Posted in Groovin' High, Music, tagged 48, Alcohol, Berklee College of Music, Chris Lisanti needs to wake up and stop his shit before he ends up like those he pities., Drugs, Grammy Awards, Jazz, Music, pop, Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston Death on February 13, 2012|
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I think this was an obvious choice for a Groovin’ High entry. First off if you live under a bigger rock then I do let me inform you that Whitney Houston died at age 48 this past weekend as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. I must say I was rather saddened by the news. It is a real tragedy to lose someone with so much talent. Some asshole tried to tell me that Whitney was never all that good. The woman had a four octave range and could belt it out with the best of them. She was a pure Diva.
If you cannot appreciate her ability as a singer then you must be deaf. As far as her untimely death goes it is a real shame. I hate to see good people succumb to their problems and then use substance as their escape. I guess at the moment I am not doing all that much better with such, but I hope to one day be free of the nightmare I live.
When I was studying at Berklee I played a recital with this ensemble put together by a very talented female vocalist. She was a Whitney fanatic and I believe she did three Whitney songs at the gig. “Saving All My Love For You” was one of them and it has always been my favorite of her tunes. It is a terrible song about cheating, but the emotion she sings it with really makes you feel the true meaning of the song. I think most of us have been in a position where we were feeling pretty bad cause we loved some one who was not worth it and just taking advantage. Love is blind after all. Yet seeing is believing.
We put on a pretty decent rendition of the tune. I had a cool little intro to it on my sax and a solo mid song. I later performed an arrangement of the tune on my alto sax while doing some solo work. Whitney was an amazing vocalist, actress and person who unfortunately decided to take the easy way out instead of dealing with her problems. She will be missed by all. I wish her family and friends left behind the biggest of sympathy. Listen to this live rendition of Whitney Houston performing “Saving All My Love For You” at the 1986 Grammy awards. Enjoy and remember what she was and not how she left us.
Ah Whitney you will be missed.
I threw this one in just for fun. They played it at the club Saturday night and everyone just got down in her memory.
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Posted in Deep Thoughts, Life, Surfing, tagged California, Chris Lisanti needs to remember to appreciate the finer things in life., cocaine, Drugs, Drunk, El Capitan, indoor urban golfing, Party, Santa Barbara, Shitty Kitty, Surfing, urban golfing, Wild Cat on January 24, 2012|
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I have written all this before and am beginning to sound like a broken record. If such is the case so be it. You know what one of the definitions of insanity is? Doing the same thing over and expecting different results. At this point in my life I have stopped expecting different results. Maybe that means I am no longer insane? Or at the very least not in the that sense. I think I still classify for the derangement of the mind meaning.
I am not going to lie to you people I have been blowing it hard lately. You know that New Years proclamation I made about drinking less and putting my efforts toward more positive actions. As it turns out since the first I have been partying harder then ever and drinking like a fish. I must say that at this point I am for augments sake a functioning alcoholic. I guess it was only a matter of time. Then again through out my entire life I have went through periods of heavy drink followed by periods of relative sobriety. Maybe this is just an up turn on the drink side.
Last night I went out to the Wild Cat full on expecting to get shit house wasted and throw an after party at the palace despite the fact that I knew it was the first day of school Monday and that I had a 7am class. End result of the festivities was finding myself doing vodka shots at 6am while Kooky prepared to go to work. Needless to say I did not make it to class instead sleeping the entire day away. The good news is I won the urban indoor golf game we played at 4am to the enjoyment of all my neighbors trying to get some sleep on a Sunday night for their Monday work days.
A few weeks ago I would have been shocked that I would do such a thing. Not this morning. Nope, everything that went down all the way to this chick I was sort of into hooking up with another friend of mine right in front of me was not surprising at all. I have truly become one of those Santa Barbara loser idiots I used to make fun of. At this point I am working on becoming a complete waste of space.
I had this realization of how hard I am currently blowing it in life as I stood there mid point this afternoon at El Capitan watching five guys enjoy small little waste high plus peelers. I sat there holding my wet suit still a bit drunk taking it all in. The green grass rock speckled ground under my feet, the setting sun and subsequent orange sky, the fact that I could not see anything around me but trees and rolling green hills with a llama ranch on it. And of course the waves. El Capitan is perfect. I mean perfect. Watching the waves break there is mesmerizing. I don’t think there is a surfer alive who would shake a stick at it.
The cool wind felt amazing on my face. I took a deep breath of the fresh air. This is what life is really about I thought at that moment. This is what I should be doing. I am better then some alcohol swilling miscreant of the night in a vain attempt to drink my problems away. Why had I let myself get to this point. The in shape motivated 22 year old professional surfing Chris Lisanti would slap the shit out of me if he got into a time machine and saw me, himself and what I have let myself become. I don’t know if I have found rock bottom yet, but I am for the most part at the moment existing at the bottom of the barrel.
I tugged my wetsuit on and jumped into the water. My head hurt a bit from both hangover and dehydration. I stroked into my first wave, a clean waist high peeler and cracked off three solid turns. Then I started catching a bunch of fun ones dismantling each with a solid backside attack. Things made perfect sense out in the water. If only I felt the same way on land. There in lies the problem perchance. I have been spending far too much time on land and far too little in the water.
Towards the end of the evening as darkness was settling in Kooky and I post change stood there in solitude watching one last perfect little set peel down the point. I looked at him and said “you know I am better then all this”. He gave me an approving nod. We turned away and walked through the dark to the car. I don’t have answers right now, only questions. I can’t promise anything. What I do know is that I can do better…
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Posted in Groovin' High, Music, tagged Addicted, Amy Winehouse, Amy Winehouse death, Dead, Death, Drugs, Heroin, July 23 2011, Music, My Tears Dry On Their Own, overdose, Weed on July 23, 2011|
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I am dropping a special edition of Groovin’ High tonight to say a sad good bye to yet another entertainer tragically lost before her time. Just in case you have not heard Amy Winehouse was found dead today at age 27 in her London apartment, most likely as a result of a drug overdose. Whether a fan of hers or not one has to be a little alarmed when a person of talent, beauty and accomplishment still cannot keep their shit together. I for one am saddened by the whole ordeal.
Sindia turned me on to Amy Winehouse a few years back on a trip to Australia and since I have rather enjoyed her music. Sure she was a mess, but who isn’t? When Adrienne left me her tune “My Tears Dry On Their Own” spoke to me. Addicted is sort of a funny song about how her girl friend’s boy friend keeps coming over her house and smoking all of her weed. I looked through a ton of different versions, even found one where she was so messed up she could barely stand. I hate remembering people like that. In this live version she lays down a confident performance that I think she was happy with. Amy may you be in a happier place now.
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