Book and Author of the Week
A Little Bit of Everything
While I have been reading a book every few days during this Pandemic of the COVID-19, I have also been listening to a lot of music and one song really stands out for me in this time of uncertainty and that is “A Little Bit of Everything” by Dawes. The lyrics are:
With his back against the San Francisco traffic
On the bridge's side that faces towards the jail
Setting out to join a demographic
He hoists his first leg up over the rail
A phone call's made, police cars show up quickly
The sergeant slams his passenger door
He says, "Hey son why don't you talk through this with me?
Just tell me what you're doing it for."
"Oh, it's a little bit of everything
It's the mountains, it's the fog
It's the news at six o'clock
It's the death of my first dog."
"It's the angels up above me
It's the song that they don't sing
It's a little bit of everything."
There's an older man who stands in a buffet line,
He is smiling and he's holding out his plate,
And the further he looks back into his timeline
That hard road always led him to today,
Making up for when his bright future had left him
Making up for the fact his only son is gone,
And letting everything out once, his server asks him
"Have you figured out yet, what it is you want?"
I want a little bit of everything
The biscuits and the beans
Whatever helps me to forget about
The things that brought me to my knees
So pile on those mashed potatoes
And an extra chicken wing
I'm having a little bit of everything
Somewhere a pretty girl is writing invitations
To a wedding she has scheduled for the fall
Her man says, "Baby, can I make an observation?
You don't seem to be having any fun at all."
She said, "You just worry about your groomsmen and your shirt-size
And rest assured that this is making me feel good."
I think that love is so much easier than you realize
If you can give yourself to someone, then you should
'Cause it's a little bit of everything
The way you joke, the way you ache,
It is getting up before you,
So I could watch you as you wake.
So on that day in late September,
It's not some stupid little ring,
I'm getting a little bit of everything.
Oh, it's a little bit of everything
It's the matador and the bull
It's the suggested daily dosage
It's the red moon when it's full.
All these psychics and these doctors
They're alright and they're all wrong,
It's like trying to make out every word
When they should simply hum along
It's not some message written in the dark
Or some truth that no one's seen
It's a little bit of everything
While the tune is simple and catchy, the words hit me hard as I have been or known someone who has been in those situations, but beyond that is the idea that throughout lives we need something that isn’t always obvious to us. In my stories, I often pick some very strange topics, because unless we ask, we have no idea what other people are going through and too often we assume things about the people we meet that isn’t always true. If you read my story “Lessons Learned” you will see that as a student teacher, I made assumptions about a student only to find out later he was a grandson of Rosa Parks and from that lesson, I learned we can’t afford to make assumptions. Maybe this time will teach us the value of human interaction and communication and when some old man shows up at a buffet line, he may need more than nourishment.
Dawes is a folk rock band out of Los Angeles featuring lead singer Taylor Goldsmith, Griffith Goldsmith, Wilie Gelber, and Lee Pardini and have been around since 2009 with several changes to their membership. May all your favorite rock bands stay together, dudes.
Dawes if Becoming my new Favorite
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Los Angeles Folk rock from the Eagles to this group made up of four guys who sing about ordinary stuff from a perspective that is very genuine and heartfelt. The first song that caught my attention was "Peace in the Valley" followed by "Right on Time." Both of these songs are currently in my own playbook, but I just don't have the umph that Taylor Goldsmith does on lead vocals. Now his voice is nothing special, but it clearly does the job for the songs this band does and draws critical acclaim to a Laurel Canyon Tradition of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young as well as Joni Mitchell. Long may you wave...