Saturday, January 18, 2020

Vocal . . .


. . . demo of The Bitter End (of which the instrumental version appears on Chromatose) . . .



You never want to have to hear a word
From me again
Never want to have to see my face
At your door
If there's so much as the mention of
My name
You can feel an uncontrollable
Fit of pain
I'm the one
That you said
You would love
Til the bitter end

This must really be
This must really be the end
Nothing could be fitter
This must really be
This must really be the end
Make no mistake it's bitter

You never want us to be seen again
In public places
Can't explain it to another friend
How it goes
You say there's torment that you feel inside
From many things
I can tell you that I still don't know
What that means
Long ago
We were friends
Far removed
From this bitter end

There's no candy coating
To make it go down easier
Not so simple to digest
No bright colors and no
Exotic flavors sweetening
What you see is what you get

You never want to have to hear a word
From me again
Never want to have to see my face
At your door
If there's so much as the mention of
My name
You can feel an uncontrollable
Fit of pain
With one fell
Swoop you sent
Me direct to the bitter end


The Bitter End
©2003 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Friday, January 17, 2020

Prayer?. . .



As a result of trump's 'prayer in schools' initiative, will Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists (and other non-Christians) be free to pray in U.S. schools?




Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Practicing . . .


. . . vocals (on a composition from a little while back)



The church of music
Holds no ham and oyster suppers
We're all just deacons
With our boots upon the ground
Marching into mystery
In command but
Still can't quite see

The church of music
Won't require your weekly presence
You'll find it stays with you
No matter where you are
No dogmatic postulates
No demands on
Your fidelity

It can end the darkest night
Carry you through the hours
Know not if it’s wrong or right
Make no mistake
It’s divine
This church of mine

There are no fiery demons
In what I believe
It’s not for me to say
Who’s  what and where they go
All things flowing naturally
No controlling
Power over you or me

Stricly spiritual
No trace of any politics
Lurking in the mix or in the fabric
Only what is good
No room for hate and no deceit
Honesty
Sincerity will move you
And me

This church won’t interfere
With what you think or do
Your body and your mind are
Yours and yours alone
No one tells you what to say
No one criticizes
What you feel inside

It can heal the deepest wound
Shine a light in the darkness
Warm a chill in any room
Make no mistake
It’s divine
This church . . . of mine


Church

©2016 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Monday, January 13, 2020

Sing . . .


. . . along for Auld Lang Syne . . . 


I'll be your blood brother
By your side through thick and thin
I'll be your blood brother
Just as long as I don't
Have to bloody my hands


Blood Brother
OHO (duo-Jay Graboski & Ray Jozwiak) performing live at Bourbon Street on the Beach, Ocean City, MD; December 31, 2019

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Hours . . .


. . . nearly perfect (Thanks to Jay Graboski, Dave Kelly, Bill Pratt & Harry Maben)


Store the hours
Hoard the wisdom
Take the years and just
Run like crazy

Party's only
What you make it
Make it into the
Best you can


The Hours
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

War . . .

. . . crimes?


In light of Iran's admission of unintentionally shooting down a Ukrainian plane (while retaliating for the U.S.'s assassination of an Iranian general), isn't mr. trump now guilty of a WAR CRIME???





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Friday, January 10, 2020

Forward . . .



Advance, breakthrough, development,
Evolution, growth, headway,
Improvement, increase, momentum,
Movement, pace, process,
Rise,  stride, amelioration,
Betterment, boost,
Moving forward,
Moving forward


Forward
©2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak
(from the unreleased 'Phatso' collection of improvisations on Moog Phatty analog synthesizer)


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Facts . . .

 


(from The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche by H.L. Mencken)
". . . that a student learns at the average school are few and unconnected, and instead of being led into habits of independent thinking he is trained to accept authority. When he takes his degree it is usually no more than a sign that he has joined the herd. His opinion of Napoleon is merely a reflection of the opinion expressed in the books he has studied; his philosophy of life is simply the philosophy of his teacher - tinctured a bit perhaps, by that of his particular youthful idols. He knows how to spell a great many long words and he is familiar with the table of logarithms, but in the readiness he has made comparatively little progress. If he was illogical and credulous and a respecter of authority as a freshman he remains much the same as a graduate. In consequence, his usefulness to humanity has been increased but little, if at all, for . . . the only man whose life is appreciably more valuable than that of a good cow if the man who thinks for himself, clearly and logically, and lends some sort of hand, during his life-time, in the eternal search for the ultimate verities . . . "



Facts of Life

©2004 Raymond M. Jozwiak




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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Three . . .

. . . things that struck me in the article referenced below . . .


(from https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-s-big-risk-iran-showdown-n1111421)

". . . Pompeo told the Christian Broadcast Network last year that Trump might have been sent by God to help the Jewish people defeat Iran. . . "As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible," he said then. . .
[1] If this adult male, serving in a very high position of our U.S. government (Pompeo) still (he is 56 years of age) believes in an omniscient, invasive "god" and the things that he (Pompeo) imagines this "god" can/will do, then he is not qualified to service in this capacity. Oh, wait a minute, he works for trump . . .

