THE CHANGING SEASONS: MAY 2017

THE CHANGING SEASONS – MAY AND SUMMER HAVE ARRIVED!

Spring is a fickle season in New England. It’s common for us to not get spring weather. It stays cold, wet, and generally nasty until suddenly, in the middle of May, summer happens.

You leave the house in the morning to do a little shopping, and when you come out of the grocery, summer arrived. That the way it happened this year and it is absolutely lovely outside now.

THE RIVER AND THE CANAL

Usually, May is the herald of summer in this region. Around the middle of the month, the cold, windy, damp air blows away and the flowers bloom. In a good year, it’s sort of perfect. Warm, dry, and bright.

THE GARDEN – EARLY MAY

And so it was. The warm days blew in. Except this is going to be another year of Gypsy Moths, so the beauty of the season is only going to last a few weeks and then the maniac caterpillars will defoliate the trees. We are all hoping it won’t be as bad as last year. The heavy rains this spring might help, but we won’t know for a few weeks.

SWANS ON THE POND

These are the best of the summer pictures. The roses aren’t out yet. It was so chilly for so long, some of the later blooming flowers are not flowering, but they will be here. Maybe one more week. Meanwhile, this is May — maybe our best month — especially since we don’t know what’s coming.

All the pictures were taken by me and Garry Armstrong. If you aren’t sure who took what, look for the name on the photograph.


The Changing Seasons is a Monthly Photo Challenge started by CardinalGuzman.wordpress.com.

WHO’S SORRY NOW?

Top 10 Songs of Regret, Rich Paschall, Sunday Night Blog

OK, you have really messed up this time and you do not know how to say you are sorry.  After all, “I’m sorry” does not always work, especially if you have used it too much.  You may have thought of every clever way to apologize but it just is not working.  Even when you added in flowers and/or candy you are not getting the message across.  Our advice to you is to add music.

You have probably heard the saying that “music soothes the savage beast (or mate),” so there is no harm in giving it a try.  There are plenty of apology songs and if you are into Country and Western music, the possibilities may seem endless.  The C&W world has a lot to apologize for apparently.  There is a word of caution in our dishonorable mention, however.  Sometimes nothing works well with someone like Madonna.  She has “heard it all before.”

Here are my top choices to make up for your transgressions.  If you have been really bad, I suggest you bookmark this page so you can come back as often as necessary.  If one of these artists does not work for you, perhaps another will.  After all that you have been through, something ought to work.  And just as if I was planning it all along, that comment will help us to start our list off:
10. Hard To Say I’m Sorry, Chicago.  The Peter Cetera and David Foster composition was a 1984 hit for the band which oddly enough only had two band members playing on the record.  Foster elected to use studio musicians when recording the song.  Cetera and Foster may never had said they were sorry, but the band ultimately decided to return to horn driven rock and roll. The song made it to number 1.

9.  Purple Rain, Prince.  You may not have thought of this 1984 hit as a song of regret, but listen again closely to the verses before you start shouting your way through the chorus while someone does bad karaoke.  That karaoke person will be looking for an apology song soon, by the way.  Purple Rain won an academy award for original song for the movie of the same name.

8.  Sorry For The Stupid Things, Babyface. Kenneth Brian Edmonds, aka Babyface ( a nickname that stuck with him), had a big R&B hit with this 2003 release.  “Sometimes I do stupid things to you, When I really don’t mean it all,” he exclaims in his lyric.  His reason might not work for everyone, however. “Sometimes a man, Is gon’ be a man, It’s not an excuse, It’s just how it is.”  So, maybe you better move on to the next one.

7.  I’m Sorry, Brenda Lee.  Fifteen year old Brenda Lee was probably never sorry she recorded this number one hit in 1960.  There must be a lot to be sorry for in teenage love.  The song caught on quickly, despite the record label’s reluctance to release it.

6. Don’t Love You No More (I’m Sorry), Craig David. You might explain all night that you are sorry just to learn she “Don’t love you know more.” This 2008 song was a pop hit.

