Daily Archives: March 22, 2008

The Big House

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I live right across the Richmond Bridge from San Quentin, and pass by it every day on my way to school and work. It occupies some prime real estate in Marin County, and is not hidden away from sight like many penitentiaries. There aren’t any large fields surrounding it, it’s just right there, off the road, in your face. There is a mixture of new prisoners there for processing, minimum security workcrew inmate units, parole violator units, general population units and, of course, California’s male death row inmates. There is another thing that San Quentin is famous for, and that’s when Johnny Cash performed there in 1969. Check out this footage. Song lyrics by Shel Silverstein, who also was well known for childrens favorites “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “The Giving Tree“. (Silverstein was also a Marin resident)

“A Boy Named Sue”

The Big House

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I live right across the Richmond Bridge from San Quentin, and pass by it every day on my way to school and work. It occupies some prime real estate in Marin County, and is not hidden away from sight like many penitentiaries. There aren’t any large fields surrounding it, it’s just right there, off the road, in your face. There is a mixture of new prisoners there for processing, minimum security workcrew inmate units, parole violator units, general population units and, of course, California’s male death row inmates. There is another thing that San Quentin is famous for, and that’s when Johnny Cash performed there in 1969. Check out this footage. Song lyrics by Shel Silverstein, who also was well known for childrens favorites “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “The Giving Tree“. (Silverstein was also a Marin resident)

“A Boy Named Sue”

Willie Nelson kissed me.

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This is footage from a Highwaymen concert. I’d give my right foot to have the opportunity to go to one of these shows now. I mean really, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings? All together? Dang! I’ll just have to be satisfied with the fact that Willie gave me a kiss once. I am not going to wash the magic off, cause Mr.Nelson is a genius. My friend Christina and I asked him to sign a hat for us, and he turned away from everyone else in the crowd and planted a big smacker on each of us. Clearly this song is about me.

“Always On My Mind”

Pushin’ it right

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This song rules me still, after 5 years. The original, The Seed, was on The Headphone Masterpiece, by Cody ChesnuTT, then was reworked as The Seed 2.0 for the Roots’ Phrenology album. It’s officially Spring, so watch out for Mr. ChesnuTT, he’s probably going around pushing seeds into bushes.

“The Seed 2.0”