2008


General08 Oct 2008 07:30 pm

In the last two posts I gave reasons why some very wealthy and powerful individuals and economic entities such as the Federal Reserve and Central Banks may desire a prolonged deflationary period. The two major reasons cited so far are to help quicken the pace of globalization, and assist the redistribution of wealth into fewer and fewer hands.

In a deflationary environment many businesses fail and are bought up by well positioned and liquid big fish. The tendency of more wealth and ownership going to a smaller number of individuals has been a hallmark of modern capitalism. In a deflationary economy prices and wages plummet. This would benefit globalization since the American and European workers make far more money than developing nations. A severe deflationary depression would level the economic playing field allowing the East and developing nations an opportunity to have their wages rival the US.

This leads us to consider the possibility that entities such as the central bankers may be attempting to manage a deflationary environment to increase their wealth while at the same time ushering in the new age of a global economy in the fashion of the World Order first envisioned by Reagan and Bush Sr.

It is more than a coincidence that Fed chair Ben Bernanke is known as a deflation and depression expert. If find it intriguing that Bernanke is often cited as a deflation expert and seldom as a deflation prevention expert. A reading of some of Mr. Bernanke’s economic writings on the subject prove to be quite illuminating. He often is very specific in the measures he would take in response to economic situations.

The actions Mr. Bernanke has been taking over the last several months come as no surprise to those that have read his economic papers. He has followed his own script rather faithfully. Yet, what is interesting to note is that each of the actions such lowering iterest rates, economic stimuli and bail out measures are described as means to manage and rectify deflation and not as measures to prevent deflation.

So while Mr. Bernanke and others at the Federal Reserve have been saying that their main concern has been inflation, their actions have been intended to deal with deflation. Even those with the most basic understanding of economics grasp the idea that one raises rates to combat inflation and one lowers interest rates to stimulate the economy to help prevent deflation.

It is not surprising that the Fed has misrepresented their concerns regarding deflation. Saying deflation is present or even probable in a capitalistic society is kind of like yelling fire in a movie theater. Once the call is out all hope of an orderly and sane emptying of the theater are near hopeless. Telling the populace instead that inflation is the danger is less a matter for panic and allows the measures an opportunity to work while the society braces for inflationary tendencies to surface. This keeps money flowing and prevents the economic system from freezing up as it does when deflation is on the horizon. Only recently has the mortgage debt led financial crisis ignited the initial freezing of a deflationary spiral.

It is indeed possible that Fed and Central Banks, as well as others, are attempting to conduct and manage a deflationary depression to accomplish the goals of Globalism. This is not conspiracist theory as much as it is a logical outcome of modern capitalism. The Fed was itself born out of the desire for a few select bankers to work together to maximize profits and insure the continuance of their practices.

One  has to wonder what is the design of this deflationary depression. Is it meant to be organized and measured? Or is to be quick and chaotic? Are their specific events planned to assist in keeping the masses off their trail, and how many insiders around the world are their? Is greed their only motive, or do they feel themselves pressed into a necessary task to benefit all humanity?

Can one truly manage deflation, or once it is unleashed does it take on a life of its own?

I have been predicting a deflationary depression for awhile now based on the history of economic long cycles. I based my predicitions of the Fed and Central Banks actions on the economic practices of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The Fed has done little if anything which has not lived up to my predictions both of their actions and a deflationary depression. If they are not doing this intentionally the coincidences are quite amazing.  Though it is scary to think that people might  be attempting to facilitate a period of econoic hardship and turmoil, it is even more frightening to think that no one is guiding the ship through the storm.

Jim Guido

General29 Sep 2008 02:33 pm

Economist’s have talked about the business cycle for well over a century. Every cycle has a boom period and a bust period. The boom times are periods of growth in productivity, wealth and the standard of living. In each business cycle there are periods of slow growth, stagnation and even times of recession where the economy actually contracts. Some economic theorists even speak of a long cycle which is comprised of many business cycles. These long cycles are often referred to as having  four seasons, an economic spring, summer, fall and winter. It is in the winter that economies enter into a severe recession or depression.

