Music Melts Barriers

(Cover Art By: Borda)

Ya know,

Lately, I’ve been feeling the pressure. I’ve been feeling a lot of stress. Hell, I pushed the mute button on the TV several months ago even though I still leave it running in the background. The condition of the world, the conditions of the things I see around me, the attitudes and ineptitude of the people that I encounter on a daily basis, they all take a toll on me that I do not find pleasant nor acceptable. Although I’ve blogged off and on for several years in a very limited capacity, (which I still do) I created this blog at least in part, as a means of escaping the stress and influences that surround us all every day. I was beginning to struggle with keeping up with our little blog and it was loosing it’s appeal to me. I decided I wanted to start bringing our blog back closer to what I wanted it to be in the first place.

During my blogging experience over the last few months, I have found myself embroiled in several rather intense exchanges. Although this has always been a cordial, very rewarding and educational experience, I often find myself thinking and feeling as if I am standing on the opposite side of many critical issues. I don’t suppose I should be surprised by this at all, I’m a pretty stubborn and opinionated man, and the blogosphere is certainly a most diverse place. But through this process, I have noticed something that I find both conflicting and comforting at the same time.

Allow me to provide an example. My personal musical tastes are what must be considered “eclectic”, I enjoy a wide variety of music ranging from Chopin to Led Zeppelin. From Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, to Mozart or Wagner. Steve Earle is one of my favorite musicians, and Lyle Lovett (Native Texan and friend of former Vice President Al Gore) is also a favorite of mine. I also like Bruce Springsteen, U2, and the music of some of the most liberal and outspoken advocate musicians in the world. When it comes to my music, I am a contradiction in terms.

Or perhaps more befitting of my name, “My hypocricy goes only so far“.

I love the music that these talented artists produce, but outside of that if we were to sit at the same table and have a conversation on almost any issue other than music, I can imagine that it would quickly turn into a very heated argument. I can imagine myself telling Bono that he is a crazed socialist and is full of shit. I would also absolutely humiliate ย Lyle Lovett (It’s a Texas thing) because of his association with one of the biggest buffoons in political history. Like I said, “Opinionated”.

But music melts barriers for me. I find myself enjoying the music for what it is, and sometimes for what it is not. I’m able to temporarily put aside political or even religous differences and strangely enough, even sometimes find common ground with people that I would normally otherwise consider to be more or less “enemies”, or at the very least completely opposite from myself.

Music is a universal language that everyone speaks. Even if it’s in a language that you do not understand, one can still find enjoyment in the hearing and feeling of it. Or at least I can.

Some may call it the “magic of music”, and I know about Lucifer’s former position and the legend of Legba at The Crossroads,

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I even sometimes feel like I’m sticking my hand in the proverbial cookie jar. But I just can’t help it, I love my music! ย I have pondered this internal dichotomy many times throughout my life, but I just can’t help it. I still love my music!ย Strange how such firm distinctions can be seemingly made more unnoticeable when music brings unexpected people together in unexpected ways. Perhaps it is “magic” of a sort?

So rather than getting busy with writing “important” posts and completing our long-awaited Love Story, I have been spending a lot of time lately exploring new music with my wife and just taking some time to relax from all the daily stress and pressures of life. I needed a break from everything except my wife, so we enjoyed some great music and time together. In my case, perhaps that could be considered “progress”.

I have found that I may not often agree with most musicians political or religious points of view, but I will defend unto the death their right to sing them! We love good music, and we are thankful for the many talented artists who provide it, our world would be made a lesser place without them!


I’ve built a new addition to our Music & Art page (Our Latest Music Favs) that contains lots and lots of some of the new music we have been exploring together. It’s a page not a post so you can access it by clicking the blue link above or just click the orange menu button on the upper right of any page, then select Music and Art. Please do take some time to enjoy the music that we love, you may find a few that you love too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Music expresses things that mere words can never fully say. Enjoy!

Just to get things started with a lil’ “twist” to it, here’s a surprising selection that may entice you to continue exploring our new music….the way we do. ๐Ÿ˜‰



ย Like it? If you want to hear more just click HERE to checkout our new favs!

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4 thoughts on “Music Melts Barriers

  1. Hahaha you do make me laugh,you’re such a breath of fresh air!I like to think of such “arguments” as heated discussions which warm the blood when the weather is cold!I for one enjoyed ours,a meeting of minds between a Christian and a Pagan who believes in the natural balance of mother earth and a bunny mum ๐Ÿ™‚ .Another great music choice,I do like this one!Try not to get too stressed about thing Life is far too short for that sort of thing.My other half is a worrier and gets stressed other things and he can’t understand how I don’t worry about anything and how I can be so relaxed all the time….and I always say I have better things to spend my energy on! Be well,xx Rachel and Speedy

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    1. Oh dear Rachel but you do put a smile on my face! Thank you! I too very much enjoy our brief exchanges, and our distinct differences. I’m beginning to think of such things more as the “spice of life” so to speak. I’m actually kinda fond of ya. (Consider that high praise)

      [Knowing the infamous dry wit and humor of the British I’m still not sure “youโ€™re such a breath of fresh air!” is a compliment or a poke in my eye???]

      Arguments? Me? Why I never! And what is this “cold” thing you mentioned? You Pagans speak in such odd terms sometimes! If there’s any truth to “warm blooded” conversations, that would explain the high blood pressure problem and medication. But I think my BP just dropped 20 points while listening to that video and reading your warm comments. “Magic” again perhaps?

      Oh and psssstt….That whole ” natural balance of mother earth and a bunny mum” thing? Yea, God created all of that. And the “Free Will” part, yep, He created that too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I freekin’ LOVE that video too! I actually stumbled upon it accidently after I had written this post! But as soon as I saw it I KNEW it was the perfect choice for this particular subject! Music expressing things in a way that mere written words never can. I so LOVE it! I’m so glad you liked it too, did I surprise ya? ๐Ÿ™‚

      You’re right, life is far too short and ya only get one shot at it. But like Ol’ Hank said: “no matter how I struggle and strive, I’ll never get out of this world alive”. How true it is that “youth is wasted on the young”. If we’re lucky, age brings wisdom. I love music that speaks to that wisdom, no matter where it comes from.

      Oh and consider this if ya will sweetheart. Probably the main reason you are able to “I donโ€™t worry about anything and how I can be so relaxed all the time” is directly because your ever vigilant “other half” fullfills your needs in a way that makes that possible. Of course you are your own person and you’ve “earned your stripes” but, no man is an island. I imagine that you are free to explore many aspects of your life because he gives you that freedom by one means or another. “Two become one”. Yea, that’s a God thing too. And it’s Perfectly Natural too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by sweetheart, and for putting a big smile on my face. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We hope you enjoy our music as much as we do. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      It’s a God Thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Doc’ & CJ

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      1. Hahaha a breath of fresh air is a compliment believe me. And that cold thing is our weather fall has definitely fallen, the leaves are dropping and it’s turned chilly, not even 60 degrees, nearly a frost this morning. Ah mother earth she is being a whimsical lady at the moment…. And yes I can hear you say it’s a god thing hahaha and yes I know I am laughing but it is because love how you put these things without being a bore. Don’t stop being that wonderful person I consider a friend xxx Rachel

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        1. I….We, are indeed your friends dear Rachel. You have brought more smiles to my face today than you know. Truly.

          Regarding the weather. We have two seasons here….HOT & COLD.

          Alas, small breasted women want bigger boobs, large busted women want what the smaller already has. I reckon it’s like Sir Mick always said; “ya can’t always get what ya want”.

          [Notice the clever seque?]

          Much Love,
          Doc’ & CJ

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