Lyrics of the week – Carry On Wayward Son

cover_56177862016_rKansas has been a favorite of mine since I was a teen. I listened to Leftoverture on my record player over and over. I’m sure my parents were sick of it. I love their sound with all the strings, the story telling. Of course I spent a great deal of time looking at the album cover art. I miss that about music. I can easily spend a few hours just looking at my album covers in my collection. Almost a lost art.

“Carry On Wayward Son”

Carry on my wayward son
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more

Ah

Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
I was soaring ever higher, but I flew too high

Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man
Though my mind could think I still was a mad man
I hear the voices when I’m dreaming,
I can hear them say

Carry on my wayward son,
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more

Masquerading as a man with a reason
My charade is the event of the season
And if I claim to be a wise man,
Well, it surely means that I don’t know

On a stormy sea of moving emotion
Tossed about, I’m like a ship on the ocean
I set a course for winds of fortune,
But I hear the voices say

Carry on my wayward son
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry no more no!

Carry on,
You will always remember
Carry on,
Nothing equals the splendor
Now your life’s no longer empty
Surely heaven waits for you

Carry on my wayward son
There’ll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
Don’t you cry,
Don’t you cry no more,

No more!

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Lyrics of the week – Paradise

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“Paradise”
Written by John Prine 
When I was a child, my family would travel
down to western Kentucky where my parents were born.
There’s a backwards old town that’s often remembered, so my times that my memories are worn.
And daddy, won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County,
down by the Green River where paradise lay?
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in asking.
Mister Peabody’s coal train just hauled it away.Well sometimes we’d travel right down the Green River
to the abandoned old prison down by Adrie Hill,
where the air smelled like snakes and we’d shoot with our pistols,
but empty pop bottles was all we would kill.
And daddy, won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County,
down by the Green River where paradise lay?
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in asking.
Mister Peabody’s coal train just hauled it away.Well, the coal company came with the world’s largest shovel,
and they tortured the timber and stripped all the land.
And they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken, wrote it all down as the progress of man.
And daddy, won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County,
down by the Green River where paradise lay?
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in asking.
Mister Peabody’s coal train just hauled it away.
And daddy, won’t you take me back to Muhlenberg County,
down by the Green River where paradise lay?
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in asking.
Mister Peabody’s coal train just hauled it away.

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Peace,
~mojo

The Cat made me buy it – Mojocat

IMG_4157.JPGI am often asked what the origin of the name Mojocat is. The truth is it’s multifaceted so I often give an abridged version. Back in hight school I studied Radio broadcasting at the Yakima Valley Vocational Skills Center. Evan though being a DJ was the most sexy part of radio I was fascinated with the advertising part of radio. I think one reason was that I seemed to have a knack for creating the commercials especially voicing them. I enjoyed doing character voices. Most days during class when I was not on the air you would find me in the control room voicing promos or just goofing off playing with the tape recorder.  I gained a fascination for the storytelling aspect of advertising. I was always researching and learning about advertising approaches or the story behind the creative. My carrier as a radio star was short lived but I did spend a great deal of time in the advertising world including selling radio advertising for on of Seattles last top 40 station.

My career as some point took some turns and I ended up becoming a graphic artist working on print advertising as well as online. I enjoyed learning about branding and using characters to sell products. One time as I was browsing thrift shops I ran across this book titled The Cat Made Me Buy It. I purchased it because it fascinated me that there where so many incidences where cats where used for branding. There are many philosophies as to why cats where good for branding. Cats are strong yet they have a soft side as well. They are dark and mysterious yet the are also loving and playful. The one that I identify with these days as my brand has survived so many evolutions if of course cats have nine lives. This fits Mojocat to a T. mojocat is a survivor. We survived the dot com startup boom and bust. I have the scars to prove it.

add- 90s.pngIn parallel when we where looking for a name for our web design business in the 90’s the name Mojocat just kind of came from nowhere. Ok there was more than likely a few microbrews involved in the multiple creative sessions that produced the name. Some of the details are a bit foggy but it goes a little something like this. Mojo is magic. You see the guys who started the original Mojocat with me all shared a love for music. Not the Austin powers mojo but the mojo that comes from Muddy Waters, Jim Morrison and the Beatles. As designers and developers we like to think that we could work magic. Now what about the cats. We where the cats. The Mojocats. Then lets look at that again. CAT what did we do? The cats that is. Well to go a bit further. We created the acronym CAT Creative Approaches to Technology.  Well there you go Mojocat!