Since the business cycle is accepted as true and that most economists expect downturns, recessions and the occasional depression it would make sense that some prepare for and even look to benefit from depressions and economic winters. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why some very powerful people may actually want a deflationary period and even an economic depression.

In my last post I mentioned that the irresponsible lending habits of our financial institutions eerily resembled that of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. I also mentioned how those institutions routinely overwhelmed developing nations in debt only to forgive the debt through gaining ownership of the debt laden countries assets. For a more detailed look at how our financial institutions might be using this strategy to profit off the middle class and increase their overall wealth through increased ownership I suggest you read my post of August 1, 2007. This post is entitled The Debt End Game. While in review mode you may also want to read A Fed Opportunity dated September 19th, 2007 and some of my other posts of economic issues I wrote in June and July of last year.

Even if those of economic wealth and power did not plan on exploiting or destroying the American and European middle classes through unserviceable debt, they still may desire a well managed deflationary period.  Let’s take a look at how the efforts at globalization might benefit by a period of deflation.

Let’s start with a quick review of the differences between inflation and deflation. In times of inflation the following are common occurrences; prices and wages rise, as do interest rates, and the purchasing power of the dollar decreases. In deflationary times, prices decline, unemployment rises, wages fall and interest rates decline. Since inflationary times often accompany economic growth and deflationary times bring economic hardship, we commonly try to avoid or minimize deflationary periods.

There has been a trend in modern capitalism to shift a greater amount of wealth into a fewer number of hands for decades now. The disparity between the rich and the poor has grown exponentially over the last 20 or so years, so that the majority of the nation’s wealth is horded by the top 1/2 of 1% of the populace. A good portion of the exceedingly wealthy appear quite comfortable with this arrangement as they continue to strive to increase the disparity. This is one of the natural outcomes of a competition based free market society.

Since the late Reagan and early Bush 1 years we’ve heard increased discussion of the birth of a global economy referred to the New Word Order. Notice that it is not referred to as a global economic society, but a global world order. This language emphasizes a hierarchy while minimizes the idea of an equal sharing community.Now, for a wealthy individual looking to maximize wealth and power through a global world economic order there are some obvious payoffs for helping orchestrate a global depression focused in the US and Europe.

One of the goals of globalism is to have one world economy. This would work best if all the workers on the planet had the same wage scale for similar labor. Yet, at this point the workers in the US and Europe make far more than those in developing nations.  This is why the US has lost so many manufacturing jobs to developing nations who have a far lower wage scale. So, true globalism is difficult to achieve until the US wages come down to meet the poorer nations as they continue to raise their workers wages along with their standard of living.

Yet, if the US and Europe were mired in a lengthy and severe deflationary depression then the US workers wages would come down solidly and thereby quicken the pace of having developing nation’s wages come up to ours. Not only does deflation accomplish this but it also causes many businesses to fail allowing even more wealth and ownership of assets and resources to flow into fewer hands.

Don’t you think the truly wealthy understand this, especially since many of the wealthiest families made their money during the last Depression, or were well positioned at the end of the last Depression? Is it shocking to learn that many large corporations have slowed investment down and instead are sitting on record amounts of cash? Wouldn’t this be advantageous if you were expecting deflation? The extra cash would be great for lean times and it allows you to purchase things at incredible prices (pennies on the dollar) when the deflation has wrung out all excess out of the narketplace.

Well, that’s enough for today. Any thoughts?

Jim Guido

General26 Sep 2008 09:24 pm

Some time ago I wrote a couple of blogs outlining how the great US debt and mortgage fiasco appeared to be duplicating the practices of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. In those posts I pointed out how these entities routinely overwhelmed emerging and third world nations with debt under the pretense of monetary assistance. Once a country was obviously unable to pay off their debts or even the interest on their loans the IMF or World Bank would offer to forgive a portion of their debt if they handed over ownership of their major assets to the US government and corporations. These assets could be the nation’s oil supply, or major exports such as fruit, minerals, etc.

Some years back it began to appear to me that , the US banking/financial industry was flooding its own citizens in debt and unpayable mortgages. Well as the real estate and credit situation worsens it appears the US government must “bail out” bad debtors the way they use to bail out insolvent nations mired in unpayable debt.

