Tell Me What You Think: “Can You Feel A Little Love?…” –DEPECHE MODE’s “Dream On” (2001)

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“…As Your Bony Fingers Close Around Me

Long And Spindly

Death Becomes Me

Heaven Can You See What I See?…”

“…Hey, You Pale And Sickly Child

Youre Death And Living Reconciled

Been Walking Home A Crooked Mile…”

“…Paying Debt To Karma

You Party For A Living

What You Take Won’t Kill You

But, Careful What You’re Giving…”

“…MMHMM…”

“…Theres No Time For Hesitating

Pain Is Ready

Pain Is Waiting

Primed To Do Its Educating…”

“…Unwanted, Uninvited Kin

It Creeps Beneath Your Crawling Skin

It Lives Without

It Lives Within You…”

“…Feel The Fever Coming

You’re Shaking And Twitching

You Can Scratch All Over

But, That Wont Stop You Itching…”

“…Can You Feel A Little Love?

Can You Feel A Little Love?

DREAM ON

DREAM ON. …”

Exciter (album) (via Wikipedia)

DREAM ON Is, By Far, The Most Popular Jam From DEPECHE MODEs Amazing 2001 Album, “EXCITER!!!

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This Is A Hard Jam To Beat, My Peeps.

DREAM ON

Is One Of The Best Songs, Period, From My UltraFavorite Band

DEPECHE MODE

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The Lyrics?

BRILLIANT.

The Backing Music And Overall Sound?

QUIRKYAssBRILLIANT.

The Melody And Flow?

Did I Already Use QUIRKYAssBRILLIANT?!

MKay.

How About EVENMOREQUIRKYAssBRILLIANTerer?!

Awesome!!

Im Rollin With It, Then!!!

Can Anyone Really Ask For More From Their Tunage?

NOT. AT. ALL.

Give It A Go, Kiddies.

Tell Me What YOU Think.

Im Damned Curious, To Say The Least.

DEPECHE MODE Are Known For Telling YOU To ENJOY The SILENCE“…

But, In This Instance, Im Honestly Hoping For YOUR Words!!!

ENJOY YOUR DAY, Fo SHO!!!

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So… I Was Informed Last Night That The Only Time I Ramblel Is When I’m Ill…

…And I Suppose I Can Agree With That.

I Do Tend To Ramble And Prattle-On When I Don’t Feel Great.

Sue Me.

My Bad.

BUT…

…Today Came Rather Early, My Peeps.

I Was Up And At ‘Em Before 3AM’ish.

I HATE Being Awake Whilst The World Sleeps.

Makes Me Feel Odd.

Makes Me Feel Like A Failure At Just One More Thing In Life.

Can’t Do Anything Else Right…

…So Why Should My Sleep/Wake-Cycle Be An Different.

I Remember Working “The Night Shift” While In The Navy.

I LOVED IT!

Of Course, My Hours Were Longer Than Everyone Else’s.

They All Worked 0700 To 1900 (7AM To 7PM).

I…

…Along With My Elder Namesake….

…Worked 1800 To 0900 (6PM To 9AM).

Talk About A Bummer OfΒ  A Deal…

…Yet We Were Very VERY Willing To Work The Extra Hours.

You See…

…”The Night Shift” Had One Amazing Quality…

…NO SUPERVISORS.

NO BOSSES Standing Over My Shoulder…

…Criticizing Each And Every Thing I Did.

NO BOSSES To Tell Me What To Do…

…When To Do It…

…How To Do It…

…Etc Etc.

It Was Peaceful.

It Was Painless.

It Was Worth The 15-Hour Shifts.

Who Cares How Long You Work Whilst At Sea?!

EXACTLY, Mr Peeps!

Who Gives A Shit!?!

You Can’t Go Anywhere.

You’re Surrounded By The Sea…

…Or The Ocean…

…Or Wherever We Were At The Time.

I Had To Be There One-Hour Before Everyone Else Got Off Work So I Could Get The “Turn-Over” From My Fellow Journalist Shipmates.

And Then I Couldn’t Leave Until 9AM Because Of “Happy Hour” Which Meant We Had To Clean The Ship For An Hour Each Morning.

I Got Yelled-At Many A Time For Ducking-Out Early And Going To Bed.

No…

…I Was Not A Model Sailor.

I Was A Helluva Journalist…

…Just Not A Sailor.

I Think I’ve Discussed That Before, So I Won’t Go Into It.

