music

Stuff that will make you wonder about the nature of reality alvin September 22, 2019 - 5:21pm

When I woke up this morning I was very refreshed and my brain was quiet, so I decided to meditate. Shortly after that the room got a little busy, and then a terrific Michael Jackson song started playing. As I watched what was going on in the room and listened to the musicians and the lyrics, I realized it was a song that doesn't exist here in awakeland. Stuff like that will make you wonder about the nature of reality.

People Are People, Depeche Mode

Now you’re punching and you’re kicking
And you’re shouting at me
I’m relying on your common decency

So far it hasn’t surfaced
But I'm sure it exists

It just takes a while to travel
From your head to your fist

~ from the song, People Are People

History of the Eagles (an American band) alvin August 18, 2019 - 10:06am

I had a chance to watch part of the History of the Eagles when my RAV4 broke down and left me stranded in New Mexico, and it was good. If you like The Eagles, you’ll like the documentary.

Sinner’s Prayer lyrics (song by Sully Erna)

To love the right,
Yet do so wrong.

To be the weak,
Yet burn to be so strong.

Go rider, although your ride has been through lies.
Go rider, see your soul through the devil’s eyes.

If I could live my life again,
Would I live that life in sin?

Go rider, go ride into the night.
Go rider, now see your soul through a woman’s eyes.

I am sinner,
Hold my prayers up to the sun.
(Hold my prayers up to the sun.)

I am sinner,
Heaven’s closed for what I’ve done.

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What have I done ...
(What have I done?)
What have I done?

I am sinner.
(I am sinner.)
Hold my prayers up to the sun.
(Hold my prayers up to the sun.)

I am sinner.
Heaven’s closed for what I’ve done.
Heaven’s closed for what I’ve done ...

~ Sinner’s Prayer, Salvatore P. “Sully” Erna

Maniac alvin July 30, 2019 - 6:42am

On the ice-blue line of insanity
Is a place most never see
It’s a hard-won place of mystery
Touch it, but can’t hold it

You work all your life for that moment in time
It could come or pass you by
It’s a push-shove world
But there’s always a chance
If the hunger stays the night

It can cut you like a knife
If the gift becomes the fire
On a wire between will and what will be

~ Michael Sembello

The meaning of the Alanis Morissette song, Thank You (Thank U)

This is my interpretation of the meaning of the Alanis Morissette song, Thank You (also known as Thank U). I don’t claim any special knowledge about the song; this interpretation of the lyrics is just based on my understanding of Zen and Buddhism, and also my practicing of yoga, specifically Iyengar yoga. If you’ve read some of the personal entries on this website, you know a lot of what I know.

Suzanne, by Leonard Cohen

Suzanne takes you down takes you down
To her place by the river

You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night forever

And you know the girl’s half crazy
And that’s why you want to be there

And just when you want to tell her
That you have no love to give her

She gets you on her wavelength
And lets the river answer

That you’ve always been her lover

~ Some lyrics from “Suzanne,” written by Leonard Cohen in the 1960s. (In terms of a song I’d like to listen to, I prefer the Neil Diamond version.)

The Trees, Rush

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas.

The trouble with the maples
And they’re quite convinced they’re right
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light.

But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade?

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream “Oppression!”
And the oaks just shake their heads.

~ from The Trees, by Rush

Better Man, by Pearl Jam

Waitin’
Watchin’ the clock
It’s four o’clock
It’s got to stop

Tell him
Take no more
She practices her speech

As he opens the door
She rolls over
Pretends to sleep
As he looks her over

She lies and says
She’s in love with him
Can’t find a better man

She dreams in color
She dreams in red
Can’t find a better man

Talking
To herself
There’s no one else
Who needs to know
She tells herself

~ Better Man, by Pearl Jam (a favorite song of the last week)