Since the World Bank and IMF have always benefited by their poor lending practices, one would have to wonder if they purposely swamped nations in debt in order to acquire ownership. After all having more and more money in fewer and fewer hands has been a hallmark of modern capitalism. It would not be outlandish for the Federal Reserve to help in orchestrating a means of quickening the process of globalization while lining the pockets of themselves and their friends. This makes sense when you consider the fact that the Federal Reserve is a private banking cartel and not a federal agency. As other banks are failing the Federal Reserve is becoming more powerful and better positioned in their industry.

For every default and loss of ownership their is someone there to capitalize on some sweet deals and increase their holdings for pennies on the dollar. In a depression many lose and few win, but those who win, win very big.

In the following posts I plan on discussing some of the possible reasons we may be heading towards a fiscal depression and how this may make some people remarkably powerful and wealthy. Likewise, I’ll offer some possible explanations of how a severe depression and monetary deflation will quicken the process of globalization.

I realize this post was pretty abstract, but please be patient with me. In each successive post the picture I will paint will be more defined and clear.

More on this hopefully over the weekend.

Jim Guido

General06 Sep 2008 04:40 pm

I find it both amusing and disturbing that the US Supreme Court’s decisions are so often 5-4. Aren’t they supposed to be interpreting the US Constitution and defining the law of the land?

Many people consider the US Constitution to be one of the finest documents ever written. If it is so well written then why is it so hard for the greatest legal minds in the land (Supreme Court Justices) to reach any agreement on its meaning, intentions and objectives?

The number of close decisions made by the Supreme Court indiciates one of three or fourt things regarding the Constitution. It is either vague, impossible to understand, or inconsistent. A fourth possibility is that it can be adapted to anyone’s personal agenda.

If any of the above conclusions are true it would point to a need for the Constitution to be rewritten. If the above conclusions are not true then it means that the Supreme Court is a sham and the justices are ignoring the document and making their decisions based on political and religious agendas.

Laws are not something that should depend on which people are reviewing them. Our laws shouldn’t depend on which president selected them. Our laws should be relatively politically party nuetral.

The laws of nature, physics and math are not so arbitrary. The is no 5-4 decision amongst teachers that 2 + 2 = 4, or amongst scientists that gravity exists. Now, there is always room for exceptions to rules such as the limits of Newtonian laws of physics in specific macro or micro environments, yet by in large these rules exist because of the general concensus regarding their truth and utility.

Laws should be based on clearly defined terms and on the bulk of evidence currently at one’s disposal. Laws can change when times and information change. When the bulk of psychological studies showed that various forms and amounts of corporal punishment cause significant harm to the recipients of these physical interventions, then laws were passed prosecuting those who abuse others. Until future studies refute or disprove these conclusions then the laws should stand.

One would think that 5-4 decisions are more a sign of opinion and not a matter of law. Laws should be about issues of general importance and agreement.  If the most respected legal minds in the country can not reach concensus then should their decision be considered law? Shouldn’t they consider that for something to qualify as a law it should be an agreed upon truth and not an arbritrary decision that nine other respected legal minds would disagree with?

How well would a football team function if 6 of the players left the huddle expecting a running play and 5 a pass?

How can a nation claim to be a leader or even a sane participant and have its most fundamental and important decisions be so arbitrary and politically based?

To reduce laws to politics and opinions is an act of absurdity and cannot be defined as a sign of intelligence and stability. And if laws are not intended to insure stability and consistency then what are they designed to do?

The Supreme Court is functionally a joke, it is an insult to its intention and purpose and has become a source of division and confusion rather than the creator of order and safety.

Jim Guido

General27 Aug 2008 07:39 pm

In the last post I described the societal factors which are making depression an overused term in the US. In many cases depression is used when sadness would be a more apt term. Yet, depression is a lucrative term with professional standing and, therefore, used both to sell drugs and meet insurance companies standards for benefits (therapy).

The diagmosis of Depression is overused and misused leading to thousands of people to be unnecessarily labeled clinically depressed. Yet, the very mechanisms used to sell antidepressants and have therapy be covered by insurance do have an impact on the actual number of people with clinical depression.

