I will confess that while listening with one ear to Donald Trump, he says the things you want to hear. But it’s what he doesn’t say which should have all of you Trump minions concerned.  Recently, I posted on a Face Book page that is “Pro” Donald Trump that America should be able to do better than a game show host for president. I was asked by the admin: “Who would you choose”? OK.  Fair enough.

My response was to ask the minions of Trump to strip away the 4th grade name calling and ad hominem attacks on Megyn Kelly and ask themselves, what are Trump’s plans?  I mentioned that he couldn’t use the term interstate commerce and repeated “rings around the states”.  To me this is poor coaching before the debate and not something from a well thought out plan.  I said: “If Trump had a plan, he would have loudly made sure everyone heard it”.  But the truth is, interstate commerce is just one tool that would heal the devastation inflicted by Obamacare. I questioned what Trump would do even if we could get the uninsured down to 49 million Americans again? What would he do about regulating the out of control health insurance and Pharmaceutical market?  How is he going to get these high deductible scam policies back to the pre-Obama rates?  You can’t just say “Many programs will “pop up” once you do away with restricted border commerce”. I felt Donald Trump’s current political platform is to call whoever “dares” to attack him a bigger liar than the last candidate that attacked him.

I like tough talk after 8 years of a pacifistic communist in office. But talk without meat won’t cut it.  In 1928, a young Austrian stepped forward and fanned the flames of the fire of discontent for the out of control inflation in the Weimar Republic.  The man with the answer would go on to be known as “Der Fürher”.


  I do not want to see America (A country that re-elected Obama and Nixon) repeat the mistake California voters made by voting for Arnold. Strip away the name calling and tell me what you’re left with?

A self-proclaimed Presbyterian that thinks Planned Parenthood is a great place for women to seek medical help.

By the way, my answer to the Admin’s question was Rubio, Carson or Kasich but not Cruz as he’s shown his willingness to be deceitful under the guise of Christianity. Instead of putting up a rebuttal, I was blocked and the entire thread was destroyed. The truth shall not only set you free, but get you blocked.

I call it a badge of honor



The opposite of love is not Hate rather Apathy ~ Ace Andres

(Apathy is the lack of emotions)


In my first go around with the definition of The Verb: “To Love”, I went into the roots of the word.  We discussed the 3 forms of love, Eros, (sex) Philia (brotherly) Agape (huh?)


Agape needs to be examined closer and I’ll try to keep it short. (I promise). Agape is the Love of mankind.  Imagine showing concern and love for someone you loath.  This is why we are instructed not to hate.  Hate, although it is an emotion, interferes with your ability to forgive and ultimately show love for your enemy.

Jesus said that it was easy to love those who love you. But what virtue exist in that?

I would presume with my finite pea brain that what Christ meant when he said: “Love your neighbor as yourself”, (In the parable of the Good Samaritan) He meant that if you show compassion for a stranger, you have become their neighbor. (Luke 10:25) If a stranger wants nothing to do with you, they are not your neighbor. Pray for them regardless.

Recently, I witnessed the death of a biker that passed me while I was going 4MPH on the freeway and he was going about 50 to 60. I saw a flash of a biker wearing a blue T-shirt.  In my mind (I know I wrote about this yesterday) I said to myself: “He’s going to kill himself”.  Less than a minute later I saw his lifeless body on the road and what was left of his motorcycle.  All I could do was pray for him.  In retrospect, had I shown love and compassion, and been a neighbor; I would have prayed for him as he flew by my driver’s door. (Not pass judgment on him) That is Agape love.  I failed.

Do you see how I’m thinking? I’m nowhere near the vicinity of perfect.  But I’m learning. When I see ad hominem attacks on politicians, I have to refrain from getting involved.  I need to remind myself to take the higher road.  Look for the opportunity to show agape love.

I want to be the Good Samaritan.


3 Stages


If you’re lucky; you’ll get to experience the 3 stages of life.


  1. The Developmental stage. (birth to 21)
  2. The Productive stage (22 to 60)
  3. The Tertiary stage or the remainder of your life.


