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Good Day, SON, SHINE!!!

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

Stayin' Alive...at 35...Oh, Happy Be Day...


Travelers: If you're just "hear" for the music...there's a Playlist at the end...


A Rocky Mountain High...Hi!...@ 14,000 feet...




And in the City...that never sleeps...





For all ages...






We see things as WE are and not as THEY are...


Before watching this next video, read the next paragraph. The news anchor gives his biased commentary on the young people of that time. Obviously, he missed and wasn't "on the bus"...and was therefore afraid that "the times they were a changin'..."


[from video description] "This is actual news footage from a seven minute spot on the six o'clock news on CBS in 1967. The Grateful Dead live on Haight-Ashbury doing a street show. The video is a bit old, but the footage is awesome. There is talk part way through by the news person speaking of the dangers for youth being sucked into the counter culture of the era... but the music continues."


See the end of this post for the full CBS News with Harry Reasoner report.




Keys...to our Inner and Outer Kingdom...


Frank Barber, a church friend, gave Mom and I a card like this at either your birth or baptism...He was a prophet...and you were truly inCARnated...





This next song is one simple example that DISS-proves UNREASONable Harry Reasoner's DISS-missal of the 60's youth culture.







These musicians use their platforms to bring attention to and support the work of WHY HUNGER? For more about ways to help end hunger and food insecurity, see link at end of this post.



Considering your birth year "1988"...it's no coincidence that you'd be attracted to a certain instrument. Why, when you were a toddler, you were already making tunes on a button-battery-operated pocket keyboard. With a wonderful teacher/mentor, you played in a winners' recital at Carnegie Hall and then moved on to teach...beginning with some of your teacher's students. You were still too young to drive, so Mom drove you to your students' homes....BUT, not for long...and you'd be in your Impala and driving your friends to Philadelphia...for one of the city's famous cheese steaks...


Somewhat sequitor...It was in my search results...



"Amazed...but NOT surprised" department


I use this caption a lot lately, as I'm simply getting led to stuff like the following...However, there's a clarification needed for this one...Your first and subsequent rides have been automatics...and now an AI...While I learned on a standard shift VW Bus...even took my driver test in this "Grate" "Beast of Burden" (see end for more on this number)...


For those improvisational moments in life...



Drink in moderato avant playing...



YOU/WE are the LIGHT of the world





NOW...get ready for some ROCKti Bhakti grooooovin...I partied with these folks a few years ago at a Kundalini yoga studio in Centerport, NY.


First, let's prepare ourselves...clear our minds...so our tabula rasa can take in all of this tabla beat...


"Hari Om, Dear Lord, Sat Nam, Holy Name,

When I Call On The Light Within, I Go Home"




Anyone that's seen you, knows you value sun time and the healing and solace that come from its radiance...


Hmm...another current similarity...John and______




The Child is Father to the Man...


As I've said to you many times, you have brought so much needed change into my life...and so much more...THANK YOU!!! NAMASTE...



My version...



My Heart Leaps Up - William Wordsworth

My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; So is it now I am a man; So be it when I shall grow old, Or let me die! The Child is father of the Man; And I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety.

[from the article] What Does the Poem Mean?

Wordsworth uses the expression in a very positive sense, noting that seeing a rainbow produced awe and joy when he was a child, and he still felt those emotions as a grown man. He hopes that these emotions will continue throughout his life, that he will retain that pure joy of youth. He also laments that he would rather die than lose that leap of the heart and youthful enthusiasm. MORE at LINK


Blood...Sweat...Tears...version...


...also applies to your slide down Mom's vaginal canal...and how SHE experienced your arrival at Mercy Hospital on 10/8/88 just after midnight (see these songs at end of post)...


"Child Is Father to the Man" was the first album by Blood, Sweat and Tears. Considering your arrival time, words here about "light" and that you also played trumpet and toured the world with Doctor McRoy and the LIU-Post band...I chose this next number from that album.


"I lit my purest candle

Close to my window

Hoping it would catch the eye

Of any vagabond who had passed it by

And I waited in my fleeting house" (1) (2)


(1) “We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.” Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave


(2) See end for Judy Collins reminding us..."Who knows where the time goes...?"




Journeys ended...Journeys begun...







"Beast of Burden" - I'll "Bette" you are expecting MICK...But, hang on you won't be disappointed...Oh, this is a pay-for and she only accepts

"Li Be Dough"...



Songs that played in the waiting room of Mercy Hospital - as you were entering the world's stage...just after midnight...


"There's a sunrise and a sunset

Every single day

They are absolutely FREE

Don't miss so many of them

CHEERS!"






Thus ends your entrance hymns...hims...



A few more birthday musings...


The above image reminded me of this next song. Here's another "Tom" playing the 2008 Super Bowl [sounds like a Cheech & Chong event : ))) ]...That said, the cat he's singin' about is pretty "PETTY"...and an all-about-ME guy...


Lotsa lights...in the darkness...



Screaming out "FREEE!!!"




I wasn't gonna include the official video...but it's too DAMN good...BAD...to omit...so, here goes...







I Know You Riders... at the Brew (Witches Brew Coffee House in West Hempstead) will dig this next one...there's lots of cool skating shots like this one:




Let's not let the bad boys have the last word...


These are the ONLY types of walls we should build...





I Know You Rider Lyrics By: Traditional Music By: Traditional "I know you rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone I know you rider, gonna miss me when I'm gone Gonna miss your baby, from rolling in your arms Lay down last night, Lord, I could not take my rest Lay down last night, Lord, I could not take my rest My mind was wandering like the wild geese in the West The sun will shine in my back door some day The sun will shine in my back door some day March winds will blow all my troubles away I wish I was a headlight on a north-bound train (1) I wish I was a headlight on a north-bound train I'd shine my light through the cool Colorado rain"

(1) these lyrics reminded me of our early years together when you and I would go train watching at the LIRR's Queens Village elevated station. Even then, your experiences with light helped you distinguish between the electric-power and diesel-powered consists by the configuration of their headlights. Because of this recognition, when a diesel was approaching, you'd call out and reach up your arms:


"Up on Daddy!"


...and I'd pick you up and, together, we'd enjoy its thunderous passing through the station...




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