Daily people see ads which ask them vague questions which almost any person on the planet would answer in the affirmative which they are told “might” be a sign of depression. In these ads people are told to consult their doctors about taking such and such antidepressant. Doctors are more vulnerable to law suits if they underservice rather than overservice so they will often prescribe a medication to see if the patient reports feeling better. If the patient does not feel better some doctors will stop the medication, yet more often then not they will instead raise the dosage or try another antidepressant. Since many antidepressants have a side effect of depression the medications may cause a level of depression not previously experienced by the patient.

While Clinical Depression is over diagnosed in our culture I do believe that the percentage of people in our culture who are truly depressed is growing. The feelings of helplessness and hopelessness endemic to depression are fostered by our culture in a number of ways. First we live in a capitalistic consumer culture which perpetually tells us that we want and need more. It says happiness is always in the next purchase and that we can never be satiated.

We live in a society that markets fear. Fear is used to muster public support of international policies as well as foster our loyalty to our government. Our news is filled with fear and danger and this wears on the mass and individual psyche.

Studies have shown that a lack of certain basic positive feelings over a length of time can be a precursor to or a cause of depression. A few of these basic psychological elements include feelings of safety, trust and constancy. A consumer based culture endangers all three of these basic anchors.

The fear culture endangers are sense of safety.  The communist scare of my youth has been replaced with the war on terrorism. The news focuses on crime, war, disease and disaster. We must forever be on alert against germs and routinely get medical tests for various silent assassins.

Our consumer culture makes constancy an endangered species. We are forever demanded to buy the new, to keep up with the times. Cars, furniture, toys, TV’s, etc. must forever be updated.  Being behind the times is a source of potential embarrassment. Your child’s ability to have friends and receive a good education are dependent on your getting the latest toys, clothes and gadgets.  Their present and future success are dependent on your ability to buy them everything you can afford.

Our sense of trust is that which is most attacked by our consumer culture. Being told the truth is a rare event in our culture. Spin, misrepresentation, exaggeration, omission, deflection and provocation are the basic tools of communication in our capitalistic Democratic/Republican society.

We all know we are being lied to. Some of us think we are only being lied to by half the people, others feel that they are being lied to by everyone. Most people feel that a certain amount of dishonesty is necessary to be successful or just plain nice.

While it may be true that a little dishonesty is almost inevitable, one must agree that the level of functional dishonesty in our culture is quite extreme. It is the pervasive level of dishonesty in our society which I see as the main reason why depression is so common in our society. Nothing is more paralyzing or disheartening as not feeling capable of discerning what is real and true. One could make a rather honest argument that dishonesty is the largest resource in our culture.

Here are a couple of my songs which echo some of these concerns

Lies (lyrics/reveries)

Pander (lyrics/reveries)

Jim Guido

Uncategorized17 Aug 2008 06:59 pm

Over the last couple of decades the tendency to make these words interchangeable has grown. Depression, once a clinical term, has now become the more popular and used term in lay as well as professional conversation.

Yet, sadness and depression are not synonyms. They are vague terms which refer to experiences which lie on the same continuum and meet at the far end of their boundaries.

At their centers sadness and depression have defined differences. Sadness is a feeling, and in most cases a very strong and powerful feeling. The feeling of sadness can be painful and full of regret, but it can also be a rich and fulfilling experience.

Sadness is the root emotion of much popular music and art. Sad love songs and movies are not only popular but often cited as individual’s favorites. One could make a case that the realms of poetry and dramatic theater are dominated by the emotion of sadness. Entire forms of visual art and music such as the blues are centered around the experience of sadness.

In sum, sadness can be a very powerful and oddly fulfilling emotion, which a person can use to enrich their lives.

Depression, on the other hand, is often the absence of feeling rather than a feeling itself. Clinically it often involves a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. It can make one numb, and leave one paralyzed. When accompanied by a feeling it is usually a feeling of pain or dread.

Where sadness can make you feel so alive, depression can suck the life completely out of you.

Yet, since depression has become the popular term many people and professionals missuse and overuse the term. Even when referring to a young child you will frequently hear people describe the child as depressed when they are just a little down spirited or sad.

