Saturday, November 27, 2010

Greece is Closed Featuring Pink Floyd

About the Video

The video is about the failing of markets all over the world. Even though Greece has not actually closed it is one of the world's economies that has come very close.

The video begins with two quotes that I consider important.  The first is by Cicero and is from his famous speeches "The Phillippics". If you get a chance you should read the story of Cicero's life and his speeches contain a great many truths.  (Wiki actually has a very good group of articles here:

The second quote is from Andrew Jackson. The truth of it speaks for itself.

The video begins with several jokes about the bailouts given to banks, insurance companies, and the big automakers.  Humor not only makes us can cause us to think.

The main body of the video gives a brief look at the Major Economic Depressions the U.S. has undergone.  It is intended to spur discussion in Governments role in causing these depressions, and how our own worse enemy is the Government messing with the free markets.

About the Song

The song "Money" is the right choice for this video.  Mostly in 7/7 time signature it comes off as cold, which is the way most of us view those who control our money.  The lyrics are about the evils of money. Although I don't see money as evil on its own, it certainly brings out the bad sides of people.  

Money, get away
Get a good job with more pay
And your O.K.

Money, it's a gas
Grab that cash with both hands
And make a stash

New car, caviar, four star daydream
Think I'll buy me a football team

Money get back
I'm all right Jack
Keep your hands off my stack

Money, it's a hit
Don't give me that
Do goody good bullshit

I'm in the hi-fidelity
First class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet

(Sax and guitar solos)

Money, it's a crime
Share it fairly
But don't take a slice of my pie

Money, so they say
Is the root of all evil

But if you ask for a rise
It's no surprise that they're
Giving none away

"Hu Huh! I was in the right!"
"Yes, absolutely in the right!"
"I certainly was in the right!"
"You was definitely in the right. That geezer was cruising for a bruising!"
"Why does anyone do anything?"
"I don't know, I was really drunk at the time!"
"I was just telling him, he couldn't get into number 2. He was asking
Why he wasn't coming up on freely, after I was yelling and
Screaming and telling him why he wasn't coming up on freely.
It came as a heavy blow, but we sorted the matter out"

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I've Been Searchin' So Long

This video was inspired my sweetheart and muse...the one that I have been searching for all my life.  The song "I've Been Searchin' So Long is off the Chicago VII Album by the Group Chicago.

Chicago VII is one of my favorite albums because of the Jazz pieces the band set out to record. These pieces include Prelude to Aire, Aire, Devil's Sweet, Italian from New York, and my personal favorite Mongonucleosis.  Mongonucleosis was my first live performance in 1974 with the short lived Jazz Band that we lovingly called The Band.   In fact, it was our only official live performance.

Because of worries that an all Jazz release would not sell, the band included its famous combination of ballads to round out the album.  This Album is a must have for any lover of Jazz.

About the Video.

Like I said this video was inspired my by sweetheart.  The video chronicles the journey of my heart that has taken way too many years...but the wait has been well worth it. 

The first scene is of a bird flying over a desolate forest.  Although there is much to learn about the forest it was not all that life had to offer.  

In the second scene the birds soul (represented in white) begins to search for love and fulfillment.  Although this journey was filled with many experiences it does not find what it is looking for. 

In the third scene I find what I have been looking for, but do not understand what it means...I now must search for that meaning and finally realize what it is.

In the fourth scene I discover that who I am is reflected by the one I love...she give meaning to my search.

In the fifth scene I feel the release of angst that has been pent up inside of me...I become free.

In the final scenes the bird takes shape as an of the worries that had kept my life from being complete....I achieve happiness with the one I love...and the one that loves me for who I am.

Thanks Gina.