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April 25, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

Summer Of Love 1967

Today's song is San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie, released in 1967. It was then and still remains a favorite tune for me.

Monday night I watched the PBS American Experience episode, Summer Of Love, an experiment in American culture in 1967. I learned some new things about my generation back then.

In 1967 I already knew about hippies, about psychedelic music, about free love (although I wouldn't partake in that particular american experience until a year later). ;-)

I didn't know about Haight-Ashbury in the 1960's. I didn't know the hippie movement gained momentum there.

The initial ideas of the movement sounded good. Like every social experiment, they ran into the usual problems after they got started. Lot's of people got messed-up there.

While I watched the program, I'm glad I didn't go to San Francisco for the Summer Of Love. I'm pretty sure I would have been caught up in the false dreams, the temporary movement, the BS that went on behind the scenes and what eventually became the scene itself. The young are so influenced by the allure of counter-culture then as now and I would have been no different in 1967.

One thing that struck me is how old most of the people interviewed looked. Some of them are actually younger than I am, but look to me like they are in their eighties. Too much partying, I guess.

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The Middle East is a strange place where what goes for normal there would be considered discrimination here. There is this repressive practice and this one as just two examples.

The next time I hear about Democracy in the Middle East, I've got a question to ask. Maybe they need a Rosa Parks-type personality in the respective countries to lead them to the light?

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My friend and mentor, Gene Weed, published a brand new book about microphone technology and recording processes. On Air will help anyone recording a small band, orchestra, or perhaps even the solo podcaster sound better. I learned from it.

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I finish today's message with the following Digital Insight.

Hues Intentions (Created in September 2003)

Every individual sees the world as they wish. Sometimes that vision is shared to a reasonable degree by another. Mostly, the various views are different enough to warrant discussion on some level

In every serious relationship there are the signals of agreement and discord. I find that to be true from my past relationships in business, friends, and romance.

Once I stood in one fixed location and looked out. Nowadays I am more fluid, more introspective, more dynamic in reflection. This image helps express those thoughts and more... Using my own words, I quote a portion from that page's narration:

"Life is a 'curved space' of changing colors and perspectives. What you have learned during your lifetime is reflected in your interests, your speech, and the way you interact with others.

Leave your intentions with a positive spin and a breath-taking color and the world becomes a better place."

Don


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