Our society often states as a goal for all people to be happy. Emotions such as sadness are often viewed in a negative light. Yet, in reality, happiness and sadness are not necessarily antonyms nor mutually exclusive. I can experience sadness while being in a general state of happiness. I can use sadness to actually increase my general sense of happiness and my infatuation with life.

Yet, our general strategy is to try to repress or overcome sadness. I believe one of the reasons we do this is due to our tendency to equate sadness with depression.

The question then becomes why do we overuse the term depression?

Well for one thing it just sounds more adult like and professional. It also has one take notice and listen to you. Since depression is a diagnosis and sadness is not, one cannot get medication for sadness and generally will not qualify for professional services for being sad.

Since drug companies advertise everywhere we are bombarded with the term depression. The sale of their product depends on your experience being defined as depression and not as sadness. Likewise even talk therapists have a tendency to speak in diagnostic terms and labels. This makes it likely they will describe someone as being depressed rather than sad. Also, therapist often are paid through insurance companies and government agencies who will only reimburse for labels such as depression and would deny payment for any other terminology.

The result of our society’s obsession with labeling so many people as being depressed, is that the distinction between depression and sadness has been removed. In general, the entire concept of sadness has been replaced with a preoccupation with depression. This has only exaggerated our unrealistic expectations of our maintaining only one acceptable mood (happiness), while making any deviation from this one mood life damaging or threatening.

In the next post I will discuss some of the ways our growing emphasis on depression is being played out in our society.

Below I’ve pasted a few of my songs and their lyrics which deal with aspects of sadness and depression.

She’s Not Here (lyrics/reveries)
Haunted (lyrics/reveries)
Grieving (lyrics/reveries)
Mundane Blues (lyrics/reveries

Again you are invited to listen to more of my songs in the music section of this site. I feel many of you will find my ideas easier to feel when they are expressed in song.

Jim Guido

General10 Aug 2008 04:49 pm

In a couple of my more recent posts I explained why I am unlikely to vote in the upcoming presidential election. To sum up, I won’t vote until there’s a real candidate to vote for and I don’t want to support a corrupt political process in dire need of an overhaul.

I also mentioned that it appeared to me that anyone truly espousing policies which were different from the status quo was being marginalized and posed as a fool by the corporate media (Ron Paul and Kucinich this election and Dean in the last). In other words no candidate is able to get a nomination by the two parties unless he/she is deemed acceptable by the military/industrial complex as LBJ warned.

Candidates must tow the line even if it means losing the election. John Kerry’s decision to support the Iraq war in 2004 despite an overwhelming majority opposing the war is a perfect example. How else can you explain a Democratic candidate who willingly supports a botched war started by the incumbent despite over 2/3 of Americans saying they wanted out.

Some of Obama’s stances smack of the same political realities of playing the game. First Obama has stated the need for us to cut our dependency on foreign oil (think Arabs) despite the fact that the current bubble in the price of oil is speculative in nature, just like every other bubble. The net if full of reports and footage which shows oil tankers just sitting in the gulf. The corporations making record profits in oil are American owned, and the supply and demand figures don’t reflect any need for high oil prices. Both in terms of production and supply figures we are at levels similar to when oil was well under $40 a barrel. Greenspan and the policies of the Federal Reserve have more to do with the inflated price of oil than any foreign entity. Just as those same policies led to the real estate bubble and the bull market (bubble?) in commodities.

So instead of talking about the truth regarding inflation Obama points the finger at Arabs. Similarly he takes the low road regarding exploiting the fear of terrorism. I saw a piece in which he stated that the greatest threat to our national security is in the possibility of “terrorists” getting possession of a nuclear bomb. Now, how could that be the biggest threat.

A nuclear bomb is not much of a threat without a delivery system. Very few nations have a military and missile program capable of attacking the US. At best a terrorist group could sell the bomb to a nation who could execute an attack. Yet, to say terrorists groups are the real threat is disingenuous fear mongering at best and truly destructive of the culture of hope and trust Obama claims to want to foster.

Obama likewise has found a way to continue our paranoid war like stance with the rest of the world. He has been quoted as saying that he favors a “slow drawdown” of troops in Iraq and poses Afghanistan as the area of real concern. As the area in which we should be increasing the number of troops.

