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Ken’s Stuff and More Stuff   Leave a comment

Kenneth Harris-1613 blogKenneth Harris (May 20, 2017) — Image by kenne

“Stuff.”
One of my favorite words is stuff.

“That’s Super Stuff!”
“Make Stuff”
“I Love Free Stuff”
“The Good Stuff”
“My Stuff”
“Stuff in My Life”
“Stuff That Works”
“The Right Stuff”
“How’s Your Stuff?”

There are so many variations on the use of the word stuff. This last May we attended the last “Ken and Mary’s Blues Project” house concert in Porter, Texas. Before the music started, Kenneth Harris told the story of how the Project came about from his listening to Sunday blues on Houston’s KPFT. One Sunday he was listening to Nuri Nuri’s Blues Brunch.

“. . . he [Nuri] was interviewing this guy, and they played some of his stuff, and I called Nuri on the phone, and I said Nuri do you know anybody in the Houston area that can do that type of stuff, and he told me you meet me at Billy Blue’s like next Saturday night.”

Long story short, Kenneth found that stuff in the form of the Moe Hansum Band.

As I listen to Kenneth’s story I couldn’t help but think of Guy Clark’s “Stuff that Works.”

Stuff that works, stuff that holds up 
The kind of stuff you don’ hang on the wall 
Stuff that’ real, stuff you feel 
The kind of stuff you reach for when you fall

Continuing on this theme of “Stuff,” in the 1970’s there was a jazz-funk band called “Stuff.” The members were Gordon Edwards (bass), Richard Tee (keyboards), Eric Gale (guitar), Cornell Dupree (guitar), Chris Parker (drums), and later Steve Gadd (drums).

There is good stuff and not so good stuff, because of what we do with our stuff. We have too much stuff. Earth’s beauty is being scarred by the stuff we throw away daily. As someone who spends a lot of time outdoors admiring nature’s beauty, I see stuff on our trails, hanging in trees, blowing in the wind, in our lakes and streams.

In December of 2007, a short documentary was released. The documentary was critical of excessive consumerism and promotes sustainability, which has gone from a movie to a movement over the last ten years — a Community of more than a million changemakers worldwide, working to build a more healthy and just planet. This land is our land! You can join the movement. 

 

 

Capturing The Moment — Connecting All Things In A Meaningful Whole   3 comments

Mt Bigelow 07-15-13Hoodoos Alone Catalina Highway — Image by kenne

Today I thought of monsoon skies,
with big puffs of white cotton
gaining height in the midday blue.

Today I thought about the rain,
falling on the mountains
soaking nature’s soul.

Today I thought about raindrops
leaving prints on everything they touch,
congregating down the mountain streams.

Today I thought of my being
walking with nature
aligned with its very being,

my being communicating with its soul,
entering into a dynamic creative flow
experiencing nature’s bonding reality,

connecting all things in a meaningful whole
through which an allowance, a trust,
opens the vessels of my very being,

allowing my snapshots to profile nature’s
abundance of comfort and wealth,
in the horn of plenty on life’s table

where each moment captured becomes
a reminder that “life is just a leap of faith —
so spread your arms and hold your breath . . .”

Today I thought . . .

kenne

(A tip of the hat to Guy Clark.)

I Invite You Into My Life — “Step Inside This House”   Leave a comment

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Guy Clark is a Texas-born singer-songwriter who turned 70 at the end of last year. Another Texas singer-songwriter, Lyle Lovett recorded Clark’s first song, which was never recorded by Clark — “Step Inside This House.” I love this song, its lyrics and what they mean to me. Take a few minutes to listen to this song in the video below and enjoy the feelings you experience. Maybe the poetic  words will mean something to you.

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“Step Inside This House”
(Guy Clark)
That picture hangin’ on the wall
Was painted by a friend
He gave it to me all down and out
When he owed me ten
Now it doesn’t look like much I guess
But it’s all that’s left of him
And it sure is nice from right over here
When the light’s a little dim

Step inside my house Babe
I’ll sing for you a song
I’ll tell you ’bout where I’ve been
It shouldn’t take too long
I’ll show you all the things I own
My treasures you might say
Couldn’t be more’n ten dollars worth
But they brighten up my day

Here’s a book of poems I got
From a girl I used to know
I guess I read it front to back
Fifty times or so
It’s all about the good life
And stayin’ at ease with the world
It’s funny how I love that book
And I never loved that girl

Hold this piece of glass
Up to the light comin’ through the door
It’s a prism glass I found on the road
Can you see that little rainbow
Well it’s not really a prism I guess
It just broke in a funny way
I found it on my way from Texas
Headed for L.A.

This guitar was given me
By old man Thomas Gray
It’s not too much to look at
But I pick it every day
It’s been across the country
Four or five times I guess
Between me and old man Tom
It never got much rest

Well that’s about all I own
And all I care to I guess
Except this pair of boots
And that funny yellow vest
And that leather jacket and leather bag
And hat hangin’ on the wall
Just so it’s not too much to carry
Could I see you again next Fall

Happy Birthday To Singer/Songwriting Legend, Guy Clark   4 comments

In my book, it’s hard not to like guy — his philosophy, his music, his basic attitude toward life. Guy Clark was born on this day in 1941 — a great year to be born.

As I write this blog entry Guy’s latest CD, “Songs and Stories” is playing in the background — it’s recommended highly! If you like some of the best music anywhere, listen to Guy Clark. I mean, how can you not like lyrics like:

He’s one of those who knows that life 
Is just a leap of faith 
Spread your arms and hold you breath 
Always trust your cape 

. . . here done by acoustic blues singer-songwriter Eric Bibb

or

If I can just get off of this LA freeway 
Without getting killed or caught 
I’d be down that road in a cloud of smoke 
For some land that I ain’t bought bought bought 

. . . here preformed by Guy, Live from Austin, Texas

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GUY! HERE’S TO YOU, AN AMERICAN LITERARY GREAT!

kenne

Posted November 6, 2011 by kenneturner in Art, Information, Life, Music, video

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