The developmental stage is perhaps the most important. Your life grid is determined by everyone you see, hear and meet.  In many cases, the best examples are not necessarily your parents.  But beware, should you have less than great examples for parents, they will have a direct or counter effect on your life.  Your conscience will decide.


If you have the parents of the year, you’re a lucky kid. You will know right from wrong and have seen it practiced.  Instead of spoiling you with the latest toys to show their concern, they will fund a college account.  Your parents will understand the need to help you through the learning process so you will get good enough grades AND understand the importance of a continued education.  If you’re truly lucky your parents will help you find your inner voice or passion.


Keep in mind, the above paragraph is like a hole in one, a 300 game in bowling, hitting for the cycle in Baseball or pitching a perfect game. Parents are the same as you and I.  They are humans trying to make their way through the jungle of life.  We are all different and most of us will not hear our parents advice (out of teen rebellion) or in odd counter-intuitive conditions, the child’s mind, which has been programmed by a church service or really good neighbors or perhaps by God on the other side, is able to see the parent’s wrongful behavior and say: “When I’m older, I’m not going to ….etc.”.

The good or bad part of the developmental stage is that it has a direct/proportional effect on your productive stage.



The 80/20 rule which you have heard thru-out your life is best described in your productive stage. What is the 80/20 rule?  In business it means that 80% of your profit comes from 20% of your customers, or certain sales, or certain district stores. Why does Christmas come sooner and sooner each year?  80% of a stores profits come during the holiday season.  Roughly 20% of the fiscal year.


In your productive stage of life (22 to 60) what you believe, do and say comes from 80% of what you see during your developmental stage, and 20% of what you are taught or told during the same time period. Sadly, what happens to you during your developmental years can lead to serious unintended consequences.  If you grow up in a liberal house hold where sex is looked upon without consequences (Like social disease or procreation) you will not even consider the unintended consequences of your sexual actions.  On the other hand if you are brought up in a “Leave it to Beaver” household, sex epitomizes the manifestation of spiritual unity. (Yeah think about that for a while).  It is something that you treat with respect and is held as something sacred.  It means much more than a penis and a vagina.



This is the stage of your life when you accept that your physical gas tank is getting low. Your odometer has turned over. (Showing my age).  You realize that the above stages are BS as described.  You understand the term “Outlier”. (A statistical observation that is markedly different in value from the others of the sample).  During your “golden years” you have two choices.  Wait to die or plan how to go down making a statement.  Waiting to die is probably the quickest way to die.  (And there are so many ways your God can bring you home). But if you have a mission; it will stimulate the parts of your brain that keep your vital organs or nerves functioning.

Look at the Reverend Billy Graham. He has been quoted as saying that he is ready for God to bring him home. I don’t agree with his dogma, but he’s 97 years old. (Let me add that I do not question his Christianity) I frequently ask myself why God doesn’t bring him home. I believe that your most important work can be done after 60 if you are inspired to do so.  At that age, you’ve had time to quit blaming your upbringing.  You’ve accepted the mistakes you made during your productive years and you realize that your accomplishments mean little in the overall “Big Picture”.

Something you discover after the rollercoaster comes back to the station is the existence of your spiritual life. It’s something that’s been in you since you became you.  I don’t know if you are born with a spirit or if it sprouts during the years of life that you can’t remember. (Less than 4 years of age).


Once you accept the existence of your spiritual life, the morality aspect of your life comes into clearer focus. Fear of God turns into respect for God.  Respect for God turns into Love for God.  Perhaps in the end, that is why we were given this very short human experience.

It’s just my 2 cents. Live each day as if it’s your last.  I’ve been alive to see Billy Graham live to the age of 97. (He’s still going) Mother Theresa only made it to 87 but she also spent a great deal of her life in 3rd world cultures.

I was alive in 1959 when Ritchie Valens died at the age of 17. To this day his songs as well as Buddy Holly’s are recorded by people like myself and others.

Remember this: “If you get to heaven there is only one thing that you cannot do in heaven that you can on this spinning ball, lead spirits to God.

Maybe that’s why God keeps Billy Graham around?



I was in the left lane.



Sometimes I write blogs to share the wisdom that I’ve gleaned over my 50 plus years. Things like Divorce, Love and God.  It’s all important info that needs to be passed on.


