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Good Advice from an Old Farmer…. and Albert Einstein!

Good Advice from an Old Farmer…. and Albert Einstein!

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

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Homegrown’s all right with me
Homegrown is the way it should be
Homegrown is a good thing
Plant that bell and let it ring
The sun comes up in the morning
Shines that light around
One day, without no warning
Things start jumping up from the ground
“Homegrown” by Neil Young

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

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“Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist,
widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest physicists of all time.
Einstein is known for developing the Theory of Relativity,
but he also made important contributions to the development of
the Theory of Quantum Mechanics.” – wikipedia

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over
again and expecting different results.”
– Albert Einstein

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.

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“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin;
what else does a man need to be happy?” – Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921
for the discovery of the photoelectric effect.
He received his Nobel Prize for 1921 one year later, in 1922.

Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies; it messes with their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

“Great spirits have always encountered
violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
– Albert Einstein

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Albert Einstein
March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955
Albert Einstein grew up in Munich and became a German citizen in 1914.
He renounced his German citizenship for political reasons in 1933.
He emigrated to the United States and took a job as a Professor
of Theoretical Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

“Look deep into nature,
and then you will understand everything better.”
– Albert Einstein

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

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“Science can flourish only
in an atmosphere of free speech.”
– Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was married twice
and had three children from his first wife.

Live a good, honorable life…
Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Don‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain Dance.

If you find yourself in a hole,
the first thing to do is stop diggin’.

“Try not to become a man of success,
but rather try to become a man of value.”
– Albert Einstein

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“Life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance you must keep moving.” 
– Albert Einstein

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get “got”.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with,
watches you from the mirror every mornin’.

Good judgment comes from experience,
and a lotta that experience comes from bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

Grow food, not lawns.

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“A happy man is too satisfied with the present
to dwell too much on the future.” – Albert Einstein

If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence,
try orderin’ someone else’s dog around..

Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.

Don’t pick a fight with an old man.
If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

Most times, it just comes down to common sense.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
– Albert Einstein
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“Not everything that counts can be counted,
and not everything that can be counted counts.”
~ sign hanging in Albert Einstein’s office at Princeton
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Oh, Mother Earth
With your fields of green
Once more laid down
By the hungry hand
How long can you
Give and not receive
And feed this world
Ruled by greed
“Mother Earth” by Neil Young

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“I speak to everyone in the same way,
whether he is the garbage man
or the president of the university.”
– Albert Einstein

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“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity;
and I’m not sure about the universe.”
– Albert Einstein

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“If you can’t explain it simply,
you don’t understand it well enough.”
– Albert Einstein

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E=mc2
Energy equals mass times the speed of light squared.”
Energy and Mass are the same thing, in different states.
Energy and mass are interchangeable.
The end of the line. Does any of this really matter?

 




 

 

MONDAY! MONDAY!

MONDAY! MONDAY!

Thanksgiving 2016 is done. No more leftovers!
“Black Friday” is past and it’s officially the Holiday Season.

Today is “Cyber Monday” the online shopping celebration!

HOORAY for American Consumerism! “SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP!”
Spend that money! Charge up those credit cards! Buy more stuff!

Buy American! Buy MADE IN THE USA! Support small businesses!
Don’t buy cheap sh*t “Made in China” and “Hecho in Mexico”!

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MONDAY! MONDAY! Remember MTV?

Before cellphones, before the internet, before iTunes and other digital apps, before YouTube, there was MTV (that’s MusicTelevision) on cable.

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NSFW! Here’s a little Neil Young & Crazy Horse music video I worked on long ago…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKaDCP-wKr8

And this one: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Mansion On The Hill”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1WpgTzf8nk

And I just discovered that they shot this too while I was off set on runs! After almost 30 years… Neil Young “Farmer John” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXOeNLs0EBY

All three vids were shot at The Troubadour in West Hollywood to support the “Ragged Glory” album!

