The sweet autumn clematis has taken over the patio and the various piles of things on it and it looks like some kind of Midwestern kudzu. I used to be fascinated by kudzu when we would visit Judi in South Carolina. I always thought there was a coffee table book waiting to happen. Do people still publish coffee table books? I guess now we just put them online. I don't know.

My camera feed is nothing but food and cats. And not even particularly good pictures. 

It turns out that the big old ash tree blocked a street light from shining in my eyes whenever I look out the window from bed at night. It also blocked the ugly electrical wires, which of course is why Ameren cut it down so mixed blessing there. I don't know WHAT I'm going to do with that hole in the yard. Our view is kinda wretched now.

On a different note, I forced myself to watch the RNC. I was high when I watched Trump but I'm not sure that made any difference. I've decided I just can't do weed though. I'm too much of a lightweight. I'm trying to cut back on wine for the sake of my stomach/gut heaalth so I thought, 'what the hell,' but I don't think weed suits me anymore. Eh.

Life is dreary. 

Worry.

Worry.

Worry.

Sometimes, I just don't like people. They disappoint me.

And that's the mood I'm in.

O.k.

Here are my two responses to the RNC.

 

Give this a listen whether you know the song or not.

Here's the info on this one:

Please consider donating to a bail fund near you https://www.communityjusticeexchange…. and/or to https://www.freedomforimmigrants.org/ and/or https://www.innocenceproject.org/

If you'd like to learn more about the prison abolition movement, please watch this video by Ruth Wilson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HWqY…

This video was recorded in October 2019 in front of the Atlanta Penitentiary, a notoriously corrupt federal prison which houses almost 2,000 inmates and detainees.

“Millionaire” speaks hauntingly to the state of rampant inequity that has been endemic to our modern world and our country since their inceptions.

The glorification and celebrity of the ultra-wealthy (see: number-based epithets like “millionaire” and “billionaire” that inherently deify) leads many to simultaneously revile and chase this kind of inflated influence.

This interwoven web of big (often inherited) money, a profit-over-people mindset, and the criminalization of poverty has led to a for-profit carceral system that is extractive, punitive, and particularly harmful to black and brown lives.

An insidious cash bail system further centralizes the issue of wealth, allowing white collar criminals to pay their way out of jail and leaves those who have committed nonviolent survivalist offenses to sit in jail for exorbitant amounts of time awaiting trial.

Prisons as they exist in the U.S. today (and perhaps in all forms) are actively harmful facilitators of recidivism, racism, corruption, and the legacy of slave labor. A massive overhaul of the rehabilitative paradigm is the only way forward.

Season 3, Episode 16 – Millionaire (David Olney)

Music and Lyrics by David Olney
Arranged by Drew Krasner

Liam Lewis – vocals, mandolin

Courtney Swain – vocals
Jessica Kion – vocals
Ethan Crystal – vocals
Luke McGinnis – vocals
Evan Tyor – vocals
Ben Marcus – vocals

Jon Chen – cello
Sam Quiggins – cello

Drew Krasner – tenor sax
Jared Yee – tenor sax
Mike Rilli – trombone

Ben Levin – electric guitar
Ian Anderson – acoustic guitar
Andrea DeMarcus – bass
Kevin Grossman – drums

Engineered by Evan Tyor and Kevin Grossman
Mixed and Mastered by Evan Tyor
Filmed by Liz Maney and Kelvin Alfonso
Video Edited by Liz Maney

Apartment Sessions Logo Animation by Brian Plautz
Session Title Handwriting by Liam Lewis
Penitentiary Illustration by Ben Marcus
Outro Music by Evan Tyor

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Filmed in Atlanta, Georgia in September 2019.

MILLIONAIRE  by David Olney

Well, I started out with one long dollar
Gambled with the man and I won me another
I bought me a gun and I robbed my brother
I'm bad, but I don't care boys, I'm gonna be a millionaire
Well, I hopped on a ship and we sailed on the waves
Dealt in rum and we dealt in slaves
Left my captain and sold him brave
He's gone, but I don't care, I'm gonna be a millionaire

How many of you wanna see me dead?
How many of you wanna have my head?
How many of you just live your lives?
Wishing you were me boys, wishing you were me?

Well, I married rich, a pretty little wife
Brought her misery every day of her life
She slit her wrist with a silver knife
You can't blame that on me boys, her money belongs to me

Well, I found myself in a good position
To buy myself some cheap politicians
Bought myself a big election
That's just how it went boys, now I own the president

How many of you wanna see me dead?
How many of you wanna have my head?
How many of you just live your lives?
Wishing you were me boys, wishing you were me?

When you say your prayers down on your knees
Ask the Lord, forgive you, please
If it crosses your mind say one for me
I know where I'm bound boys, I know where I'm bound

Cause I started out with one long dollar
Gambled with the man and I won me another
I bought me a gun and I robbed my brother
I'm bad, but I don't care boys, I'm gonna be a millionaire

Onward.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Kudzu, clematis, #VTFO and Olney’s Millionaire

  1. I’m also a huge lightweight when it comes to weed. I’m trying something right now that’s higher in CBD than THC, and I think I like it better (for weeknights anyways). It calms the anxiety while not leaving me ‘hungover’in the morning (and I snack less). If that might be something you’re interested in! (I get it from the dispo in blono but I’m sure the one here would have something similar!)

Thoughts?