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1  NON-JOHN DISCUSSION / The Melting Pot / Good Luck on the Tour on: June 25, 2017, 04:26:56 am
As time goes on and July 7,2017 approaches the date of Mellencamp's Bethel Woods concert, I have been practicing my "I was only 17" song, a song about unruly behavior that I wrote about myself, "...walking my butt down Riverside Drive..."  and
having "the urge to lose my cool, at the top of a doubledecker scooby doodoo..." dating back to the late 1970's. But another easier song that was written about a picture about my life at that time, and I quote, goes,
"...so she₩₩₩₩ she's on the bus and she starts in to yell... she's disturbing the peace and she knows she needs help lol...they're not gonna let go til she shows selfcontrol...how do they know what she'll do before long.?"!!!  $Underneath your breath" is fine!!! "Pull it together",whatever?" Cry on someone's shoulder?"
I mean, if you believe in the golden rule, then 'a good time for me is a good time
for you, I guess, anyway...You ask me to dinner, you're gonna be there!!
You gotta have it together in society...so...I dunno. Anyway I hope the tour goes well.
That is not all. If you're a supposed mellenfanatic and you "jump" out at people on the internet  but you shy away big time from "reality" stuff?? You have to give things a break...And THAT is THAT!

BREAK!!! 😴

2  NON-JOHN DISCUSSION / The Melting Pot / The Studio Version on "Grand View" on: April 27, 2017, 08:57:22 pm
I am not too good with C.D.s I scratch within a few plays.
However, I caught the You Tube studio mix and I absolutely flipped away!
It's so very good and descriptive, fun to hear... and the emergence of Martina McBride makes it
as a really cool duet effort. For awhile I was again satisfied with "sugar town", as John Mellencamp's voice renewed my struggles to live independently even in the lower sector.
Unwind to this jive and mellow out.
Later, Racketeer
3  NON-JOHN DISCUSSION / The Melting Pot / This version Was Aversion! Little Pink Houses... on: March 10, 2017, 10:27:34 pm
I saw John this evening on an
internet video performing with Darius Rucker and
The Mellencamp band doing "Little Pink Houses".
It was boss...even though the poor "little baby" did
not receive her due.. slight slight, I guessed, but it
made me yen, so to speak, for "Uh-Huh"...the
original recording is on that release.
It's just so, so inappropriate to ad lib that caliber music. I would pay seventyfive dollars for Uh-Huh,
with the original band. I believe this prior recording comes from love. And I wouldn't have it any other way. Always care about John but..it's not easy to hear him participate in putdowns of his own stuff.
No, you do not have to print this.
As always, later.
r
4  NON-JOHN DISCUSSION / The Melting Pot / John Mellencamp For President! on: March 06, 2017, 06:25:20 am
Tonight I was checking out You Tube and I had to smile. I had subscribed to John Mellencamp
and as I looked I noticed that scads of his albums were put down there, in a row, in perfect shape.Then I quickly put "Easy Target" on as it's one of the newest
and I was able to figure out a word to "one up" the meaning of the phrase "sucker town" and the word that I thought of was
"....underdog..." Anima, anima...the spirit of his kind, kind muses...John Mellencamp for President!
5  NON-JOHN DISCUSSION / The Melting Pot / Compassion in Suckertown on: January 23, 2017, 06:28:26 pm
I the sweetheart Valentine, whose strongest belief lies in roses and The
Rolling Stones, was heartened to hear that John Mellencamp has taken a public stance, picking an "Easy Target", that he might have previously been afraid to own, so to speak, as his own gift to us,to expose bigotry and prejudice in his own way.
It's not that his other music hasn't mentioned this, such as " Walk Tall" or his album "Freedom's Road", especially the picture on that album, of a Klu Klux Klan demonstration with almost Halloweenlike
foolishness and burning crosses, hasn't ever touched us, but now, "Easy Target", his new song,
brings in a gun and with it, a game of craps and dice, and a direct, if not didactic, R type movie,
and  he refers to, in it, per Mellencamp protest as if to egg a powerless poverty on to incite a
rebellion against the b.s. of inequality, to " Suckertown"...and he actually indicts himself, as well as some unknown friend at the top, who shares some "luck with bucks", lining pockets, yeah,
we know who it is.
And this is unnerving, but good, as you search for "compassion", in the hope that those with more power to sway will use that power well.
And may I add, please do not delete this post because it took the better part of an hour up! Lol
Later
R
6  NON-JOHN DISCUSSION / The Melting Pot / Knowing That They Know (Rock and Roll) on: January 13, 2017, 09:45:53 pm
I have the insight within my heart to understand the way out of a rock and roll and an
obsession to a very healing kind of admiration of a rock and roll generation that I previously had
in the years of the seventies, eighties, nineties, and the first part of the twenty first century.
I now own, to quote in a nonmellenhead site, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Arrowsmith, Madonna, Prince, Brooks and Dunn,(country), Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatt's, Kelly Clarkson, Linda Ronstadt, my own nephew, Lee REIT, and it just goes on and on, especially, with the advent of You Tube and You Tube Red, a more specifically fantailored site,for me,like Joni Mitchell, Tom Petty, Robbie Robertson and The Band, Neal Young, and Crosby, Stills and Nash (and Young)...And Todd Rundgren...Carole King, and on and on.
The major reason for this recitation, other than the displaying of an incredible amount of rock and roll adulation,
is how you can fool yourself and focus on one specific artist, and screw everything up, including your dreams...which could be to simply attend a freakin concert or show without standing out in an inappropriate way...and the best way to actually fit in at a performance...is to know a little or a lot about your "target", the star in question and focus,
by reading about them, minding boundaries, watching teevee or d.v.d.s...listening to the radio or buying c.d.s and on and on.
And though this posting may sound childish, if you come from my past and my point of view, it just might make sense...I get The Rolling Stone Magazine, and I'm glad to be cable to read about the minds and the creations of these artists. And I appreciate knowing that they know.
And there is a course I can audit at the local community college for free called "The History of
Rock and Roll..."
Later.
R.
7  NON-JOHN DISCUSSION / The Melting Pot / Happy Holidays (Buen Rato) on: December 23, 2016, 03:23:06 am
Tonight I went shopping for my holiday gifts and in some small way,
I mimicked Small Paradise, an oldie but goody from Mellencamp on
his "John Cougar" album, one of the earlier releases. I wanted to be
a part of the holiday celebration, but I certainly can't stand under the
mistletoe! I celebrate Hannukah anyway. And I did split up with my
"E-X" over a year and a half ago, anyway. However, yes I did get a
neat little holiday Walmart's gift card anyway, and you know, they have
the neatest shirts with cute sayings. My Halloween favorites were
"You're Freaking Me-ow t"... and " I'm A Witch"... The newer, wintertype
holiday gigs go "I'm Not Listening", ode to " Love", and a sweatshirt with a
hoodietype design in flannel with gray and black diamonds, and a sweatshirt that says "Good Vibes". And also, a pink number
that says " Ha Ha Ha NO"...Smile...and last, a gray and black skivvie
shirt with a heart on it. These sayings are actually scathing sometimes, especially the qualified ones, such as "I'm Not Listening" or "Ha, Ha, Ha, No"!??
And as I relate to the Mellencamp crew, with their holiday happenings
in their usual whirlwind, although I speak from a very long distance,
I am happy to have it together enough to be able to join, though, true,
on a nonmellencamp part of the Community, and officially wish the members of the club, the band, John and the rest of his gang, a very
happy holiday. And as far as I go...that means a lot. Que tengas Buen
Rato! (Have a good time!)
Gotta do more laundry with every shirt I get though. That's the biggest drag of all...😴