That’s the story, the legend if you will. Now stand back and let us work our magic!

~mojo

Lyrics of the week – Foo Fighters-All My Life

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All my life I’ve been searching for somethin’
Somethin’ never comes, never leads to nothin’
Nothin’ satisfies, but I’m getting close
Closer to the prize at the end of the rope

All night long I dream of the day,
When it comes around, and it’s taken away
Leaves me with the feelin’ that I feel the most
I feel it come to life when I see your ghost

Come down don’t you resist
You have such a delicate wrist
And if I give it a twist
Something to hold when I lose my grip
Will I find something in that
So give me just what I need
Another reason to bleed
One by one hidden up my sleeve, one by one hidden up my sleeve

Hey, don’t let it go to waste
I love it but I hate that taste
Weight keeping me down

Hey, don’t let it go to waste
I love it but I hate that taste
Weight keeping me down

Will I find the believer?
Another one who believes
Another one to deceive
Over and over down on my knees

If I get any closer
And if you open up wide
And if you let me inside
On and on I got nothing to hide, on and on I got nothing to hide

Hey, don’t let it go to waste
I love it but I hate that taste
Weight keeping me down

Hey, don’t let it go to waste
I love it but I hate that taste
Weight keeping me down

All my life I’ve been searching for somethin’
Somethin’ never comes, never leads to nothin’
Nothin’ satisfies, but I’m getting close
Closer to the prize at the end of the rope
All night long I dream of the day
When it comes around and it’s taken away
Leaves me with the feelin’ that I feel the most
Feel it come to life when I see your ghost

And I’m done, done onto the next one
Done, done and I’m onto the next one
Done, done and I’m onto the next one
Done, done and I’m onto the next one
Done, done and I’m onto the next one
Done, done and I’m onto the next one
Done, done and I’m onto the next one
Done, I’m done and I’m onto the next

Sing it Dave!

Done, done onto the next one!
Done, I’m done and I’m on to the next one!
Done, done onto the next one!
Done, I’m done and I’m on to the next one!

Hey, don’t let it go to waste
I love it but I hate that taste
Weight keeping me down

Hey, don’t let it go to waste
I love it but I hate that taste
Weight keeping me down

Done, done onto the next one!
Done, I’m done and I’m on to the next one!


Watch the video and relive a sliver of the 90’s. Long live Rock’n Roll! You can all it grunge if it makes you feel better!

This one is dedicated to my buddy Erick. We shred this!

Lyrics of the Week – Your My Best Friend

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Queen – You’re My Best Friend

Ooo. you make me live
whatever this world can give to me
It’s you, you’re all I see
Ooo, you make me live now honey
Ooo, you make me live

You’re the best friend
that I ever had
I’ve been with you such a long time
You’re my sunshine
And I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
You’re my best friend

Ooo, you make me live

I’ve been wandering round
But I still come back to you
In rain or shine
You’ve stood by me girl
I’m happy, happy at home
You’re my best friend.

You’re the first one
When things turn out bad
You know I’ll never be lonely
You’re my only one
And I love
The things that you do
You’re my best friend

Ooo, you make me live.

I’m happy, happy at home
You’re my best friend
You’re my best friend
Ooo, you make me live
You, you’re my best friend.

Lyrics of the week – All The Lonely People – The Beatles

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homeless-feet homeless Homeless-2-Ian_Spence_large Homeless and cold Homeless childrenAh, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people

Eleanor Rigby picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream,
Waits at the window wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for?

chorus:
All the lonely people, where do they all come from?

All the lonely people, where do they all belong?

