FRANK HOWELL

FRANK HOWELL

 Quite a few years ago, we were wandering around the Santa Fe square, checking out the shops and galleries.  One gallery had several original oil paintings by Frank Howell, and I was particularly struck by a large [maybe four feet by six feet] that was similar to this, but even more impressive:

Frank Howell Limited Edition and Originals

I checked the price, and in retrospect, it might have been a decent investment at $20,000 😄  Here are a few more examples of his art that I really enjoy:

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PAUL WESTPHAL

PAUL WESTPHAL 1950-2021

Those of you who follow basketball are no doubt aware that Paul Westphal recently passed away due to a malignant brain tumor.  You can read about his lengthy basketball career here, and his obituary here. 

I am writing this post not to review what you can read in the two links above, but rather to recount some of the time that we both worked at Pepperdine.  The picture below is pretty much how Paul looked during his time as coach of the Pepperdine men’s basketball team.

I would describe our time at Pepperdine as acquaintances who chatted occasionally.  When I was Chairman of the Natural Science Division, we had a variety of Pepperdine colleagues as speakers at our Division meetings to share their personal reflections on Wisdom.  Paul was a willing participant as one of our speakers [others included legendary volleyball coach Marv Dunphy, Doug Kmieck, Ken Starr, Provost Tippens and President Benton].  One of my favorite stories is about the time that Rhonda and I were seated alongside Paul and his wife at one of the Pepperdine Athletics Awards Dinners.  The Westphals were very pleasant, easy to talk with and unpretentious, particularly given his Hall-of-Fame career.  When we headed home, one of Rhonda’s first observations was “Did you see the SIZE of her diamond??!!”  I hadn’t, but I certainly could imagine.  Godspeed Paul.

THE GRAND MASTERS

Those of you who participate in the running community know that age groups mark milestones in one’s life 😁  Generally races have age divisions in groups of 5 years, e.g. 20-24, 25-29, etc. and thus it is perceived as an advantage to be at the young end of the age group.  For example, when you turn 35, you magically move from being the oldest person in your age group to being the youngest!  Then, once you hit forty, you are still in the 5 year bracket of 40-44, but additionally you are now a Masters Runner.  There are a whole set of records for runners over 40, kind of an acknowledgement the these old farts are still pretty fast but not nearly as fast the younger folks.  Then at age 50, one becomes a Grand Master! So, in Colorado Springs, we had a small group of fellows that dubbed ourselves the Grand Masters – we got some jackets and a few other self-identifiers, but mainly had a grand time running and hanging out together.  Here’s a group photo of our motley crew, previously posted here:

The Grand Masters Luis Lowe [seated] Bob McAndrews, Yours Truly, Jim Brummage, Ron Wisner, Randy Kunkel[At this point in time future Grand Master Doug Laufer was too young!]
Recently Randy Kunkel passed along a couple more pictures of the crew out on a run in the Broadmoor Area of Colorado Springs

Luis Lowe [front ]Doug Laufer [lower middle] Jim Brummage, Yours Truly, Ron Wisner, Randy Kunkel

Ron must have been the photographer for this one. As some of you know, Ron departed this life on May 21, 2010,and I wrote about it here. We all still miss him very much.

SHALLOW – FROM A STAR IS BORN

Saw the original way back when, and saw the remake on the the tube:


Tell me somethin’, girl
Are you happy in this modern world?
Or do you need more?
Is there somethin’ else you’re searchin’ for? I’m falling
In all the good times I find myself
Longin’ for change
And in the bad times I fear myselfTell me something, boy 
Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void?
Or do you need more?
Ain’t it hard keeping it so hardcore?I’m falling 
In all the good times I find myself
Longing for a change
And in the bad times I fear myselfI’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in 
I’ll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us
We’re far from the shallow nowIn the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow 
We’re far from the shallow nowOh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Whoah I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I’ll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us
We’re far from the shallow nowIn the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
We’re far from the shallow now

THE WATER IS WIDE

Across the years, I have heard this song numerous times, but never tracked down the title and words.  But now I have, and here it is for your [and my] enjoyment.


