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1  NON-JOHN DISCUSSION / The Melting Pot / I've Had A L.U.V. Of My Own on: December 03, 2016, 06:45:32 am
I learned this from reading about John Mellencamp himself, and I really feel happy to be celebrating my senior years with the voice of understanding from someone who is able to X-press the feelings we get as we grow older, and not just from someone in their twenties who gets paid to make you pretend you 💘
every second of your misery...lol.
And here is my creation, imagination at worst:
"I am 61 years old and I am also a senior citizen. I have earned the right to get cranky and cantankerous every once in awhile. I do not want you in my face and I will sit in this chair alone until you go..." I mean, I don't MEAN to act the vegetable, perhaps a stringbean or a head of lettuce, but "the kids" will always "carry on" until they get what they want. Okay.. ."GET THE...!" For my 💰, you hafto be real. But "don't listen to ME" is right for the
saddest compromise of the human race.
And I do not want to be bothered with pictures of cute little rock and roll sweethearts from a million years ago! Or l.u.v. ly picture paintings with beautiful
X-pressions of past l.u.v. ... We know what a feeling is and we know how to give it the dignity...yass.
But "shutup" is the only thing I know to obey  right now.
And have a good night everyone..."I've had a l.u.v. of my own"...and "good-bye" seems right 4 the moment.
Later
racketeer







2  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Human Wheels Critique (especially Pat Peterson) on: May 23, 2016, 03:33:24 am
I noticed John Mellencamp's rendition
of "What if I Came Knocking?" , a Human Wheels"
song, where he sings about "his heart" going
through the changes after "just a few weeks"
and that "...it's not really meant to be..."
But the real racketeer rewards on this record
goes to his exband member Pat Peterson/sp?
Her backup vocal work is so, so neat. On the video
that the Mellencamp people put out on "What if I
Came Knocking?"
..." the fact that her heart was so into it
was so clear...and it was beautiful.
But also, on that album. Funny French Shoes, To
The River, Case 795, Suzanne and the Jewels,
and When Jesus Left Birmingham, show her vocal
talents off in an unequivocal way. I try to cop off
her parts sometimes...but I am not a soprano.
Wailing is what she does on the high notes, and
there is no comparison.
This, of course, is only reflected
on her work in one album...
And now there comes a heartfelt dream to leave the band "...and he'll sing it, too!"...
Because she's all the beautiful hearts with John Mellencamp. That's just what she is..."heathen, among friends..." And that is Pat. The kind of mama you'd give your night to see.
Later
3  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / The Band / Local Mellencamp fan club fans wanted on: December 16, 2015, 04:36:59 pm
For a long time after I got into John's band, I still had trouble distinguishing who was who.
When Lisa G. and Pat P. left, I started to get into Miriam S., his violinist, and although I
know the names and a little more, like who Andy York is, but the drummer and the band member who plays on that old steel bass fiddle cause me intolerable grief! You know, the
violin, the viola, the cello, and then the giant one, I guess that's the bass...
"...making music to the rhythm of his steel bass guitar,
     singing sweetly to the woman that he carries in his heart..."... you know,
that really big one that you don't lift to play...
and in "Key Largo", that little piccolo backup is so cool.
This really gets me amazed by the talent of this band...
I caught the duet in-betweens Andy and Miriam during one of the Farm Aid's concerts,
and it was just beautiful...
My work is often laced with faux pas contributions, so it could only be a question of correct
attributes...because I could just go on and on...
because
"I'm down and out in Paradise,
 I'm down and out, I'm on my knees!
 I'm down and out, in Paradise,
 Looks like the land of milk and honey done run out on me!"
I doubt it. Oughtta have a local John Mellencamp fan club, really. Thanks, Mr.Sickboy! I am soooo in the dark!
4  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Ask Mellencamp.com / Question from Someone Who Isn't a Computer Age Baby on: December 09, 2015, 01:53:37 pm
I'm learning how to post pictures. I'm not a computer age baby,
but I think I got it down...

