27th & 28th September, 2010
















Boots & Rod. Photographed by Edward, May 2010. ©2010 By Stanyan Music Group. All Rights Reserved

A Thought for Today

Let your soul and heart be big, you only own them temporarily.



For Meade Parks

The goats came running
down the hill and to the gate
the kids on wobbly legs behind.
I stand still a minute
and look out across
the spring-green Sandburg field,
Lincolnlike and lonely.

The house behind me
           where he lived
is quiet now and empty
but for books and books
                    magazines and books,
lap shall on the wall
hanging limp
not altogether lifeless,
and in another room some books.

Here he walked
        or didn't walk.
Here he came and stood,
looking out across
as if his eyes would take him
                             out beyond
this same verdant field
interrupted as I am just now
by goats that nibble at my knuckles
and kids that stand in line behind.

- from "Come To Me In Silence", 1973

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notable birthdays

Monday 27 September
Fete de la Communaute Francaise / France & Belgium
Queen’s Birthday / Western Australia

Samuel Adams o Louis Auchincloss o Wilford Brimley o Shaun Cassidy o William Conrad o George Cruikshank o Sam Ervin o Barbara Howar o Stephan Jenkins o Avril Lavigne o A Martinez o Jayne Meadows o Meat Loaf o Greg Morris o Patrick Muldoon o Thomas Nast o Kathleen Nolan o Arthur Penn o Charles Percy o Arthur Penn o Dick Schaap v Mike Schmidt o tara Scofield o Sada Thompson o Richard W. Ward o Vincent Youmans

Tuesday 28 September

Thomas Allen o Brigitte Bardot o Skye Bartusiak o Al Capp o Georges Clemenceau o Hilary Duff o Peter Finch o Janeane Garofalo o Tom Harmon o Joel Higgins o Cathy Kenefick o Ben E. King o Sylivia Kristal o Fiona Lewis o Marcello Mastroianni o Clarice Hooper McKuen o Gwyneth Paltrow o Elmer Rice o Max Schmeling o Mira Sorvino o Arnold Stang o Ed Sullivan o William Windom o Moon Unit Zappa

Rod's random thoughts Life is not so enormous that we cannot deal with it bit-by-bit, day by day even hour-by-hour.

Most great music is sweeter than we know. It vaccinates the soul against the base.

It might help to get a life before you start trying to make a go at living.

THE NEED (Thirty Six)

It's nice sometimes
to open up the heart a little
and let some hurt come in.
It proves you're still alive.

If nothing else
it says to you -
clear as high hill air,
as diving through
                  cold water -

I'm here.
However wretchedly I feel,
                                 I feel.

I'm not sure
why we cannot shake
the old loves
          from our minds.
It must be that
we build on memory
and make them more
          than what they were.
And is the manufacture
just a safe device
for closing up the wall ?

I do remember.
The only fuzzy circumstance
is sometimes where and how.
Why, I know.

It happens
        just because we need
to want and to be
                     wanted too,
when love is here or gone
to lie down in the darkness
and listen to the warm.

- from "Alone", 1975

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