The water is wide, I cannot get o’er
Neither have I wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two
And both shall cross my true love and I

I lean’d my back against an oak
Thinking it was a mighty tree  But first it bent and then it broke
So did my love prove false to me
 

I put my hand in some soft bush Thinking the sweetest flow’are to find
I prick’d my finger to the bone
And left the sweetest flow’are behind 


O love is handsome and love is kind Gay as a jewel when it is new
But love grows old and waxes cold
And fades away like the morning dew  


The water is wide, I cannot get o’er
Neither have I wings to fly
Give me a boat that can carry two
And both shall cross my true love and I

I WANT TO DANCE

As I mentioned in the previous post, there is one other song that I have written.  The basics came to me in a dream, and a friend challenged me to write it out.  Those of you who know us may see some parallels here to our life!  So here are the lyrics with some visuals.

Water couples dancing decorative patterns, ink, couple, dancing ...

I WANT TO DANCE

Can You Mow A Wet Lawn?

 I want to dance with you at the break of dawn,like sunlight and dew dancing on the lawn.Our life together has just begun,I want to dance.

Point Mugu State Park Scenic Trail

I want to dance with you in the noon day sun,from the mountains to the ocean, we’ll make life’s run.Through highs and lows, we’ll live as one,and we will dance.

The green flash. happens the second that the sun goes down. Usually only found over wide spaces of water and it comes from some light refraction pattern Ship Silhouette, South Pacific, Night Lights, Marine Life, Sea Creatures, Oahu, Amazing Nature, Science Nature, Sunsets

 I want to dance with you when the sun goes down,we’ll watch the green flash all alone,then walk the beach until we’re home,and we will dance.

I want to dance with you in the evening time,enjoying friends and family, and a glass of wine,a toast to life and the fruit of our vine,and we can dance.

And now, we have another chance,for romance and a dance.

Milky Way

I want to dance with you with the stars above,the Milky Way shining on our love,our lives near over, but others live on‘cause we have danced….yes we’ve danced….yes we’ve danced.  

© 4/29/2020 

I WANT TO DANCE

       D            D                               Em/add7.10

V-1 I want to dance with you at the break of dawn,

       D                         A7sus4

like sunlight and dew dancing on the lawn,

    D                          Em/add 7.10

Our life together has just begun

               D                        A7sus4

I want to dance.

                      D                               Em/add 7.10

V-2 I want to dance with you in the noon day sun,

               D                                           A7sus4

from the mountains to the ocean, we’ll make life’s run,

              D                             Em/add 7.10

through highs and lows, we’ll live as one,

                    D                        A7sus4

And we will dance.

                      G                                    A

B-1 I want to dance with you when the sun goes down,

        G                               A

we’ll watch the green flash all alone,

G                         -> Em

walk the beach until we’re home,

                        A                  Em – A

and then we’ll dance.

                      D                                 Em/add 7.10

V-3 I want to dance with you in the evening time,

              D                              A7sus4

enjoying friends and family, and a glass of wine,

  D                              Em/add 7.10

a toast to life and the fruit of our vine,

                  D                        A7sus4

and we can dance.

                C6   Bm9            D

B-2  And now, we have another chance,

   C6        Bm9   A           Em – A

For romance, and a dance

                       D                                    Em/add 7.10

V-4  I want to dance with you with the stars above,

      D                            A7sus4

the Milky Way shining on our love,

       D                            Em/add 7.10

our lives near over, but others live on

                        D          A7sus4          D           Em/add 7.10          D

‘cause we have danced……yes we’ve danced                 yes we’ve danced.

STANDING IN THE CIRCLE

STANDING IN THE CIRCLE

 Without any Nuggets, Avalanche and Rockies games taking place, I have been watching the news, Netflix and Circle TV.  I found Circle by accident – I got so irritated with satellite and cable companies having a pissing contest with Altitude Sports over broadcasting the local pro teams, I cut the cord as it were, signed up for YouTube TV and bought an antenna to put up on the old satellite mounting post on our garage roof.  We get about 40 broadcast channels, and Circle is one of them.  I have been most impressed with the live broadcasts from the Opry, with country’s best playing to an empty auditorium because of COVID 19, but still sharing great music with us folks at home across the land. 


In several of the Circle broadcasts, I was taken with how much respect and reverence was paid to the wooden circle that is in the center of the stage, as shown above.  A nice article on the history and the importance of the Circle can be found here.  Briefly, the circle was cut out of the stage of the old Ryman Auditorium and then placed in the stage at the Opry’s new digs.  The Circle is considered “the most sacred space in country music” and “the circle never was painted, but it adorns the scuffs and scars of the greats and dreamers who have walked across it.”

