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JAMES BANOS

In Uncategorized on January 2, 2017 at 4:22 am

My father passed away around Memorial Day 2016.  I found out doing a periodic Google search.  He had Alzheimer’s and his condition deteriorated over his last year.

Still, it is a jolt to see it on a web page like that, expected or not.  I felt sad for an hour and then my feeling became more a realization that my life goes on and that remaining family that is what is important now.

That is part of what this tribute is to celebrate his life.  I owe a lot to him, he was technically my grandfather but he adopted me as his own.  I did not even know the truth until I was 17 and it was time to get a drivers license and I found out I had a different last name!

I remember him watching my baseball games from a corner in the outfield smoking his pipe.  I admit I cried when I watched that scene from Field of Dreams when Kevin Costner’s character played catch with his father.

He was an engineer and a builder, always working on projects.  I had different interests and he pretty much left me to find my own way in life, providing support when I needed it.

Dad, you are missed.  I try to honor you by being a good father myself to my son,  I’ll make sure he knows about you the way I did.

50,000 Songs

In About on January 22, 2010 at 9:49 am

Playing a little Pitbull today!

I listen to music all the time and consider myself pretty diverse in my tastes.  I’ll listen to anything and let you know what I think about it.  And in no particular order!  I love the imdb for movies and allmusic is ok for music, but seriously, some of those reviews are hard to relate to.  Some of the more veteran writers like to think about what the band is thinking, like getting into their minds matters to the listener or not.  I don’t care who these people are, I just want to know if the music is good or not.  And I want to know without poetry, and big words, and industry talk.  You won’t get that here, I’d like to think my reviews are more straighforward!

I have 50,000 songs and I try to listen to all of them, its crazy.  I get in my grooves where I will play the same song over and over 3 times in a row, and then there are nights where I am all ears to listen to something new.  Its a big collection full of confusion but this blog can hopefully create some order from the chaos.

Thanks to Ubuntu and the AmaroK music manager, all these songs are well organized for my aural explorations.  Its amazing how technology has improved the listening experience, I can still remember trying to rewind an 8-track tape.