5.  Baby Come Back, Player.  “Any kinda fool could see” this was a number one hit for this band in 1977 and a great “apology” song.

4.  We Are Young, fun.  They may be trying to apologize in this 2012 hit, but they are young and might not have it quite right.  Still, they can set the world on fire (perhaps).

3.  Apologize, One Republic.  Sometimes it’s just too late to Apologize as explained by song writer Ryan Tedder along with David Archuleta in the popular performance from American Idol.

2.  Sorry, Justin Bieber.  I’m sorry to say that Justin has made another one of my lists, and I am sorry I could not use the silly “official” video.  Here Justin wants to know “Is it too late now to say sorry?”  I am sorry that he might be lip syncing this “live” performance of the catchy hit.

1. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, Elton John.  “It’s a sad, sad, situation and getting more and more absurd.”  That’s because “Sorry” seems to be the hardest word in the Elton John, Bernie Taupin hit from 1976.

Songs of Regret playlist  Play all ten here.

MECHANICS CONCERT HALL – BLACK & WHITE SUNDAYS

BLACK & WHITE SUNDAYS – MUSIC


I never have enough pictures of music “in action.” I’m one of those weird people who doesn’t like taking pictures during a concert. I’ll take some before the concert starts, and sometimes one or two in the middle.

I’m so worried I might disturb someone’s concert experience, I do as little as possible.  So …  mostly … it’s all about concert hall architecture.


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TALKING ABOUT STUPID

TELL ME ABOUT STUPID

I have been assured it’s not stupid because:

  • It seemed like a good idea at the time.
  • I had a lot to drink, smoke, or was otherwise drugged.
  • Everyone was doing it.
  • I did it on a bet.
  • All my friends agreed — it was the right thing to do.
  • I’m an ignorant ass.
IT SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME

This only works if you had an idea … and followed it to a logical conclusion. In other words, you were thinking about the decision. If you just did it because you were there, it or he was also there, so y’know, shit happened? That IS stupid. Sorry, but saying it seemed like a good idea doesn’t make it one. Anything done by reflex or without thought? Stupid.

I WAS DRUNK

You had too much to drink? Were really incredibly high? You took a handful of drugs?

Why would any of these things make you less stupid?

EVERYONE WAS DOING IT

As your mom used to say, “If everyone is jumping off the roof, does that mean you should do it too?” If your mom wouldn’t buy it when you were six, what makes you think anyone would buy it now that you’re … fiftyish?

Yup. Stupid.

I DID IT ON A BET

Even you think that was stupid, right?

ALL MY FRIENDS AGREED IT WAS THE BEST CHOICE

Since when are your friends, family, co-workers, shrink, or that guy you met while checking out your groceries, become the people who will decide on your future life? Since when does anyone but you count in your final decision to do anything?

I’M AN IGNORANT ASS

Right. Stupid. Because ignorance is not something you were given at birth. Ignorance is a choice.

YOU KNEW IT WAS THE WRONG CHOICE. WE ALWAYS KNOW.

When everything you know about right and wrong is telling you the choice you are about to make is wrong or bad for you — and you do it anyway? For whatever reason? That IS stupid. I’m not talking about deciding whether you should buy bananas or apples, or which television show to watch. I’m talking about decisions that will affect your life and possibly the lives of other people.

When you have an important decision to make, you are the one who gets to decide. What your friends think is neither here nor there. They have nothing to do with your understanding of right, wrong, good and evil … not to mention the larger context of who else lives in your world.

Sure, it’s possible to be intelligent and make a bad choice. We’ve all done it. It remains a stupid choice. The concept of choice and decision requires your judgments be the result of reason. If you typically make decisions without thought, do stuff you know in your gut goes is wrong, you can’t go back and say ‘Oh, it seemed like a good idea.”

No. It didn’t. It wasn’t the right idea, even when you made it. Maybe you did it out of spite or jealousy. Maybe you did it to prove something to yourself or someone else.

It’s still STUPID.