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E's TOP 11 CORONAVIRUS SONGS 2020
This year my top videos are going to be different in a few ways. First, I am doing my top 11 videos, for the No. 11 in the I Ching - Peace, and who doesn’t want that?! Number one will post on January 1, so that we can bring that intention into the new year. This year I’ve chosen from amongst seekers and teachers young and old, even from artists who are no longer with us, at least in body. But they all came in this year to SHOW US THINGS, things we’ve not seen before, even if they had to do it from the other side. These all also hit me on a very personal level, but I was stuck at home, pondering my life, as I trust you all were as well. They are also not listed in order of any judgement of quality, but rather in the order of how my (possibly yours too?) consciousness has evolved this year (IF we’ve been paying attention!) And because I believe everyone went through some kind of transformation this year (I certainly did!) this is my kind of theme,: how can we move from darkness back into the light. I can only hope it went that way for you all as well…
No. 1: This song, “Ghosts” by one of the original “woke” artists, Bruce Springsteen, is a perfect intention to carry us into 2021, When I saw he & the E. Street band perform it on SNL the line that stood out was “I’m alive” and when I looked it up and saw the title, it was a perfect reflection of my assumed theme/purpose: to be alive in the present, we have to deal with the ghosts first! And yes, there can be an advantage for staying on this planet for a while…
No 2. If we have been shifting between the five stages of grief all through this year, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s collaboration in “Rain On Me” was a shift into that one about acceptance. “I’d rather be dry but at least I’m alive…” No matter how many tears it took, or will take, yes. Absolutely.
No. 3. Confusion Wheel: this, Tom Petty’s Sept 10 message from the other side from, as we all sat in our confusion and uncertainty - wondering what was going to happen in the U.S. presidential election, describes exactly WHERE I WAS, at least! Can’t speak for the rest of you. But the reissue of “Wildflowers and all the rest” gave us many gifts and clues as to where we’re headed…
No. 4: This song, Life’s a Mess, by the late Juice WRLD, is one of several messages we got (and that are going to be here in the top 11) from someone already on the other side, in an afterlife collaboration with the brilliant Halsey, who of course is still here! Perfect description of where we found ourselves on July 6. And I can’t help but feel an intense sadness of Juice Wrlds’ passing at such a young age, and his ability to be so open with his desire for pure love and acceptance. I certainly share that with him. Do you?
No. 5: God Only Knows by For King & Country featuring the great Dolly Parton. Yes, I realize this came out in 2019, but I didn’t hear it until this February. And did I need it! Thought it was a love song when I first heard it, and it struck home then. I guess I heard it when I needed to. Only later did I realize it was a Christian song. And now in December 2020, it is yet another of those prescient songs written by those who were tapped into a future we could not have imagined before. And of course, Dolly herself is certainly a goddess, and a savior, since we all should know by now that she helped fund the vaccine that may save us from this virus…
No. 6: This song, Mood by 24kGoldn featuring iann dior is - simply irresistible! What an amazingly fun and upbeat way to talk about relationship issues and depression! I’m totally in love!!!
No. 7: It took a while for Harry Styles to fully win me over, and strangely it wasn’t his dark stuff that did it, but Watermelon Sugar, released in the spring, and “Dedicated to touching!” Couldn’t stop listening, and so had to accept that I love it! Also found out last night that if you post the #HereForRMHC with any photo or video, that McDonalds's give $100 to the Ronald McDonald House! (Look it up, they do great stuff!) A good reason to share this, or to post your own pic or vid with the hashtag!
No. 8: Katy Perry's Daisies. Almost put up a sad song this morning, but then I remembered what day it was! This came out on May 14. And it kept me going when I wanted to give up. Nuff said….
No. 9: Yes, I love The Weeknd (and the weekend!) I think this song, Blinding Lights, is probably how everyone wants SOMEONE to feel about them…
No. 10: Today is Savage - Megan Thee Stallion is not only empowering black women with this song, she is not only empowering WOMEN! She is calling on everyone to empower themselves!:
No. 11: Demi Lovato’s intensely personal and vulnerable performance of Anyone from the 2020 Grammys. If that didn’t touch you, well… And I hope with all my heart that she does find peace.
POSTPONED - ALPHA CAT LIVE Q & A: NOW SUN, 2/14/21 @ 12 PM EST
I'm afraid I bit off more than I could chew, and didn't realize how exhausted I was until I almost fainted in Target yesterday getting a replacement power cable for my laptop! So I am going to take some time to rest and deal with some things I haven't had time for lately. And I really hope you all have time to actually get some R & R with your loved ones for the holidays.! So I am moving the Q & A to Jan 17, so we can ALL recover from this incredibly challenging year! (What an understatement!)
