A Man and His Dog

After the Pet Store

COWN9074WATSON: You know, that sales lady at the Pet Smart really was kind of rude to you.

ME: THANK YOU!! I wasn’t going to say anything but thank you!

WATSON: I mean, she treated you like an idiot who didn’t know anything about me. Like a real moron.

ME: Yeah, well…yeah.

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WATSON: Seriously, she made you look stupid. Don’t you think?

ME: Well…

WATSON: Really dumb.

ME: Yes, okay…

WATSON: Just a fool, an ignoramous, nincompoop!

ME: Got it…thanks.

WATSON: Well, I’m just sayin…I love you.

ME: Don’t do me any favors.

“I’m a Fan Fridays!”

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I’ve been a big fan of the film Midnight in Paris since I saw it in the theater when it came out in 2011. This was one of those rare films that I’ll see in a theater more than once. I saw it a couple of times at the movies and at least a dozen times at home since.

The film is about how we tend to live in the past and think things were much better back then, whenever “back then” might be–it is always different for someone else.

I highly recommend you find a way to watch it, if you haven’t already, and until you do, I want to leave you with this beautiful opening scene. It functions like an overture and is composed of some of the most beautiful movie footage of Paris I’ve ever scene.

And doesn’t the music accompany the film footage brilliantly? Or is it the film footage that accompanies the music?

 

 

 

A Man and His Dog

Spring Is On The Way

WATSON: So, Monday was the first day of spring?

ME: That’s what they say.

WATSON: They? Who’s they?

ME: I don’t know. The people in charge of that stuff.

WATSON: What stuff?

ME: You know…like, when seasons change and all that.

WATSON: It doesn’t feel like spring. It’s too cold! Maybe I should be in charge of the season changing stuff.

ME: Okay. What would you do?

WATSON: Well, first of all, I’d do my spring dance. That should bring on the heat!

ME: You have a spring dance?

WATSON: Yup. And it goes a little something like this…


ME: Well…that’s special.

WATSON: Yeah, it is!

What’s on the Other Side Will Shock You! (No, it won’t)

Other side of the fenceThey say the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. It’s an age-old adage, and I’ve heard it since I was quite young. I’ve understood it as a warning to not covet what others have, and I’ve done a decent job living that way. What I have failed to do until recently, though, is dig a little deeper into what it truly means.

Many might be moved to comment something like, “You need to learn how to love what you have, and be grateful for what God has given you.” And while I think those are true sentiments and make a great deal of sense, it’s not always quite that simple. I believe that a fascination with a neighbor’s grass says less about the grass and more about one’s feelings of lack in life.

Sometime not too long after we’re born, we experience a second birth. This second birth is our awareness that we are individuals, separate from everything else. It is at this point that we experience for the first time a sense of lack—a lack we believe can be filled by things, relationships, circumstances, careers, a set of religious beliefs, and countless other idols. We spend a great portion of our lives in pursuit of what philosopher/theologian Peter Rollins calls the “Sacred Object.”

As an artist, I spend a great deal of my time doing what Hamlet advises his players to do when he tells them to “hold, as ’twere, the mirror up to nature.” One would think I might be able to see more clearly the type of folly that is the chasing after the phantom called certainty and security. But, alas, I am not. Instead, I have broken relationships, ruined opportunities and even injured myself in my various attempts at acquiring what I thought others had and I lacked.

What I am learning to come to grips with now is a simple truth that being whole and complete is not something that this life has to offer. That’s not to say that I believe what happens after this life is what’s important either. I don’t have any idea what if anything happens to us after we die. That would be the other side of the fence.

When I look on my own side of the fence, I see, time and again, that I have been called to help my neighbor and spread love and forgiveness where there is none. The symbiotic nature of our existence, I am finding, is demonstrated in how we love one another. Love connects us and unites us all.

To be content means to give up the quest for the Sacred Object and accept that it doesn’t exist. In the giving up of this desire, we find our purpose in loving and serving others. The return on this investment is far greater than you can imagine. The other side of the fence suddenly looks a lot less green than the garden that has begun to grow right inside your own heart.

I’m a Fan Fridays!

Dave Rawlings Machine

A little late today with this version of “I’m a Fan Fridays!” but I really wanted to get this one in. The Dave Rawlings Machine was invited by producer T Bone Burnett, along with several other artists, to celebrate American folk music in a one night only concert.

The concert was called “Another Day, Another Time” and took place at New York City’s Town Hall in October of 2014.

This number, “I Hear Them All/This Land is Your Land” was one of my favorites. It’s so well played and sung, and when they get to the Woody Guthrie section, I tear up every time. We need this music now more than ever. Enjoy and share!!

A Man and His Dog

Back Home Again

IMG_2722ME: Wow! Four days in a row at doggy day care. How was it? Did you have a good time?

WATSON: It was good.

ME: Good? Just good? You love going there! Did you play a lot?

WATSON: Yeah.

ME: Did you have fun with the other dogs?

WATSON: Yeah.

ME: Do you want to…

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ME: Ok, buddy. You just have a good nap. We’ll talk later.

I’m a Fan Fridays!

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Hey, folks! This week’s “I’m A Fan Fridays!” came to me kind of late. I was all set to bring you something completely different when I landed on something amazing I just had to share right away!

Many of you know what a fan I am of Baroque music. I love many different genres of music and listen to all kinds of music, depending on what I might be in the mood for. But, when I’m down or up or anywhere in between, I love listening to music from the Baroque era.

For those of you unfamiliar, the Baroque period, according to scholars, roughly spans the years 1600-1750. The year 1750 is significant because it is the year Johann Sebastian Bach (the greatest composer of all time!) died without ever having left his home country of Germany. Not a bad thing to be said of a person when an entire period of music is determined to have ended with his death.

Anyway, I was searching the Web for something on Youtube completely unrelated when I came across several different performances by a group that calls themselves the Netherlands Bach Society. Their mission, at least at the moment, is to record every single work of J.S. Bach’s.

What I found was what I describe as what my “Heaven” will surely be like if there is such a place and I am invited in. Their website is allofbach.com and while it is still a work in progress, it is a collection of some of the most beautiful performances I have ever seen and heard. Each performance is filmed in stunning HD video and is marvelous to look at as well as listen to.

Here is a sample of members of this remarkable society playing Bach’s Concerto for Four Harpsichords in A Minor BWV 1065.

Give yourself 14 minutes and take in this majestic performance of this work from the greatest genius the musical world has ever known! ENJOY!!!