The Road Less Traveled

A blog for mindfulness...and various items. If you like rock & roll music, sports, comedy, nostalgia, victorian/gothic architecture, poetry, prose, paranormal occurences, the study of the human mind, and are a visual person; this blog's for you.

Music and long-distance running have been near life-long endeavors. In college I briefly considered church ministry before setting my sights on becoming an educator. Then I got into psychology, transcendentalism, spiritualism, and existential philosophy. These have all had an impact on my work.
Not until well after marrying and establishing a family and career did I return to the pen with any regularity. In the mid 90's I experienced a creative outflow which produced hundreds of poems and lead to my first musical compositions. The creative flow continually ebbs and flows. Will it lead to Shangri-La or to Mordor ? I'll chalk it up as an adventure and take "the road less traveled."
Tue Jul 22
Damn! :0

Damn! :0

Sat Jul 19
Thu Jul 17

Trial By Fire (Reprise)
by Shrivedog

A Work In Progress
by Shrivedog - Summer 2014

Fri Jul 11
Squirrel Chasing:
Why do they call them donuts when nuts have nothing to do with making them, unless they are added as a topping later? And there are no holes in them either. Merely an empty space in the middle. Now, if the space had a bottom one might call it a hole. They could call it a doughring, or maybe a poop-hoop; considering the digestive byproduct. These are the kind of things I think about when recovering from oxygen deprivation after chasing squirrels in the park and stealing their nuts.
 Shrivedog

Squirrel Chasing:

Why do they call them donuts when nuts have nothing to do with making them, unless they are added as a topping later? And there are no holes in them either. Merely an empty space in the middle. Now, if the space had a bottom one might call it a hole. They could call it a doughring, or maybe a poop-hoop; considering the digestive byproduct. These are the kind of things I think about when recovering from oxygen deprivation after chasing squirrels in the park and stealing their nuts.

Shrivedog

Wed Jul 9
Tue Jul 1

Shrivedog Unleashed! :0

Fri Jun 20

Rush the Answer

My trivia post of the 17th was answered, correctly on two of three accounts by my old friend, Bob Smith, whose initials are B.S. :0  He’s really a great guy and I have a lot of respect for him.  Darned good runner too!  The only thing he missed was the year of release, and not by much.  The actual release date was September 24, 1975 by Polygram Records (a subsidiary of Mercury).  This is still one of my favorites and the story is that the band was very proud of it, but disappointed when the final product came up short on sound quality because of the way it was mixed; a common problem in recording.  In survival mode at the time, Rush had to get it on the market as taking time to correct the production problems would likely have spelled the end of a band hanging on by their fingernails.  Nobody knew that this group would rival the Rolling Stones in endurance and prolific output at the time - perhaps exceed all bands at some point, including my favorites - Led Zeppelin and The Who.  I own this album on Vinyl, Cassette, MP3 format and CD Remaster. So that must make me a fan since I own over 30 Rush albums and 5 DVD’s plus a number of videos.  I also have an anthology of their sheet music for their first 9 albums and a number of books, including Neil Peart’s Ghostrider tome.
Original Post:  Rock Trivia: Now working on picking up guitar parts to the following piece(s). The Necromancer: 1. Into Darkness; 2. Under the Shadow; 3. Return of the Prince / The Fountain of Lamneth: 1. In the Valley; 2. No One At The Bridge; 3. Panacaea; 4. Bacchus Plateau; 5. The Fountain.   Can you name the album? Group? Year of album release?   Hint: This harkens back to the days of rock-concept albums, originally done on VINYL to be played on a TURNTABLE. There are 3 musicians in the group (still active).
Geddy Lee - Vocals, Bass, Synthesizers/Keyboards Neil Peart - Lyrics, Drums/Percussion Alex Lifeson - Guitar
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Wed Jun 18

Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia Q

Rock Trivia: Now working on picking up guitar parts to the following piece(s).  The Necromancer: 1. Into Darkness; 2. Under the Shadow; 3. Return of the Prince / The Fountain of Lamneth: 1. In the Valley; 2. No One At The Bridge; 3. Panacaea; 4. Bacchus Plateau; 5. The Fountain.
Can you name the album? Group? Year of album release?
Hint:  This harkens back to the days of rock-concept albums, originally done on VINYL to be played on a TURNTABLE.  There are 3 musicians in the group (still active).

Sat Jun 14
THIS is what vacations are for! :)

THIS is what vacations are for! :)

Tue Jun 10

Some memories last forever.

Me & the Kid in 1987

Tue May 20

Somebody’s Shadow is Definitely Taller than their Soul

So an attorney representing the estate of a dead guy from a band that had limited success is filing an injunction against the greatest rock and roll band in history claiming that Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin “ripped off” Spirit’s ‘Taurus’ with “Stairway To Heaven”.  This 40 years after the fact because Jimmy Page is about to remaster the Zeppelin catalogue in the latest digital formats to preserve the band’s legacy.  Who’s ripping off who!?  There hasn’t been a single chordal pattern or riff that hasn’t been played in popular music in one form or another because of the sheer volume of music that has been produced.  There just aren’t enough mathematical possibilities to avoid them with complete “originality”.  I’ve written and recorded songs and played them for friends that have told me, “Oh, that sounds like Pink Floyd” or whatever.  And I’m like “What?!”  And sure enough, a similarity comes through.  I take it as a compliment.  No way does Taurus even compete in the same league with “Stairway”.  Even when Zeppelin “lifted” whole passages from blues artists, whom they credited and payed settlements to, even though they could have fought them, they played them in a way that nobody could match.  Page is the master of innovation when it comes to guitar voicings, production skills, and musicianship.  Fight em’ on this one Jimmy!  This accusation, and the accompanying guilt trip tactics that go with it are best summed up in one word.  HORSESHIT!  Quite frankly the actions and timing of some of these barristers really makes me wonder. :0 
Tue Apr 29