(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)
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A listing and access link to all:
song lyrics and mp3 audio files http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/ (all of which are a part of this Web site) can be accessed simply by selecting the "htm" file for the song you want;
quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and
essays written by Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm,
all of which are used to tell the story in this Web site, can be accessed by going to each respective link set out above.
My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site and the following Web sites:
Larry Blakeley (Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)
Leslie (Blakeley) Adkins - my granddaughter
Lori Ann Blakeley (June 20, 1985 - May 4, 2005) - my granddaughter
Evan Blakeley- my grandson
Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)
When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play
No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye
- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins
MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm
For a larger image click on the photograph.
A collage of photographs of Larry Blakeley here. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm
You cannot come or leave our home without this being the first and last item displayed: "I am not a Very Important Man, as importance is commonly rated.....A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different, because I was important in the life of a boy (child)." - "Within My Power," Forest Witcraft. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations/within_my_power.htm
Foundations and Organizations of Philanthropy http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/philanthropy.htm
This is a user-friendly place to visit ("No lawyer made me say so." - Larry Blakeley) no matter whether black, red, yellow in color of skin (even white is welcome) - no matter what gender you claim to be, religion you claim to be rooting for, what prophet you quote, or what piece of soil you claim MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/land_is_your_land.htm to own for evermore - we all bleed the same color, red; but for people with minds that hate http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/hate.htm - get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me.
Some Enron traders talking "screwing Grandma" and other nonsense http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/corporate_ethics.htm
Some family photos and information http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larry_blakeley_family.htm
A Mother's Day card to my mother. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/directory_card_mother_larry1965.djvu
Plato's view on the effects of what the young are exposed to at a young age http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations/plato_quote.htm. With this, I agree, "Houston we've had a problem" http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations/houston_problem_here.htm
Why I think it's important for all of us to learn how to manage information more effectively here. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/difficult_vs_complex.htm
What is a Knowledge Warrior? http://www.larryblakeley.com/experts/jonathon_levy/knowledge_warriors.htm
And, why do you need someone to filter what's out there? Well, because you need to stay away from the media (too biased and influenced by their employer - see email to Gary Langer here http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/email_to_gary_langer20041107.htm), the marketers (predominately, just outright liars), and focus on the scholars. But, you still have to be careful here because some of them are Marxists, Socialist, Atheists, and are on roads you don't want to travel - in other words "both oars aren't in the water!" So, beware.
Some further down near the bottom of the of knowledge than me here. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/knowledge_experts.htm
How I felt when I interviewed for jobs at UT in 1978:
"I wanna see the stock of this company split ten times over the next year,
I wanna make the Board of Directors so filthy rich, man,
I tell you I wanna PRODUCE, PRODUCE, PRODUCE!,"
The original song here. http://www.arlo.net/lyrics/alices.shtml
Within 5 years - what I became:
"The Organization Man," William Whyte, Doubleday, 1956, http://www.english.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/whyte-main.html"
Some reasons why I left corporate America:
""We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end. It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood. . . . It has indeed been a trying hour for the Republic; but I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless." - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864, Letter to to Col. William F. Elkins http://www.ratical.org/corporations/Lincoln.html
Because I realized that my experiences with corporate America http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/corporate_ethics.htm conflicted with my values and much of what I saw reminded me of this - clueless:
.".... and the Director "began to cry, 'cause the Director had come to the realization that this was a typical case of minds from the 1950s trying to deal with the technology of the 1990s, and there wasn't nothing he could do about it,."...," http://www.larryblakeley.com/academic_research_search/alice_server_song.htm
Because of my conviction to spend time with my children. This has been a conviction that I just never compromised. I just could not accept that "my failure as a parent could influence their failure as a parent"; and
Because "All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten," Robert Fulghum, http://www.robertfulghum.com. Here is my kindergarten class at Rotan, Texas. I'm the boy behind the teacher. I think the girl next to me, Reba Carter has her arm around me, but I really don't remember. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larry_kindergarten_group.djvu); and
Because - "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans"; and
Because of my childhood experiences growing up - my mother, my father, and their family took hold and remains today. These are my roots - "A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different, because I (we) was (were) important in the life of a boy (child)" - and, for that - I am thankful for I knew what my children needed from me. - "Within My Power" http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations/within_my_power.htm, by Forest Witcraft (you have to pass a calligraphy of this by Laura Leiden, Calligrapher http://www.lauraleiden.com/ to come and go from our home).