I Just Remember Being Told And Told Over And Over Again…

Brad, You Do A Great Job At This And That, But You’re Not Being A Team-Player, Nor Are You Fulfilling Your Duties As A Sailor On-Board This Ship. Straighten-Up, Fly Right, Or Get Burned.

Or Something To That Effect.

And Boy Oh Boy Did They Ever Burn Me!

((hahahaahaha))

Oh, Memories.

Why Must You Be So Vivid?!

Sheesh.

😐

This Is Turning Into A Ramble, Isn’t It?!

SEE!!

I Knew It Would.

I Could Ramble For Days-On-End About The Navy And My Experiences.

Slowly, But Surely, They All Come Back To Me.

They Float To The Surface, So To Speak.

In The End, I Came To Hate Hate HATE My Time In The Navy.

And That’s Sad To Me.

I LOVED The Navy.

I LOVED My Peers And Especially My Friends.

It Was My “Superiors” That Were Intolerable.

Little People Trying To Fill Big Shoes, Ya Know?!

People Whom Were Only In-Charged Because Of Their Time And Rank.

Had They Not Hated Me So Much…

…Honestly…

…I’d Likely Still Be In The Navy.

I Could Have Handled Anything Thrown At Me Had I Had Bosses Whom Were Worth A Shit.

But They Weren’t.

So I’m Not.

Plain And Simple.

ANYWAY…

…I Shall End This Ramble, Here.

Y’all Take Care, Please.

And Be Good When Possible.

I Know…

…It Ain’t Easy.

Hell…

…What In Life Ever Is?

Exactly, My Peeps, Exactly.

Have A Damned Decent Day, Kiddies.

I’m Going To Try Doing The Same.

PEACE, Y’all!!!

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The Song Stuck In My Head: “ISLAND IN THE SUN” by WEEZER (2001)

“…When You’re On A Golden Sea

You Don’t Need No Memory

Just A Place To Call Your Own

As We Drift Into The Zone…”

The Single Album For ISLAND IN THE SUNBy WEEZER !!!

“…On An Island In The Sun

We’ll Be Playing

And Having Fun

And It Makes Me Feel So Fine

I Can’t Control My Brain…”

One Of The Best Songs Of The Entire Preceding Decade, “ISLAND IN THE SUNIs Off Of The Band WEEZER‘s 2001 Self-Titled AlbumWEEZER” (aka “The GREEN ALBUM“) !!!

“…We’ll Run Away

Together

We’ll Spend Some Time

Forever

We’ll Never Feel Bad Anymore…”

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Before Hitting The Sack, Last Night…

(teehehe I Said Sack)

…I Was Listening To Some Quality Tunes That (almost) Always Put Me In A More Cheerful Mood.

I Figured If I Go To Sleep In A Good Mood, Maybe I’ll Get Some Good Rest.

Well…

…It Worked-Out By Going Pretty Much Up The Middle.

The Quality Tunes DID Put Me In A Better Mood.

The Rest I Got WAS Good.

However…

…I Only Got 4-Hours-Worth Of It.

Good Plan.

Good Execution.

Just Not Enough Good Execution Of Said Plan.

Oh Well, Right?!

RIGHT!!

Anyway…

…This Song…

ISLAND IN THE SUN

by WEEZER

…Was The Lone Little Number I Ended-Up Playing More Than Once During My “Good Mood” Attempt.

ISLAND IN THE SUN

…Is Simply A Wonderful Song…

…And One Of The Total BEST SONGS Of The 2000s.

It Has Yet To Fail In It’s Duties To Make Me Smile…

…And That’s A Very Good Thing, Fo SHO, My Peeps!

It’s Calming.

It’s Soothing.

It’s A Smile-Inducer.

It’s A Mood-Enhancer.

To Me…

…That Equals A Rather Splendid Life-Experience.

Music Is LOADED With Life-Experiences Of All Natures.

Some Make Us Happy…

…Or Sad.

Some Make Us Angry…

…While Others Fill Us With A Personal Ecstasy-Type Feeling.

Music Is Wondrous Like That.

Wouldn’t You Tend To Agree?!

GREAT!!

I Kinda Figured You Would.

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When I Awoke This Morning After My 4’ish-Hours Of Slumber…

…The First Thing I Wanted To Do Was Listen To This Song.

So I Did.

Now…

…I’ve Listened To It Damn Near a Dozen Times Between Last Night And This Morning.

It’s Stuck In My Head, Yet I Can’t Get Enough Of It.

Now THAT Is The Mark Of A Great Song.

Period.