So on Sunday, January 17, at 12 noon EST, I will be doing the live Q & A over Zoom with those of you who would just like to ask me stuff. I am not just going to talk AT you, I want to hear what you all have to say!
So here’s how it works: YOU send an email to alphacat with Q & A in the subject line. Include your name (first only is fine) and one or two questions. Depending on how many people submit, you may or may not get in, but your question might still be addressed. If you have the ability to raise your hand in the zoom, and there is an opening, you may also get to ask a question during the zoom. You can ask pretty much anything, and I will respond the best I can. I will do a minimum of an hour (if people show up that is) and depending on how much energy I have, a max of 2.
The rest of the rules will be posted on the AC website soon... maybe after a good night's sleep and a Sunday off?
DECEMBER 5, 2020 pearl harbor 2020 will be available for pre-order from Dec 7 (Pearl Harbor Day!) until Dec 31, 2020, for only 8 bucks for either digital or cd
pearl harbor 2020 will be available for pre-order from December 7 (Pearl Harbor Day!!!) until December 31, 2020, at the discounted price of 8 bucks for either digital downloads or CD, which includes an instant download of Brett Thorngren's new master of the title song! And if you order the CD, which has new and original artwork and lyrics for the original 13 songs, you will receive the digital version for free, and lyrics for the two new/old songs as well! Link will be available for those on the email list on Saturday the 5th...
WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR US TO SEE THAT LIFE IS A METAPHOR FOR WHAT’S GOING ON INSIDE?
And that our healing requires us to go back to the past in order to heal our future?
The underlying premise behind the writing of the lyrics for the song Pearl Harbor was fairly straightforward: If Pearl Harbor was named so before it was bombed, wasn’t it because there were actual pearls in the harbor? And assuming that to be true, what would it take to get back to a place where Pearl Harbor became once again a place about treasure, rather than destruction?
SEPTEMBER 21, 2020
A Tribute to the Divine Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(And a theory as to what her death at this point in history might mean)
There will be one post this week; my reflection upon the spirit of this beloved, courageous, diligent, revolutionary and iconic woman; whose commitment to working throughout her life for a government that afforded equality for ALL was nothing if not unwavering.
Upon first hearing the news, I began pondering the spiritual meaning of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg at this critical point in history. It is not lost on me that she died on the last day of the Jewish lunar calendar, which means, as one of my dear friends of the culture shared with me: the ones God has held back until the last moment, because they were the most needed and the most righteous.
Even before seeing this explication, my thinking had led me to the idea of the event of her death being an opportunity to unite the forces in the world, and especially this country, that have long been in the process of being torn asunder. This came to me both as the text chain I started the moment I heard unfolded, and so much attention was paid to her close friendship with Antonin Scalia, a man to which her political views could not have been more opposed, yet they bonded over their mutual love of opera.
This, and the strange manner in which I found out. Let me be clear. I DO NOT WATCH Fox News. I do however, as some of you know, record and watch TMZ, and while I was watching Friday night, two female Fox News anchors interrupted the show with the breaking news. And the manner in which they spoke of her, surprisingly, was one of respect and reverence, almost to the point of worship! And I repeat: This was Fox News! Of course, the video has since been taken down.
So while on this text chain, I did what I do, and looked up RBG’s astrological chart. Because there was no birth time, there was no ascendant, but there it was: a Pisces sun, which is that of one who embodies, whose public purpose, is that of shining a light on the NECESSITY of compassionate, unconditional love, and a profound connection with universal spirit. And then a Scorpio moon; someone who is not only the most skilled at going into the darkest corners and digging as deep as is necessary to get to the truth, but in fact, one to whom that is absolutely the most comfortable place in life to be. So it occurred to me that with a woman such as this, so divinely connected to spirit, that she must have felt it was safe to leave. As I came to believe upon the passing of John Lewis, I cannot now help but feel optimistic; thinking that despite her insistence on a desire to stay alive until after the election, on a soul level, Ruth Bader Ginsburg felt it was safe to go. Because she somehow knew: we got this…
Of course I looked into her horoscopes for September 18, and wasn’t surprised at what I saw. From Oscar and Jonathan Cainer: “MOVING ON… There's an interesting saying that, when life closes a door, it opens a window; things have a way of working out in unexpected ways. This weekend, the New Moon helps define reasonable guidelines. As long as we do what makes practical sense we can move on, leaving some problems behind.”
