Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Denver Airport - Flash

Holiday travelers at Denver International Airport (DIA) were surprised with an entertaining treat when a flash mob broke out in Jeppesen Terminal on November 22nd, 2011. Approximately 100 dancers from Community-Minded Dance (cmDance) performed a Lindy Hop to a medley of Swing classics in the airport's Great Hall in Denver, Colorado. Video by Rich Clarkson & Assoc.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Gary Sinise - Tribute to Navy Veteran

Academy Award Nominee Gary Sinise Makes a Moving Spoken Word Performance, honoring one of our brave servicemen from WWII.

VET of the Year Award -

Many people may have forgotten about his time in the U.S. Army. He is the son of an Air Force General, and a accomplished Golden Gloves boxer, and he graduated from Pomona College with a B.S. degree, and then became a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University.
He joined the U.S. Army at the prompting of his father. After graduating from Officer Candidate School he attended and graduated from both Army Airborne and Ranger training in the very top of each class. He was selected for U. S. Army Special Forces Training but refused so that he could attend pilot training where he earned his wings, and became an accomplished U.S. Army helicopter (gun ship) pilot, and achieved the rank of Captain.
He was about to be promoted to the rank of Major, and appointed to teach at West Point when he resigned his commission from the Army to go into music and acting. You can tell in this video that his time in the military means a lot to him. I won't give away who it is. You should just watch. I bet you will be surprised!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Darwins's Blues

Darwin's music venue in Marietta is now open again after a recent remodeling of the place, including an added kitchen to serve good hot food during the day as well as night. However, when I arrived about 10pm on Friday the place was packed and the band itself was doing the cooking. Showcased here is one of the most exciting young performers in the entire Atlanta metro area with his band, Truett Lollis, serving it up the way Darwin's and it's customers likes it-fresh and hot!

"Use Me Up" = Bill Withers

Bill Wither's Use Me performed by Cody Matlock & Larry Griffith
Justa Bar Jam Woodstock GA 10/05/11
Larry Griffith - DrumsVocals
Cody Matlock - Guitar
Barry Richman - Guitar
Doc Boneshaker - Keyboard
Dana McCarthy - Bass

ONE MORE TIME - Little G Weevil - Billy Gibson @ Mr Gip's

Mr Gip's - Bessemer, AL.

11/ 28 / 2009

My Babe - Little Walter -

My baby don't stand no cheatin', my babe
Oh yeah she don't stand no cheatin', my babe
Oh yeah she don't stand no cheatin',
She don't stand none of that midnight creepin'
My babe, true little baby, my babe

My babe, I know she love me, my babe
Oh yes, I know she love me, my babe
Oh yes, I know she love me,
She don't do nothin' but kiss and hug me
My babe, true little baby, my babe

My baby don't stand no cheatin', my babe
Oh no, she don't stand no cheatin', my babe
Oh no, she don't stand no cheatin',
Ev'rything she do she do so pleasin'
My babe, true little baby, my babe

My baby don't stand no foolin', my babe
Oh yeah, she don't stand no foolin', my babe
Oh yeah, she don't stand no foolin',
When she's hot there ain't no coolin'
My babe, true little baby, my babe
She's my baby (true little baby) ...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Classroom Socialism !!! Comments are Welcomed !!!

Is this man truly a genius? Checked out and this is true...it DID happen!

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on current Administration's (Obama )plan". All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
It could not be any simpler than that.

Remember, there IS a test coming up. The 2012 elections.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Zorba the Greek !!! 1964

Passion -

Anthony Quinn - Alan Bates

You want to DANCE ????


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thoughts - for Family and Friends

Real Important - for Sons Daughters all Grandchildren and Friends

I feel really blessed to have the opportunity now to meet new friends that share the same passions I have about things and about the music that moves me.

Also thankful for the people in my life that have remained in my heart and my thoughts over the years.

I have an opportunity, now, to revisit them now in my mind - in my heart and for those available to be seen in person perhaps it would be good to get in touch with them in some way let them know they weren't forgotten for what-ever that might accomplish. Usually, we human beings look back and think or say to ourselves when we lose someone, " I wish I had done this or that" or told someone something after it was too late to tell them or share kindred thoughts and love as one passes on.

This brings me to think, again, on a theory I have been thinking about for some time having to do with everyone having their own unique " Life Path " -

This life path has a beginning and an end - we never know how long this life path is, though -
Some we know pass away long before we think they will. The younger we are the more INVINCIBLE we seem to think we are. The older we get the
quicker the days weeks and months go by - we wake up one day and ask "Where did the years go?"