Hear It A Dozen Times, Yet You’re Ready For Some More.

NICE!

I’ve Been A WEEZER Fan For A Long Time…

…And This Remains MY FAVORITE Tune Of Theirs.

Period Period.

Like I Said, It’s A Real Head-Changer.

For That Fact…

…It’s Stuck In My Head This Morning…

…And That Is NOT A Bad Thing!

Agreed???

AGREED!!!

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The Song Stuck In My Head: “ANYTIME” by ROBERT CRAY (2001)

I Could Be The One…

…That You Talk To…

…Anytime.

I Could Make You Coffee…

…Cream And Sugar…

…Anytime.

Come To My House…

…Sit By The Window…

…You’ll Always Have Someone To Talk To…

…Anytime. …

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ANYTIMEIs My Favorite Jam From The 2001 ROBERT CRAY AlbumSHOULDA BEEN HOME!!!

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You Can Drop By…

…Late At Night…

…Anytime.

Come Around Here…

…Early In The Morning…

…Anytime.

I’m Available Today For You To See…

…It’s Easy To Forget The Way…

…Love Used To Be. …

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The Song Stuck In My Head Is Such An Underestimation.

Yes…

…This Song IS Stuck In my Head…

…But I’m Honestly Already Over And Done With The Feeling Part.

I’m Trying My Best To Be The Smart One Here….

…And I’m Trying To Keep My Nerves Calm Throughout.

Neither Task Is Proving To Be Easy In Any Way/Shape/ Form.

I Can Easily Admit To Having Had A Horrid Evening, Yesterday.

Yet…

…There’s Nothing I Can Do About That, NOR Said Nerves.

That’s One Aspect Of Life A Person CANNOT Control.

I Get AND Understand That.

Period.

As Y’all Can Plainly See…

…I Couldn’t Sleep.

I Didn’t Sleep.

I Doubt Sleeping Is Something I Do Again…

…At Least Not Anytime Soon.

I Simply Wish I Could Make Myself See What My Body Is Already Trying To Tell Itself.

What’s The Old Saying?!

Expect The Worst…

…And…

…Hope For The Best?!?

Alright.

At The Moment…

…That’s Me.

That’s Where I Am.

That’s Where My Head Is In This Proverbial Game.

Thing Is…

…I ALWAYS Expect The Worst…

…And I ALWAYS Have.

That’s A Major Part Of My Mental/Emotional Makeup.

I Plop All My Eggs In One Basket And Simply Hope For A Positive Outcome…

…Regardless Of Whether Said Outcome Even Exists…

…All The While Expecting The Absolute Worst In Every Situation.

Jamming To Some Good Ole…

ROBERT CRAY

…Has The Power To Aide In Clearing My Thought-Processes.

At Least…

…It Does So For A Little While.

This Song…

ANYTIME

…Is My Favorite Jam From The Album…

SHOULDA BEEN HOME

…Which Is Such A Totally Wonderful Album.

It’s Jam-Packed With Quality Tunes, Fo SHO, Kiddies.

But…

…Above The Rest…

…I’m In Deep Deep LUST With…

ANYTIME

…And That Ain’t No Bologna.

ROBERT CRAY

…Always Seems To Have The Power To Cut Right Through The Crap…

…And Deliver Something Wildly Wonderful When One Is Down-And-Out.

The Lyrics Alone Are Priceless…

…And They’re Not Even The Best Part.

The Song’s Pace And Rhythm Are Exceptional.

It’s Very Old-School Blues, My Peeps.

It’s Not An Upbeat Number By Any Stretch Of The Word…

…But It Doesn’t Feel Like It’s Totally A Downer Blues Number, Either.

It Simply Is What It Is, Kids.

It’s An Amazing Blues Song That Totally Deserves The Sweet Sweet Lovin’ I Continue To Heap Upon It.

It Says A Lot.

Period Period.

I’m Tired, My Peeps.

I’m Tired Of Playing Games.

I’m Tired Of Being Caught-Up In A Perpetual State Of Unhappiness.

Snapping Myself Out Of It…

…However…

…Is Proving To Be An Exceptionally Difficult Task.

Why Must We Feel As We Feel, My Peeps?

Why Must Changing How We Feel Be So Damned Difficult?

Why Can’t We Just Look The Facts In The Face And Simply Roll With Them?

I Don’t Have An Answer To Any Of That.

I Simply Feel Cornered.

Like A Wild Animal…

…Feeling Cornered Is Worse Than Feeling Pain.

