Killing Time or Killed BY Time?

Here we are with over 2 months of sequestration behind us and the Governor about to open the doors. Are you preparing to rush right out??  Not me. There are far too many unknowns right now to convince me that it’s safe to go out, in fact, with so many people choosing their “rights” over their responsibilities, I think it has become more dangerous to venture through public spaces.  I can wear a mask to protect others from MY cough or sneeze, but about half of the folks I see don’t seem to care one bit about protecting ME.  And I don’t have an M-95 and goggles. I’m a sitting duck. Or at least a feebly walking one.

I’ve been using a cane for the past two weeks because of knee pain and swelling developed after several weeks of 10-hour days at my desk (Ultrasound showed “no clots”). I am GRATEFUL to the Lord above that I have a job that allows me to earn a paycheck from home. But the enormous workload has literally crippled me.  I haven’t even had time to work on several new song ideas and that’s been really annoying. Particularly when my friends are posting such wonderful live performances by streaming and recordings.  (You really should check out Eric Ramsey and see his “COVIDEO” series).

So, a week or so ago, I decided to make some time and try recording myself live.  The result (shown below) tells me this needs work – finding the right mic placement is paramount, but I also need to address lighting.  The wind through the trees created moving shadows in the room.

Well That’s a start I guess. Maybe I’ll have some time during this Memorial Day weekend to hone my live recording skills.

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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My Philosophical Perspective

OK, we’re all “hunkered down” waiting for the plague to pass over (that sounds familiar).

I’ve been thinking, and have posted on Facebook, about the things I see as revelations from this COVID-19 crisis. Some things the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated:

1. Humankind is a global society. – We are more closely linked than we ever imagined.
2. Humans are inter-dependent. – We depend upon each other.
3. Hiding the truth can kill people. – Open truthfulness allows collaborative work on a problem.
4. We are gullible and panic easily.- Evidenced by the empty store shelves!

But that’s about or CURRENT situation. What if this latest crisis is really just a part of a much bigger PROCESS?

The 20th Century was 100 years of warfare, from the relatively small Spanish-American War and the ensuing years of Philippine warfare, to World War 1, World War-2, Korean War, Vietnam War – all connected by a constant parade of warfare actions that cost countless human lives. And those actions have continued into the 21st century with the Gulf War and all the conflicts before and since.

In each war, there were “sides” – sometimes 2, sometimes 3, lately MANY. We’ve gone into these conflicts somewhat prepared, and somewhat confused. But the outcomes, win or lose, have so far not served to unite everyone, but rather, just a few. And those “left out” have periodically become the next foe in war.

So what was the point? Was it all just economics? What a price we paid! I contend that war has sometimes been inevitable, BUT it was NEVER truly necessary. It became inevitable because we had insufficient patience to exercise other options for conflict resolution. War was just a short-cut to getting what we wanted.

Now comes a virus – an invisible enemy – attacking everywhere on the planet – but this cannot be repelled by war.

My friends, this is a struggle that demands not “warfare” and conflict between opponents, but COOPERATION and COLLABORATION between ALL OF US to fix a global problem. Just as we developed the skills war in our past struggle, we now need to develop the skills for cooperation and collaboration that can protect and preserve us into the future. Perhaps through this skill-building exercise we can remedy the ills that have truly plagued humankind for so long.

I hope that from this struggle we will discover how to operate as a global society – relying on scientific and technological cooperation to resolve problems everywhere.

I hope the recognition of our inter-dependence will also enlighten our views about “globalization” so that we see that globalization must not be relegated only to the lowest bidder (willing to suffer for crumbs) but in a manner that preserves the reliability of production and distribution for the good of all humankind (eliminating single points of failure).

And for heaven’s sake, for our OWN sakes, let us not be afraid of the truth – particularly, let us NEVER choose our own image or momentary popularity over the dissemination of facts that people need to make sound decisions that contribute to the good of all.
And last, but not least, let us learn to trust each other by first correcting our own vision to see and accept the truth, and learning to love our neighbor MORE than ourselves with sacrificial actions.

Yes, it’s a tall order. But think about this – the Lord’s Prayer includes these words:
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.

Stay safe and sound!

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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A Love That’s Meant to Be

To my dear Bride,
Happy Valentine’s Day!  Here is this year’s Valentine’s Day song for you, “A Love That Meant to Be”.

Each year now since 2012 I’ve made a song video for Valentine’s Day.  I have joked that after “a few more years”, I’d have enough of these for an album.  Well, if I consider that one year I actually wrote TWO songs, I think that day is upon us!

This year, I have a very personal message for you.  You’ll understand parts of it like no one else will. And when you hear the part about the future, imagine you are singing that part to me. I just considered that as I was finishing the song and it did my heart good.

Remember, Friends First, and Forever.

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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Tucson Bay – the brighter side of Global warming

OK, again, remember that HUMOR is laughing at stuff that ain’t funny.

Here’s my latest humorous song “Tucson Bay” illustrated with a few photos from friends and my own archives.

I have to give a grateful shout-out to my Accordian-playing friend Kevin from Three Points, AZ. Kevin, we love you and want you to live on playing forever!  It’s just that “Kevin” rhymes with “heaven”.  That’s all.  Really.

My make-shift studio made this hard to accomplish, so I’m looking forward to getting a quicker set-up soon!

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

P.S. I have just updated this video with a better music track! (02/09/20)

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Long Time Gone

Yes, it has been over 5 months since I blogged.  I don’t know why other than to say, I haven’t had the time.  But more accurately, I haven’t TAKEN the time.

It’s not that nothings been happening, by any means, but more like everything that’s been going on is outside my musical path.  The new house has been revealing its hidden “blemishes”. The biggest was the sewer drains. I called the plumbers to have a tub drain unclogged, and $3500 later, I had a new sewer line to the city’s tap.  Then, it took another $600 to get the tub working.  And I’ve been real busy correcting blemishes on the house we’re selling (which should close in 3 days!).  And that’s just the recent stuff.

I did get in a few musical moments, among which were performances in Arizona for a “Porch Fest” with my trio and a solo show at the Laveen Folk Festival.  That little Festival is turning into a really nice musician’s reunion out among the cow-patties.  And it’s only 2 miles from my grand-kids so naturally, I brought my own audience.

I gave up waiting on my studio space renovation and set up a make-shift studio in our guest bedroom.  It’s cumbersome but it has allowed me to record my light-hearted global warming song “Tucson Bay” (if global warming can be light hearted, I’m the guy to do it).  Next, I’ll get to work on my new 2020 “Valentine’s Day song” for my Bride.  It’s an annual ritual.  I keep telling myself to produce an album of those love songs. Once the old house sells, and I can get some cash for a studio renovation, I just might take that on as project number 1.

Meanwhile, I’ll get “Tucson Bay” mixed and posted for your enjoyment. Just remember that Humor is “Laughing at stuff that ain’t Funny”.

Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist
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