Later!
Racketeer
8  NON-JOHN DISCUSSION / The Melting Pot / Re: There Are Nice People In This World on: December 16, 2016, 10:18:14 pm
This was quite an experience for me to be reading tonight. I have
a delusional "I'm a rockstar too" point of view. For more years than
I can say, way back to the eighties and nineties, I have a habit of
deep frustration resulting in tearing up cassettes and breaking C.D.s
and then buying them again. My recent Amazon heist is gone AGAIN,
except for The Lonesome Jubilee and Scarecrow! Trouble (2003 and
the more recent live concert) are gone with the freaked out wind, as
are Cutting Heads, Uh-Huh, Mr. Happy Go Lucky, Plain Spoken, Human
Wheels, Dance Naked, Whenever we Wanted To, Big Daddy, and...but...John Cougar, Rough Harvest, and I have yay my hands on single unplugged versions of "Again Tonight" and laughable "Get a Leg Up"😂!
I have You Tube and You Tube Red, and I have a dam good time because
it ain't the eighties and nineties anymore. I know live concerts are unequalled but I settle back in my armchair and zoom in on Mellencamp unplugged. But I'm glad that you found peace, Mister Sickboy, and enjoyed the past concerts.
I always get yelled at by security at these things...but I hope at least one more time to see John Mellencamp again. Interesting post.
9  NON-JOHN DISCUSSION / The Melting Pot / I'm Satisfied on: December 03, 2016, 06:45:32 am
I was listening to "Whenever We Wanted To" and I smiled when I
heard "Love and Happiness" for the thousandth time. Hidden in the
excerpt was a "good morning" greeting for the love of his life.
John Mellencamp has roots in his own mind and it's boss. It's a
pleasure to see it. "Last Chance to Get up" is a further greeting!
"I feel nothing, I feel no pain, I feel no joy, no hurt inside...I only
have myself to blame... I see that the world passed me bye..."
Which of course, is a nineties type of blues...and reaching out for his princess, with his own words, "I can't stand alone", and " sharing and caring" enough to make clear that "Now More Than Ever" the world
needs l.u.v...and shady but clear are some of his classic and beautiful
paintings...
"Get a Leg Up" though, precedes its goodbye themes with a song about
a highfalutin' mama who wants a good time, to his surprise...you kind
of get a smile at his fast erosion..."keep yourself protected"...yeah...
Now "So Tough" is a beautiful love song about how he feels about
people who keep you running in circles while they walk around in a high
society beat..."They like to make you feel little, they like to make you
feel small..." and how "... " I'm not getting down on my knees..."
"Can you throw me a crumb now and then..."...
Yeah yeah yeah! " To hell with them!" So Tough.
Whatever his moonshadow was at the time, and where it took him in later
years, is just a tribute to his genius and the freakin' size of his work.
I'm satisfied. I really, really am.  I only mean well and can deal with any
cuts...at the end of the day, you have no choice but to take responsibility
for what you do.
Later



10  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...
I hope my compliment is printed...
racketeer
11  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!
12  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...

13  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".
14  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.
15  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?
Well, just "a little place for myself" anyway anyhow...
In a deep blue heart.





 
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