If I Were Simply Hurting…

…I Think I’d Be Able To Cope.

BUT…

…Feeling Boxed-In…

…Feeling Cut-Off…

…Feeling Cornered…

…Are All States I Simply CANNOT Handle Being In.

So…

…Here I Sit…

…Talking To Y’all…

…Jamming To My ROBERT CRAY Tunage…

…Waiting For Myself To Figure Something…

…ANYTHING…

…Out About Myself.

Maybe I Just Don’t Know Who I Am These Days.

I’m Not The Me I Used To Be…

…And I Have No Idea Where Find That Guy And Say…

"DUDE, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU!?!?! HAVE YOU LOST YOUR CONKERS!?!?!"

What More Can I Do, My Peeps?!

Exactly.

Not A Damned Thing.

Not A Damned Thing At All.

I Think The Best Thing For Me Right Now…

…Is To Shut-Up…

…Go Have A Smoke…

…Refill My Piping-Hot Coffee…

…And Just Try Try TRY To Chill-Out.

I’m A Fairly High-Strung Person…

…And I Find It Nearly Impossible To Chill-Out The Bulk Of The Time.

In This Situation…

…I Think Giving It Another Go Is Warranted.

I’m Sure The World Will Still Be Here When I Mentally Check Back In…

…So I Don’t Feel Too Bad About Simply Stepping Out Of It For A Bit.

It’s About Time For A Long Walk, My Peeps.

And You’d Best Be Believin’ I’ll Be Taking ROBERT CRAY Along With Me.

I’m Hooked On Him For The Time Being…

…And I’m Gonna Roll With It.

Good Idea?

Yes?

No?

Maybe So?

Hmm.

We Shall See, My Peeps, We Shall See.

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The Song Stuck In My Head: “I FEEL LOVED” by DEPECHE MODE (2001)

It’s The Dark Night Of My Soul

And Temptation’s Taking Hold

But Through The Pain And The Suffering

Through The Heartache And Trembling

I FEEL LOVED

I FEEL LOVED.

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The SongI FEEL LOVEDIs Yet Another FAVE-Of-FAVES From The 2001 DEPECHE MODE AlbumEXICTER!!!

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As The Darkness Closes In

In My Head I Hear Whispering

Questioning And Beckoning

But I’m Not Taken In

I FEEL LOVED

I FEEL LOVED.

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While Out-&-About On My Morning Walk…

…I Listened To Many MANY Quality Jams…

…The Bulk Of Which I’ve Already Discussed With Y’all.

HOWEVER…

…This Song…

I FEEL LOVED

by DEPECHE MODE

…Was The Final Song Of The Walk…

…And The One Song That’s Been On The Ole Brain, Since.

I Knew I Hadn’t Blogged About It…

…And I Felt That Was Doing This Song A Serious Injustice.

I FEEL LOVED

…Is An Exceptional Little Number…

…And One Of My Faves From A Personal Favorite Album…

EXCITER

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I Sincerely LOVE The Lyrics…

…The Beat Of The Song Is VERY Catchy…

…And It Totally Brings Back Some Fond Memories From My Clubbing Days.

You See, My Peeps…

…The Dance Clubs USED To Allow Patrons To Bring In Some Of Their Music…

…And Getting It Played Only Depended On Your DJ For The Night.

In 2001 AND 2002

…I Would Tote Around The “EXCITER” Album…

…In The Hopes Of Getting One Of Three Songs Played.

DREAM ON

&

THE DEAD OF NIGHT

…Were Two Said Three Songs.

The Third Was…

…Of Course…

I FEEL LOVED

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Some People May Scoff At The Thought Of Tipping A DJ $10 Just To Play Some Songs.

I…

…On The Other Hand…

…Never Had Any Issues With That Practice.

Whatever Money I Spent On Getting My Tunes Played Was Less Money Being Spent On The Booze-Choice Of The Night.

Trust Me, Kiddies…

…It Was A Totally Acceptable Trade-Off.

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ANYWAY

…I Sincerely Hope Y’all Have A Damned Decent FRIDAY, Fo SHO!

Please Take Care…

…Be Good…

…See Me Soon…

…And…

…Talk To Me Sooner!!!

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A Lone Sailor And His Ship

Original Photo By Bradley Alan

This Shot Was Taken Off The Coast Of PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA.

The Lone Sailor Stares Back At His Ship (The U.S.S. ABRAHAM LINCOLN) From A Liberty Boat.

I Sincerely Hope Y’all Enjoy This One.

