Category Archives: Music

Songs on Saturday ~ Billy Joel

There are no moralities nor rules to be found in arson.

This is a live version of the song ~ not the single release.  I like the raw energy, and the pictures.  (The lyrics are cool too.)

You know what?  If you can’t handle me at my very worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my very best.  You have lit the spark in my bonfire heart, and I don’t want to get burned again.

Please listen responsibly.  And, never, ever play with fire.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

“I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot…..”

“give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world…..”

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Shania Twain

Never try to impress a woman ~ she’s seen and heard it all before.

What’s likely to impress a woman, and what isn’t?

Outside of a new love’s first bliss, I don’t know any really cool woman who isn’t going to think this line is totally sick making;  The darkest hour of my day is the hour in which I don’t get to see you.  ~  Amit Kalantri.  It’s a cute line, but to me it’s not cool, and not impressive.

Actually, that may not be quite true, it’s all about the mood, the moment, the time, the place, and the delivery.  But, in my experience, a line like that is just trying too hard.

In general terms, the harder a guy tries to impress a cool, mature, together woman, the less impressed she is likely to be.  The thing is, boys have been trying to impress her ever since they first noticed that she was a girl ~ so you’ve got twenty years of her cynicism to overcome.

Unless you’re Steve McQueen forget about impressing her, and just be true to yourself.  If that’s not enough then politely say goodbye ~ some say there’s always a nicer, prettier, sexier girl just around the corner.  Me I’m not always so certain.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Next to Snoopy, who was ever cooler?

Songs Saturday ~ Tom Petty

This above all; to thine own self be true.

Something I re-learned this week.  Your comfort zone is nothing but a prison of your own making.  And that when we allow parents, family, friends, coworkers, or those in authority to rule our lives we are just adding another set of bars to our own prison.

Be yourself, turn up for life, and don’t back down.

Please listen responsibly.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Englishmen say ‘sorry’ as often as Americans say “have a nice day”  ~  and both are meaningless

Turkey – The Strip

Sometimes unexpected Magic happens.

Taking a vacation with no expectations, other than reading a book by the pool, has lead me down a surreal rabbit-hole of fun.

This sleepy little seaside town of Oludeniz has a street that comes alive at night time, when it’s called The Strip.

Last night, our organised excursion was to visit some bars and clubs, so come ten o’clock, 18 of us hit The Strip.

Starting at Oh Yes cocktail bar, via Reef Bar, we all ended up in Bitter’s Cocktail Karaoke Bar.

Turns out I can’t sing, but I can dance.  😈

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

You’d think a man would know…

’tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all  ~  Alfred Lord Tennyson

There seems to be a problem with a relationship I’m having with a woman who is very important to me.

In the end it has come down to those two perennial issues; money and sex.

But, this relationship was always about just how much money I was prepared to spend ~ and just how little I was prepared to accept in return.  Now it’s about a $25,000 car…..

You’d think a mature man such as I would have seen this from the start ~ truth be told I did, but perhaps I just wasn’t prepared to accept the painful reality it.

You Think A Man Would Know

Perhaps things will turn out well after all.

~

jack collier

jackcollier@talktalk.net

 

or maybe Marmaduke and I will hit the road again

Never Give In, Never Give Up

To be good at what you do, you first have to do.

For a few years I’ve been feeling unwanted by the life I live, unloved by the world I live in, and disliked by all the Goddesses that there ever were.  And then I realised that there were more choices open to me than being a miserable, celibate, unwashed recluse, drinking myself to death in a dirty garret.  All I had to do was turn up for Life.

Life is filled with opportunities, we need to make the most of them.  ~  Scott Geller

The more choices we have, the richer our life can become.

I have some good choices, and one of those is to be happy.

This song makes me think of doing cool things with someone I feel very happy about today.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

America is mostly empty

The clearest way into your own mind is through Wilderness

Once one gets away from the big cities, the USA is mostly wilderness.

On my recent road trip, sometimes the only thing in the wilderness was the road, a broken down fence, and a distant power line.

Sometimes there’s a road sign.  Zzyzx is actually in San Bernadino County, California, and you get there by the 4.5 mile long unpaved Zzyzx Road.  We didn’t go there, because there’s bugger-all there.  However, Zzyzx does feature in music and films, (movies).

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

pictures taken by the girl riding shotgun with a Lumix

Forgotten Modern History

In December seventy years ago the French decided they would stay in Indochina.  This set off a chain of misery which did not end when the Americans were defeated by Vietnamese communists in 1975 with the fall of Saigon. French occupation of Vietnam ended with their defeat at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in 1954.  The Vietnamese Cambodian war then went on until 1991.

Billy Joel ~ We Didn’t Start The Fire

Please listen responsibly.

Perhaps we should all learn a little more forgotten history.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Black Velvet

After Black Friday ~ Black Velvet.

Black velvet is one of Life’s most sensual pleasures.

If they were starting their careers today, Rockwell and Picasso would probably both be painting on black velvet.  ~  Brad Holland

95-041016230113There’s a drink called Black Velvet, made from half Champagne and half Guinness.  Poured properly the two liquids stay separate in the glass ~ until one begins to quaff that is.  (Quaffing is like drinking except you get drunker and spill more.)  Allegedly first made by the bartender at Brooks’s in London in 1861, this cocktail is almost guaranteed to make any lady quite amatory.  There’s something quite sorcerous about Black Velvet.  To complete the evening get her a Black Velvet choker.

A very nice Canadian whisky is also called Black Velvet.  Trust me, this is as smooth and dark as its name suggests.  One of the nicer things about some Canadians is that they can spell whisky.

Black Velvet is also a very cool song, first recorded by Alannah Myles ~ and subsequently sung by anyone and everyone who thinks they have a voice.  And sadly, anyone who has been drinking black velvet in a karaoke bar.

I’m not certain I can recommend the rock magazine Black Velvet, but at least there’s an on-line digital issue.

All women look good wearing black velvet.  In fact, does the classic LBD look any better than when it’s a black velvet Little Black Dress?  Is there anything sexier than Christian Louboutin Black Velvet evening shoes?

I know there are 1001 other products, stores, bars, cosmetics, girls… trading under the name Black Velvet.  Some of these are better found for yourself.  Some of these are better left alone.

If a guy wants to be a very cool guy, then he needs to sharpen up his urban survival skills and learn stuff like this.

~

cranstonjack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

 

Don’t Worry Be Happy

Every motivational writer says that true happiness is a state of mind.

Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed.

Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute to the full, with joy, grace, and consideration for others.  Happiness is loving and being loved.

happy

So, don’t worry, just be happy.

Please listen responsibly.

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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