Friday, March 16, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


A while back, my lil' bro sent me a link to a Rich Mullins video.  In recent times, I find myself avoiding Rich Mullins music.

It's too deep.  It's too "rich".  He was a poet. He was a Psalmist.

Like other days, I'll never forget the day I learned of Rich's death. 

I was on vacation, on a house boat in the middle of nowhere.  At the marina buying ice, I used a pay phone and I called and spoke to my parents, who said nothing. (Though they knew).  After that, I called my answering machine to play back the messages and heard of Rich's "passing".  Then I called my parents back in tears.  They knew I had worked with him, and loved his music.

The blood left my head, and the air from my lungs.

But Rich Mullins left a legacy of music that stirs...........that soothes, that can even, if you let it, heal.

I've often described Rich's music as "tears in my ears" music.  That phrase comes from the sensation of laying on the floor, listening to his music, as the tears run into your ears.

The lyrics in this song are breathtaking....................The River.  I agree with my brother. You love and hate to listen.

Play the video.  No distraction...............and here are some highlights.

"a man can drive as hard as he can drive, and never get as far as his heart was meant to go"

"oh I could play these songs till I was dead, and never approach the sound that I once heard"

"but I've failed so many times, but you have never let me fall down alone"

"let the road wind tie our hair in knots, let the speed and freedom untangle the lies"

"we could be closer than we know"

This, along with much of his music is................exquisite.  Hit the play, follow the lyrics

Monday, March 12, 2012


Today was the day.

First workday with the time change, and a week full of warm temps forecast. 

The top went down, the tunes were cranked.  I drove the new ride home with the top down.


Yes, I know.  For those who've been around here long enough to know the "old ride", this one is eerily similar.  But trust me, this is MUCH more car than my 06 Sebring.   

It was nice of Sirius radio to play "Crazy Love" by Van Morrison as I left the office.  Perfect.

I had lunch with an old friend last week, who on seeing my new car, asked what her name was.  Never been one to name my cars, although I've had plenty of friends who do............A friend in high school had a light blue Pinto station wagon named Helga.  One of my coworkers has a Chevy Cobalt named Snobalt.  Do you name your cars?  In high school, I drove my mom's car............the Spyder. It was a Chevy Monza.  Ours didn't have an actual spider on the hood, although you could get one that way.

So I'm torn.  I love my new car so much I think "she" should have a name...........but I think I'll have to get to know her better before she tells me her name.

Meanwhile, here at the ranch, my laptop is fixed.  The garage door is fixed.  (Yes that broke too.)  And a few things are turning green outside.  Sure............there is a good chance that March will still find us buried in snow.  But for this week...........


Thursday, March 08, 2012

Maintaining Radio Silence

I am computerless for a while.  Back when I'm back up.


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