Those advocating an increase in military presence in Afghanistan point out that the Taliban is taking back control of the country and that the opium supply is back to record levels. I listened to a report on NPR that insinuated that both the government and the Taliban are the cause of the sharp rise in the amount of poppy plants in the area.

Yet, that report and any other I’ve seen over the last number of months seems to ignore a couple of important facts. First, we installed the current government and have been highly influential in all their policies. Second, the Taliban has been very successful at squashing the production of opiates in Afghanistan, and had essentially eradicated the crop before we took over. Therefore, to insinuate them as the cause while refusing to mention their previous successful actions appears to be nothing more than blatant propoganda to incite ill based support once again for aggressive policies in the Middle East.

I personally find Obama very endearing, and I’d like to see a culture of hope replace one of fear and blame. Yet, I refuse to continue to vote for the lesser of two evils. We need to demand a certain level of honesty out of our political process and the candidates who supposedly represent us. How can we put our trust into people who are not trustworthy and who routinely tell us lies and propoganda?

Ron Paul was the closest thing to a real person and candidate I’ve seen in a long while. I was willing to vote for him despite the fact I disagreed with some of his policies, because he seemed honest and caring. Such a person seems willing to acknowledge and correct their mistakes and in the end may be able to do the right thing. Those who lie for a living never have sufficient reason to do the right thing or to change their course of action. All they have to do is find the right words to gain our support or foster our dependence on them.

Here are a couple of my songs dealing with this topic. I hope you enjoy them.

Political Guys (lyrics/reveries)

Mob Rule (lyrics/reveries)

Click on song to listen, click on lyrics to read. Political Guys is from the Opportunity Lost CD, and Mob Rule is from Edge of Eden. Got to Music tab to hear more.

Jim Guido

General03 Aug 2008 03:50 pm

On July 31st we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. The theme of the occasion was turning silver into gold. And to commemorate the event I wrote a song of that name.

So for today’s post I will print the lyrics to that song, a long wih a couple of others which dealt with hallmarks of our relationship. I will also include a list of songs from my CD’s which mos deal with our relationship through the years.

Turning Silver Into Gold 6/14/08

My search ended long ago
My heart no longer beats alone
Meaning entered into my life
The moment you became my wife

I wept when I realized
We were about to share all our time

The years have treated us well
We’ve been lovers, friends and co-casters of the spell
Each night I lie with you
I drift so calm, feel grateful too

Giving you pleasure fills my days
Making you happy I’ll forever seek new ways
For 25 years we’ve lived beauty
Keeping our eyes kind and our hearts true

Though thankful I hope for so much more
The coming years hold such promise to uncork
Our early years we climbed now we can coast
Spend even more time with whom we love most

I cherish all that we create
Our endless conversation stimulates and soothes
Living beyond my dreams
Is still what you have me do

Turning silver into gold
Turning silver into gold

This song was written for our engagement. It is on the Ambivalence CD.

Beyond My Dreams

There is a woman how unfolds my heart
She came like a whisper the song of a lark
Her way is patient, delicate and brave
I only pray my love’s that wayIf I could only give her what she give to me
Could I ever give her what she gives to me?

If I be granted one talent beyond my strength it would be
To have her feel the beauty that she is
All thru life I have dreamt how I want to love
She puts those dreams to shame

You have me live beyond my dreams
Love beyond my dreams
Beyond my dreams where we belong
The land of love beyond song

The goal of the poet is in her eyes
Her beauty as natural as a harvest sky
My words too frail my heart too crude
My voice too clumsy to fashion you

All my life I will strive to be my very best
For only then will I be deserving of your love
Help me find within myself the beauty that you are
Help me show the world our sacred love

You have me live beyond my dreams
Love beyond my dreams
Beyond my dreams where we belong
The land of love beyond song

This was a honeymoon song. It’s an island piece from the Take Me CD.