The Life Path -
People cross our life path at different times for different reasons uniquly designed and orchestrated. Some come into our life
early and they are there forever. Some enter our lives for a moment, a minute, a week or for years and they go out. Some touch our hearts and minds, some touch our souls and they stay there forever. Strangely, some although not visible, not tangible are more present with us than others. In the good book - NEW TESTAMENT - Hebrews, I believe it's Chapter 13:2 Reads something like
" ... we entertain angels unaware ."

NIV Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.

Maybe that's it - our Creator - Master of the Universe places people in our lives by design exactly when we need them to hear, to share. to glean a blessing for our lives -

I like Clarence Oddbody, a lot. BUT , you know what, even Uncle Billy Bailey, fallible, simple and as passionate as he was about the important things had angels and found a blessing. ( I A W L reference 1946 ) by the way the year before my birth, no less ??!!! a premonition, maybe?

So, I think that if we are tuned in while riding this life line we can recognize and we can receive intended blessings along the way. In doing so engage in and discover our passions.

In closing, I feel a need to share this before I forget to or would otherwise fail to write it, share it, preserve it thus regret not doing so.....

Here goes:

I believe that after examining and taking an inventory of myself, past and
present state of mind and heart. I have discovered something that, for me, is deep, passionate and mysterious. It has been another tuned in Blessing. I have always enjoyed music of all genres - There's not much for me since mid 1980s anyway, albeit the occasional instrumentals and movie sound tracks. ( Titanic - Rudy - )In that regard, I admit I'm not very Hip to the new Hop. But I digress.

The association and the comraderie I am experiencing now within the Blues community is so fulfilling and meaningful to me - it is feeding me in a way that I never imagined. ( Darwin's Burgers and Blues - Thursday Jams , other jams and gigs )
I feel there, I can employ my senses in this music. The musicians know I cannot and do not play myself, but I do appreciate their talent and their unselfish sharing of that talent that moves me. So I say to them. "Although, I don't play - When you do what you do up there on that stage it takes me to that place I cannot take my self. So, I want to THANK YOU for the Ride!"

Their response, individually, unsolicited is, " That's why I do it! " ... this is often said with a gleam and sparkle in the eye"!

Then there you have yet another pair of " tuned in" life paths crossing.

Enough for now.

It maybe a long time before anyone sees or reads this. Maybe never. That's Okay, too - Because, in putting this down I plea, pray and petition to my Creator, Higher Power and my God that in HIS infinite wisdom that each discover their own life path and get tuned in to God's Blessings and enjoy the ride uniquely designed for them (my children and their children ). May they all eventually know this and they find a passion and discover this feeling for themselves. .... and at least one of them PASS IT ON .

mra 11/19/2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sometimes- It is Just Like That

Where I've Been

I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots.

Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often. I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older. One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, and I don't remember what country I was in. It's an age thing.

Life is too short for negative drama & petty things. So laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly! From one unstable person to another... I hope everyone is happy in your head - we're all doing pretty good in mine!

Enjoy the Ride

I sincerely hope you will take time to watch this.
If it moves you, touches you, heals you or helps you -
Please leave a comment below.



Saturday, November 12, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Happy Birthday to me - 11/4

I am gonna keep a list here of 2011 Birthday wishes in order I received them.

64 - I don't really want any more birthdays.

I don't know why - but I will - for today only -

However, I do realize I have been sporadic at best in the past, with Birthday wishes to my Grandchildren. and especially to Daughters Katie, Kristie - I'm trying to be better about this. The last couple of years I have found that now that I have time and make a better concerted effort to address the misgivings of the past and in some way make amends for the regrets.

Yesterday, Thursday
Spent time with my Dad ( Bill ) at the condo. It was a good day.

He was first to offer Birthday wishes as I left about 3 pm.
Met Will and went to eat with Andrew and play a few games of 8 ball.

Bill Allen 11/3/2011 in Person
Stephanie Breen Allen - Daughter In Law - FIRST this AM 11/4/ text message
Mary Raindrop - Face Book - Blues Vocals
Johnna Curry - Face Book Blues Fan
Mark Slyman - Face Book - Guitar Musician
John Timper - F B - Musicial - Pro Source Co Worker
Elaine Trent - BSA Volunteer - Friend
Frank Barham - Blues - Harp
Katie Martin - Blues - Vocals - Blues & Acoustic Guitar
Katie Allen - Daughter - Adam and kids - Face Book
Christa Campbell - F B - Family Friend
Jennifer Dillingham - F B - Former Worker @ the Grill
Sherry Ross - BSA Volunteer
Sandra Senn - F B - Blues Drummer -
Pat Smiley - F B Blues Fan
Bob Lee - Blues Fan - Friend
Christopher CJ Smith - F B - Trivia - Friend
Arloa and Jason Patrick - F B - Family Friends
Nina Kelley Goss - Friend
Barbara Bennett - Friend Pat and Bobby's Mom
Maurice Reece Big Daddy Navarro - Blues - Vocals & Harp Musician
Alexandra Malstrom - Andrew's friend at Loco's
Terry Matlock - Blues fan - Friend
Jonathan Norwood - Blues Bass Player
Meg and Jason Parker - Friends
Kristie Allen Brady - Daughter
Elizabeth Allen - Niece
Terry & Norman Cowley - Friends
Vicki Hamilton Hall - Long time Friend from Young Harris
Cristi Smith - Friend at the Grill w/ Trey Gresham
Chas Peace - Former Neighbor and Friend\
Lyle Bayles - Blues - Drummer
Shaun Flanagan - Friend of Family
Ana Howells - Blues - Harp / Vocals
Tara Clark - Friend of family
Tamara Nikolai - Blues Bass Player
Jonathan Owens - Will's Friend
Theron Peterson - Blues Drummer
Delores Greer Davis - Greer Cousin

