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Chuck Berry’s Influences

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdnFsSiUFjk

Came across this video tonight. Wasn’t going to click it—you know how it is with Youtube, after the algorithm gets to know you, everything that pops up is interesting, but you just don’t have enough time. Why did I finally decide to click it? I noticed the date. Nov. 4th, 1987, and I realized that was just a few days after one of the most epic nights of my life, playing a Halloween gig in my junior year at SMU for a big frat party down in Deep Ellum, and everything going so magically, fairy-tale like well. It was one of those nights, especially for a relative loser like me when you go “Finally my life has begun!” Well, again, enough about me. I’ll write more about it in blog posts, and there’s a big chunk of it in my novel (albeit with an avatar character) which I’ll publish pretty soon.
Instead let’s talk about Chuck Berry on Johnny Carson, two people I couldn’t think more of. I’ll write more about his music in the future, but what strikes me right off the bat is something just like Dylan, it’s the subtleties, the almost unnoticed accents and rhythmic “pulls and pushes” that are undefinable on a staff sheet, but that give this music, Rock and Roll itself, its life, its soul.
Also, I was thinking about Keith Richards whom I remembered made a fantastic concert movie the year before with Chuck, but which contained such confrontation between the two as to make you cringe. But during this performance you can see how Keith got his notorious “leg kick” as well as the signature holding the guitar almost vertically which is such an iconic pose. I can see why anyone, especially Keith, would idolize this man, and I really enjoyed him mentioning his influences, including Charlie Christian, whom I was aware of vaguely, but now allows me a deeper dive. Here’s the video with Carson, whom I love and so do every comedian. What a treat!

Retiring Abroad Cheaply

This article on CNBC.com caught my notice mainly because I love the beach and travel but also I’m 52 and need to be thinking ahead about what my finances are going to be in the next 10-20 years.
I hate to use the word “Cheap” because I am a big believer in the Law of Attraction and also I still have some years left of creativity and potential, but also I have to be realistic. I do think retiring on 30K per year is still my worse case scenario, but as each year passes and none of my ventures come to anything materially, I have to face the fact that it is incrementally at least, that much more likely. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/11/five-places-abroad-where-you-can-retire-on-just-30000-a-year.html

Here’s another cool retirement idea. I don’t know if it’s for me, but it sure is interesting. You Can Buy a 2.4 million Apartment on a cruise ship. Take a Look.

Interesting Quotes

The past isn’t dead, it isn’t even past.

William Faulkner

“If you can’t join them. Beat them.” — The Portal Episode #001 42:24

Julian Seymour Schwinger

It’s an opportunity that we are given to ascend—and to figure out what our mission is, and to implement it.

Corey Goode

“A funny line that is clever is the most exhilarating thing in the world.” — Martin Short, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, C6:E8, 12:21 mark.

Where to Eat Around Monmouth Park in New Jersey

When I was a little girl, dad would always take Lace and I for a slice at Nunzio’s after the races. Today I went back for the first time in a long while and it was as good as I remember, only thing missing was his company. #BYOB #Sliceapie pic.twitter.com/QkAG5HjJr3— Gabby Gaudet (@Gabby_Gaudet_) June 21, 2019