Father Mackenzie, writing the words to a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near
Look at him working, darning his socks in the night when there’s nobody there
What does he care?

(chorus)

Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people

Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
Nobody came
Father Mackenzie,wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved

All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
(Ah, look at all the lonely people)
All the lonely people, where do they all belong?
(Ah, look at all the lonely people)

The song was written primarily by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. With a double string quartet arrangement by George Martin, and striking lyrics about loneliness. Even though I chose to show homeless people there are lonely people all around us. We may even work next to someone. Lets reach out to those who need friendship. It may be as simple as sharing a smile. Peace!

~mojo

Led Zeppelin Reunion?

the-song-remains-the-same-2I have to admit I am a huge Zep fan. I have most of their music on vinyl and their entire catalog digitally. I have listened to it many times from from first recording to most current including some rare bootlegs. I have seen a ton of bands live but not them, I am sad to say. I do have several live performance DVDs, a great way to get a live experience. In some ways the a good DVD of a live performance has advantages because it really puts you on stage with the performers. It also allows you to enjoy a live music experience any time you feel the need. You are not dependent on if the band is on tour or not. In the case of bands like Led Zeppelin see them live is highly unlikely. Another advantage is you get to see the band in its prime. Reunion tours are great but in sometimes it is just not the same. It may not be the full or original lineup. I also like the rockcumentaries and have several of them like The Song Remains The Same and U2’s Rattle and Hum. Both of witch I saw when they came out in theaters and continue to relive at home. I remember when Rattle and Hum came out I was to impatient to wait for my friends and I to match schedules so I went solo sneaking a six pack under my coat. It was epic. I am also a big fan of the band Heart and my wife and I go see them pretty much every time they play here in Seattle. Ann and Nancy Wilson are huge Zep fans BTW and always play a Zep cover or two in each show. I would venture to say they really get the Led out. Dare I say as good as Zep..don’t kill me for saying that you would have to see it live to understand. We have several DVDs of shows we have attended. There are several times that we can see our selves in the audience Ann and Nancy Willson of Heartproving to our friends that we where there. 🙂 Watching a show on DVD that you have attended really helps you relive the experience. My collection of live performance DVDs keeps growing. If you have not experienced a live performance DVD I highly recommend it. You wont have to seek a six pack under your coat either.

Here is the article and video clip that inspired this post. Led Zeppelin Discuss Vikings, Sex and Hobbits With David Letterman.

Weekly Song Lyrics – Paradise Denver & Prine

Rocky Mountain HighWhen I was a child, my family would travel
Down to western Kentucky where my parents were
born
And there’s a backwards old town that’s often
remembered
So many times that my mem’ries are worn

And daddy won’t you take me back to muhlenberg
county
Down by the green river where paradise lay
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in
asking
Mister peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

Well sometimes we’d travel right down the green
river
To the abandoned old prison down by adrie hill
Where the air smelled like snakes and we’d shoot
with our pistols
But empty pop bottles was all we would kill

And daddy won’t you take me back to muhlenberg
county
Down by the green river where paradise lay
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in
asking
Mister peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

And the coal company came with the world’s
largest shovel
And they tortured the timber and stripped all the
land
Well, they dug for their coal till the land was
forsaken
Then they wrote it all down as the progress of
man

And daddy won’t you take me back to muhlenberg
county
Down by the green river where paradise lay
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in
asking
Mister peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

And daddy won’t you take me back to muhlenberg
county
Down by the green river where paradise lay
Well, I’m sorry, my son, but you’re too late in
asking
Mister peabody’s coal train has hauled it away

Artist  : John Denver

Song : Paradise

Words and music by john

More Celebrities and Their Vinyl

I love this photo library of Celebrities and their vinyl. It is interesting to think of the culture shift around listening to music. Listening to your favorite music was a different experience than today. From the opening of the album, enjoying the artwork on the jacket to how we listened to the music half a record at a time. I am not saying it was better only different. We have access to so much more music than we did back then. By the way I still buy records, enjoy the album art and drop that needle on the record.

JLPMCThe fact is music among other things has gone mobile.