Sometimes I blog about things that are fun like the best cartoons of the 60s.


And sometimes I need to externalize angst. Perhaps others have had to deal with it and hopefully talking about it will have an abstract cathartic effect.


I’m a Vietnam Veteran. I’m no stranger to death.  My mom died when I was 11.  I think I’ve told the story of being a 7th grader in trouble and having the secretary tell me: “Wait till I tell your mom about the trouble you’re in”.  My most embarrassing response being: “My mom’s dead”.  It’s a tough statement for an 11 year old.


My father died when I was serving my country.


I’ve been shot at and seen people alive one minute and dead the next. That was in my youth.  When you’re older, you think more about death.  When you’re younger, you think you’re going to live forever.  To quote a former newscaster friend of mine from the Bay Area: “I’m grateful to have been born in this time period”.


I was driving home from the Bay Area back to Area 51 and I was in the 580 rush hour. I was going about 4 MPH as this biker on a Ducati went screaming by my car.  My immediate thought was: “That guy’s going kill himself”.  Roughly a minute later I saw his bike twisted like pretzel and his lifeless body lying next to it.


I said a hopeful prayer for the kid as I slowly drove by his blood soaked body. I felt not only for the kid and his family, but there were 2 cars behind him and I imagine 3 cars in front of him that probably ran over him.


Life is short. Give thanks to your God for each day and show appreciation for every breath you are blessed with.  I’m sure the childish insults of Donald Trump mean very little to those involved with this kid’s demise.  This biker no longer has an opinion on Hillary’s top secret e-mails.


Life is short. Do something with your life and show respect for the gift you’ve been blessed with.




He changed our culture.  He changed music, for good or bad you be the judge and history will decide.


When I was a kid practicing guitar every day, I saw the manifestation of Ziggy Stardust. I was speechless.  I felt he was somewhat enigmatic.  But up to that time, Rock music had guys who wouldn’t even face the audience.  You can still go to a bar and see a blues band where the musicians are statues.


David put color in Rock music. His music, although often described as “Glam” was far more profound.  If you go on you tube and watch the great Rick Wakeman, (who played keys on “Life on Mars”) he said Bowie’s chord structure was like nothing he had ever seen.

To say David played Glam conjures up visions of the New York Dolls. The only thing Glam about David for the beginning of his career were the theatrics in his performance.  America had its’ version in Alice Cooper.  But David’s music was, at heart, Rhythm and Blues.  On his album “Let’s Dance” he hired a young Texas kid named Stevie Ray Vaughn to play the solos.


In his albums like “Young Americans” he showed the “soul” side of his persona. In fact he appeared on “Soul Train”.  (A 70s American TV version of Bandstand designed for African Americans)


Of all of the headliners, I always wanted to do Bowie’s farewell tour. When I stopped touring and focused on recording, fans would ask when I would be on the road again.  For 10 years, my standard response was: “David Bowie hasn’t called me yet”.   (Spoken half in jest) I made every effort to get an audience with Mr. Bowie.  But after his heart attack in 2005, my connections and plans turned more to a dream.  Not a pipe dream but I knew the people around David but It never happened.


Back in 2002 I was supposed to tour Europe with “The man in black”, before the tour, Johnny Cash died.


So goes the story of Major Tom. With David gone its’ made me step back and take a look at the future.  To quote Tom Berenger’s character in the movie “Major League” when he was being berated by his ex-girlfriend’s new fiancé, he asked the has-been catcher: “What do you have planned for life after baseball”?  Taylor, (Berenger’s character) replies: “Something will come up”.


I guess that’s where I’m at. Thank you David for your music and the hope it generated.




For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction ~ Isaac Newton


Life is a game of balance that is focused on the 4 major aspects of your life


  1. The Physical
  2. The Emotional
  3. The Education
  4. The Spiritual


The Physical condition gets the most attention because if you’re fat it shows. If you are unclean it smells.  If you are not solid it effects the other 3 aspects of your life.  There are two ways to establish your physical condition.  A healthy diet and exercise.  The “Key” to managing those two aspects is dependent on the other three aspects.


When our emotions are out of balance we tend to over eat or not eat at all. If the conditions are unsustainable; enter drugs and alcohol.  These will destroy your physical condition and make you sick.


