Archive for ‘Earworm’

I Give You My Word


Sunset, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica November 2019

“I was born with nothing,

and I ain’t got much to give,

but I give you my word…”

 “Don’t lie to me, it makes you look bad,

don’t lie to me, it’s all that you have,

don’t lie to me, you’re never gonna live it down”

The lyrics to this Mother Trucker’s song popped into my mind during a recent conversation with a friend about personal ethics. Give it a listen, besides being a fun romp there’s a certain amount of truth in there!


The Life


Sunset, Playa Carmen, Costa Rica October 2019

I ran in the rat race for a short period of time when I was younger. I dropped out when I realized it wasn’t making me happy, just exhausted. My needs are simple and I prefer to focus my extra time and money making memories with friends and family.

So, for me, this Kenny Chesney song isn’t a revelation but rather an affirmation. I think it’s especially fitting since I’m staying in the Playa Carmen section of Santa Teresa (I have no way of knowing if this is the Playa Carmen he’s referring to but I like to think so).

“In the best broken Spanish I knew, I said I make a good living

back home where I’m from, He smiled and said “amigo me too”

He said I fish and I play my guitar, I laugh at the bar with my friends

I go home to my wife, I pray every night, I can do it all over again”

It’s well worth a listen, amigos!


The Time is Now…

“I bought a cheap watch from a crazy man,
floating down canal.
It doesn’t use numbers or moving hands,
it always just says now.
Now you may be thinking that I was had,
but this watch is never wrong.
And if I have trouble the warranty said,
breathe in, breathe out, move on.”

This Jimmy Buffett song was written about the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina but I find the opening of the song resonates for any of life’s storms. The time is now, my friends…

Turn Off the News

I attended a fantastic concert at the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels on Friday night. The Avett Brothers headlined but the main draw for me was the opening act, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real. I was mesmerized by the set they played at the Luck Festival back in March and eager to see them again. Lukas not only looks and sounds a lot like his father in his younger days but his songwriting skills are impressive. Lukas and POTR have a new album coming out next month, Turn Off the News (Build a Garden), and I love, love, love the title song.

“Turn off the news and build a garden,

Just my neighborhood and me,

We might feel a bit less hardened,

We might feel a bit more free”

Note: There is one F bomb near the beginning but please don’t let that deter you.



Rollin’ with the Flow

“Once was thought inside my head,

‘fore I reached thirty I’d be dead,

somehow on and on I go,

I keep on rollin’ with the flow”

This is one of the songs that I can’t listen to just once, I have to hear it at least three times before I can allow iTunes to shuffle on. I prefer Mark Chestnutt’s version as it reminds me of his concert at Gruene Hall a dozen years ago. It was a fun and intimate show in a historic venue. Mark was laid back, sharing stories and jokes in between songs. These lyrics resonated with me then and they still do, 428855432_1ba390728c_o

Mark Chestnutt, Gruene Hall, Gruene, Texas February 2007

The Long Way Around

“Well, I never seem to do it like anybody else,

Maybe someday, someday I’m gonna settle down,

If you ever want to find me I can still be found,

Taking the long way,

Taking the long way around.”

This should be my theme song! While living a more traditional, stationary life certainly would’ve been easier, I wouldn’t have been happy. My life has been unusual but it certainly has not been boring!

Give it a listen – I think you’ll enjoy it. It even mentions traveling the country by RV with stars on the ceiling (and yes, I did put glow-in-the-dark stars above the bed in my first RV).