My story, written about the gig (and others), you can read the Blog about here:
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MONDAY! MONDAY!

Be thankful for all you have! Be thankful for family and friends!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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100 BANDS YOU DONE SAW N’ SH*T… (thanks Skippy!)

100 BANDS YOU DONE SAW N’ SH*T… (from fb, thanks Skippy!)

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My friend Skippy posted his list and these rules in his “notes” on facebook in 2009.

“OK, here are the rules. Test your memory and your love of live music by listing 50 artists or bands (or as many as you can remember) you’ve seen in concert. List the first 50 acts that come into your head. An act you saw at a festival and opening acts count, but only if you can’t think of 50 other artists. Oh, and list the first concert you ever saw (you can remember that, can’t you)? *So far I can’t remember a lot of stuff… so I’ll keep this list going.

Should you choose this challenge, here’s what you do: Copy my note. Click on “notes” under tabs on your profile page. Select “write a new note” in the top corner. Paste the copy in the body of the note. Make your list. Change the number at the top, and add your title. Once you’ve saved, don’t forget to tag friends (including me) on the right.”

Here’s mine:

Grateful Dead ticket stubs (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Grateful Dead ticket stubs (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

 

1. Grateful Dead (many times)
2. Rolling Stones
3. The Who
4. Jethro Tull
5. Yes
6. Guns N Roses
7. Metallica
8. Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. Pearl Jam
10. Nirvana
11. Fleetwood Mac (first real concert)
12. The Tubes
13. Zappa (and the Mothers of Invention)
14. Oingo Boingo
15. Neil Young & Crazy Horse
16. The Band
17. Crosby, Still, Nash & Young
18. Jerry Garcia Band
19. Camper Van Beethoven
20. David Lindley & El Rayo X
21. Bruce Springsteen & the Seeger Sessions Band
22. Queen
23. The Cranberries
24. The Blasters
25. The Blind Boys of Alabama
26. Jefferson Starship
27. Foreigner
28. Foghat
29. Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow
30. Jim Belushi & the Sacred Heart Band
31. Wyclef Jean
32. Steelpulse
33. Sly & Robbie (with the Taxi Gang, Eek-A-Mouse & Yellowman)
34. Alice Cooper
35. Ringo Starr & the All Star Band
36. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
37. J.Geils Band
38. George Thorogood & the Delaware Destroyers
39. Prince & the Revolution
40. Destiny’s Child
41. Jane’s Addiction
42. Black Crowes
43. Allison Krauss & Robert Plant
44. The Gipsy Kings
45. Linda Ronstadt
46. Arlo Guthrie
47. Bill Brozman & John Lee Hooker
48. The Clash
49. Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton
50. The A.R.M.S. Benefit (Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, etc.)
51. Jimmy Cliff
52. Neil Young & the Bluenotes
53. Lollapalooza(s) – Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.
54. KROQ Weenie Roast(s) – Living Colour, Ministry, Sublime, Offspring, etc.
55. KROQ Acoustic Christmas(es) – Suzanne Vega, Duran Duran, Soul Asylum, etc.
56. They Might Be Giants
57. The Three Tenors
58. Pink Floyd
59. Roger Waters
60. Vaud & the Villians
61. Stone Temple Pilots
62. Los Angeles Philharmonic (Hollywood Bowl & Disney Hall)
63. Reggae Sunsplash ‘84 (Mutabaruka, Black Uhuru, Burning Spear, etc.)
64. POWER 106FM Powerfest (Eminem, Snoop Dogg, etc)
65. The Congregation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJh…
66. Naked To The World
67. The Sea Monkeys
68. Counting Crows
69. Styx
70. America
71. Berlin
72. G3 Guitar Festival (Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, etc.)
73. Aerosmith
74. A Tribute to Ray Charles
75. The Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl
76. Green Day
77. Blues Traveler
78. Melissa Etheridge
79. The Police
80. Genesis
81. The Dead (with Warren Haynes)
82. The Cure
83. The White Stripes
84. David Byrne
85. Beatlemania
86. Bob Dylan
87. Dylan & the Dead
88. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble (with Jeff Beck & Terry Bozzio)
89. U2
90. Echo and the Bunnymen
91. Jersey Boys
92. The Brass Band
93. The Bobs
94. The Neville Brothers
95. Spin Doctors
96. Bryan Adams
97. The Chieftains (with Roger Daltrey)
98. James Taylor
99. Siouxsie & the Banshees
100. The Moody Blues
101. Bananarama
102. Tina Turner
103. Brian Setzer Orchestra
104. Limpopo
105. Alice in Chains

