Thursday, September 8, 2016

Blinded by the Light

Sometimes money can't buy what you really need to read or have.  Sometimes you already possess it and have to revisit all that you have.  Since, we started the record part of Greetings from Geralyn, we would spend a lot of time going through the big collection of records.  In the beginning we would use what we needed and threw away what we didn't.  This could become a problem, but a lot of time has been spent, mostly on Glen's end "weeding" out all of the records.  I am naturally a saver, and have been trying to control myself and not save everything.  But, this is one of my favorite finds!  I found it in a Janis Joplin record.  It was how Columbia records in the early days would promote other Artists within.  It is a record sleeve called the "Inner Sleeve".  It included Miles Davis, The Birds, and Bruce Springsteen.  It is marketing Bruce Springsteen as a writer and Artist.  I have been writing how my life has come full circle and this is one of those times.  I will see Bruce Springsteen for the third time in two weeks tomorrow.  I will go with my son(his birthday present) and my friend who we have seen Bruce together a number of times.  In summing up my admiration for Bruce Springsteen I would have to go to the beginning.  Which, is what he has been doing lately.  It is called the River tour, but he has been playing a lot from the Greetings from Asbury Park album.    I can say now I have seen him perform all the songs captioned on the little picture of Greetings from Asbury Park.  We even saw him do the acoustic "For You" in 2012 and were among only 600 people by the stage at the new Met Life.  Grateful is the one word I could use to describe how I feel to be able to witness such greatness.  I also would like to add I was in the pit that time and it was because of the customers at Greetings from Geralyn telling me how to accomplish that.  But, now we have regular seats.  I have to say I really need the seat and don't know how we did that a mere four years ago.  I really enjoy seeing all the hands in the air, the people dancing and really hearing everyone singing along when we sit far away.  I am looking forward to seeing Bruce and the E Street Band tomorrow and am ready for whatever surprises in the set list he has in store for us !  Like the ending of the inner sleeve written more than 40 years ago.  "Bruce is a writer that really has to be listened to."

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Is a dream a lie if it don't come true?

Casa Batllo in Barcelona Spain.  A very famous, brave courageous example  of  Art Nouveau Architecture in Barcelona, Spain.

 With today's technology there are images to show the inspiration and genius of it's designer: Antonio Guadi

We visited there on the last day of a 10 day trip to Italy, France, and Spain.  We were pretty exhausted.  But, to say I was curious was to say the least.  The inside is centered by a gigantic spiral staircase.  The hues on the tile were the most beautiful blue I had ever seen in my life and as you climbed the different floors the colors became deeper.  When you reached the top on a very hot day, I thought it would be sweltering.  But, the whole design of the top was about natural ventilation before electric air conditioning.  They actually would do the laundry up there and had dowels on the rafters for drying.  On a folding table there was the hugest bar of lavender soap I had ever seen and the breeze of the ventilation sent the lavender scent throughout.  Then the biggest surprise was to find out we could go out on the balcony and get our picture taken.
I started this blog more then five years ago.  It was out of need to document my life, my dreams and inspirations.  My dad had been gone for about five years and I lost my job, my children were graduating high school, we were preparing to sell our home of almost twenty years.  I wanted most of all a place where if my children wanted to remember me or know what I was thinking, could come and hopefully get some comfort.  I do have a fear of developing Alzheimer's and getting angry with myself for never following through on documenting our life.
Sometimes the words come easy, sometimes life gets so hard you don't want to write anything.  So, today I woke up this September first and thought,  I want to write how thankful I am to have my mom  still alive and her wanting to be independent.   After spending a day with her yesterday, I realized how much we are alike.  I want to say to my children how proud I am of them as they have reached the milestone of being a quarter of a century old.  They have been the biggest and hugest inspiration to me and fill my heart up with joy.  And, finally to my husband I would really love to say after we just celebrated our thirty-fourth wedding anniversary that I do believe in fairy tale endings.  Our trip to Europe was just that.  It was a complete joy to have a handful of kingdom of days to rest, enjoy, soak, eat , and drink in all that life has to offer.
In the last week we were also able to take in some of the best music ever, sung or performed by Artists in their mid sixties to their late seventies.  I remember when I first started my blog I had said Glen had given me the River album at a time I didn't even have two pennies in my pocket when I was away at college.  Now, we went to see the River tour together, and it felt right.  Here are some lyrics I read from the song "I wanna marry you" off of the River album.  

Now, honey, I don't wanna clip your wings But a time comes when two people should think of these things Having a home and a family Facing up to their responsibilities They say in the end true love prevails But in the end true love can't be no fairytale To say I'll make your dreams come true would be wrong But maybe, darlin', I could help them along 
These words of Bruce Springsteen pretty much sum up my feelings.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my dreams come true.