Friday, July 27, 2007

Self-Conscious Bigot

He was a very considerate bigot,
never wanting anyone of color
to think ill of him.
Always shielding his contempt
from foreigners,
only exposing it to white folk.
I'll never forget the day
he asked, "Wanna see my new can-gun?"
Powerful for aluminium!
"It's for Afr-I-CANS,
Puerto-RI-CANS, and
Mex-I-CANS!" he told me.
A coward really.
Once I saw him a give box
of candy to our Black postman,
proudly announcing,
"In rememberance of my Savior's
One Thanksgiving, I met his wife's
Latina grandmother, he helped the
woman from her car with great affection.
Yes, my neighbor was a confused
soul. His spigot of hatred
had a slow, internal leak,
fatal only to the bigot himself.
my favorite hypocrite.

--Shenandoah Lynd


Thursday, July 26, 2007

Is That All?

Want my story?
A personal encounter
with the Firstborn of the Dead
wrecked a troglodytic life
conjuring abundance and
placing the least qualified
In the front lines
of marriages saved
addictions overpowered
wounds healed
beasts brought to their knees
A far cry from a list of dont's
or boring sermons from the pew
this zestful life rousing
adventure at every turn
If you're asking, "Is that all?"
Then you don't know my Liberator.

--Shenandoah Lynd



I finished the whole thing
and the three-headed dog
appeared to guard the exit
of my personal hell
no escape
like the loneliness
of a long-distance runner
was the ignominious walk
back to my lover's hallowed door.

--Shenandoah Lynd


Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Book 7

Done. It's amazing.


Friday, July 20, 2007


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Can't Contain Myself!

Neil tearing it up at The Glass House.

Okay, back on July 26th of last year I posted this random thing about Neil Finn and how I was jonesing for a Finn show. Since then Neil has gotten his band, Crowded House, back together. Today, just today, their new studio album in like over 10 years is out. The album is called "Time On Earth" and it is amazing. I've listened to it three full times as of this writing and it is such a great disc. It's the kind of album that makes the world a better place because of its sentiments. It makes me happier and more full of joy. I cannot recommend it enough. Want to know more specifics? Read the great review from the LA Times.

That's not all. What I never told you is that I was fortunate enough to see Neil Finn live at this very small club called Largo back on December 6, 2006. It was one of the most amazing nights ever! It was so intimate and laid-back. He played with Jon Brion, Mitchell Froom, Sebastian Steinberg, and Missy Higgins. Neil was doing all these new songs which I thought were for a new solo record, but turns out he was trying out many of the songs for "Time on Earth" for us. That night I was more than impressed by songs that came out today such as "People Are Like Suns" or "This Heaven That I'm Making" both of which moved me to the core. That night seems like yesterday.

After that, on April 27, 2007, I saw Crowded House perform in another club, The Glass House, in Pomona! That show too was fantastic! One of the highlights was "Silent House" which is also off the new album. The musical arrangement of it and the way the band played it was a euphoriant for me! I still remember them doing "Walked Her Way Down" and "Nobody Wants To" from this new album and just loving the songs, trying to reconstruct them in my head and dying to get the album. Today I've got it.

It gets better. I get to see Neil Finn live again a week from today because I'm seeing Crowded House at the historic Troubadour in Hollywood for a sold out show! This will be special because it's the first time Chrisy will see Neil Finn with me. What amazes me about this is I keep seeing these small club shows; they are like a dream and the tickets are cheaper than the big shows Crowded House will be doing in San Diego or at the Greek in August! I'm paying like $25 bucks for a ticket for a tiny venue. It's such a pleasant change from this current trend of paying over a hundred for an arena show.

If you can't tell, I feel like I have discovered the best kept secret in the world right now. Neil Finn is like Paul McCartney to me, a beautiful songwriter. Do yourself a favor and get the new Crowded House album . . . . meanwhile, I'll be here Finnin' out!


Wednesday, July 04, 2007


The sounds of the casters
as we pushed the casket
stood out amidst the silence
Folding the flag thirteen times
in a meticulous display
of honor
Guns raised to heaven
their firing drowning
out the sorrow of your family
There under God's green blanket
everything was buried
except our pride

--Shenandoah Lynd


Monday, July 02, 2007

Brings Back Memories

Bob Weir and Brent Mydland vocals rule! Jerry Garcia can play! Amazing Phil Lesh on bass. Micky Hart and Bill Kreutzmann both great drummers. Give it a listen to see how I was spending my time in 1989: the amazing Grateful Dead!

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