“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

I don’t remember writing Coffee this late on an ordinary day. Blame a restless night. I went upstairs about 12:30 followed by the parade of animals. We settled in, and I started reading. At the end of each chapter, I’d check the next one and see how many pages it had and tell myself that the next one would be the last. This went on until 3, chapter by chapter, as I just wasn’t tired. Thinking I could drift off, I finally turned off the light but just couldn’t fall asleep. Gracie was snoring at the foot of the bed and Fern was nestled beside me. I couldn’t get comfortable. I moved so much Gracie got up and settled to get out of my way. I didn’t check the time, but I was still awake when the birds began to sing, and when the first light of morning appeared in my window. I don’t know when I fell asleep, but I know I woke up at 10, still tired. Right now I’m the only one awake. Gracie is in her usually spot on the couch, Maddie is beside purring like crazy and Fern is behind me on the cushion curled in a ball and in a deep sleep. I envy them.

Today is dark and rainy. I love my house the most on days like today. It always feels warm and cozy like a hug. I light the candles and the strands of lights in the living room. They cast a gentle glow through the dark of the day. I can barely hear the rain. The birds are in and out of the big feeders; the smaller feeders need to be filled as does the thistle feeder. Maybe later when the rain stops.

When I was in Ghana, I missed so many events, didn’t even hear of them until long after they’d occurred. The moon landing we knew about so we sat around the radio and listened to the description of what everyone at home could see on their televisions. I didn’t know about Woodstock until I after I had gotten home, two years later. It was the music I heard first then I went to the school library and looked up magazines about Woodstock and devoured every article. I bought the album and listened to it  several times. Richie Havens’ music was jaw dropping. When the film appeared, I finally got to see what I had missed, and he was riveting. Yesterday I was saddened to read of his death and felt the huge loss. Anyone who loves music has to feel the same way.

The reason I’m not posting his music today is because once when I posted it on Blogger, the song was removed, and I got a message from Blogger, a reprimand, that I had violated copyright laws. Later when I had three strikes, three violations, Blogger erased Coffee. I don’t want to take the same chance again.

Here is Richie Havens at Woodstock:

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25 Comments on ““Without music, life would be a mistake.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    My night was just the opposite, long time since I slept so good. But I’m still just as tired as usual 🙂

    The day started out rainy with very little wind but ended as sunny and almost stormy, I can hear the wind but the forest takes most of it so it’s fairly calm around my cottage.

    I was too young for Woodstock and the little film I’ve seen from it didn’t make me wish being there. But the musicians were great, that’s for sure 🙂 I have to admit that I’ve never heard of Richie Havens before though.

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      I’m already fading, and it’s only 3 o’clock. I have to stay awake so I don’t end up staying awake all night.

      Still rainy!

      It was rainy, muddy, had no food or shelter, but when you’re young, nothing seems to matter all that much.

      I’m amazed you never heard of Richie.

  2. Birgit Says:

    Another great passionate musician gone. I always admired his unique guitar style. Last night I couldn’t stop listening to his music on YouTube. Not much sleep either.
    Today is “World Book and Copyright Day”. According to your post you already celebrated both topics 😉

    • Kat Says:

      Wow, I just stumbled into “World Book and Copyright Day.” I didn’t even know such a day existed.

      I’m really tired right now, but I’ll read which might just keep me awake.

  3. Vint Says:

    I have many “nights” when I can’t get to sleep and will suddenly hear that first bird start twittering. What book are you reading?

    The two segments from the Woodstock movie that stand out in my memories are Joe Cocker and Richie Havens. Oddly enough, I don’t have any Havens in my collection – do you have Freedom/Motherless Child on your album? I can’t understand why they’re not available for purchase on iTunes.

    I have the funniest, or maybe I should say goofiest, story about how I almost made it to Woodstock. I don’t think I’m quite ready to offer it up for public consumption yet, though. I’d planned to do a Woodstock anniversary post and reveal all then, but I’ll email the sorry details to you sometime instead, Kat.


    • katry Says:

      Here’s that comment you were looking for. It was in the please approve list which I didn’t see as it came earlier in my e-mail than the other comment, and I start at the top where the latest are.

      I’m reading the newest Alex Delaware, Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman. It is a quick read, and I like the character and his friend Milo.

      I do have Freedom on my album. I’ll send it along to you when I finish here. It’s on my old hard drive so I’ll have to connect it. Now you have me really interested!!!!

  4. Vintage Spins Says:


    I published a comment a little while ago and saw it here, but now it’s disappeared. Would you have deleted it? If so, I won’t try to reconstruct it from memory.