I know there’s more and probably a bunch I don’t remember too.
Here are some more old ticket stubs:

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Here’s a BLOG about my first concert in 1967, I was just a baby. I also went to a few more concerts when I was growing up. READ THE BLOG> http://wp.me/p3dhVM-1Sc

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco (copyright 2014 JoshWillTravel)

Happy New Year! Balloon Drop San Francisco Civic Auditorium 1983

Happy New Year 1985! Balloon Drop – San Francisco Civic Auditorium 12-31-84

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Some Music Videos I Worked On:

FLASHBACK FRIDAY!

Let’s tale a little trip down memory lane…if I can remember.

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Music! Video! Combine the two and you have MTV when it was Music Television.

I used to work Freelance Production for film, television, video, commercials, theater and live events. Here are some of the Music Videos I worked on in the early 90s:

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Why Do I Keep F*ckin’ Up?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKaDCP-wKr8

Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Mansion On The Hill”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1WpgTzf8nk

Oil Factory Inc. Directed by Billy Poveda and Bernard Shakey Set PA, Runner, Driver, Grip and Art Department Shot both videos in a week at the Troubadour, a house on West Adams and in, around and under Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles.

Day 1: We set up at the Troubadour for the live performance shots. We had a small hiccup in production when Neil showed up. Billy the director thought that Neil would just lip-sync to audio playback but Neil wanted to perform it live, so we had to get a big P.A. system ASAP because Neil also wanted it LOUD. Once the speakers arrived, they played both songs live a bunch of times and shot a ton of film. It was pretty cool because Neil wanted to play to an audience, so I got to be as close as the cameraman is in the video to the live performance. And you have to hand to Crazy Horse (Ralphie, Poncho and Billy) because they rock hard and they were great guys to hang with! I also got to meet Larry, Neil’s Guitar Tech (who plays banjo in the “Heart of Gold” concert video directed by Jonathan Demme).

Days 2, 3 and 4: We shot in, around and under Queen of Angel’s Hospital. The hospital and chapel scenes were shot there. The gas station scenes (and a funeral procession that was cut) were shot around the neighborhood. Neil’s wife Pegi is the beautiful woman sitting with him in the limosine. And the steam tunnel shots were shot under the hospital and we had to get some serious air conditioning units because the lights and crew added to the already high temperature underground.

On Day 4 we went to prep the house for the next day. Day 5: We shot at a rundown house on West Adams hill. We had to clean it before we could dress it for shooting. I had to clean 10 years of dirt and grime off every windowpane in the house and the glass doors that Neil enters through. I couldn’t say, “I don’t do windows”. And then they wanted us to cover them with gauze! The shoot went late and the strike went into early morning before we wrapped. One of the most surreal moments of my life was sitting with Neil Young in his dressing room as his trainer worked him out and listening to him curse MTV for censoring his work. Later he would win an MTV Award for best video for his anti-sponsorship song “This Note’s For You!” Bernard Shakey is Neil Young, and he had a big hand in directing and editing the project. I think the video came out pretty good. But you decide for yourself.