After hearing country artists and Opry Members such as Craig Morton, Daily & Vincent, Luke Combs and Ricky Skaggs speak of the importance of the Circle, a strange thing happened – a song came to my mind!!  Strange in that it was only the second time that a tune just came to me.  I worked on it a bit, sent it to my brother in law who said “too many words”, so I cut it back a bit, and am now happy with the song.  Below are the lyrics and the chord progression that I use.  If I had acceptable talent, I would make a demo, but alas, I will have to rely on others to do that. If you play, give it a shot, not too slow, not too fast. I welcome comments and ideas for improvements. Thanks in advance.

Update:  I indeed received some wonderful feedback on this, with some constructive guidance – so, I changed a few things around, and IMHO, the revised version below is significantly better.

STANDING IN THE CIRCLE


I had a dream last night of another reality.

“Twas the sweetest of dreams that ever could be.

I’m standing in the Circle where the greatest ones have stood.

I’m standing in the Circle in Nashville, Tennessee.


I stroll onto the stage, a Gibson in my hands.

I walk up to the microphone, surrounded by a band.

There’s Hank and George and Patsy, and other greats no longer seen,

gathered ‘round the Circle in Nashville, Tennessee.


Oh the Circle, the Circle, where the greatest ones have stood.

A simple six foot circle made out of common wood.

It’s a most majestic symbol, of country’s royalty

who’ve stood in the Circle in Nashville, Tennessee.


As the house lights go down, I hear my starting note.

I break into a song that I never could have wrote.

The music flows like honey, the band is heavenly.

We’re playing in the Circle in Nashville, Tennessee.


And like so many dreams, it ended with a start.

But it brings a smile to my face and a song rings in my heart

It’s etched into my mind for all eternity

‘cause I was singing in the Circle in Nashville, Tennessee.


Oh the Circle, the Circle, where the greatest ones have stood.

A simple six foot circle made out of common wood.

It’s a most majestic symbol, Of country’s royalty

who’ve stood in the Circle in Nashville, Tennessee


[Closing in the tradition of the Grand Ole Opry]

Will the circle be unbroken, By and by Lord, by and by.

There’s a better home awaiting In the sky Lord in the sky.
———————————————————————————————- Here’s the Chords with the Lyrics


STANDING ON THE CIRCLE
[G] – I had a dream last night of [D] another reality. “Twas the [C] sweetest of dreams that ever could [D] be. I’m [G] standing on the Circle where the [D] greatest ones have stood. I’m [C] standing in the [Am7] Circle in [D] Nashville, [hold] Tenne [G] ssee.
[G] I stroll onto the stage, a [D] Gibson in my hands. I [C] walk up to the microphone, sur [D]rounded by a band. There’s [G] Hank and George and Patsy, and other [D] greats no longer seen, [C] gathered ‘round the [Am7] Circle in [D] Nashville, [hold] Tenn [G] essee.
Oh the [D] Circle, the Circle, where the [C] greatest ones have [G] stood. A [D] simple six foot circle made [C] out of common [G] wood. It’s a most majestic symbol, of [D] country’s royalty [C] who’ve stood in the [Am7] Circle in [D] Nashville, [hold] Tenn [G] essee.
[G] As the house lights go down, I [D] hear my starting note. I [C] break into a song that I [D] never could have wrote. The [G] music flows like honey, the [D] band is heavenly. We’re[C] playing in the [Am7] Circle in [D] Nashville, [hold] Tenn [G] essee.
[G[ And like so many dreams, it [D] ended with a start. But it [C] brings a smile to my face And a [D] song rings in my heart It’s [G] etched into my mind For [D] all eternity ‘cause I was [C] singing in the [Am7] Circle in [D] Nashville, [hold] Tenn [G] essee.
Oh the [D] Circle, the Circle, where the [C] greatest ones have [G] stood. A [D] simple six foot circle made [C] out of common [G] wood. It’s a most majestic symbol, Of [D] country’s royalty [C] who’ve stood in the [Am7] Circle in [D] Nashville, [hold] Tenn [G] essee.  [tag]


  © 4/28/2020

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