Dance For Me

Dance for me
I would like to see you move so free
The movement of your hips sends waves thru me
You could be my raft, take me out to sea
When I see you move, I’m all with you
Your rhythms take me away

Dance for me, dance for me
Show me love and give me pleasure
Give me life so I need no other
Move like lightning and I’ll supply the thunder

Dance for me
I just have to reach out when you encircle me
It’s so very hot in this tropic zone
I’m feeling weak from the heat

Woman be my island, I lap at your shore
These rhythms keep demanding more

Dance for me, dance for me
Show me love and give me pleasure
Give me life so I need no other
Move like lightning and I’ll supply the thunder

Dance for me
You are the one, you are the one
My little island
Dance for me

The last song I’m printing the lyric to is from the CD entitled Mortal Joy.

10,000 Miles

I’ve walked 10,000 miles with you, each day brings something new
I’ve held you 10,000 times, each morning and every night
I feel your heart beating and hear your soft breathing too
Time begins and ends with you

I build on history and play on the rhythm of the day
This is where I want to stay, I’ve no urge to go away
Moment have meaning when we are sharing our view
Finding words which capture and sooth

Walking down the winding road with you
So much we’ve accomplished so much left for us to do
Keep me laughing keep me seeking truth
Keep me bursting keep me loving you

I’ve talked 10,000 times with you about feelings as clues
I’ve watched you 10,000 times to understand or just admire
Aging is easy when history is split in two…
Between the world and me and you

Walking down the winding road with you
So much we’ve accomplished so much left for us to do
Keep me laughing keep me seeking truth
Life is magic to denude

I’ve walked with you 10,000 miles
I’ve searched with you 10,000 miles
I’ve talked with you 10,000 times

The above songs and the following one’s can be heard by going to the music section of this site. I’ve listed the CD titles for our convenience.

It’s been a great 25 years and look forward to as many as our bodies will allow.

Our songs include:

Take Me  –  Take Me
Metaphysique  – Take Me
Loving You   –  Take Me

Horizontal Hold   –  Gotta B Funky
Swells of  Passion  –  Gotta B  Funky
Easy Prey  –   Gotta B Funky

Take Hold  –  Edge of Eden

Excite Me  –  Mortal Joy
Keeping Up  –  IRock Therefore I Am
Hold On –   Ambivalence

Enjoy.

Jim Guido

General18 Jul 2008 02:39 pm

Eros and Erosion

We have come from the eagles and the larks
To encounter some age old taboo
The steel chains that bind give off their sparks
Dissipated disarray our milieu
Complacent little one in the dark
It’s a shame you give me no more fuel
My ambience is not too marred
Harboring the dissonance of youth
You give my life no articulation
I refuse to speak in ejaculations
Our love stained by indecision
Self-induced malnutrition of mind

You don’t know how it hurts me inside
When you feel there is nothing to do
Concrete and secure you automaton
Whether you be mortician or shrew
Decayed and petrified is our love
No zest or vigor to enthuse
I’d strip the galaxies from within
If you could be so imbued

The alchemist of my affliction
Her vile root caused my hazard condition
The catacombs of my affections
Lies below the weeping willow

Harken to the ancient sounding lyre
To the wailings marooned
Beware of harpies in the sky
A sure portent of doom
Beware of harpies and their cries
Mutilating limbs of sinew

I fear the guardians of my chest have lost
Thumos

I wrote the above song near three decades ago. My band was performing out at the time. The band was named Ekstasis after title given to the Dionysiac cult ceremony that combined, theater, song and ponding rhythms designed to induce its participants into a ecstatic trance state.

The lyrics do pay homage to the time period by its references to alchemy, lyres, harpies, and the term thumos.

It is interesting to note that Eros and Erosion follow themselves in many dictionaries.

The song is about love (eros) and its decay (erosion). The singer describes the complacency and staleness that has entered the relationship and exhorts his lover to dig deep and resurrect the passion and intimacy they once shared.

The song begins with images of strength and power (eagles) and sweet, beautiful song (lark). It then mentions the taboos of intimacy which repress and cause tension. It moves on to the deadness caused by complacency, and the lack of intimate conversation.

At the end of his description of the erosion of their love the singer states that “I’d strip the galaxies from within, if you could be so imbued”. This line shows both his determination and hope despite the current stagnant state of their love. The following images depict the dangers and obstacles that await lovers on their journey to deeper levels of intimacy and self-disclosure. It is only one’s commitment to self development and endless disclosure and passion which keeps eros from eroding.