And, I wouldn't want this to be my legacy as a father, now would I?
And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon.
Little boy blue and the man in the moon.
"When you comin' home, Dad?"
"I don’t know when,
but we'll get together then.
You know we'll have a good time then."
- "Cat's in the Cradle," MP3 Audio/Lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/cats_in_cradle.htm
Is the academic community and the commercial publishers playing an unethical game with access to information paid for by the American public?
"Wanting their cake and eating it too" here? http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/comercial_publishers.htm Pretty easy to take advantage of the American public these days, but you know - you can find them - if you look.
Quotations (along with further background information) that mean something to me here. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm
Articles of Interest (to me, at least):
Knowledge and Information Management issues here. http://www.larryblakeley.com/articles_of_interest.htm
The rest here. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles_of_interest.htm
Some of my favorite poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm
"As to poetry, you know," said Humpty Dumpty, stretching out one of his great hands, "I can repeat poetry as well as other folk, if it comes to that..." - "Through the Looking Glass," by Lewis Carroll, Chapter VI: Humpty Dumpty here http://www.sabian.org/Alice/lgchap06.htm (the Library of Congress has the original scrapbook that was kept by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll here http://international.loc.gov/intldl/carrollhtml/)
My Humpty Dumpty - in his younger years - file name: larry_karen_sharon_embrace2.djvu; but, just as life takes it's toll on all of us, he had to be patched and mended; so, my Mother would reach up for her Brother sewing machine and mend him for me. She did this for as long as I asked her to. And, as you can readily see - she patched him numerous times for me (you can see the stitching), until one fateful day, his "right arm" just disappeared, forever. We moved around a lot, so maybe it became dislodged in one of our moves, but - you know, he still works. Why? Because he never really used his arms - I furnished that for him. And, we were friends - even today.
For the imaging enthusiasts - these scanned images:
Humpty Dumpty Image 1: http://www.royblakeley.name/embrace_larry_karen_sharon/humpty_dumpty_larry.djvu
Humpty Dumpty Image 2: http://www.royblakeley.name/embrace_larry_karen_sharon/humpty_dumpty2_larry.djvu
were taken in the pre-light period of the early morning, right before the sun arose for it's daily travel across the sky from east to west.
As I looked outside of my window, and savored the freshness of a new day, all the while reciting to myself the lyrics to a song that means so much to me, "Morning Has Broken MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/morning_has_broken.htm," with its sweet acknowledgments of how marvelous each day of life really is - I silently spoke to myself and gave thanks, again, for those that shined a light on my life; those common, ordinary American men (http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/ file name: common_ordinary_american_man); men of character, values, and principles of living; truths of living life as a real man - the men in my life ("Bridge Builder" http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry/bridge_builder.htm) that gave me the strength of character to make a choice to "live"; and, over time, become wise enough to really appreciate the meaning of this song of poetry; and, just to think, much of my learning of manhood happened while I was still a boy, clutching this Humpty Dumpty of mine.
So, I thought to myself, "What if?"
"What if, I let the light of day shine on my Humpty Dumpty and just scan him using this additional lighting - my "virtual Humpty Dumpty" - nothing more than a collection of packets ("bytes") of 1's and 0's ("bits"), for storage and safe-keeping in my personal digital library - before he loses his other arm?"
So, that's what I did, here. I took the cover off the scanner, covered my Humpty Dumpty with a blank piece of white paper, ever so gently lowered his face down on to the glass, opened the shades to "let that same sunlight I was praising just moments before," and scan him. The results of that scan is the file name: humpty_dumpty2_larry.djvu (the first scan is humpty_dumpty_larry.djvu)
Lyrics to some songs that mean something to me (including some classical favorites of mine) http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs.htm
Maybe, this one will come to pass someday for me - "Unchained" MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/johnny_cash/unchained.htm
A childhood friend that influenced my direction in music appreciation here. MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/music_influences.htm
Will Rock die? Probably. But, that's OK with me.
Why do I think it will die? Because in my opinion the lyrics of today's youth is a voice of truth of their pain, frustration, anger, and despair that the yesteryear "rockers" never experienced and just don't understand what they're trying to express. True, long-lasting pain cannot be taught or learned - it has to be felt - day-in and day-out to truly understand.
