Memories and Memoribilia

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When I was growing up, I was the least affluent of my friends. I had many affluent moments and a handful of exposures to some great wealth, but generally speaking… There were 3 significant homes I had with my mother. The most impactful -relevant to this post- was the house I lived in during my late junior high to high school years. I’ve written of it before. Worth a read. A short story. Needless to say, i’ve come to reflect on it as a tiny museum shop, without the fantasy that term might actually suggest. There were walls covered in pictures and shelves with stuff, tedious furniture items mainly used to display other things on, multiple shadow boxes filled with … Read More

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Any Given Sunday

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I danced hard this morning, then I brunched well. Long conversations. The graciousness of an ex, my humility in accepting the invitation. It was necessary and familiar and reflective and all that. I really wanted to go on a long walk afterwards. The weather has abruptly cooled (in Dallas) and over the last two days of storms, the sprinkles are still intermittent; so I did the next best thing: grocery shop to my few places, park far out in the lot, then walk and think it out, also, intermittently scanning a list. I’m strung out on mirin in my cooking. If you have a sweet-tooth or sweets eating addiction, it will make you LOVE any vegetable ISwearToGod. It’s essentially sweetened … Read More

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Washington, D.C.

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One thing I did on the trip was a lot of thinking. How Do We Know What We Want: Milan Kundera on the Central Ambivalences of Life and Love “We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come… We live everything as it comes, without warning.” (the above highlight is a little excerpt out of the book worth reading) While on this trip, I became hyper-aware of my entire life: some days I wonder what I’m really doing with myself. I’m in the interim between work and not, trying to land more work and write new music, be at the … Read More

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The Future, Now

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or The Future Now or The Future Is Now; play on phrase, meaning the same and various things… Focusing my mind for a moment, these articles are all in the current webisphere and worth your time -if your interest leans this way It has been really exciting hearing about Mars over the last month (feeling acknowledged) and NASA’s non-news announcement regarding possible life once there because of water, its potential habitability (once again?) Let us invoke some wisdom from our approachable resident futurist, Elon Musk : Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future I am in no way a global warming or climate change propagandist, … Read More

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Never Say Never

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Preface: my first choice of title was ‘We Never Know Anyone’ I thought Nicki Minaj as a hip-hop, free form, fast-paced rapper. I saw/see her as overly made-up to the point of clownish, being colorful enough to stand out against the extremely point-driven Lady Gaga; or maybe the black girl version of Katy Perry. The truth is, I don’t listen to the radio or watch pop-culture news, or read ANY magazine. I have no fucking clue! I have perception. I have personal taste that streamlines me into specific decisions on any given day. I most randomly came across a very piano-string focused ballad of a Nicki Minaj song recently, and frankly, it rocks my world. This one observation has me … Read More

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