She whispers my name... Only I can hear

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Tribute to Frank Zappa Pt 1

Frank Zappa

December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993

What can I say about Frank Zappa
He was a mentor to me

Just about everyone I know has a skewed opinion as to who he was or what he was about.
People like to laugh when they hear a few dirty words in a song, or a poo poo joke
And that’s all they hear from then on

Many took offense at his candor and humor.
But not me

Frank taught me the importance of honesty, and realistic points of view
To think independently, even when my ideas were not the most popular.
Frank taught me how to believe in myself and not look for the approval of others to determine my own self worth.

He said some profound things, yet when I look for quotes of his most people just list a bunch of phrases from his song lyrics.
They are trying to show off how “down” they are with Frank’s music, like some kind of fanzine contest.

I know of all these lyrics, and can quote them all, and many are fun but they do not sum up what Frank was about.

He would have laughed at such a notion.

So I am going with this one:
“Without deviation from the norm, there is no progress”

Thanks for that Frank

And thank you for some of the most intricate yet devastatingly beautiful guitar work I have ever had the privilege to enjoy.

I miss you Frank
No one will ever take your place, and that’s ok
For who possibly could?
You were unique

Monday, November 06, 2006

Though You Might Not Know It

I went to the river
She was singing
Migrating ducks were passing through
Wood Duck
It was beautiful

The river knows me well for I come often
I listen to her
And I stand on her banks

But the water does not stay
The water passes through
And the water connects the river to everything
And to everybody.

Find your self a drop of water
Any water
If you are sad
A teardrop will do

Think about how many molecules are there

Just in that one single drop
Now think about each one of those molecules
They are older than you.

Older than the sand and the stone
Upon which you stand
They have been here since the beginning.
Every molecule in every drop.

Now think about how many drops there are

In the river before me
Just in this one place
Just on this one day

There is big magic here
Though most people dont see it
Yes, if you have ever cried

Even once
The river knows you.
She touches you

Everytime you bathe
Wash dishes
Walk in the rain.

You are connected.

I hope you feel better soon