Many of the young musicians of today are expressing this pain in a most profound way and if you listen, you will hear it for yourself. The Black man and the lonely white youth can share the same music today - and understand each other, somewhat better than the "rock" days. But, rock never had anything for the Black American for the most part. It was Whitey's music. Sure, at times the white musician could do a decent job of imitating the melody of the "blues" - and I would think were appreciated in some limited sort of way by the Black American.
But, never the pain.
It's just a totally different world today - and, anger is rampant.
So, for me - I'll listen (and have) to what you've got to say, "But if you want money for people with minds that hate http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/hate.htm, All I can tell is, brother, ....... you can count me out?" - John Lennon, "Revolution." MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/revolution.htm
"Today’s young people seem to love the fact that their parents don’t 'get' Hip-Hop – just as was the case for Rock all those years ago. In the past teenagers, especially young men, turned to Rock to help them deal with raging hormones and issues with authority and independence. Rock was rebellion. Rock was something their parents weren’t listening to. Rock was theirs. But today’s teens identify more with Hip-Hop, not Rock. And the Hip-Hop sound is going to stay with them as they grow older. Rock stations will no longer be able to count on a majority of male teens growing into 25+ Rockers. You can almost feel the Rock format being moved to the sidelines by this trend."
- "The Hip-Hop Generation Gap: Hip-Hop is ‘taking over’" http://www.edisonresearch.com/hiphop.htm, by Jayne Charneski, Edison Media Research Group http://www.edisonresearch.com/Default.htm
But then a mutation of Hip-Hop arrived on the scene. One of the "gangsta rap" pioneers was Tupac Amaru Shakur a.k.a 2Pac , June 16, 1971 - September 13, 1996 with songs like "All Eyez On Me." MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/alleyezonme_2pac.htm
For other such rapper music see 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin" here. MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/50_cent/get_rich_or_die_tryin.htm and "If You Want Some," David Darnell Brown (a.k.a. Young Buck)MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/if_you_want_some_young_buck.htm.
And, lastly, the most quintessential "gangsta rap" that I have found so far:
... So don't stop me pig when you see my vogues
Cause I'm simply sweated by the po po's
Me kill a cop, kill a cop, me put the pig in the box with me glock
Me kill a cop, kill a cop, me put the pig in the box with me glock
In my rearview mirror it's the po po's again
Yeah I'm tripping cause I just got out the pen
The sucker motherfucker with a blue suit foo
Trying to lock a nigga down on the que
Riding my dick like a hoe from the stroe
A jealous bitch cause a nigga try and roe
That coward motherfucker with a badge on his chest
Fuck with king, get a whole through your vest
Like rat-tat-tat on your asshole
Thats what I think about the motherfuckin the po po ...
- "Sweated by The Po Po's," TRU MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/sweated_by_po_pos_tru.htm
This song came out the same year, 1993, that C. Delores Tucker (October 4, 1927 - October 12, 2005) started her ferocious campaign against "gangsta" rap to no avail - calling it "pornographic fifth" and saying it was demeaning and offensive to black women. "You can't listen to all that language and filth without it affecting you," she said.
Just a few examples of the trash being produced, distributed and sold to the youth of America by the management of corporations that are most probably just as guilty of this, or maybe more so, for contributing to the genocide of the heart, mind, and soul of America's youth:
Ring around the rosy
Pocket full of posies
They all fall down.
- "Ring Around the Rosy," Author: Unknown
Shame on you for this plague! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/rxforsurvival/series/diseases/plague.html
I know who you are. http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/music_group_chain.htm
All of these songs and associated albums can be purchased on amazon.com.
Is this our white man's, black 50 Cent? Alice Cooper http://www.alicecooper.com/bio.html? You may not like him and his theatrics on stage, but when I read some of his lyrics - in my opinion - he does have something to say and is a very adept songwriter. It's just that he may not write and perform songs that you particularly like to hear - which is OK, but I don't think he is anything close to the hatred and evil mindedness to the fellow human being as the black's 50 Cent. You judge for yourself. You will be going out of my protected webspace when you travel to: http://www.darklyrics.com/a/alicecooper.html
For me this is one of those cases of personal judgement of "I don't know how to define it (filth, evil, hatred, etc.), but I know it when I see it!"
