As they used to say back in ’93 — Watch this space for NEW CONTENT…
Seriously, though. Later today. PROMISE!
Wait?!? Where’s the big makeover? Some small changes, sure, but largely things look the same. What gives? — you may ask…
I actually DID make some big changes, quite a few of them, trying this one and that… and… I hated them all. But I did rearrange the menu, add a link directly back to the first post on Sept 22, 2005, a link to my ‘old’ one man band, one blue nine, glue it to the top of the page so it’s always available (in full browsers — your mileage will vary on mobiles — please report any trainwrecks!)
Since AYoS has, effectively, been on three different platforms in its decade of existence, I’m afraid I was slow to make use of some of the better features of the WordPress content management system it now runs on but I’ve been working — and the work goes on — to take better advantage of WP’s superior taxonomy features. Within the next week or so, all 400+ posts should be more or less properly tagged and categorized. When that is complete, for instance, you’ll be able to click on the title of any song in a tag list and get a full list of the posts tagged with that song — and, of course, that will work with any tag, so if you click on ‘breakup’ in a tags list, you’ll see all the posts so-tagged.
Also in the ongoing work sector: I’ve been going through the posts (starting at ‘back’ and ‘front’ and moving toward the great, gray middle) and removing confusing download/play/radio links (that mostly used decade-old streaming systems used by the sort of standalone media players seldom used these days of browser-built-ins) and replacing them with HTML5 in-page playbars. (If you have a really old computer/browser that doesn’t support HTML5, they should display as URLs so you can still download the file and play it ‘locally.’)
Of course, some stuff didn’t need fixing — though I tried, anyway, in some cases, usually to disastrous results. So you’ll still find the randomized Post / Song shuffle thumbnails which some have found to be a good way to explore AYoS — and, of course, the ‘random post’ feature is still on the main menu as well.
Another holdover — at least for those who have Flash on their systems — is the in-page or pop-out AYoS player. In standalone, pop-out mode (perfect when you want to browse with interrupting the music), you’ll see links to sort the master playlist in different fashions (newest, oldest, highlights, alphabetical). [You may have to enable pop-ups for the site to use it in pop-out mode. We don’t have outside advertising on the site, so you should be safe from unwanted popups while here.] While the player covers much of the first ten years of AYoS, at this time there’s no plan to add later content to it (much of which is in the form of videos, anyway).
It is often said that trouble, trouble, at any rate, that doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.
But there are times when you’d trade all life’s hard-learned lessons and ennobling sorrows for a little rest… a break in the action… the pain subsiding into a dull ache… even for a little while.
You slog forward because you think you remember somewhere that to fall behind is to succumb… to fall in the snow… to be forgotten because no one else has the strength to remember one more fallen comrade.
The point of survival is soon forgotten and it becomes a habit… or the struggle toward it… the weary momentum.
Ah… hell… it’s a beautiful faux spring day here in Southern California and I live near the beach. Y’all can listen to this song — I’m going outside…
2 Dazed 2 Care
2 Dazed 2 Care
Turn down this street
back down that alley
there is no escape and there is no stalling
The future is here
and it’s more of the past
All I remember
is falling and falling
Leave me alone
just let me be
with wounds this deep
they just have to bleed
Desperation is short supply
I used up my panic in the crises last year
It’s hard to worry, it’s hard to care
when you’re so tired of anger
and you’re so tired of fear
Leave me alone…
No point in crying, laughing or dreaming
no point in love, no % in fear
desperation is in short supply
so tired of anger
2 dazed 2 care
(C)1981,2008, TK Major
A thousand dreams.
Gone, like that. All those things they’d planned, lying awake, moonlight through the window, in each other’s arms. The places they’d go. The things they’d do. The projects they’d pursue together. The dreams.
He knew in an instant they were as gone as though they’d never been.
Sometimes when people break up, there’s an uncertainty, a possibility everything can be put back together. Sometimes it happens. Mostly, he guessed, it didn’t.
But with her, with this woman he’d spent almost five years with… he knew.
It was as over as over gets.
Forget About the Moon
Forget About the Moon
Forget about me
forget about you
forget all those pretty things
we were gonna do
forget about the moon
forget about the stars
forget about forever
we’ve already come too far
forget about the times
you lay by my side
forget how I thought you’d be
there all my life
forget about the moon…
forget about those dreams
they’re just castles in the sky
forget all those plans we made
lying awake at night
The new AYoS Song Database is now online in beta form!
I’ll be adding new functionalities to it over the next few weeks (depending on my availability) but as it stands now you can sort on song title and date (as well as whether or not the song is an instrumental) and there are links to the AYoS page for each song as well as links directly to the MP3 for each song. Additionally, there are links for other download and streaming options for many of the songs.
(C)2006, TK Major