Well it's Midnight and my B'day is over and my list is completes\d for the
24 Hours.

Thanks to all well wishers -
Especially My Dear Stephanie. Katie, Kristi, Niece Elizabeth and Cuz Delores !!

Total in 24 Hours = 39

Relatives = 6 = 15.4 %
Blues Friends = 15 = 38.5 %
Friends = 8 = 20.5 %
Family Friends =10 = 25.6 %

Total = 100 %

Amazing Grace -

Monday, October 31, 2011

DARWIN's Official Grand Opening 10/29/2011



Ellen and Ernie

Nose Nina Party

Mary Raindrop and Lindsay


Katie Martin
"Trash Zombie"


Danny Vinson - Guitar
Cody Matlock - Guitar
Christian Davidson on Drums
Tamara Nilolai on BASS

Cody Matlock
was introduced as
"The Freak of Nature"

TRUETT LOLLIS TRIO - Jonathan Norwood on Bass
plus the amazing famous Jeff Baker sitting in -

Jeff Baker and Truett

Truett Lollis

Jeff Baker

John McKnight
The Mighty John McKnight

Little G Weevil

Little G with Bill Burke

Bob Page - KeyBoard

Heidi P.

It was a Great Night and Whole Lotta Fun

Robert Lukacs and his family for making the Ghoulash, Mary Raindrop for the event planning and all of her other support, Heidi Paqeut for making sure everything ran smoothly, Kayla and Leah for helping out behind the bar as well as all the musicians who volunteered their time: Homer Matsunaga, Katie Martin, Melanie Denard, Christian Davidson, Cody Matlock, Tamara Nicolai, Danny Vinson, Truett Lollis, Jonathon Norwood, Jeff Baker, Little G, John McKnight, Bill Burke, and Bob Page.

Monday, October 17, 2011

this is SO GOOD - and right on !

...This is a good one...

John Smith started the day early having set his alarmclock

(MADE IN JAPAN ) for 6 am ..

While his coffeepot


was perking, he shaved with his

electric razor


He put on a

dress shirt


designer jeans



tennis shoes


After cooking his breakfast in his new

electric skillet


he sat down with his



to see how much he could spend today. After setting his



to the radio


he got in his car


filled it with GAS

(from Saudi Arabia )

and continued his search

for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.

At the end of yet another discouraging

and fruitless day

checking his


( made in MALAYSIA ),

John decided to relax for a while.

He put on his sandals


poured himself a glass of



and turned on his



and then wondered why he can't

find a good paying job




You gotta keep this one circulating!

Hmmm ! Tough Lady

I love this lady! I'd like her for a neighbor.


Ann Barnhardt is described as "a livestock and grain commodity broker and marketing consultant, American patriot, and unwitting counter-revolutionary blogger. She can be reached through her business at www.barnhardt.biz." She has taken on Islam and they have noticed.

I'm going to kill you when I find you. Don't think I won't, I know where you and your parents live and I'll need is one phone-call to kill ya'll.

Re: Watch your back.
Hello mufcadnan123!

