I recently took a road trip to northern California which is the inspiration for creating this #jammingwithjason #podcast.
What do #WillieNelson, #JackKerouac, #AllenGinsberg, #RogerMiller, Ivan Fleming, #GraceSlick, #BobDylan and Siri have in common?
Listen to this entire episode and you will find out, and you will be howling on your road trip through life. The fact that you are reading this mean there is something you need to hear in this episode today, so why not allowing and enjoy the journey.
Tune in to hear the lessons I learned on this last road trip.
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Jason Mefford: Welcome to another episode of jamming with Jason today we’re going to talk about being on the road again how willing how oh.
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Jason Mefford: So you might be wondering what the heck are we talking about today is that the Willie Nelson song or I don’t know stick with me.
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Jason Mefford: Because, whatever you do you’re going to want to listen to this entire episode, because, as you listen.
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Jason Mefford: there’s going to be some different things that come up and something is going to be exactly what you need to hear today.
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Jason Mefford: So today’s episode is inspired by a little road trip that I took up to northern California here this last week and just want to share that with you So here we go let’s roll the episode.
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Jason Mefford: All right, well i’m excited to talk to you today about being on the road again how willing right so.
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Jason Mefford: it’s just the way I roll right so anyway, you might be thinking about that it’s like how do those things go together what does that mean well just listen promise I promise.
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Jason Mefford: As crazy, as I may sound everything at the end of the day is going to come together on what we’re talking about today so.
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Jason Mefford: I love taking road trips i’ve become somewhat of a hermit the last few years, some, for obvious reasons.
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Jason Mefford: To everybody out there right, so I.
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Jason Mefford: took a trip up to northern California, I live down in the Los Angeles area so was able to drive up one of my clients had a had an employee meeting that they wanted me to come come to.
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Jason Mefford: So I went up to Santa Cruz up in the in the northern California and ended up going into San Francisco for one of the days, while I was there.
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Jason Mefford: Because I took a couple days, just to hang out and be me and do what I felt like I wanted to do as well right which is good reminder for all of us right.
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Jason Mefford: let’s let’s maybe include some some pleasure, with the business that we’re doing as well, but anyway, obviously being on the road again.
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Jason Mefford: kind of reminds me of the old Willie Nelson song right and i’m sure you’ve heard it before it’s a great song right.
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Jason Mefford: On the road again I just can’t wait to get on the road again the LIFE I love is making music with my friends and I can’t wait to get on the road again okay we’ve got my little Willie Nelson impersonation on that one right, but I do love being on the road.
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Jason Mefford: For a lot of different reasons, but, but today I, and I love that line to the LIFE I love is making music with my friends and I feel that too that’s one of the reasons why I do jamming with Jason so.
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Jason Mefford: The LIFE I love is making music and talking with you, my friends, so that’s why i’m here again but.
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Jason Mefford: That reminded me too, because you know as.
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Jason Mefford: In a previous life when I was in corporate America used to go on the road, a lot and I actually created a playlist of songs that we play in the car, while we were driving.
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Jason Mefford: So obviously on the road again by Willie Nelson had to be one of those songs another one that you might not have heard of is called king of the road by Roger Miller.
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Jason Mefford: And this song I just love a little bit too so i’ll just sing it sing a few lines as well because there’s a couple things that kind of popped into my mind about that one today to to share with you so.
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Jason Mefford: This one’s a little different it kind of goes like this trailer for sale or ran rooms, to let 50 sans no phone no pool no pants I ain’t got no cigarettes are but two hours of pushing broom bison a but well for bit room i’m a man of means by no means.
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Jason Mefford: King of the road.
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Jason Mefford: I love that song anyway to so that’s it’s it’s it’s got a lot of imagery for me because effectively it’s a it’s a song that’s kind of about hobos.
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Jason Mefford: which you know were people that especially back in the Great Depression would hop on trains get into box cars and just ride around the country trying to find work.
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Jason Mefford: In going different places and, interestingly enough, so that the term hobo right which you normally think of as being somebody who is who doesn’t have a home is homeless and just kind of wanders around.
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Jason Mefford: actually comes from hoboken New Jersey, which is interesting because that was kind of the from the railroads perspective, especially if somebody was in New York City they’d go across the Hudson river into hoboken New Jersey.
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Jason Mefford: they’d hop on the the trains there at hoboken and then ended up going all across the US, many of which ended up all the way out here in in the west coast in California and Oregon and some of those places as well, so.
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Jason Mefford: Probably didn’t know right but that’s where hobo comes from actually comes from hoboken New Jersey and this whole song king of the road.
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Jason Mefford: Actually, is kind of about hobos going around and so some of the some of the terms and things that are in there, like a four bit room.
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Jason Mefford: is something you may not have heard of but it reminded me of when I was younger I worked for a man named Mr Fleming, Mr Ivan Fleming.
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Jason Mefford: Who I used to I used to mow his lawn and do some different farm work for him on his little farm that he had one of which was bucking hay.
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Jason Mefford: And what bucking hey is is where you know they would they cut they cut the hey they put it into the bales and then he would hire teenagers like me.
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Jason Mefford: To come over and in buck that hey on two trailers, so we can take it back into his his barn and and and store it up for the animals.
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Jason Mefford: And so I remember when he when he hired me to do that he said Jason you know yeah you know i’ve got this work that needs to be done.
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Jason Mefford: Why don’t you and a friend come over and i’ll pay you two bits of bail.
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Jason Mefford: And so I thought about that, and I was like well that’s that I think that’s pretty good money right, because at that time, when I was probably 13 or 14.
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Jason Mefford: I thought, a bit was a quarter well a bit is actually 12 and a half cents, so I did all this work in the heat.