When our educational condition becomes clouded, we do not make smart choices. We allow our vices to affect our physical condition.  We know a glass of red wine has 400 calories but by our third glass, who cares?  If not properly educated you will pay a non-monetary price for eating that bacon wrapped pizza.


When we neglect our spiritual properties; we stray from caring about right from wrong. See above abuses which also arise from not being spiritually grounded.


The Emotional Condition


Again, the other three aspects of life affect your emotions. If you are physically undesirable, you will become insecure.  Insecurity leads to poor choices (education) and neglect of your spiritual existence.


The Education Condition


The more educated you are in this world, the more you are aware of. Why? Because you know the cause and effect behind those decisions.  Educated people think three dimensionally.  This allows them to avoid or at least minimalize unintended consequences.  We gather knowledge in the classroom but more so by experience.  The latter (although more memorable) is less forgiving.  If your Wechsler (I.Q.) score is under 100; life might be tough. It could mean the difference between “hard” work and “smart” work.


The Spiritual Condition


I’m not referring to your dogma or religious beliefs, but if you are aware of the existence of a part of your person which is connected to another dimension you are lucky to be scrapping the surface of spirituality. Your spiritual life is based on an understanding of that which cannot be defined.  It helps you understand right from wrong.  It is your foundation for choosing righteousness over evil.  It is the bond that is responsible for the phenomena called love.  The opposite of love is not hate.  It is apathy.  It takes feelings to hate someone or something, feelings are generated by your spiritual belief system.  You can measure your spirituality by your body’s vibration. (Hz).  Low vibrational humans occupy our prisons or haven’t been caught yet.  Low vibrational humans are attracted to the darkness of life.  Unlike “high” vibrational humans, low vibrational humans are dark.  In religious literature, one of the seven sins is “Sloth”.  This another word for laziness.  As sentient creatures we can only look to the ancient writings or listen to our inner voice which I’ll refer to as a conscience.  The low vibrational spirits have learned to ignore their conscience.  High vibrational spirits go through life by following their consciences and the writings of those who claimed to have followed deities.  (God)


If there are any unbalances in your life; let it be an excess in your spiritual life as it is the only thing that connects you to the next dimension. Some say we all have invisible silver cords that attach our spirits to the “other side”.  When we die, those silver cords are severed and our spirits are collected in another place.  Your spiritual life is the most important aspect of your life.


If your physical life is not in Olympic balance, you will die sooner; however we will all die a physical death. If we let our emotions guide our life, we will make poor, sometimes regretful decisions but the worst thing that will happen is that it will lead to apathy and affect your spiritual belief system.


Neglecting the educational condition of your life will make you a target. You will often make poor choices.  Conversely, the over educated often does so at the cost of their social skills.  The highly educated and highly uneducated do so at the cost of their emotional condition.  Both can lead to a life of insecurity.  Without the spirit keeping your life in balance, you will be the one known as the “Know it all” or the “Idiot”.  But keep in mind, Harvard Graduates have ruined the United States while some of America’s greatest Heroes were high school drop outs.




Your spirit is the only thing you take with you when you go. Prioritize it!  A good heart, mind and brain will help you develop that spirit.  But excess and neglect tend to ruin almost everything earthly.  Fear not the physical death, but fear today the suggestion of a spiritual death.




                 Vai  The Catch


You cannot, I repeat, you cannot compare Sports to the Arts. You cannot make art a sport.  Some sports may have artistic moments such as Ichiro Suzuki climbing the right field fence at Safeco Field in 2005 to rob an Anaheim Angel of a homerun.  It was a thing of beauty to watch Dwight Clark make “The Catch” for a game winning touchdown when he came down in the end zone with a Joe Montana pass.


These are rare moments. You don’t go to a sporting even to see a “thing of art”.


Music on the other hand appeals for reasons that need not or cannot be explained. I like Wagner, but then again so did Hitler.  Why?  I couldn’t tell you.  Many people hate Wagner.  The arts are about taste.  Taste is subjective.  Catching a ball before it hits the ground is objective.  (Even with instant replay).