    • Kat Says:

      I never saw the comment. There was one yesterday, but I didn’t see the one today. Sorry, I have no idea what happened. Please do reconstruct it!

  5. Ted Says:

    Kat, I was too young for Woodstock but I did see Richie Havens in Ellsworth, Maine back in 2006. Tremendous energy and passion, a truly great performance.

    I see you posted Joe Cocker singing “A Little Help from my Friends.” That’s a lot of fun to watch on youtube as well. Talking about energy.

    • Kat Says:

      I envy you having seen Richie. What a great memory to have.

      I figured Joe Cocker was a good stand-in for Richie, and I love that cover of his.

  6. Vintage Spins Says:

    Whew (wipes brow)! I hate trying to remember and reconstruct things that I’ve written spontaneously – it never sounds right the second time around.

    Thanks for that, Kat. I’ve been checking iTunes on and off for a couple of years now and haven’t found that tune. Don’t go to a lot of trouble though.

    As soon as I get my little adventure down in a few paragraphs, I’ll email it to you – should be good for a laugh on the one hand and serve as a sad commentary on abuse of power on the other.


    • Kat Says:

      I’m glad I found it!

      Maybe no Richie for the same reason I got nabbed for putting his song on my first blog, the one which was erased from Blogger, maybe something to do with money and copyright.

      • Caryn Says:

        I found the Woodstock Soundtrack album on Amazon and Freedom is on it. Here’s the link. You have to buy the whole album. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002LCB04A/ref=sr_1_album_15_rd?ie=UTF8&child=B002LCCUXU&qid=1366807171&sr=1-15

        I remember listening to this album a long while after Woodstock and wondering why the Arlo Guthrie piece was so much better than I remembered it. I never trust my memories of Woodstock all that much. Some while later he told the story. They had gotten impressively drunk on champagne, which was all there was to drink back stage, that their performance was so bad it couldn’t be included. Another version was used in the movie and the album. He said that was also why there is no Woodstock footage of them in the movie. I do remember that he fell off the stage.

      • Kat Says:

        Thanks, Caryn,
        I have a Woodstock album but it is different than this one as it is live and on 4 discs.

        I remember wondering why in the heck Sha Na Na was there. I didn’t know the Guthrie story. We were all so young back then!

  7. Bob Says:

    Two of my cousins who live in the Boston area claim to have been at Woodstock but I don’t know how much of it they remember. Both of them smoked too many maryjanes, took too many psychedelic acid trips and since then too many years have passed but the music was great. Jimmy Hendrix playing the national anthem to me was also a memorable moment in History. Hendrix was an amazing guitarist. Sad that he passed away the year following Woodstock at the age of 27.

    What book were you reading that you couldn’t put down until three in the morning? It must be a real page turner.

    Today started out in the low 60s with clouds and during the day the temperature has been dropping accompanied by scattered rain showers. It’s snowing in Denver in late April, glad I don’t live there, and we may hit a record cold temperature tomorrow morning.


    • Kat Says:

      I agree that it was sad to lose Hendrix and Joplin and so many others who drugged themselves and died young.

      It was a Jonathan Kellerman, but I didn’t put it down because I wasn’t tired and thought reading another chapter or two or three would make me tired. I was wrong. The books are quick reads anyway.

      It is raining still and chilly. At the Sox game you can see their breath!

  8. Beto Says:

    “…Where in such place mark the surety that mortal bonds are soon loosed
    And all we have is but a vapor
    Left here only to comfort one another in our shared affliction”

    • Kat Says:

      I see that vapor as a sense of love, the piece we hang onto after ” the mortal bongs are loosed.”

  9. Vintage Spins Says:


    Today is the first day in over three weeks that I’m not coughing like a madwoman – so, with a rise in spirits, I am reconsidering my rash decision! I’m really a very sane and placid person whose decisions are usually carefully measured, but when it comes to my blogs the perception must justifiably be . . . that I’m an impulsive, raving maniac 😉


    P.S. Thanks for the tune!

    • Kat Says:

      I’m glad you’re finally on the mend.

      I’m so glad you are reconsidering. I think it is the joy of the music which makes the blog so much fun to visit!!

      • im6 Says:

        Will you send a new invite? Or can I use the last one you sent and hope it works? Looking forward to “spinning” !!!

  10. Vintage Spins Says:

    Kat and im6,

    I’ll be sending new invites. So glad you’re still both interested in my musical mayhem!


    • Kat Says:

      I am so glad that you will carry on the fight, so to speak! Your musical taste is just wonderful and now I don’t have to lament its loss.


  11. Vintage Spins Says:


    I can hear you grinding your teeth at my bad grammar!



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