Cainer Pisces 2020: “You're gaining the strength to accomplish almost anything you set your heart on, heading off to your ideal destination with the wind in your sails and your hand on the tiller. As 2020 draws to a close, you'll be able to narrow your sights and focus on where you need to be and who you want to be with.” The last words seem to me to say that she is now reunited with her beloved husband, because even as she rose up the ranks to this country’s top judiciary position, her dedication to her husband and family was complete and unwavering.
And then Saturday morning I threw my daily I Ching, and as I began to read, it became clear that that day it was not about me. I’ll summarize the best I can, that when throwing an I Ching you most often get two readings, the first indicating where you are or where you are coming from, and the second, where you are going. Yesterday’s first was #1: The Creative, which literally signifies heaven.
A few quotes from “The I Ching or Book of Changes” - Wilhelm/Baynes: “The Creative works sublime success, furthering through perseverance…(which) means that success will come from the primal depths of the universe and that everything depends upon one seeking one’s happiness and that of others in one way only; by perseverance in what is right.” And also: “When one follows heaven, one adapts oneself to the time of heaven. If heaven itself does not resist, how much less do men, gods, and spirits!”
And then the kicker, the second reading, what the Creative was moving into, #38:Opposition. But it’s not what you might think! In actuality it speaks directly to RBG’s ability to unite: “Confucius shows that opposition is the natural prerequisite for union. As a result of opposition, a need to bridge it arises…it is the individual differences between things that enables us to differentiate them clearly…This is the effect of the phase of opposition - a phase that must be transcended.”
So there you have it: my reasons for hope. But I have decided one thing more: to give no more of my attention to the negativity. That of course does not mean that we shouldn't ACT. We all have to fill out our the census, we all should do a little bit every day in the direction of the positive, be that signing a petition, writing a letter or making a phone call, and of course most importantly: WE MUST VOTE! But one of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's favorite quotes was from her mother-in-law: "Sometimes you have to be a little deaf." As in hearing, but not acting on everything you hear. Because I believe that by doing so, like giving attention to a bully who craves only that, that we are giving away our energy. And by not giving it our energy, we cease feeding it. The best way to win in a game of tug of war? Let go of the rope.
JULY 18, 2020
Just finished a totally fun interview with Mike Lidskin for WoodyRadio.com, who I felt totally simpatico with! Still listening to the show; and I can’t seem to stop, it is so good!!! And I got to tell the story, or most of it anyway, behind my song One Day the Sun Came Up, although I neglected to mention that if my flight from LA hadn’t been three hours late, I would actually have been at the PATH station underneath the WTC when the first plane hit. #Blessed…
JULY 8, 2020
THE WATT FROM PEDRO SHOW: ON AIR GUEST ALPHA CAT FROM NEW YORK CITY
Spoke to Mike Watt, formerly of the Minutemen, and widely considered one of the greatest bass players of all time, yesterday for an hour, and had a complete blast!! The interview is interspersed with ten Alpha Cat songs, both studio releases and also featuring two live unreleased recordings. He also adds some of his favorites in between... He got a lot of funny stories out of me, including one about the mysterious panties in the bed of a seedy motel room during the Alpha Cat tour of 2000 in support of Real Boy! As far as history, we barely made it through Real Boy, but definitely a lot of backstory! Enjoy!
JUNE 29, 2020
Tomorrow is the premiere of the Alpha Cat at Vox Pop (2005) gig sale and interview on PopMatters.com for which all proceeds will be split evenly between two mental health initiatives, and will only be for sale on the website. Will post the link for the Premiere / Interview as soon as it is up!
JUNE 12, 2020
We are putting up a live gig from 2005 that will be for sale for $2.00 (or pay what you wish) with all proceeds to benefit two different mental health charities. The exclusive premiere will be on PopMatters.com the week of June 29, including a new interview with E. Will post more as info comes in…
MAY 26, 2020
Today the interview I did last week with Jacob Uitti for American Songwriter magazine, who are also premiering the new video for Thatched Roof Glass House goes up! Interview kind of turned into a DEEP DIG therapy session, very happy about what ended up on the page! This text links to the article..
MAY 22, 2020
Really want to thank Steve Muscutt of Britain's musomusouk for featuring Mockingbird in his May playlist!! His continuing support is both humbling and encouraging, to say the least! And especially gratifying since England is my favorite place in the world!