There’s a scene in Steve Martin’s “L.A. Story” where he’s in the L.A. museum of fine arts and his friend is taking video of him roller skating past classics. Steve Martin’s character calls it art, his friend calls it wasting time.  Then comes the line.  Steve Martin says: “History will decide”.


The reason the public enjoys confusing sports and art is because both have a creator such as the players, musicians or the Artist, and both have people that watch or appreciate.


You commonly hear ignorant music fans and to a degree art and acting fans say: “Steve Vai is the greatest guitarist in the world. You can keep your B.B. King”.  I’m here to say that both are at the top of their game and the art they produce is equally pleasing.


There’s a saying in music: “If you enter a battle of the bands you’ve already lost”.


In sports you often hear: “He pitched a masterpiece”. No he didn’t.  He pitched strikes and 8 other guys made great plays behind him.  Was Willie Mays a better center fielder than Mookie Wilson?  Objectively; YES!  There is little room for subjectivity in Sports.  Sports often (excluding Tennis, swimming and golf) teaches us a good lesson about teamwork.  Teamwork is an essential part of our work and family life.  There are life lessons that can be learned from sports.


Art is about self-expression. Be it an orchestra or a 3 piece rock-a-Billy band, it’s about self-expression and touching the viewer or listener in a way that sports cannot




“Time is simply a tool invented by man to measure the progress of man”.


Let me start this post by saying that I’ve been “not well” since the end of the Holiday season. I was on a medication that was tearing my body apart.  It was literally making my muscles tear or “Inflame” my ligaments.  I was unable to walk twice for a period of 3 days each and spent most of the last month in bed and when I could walk, I did not have the motivation to write.


Let me give it a try. So rather than talk about relationships or politics, I’ve decided to pick something easy like Theoretical Physics.  In 1970 (or there abouts) I was in one of many automobile accidents.  My father was driving and I was in the front passenger seat.  Neither of us saw it coming until this 56 Buick came barreling into the wheel well just two feet in front of me.  At that moment……….. Time slowed down to a Nano-second crawl. I recall in slow motion my father losing control of the steering wheel and flying towards the point of impact.  (I use to make great catches at shortstop, but this probably my greatest catch ever) I caught my dad, who weighed about 160 pounds, and put him back behind the steering wheel.  He outweighed me by about 40 pounds.  I was in my early teens.  When we returned to “real time”, the next thing I saw was our car heading towards a Stop sign and the stop sign flying towards our wind shield/screen.


In 1926 Albert Einstein wrote an article on space-time. His claim was that time was woven in to the fabric of space. Have you ever wondered how “Time flies” when you’re ignoring it?  Have you ever noticed how time stands still when you’re waiting in line to have your motor registered?  I believe time is more subjective than objective.


Nobody really knows what time it is.


What inspired me to talk about something I’m completely unqualified to talk about? I did study a little bit of Bio-Physics at Stanford University, but I do not have a formal background in Physics.  I majored in Business Administration so I could be a smarter musician.


What bothered me is how melancholy we get when we think about “The past” aka “The good old days”. I got an email from a company that has made a fortune out of nostalgia.  It’s an online website that connects you with your high school classmates. We find some sort of satisfaction in reliving in our minds what we once experienced.


Let me ask you this one question. Yes we all go through biological changes.  You can call it aging or, you can call it biological changes.  Does time change us; or do we change ourselves.  What slowed down my POV in that car crash?  Was is an enzyme in my brain allowing me to take note of every Nano-second of action?  Or was my brain aware of the entire event happening? (And What was responsible for that?)


I’m convinced Space-time is as real as our imagination. Time is a motivator. How does one measure motivation?


Time is like being on a tread mill. You go nowhere, but your body changes. The earth spins like a treadmill and just as sweat drips off our body, we go through a series of changing events.  Why is a life “Time” for a human roughly 70 years while a fly lives 3 days?  What we call time is strictly an abstract term.  Next episode will be about parallel universes.  Naw just kidding.

I need to apologize to my higher power which I will openly refer to as God.  In my post I said “Time” does not heal, but people heal themselves.  I stand grossly mistaken.  God heals our bodies and our minds.  God supplies the healing tools for us to use to heal with.  Time does not heal; God heals.