Aside from selling arms to Iran to fund Nicaraguan contras, the Reagan administration provided massive aid to Iraq in the Iran-Iraq war in that decade, which followed the fall of the shah and the taking of American hostages in Iran during the Carter administration. . .
[2] Reagan, a republican, aided and abetted the hostile nation that took 52 hostages shortly before he took office. A man in possession of 'great' integrity (sarcasm mine).

John R. Pitney, a professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College in California, said . . . "I’m not sure that Trump’s calculations are super-sophisticated — I think his actions are driven by a desire to look tough, and that gives leverage to people like Pompeo who apparently has convinced him that this is a great way to look tough. . ." . . . "
[3] Mr. Pitney is quite perceptive regarding the personality of president trump.




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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Lesson . . .

. . . NOT learned . . .



(from https://www.axios.com/qassem-soleimani-death-reactions-iran-85bd4b62-85f4-4e29-a0ec-1e6376534f03.html)
". . . Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.): "Qassem Soleimani masterminded Iran’s reign of terror for decades, including the deaths of hundreds of Americans. Tonight, he got what he richly deserved, and all those American soldiers who died by his hand also got what they deserved: justice.". . . Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) "Wow - the price of killing and injuring Americans has just gone up drastically. Major blow to Iranian regime that has American blood on its hands. Soleimani was one of the most ruthless and vicious members of the Ayatollah's regime. He had American blood on his hands. I appreciate President Trump's bold action against Iranian aggression. To the Iranian government: if you want more, you will get more.". . . Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.): "This is very simple: General Soleimani is dead because he was an evil bastard who murdered Americans. The President made the brave and right call, and Americans should be proud of our servicemembers who got the job done. Tehran is on edge - the mullahs have already slaughtered at least a thousand innocent Iranians - and before they lash out further they should know that the U.S. military can bring any and all of these IRGC butchers to their knees.". . . Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.): "The end of Qasem Soleimani is welcome and long-overdue justice for the thousands of Americans killed or wounded by his Iranian-controlled forces across the Middle East, and for the hundreds of thousands of Syrians and Iraqi Sunnis ethnically cleansed by his militias.". . . Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.): "Qassem Soleimani was an evil and deadly terrorist with the blood of thousands, including hundreds of Americans, on his hands. President Trump was right to order decisive action to kill Soleimani to prevent further attacks and defend American lives and interests.". . ."


". . . "With his departure and with God's power, his work and path will not cease, and severe revenge awaits those criminals who have tainted their filthy hands with his blood and the blood of the other martyrs of last night's incident," Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in a statement. . .The country's defense minister, Amir Hatami, said the nighttime strike ordered by President Trump would be met with a "crushing" response. . ."




Monday, January 6, 2020

Revealing . . .

. . . No, not the dresses. . . 

. . . revealing hypocrisy can be refreshing . . . 

(fromhttps://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/awards/ricky-gervais-doesn-t-waste-any-time-offending-golden-globes-n1110836)                                                                                                       ". . . On Sunday, Gervais took a jab at actors for working for companies with questionable morals, including Apple, Amazon and Disney, saying they had no right to make political speeches when accepting their awards. . . "If ISIS started a streaming service, you’d call your agent," he quipped. . .“If you win an award, don’t make your little political speech. No one cares. You know nothing. Say thank you to your agent and get the f--- off stage.". . . "



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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Clearly . . .


. . . these are the actions of innocent parties who justify same actions by claiming that the process is unfair . . . 


". . . The Trump administration disclosed on Friday that there were 20 emails between a top aide to President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff and a colleague at the White House's Office of Management and Budget discussing the freeze of a congressionally mandated military aid package for Ukraine. . . But in response to a court order that it swiftly process those pages in response to a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, lawsuit filed by The New York Times, the Office of Management and Budget delivered a terse letter saying it would not turn over any of the 40 pages of emails — not even with redactions. . . "


. . . NOT!! . . . 




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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Similarity? . . .



(from The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche by H.L. Mencken)
". . . The ignorant man solves this problem in a very simple manner: he holds that whatever he believes, he knows; and that whatever he knows is true. This is the attitude of all amateur and professional theologians, politicians and other numbskulls of that sort. . . "






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Friday, January 3, 2020

Superman . . .


I wanna be everything
To everybody
From alpha to omega
No longer bleak or shoddy

A super-like someone I would be
A thing to which I do aspire
If only with the proper care
I'd set the world on fire



Superman
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Thursday, January 2, 2020

Mix . . .


Mix it up
Do something different
Don't accept the mundane
Check out these variations



Variations

©2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak
(from the unreleased 'Phatso' collection of improvisations on Moog Phatty analog synthesizer)



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