It’s A Photo That Was Purely Happenstance.

Guess I Got Lucky With It, Eh?!?!

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TOM SELLECK: Double Shot Edition: “LAST STAND AT SABER RIVER” (1997) and “CROSSFIRE TRAIL” (2001)

Yes, My Peeps.

It’s Been A TOM SELLECK Western Type Day, Thus Far.

Having Just Finished Goin’ Back-To-Back With These Two…

…I Realized I Haven’t Talked Much Recently About Movies.

This Actually Didn’t Surprise Me Any…

…Since I Haven’t Really Watched Too Many Worth Writing About.

BUT…

…After Watching These Two Westerns…

…I Felt The Need To Give’em A Shoot-Out Shout-Out.

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I Started With…

ELMORE LEONARD’s

LAST STAND AT SABER RIVER

(1997)

…Starring…

TOM SELLECK

…With…

DAVID CARRADINE

…And…

KEITH CARRADINE

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TOM SELLECK Plays “PAUL CABLE”…

…An Ex-Confederate Army Cavalryman…

…Who Has Just Returned To His Old Stomping-Grounds In Arizona…

…Along With His Wife And Two Children.

He’s Turned His Back On The Civil War Raging Back East…

…And Aims To Resume His Normal Life Again.

BUT…

…It Just Ain’t Gonna Be That Easy!

(And When Is It Ever, Ya Know?!)

There Are OTHER Folks Who Now Claim His Land…

…And Other OTHER Folks Who Pledge To Help Him IF He Helps Them With Their Dastardly Plans!

Needless To Say…

…It’s Gonna Be Hard-Slog For TOM SELLECK In This One.

Will TOM SELLECK Get These Peeps Off His Land?

Will TOM SELLECK Get Dragged Back Into The War??

Will TOM SELLECK Be Able To Save His Family???

Ooooo…

…Gotta Watch It To Find Out, Kiddies, Fo SHO!!!

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THEN…

…I Moved On To…

LOUIS L’AMOUR’s

CROSSFIRE TRAIL

(2001)

…Starring…

TOM SELLECK

…With…

VIRGINIA MADSEN

&

WILFORD BRIMLEY

…And…

MARK HARMON

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In This Flick…

TOM SELLECK Is “RAFE COVINGTON”…

…A Man Of The West Who Keeps His Word.

He’s Made A Promise To Look After A Friend’s Wife And His Lands.

BUT…

…The Wife (VIRGINIA MADSEN) Doesn’t Know Him…

…Nor Does She Believe He Knew Her Husband.

Oops.

Enter Into The Picture A Viscous Land-Snatcher (MARK HARMON)…

…And His Little Army Of Gun-Toting Henchmen…

…And The Stage Becomes Set For All-Out-Get-Out!

Will TOM SELLECK Take Care Of Business?

Will TOM SELLECK Get The Girl AND The Land??

Will TOM SELLECK Adopt ME???

Hmm.

The First Two Questions You’ll Find Answers To In The Flick.

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The Third Question…

…Well…

…I Ain’t THAT Lucky.

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(But We Already Knew That, Didn't We!?)

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Yes Yes Yes, My Peeps…

…It Has Been A Fine Day Thus Far.

Good Walk In The Early Morning Hours…

…Followed By Back-To-Back TOM SELLECK!!!

Sound Good To YOU???

SOUNDS GREAT TO ME!!!

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A Very Picturesque View – HOBART, TASMANIA #4 (My Favorite Of The Bunch)

Original Photos By Bradley Alan

I Simply LOVED The City Of HOBART, TASMANIA.

It’s Another Spot On The Map I Would Love To Hit-Up Again.

Perhaps One Day I’ll Get My Chance?

If I’m Lucky, That Is.

Which I’m Not.

So I Likely Won’t Be Getting Back There.

BUT…

…I Do Have The Photos To Remind Me Of What It Was Like.

I Suppose That’s Better Than The Alternative Of NOT Having Said Photos…

…Right???

RIGHT!!!

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A Very Picturesque View – HOBART, TASMANIA #3

Original Photos By Bradley Alan

In Case You’ve Yet To Notice…

HOBART, TASMANIA Is Simply WONDERFUL For Shooting Landscapes!

I Sincerely Loved The 5 Days We Spent There…

…Even Though I Was Stuck With Duty On-Board The Ship For 2 Of Those Days.

The People In HOBART Were Exceptionally Friendly, And They Did Their Best To Accommodate Us.

All 5,000+ Of Us.

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