Sunday, November 23, 2008

Glorious Place

Heading back from sunny Napa as soon as you cross through the Waldo Tunnel toward SF this billowing blanket of fog had rolled in and covered The City. It was a beautiful and peaceful sight. The sunset was not bad either. I love this place.

Napa Colors

Fall is probably the best season to experience Napa with all of the vineyards changing colors. Those colors have just about vanished but not quite, so while Michelle was enjoying a spa/massage treatment I took the opportunity to take in the last burst of Napa's changing colors.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Musical Experiment

Here is a unique experiment. What where the top albums the year of your birth? Not the top songs or hits, but albums. Works that encapsulated an entire year and a musical feeling.

I looked up the top albums of 1971, the year of my birth. It is an interesting capsule. Many of the albums I know very well and have in my stash of music; Marvin Gay's 'What's Going On', 'Sticky Fingers' by the Rolling Stones and 'There's a Riot Going On' by Sly and the Family Stone. Others I have heard of but never listened to (T Rex's 'Electric Warrior') or cared to listen to (Joni Mitchell 'Blue').

I have decided to give these albums a try, along with others. I want to listen to the spirit of 1971 in all of its glory.

Here are the top albums of 1971 according to this one particular list:
Joni Mitchell - Blue
Marvin Gay - What's Going On
Carole King - Tapestry
Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection
Allman Brothers - Live at Fillmore East
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Led Zepplin - Led Zepplin IV
Kinks - Muswell Hillbillies
Doors - L.A. Woman
Nilsson Schmilsson - Harry Nilsson

Monday, November 10, 2008

Korean TV

Michelle and I were watching some Korean TV over the weekend, some celebrity profile or entertainment program. I noticed most of the shows used some type of American music for background music. One caught my ear and jumped out at me. They used one of the nastiest, dirtiest songs ever recorded by Snoop Doggy Dogg. If they only knew what was being said in the song.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Proud to Vote

I voted for President Elect Obama.

The rest of my votes went almost exclusively to Republicans and Libertarians. In looking at the Democratic platform, there are a few things I agree with, but on the economic side, other than being ok with him raising my tax rate, there isn’t a lot of his economic policy that I do agree with him on. So why did I vote for him?

It's simple. Having an elected black President will do more to energize this country than any economic or social policy ever could. In a single day of voting, our amazing country once again reinvigorated the dream that any child in this country, no matter what circumstances they are born into, can grow up to be anything they want, including President of the United States.

That dream, staying viable, being reinvigorated, will do more for this country than any economic policy or any legislation that could ever be passed.

That, and I am tired of hearing Black America say it does not have any role models, as if that was the reason for its troubles.