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The Danger of Music

And sharks.  Sharks are CLEARLY trouble.I told myself long ago I would never start off a blog post with “<so and so> once wrote/said“.  To me that’s something you start a speech off with, not something you begin a conversation on.  And since a blog – or at least my blog – wasn’t supposed to be anything but a conversation then being all speech-y about it was just inappropriate.

Back then I was young(er) and naive(er) and didn’t realize that The Paul Gillespie Experience – and blogging in general – really combines the best of everything.  As such I think I’ll go ahead and forgive myself for what I’m about to say.

[which technically is no longer at the start so maybe I’ve nothing to forgive myself for?  but I digress]

James Baldwin (author of “Go Tell It On The Mountain”) once wrote “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.”  Anyone Continue reading The Danger of Music

Batting Averages

I'm going to say that's a solid double in the gap.Nobody’s perfect.

At least that’s how the theory goes.  And by “theory” I mean “reality” – everybody makes mistakes.  Maybe we don’t think something through enough and make a rash decision that wasn’t the right one.  Perhaps we spend too much time thinking about something and miss our opportunity.  We let our brains make decisions our hearts should be making; our hearts make decisions our guts should be making and our guts make decisions our brains should be making.

All in all – we’re Continue reading Batting Averages

Life’s Background Music, Part 2

We’re back with Paul Gillespie: The Soundtrack, part two (for the first six songs click here).  These were hard thought songs – it’s not as easy as you might think it is to figure out what songs would sit on the list of songs that play behind your life.  It took me a long time to figure out what I needed to put on there; I went through my playlists, Pandora, Amazon and a host of other places just to expand my portfolio of songs to pick from.

The first six Continue reading Life’s Background Music, Part 2

Life’s Background Music

Yup – back on my music post kick.

But instead of going lyrical (like in this post), figuring out what a music-run world would be like (this post) or singing about my favorite things (this post – still one of my all-time favorites) I’m going to ponder what the background music to my life would be.  Since most soundtracks seem to have about a dozen tracks to them I’ll limit mine to that many as well.  I like to Continue reading Life’s Background Music

Feeling Nothing At All

I’m going lyrical again (like this, this and this…only different).

I was driving down I-20 in Monroe Wednesday evening and I turned on the radio (because apparently I’m incapable of travelling in silence*).  It was set to 104.1 KJLA – a country station.  Since I was in a country kind of mood after having Katie’s country playlist going all night last night (the last night of volleyball…<weep>) I decided I’d keep it there and see what came on.

(* the real reason is Continue reading Feeling Nothing At All


So I just finished writing “Is Happiness Overrated” where I pontificate for 1600 words or so on why happiness is (or isn’t) overrated.

Then I decided to go on about my merry way writing some content for my business web site (Nine Point Six Solutions) which is horribly outdated because the whole thing called “having time to update it” has seemingly eluded me and I decide I need to have a little music going to give me some energy (because it was a really long Monday and it sapped just about every ounce of everything out of me).  So I hit my Amazon Cloud Player to play a nice mix of my favorite tunes – everything from a little Chicago (“Victorious“) to Carlene Carter (“Love Like This“) to Simple Minds (“[Don’t You] Forget About Me“) to Sir Mix-A-Lot (“Baby Got Back“).

My latest additions to the playlist are some songs from Irishfest (some Red Hot Chili Pipers, The Elders and Pogey), Stevie Wonder (“Superstition”) and a song I heard for the first time yesterday – “Unity” by Shinedown.

I hadn’t actually heard the words to the latter song – it was on in the car of a friend who was driving me home and I was hungover so listening to lyrics didn’t take precedence over keeping the contents of my stomach in my stomach or talking to my friend – but I really liked the music of the song.  So today I booted up Amazon and grabbed it off the store.

I put it on this evening (along with a nice mix involving some Taylor Swift, Echo & The Bunnymen and Meatloaf) and about fell out of my chair when I actually listened to the lyrics.

Now, you know I don’t live my life according to song lyrics but you know I absolutely love to ponder what would happen if they ran the world as well as flaunt my playlist.  But that being said, read “Is Happiness Overrated” and then read the lyrics from “Unity” below:

They say it’s never too late
To stop being afraid
And there is no one else here
So why should I wait?
And in the blink of an eye the past begins to fade

So have you ever been caught in a sea of despair?
And your moment of truth
Is the day that you say “I’m not scared”

Sure, the song is about love lost and found again (I think, anyway) and not the “general” challenges of life I was writing about in that last post, but tell me that’s not a nice coincidence.  And it was the first song I’d written after I spent a long time drafting a post that talked about fear being the core of being less happy than we otherwise could be.

That’s it.  Nothing incredibly in-depth – just one of those awesome moments that appear (seemingly) randomly throughout life.  I needed a good lift – and Shinedown provided.