Alice Cooper – ABC’s “In Concert ’91” (magic screen and title animation): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyh82mIwT6U 

Television series Directed by Marty Callner Stargate Films Inc. visual and optical Effects, main title graphics and promos Asst Production Coordinator, PA/Runner/Driver, Craft Service & Catering Special Effects Assistant

Alice Cooper – “Hey Stoopid!”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcAl93uEYUA

Alice Cooper – “Hey Stoopid!” Tour (stage production & L.A. rehearsals) “Feed My Frankenstein” from “Wayne’s World”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO2cHJmDkBg

“Hey Stoopid!” music video and Magic Screen effect at Stargate Films Inc. and L.A. Tour Production and Rehearsals for Nightmare Inc. (as seen on ABC’s “In Concert ’91”, music videos, and “Wayne’s World”)

Alice Cooper “Hey Stoopid!” scene with Pauly Shore from MTV’s “Totally Pauly”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjCybElolYk (a funny interstitial skit from MTV that they shot with Alice torturing Pauly Shore on stage)

Poison – “So Tell Me Why” (cool pyrotechnics by Academy Award winner Joe Viskocil): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1NkhR5hFZE  

Stargate Films Inc. visual, practical, pyrotechnic and optical effects Asst Production Coordinator, PA/Runner/Driver, Craft Service & Catering Special Effects Assistant (worked with pyrotechnican Joe Viskocil – Oscar winner for “Independence Day” on this, “Highlander II”, and HBO’s “Afterburn”) Oh yeah, it blew up real good!

NOTE: Leon, the gray haired gentleman was an award winning cinematographer and Jerry, the African-american gentleman was a production coordinator at Stargate Films.

Ozzy Osbourne – “Mama I’m Coming Home”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRCSxArdOtw

Ozzy Osbourne – “No More Tears” (there was a PCB fire emergency on set!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykA0dAr6ASQ

Stargate Films Inc. visual and optical effects Asst Production Coordinator, PA/Runner/Driver, Craft Service & Catering Special Effects Assistant

Cameo – “Emotional Violence” (had to listen to this playback all night long!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzjAvNjbJXw

The End Productions Set PA Shot at Lacy Street Studios in downtown Los Angeles

Alice in Chains – “Sea of Sorrow” (original video in color): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxZv3LDNFrw

The Oil Factory, Inc. directed by Billy Poveda Set PA, Runner, Driver, Grip and Art Department Shot at the Chaplin Stage at A&M Records (now the Jim Henson Studios) RIP Layne Staley and Mike Starr (I met them both, and they were cool guys.)

Lavar – “Vanilla Melt” (with a FUCKIN’ TIGER on set!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgufrn8FXmQ

Oil Factory Inc. Directed by Billy Poveda PLEASE NOTE: I don’t work with F*CKING TIGERS!!!!! (or any other large animals that might kill me and eat me, thank you very much) They had the tiger doped up and overfed, but at one point it decided it wanted to go “over there” and so the 800 pound tiger pulled it’s handler across the stage. Beautiful animal and the footage was cool, but I’ve always been against the exploitation of wild animals. Today they’d probably just CGI it in. “Never get out of the boat….a f*ckin’ tiger man!”

Animal Logic – “Rose Coloured Glasses”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXKpxEDVzJY

Oil Factory Inc. directed by Billy Poveda and Dave Stewart Deborah Holland, Stewart Copeland, Stanley Jordan Set PA, Runner, Driver, Grip and Art Department

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UPDATE: Here’s the “Rock the Vote” PSA‘s from 1991 we worked on>

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Iggy Pop reads the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. He is gradually having tape wrapped around his body. At the end, the tape covers his mouth. “Express yourself. Vote.” (I was the guy wrapping him in cellophane tape!)

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I finally found the Iggy Pop PSA! The page has links to all the spots I worked on!
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1990 ROCK THE VOTE ANTHONY KIEDIS RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS PSA!
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UPDATE! 11-28-16 I just discovered that they shot this too while I was off set on runs! After almost 30 years… Neil Young “Farmer John” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXOeNLs0EBY