muh toe on a benda
    C7
But don't take my bullets and beef
2.
F
Bullets & Beef, Bullets & Beef
Bb7
I suppose they mighta caused a little bit o' grief
    F
But its a free country & ya better believe
        C7
I'll be guardin' my freezer with my shotgun
3.
F
Bullets & Beef, Bullets & Beef
Bb7
I gotta warnin' for the po-tential thief
        F
I gotta itchy trigger finger, it'd be a relief t' me
   C7
T' finally say that I shot one!
4.
           F
(You'd be) One more cadaver rotissin' in my winda
Bb7
Ten points for Commies tied onto the fenda
F
Give it to me raw or burn it to a cinder
     C7
Just don't take muh bullets & beef!
5.
F
Bullets & Beef, Bullets & Beef
Bb7
Don't need no heroin, cocaine, or reef'
         F
I want a pistol-packin' President commander-in-chief
            C7
Won't but a ballot in the box if he's not one!
6.
F
Big dead cadavers rotatin' in my belly
Bb7
Breathin' sweatin' fartin' eatin' flesh can make yuh smelly
         F
Pull the trigger on the bottle and blow my brains to jelly
     C7
Just don't take muh bullets and beef!
F
Bullets & Beef, Bullets & Beef

(fade)
Performed in Mindful Webworkshop Episode #10, 2016 Oct 14.



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