Music; Making Time Stand Still

by Mr. Schnell

An important goal during my productive working years was to avoid the ivory tower crowd. The graveyard shift offered the best solution. Generally comprised of a skeleton crew of like minded suit and tie phobia cohorts tasked with keeping the place afloat until the arrival of day shift’s ambitious, ladder climbing, bean counters (whose primary job was justifying their jobs and over burdening productive employees with distractive, time consuming busy work and red tape).

Another third shift perk was driving to work in the evening. There is far less traffic and plenty of parking. Day shifters fight rush hour traffic coming and going and jockey for parking spots every single day. Rush hour road warriors never arrive with a smile. Their daily pissing contest begins.

Heading home you couldn’t blast the smile from our faces.

Those were the good old days … before Corona Virus.

Now everyday is about inept government officials, social distancing, and good handwashing. Need a break?

Stuck at home. Tired of reading, don’t want to take another nap, feeling kinda gloomy? Need a lift?

Time to escape. One song at a time.

But it is raining. Dark overcast, storming on and off. Time to music surf the internet on the old desktop computer in the geriatric man cave.

Where do I begin? Where I always begin. Watch the rain while logging on to YouTube and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. “Southern Cross

Look out the window, kick back, crank up the volume. The music and lyrics take over. Memories, old friends, good times are conjured up. Pure escapism…

Fast Car by Tracy Chapman

Enjoy watching her play guitar and singing in Oakland Coliseum in 1988

Wild Fire by Michael Murphy

Ripplin’ Waters by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

“And you make me feel fine, warm as the mountain sunshine”

(I love this song and the video).

I Know Why The River Runs by Lee Ann Womack

“I know why the river runs through, to a place far away…”

Someone I Used to Know by Gotye

Come Monday by Jimmy Buffett

“I spent four lonely days in a brown L-A haze…

No Drugs, No Booze, Just the Music

What a great reprieve. Try it.

Published by undergroundcartoonist

Underground Cartoonist is a former ICU nurse that has worked at numerous civilian, military, and veteran Intensive Care Units across the country for better than three decades but has been sketching, drawing, and cartooning since he first picked up a crayon in kindergarten. Dabbled with political cartooning, writing, and general illustrations but the bread and butter came from health care. Recently left professional nursing to concentrate on camping, hiking, nature, the outdoors, trees, trails, and peace of mind. Love a campfire; rather watch it than TV. Avoid bureaucracy, career ladders, ladder climbers, and hero worship at all cost. Evenings spent with a good book, reading until the book smacks my nose when I doze off. Generally up at sun rise, listen to the mourning doves, put the coffee on, and play it by ear the rest of the day.

5 thoughts on “Music; Making Time Stand Still

    1. Isn’t that the truth! No changes noted on this end. Same routines, same planning, same activities, same avoiding the maddening crowd. Social distancing and space are not a corona virus invention. I just hope this virus goes away before the extroverts discover how nice it is to live perpetual peace of mind and solitude.

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  1. Great advice! I love anything done by Woody/Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Joan Baez. They bring up a host of memories. I guess this reveals my advanced age.

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