I admit to having real difficulties coming up with a title for this article, partly because it has been so long since I last wrote something for the home page, and also because I really don't know what to call what follows. I know that words of wisdom it isn't, but why let that little fact get in the way of an eye catching title.
Over the years I have quoted poetry and the occasional song lyrics in the Daily Journal, something I've gotten away from in the last year or so. A couple of days ago I was trying to recall a certain verse of poetry, and try as I might, I couldn't even remember enough of it to do a Google search. But what it did was get me to thinking about what has come before on these pages, and I present the following efforts on my part in which I tried to add a little something to the Daily Journal in days past.
That appeared in April 2006, and was my very first effort at trying to come up with something "different." Not too original, and there is no way the words I used go with the melody. Everyone has to start somewhere, and this is mine. Oh, and it shouldn't be too hard to guess the original song.
In November of 2006 I penned that one, a definite improvement over that first attempt. I don't remember, but it probably took all those months to gain my courage back to try it again. It is changed a good deal from the original song, but if you picked up the melody, the original likely came to you.
January 2007 brought a new year and also the above epic attempt to put the Quartzsite shopping experience in a different light. I think I was proud of it at the time, but today I see that real song writers have nothing to fear. Each of us paddle the canoe of Life our own way, sometimes smoothly gliding through the water, and other times practically dipping the gunwales into the water as the canoe lurches from side to side. As for me, I'll take being in that lurching canoe any day, rather than standing on the shore wishing I had the guts to be out there on the water.
Just in case: Frankie Valli; John Denver; Petula Clark.
I realize that this is definitely not a normal Because We Can home page article, but just think how boring life would be if the only thing on TV were infomercials. My Mother the Car, Viva Laughlin, The Paul Reiser Show, just think that without them we wouldn't know what good TV actually was. And if you object, just remember that not every speech of Lincoln's is as well remembered as the Gettysburg Address. Meaning all we great writers have an off moment or two. Or more.