66 – lyrics/poem

A new short song I’ve been writing. Heavily influenced by pop songs of the 50s and early 60s.

Just passed the arch. Urgency awaits.

Can’t believe I’m driving this far. Stuck on one highway.

My baby’s on the coast. I’m out here in the sticks.

She tells me she misses me so. My baby’s on the ten, but I’m on 66.

Away from the cities now. Headlights are on my side.

Seen enough Oklahoma cows. These towns can’t catch my eyes.

Once an hour she calls. Comforts me on this trip.

I tell her that I miss her so. My baby’s on the ten, but I’m on 66.

Time and life ramblings

My, my, my

Where has the time gone? When you’re a child, it feels time moves as fast as a snail. You can’t wait to grow up and be someone. You’re told you can be whatever you want to be. There are no out of reach dreams, just a steep climb.

Then you reach your late teens, people around you start saying to think realistically. Then comes your twenties, a time where people say dreams and hopes are for children. If you haven’t found your scene by now, it’s too late. You’re too old to still be searching for something.

As a child, I believed just about anything was possible. That we all can do great things. Growing older that “magic” of life unravels from time to time. Sometimes hard work doesn’t pay off. Regardless of how much you try at things, you just won’t succeed. At other times maybe you’ll catch a victory.

There are two quotes that I have been thinking about recently.

The first comes from an older television show:

  • Life isn’t black and white, it’s gray.

This sums up the way of the world in my opinion. Things are very rarely ever cut and dry. I feel we should always remember this.

The second quote comes from the excellent song “Ambling Alp” by the band Yeasayer. In it they sing:

  • The world can be an unfair place at times, but you’re lows will have a compliment of highs. If anyone should cheat you, take advantage of or beat you raise your head and wear your wounds with pride.

This is about all you can do. As I get older my feelings about life changes all the time. Is it amazing? Sometimes. Can it make you want to throw in the towel? Most definitely

Ultimately it is what it is. For the most part I believe you should try to find something that makes life happier for yourself. Being young and miserable all the time is one thing, but feeling more and more miserable as you age is not in the least romantic.

Anyway, I know this is kind of a long post, but hey, that’s the way it is.

Got a story idea…

The first story follows a man moving from a small town in the midwest to a large booming city(preferably in the south) to help run his Uncles record store. The story would follow him from the time of January 1980 to December 2001. It would explore his life as he adapts at first to the culture shock. However, as time continues he becomes more comfortable and is able to make a name for himself, especially after his Uncle dies and leaves him the record store. He struggles at first keeping the store afloat, and with the popularity of these new “compact discs” the business begins to falter. After bringing in another family member they decide to cash in and stock these ‘cds’. Some time passes and business booms again. Throughout the 80s the main character would achieve some kind of success. However, once the 90s begin, times will have changed. The decline of the record store and the rise of the Internet nearly destroy the business. We see the store struggle to survive to the new millennium, and at the end of the story the character decides to sell the record shop to an organic foods grocery store. This allows him to take a vacation back to the midwestern town he left 21 years earlier.

In the midst of this we see the character and his friends and family react to the various societal changes. We could explore the beginning of the video game rise in the 80s, the late 80s vinyl bust, and incorporate the varied music of the 80s and 90s. Also would want to include several historical events including: the Challenger disaster, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Grunge scene, Desert Storm, the rise of the Internet, the Bill Clinton fiasco, Y2K and the story would end shortly after 9/11. There would definitely be comedy thrown in, but ultimately be kind of genreless. You would be seeing a character and the supporting cast grow older and change over the course of two decades.

Anyway, that’s one of the story ideas I have so far. If anyone reads this and has anything to add please don’t hesitate to do so!

What’s Up Next

So I made a post a little bit ago griping about movies and television. After writing, I started thinking about story ideas, wondering if I could express some of the ideas. Why not offer some different stories?

Unfortunately I don’t have the technical know how to write a short book. I’ve decided to start sharing some of these “ideas” on here. I already post other things so why not these too. They will be the basic story or the jist only, mainly to see if anyone else could be interested in this stuff as well. The first post will be coming up as soon as I can sit and type out everything, but it is coming!

Learning – Short Poem

What is wrong?

What is right?

You can alter the suns rays.

But you can’t add the sun to night.

Pulling on strings.

Turning a blind eye.

Learning a lesson.

Learning to try.

Quit it

Stop with the names, it does you no favors.

Blaming keeps the circle rotating.

Quit it

Unify to move forward.

Little Gripe About Movies

Why are there so many superhero movies STILL coming out? Better yet why does the public buy into them? Every year several come out, and they all seem pretty similar and predictable. I’m not against these kind of movies really, but it really seems like studios are out for a cash grab now.

Hollywood, I think you need a break from superheroes.