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Veterens Point of View Memorial Day

God Bless AmericaTo me, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Memorial Day is the sacrifice of all those fallen military. I think of the World Wars, and Korea, and Vietnam. The Middle East. The World Trade Center. Fallen heroes. What would the world be like today if they had not made the ultimate sacrifice?

I certainly think of my service. The friendships, the brotherhood. Soldiers old and young. Where are they now, what has their life been like? Faces that I remember of young men in their prime. Now would be old, like mine. We are only young in our mind. Sgt’s, Lieutenants, Captains, Majors, Colonels. I remember Major Reeves, from Korea, communications post at the DMZ.

Keep the memory of those fallen always. And give thanks to those that have and are serving now.

God Bless America, Always!


Jerry Reed-Today Is Mine

Beautiful song by a wonderful talent. Jerry Reed is probably one of the most under rated guitarists and vocalist that was ever recorded in Nashville. Although he is gone, his music should not be forgotten.

Jerry brings us an important message about cherishing each day (and what a gift it is)! Listen close to these powerful lyrics that he penned back in 1968.

Layla (unplugged version) guitar

Layla unplugged 2 Eric ClaptonI remember the first time I saw Clapton performing this song on MTV Unplugged. That was back in the 80’s, If I remember correctly. I recall not being too excited about the song, and thinking about how much better the original is.

It seems like this version has become the standard for the song. Whenever you mention “Layla” to anyone these days, they immediately think about the unplugged version. Either way, Eric Clapton and Layla are part of rock legend.

I like it more these days, especially when I play it on guitar. (gettin slow in my old age).

Link to chords and lyrics.

Play/download the song in (Links in “Downloads”)


Blue On Black – Acoustic Guitar

Blue on BlackThanks to Pam, Susan, and Joe for getting me started practicing this song on my guitar this past Saturday night. After listening to it, It got stuck in my head. Blue On Black is a song that my band I,  (when we still played often), used to play “back in the day”, when the tune first made the top ten. We always did the acoustic version and I still haven’t learned the solo part yet. Our lead guitar player was Joey Stason at the time and he could burn that solo up man, I mean, he hit every Kenny Wayne Shepherd lick, then some. I lost track of Jason when he went to Iraq with the Marines in 2001.

Free play or download in (Links to the right).


The song can be played with 4 chords, mainly in progression with one break.

Chords are D, C, G and A. All modified.
The “A” is played at the break during the end verse of the chorus.

Link for Blue on Black lyrics.

Other than that I am not going to get any further into it. I ain’t here to give a lesson, I am here to write about it.



Do you hear the grasshopper? (Kung Fu)

Do you hear the grasshopper? (Kung Fu)

Kunk Fu Televison Serie

Kunk Fu Televison Series

Remember back in the early 70’s when the TV series “Kung Fu” first came on the air? This was one of those kind of shows that people either loved fanatically or hated dreadfully. I fell in love with it after the pilot “movie of the week” in 1972. The character of Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine) roamed the wild west dispensing the wisdom of a calm, meek, reserved, Shaolin monk, yet, when need be, could open a can of whoop ass like no western character had ever seen. Jumping up and kicking high, landing skull cracking blows to his aggressors. The coolest thing, and I think probably pretty revolutionary was the fact that all the fight sequences were shown in a mixture of full speed and slow motion, showing the blows landing with loud cracks and thuds. Even cooler was the surprised look on the face of the unlucky cowpoke at the receiving end. It amazes me that I can recall, from the age of 12, the fact that the show came on ABC, Thursday night at 8p.m.. My problem with that was, at that time, it was shown opposite “Gunsmoke” on CBS, which was a show my dad watched religiously. Over the years I have managed to watch the entire series and each episode, but at the time it aired I could only catch the show periodically for 2 basic reasons.

  1. If Gunsmoke happened to be a rerun that week.. or…
  2. If my dad was busy

Of course, even then it was problematic because we didn’t have cable TV in Sugar Grove, VA in 1972,. We only got maybe 3 channels on a good day. (Did I mention we only had the one black and white TV as well) As luck would have it, ABC, Channel 19, WKPT, Kingsport, TN, only had good reception if the antennae was pointed perfectly, and the weather was just right. (and if there were no airplanes flying overhead to disturb the signal).

I was saddened to hear  of David Carradine’s death last year. Most of the press he received following his death, unfortunately, was about the manner of his demise, rather than his incredible acting career. After all, I have always held firm that what a man does in his personal life, is his own business, within limits of course.

I used to love those Kung Fu flashbacks that were part of the show. Young Caine getting schooled by the elderly monks on the secrets of life and living, always with a little dose of Kung Fu wisdom.

Master Po: Close your eyes. What do you hear?
Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.
Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
Caine: No.
Po: Do you hear the grasshopper which is at your feet?
Caine: Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?

You can watch the entire pilot episode for Kung Fu ..just use the “Vodpod” on the bottom right column of this blog. The episode is broken into 8 parts, hosted on Youtube.


Avatar ~ my review

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Avatar: Review – by R. Brooks

Looks like I had the wrong first impression. via previews of this movie. I thought this was going to be another one of those Star Wars wannabes or a Battlestar Galactica upgrade of some kind. I could not have been more wrong. I don’t know if “epic” would be the proper word here, Avatar was a very powerful film. Not only in it’s visual sense, of course the CGI effects were excellent, but the interaction between the animated characters and the human characters and the two environments was seamless. Once engaged in the story of the struggle between the good guys and the bad guys, the effects are completely forgotten.

One can’t help but notice the relation between the advanced invaders and the so-called savages of the planet Pandora. A throw back to other cultures of our own world? Well, of course, art imitates life. Right? Well, anyway ….

A wonderful film, Avatar is not least of all a great love story that has heart, with soul, with unforgettable characters. You get drawn in until the very end.

One thing I hope, which probably is mute, is that they DO NOT make an “Avatar II”. This seemed to be a total package. Like reading a good book with a great ending. You don’t need another book to screw up the first one. Avatar is one of those films.

Oh yeah, most creative use of alien appendages should be a new category for the Oscars.

If you have not seen Avatar. Go see it. If you wait for the DVD, be sure to buy it or rent it. In other words, this is for sure one movie that is worth a couple of hours of your time.

The PG-13 rating is appropriate due to the violence, no really bad language or nudity.

IMDB – Click here for a complete synopsis of the movie. Stars, plot, characters, image galleries, etc.


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