Friday, May 31, 2019

Common Ground

So the world is a circle.

Probably my favorite tune for decades comes from Paul Winter's 1977
album/CD, titled Common Ground.

"Voices are calling round the earth, music is rising in the sea
The spirit of morning fills the air
Guiding my journey home
Where is the path beyond the forest
Where is the song I always knew
I remember it just around the bend
In the village, the music never ends ..."

I've always assumed it was a product of the Paul Winter Consort. The
only credit on the album is to the guy who sings it, Jim Scott. He was
the guitarist in the group.

Last month, I discover Jim Scott--now 40 years older--sitting in his
garden on youtube. He sings Common Ground. As always, it lifts/breaks
my heart.  But when Scott sings my so familiar song, the second verse
is new! It doesn't rhyme! Why not?

The new verse:

"Somewhere is the melody we need
There is a certain harmony
Even a rhythm in the trees
In the song that we've always known
As every road comes to its end
Tho every path must cross again
Now I'm returning to my heart
Back to the sound that is our own... "

A google search for the Common Ground lyric mysteriously produces one
reference with a parenthesis on the title: Common Ground (Velho

That's Portugese!

Translation: Old/Ancient Lesson.

I enter the Portugese title into youtube. And up comes ... well, you shall see.

Paul Winter's Common Ground came out in 1976.
Velho Sermao was on ANOTHER artist's Lp the previous year, 1975.

The verse the Winter band didn't write an English lyric for, Jim Scott
did. It's a literal translation of the original recording in

But of course! The world is a circle!

I have every album by the guy who actually wrote Velho Sermao.

The bugs have returned. The pollens drift. The eyes itch. There is a
rhythm in the trees. Every path must cross again ...

A circle ....


Paul Winter, Common Ground:

Jim Scott, Common Ground

The Guy Who Wrote the Song:

Monday, May 06, 2019


Life is a one-way test.
The correct answer is ... "yes"
                                 --Livingston Taylor

Monday, February 25, 2019

But spring is still coming, right?

"A strong low pressure system may begin as snow overnight but is expected to quickly transition to freezing rain or ice pellets and then to rain.

"Precipitation will change back to snow late Sunday afternoon. Total snow and ice pellet accumulations up to 20 cm. Strong winds with gusts to 80 km/h will produce zero visibility in blowing snow.... whiteouts, falling trees, hydro outages, extinction of small mammals, the  Apocalypse...."

Happy New Year

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Night whisper

We are all connected to each other.... even the trees.
                                             --Arthur Miller

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Saturday night at Mike Pence's

Barry Blitt's rejected Trump sketches for the New Yorker

 The sketch of Trump and Bannon in matching bathtubs cannot be unseen ... LOL

Pray for an opening at Apple's genius bar

 "Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart ... I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius .... and a very stable genius at that!"

 --Today's twitter from @realdonaldtrump