We need a hero

Heroes fail to do anything amazing-they just do what is needed.

Right time –right place-right action.

Every time you see one on TV-they all same the same thing.

“I am not a hero-I just did what anyone else would do.”

Not exactly

Have you been paying attention? We humans have a large capacity for doing the wrong things-In fact there is a good chance that someone doing the wrong thing created a situation that required a hero.  A hero to do what is required and bring an elegant solution to an inelegant situation.

Heroes spend time being prepared to step in-they are trained and they are compassionate. They are ready, willing and able.

There is a mindset about them that makes them feel part of the world-knowing that they can make a difference.

If you feel that way – you are a hero sitting latent and sooner or later you will get a chance to prove it.

It may be a small or big contribution- you may have already done it and not even realized it.

Doing the right thing in the right time and right place brings a certain lining up of the power in the universe that is bigger than all of us.

Maybe that is why heroes don’t even comprehend what they have done-they just see it as playing a small part in the general scheme of things. They see the action as a simple yes or no to answering the call of humanity.

We need more heroes.

This quirky song by the Crash Test Dummies sums it up for me.

And it also makes me think of this Little Feat classic.

Just doing what is necessary without complaint.

[mini rant ahead]”Little Feat’ without Lowell George should be called “Tiny Feat” and “Queen” without Freddie should maybe be called “Princess”–you can not remove the heart and soul of a band and pretend it is the same. [end of rant]

I am still willin’ to keep on bloggin”

Cheers from the cave!

[this is not the post I am writing-I am finishing up an illustration for a piece on Ronnie James Dio and “Rainbow in the Dark” that is wearing me out….I don’t mind writing on some of the dark in our souls but this song has taken me for a bit of a ride—it should be my next post—-this one is just to let you guys know that I am still out here]



Spanish Moon- A brief Interpretation

Shifting through the dirt in the cave and looking around at the destruction that drugs has caused to the history of Rock I found a Little Feat Record “Waiting for Columbus” –this is possibly the best “live” album ever recorded during the great – Double Live Album Era of Rock. I think Peter Frampton started it off with ‘Frampton comes alive” …then it seemed like everyone and their mother joined in to release one. Speaking of mothers…a former member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention is coming at you today.  There is not a weak song on this record and the one I want to shine the cave flashlight on is “Spanish Moon” —on the surface it seems like just a fun song about a seedy little bar on the edge of town.  But listening now and thinking back on that era it seems more like a song on the cycle of addiction.  He knows this place is bad news but like the proverbial “moth to the flame”, he is going back anyway. The beauty of a great song is that it can be interpreted many different ways. 

“Don’t care who you are, you wake up ruined, you can lose it all at the Spanish Moon”

Phish Food and Lowell George

Since I made the claim that Phish were nothing more than the evil spawn of the Grateful Dead –the music gods seem to be lined up against me.  I keep receiving evidence that disproves that comment. It might be a friend posting a Phish version of “Oh Atlanta” on their wall- -What?, Phish covers Little Feat songs?- Little Feat was/is a great band-Lowell George was one of the great icons of “swamp” rock. There is the argument that he glorified drugs in his music…Yes, he seemed to have a love for cocaine and all its derivatives- and yes he would write about it often- And if you do something like that and die early- they are going to say “another druggie rock star crash and burn”. Let me say that Lowell was a rare special inspired talent – his music had so much life and intensity and humor that it is tough do cover versions. And back to Phish…their version does lack that spark…but Lowell George is an impossible spark to replicate so I can’t hold that against them. Phish also does a great  Spanish Moon that I found by accident this week-the music gods again?

And while driving a couple weeks ago the radio played a cover of the Gorillaz “Clint Eastwood” –I love that song and apparently so does Trey Anastasio because this was his band doing a cover of it. I had not heard this before but if this Trey Dude loves the same music as me-then I can’t be a Phish hater anymore. And lastly, if Trey and band stay alive and healthy long enough to keep going and keep surprising me –they might make a new  fan…I am almost there after completely being the opposite a couple months ago.