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Jim Hurst
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USA 2017...
... and so it begins. A new year, a new era, a new introspective. New thoughts
about this country, a new President, a new set of challenges. New. I had a good 2016, and enjoyed the successes and
challenges, although each presented me with opportunity to ref...

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Yes, you could win a free set-up and maintenance visit to your favorite music store, repair center, luthier or repair person for your guitar!  Do you have a guitar that needs a little extra attention, maybe a good cleaning and oiling, a new set of strings a...

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Question: Why do women (and men) enjoy and support denigrating lyrics in music? (long-ish)
As a musician and artist, I am always mindful of my musical efforts.  I search to find songs that express many things and offer a variety of story-lines and emotional content.  Some of it my own composition and writing, some from other sources.  It is a par...

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If only...
I have wondered and wondered why things are like they are.  Why the things I feel so good about are being taken advantage of and abused by so many.  Why do folks have to get more than their fair share?  Why is it that stopping behind the white line – intend...

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I have wondered and wondered why things are like they are.  Why the things I feel so good about are being taken advantage of and abused by so many.  Why do folks have to get more than their fair share?

Why is it that stopping behind the white line – intended to be a place where one would stop on or just behind – is not enough?  Is there some reason that folks have to go just beyond?  Some far enough that the line may as well not exist.

As a former truck driver of many kinds but mostly 18-wheelers, I found that offense to be ridiculous and at times made my task of maneuvering that rig around corners, into parking lots, onto highways, etc. much more difficult.  It surely didn’t make it easier.  All because a driver HAD to go beyond the white line. Really?

Speeding.  Folks seem to just decide that 5-10 MPH is legal and some have the viewpoint that those who doesn’t do it are problematic.  Really?

Why don’t folks abide and obey the laws?  Why not be more courteous to others, be kind, give a little more, take a little less, think less of one and more of many?

I am feeling this way for many reasons, the examples above are just the tip of the iceberg.  I guess we all come up short here and there, but lately that’s not it… I don’t think.  It’s a general overall attitude that says “me me me”, and “I’ll get mine” even if it is yours too, and couldn’t care less if you got any, much less your fair share.  It is sad and very selfish.

If only we all would just do the right thing all the time.  If only we didn’t even consider bending the rules and breaking laws.  Drive the speed limit, obey the traffic laws, keep right except when passing, STOP at stop signs, use turn signals, don’t tailgate or act like Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon does when they race on a controlled track with other expert drivers – on public highways.  I bet they drive normal on public highways.

If only people would treat each other with kindness and respect.  What if no one broke the laws and never stole from people, didn’t sell drugs, didn’t use drugs, didn’t assault others, didn’t get into trouble with the law?  What if the law enforcement officers didn’t exert extra force, didn’t abuse their power, didn’t decide when and when not to write citations because of ulterior reasons, assume the worst because of a gender or a race, pretty and thin or ugly and fat, the type of car, the decals or bumper stickers, or part of town?

If only everyone did the right thing and stayed out of trouble to start with.  No need for rioting and looting (I don’t understand that anyway – WHY LOOT?), stop hating and doing wrong?

If only politicians weren’t corrupt.  What if those we elect to office actually worked for us instead of other forces, monetary or power, or political, or otherwise?  What if the legal system was fair and not jaded by opinion or hatred?  What if voters would research the candidates and issues instead of going by what the advertisements say?  What if a party of choice was a general idea and not a religion?  What if the “news” sources actually reported the truth, not some ill-gotten stream of data/text/hogwash that got ratings?  What if those ‘news’ sources couldn’t be altered by the owners of the station/network/comglomerate or some hate group?

If only we were all for one before one for all.  What if we tried to do the right thing?  What if we did this in as many places in our lives and day to day doings as best we could?  What if ALL of us did this?

If only we could find a way to find peace.  Harmony.  Balance.  Fairness.  Forgiveness.  Love.

If only…

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Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day.

A day of celebration and remembrance for those who served our country. All gave some, some gave all.

My father served in WW2 and came home without any physical wounds or scars. He did not talk about it too much, although he did share some of the positive things. Being in the South Pacific was dream-like beautiful to him. He volunteered to do his patriotic duty, and he wanted to be in the Navy.

He shared that when he went to ‘join-up’ he noticed a recruiter who was being mean, there were men in line and going up to this guy was not what he wanted, he hoped to get someone else. This recruiter would ask ‘which branch of service you do you want”? If you said Army he’d stamp Navy, and vice versa. Dad recognized that and when it was his time to answer, he said something like: “Sir, if it’s not too much trouble, I really would like to go in the Navy”. The recruiter grabbed the Army stamp and in mid-air stopped, looked at dad, then put it down and stamped ‘Navy’.

There are millions of stories surrounding our men and women serving our country. They’ve shared them to their families and friends, some about their own experience, probably most about their experiences with fellow soldiers/sailors. Seems that these young citizens of our great country try to do the best they can, even though they don’t sometimes agree with the fight(s). WW2 was an all-out defense of freedom for the free world, and especially our country. It took all we had to stop world dominance efforts by crazy dictators. Bravo to all the men and women US and Allies all over the world who helped to stop that craziness.

Conflicts and military efforts since then have been laced with ‘for-profit’ and other under-handed and subversive efforts, while our men and women… young men and women, are the ‘boots on the ground’ who have to suffer and deal with the failures and embarrassment, of the political acts which to me is mighty close to treason. These soldiers and sailors didn’t ask for that nor did they sign-up for it. I could go on and on about all that, but won’t. Today.

Memorial Day Monday is a day to honor those who did it. Who actually went to battle, who actually gave a lot and left some of who they were/are for this great country… and some gave all.

I honor those who served with a sense of great pride and purpose, to defend our country and what our flag represents – freedom.  I honor those who served to help those who cannot help themselves on our soil and on foreign soil. I honor those who came home safe and healthy, those who came home altered physically and mentally, emotionally. Thank you for what you did. Thank you.

Mostly, I honor those who gave all, gave their lives in effort for freedom, to help the helpless, and for our country. No words can say enough. No act can be enough. No congressional or presidential medal or other high honor can be enough. Thank you.

Families have given as well. They’ve given sons and daughters, supported them while abroad, cried for them, sent packages, cards and letters, prayed and prayed for their own and all of our men and women who are serving, and have served. Thank you.

Our soldiers and sailors, the men and women in uniform are doing their best to do a duty. THEY deserve our gratitude and respect as a whole.

From me to you, Thank you. Thank you. And, THANK YOU!
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Pivotal Career Event?
Here's a post I placed on my Facebook pages today (5/14/2015) after my Wednesday night (5/13/2015) solo performance opening for the world famous Doobie Brothers at the wonderful Music City Roots here in Franklin, TN... Good morning FB people... I'm feeling ...

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Here's a post I placed on my Facebook pages today (5/14/2015) after my Wednesday night (5/13/2015) solo performance opening for the world famous Doobie Brothers at the wonderful Music City Roots here in Franklin, TN... Good morning FB people... I'm feeling ...

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Here's a post I placed on my Facebook pages today (5/14/2015) after my Wednesday night (5/13/2015) solo performance opening for the world famous Doobie Brothers at the wonderful Music City Roots here in Franklin, TN... Good morning FB people... I'm feeling ...
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