"The sicker our fans get, the sicker we'll get.....I'm the most American rock act! I have American ideals: I love money!" - Vincent Furnier (aka Alice Cooper), "The Alice Cooper Show," (Summarized html version here http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/jeffrey_morgan_alice_cooper.htm; Full text version here http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/jeffrey_morgan_alice_cooper.txt Note: remember - use right click of mouse button, select Save Target as - then recommend to your Desktop - the file name is jeffrey_morgan_alice_cooper.txt)
But, on the other hand, there is a lot of good young Rock, New Age, Hip Hop, or whatever artist label you want to put on them - the lyrics have substance and reflect a lot of the pain many of us feel. These artists are good and very passionate about their expressions. It's just a shame that many of them are never heard by most of us for a number of reasons - the least of not which can be attributed to the conglomerate media companies - most of which probably haven't felt the lyrics to a song in their young life.
Some interviews of interest to me http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/interviews_of_interest.htm
American Foreign Policy and "Why are they so angry at us? Why do they hate us so?"
Our "holier than thou attitude" as we carry our big stick around the globe? Or, maybe this http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/224Helicopter_Kills.mpeg (Note: this is a 5MB mpeg video file of killing from a helicopter at night in Iraq).
"And I went up there, I said, "Shrink, I want to kill. I mean, I wanna, I wanna kill. Kill. I wanna, I wanna see, I wanna see blood and gore and guts and veins in my teeth. Eat dead burnt bodies. I mean kill, Kill, KILL, KILL." And I started jumpin up and down yelling, "KILL, KILL," and he started jumpin up and down with me and we was both jumping up and down yelling, "KILL, KILL." And the sargent came over, pinned a medal on me, sent me down the hall, said, "You're our boy."
Didn't feel too good about it." - "Alice's Restaurant," Arlo Guthrie, http://www.arlo.net/lyrics/alices.shtml
The Army and Marines must be thrilled with today's youth. They are probably the best military America has ever had.
A few questions that I would like to know the answer to.
Why American women continue to "let" the American male "dupe" them? He demands the sacrifice of their sons, they hand them over with no resistance or even an understanding of the reasons for doing so - while quoting scriptures from their bibles and praying that their son is not the one to come back home in a body bag? See Web page Vietnam History here. http://www.royblakeley.name/roy_james_blakeley/vietnam_history.htm
When, all they have to do is say "NO!" Or, possibly stronger measures - Songs of Retribution MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/songs_of_retribution.htm).
Go figure? The "potential" power MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/guitar_gently_weeps.htm of women as a group of the American society is nothing short of astounding; but, why are they so disorganized? Is it because of the feminist radicalism?
What I would like to see change regarding the power of the President of the United States to commit us to war.
Consensus of Congress in accordance with Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States of America.
Personally, I just don't feel comfortable with allowing the President of the United States, his administrative staff and advisors to be making such a decision. I just believe the stakes in lives are much too high - and, our history of success has been questionable.
The game of not officially declaring war in order to circumvent Congress should be reviewed and changed.
Jacob Javits (senator, dec.): ""Declaring war . . . is only one part of the Congress's constitutionally assigned war power. Article 1, Section 8 also instructs Congress to provide for the common defense (not offense), to raise and support armies and navies, make rules for the government and regulation of the armed forces and organize and govern militia. When combined with the 'necessary and proper' clause, Article 1, Section 8 offers overwhelming evidence that Congress is required by the Constitution to determine whether the United States makes war or remains at peace.
." . . It is . . . one of the terrible ironies of American history that as war has become more destructive, less humane and less controllable, the power of decision over war has become increasingly concentrated in the hands of one American. This trend of history carries with it a portent of death for millions of human beings in the nuclear age. The American people can reverse this trend by insisting on the reinstatement of representative deliberations over the fearful decision as to war and peace." (Who Makes War? 1973, pp. 272, 273.)
Who can I trust to tell me the "truth?" Choices below.
1. Our president?
2. My minister?
3. My mother?
4. Your minister?
5. Your mother?
6. A Christian that is constantly asking for forgiveness and asking to be Unchained? MP3 audio file/lyrics at http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/unchained.htm
7. A Buddhist?
8. A Muslim?
9. An atheist?
or, maybe Groucho Marx http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations/quotes_groucho_marx.htm - "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." - Groucho Marx