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I ain't got nothin' but the blues... [Jun. 11th, 2016|07:23 pm]
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[Current Music |Damien Rice - The Blower's Daughter]

Ain't got no coffee that's perc'in,
Ain't got no winnings to lose,
Ain't got a dream that is workin',
I ain't got nothin' but the blues!

When trumpets flare up,
I keep my hair up,
I just can't make it come down!
Believe me, pappy,
I can't get happy
Since my ever-lovin' baby left town!

Ain't got no rest in my slumbers,
Ain't got no feelin's to bruise,
Ain't got no telephone numbers,
I ain't got nothin' but the blues!

--from "I Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues", by Don George/Duke Ellington (c) 1937

Actually, LairCronies, I can't get Happy if I start obsessing about my age and everything I can't seem to get Done in a Timely fashion. I also can't get Happy if I think too Long and Hard about my Creative projects that haven't paid for themselves Yet, and which I can't seem to promote to any effect.  I'm too Addicted to the internet Besides; I have to put it down and make some day-Long trips around the area to promote my LairShops with their own business cards, far Away from anyone who wants me to write their emails or do their grocery shopping for them.

Also, I'm a supporter of Bernie Sanders who knows that most voters in this country, for all their talk of a "political revolution", are too freaking Lazy to carry the flame all the way to the Democratic National Convention, never mind beyond it.  But I'm tired of playing it safe and settling for "Incremental Change" and crumbs Tossed my way by the Wealthy and Powerful, which is one reason I've been "feeling the Bern" in the first place.  Another reason is that, prior to Bernie's ascendance in this year's election primaries, presidential candidates have Seldom if Ever even given lip service to Poor and Homeless people.  I'm formerly Homeless, and currently living on Disability benefits; and I figured out a long time Ago that if I don't speak on my own and others' behalf, no one else will.  Who in the Washington State legislature knew that employers can legally refuse to hire people without Permanent addresses until a bunch of us from Dorothy Day House brought it up on one of our Housing Advocacy Days down in Olympia?

Anyway, I need time Off from doing errands or favors for anyone for a while, because I need to do some more of my own publicity right Now.  I've got to get out of bed before 1 pm, and travel across the area leaving publicity flyers at pubs and bookstores like I've done many times Before.  I need a week or more outside this area to get writing projects Done, with no distractions Whatsoever.  I've got to get back to making song videos.  I've got to improve my mental health Somehow; the same old pills aren't doing it for me too well Anymore.  And I've got to do more MUSIC!  More gigs in coffeehouses and street fairs and farmer's markets.  I'm not "too old" for that; I just need to energize myself more Often to be up to the task.  And I must discover how I'm being Blocked from earning a living from my own work, and kick Said blockage to the curb, right effing NOW...

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