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she walks in beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow’d to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Lord Byron

Tom Morello: ‘Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against’ | Music News | Rolling Stone


Tom Morello and Ragin' Ryan

I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “Fuck the Police”? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!

Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.


My hope is that maybe Paul Ryan is a mole. Maybe Rage did plant some sensible ideas in this extreme fringe right wing nut job. Maybe if elected, he’ll pardon Leonard Peltier.  Maybe he’ll throw U.S. military support behind the Zapatistas. Maybe he’ll fill Guantanamo Bay with the corporate criminals that are funding his campaign – and then torture them with Rage music 24/7. That’s one possibility. But I’m not betting on it.

via Tom Morello: ‘Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against’ | Music News | Rolling Stone.


John Mellencamp- R.O.C.K in The U.S.A – YouTube

They come from the cities

And they come from the smaller towns

Beat up cars with guitars and drummers

Goin crack boom bam

Voices from nowhere

And voices from the larger towns

Filled our head full of dreams

Turned the world upside down

via John Mellencamp- R.O.C.K in The U.S.A – YouTube.

An Intoxicating Groove

Your result for The “What kind of band should we form?” Test…

The Latin Musician

79% Latin, 21% Classical, 34% Jazz, 59% Funk, 61% Klezmer, 76% Swedish_Death_Metal and 35% Butt_Rock!

Maybe one of your parents is an immigrant, you’re culturally adventurous, or you just got fed up with the jazz scene. Now you put down an intoxicating groove that attracts the beautiful masses to the dance floor. Just be careful not to down too many tequila shots between sets.

Take The “What kind of band should we form?” Test at HelloQuizzy


Well, I know the pagans enjoyed the groove we laid down at the Yule celebration. Lol

E Major


Your result for What’s your key signature?…

E Major

You’re a sharp one, ain’t ya?

Congratulations, you’re E Major, now start pumping out those root notes on the bass. Yes, the quintessential key of rock suits anything that requires loud and low on the bass, high and screechy on guitar, and open fifths on electric keyboard. With 4 sharps it’s not the best key for winds or piano, but with the tuning on guitars, it’s like the two were made for each other. That’s probably why metal, punk and all sorts of hard rock throw down to this key. E is for energy after all, it seems.

So are you, of course. Energy and noise are what you’re all about! Go for the gusto all you want, friend. Overdoing your bubbling over amount of adrenaline can be bad. And don’t run over old people. That’s bad.

SONG EXAMPLE: Pretty much anything in the genres I listed up there.


* As if to drive the point home that this is a key to be played on loud amped up instruments, E is incredibly hard to play on the ukulele.

Take What’s your key signature? at HelloQuizzy


Happy People Dancing On Planet Earth

Matt Harding at Dizengoff, Tel-Aviv

Matt Harding at Dizengoff, Tel-Aviv (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Video link: Happy people dancing on planet Earth

Explanation: What are these humans doing? Dancing. Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society. Above, Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, planned on dancing, and filmed the result. The above video, the latest in a series of similar videos, is perhaps a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single speciesHappiness is frequently contagious — few people are able to watch the above videowithout smiling.

I have to admit, this video brought tears to my eyes. I could put it down to simple hormones, but that belittles my emotional response at seeing all these people coming together like that and being HAPPY. I’m still a little choked up. Maybe there’s hope for humanity yet.

I want to believe.

She Pirouettes

feel so hypnotized, can’t describe the scene
feel so mesmerized all that inside me

the sunshine bores the daylights out of me
chasing shadows, blue light mystery

headed for the overload, splattered on the dirty road
kick me like you’ve kicked before
i can’t even feel the pain no more

–‘rocks off‘, rolling stones

Whatever gets you through the night.

A Short Trip Down Musical Memory Lane

“be my magic carpet ride

fly me down to capitol city

been kickin’ up a storm

from the day that i was born

sing a song for me

one from ‘let it be’

open up your eyes

get a grip on yourself inside”

-‘be here now‘, oasis

This was one of those great songs that spoke to me when I was younger, oh-so-much younger; it was a song I could listen to when everything went down the toilet, which happened every other day it seems like. I spent my days and nights tuned into the new local alternative music station, and while there are some good and sometimes great 90’s music, most were mediocre in my opinion.

So why did I listen? Because they anchored me to the then-present and kept me going. And that was something I desperately needed, even when they were slightly darker lyrics.

Maybe especially the darker lyrics.

“me and myself killed a world today

me and myself got a world to save

broadcast dead revolution don’t pay

strapped up freaks on the lazarus plane

i can tell just by the climate

and i can tell just by the style

i was born and raised on venus

and i may be here a while

and every supersonic jerkoff who plugs into the game

is just like every subatomic genius who just invented pain

i will deny you

i will deny you, baby

i will deny you… “

-‘negasonic teenage warhead‘, monster magnet

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