Graffiti Promise Heart

Graffiti 1

I woke up this morning with a start
Sly grin appeared
Graffiti promise heart
Writing myself on the world

Washed out or washed up?
I can take it
So just bring it
I should know!

You can pile on and pummel
Take a flying leap of faith
Send me down the black hole
Fighting back with my mace

Situation’s calling
Can you read my mind?
I told you and told you
Now you can listen for a change

There ain’t no bitchin’
Life it comes as it comes
I’m the chef of this kitchen
And like I said, you’ve been served

So walk, don’t run
Head high as the sky
My strut is my badge
Feelin’ fine as the wine

Sun lights my power
Fresh prince of the air
Out front and moving
You with me? You dare?

Graffiti 2

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Sentient 1

Sitting here, watching
Waiting for time
Waiting for the day
Waiting for the moment

It begins again

I hoped I wouldn’t
Said it can’t
Said it never
Said it won’t

Too late now

For a sentient human
You’d think I’d know
You’d think I’d see
You’d think I’d care


So I make the wish
Changing the rules
Changing the place
Changing myself

Ever pursuing

Can I be happy?

With coulds and shoulds
Being conscious
Being selfless
Being real


Sentient 2

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Name The New U2 Album Game

The Name Game

So while the endless wait for the U2 album or albums to arrive continues, let’s play a game.

As I have stated endless times, I believe this will be the last release(s) for U2 and the last tour. After all they are getting old and I think they’d love to leave on top. Except Bono! He thinks he’s Mick Jagger!

Anyway, let’s work on the assumption that there will be a final album released in the next two years.

Let’s see what that should be called!

I want your guesses, both serious and funny, angry and philosophical. I will provide a few examples and then it’s your turn to buzz in and play!

Possible “Last” U2 album names:

The Cross

Bono Cross

Line On The Horizon

U2 Line

Stick A Fork in It

U2 done

Meeting My Maker

U2 Maker

Bigger Than The Beatles

U2 Abbey Road

Okay, folks and fans, lovers and haters, your turn.  Give it all you got!!

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Was ‘No Line On The Horizon’ Prophesy?

U2 Prophesy

I’m sure, like any U2 fan, you are sick of this. We just passed the 5 year mark since No Line On The Horizon was released. And we may hit the 6 year mark before all is said and done. Or more. So was U2 warning us with that last release that the next one was going to be a problem?

No Line On The Horizon

So what does this all mean? Was the title of the last album a warning? Did they know they would be taking this long? A U2 prophesy!

We have some U2 fans literally dying for a new release. People are annoyed and frustrated.

This speaks to one of two possibilities.

No Mojo

The first one. The one most likely to annoy hard-core fans. The one that seems most unlikely but may not be is whether the band feels they have lost their touch. Is the mojo gone? Has God stopped walking through the room?

U2 Oscars

Some of you may scream “But, but, but, the Grammies. The Oscar nom”. Frankly both those songs, while very good, were truly nothing new in the creativity department. Feel free to scream at me for saying that. I felt both songs were standard. Now for most bands, that would be considered exceptional. Where U2 is concerned, there’s always the expectation of ‘more’. Even from themselves.

U2 The End

And what that leads to is the possibility I’ve been discussing for a couple of years now. That the band has decided that this is it. Last album. Last tour. And walk away. And the goal here being a final number one album and leave on top. Now given Bono’s ramblings, the final album may be two very different albums with the second one coming mid-tour – a la Achtung Baby/Zooropa, but that does not preclude the goal.

The boys are not getting any younger. Recording two first class exit albums and a three year world farewell tour will put them at their late 50′s. A 2017-2018 finish would land Bono at 57-58 years old. These guys may be of the ‘tour until you die’ set but I don’t really think so. I think leaving a lasting legacy is important to them and not being a laughable band with a Steel Wheelchair tour in mind just does not apply.

Time marches on. I really think this will be it. I understand the want of perfection for them. They have to be careful that people have not already moved on by the time they launch.  I mean really, there HAS to be a line on this horizon.


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So, When I Was 12


My life as a music addict was just beginning. I had a brother 10 years older who was big into the 60′s psychedelia. Bonus was his reel-to-reel stereo system. My sisters were into rock and pop, mostly mainstream at that time – Elvis, Beatles. I had grown up listening to my parents love of movie musicals – everything from Doris Day to Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. My mother also loved country music and we watched shows like Hee Haw with Buck Owens.

Suffice it to say I was exposed to a lot of different genres.

I grew up in Toronto. I had a good, middle class life. And back when we didn’t worry so much about safety, I would get all over the place from our east end home in Scarborough (a suburb of Toronto).

1050 CHUM

CHUM was the radio station back then. 1050 CHUM AM was the top 40 station of the day, with Jay Nelson at the helm of the morning show. Their FM sister station was 104.5 CHUM FM and it was the more eclectic and dangerous player of entire album sides and deeper tracks. Dave Marsden, who went on to help create 102.1 CFNY (now known as Edge 102), worked there around this time.

Sam The Record Man

Sam The Record Man was a mainstay anchor of downtown Toronto. The huge neon sign and the endless array of vinyl from all over the world made it a must visit for anyone who loved music. I spent hours there every summer. And one of the great things about Sam’s was that they always had the CHUM Chart (their top 30 singles and top 15 albums) on the counter you could grab.

We’ve been going through all our stuff in preparation for selling our house. And I ran across this little gem in my travels. I thought you might enjoy a brief glimpse back into October 12, 1974. Brought back a LOT of memories for me. Enjoy!  Click on the image to enlarge.

CHUM Chart 1974 Side 1_0001

CHUM Chart 1974 Side 2_0001

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I Wrote God A Letter


I wrote God a letter today
I asked him to save me stress
Make my travels easy
And my day to be blessed
He replied with the actions
Of a traffic jam
And yet another project
And I thanked Him for my trials


I prayed with gusto
And heartfelt joy
And asked of God
To save my mother
From suffering and pain
To come back to me as she was
His response was no change
And I thanked Him for my tribulations


I worshipped at my church
With the gathered faithful
Singing songs of praise
And asking forgiveness
For all the sins within
So I could be joyous once again
But guilt it still consumes me
And I thanked Him for His counsel


I won the lottery today
A massive million clams
I was so happy I can tell
I thanked God for His bounty
And wept upon the ground
I could travel and relax
And help so many out


I have to wonder
And I always question
Why God can be so cruel
So heartless and inconsistent
Does He really choose each moment
Or are we actually on our own?
Left to our own devices

Why would any being of power
Bother with day-to-day drivel?
And do we really think that He would
Cause suffering and pain?
Are we really just living
And giving Him all the credit?
And giving Him all the blame?
For our own choices and decisions?

I wonder.


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U2 – Invisible With Official Video

Originally posted on Larry Lootsteen's Blog:

U2 Invisible 1

Official video:

Very cool looking video for sure. Sign of how the tour will look I wonder? I found a bit of Bono trying too hard in spots here but a good effort. Mark Romanek did a great job directing.

Listen/Watch here (I will update with an official video when available):

This is the new U2 song which is a charity track for the Red campaign. You can see the associated Super Bowl commercial and links to the free download here.

Lyrics here, more below:
It’s like the room just cleared of smoke
I didn’t even want the heart you broke
It’s yours to keep
You just might need one

I finally found my real name
I won’t be me when you see me again
No, I won’t be my father’s son

I’m more than you know
I’m more than you see here
More than you let me be

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