Archive for August, 2010


Sending Me Angels

“He keeps sending me angels/From up on high/he keeps sending me angels/To teach me to fly/He keeps sending me angels/Sweet and true/He keeps sending me angels/Just like you.” – Delbert McClinton (“Sending Me Angels” from his 1997 album One of the Fortunate Few)

It’s 10:00 P.M. in Music City on a Saturday Night.  I’m sitting with my family at Riverfront Park watching and listening to Delbert McClinton and his band (Mr. McClinton’s saxophone player, Dennis Taylor, is my sax teacher, one of my angels – without him I would be nowhere).  Song after song rolls by, everything from “Two More Bottles of Wine,” to “New York City,” and then it seemed as though, for one moment in time, it all came to a stop.  For that one brief moment, all action at the Music City BBQ Festival came to a stop.  All the passers-by seemed to slow their pace, all the folks that were dancing seemed to stop and listen.  They were breathless, just listening and soaking in every work that was.  Delbert begins his song, “Sending Me Angels.”  The lyrics of the song resonate down my spine.  It’s a really beautiful tune…if you have not heard it, you need to hear it.  So, here is my public prayer to the Lord my God: Thanks for sending me those angels, thanks for the angels of family, the angels of friends, the angels of teachers, the angels of coaches, the angels of neighbors, but most of all, thanks for Your Son because, as Mr. McClinton would say, “As I stand on the mountain/Face to the Wind/Amazed by the number of times I’ve sinned/And the countless number of enemies/That should have been friends/Here he comes again/My friend/He Keeps sending me angels.”  So, thanks for sending me angels.

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“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers.  And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” – Bill Cosby

Well, for Digital Media, I must write a post on why I chose to take this course, so here is an original poem by me, myself and I detailing this choice.

Along the path of summer I strode
When upon me a choice I was bestowed
I was in need of a computer course
But did not want to work like a horse
Computer science was out, Digital Media in
For taking this class is far from a sin

But this was not the only reason I thought
For to question the establishment I sought
For since the days of Wine and Roses are gone
I question the cause each and every dawn
The day of tragedy has struck, 11th hour has come
A tragedy that drove loved ones to tequila and rum

For this tragedy was a journalistic disaster
That had the force of a nuclear reactor
It caused the downfall of a great career of words
It caused the downfall of a great number of nerds
So I seek to perfect the science of Digital Media
Without making this blog appear too sepia

A Whole New World

“I Can show you the world, Shining, shimmering, splendid, tell me princess, now when did you last let your heart decide” – “A Whole New World” from the 1992 Disney Film Aladdin

Welcome to Improv!  This being my first post let me go ahead and tell you all about this blog.  I am starting this blog because it is required by my Digital Media class, so there will be plenty of posts that are on there that are required posts, but I’ll have plenty of other stuff on here too.  Anyway, each post will begin with a quote (because I’m a musician, most of them will be song lyrics).  Anyway, this blog will cover a variety of topics, including but not limited to, music, literature, politics, sports and everything in between.  So, follow this blog and enter “A Whole New World” with me.