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The Banality of Blue on Black

This is a bit tangential or a further integration on yesterday’s post, Get Away From Everyone Trying To Help You. I also have a mini-update at the end about the start of my fundraiser for a family.

There’s a song I’ve been a fan of for quite some time, Blue on Black, by Kenny Wayne Shepherd. I’ve even blogged about it in the way past. That’s 2008, so it’s been a while.

Hey, blue on black, tears on a river
A push on a shove, it don’t mean much
Joker on Jack, match on a fire
Cold on ice, a dead man’s touch
Whisper on a scream doesn’t change a thing
Doesn’t bring you back
Blue on black

The essential meaning is if you mix blue color into black, you get black. It’s a metaphor for futility and pointlessness. As so many songs are, this song is about loss. One reason I love it is that you can pretty much hear every word as it’s sung, and the lyrics are coherent.

And so, my simple tangent or integration here—on the heels of writing about how I was just riding my life of whole bunches of stuff primarily having to do with the hyper-travesty that’s befallen humankind on earth over the last more than two years—all I really did was to stop pouring blue into black, expecting a different color.

Blind, oh, now I see
Truth, lies and in between
Wrong can’t be undone

Here’s Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s official video of the song for comparison if you want (it’s very good), but this one is balls, man. It’s a cover by Five Finger Death Punch and features Kenny himself; but also, Brantley Gilbert (country rock guy), and the most unlikely to bring it home…Brian May, guitarist for Queen. I trust you’ll enjoy it. You might even say whaaaaa?

It’s all part of my renewed joy in seeking out only the excellent. I encourage anyone to forge such a path.


Speaking of joy, I’m over it…as in, overjoyed. I’m also tickled pink. Yesterday when I wrote my last post: “But the good news is that in just two days since live, 12 of you have donated and it’s at $375.”

A little over 24 hours later and it’s at $1,045 from 23 donors! Most amazing of all is how many are popping for $100 donations. Well, congratulations, because you have put it into into the realm of total viability. We’ll be securing the 1-year lease for the storefront in a week or so, and there will be enough left over to get a small initial stock of inventory. Then I can tackle it by demonstrating progress to keep donations flowing in.

I’m chomping at the bit to do an update on the GoFundMe page, but I want them to be about weekly, and substantial. I’ve never done a fundraiser before and my chief concern is to set an example, and that means, every doner gets to see that his or her contribution went exactly toward the aim and end of the project—where it’s self sufficient one day. Confidence, integrity, trust. Most people are charitable and the hardest on the outside can have the softest hearts. But you want to know that your participation counted for something real, and that’s your own vision of what it’s supposed to look like.

In another way of saying, it’s not like your taxes to government or contributions to Institutional Charity XYZ went towards anything like what you were promised.

Thank you from the bottom of my hard heart. Long way to go, so HERE’S THE LINK.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

3 Comments

  1. Resurgent on May 25, 2022 at 17:27

    Wow Wow and Wow..!
    That Blue and Black rendition with Brian May…!

  2. BlueOnBlackFanatic on May 26, 2022 at 05:16

    While driving to the gym, shortly after the implosion of my marriage, this song spoke to me. It was cathartic. I screamed back at the radio, especially after I learned the lyrics well enough to know which/when it was “doesn’t” and not “don’t” (“bring me back”).

    • Richard Nikoley on May 27, 2022 at 17:34

      Dude, thanks for that. It escaped my notice when I copied and pasted from a lyrics site.

      Fixed.

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