Ann belle princess of the isles
The orbs whisper your name
Even if you’ve gotten piles
Of if you’re on the game
Buxom barmaid or bellicose barfly
Begs the inevitable question
Booze improves the poet’s eye
But ruins her digestion
Her uncle made a fortune
Cold calling clogs
And swamped a shocked surburbia
With plasticine polywogs
Downstream from the trust fund
You wile away your day
On alert for the bloke in the cummerbund
Who’ll provide the perfect lay
We desire to be known, desire to be seen
It’s the deepest human condition
I don’t know where you are, much less where you’ve been
All that’s left, babe, is volition
There’s a lot I don’t know
and a few things I might
life’s a hell of a show
a bit tough to get right
well, some folks they want you
and other folks don’t
some folks they will
and other folks won’t
you’ll get plenty of chances
you’ll blow the best part
you’ll twirl at some dances
you’ll get shot through the heart
some folks you can trust
up to a point, more or less
others? trust’s a bust
they’ll split the joint, leave a mess
try and tell the truth
you’ll take blow after blow
don’t tell the truth and
no one’ll save your soul
anything’s possible, in dreams
who’s better than you?
everyone, it seems
but it just isn’t true
they’re all full of bull
faking til’ they make it
so just push when they pull
baby stand when they sit
cause no one knows shit
and everything’s thin
I’ve been around a bit
a never was, a has-been
but that ain’t you baby
it ain’t me anymore
no one can save me
I’ve outlasted the war
so all you got is today
and maybe not that
that’s all I’ve got to say
take the meat, leave the fat.
This is notes on breathing the second version. Well, the thing I’ve learned about breathing is, it is better to do it slow than fast unless there is a really darn good reason.
I’ve been using the apps Calm and Insight Timer to help me breath these days and I recommend you take a look at them. They have other great features like sleep help, chakra stuff, and yoga.
Also, The 12 Minute Athlete is a good app for exercising in small time frames. I haven’t mastered the art of the 12 minute workout myself, but I sure would like to get there.
Final pro-tip, sunlight helps provide us with Vitamin D, so I have heard. Sunlight. in moderation, is pretty sweet. It’s my jam.
Welcome to a blog post about Jason Isbell. This will be kinda short and it will kick off with a few “stipulations” and “suggestions.”
Stipulation I: Luna is the best “active” band, and “Malibu Love Nest” is their best song.
Stipulation II: Craig Finn is the the best active rock star, and the live version of “Killer Parties” on A Positive Rage best exemplifies this.
Stipulation III: Jason Isbell is the best active songwriter, and “Different Days” is his best song. Matthew Houck from Phosphorescent is a close 1A here, and “Nothing Was Stolen” helps exemplify.
Suggestion I: I don’t know who the greatest band of all time is. There are a lot of options. The Beatles is not the right answer.
Suggestion II: Mick Jagger is the greatest frontman of all time, although Chuck Berry is still the purest rock star that will probably ever be (man I would love to play the keyboard like the dude in this video!)
Suggestion III: Townes Van Zandt is the greatest songwriter of all time, although Dylan’s high points are higher. I don’t agree with myself here. Dylan is the best.
We shall explore all the above stipulations at some later date. Today we are looking at Isbell. Today on the Periscope there we said we might do a post here about “Different Days.” Well, that’s going to be a little too much work for today. So instead we’ll do a little top five. These are not necessarily my favorite 5 songs from Isbell, but pretty much. So, “in no particular order”:
I. “Danko/ Manuel,” from The Dirty South. 2003. On the Periscope I was a little inaccurate–Isbell was 24-25 when he wrote this one. It’s about the band The Band, and about emulating one’s heroes and the pros and cons of that action.
First they make you out to be/ the only pirate on the sea/ they say Danko would have sounded just like me/ “Is that the man you want to be?”
II. “Goddam Lonely Love” also from The Dirty South. 2003.
So I’ll take two of what you’re having and I’ll take all of what you got/
to kill this goddamn lonely, goddamn lonely love
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before/ a man walks into a bar and leaves before his ashes hit the floor/ stop me if I ever get that far/ the sun’s a desperate star that burns like every single one before
Dude was 25 years old.