November 11th (One Day Zazen Micro Retreat)
So all of you nice people be sure and remember those dates and set aside some time to come and enjoy beautiful Zazen practice in the picturesque town of Santa Monica. There will be delicious orange juice after the sittings and an enlightening talk about the wondrous and fine philosophy of Master Dogen. It will be lovely and peaceful and envigorating and all of you kind and smart people who stop by will feel the warmth and friendliness of magnificent fellowship in the profound practice of Zazen.
Now here’s my confession: As of today I have become the last person on Earth to purchase a copy of Frampton Comes Alive. They’re having a sale at Record Surplus on Pico Ave. in Los Angeles, a store that bills itself as “the last record store.” And well they may be what with Tower Records having been bought out by money-grubbing fascists who wanted to kill the chain. For this they will burn in Hell for Eternity. But that’s beside the point. The point is that Record Surplus had a vinyl copy of FCA for just a dollar. I couldn’t pass it up after having written what I wrote last time. I put it on while doing the dishes just now and it wasn’t too bad. The liner notes by some hack from Rolling Stone are nauseating and the cover is a bit embarrassing to be seen with. But the music’s sort of OK.
Also, forgive me Lord, I was thinking of purchasing the Billy Joel boxed set. Billy Joel has always been one of those guys I wanted to hate, but really couldn’t. At least not all that much. Captain Jack is a nice song. So’s Piano Man. The song My Life I like, but I don’t really “get” the story. It starts off in the first verse as a 3rd person narrative. But then it switches to first person & I’m never sure if the guy who says “Don’t worry about me cuz I’m all right” and all that is the same person the narrator is describing in the 1st verse or if it’s the narrator talking about himself. We Didn’t Start the Fire is a total rip-off of REM’s It’s The End of the World as We Know It, which is a rip-off of Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues. But everyone sucked in the 80′s. Maybe Husker Du was OK. And Plasticland. But nobody bought Plasticland’s albums. You should buy the Plasticland compilation out now on Ryko Disc, though. I command you!!!! Click the link on this article and buy it immediately. You will obey me!!!
Anyway, I stayed my hand and did not buy the Billy Joel set. So I’m safe for now. But for how long….? For how long……..?