Any thoughts?

As I approach my 25th wedding anniversary (July 31), I am so thankful that someone heard my call, accepted my challenge and has filled my life with unrelenting passion and growth.

To hear song press here Eros and Erosion

Jim Guido

PS Listen for the Mission Impossible theme in the second half of the song.

General16 Jul 2008 08:31 pm

I realize that a vast number of you who read my posts do not live in the US. Yet, today I want to write a short post regarding a current national sports issue. I have been a fan of the Green Bay Packers since before I started first grade. So, the Brett Favre story is one that I have an emotional investment in as well as a logical one.

Brett has been the Packer quarterback for some 17 or so years. He has set record upon record and has been the face of the organization for quite some time. His energy, sense of humor and personality have made him a fan favorite for people who otherwise couldn’t care less for the Packers.

The personal and family losses and tragedies which he has allowed us to share in have only made him all the more worthy of our praise and support. The last few years the talk of his imminent retirement has been a constant American soap opera. Some months ago he made it official and said it was time for him and his family to move on.

Though many of us Packer fans were saddened that he didn’t leave in John Elway fashion winning the Super Bowl in his last two years, we were proud of the way he left the game. The Packers had a great season and were one game away from the Super Bowl. Brett had one of his best seasons and showed that his skill level was still at a very high level. It was nice to see a football warrior leave the game without any overt disability.

Yet, now Brett says he wants to return, and before anyone could catch their breath he quickly upped the ante and said that he wants his release from the Packers so that he can play elsewhere. Brett and much of the media are painting a picture of the Packer management as being disloyal and unappreciative of Brett’s talents.

My take of the situation is a little different. I think the Packers are doing the honorable thing of trying to be loyal and honest to a number of people. Over the last couple of years they have been grooming Aaron Rodgers to take Brett’s place as the quarterback of the Packers. When Brett announced his retirement they had Aaron be the guy during their mini-camp and used two of their draft picks to find one or two back-ups for the future.

When Favre said he had the itch to play and then quickly added that he wanted to return, the Packers should have been given some time to talk things over with some of the coaches and key players. The Packers eventually went in the direction of my immediate reaction. As a Packer fan my initial response was that they needed to keep their word and let Rodgers be the starting quarterback.

Favre has always said that records meant nothing to him and that winning and the joy of playing football were what motivated and rewarded him. It would seem that at 38 years old he would appreciate the benefits of not having to play every down and endure the danger and grind of the long season.

What is wrong with coming back with less pressure and making sure that one is healthy and relatively fresh for the playoffs? What is wrong with being the star who can come in and alter the direction of any game, or fill in full time if Aaron gets injured?

Though Brett has the record for most consecutive starts he has not been without injuries. He has played through many significant injuries, especially to his hands. One could make a strong case that his relatively poor showing against the Giants in the title game had to do with his 37 year old partially arthritic hands failing to grip the football in the frigid cold. Sure he’s always played well in cold temps, but he hasn’t always been 37 with a long history of hand injuries.

Brett appears insulted and indignant with the Packers offer to come back as Rodgers back-up. He is not being the loyal Packer we all grew to love and admire. Instead he’s talking of calling managements bluff and coming to camp, and saying he love’s his teammates while being critical of management.

Instead of coming back and slowly getting himself in peak condition during a long and grueling season, instead of being a leader in team spirit of a potential Super Bowl quality team Brett is choosing the low road of making divisive public accusations and engaging in a childish temper tantrum far beneath his legendary classy demeanor.

I don’t want to choose between Brett and the Packers organization, and I am disappointed in Favre for pressing us to make this choice. I think it is ridiculous to suggest that management wants Favre out or is unappreciative of what he has meant to the organization. I do not think it is unfair to want to keep one’s word, or try to act in ways which are keeping the longer term goals of the team in mind.

I sincerely hope that Brett allows the Packers management to be honorable men and to try to keep him a life long member of the Packer family. I would love to see Brett come in and be he hero the way greats such as George Blanda did in the past.

Jim Guido

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