Songs I’ve Lived – Kenny Rogers – The Gambler

How does this fall under “Songs I’ve lived” you might ask? Yes, I lived in Las Vegas and I’ve gambled in more than a few towns in the vast state of nothingness known as Nevada. Now, all of my gambling experience has been in entirely legal establishments. That is all of my CASINO gambling experience…

We won’t talk about the guy I met in the New York New York casino in Las Vegas, NV shortly after my 21st birthday who wanted to go in on a pallet of wine, who said, “We’re Italians – We don’t play games.” and who I’m sure was a mafia hitman from later disguised interviews…

You see, there’s a lot more in life that falls under this song than just playing cards in casinos. There’s CDL school. There’s solo long haul OTR trucking. There’s learning to ride a motorcycle and then riding that insane machine all through Las Vegas.

Don’t get me started on helping to raise an 8yo daughter 🤣

Good times and if they weren’t good then, they’re freaking awesome looking back years later 😎

Songs I’ve Lived – Junior Brown – Highway Patrol

Dad was California Highway Patrol for about 31 years. He didn’t care for office or organizational politics. Dad was a patrol officer for his entire career by his own choice.

I remember Dad bringing his patrol car home for dinner a few times (especially on Thanksgiving) and letting me play with the PA system and lights on the car 😁

Dad’s a lot older now than when he retired back in the early 2000s. But Dad was and is a true American Badass 😎👍

WX2HOT – Getting Back on the Air

WX2HOT… That might be a bit familiar to some of y’all reading this right now. WX2HOT is my vanity call sign for Amateur Radio on file with the Federal Communications Commission. My originally assigned call sign from the FCC was KE7VYA. Now, there’s nothing wrong with my original call sign, but I thought it was funny with the rather toasty summer weather in Vegas to get WX2HOT since WX is a contraction for weather 😉

I’ve renewed my ham radio license for another ten years, but I’m missing actually having a radio. You see, things happened to some of my stuff on my truck… Anyway, as you can see above, I’ve ordered a new radio which should be delivered in the next week or two. The new radio is made in China, but no other radio I’ve found has the combination of features in this one.

This should be fun and entertaining 😁

Songs I’ve Lived – Floor Jansen – Alone (Cover)

Yes, this is another post in the “Songs I’ve Lived” series. And that’s because I definitely know this feeling deeply, personally, and repeatedly. The version most people know is by Heart and is great in its own way. It’s very energetic and very 1980s. This version with Floor Jansen is slowed way down, has no electric guitars or drums, and uses only Floor’s voice and a piano (played by a member of her first band who has a Knighthood and operates his own recording studio) to reach in and push so many emotional buttons…

As I said in an earlier post, sometimes I’ll explain the backstory with people, places, and history. Sometimes I won’t. A few of my friends will probably know the details on this one. But I’m not going to give details here or now.

Click, listen, and drink it all in.

Songs I’ve Lived – The Rolling Stones – Mixed Emotions

So, I’ve decided to start a few series of music & song related posts. This one is for songs that have fit parts of my life entirely too well during times in my life over the years 😎

Now, I might go into deeper details of exactly WHY and HOW a particular song fits in. You might just have to use your imagination 😁 That said, I’ll try to explain it 😉

In this case, I’ve been a Rolling Stones fan for quite a few decades. This one fits in a few ways. My brother has been a Rolling Stones fan for my entire life. I’ve been a fan since I can remember. We’ve been to five of their concerts together. The Steel Wheels album was released in August of 1989 and I had it on CD in high school and I always thought this was an awesome song.

Now, that last paragraph is entirely true. But that’s not the whole story. Go through the lyrics and you’ll see there’s a deeper meaning. As in relationships between a couple of people.

Yes, it goes that deep and much deeper. No, I’m not going to fill in those gaps.

But it’s definitely a song I’ve lived more than once!

Adventure Riding

My V-Star 650 Classic out on the Wedge Overlook back in 2012

Back in 2012 when I moved up here from Las Vegas, I decided to take a ride on some dirt roads my motorcycle was definitely NOT made to travel. This pic is from the Wedge Overlook on the San Rafael Swell. Click here to see the Wedge Overlook on Google Maps 😉

This was an especially fun ride because I nearly crashed several times. Please understand that I had no cell service and nobody knew where I was or what I was doing LOL! Good times 😎

Hazy Shade of Winter Today

Today reminded me of one of my favourite 80s songs. It’s a cover of a Simon and Garfunkel song called Hazy Shade of Winter by The Bangles.

As you can see, the terms hazy, drab, gloomy, icy, and snowy all describe the weather and overall feel of the weather in central Utah today.

Now, for those not familiar with the song, I invite you to click above and see what a difference a song makes 😉 This is what I think of anytime the weather turns like this and it always brightens my day 😎