Trying to get to Heaven — David Bowie

This is perhaps one of the best David Bowie songs that I’ve ever heard … recorded in 1998, but never released. Written by Dylan.

While out at school in California, I got to see David Bowie at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. It was 1976. Got my tickets from the Army MWR Center. 8th row from the stage! Whether luck or whatnot, what great seats. I don’t remember the cost of the tickets, but didn’t have a lot of money back then. Was just an E-3/Private First Class. Whatever I paid was a pittance … so my luck, or David Bowie’s generosity to the military, was much appreciated.

Tryin’ To Get To Heaven (Dylan): this song was featured only on a promotional CD for an upcoming album ‘Hours’ … but did not make it to the final album. The track was released online by a Catalan radio station.

It appears that back in 1998, Dylan had just released the song on his own new album. Bowie loved it and recorded it. Whatever Bowie’s intent with the song was, at least we got to hear it.

A strange but thematically related song is Bowie’s ‘Death’ from a few years earlier, 1995.

Listen to these songs several times and it makes you feel too damned introspective. So let’s remember David Bowie for the ever changing creative creature that he was … from his very beginning.

BTW — Am feeling healthy and just plain super. These songs are just songs. Nothing more.

The meaning of life … pondering

Meaning of LifeA friend was having a talk with their kids and the question of what’s the meaning of life came up. The kids (teens and young adults) wanted to know. Awkward silence. Sputter. It is …

Anyway, here is my two cents worth: Meaning and purpose are not the same.

‘Meaning’ is meaningless without realizing that it is something we do not choose. We are chosen. Our parents chose to bring us into the world, notwithstanding the fact that not all things are well planned. We are a continuation of the past with hopefully the intent to look to the future. Our meaning is to continue the human reach to the future … and along the way to find our purpose.

It has been said that there can be no meaning without love. I’m not sure that love has anything to do with it. Love helps. Love nurtures. Love is craved. Love does many things … but pragmatically: love just makes our day better although the day that we live life within will happen with or without love.

‘Purpose’ is something that we choose, or don’t … in which case we usually spend time pondering the meaning of life. Add in love and mentoring and usually finding our purpose becomes easier and occurs sooner.

Bill Golden

Life’s Challenges … met with a song

Dear Friday,

Am thankful for all the things that I’ve been challenged with. Have seen several 3, 5 and 7 day challenges going round. Thank you for including me. Am not good at schedules (best intent!) so let me combine all the challenges together: I am thankful for just about everything in my life. Things happen. I survive and thrive. Bad leads to good … somehow. It is what you make it. When in doubt: grab a clipboard, put on a smile, act like you own the world and you will … at least where you are standing. Life happens. I love a challenge. Bring it on.

Many thanks to Connie Moser for sharing the video above with me. Connie is my ‘Lil Sis’ … some family you are born with and some you get to choose!

Hello Monday! Life happens.

Got up early at 5am to drive to Maryland for a medical appointment, and to beat the infamous metro Washington dC traffic.

It is a beautiful day. Birds singing. Sun is shining. A great day to be out and about. Was happy about getting to the hospital early.

Turns out that my appointment is tomorrow. Life happens. Stopped by the Walter Reed/Bethesda McDonalds for a cup of coffee on the way home. They closed it down. Life happens.

Just made it back home. Just made fresh coffee. Life happens. Life is good. Will do it all again tomorrow. Cheerfully. Life is best lived cheerfully. Life happens.

Bill Golden’s 10 Rules about Success and Competitors

Bill Golden’s 10 Rules about Success and Competitors

1 – There are plenty of smart people in the world. Always try harder.

2 – Life is not fair. Feel free to make up some of your own rules.

3 – Make good friends. Look beyond the smile and into the heart. Acts, not words, matter more. The heart acts. The mind justifies. Make good friends that can balance the two.

4 – Do not drink your own koolaid. Seek out source data and check your facts.

5 – Always be able to argue multiple sides of an argument. Use argument only enough to identify the decisionmakers. Do not delude yourself into believing that anyone is actually listening.

6 – Logic does not win arguments. Neither do facts. Identify group leaders. Either win them over, make them your partner or take them out. Do not ignore them.

7 – Always look both left and right when crossing streets. Twice is good. Thrice is better. It does not bother most of your competitors to hit the gas and to run you over.

8 – Never bad mouth or trash talk your opponent or competition. It reflects badly on your confidence and competence to do something, and not just talk.

9 – Always have a plan. Having two is better. If you actually have a plan feel free to ignore it. A plan just means that you have done your homework and identified key points of action, inaction and targets of opportunity. Be proactive. A plan is also acknowledgement of how badly you might be screwed if your only strategy is to play defense.

10 – Most people are good at heart, of sound mind and just want the best outcome. If you want to know the truth ask the ones keeping their heads down and just trying to make their way honestly in life. If it matters to them then it should matter to me.