5  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Take two: Racketeer and her best vision on: October 04, 2015, 05:31:15 pm
Slow down, baby...you're moving too fast,
"kick it in" the cobblestone,
As though this breath could...1,2,3...
Hi...this morning was kind of "out to get me..." and I deleted my post...
I would like to write it down again, if that's alright...here goes...
"...although it's been over five years since I've seen John Mellencamp in concert live, my latent 20/20 vision would love to see him "talk it up" on teevee...maybe late night or
a morning show...I've caught some stuff on You Tube, too...learned some stuff...
about his music, and, most of all, hope he's happy. As an artist, he has given much to society
and the Community is where I get to admire his talent and make my own comments, knowing that I personally don't get "in his way..."... That line is the boundary of appropriateness that of course, we
have to face...even me, who wouldn't even get that idea across if I didn't
throw my own "...guitar..." out the door, right?
But, as Joni Mitchell sang, "...you can't hold the hand of a rock and roll man!"...adulation is
cool, up to a point, but that's kind of where it ends...everyone wants to be a rock and roll star...but, s-h-i-t, I'm almost sixty.
And...nothing's for certain anyhow. I almost rode my bike into traffic yesterday. The wheel blew
one minute after I crossed the road...
And like in "Blue Charlotte", "...it's a slow walk to the grave..."alarming. I hope that John
will live to enjoy his seventies and his eighties...man lives longer with every decade nowadays...and I wish John Mellencamp nothing but the best and continued "Love and Happiness".
6  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Provocative on: September 28, 2015, 05:06:19 am
We look in the other direction sometimes, in order to avoid the "blab" that we hear, maybe because it's...like "ouch!"...to see someone "caught" in an embarrassing situation.
Some of us can "rightly" confront a human error with a "mellow kindness" without making this imperfection into the "butt" of a joke. Victims of rejection find themselves embarassed to show their issues in front of someone who would normally turn them down.
"Freedom to write down these lines" without "the heat of your frustration" by expressing what may be going on inside... In "Plain Spoken", an example is "Sometimes there's God"...yearning as I often do, for "...witness you can rise above..." and that bit of "redemption..." that "...would help us a lot...". But yeah. The wheel is turning, and "...look away, look away..." in  
"Blue Charlotte" yields to a lover's inability, if I can muster up some dignity, and that is kind of new language for me to hear, and I must admit, it feels weird...provocative, at least. Just
trying to make sense of the album....However, I may be on to something, such as...a reason.
7  MELLENCAMP DISCUSSION / All About John / Everything is True on: September 03, 2015, 08:45:34 am
As summertime comes to an end, and I think of the sunshine and a tan and maybe sipping on a lemonade now and then, I remember wen my best friend down the road came to take me to see Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Bob Dylan at the Woodstock Museum in Bethel, New York in 2009. The most outstanding memory I have was John's rendition of "Deep Blue Heart".
"I see us both flying in the clear, blue sky,
 Floating over the ocean with the sun in our eyes...
 Caught up in the moment, just me and you,
 In complete honesty,
 Everything is true..."...then he adds in ..."that's how  I wanted it to be..."??!
"W-h-u-z-z-a-h??"  Then, like, "not for sure??" I mean, I'm not the girl here...but I would have had a heart attack being addressed like that. A little more assurance would've been nice, right? Lemonade laced with a little vodka...lol😅😉 ...oh yeah yeah yeah! Who is this poor guy "Mister Sickboy" ? Lol
Well, just "a little place for myself" anyway anyhow...
In a deep blue heart.





 
8  MELLENCAMP.COM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Tech Support / HI...I'm racketeer and I'm sorry on: August 25, 2015, 07:07:27 pm
When a kid goes to school, especially high school, the topics are divided into
different classes. Like, you don't speak about geometry in English class, and you don't wear your gym shorts to Spanish...right?
I like how the community is set up, so that I can prepare different topics for different  subjects, and I like to do that.
I wanted to say that although I only had three posts in my new user name, racketeer,
I didn't do rough sketches about what I meant to say, and as a result, I goofed and had to
delete my three posts...I doubt anyone really noticed, but the posts were not really too
groovy, and as a result I'm back to square one and I'd like to try again to be a part of the Community using rough sketches before I jot down my free associations...so I'm sorry...
I don't like to raise eyebrows as I don't always take other reactions home with me...
but at the end of the day, I know I will...
not my dream to let it all hang out, but okay.
So, my apologies. We're all stuck with each other in this world. but only to a certain point.
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