Yep, I was (still am) a Hippie

Music Sets Me Free

Ever since I can remember I loved music.  I grew up in a house where my mother, La Verne, was a music teacher and taught piano lessons in our home.  My mom was also an elementary school teacher and played and sang in choirs at church.

For my fifth birthday my mom took me and my sister Deborah and brother Vance to see the movie South Pacific in Hollywood, CA. I had already been listening to recorded classical music on a set of Columbia records at home. This movie and the music to this day sends my mind to far away places.

What is a Hippie?

Wikipedia defines a hippie like this:

hippie (or hippy) is a member of a subculture that was originally a youth movement that emerged in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread to other countries around the world. Read More

Anyway I started to think about the music that I use to own when I was in high school and wondered if I could find it on Spotify.  Much to my surprise there is a lot of what I would consider obscure music on Spotify.  These albums are not even in print anymore, but I am glad that I decided to switch from Pandora One this year to a paid subscription to Spotify.  I like being able to build a play list and find specific songs by the artist that I love and not just listen to radio stations based on  seeded artist which generate a genera station.  I did discover a lot of new music during the three years that I listened to Pandora however.

My dad was a minister in the A.M.E. church. I remember when I played him the song “Prodigal Son” from the Rolling Stone’s album “Beggars Banquet”.  My dad had explained this story from the Bible to me several times.  This album and this song are one of my favorites because each time I listen to it I see myself as the Prodigal son and I am going to see my dad one day and he will welcome me home.

I got to thinking about sharing a list of some of the music that sort of shaped my personality after writing a post on Google+ last week. So below are just a few of the albums that I owned in vinyl or listened to on late night FM radio stations when I was a kid, teenager and as a young adult.

South Pacific




Jimi Hendrix

Laura Nyro



Muddy Waters


The Electric Flag


Big Brother & The Holding Company
(AKA Janis Joplin)

Grateful Dead

Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper


Cold Blood


Flying Burrito Brothers


Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen


Tower of Power


Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young


Bonnie Raitt




Rolling Stones


Frank Zappa


David Crosby


Update on 6/30/2015

These artist are not listed in any particular order. I am adding some musicians that I forgot about yesterday.  I remembered these artists this morning as I was riding my bike to work.

The Allman Brothers Band


The Jefferson Airplane


Fairport Convention


Update on 7/1/2015

These artist are not listed in any particular order. I am adding some musicians that I forgot about yesterday.  I remembered these artists this morning as I was riding my bike to work.

Taj Mahal


Joni Mitchell


Led Zeppelin


Update on 7/2/2015

I thought I was going to cap this list at 25. Apparently I am remembering a lot of musicians from my early years during my morning commute.

The Who


The Moody Blues


Rainbow and no rain

I cut my bike commute short to ride with the cycle club. The ride was cancelled because it was over 100 degrees at 6 PM. I decided to do some errands.
As I came out of Sam’s Club I noticed a large rainbow. I know I am going to have a good time whenever I see a rainbow.

Hardwood Floors are for Dancing

I forgot how much fun it was to dance on hardwood floors. If you are old enough to remember what a sock hop was then you know what I’m talking about. In the old days back at high school you could not wear street shoes on a gym floor. When they had a dance you have to take your shoes off and enter the gym with only you socks on your feet. I recently installed maple hardwood floors in my home. Today I’m getting ready to paint a room and I have my socks on and I’ve got my wireless Beats headphones on and I’m dancing around. Your feet slide and slip and you can control your movement so much easier on hardwood floors with socks than you csn with shoes on. Do they still have sock hops nowadays?

Ikea Sink Install

It took me about two and a half weeks to finish installing an Ikea sink in our front powder room.  The sink was no problem, but finding the right plumbing fitting was.  Well today I finally finished it.

The problem was that the fitting at the wall was 1-1/4 inches and the sing required 1-1/2 inch fittings.  If I install another sink in this house I will plan ahead and remove the 1-1/4 inch fitting in the wall so that the tight clearance required for the bottom drawer will work.  I had to cut the bottom drawer to allow it to fit with the adpater that i used for the drain.  Pictures below.

Remembering What LBJ Said

My wife +Sylvia Wormley is an economists born and raised in Texas.  She has given me an interesting view of politics and this blog posting validates some of what she has told me over the years.

I always try to verify facts when I see an image on social media.  There were so many references to this LBJ statement that I decided to put them all in one place so that I could find them in the future.

I got this image on a Google+ posting

Lyndon B. Johnson Wiki quote

  • While Lyndon Baines Johnson was a man of time and place, he felt the bitter paradox of both. I was a young man on his staff in 1960 when he gave me a vivid account of that southern schizophrenia he understood and feared. We were in Tennessee. During the motorcade, he spotted some ugly racial epithets scrawled on signs. Late that night in the hotel, when the local dignitaries had finished the last bottles of bourbon and branch water and departed, he started talking about those signs. “I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it,” he said. “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”
  • Some years later when Johnson was president, there was a press conference in the East Room. A reporter unexpectedly asked the president how he could explain his sudden passion for civil rights when he had never shown much enthusiasm for the cause. The question hung in the air. I could almost hear his silent cursing of a press secretary who had not anticipated this one. But then he relaxed, and from an instinct no assistant could brief — one seasoned in the double life from which he was delivered and hoped to deliver others — he said in effect: Most of us don’t have a second chance to correct the mistakes of our youth. I do and I am. That evening, sitting in the White House, discussing the question with friends and staff, he gestured broadly and said, “Eisenhower used to tell me that this place was a prison. I never felt freer.”
  • In those days, our faith was in integration. The separatist cries would come later, as white flight and black power ended the illusion that an atmosphere of genuine acceptance and respect across color lines would overcome in our time the pernicious effects of a racism so deeply imbedded in American life. But Lyndon Johnson championed that faith. He thought the opposite of integration was not just segregation but disintegration — a nation unraveling.

How The Right Talks About Race, Even When They’re Not Talking About Race

Slave trade capitalism and the new Republican Party

Time is a funny thing, especially how the same things seem to happen again and again.

In the early nineteenth century, the young United States of America was heading toward civil war. The practice of slavery had been accepted, but restrained from spreading further, by the Founding Fathers and the new American constitution. However, with the annexing of the new territories in Kansas and Nebraska, slavery was becoming a major fissure in the cultural landscape of the new nation. During the 1850s one of the presidential hopefuls, Henry Seward made a speech addressing the growing disparity between the wealthy slave owners in the South, and the emerging industrialized society in the north;  Read More …

Former President Lyndon B Johnson was asked; Why Poor And Middle Class Republicans Vote Against Their Own Interest? President Johnson’s response;

However, I do believe that most people today do recognize that since Barack Obama became President, President Johnson’s statement remains alive and well. Look at the “Trolls” commenting on Fox News and on Remarks made my Republicans and it is self evident that Johnson’s statement is actual facts. The Trolls comment reads; Obama is dumb! Obama is stupid: Obama is the worst President ever, and things of that nature. Read More …