You don't need to "find" me. My address is 9175 Kornbrust Circle, Lone Tree, CO 80124.
Luckily for you, there are daily DIRECT FLIGHTS from Heathrow to Denver . Here's what you will need to do. After arriving at Denver and passing through customs, you will need to catch the shuttle to the rental car facility. Once in your rental car, take Pena Boulevard to I-225 south. Proceed on I-225 south to I-25 south. Proceed south on I-25 to Lincoln Avenue which is exit 193. Turn right (west) onto Lincoln .. Proceed west to the fourth light, and turn left (south) onto Ridgegate Boulevard . Proceed south, through the roundabout to Kornbrust Drive . Turn left onto Kornbrust Drive and then take an immediate right onto Kornbrust Circle . I'm at 9175.
Just do me one favor. PLEASE wear body armor. I have some new ammunition that I want to try out, and frankly, close-quarter body shots without armor would feel almost unsporting from my perspective. That and the fact that I'm probably carrying a good 50 I.Q. points on you makes it morally incumbent upon me to spot you a tactical advantage.
However, being that you are a miserable, trembling coward, I realize that you probably are incapable of actually following up on any of your threats without losing control of your bowels and crapping your pants while simultaneously sobbing yourself into hyperventilation. So, how about this: why don't you contact the main mosque here in Denver and see if some of the local musloids here in town would be willing to carry out your attack for you?
After all, this is what your "perfect man" mohamed did (pig excrement be upon him). You see, mohamed, being a miserable coward and a con artist, would send other men into battle to fight on his behalf. Mohamed would stay at the BACK of the pack and let the stupid, ignorant suckers like you that he had conned into his political cult do the actual fighting and dying. Mohamed would then fornicate with the dead men's wives and children. You should follow mohamed's example! Here is the contact info for the main mosque here in Denver :
Masjid Abu Bakr
Imam Karim Abu Zaid
2071 South Parker Road
Denver, CO 80231
Phone: 303-696-9800
Email: denvermosque@yahoo.com
I'm sure they would be delighted to hear from you. Frankly, I'm terribly disappointed that not a SINGLE musloid here in the United States has made ANY attempt to rape and behead me. But maybe I haven't made myself clear enough, so let me do that right now.

I will NEVER, EVER, EVER submit to islam. I will fight islam with every fiber of my being for as long as I live because islam is pure satanic evil. If you are really serious about islam dominating the United States and the world, you are going to have to come through me. You are going to have to kill me. Good luck with that. And understand that if you or some of your musloid boyfriends do actually manage to kill me, The Final Crusade will officially commence five minutes later, and then, despite your genetic mental retardation, you will be made to understand with crystal clarity what the word "defeat" means. Either way, I win, so come and get it.

Ann Barnhardt

This taken off her website.

For some reason I am suddenly getting scads of emails asking to confirm my response to a musloid death threat. Yes, that is 100% real and accurate, and yes, that picture of a rosary-wrapped hand grasping a pink AR-15 is me. It is my very real Colt M4 that has been custom DuraCoated. Yes, yes, yes. Here is the original exchange from July 22 via YouTube. This guy is a musloid over in the U.K., hence the driving directions citing the daily direct flights from Heathrow to Denver:

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Performing across the Southeast since 2006, Katie Martin's unique blend of blues, folk, and soul mesmerizes audiences in a way that has to be seen to understand. Her agelessly soulful vocals soar effortlessly above a rich propulsion of acoustic blues guitar reminiscent of Muddy Waters combined with the beautiful folk guitar of James Taylor, all performed with the honest intensity of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Seeing Katie Martin perform is an experience like no other, and her refreshing individuality is one that leaves a lasting impression long after the stage has grown silent. Her debut album "Memories" is currently underway at Haney Records, and is set for release in the Spring of 2012. "Working with Katie Martin is an absolute pleasure. Her natural instincts and honest delivery make for some of the most heartfelt tracks I've had the privilege of recording. The most amazing part to me is that she sings so well that she needs no pitch correction or editing. And, as many singers and producers alike know fully well, this is a very rare trait these days. Needless to say, she is an absolute force of nature both on the stage and in the studio, and I'm honored to be a part of her journey." Chris Haney, Haney Records

Katie at DARWIN's for Grand Opening 10/29/2011 and
Halloween Party
Katie is the TRASH Zombie - ( Notice duct tape )

A film by MIKEL ESTES on
Katie Martin filmed in Little 5 Points Atlanta, GA


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Georgia - Jack Teagarden

Jack Teagarden - Vocals  Trombone

Ray Leatherwood - Bassist

This Bass, played by my friend Tamara Nikolai, is the same Bass played by
Ray Leatherwood in this recording of " Georgia" by Jack Teagarden in 1951.

Ray Leatherwood was also the Bassist for  THIS IS JULIE LONDON -
1955 Liberty Records.
Leatherwood also played for many years in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
This bass dates back to the 1920s.

Tamara can be seen at Darwin's Burgers and Blues as well as other Blues Venues.

A piece of history !!

Here is Jack Teagarden with Ray Leatherwood om Bass.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Darwin's Fri 9/9/2011

 Truett Lollis Trio

Truett Lollis -  Vocals Guitar
Jonathan Norwood - Bass
Theron Peterson - Drums

Sitting in two sets - Cody Matlock - Guitar

Cody Matlock is an amazing little ball of talent. At 15, this young man is already jamming with the best players in town and soaking up advice and pointers from Truett, Little G, Danny Vinson and anyone else who happens to be in the room. Seeing Cody and Truett play together was history in the making!

 Jonathan Norwood  =- Bass

Theron Peterson - Drums