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Jason Mefford: And here I was this little scrawny hundred and 30 pound teenager trying to throw these bales of hay that could anywhere be between 30 to 90 pounds so again imagine.
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Jason Mefford: Imagine this hundred and 30 pound kid trying to lift up a 90 pound bale of hay and lift it up about three feet onto the back of a trailer.
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Jason Mefford: Anyway, was not was not that fun, but it definitely established character right that’s that’s something my dad would say right is it is it gave me character, but.
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Jason Mefford: It taught me about four bits so so there’s there’s an old saying two bits four bits six bits $1 which so so a bit was actually 12 and a half cents so.
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Jason Mefford: got done with all that work Mr Fleming paid me, and it was half of what I had expected yeah live and learn right here, you go but anyway, the reason I bring that up too, because you know, Mr Fleming was one of those guys in my life.
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Jason Mefford: That I learned a lot from so he was he was a veteran he served in the Second World War, he actually got injured or.
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Jason Mefford: wounded, while he was while he was in the war and so he didn’t really have.
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Jason Mefford: Have the use of his I want to say it was his right right foot left foot I can’t remember anyway had trouble with one of his leg, so he always kind of walk with a limp.
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Jason Mefford: But I remember you know, one of the stories that he used to tell me because, because I go over and in mow his lawn he’d pay me and sometimes we just sit there and talk a little bit.
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Jason Mefford: And so again here, I was this young teenage kid getting to hear these these stories from this older man and I just love doing that, but anyway, so, so the point of the whole thing was, I wanted to share with you want to Mr Fleming stories, which was.
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Jason Mefford: He said when when he was in the navy during the Second World War, he said they come down and they’d.
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Jason Mefford: they’d have dinner, and he said, you know we always got our ice cream first, he said, you know, one of life’s rules is always eat dessert first.
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Jason Mefford: Because they would do that in the day, because they never know if they would get attacked during during dinner right if they got attacked during dinner they wanted to make sure that they had already had their dessert so.
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Jason Mefford: I think that’s one of the LIFE lessons for us as well to write is always make sure to have dessert and why not have dessert first right, just in case something happens and you don’t get to the regular meal.
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Jason Mefford: At least you get the good stuff out of life so so make sure and and have the good stuff in life so anyway little bit back back to back to the.
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Jason Mefford: The story of being on the road again and howling right howling ooh i’ll allow right howling kind of you know, brings a lot of different animal kind of things, but it, it also has another meaning for me as well, which is a lot of times when i’m in San Francisco.
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Jason Mefford: I like to go to a couple of places of historical significance that are there in in San Francisco So for me, though some of those places or maybe some things you’ve never heard of before as well, and so.
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Jason Mefford: i’ll just share with you okay and and one of those places is down in the north shore area of San Francisco.
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Jason Mefford: there’s a little bar called vesuvio you know, like vesuvio the volcano in in in Italy and in that bar, you know it’s a little kind of hole in the wall place you’d walk past it you wouldn’t even hardly recognize it.
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Jason Mefford: But there’s a lot of historical significance to that place in fact back in the 50s and 60s, that was a hangout for a lot of people.
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Jason Mefford: That that are very famous people that you might have heard of some of the people that you might not have heard of right so So when I was in there, this last time you know I saw you know there’s a picture of Bob dylan.
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Jason Mefford: Standing next to one of the windows outside so of course being the nerd I am I had to go outside and stand where Bob dylan stood right, where I saw him in the picture.
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Jason Mefford: There was another another picture, I think it was David crosby and grace slick that were standing out the front of the window, and you know grace slick, you might not have heard of.
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Jason Mefford: But she’s somebody that i’ve been listening to a little bit more to is she was the singer for Jefferson airplane at the time, so.
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Jason Mefford: If you’ve heard white rabbit that was one of the songs that she actually wrote and and to me, one of the one of the great people at that time, but, but so so obviously a lot of people like that, where they’re kind of from a counterculture perspective in the 60s.
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Jason Mefford: When when San Francisco was really a hotspot for a lot of the hippie movement and other things like that, but even before that there were people there, called the beats and or the beat generation and.
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Jason Mefford: Some of those people, you might not have heard of some of you might have heard of but you know people like William burroughs.
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Jason Mefford: jack kerouac and Allen ginsberg who i’m going to talk a little bit about today we’re also there in fact the beats worse we’re a group of people that.
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Jason Mefford: they’d come back from the Second World War, they were disenfranchised with a lot of the things that were going on in the world, and they started speaking up.
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Jason Mefford: And the beat generation was really kind of the the first kind of counterculture movement, in fact, a lot of the things that that came about and rock and roll and things in the 60s and early 70s.
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Jason Mefford: was because of the beats and San Francisco was one of one of the places where they hung out a lot.
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Jason Mefford: And and vesuvio happened to be one of those places it’s right across the alley from city light books, which again if you know anything about that movement was kind of a big deal at that, at that point in time so.
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Jason Mefford: So, excuse me, as I said, like you know when i’m in San Francisco I like to go over to vesuvio so this time I went in and.
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Jason Mefford: order to jack kerouac drink right I don’t even remember what’s in it, but it’s a jack kerouac drink so in his honor you know I got my drink went up went upstairs.
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Jason Mefford: sat down had my head my jack kerouac drink and pulled out and read the book or the poem how old by Allen ginsberg.
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Jason Mefford: And, and so i’ll read i’ll read a little bit to you, but it was you know, so there, I was kind of honoring these people and some of the stuff that they had done, in fact, interestingly enough so here’s a little trivia for you as well jack kerouac who was one of the beats as well, his.
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Jason Mefford: His probably most famous work is called on the road it’s a book that he wrote about being on the road so there’s another tie in for today’s title as well is that’s a little nod to jack kerouac as well, so So there you go jack.
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Jason Mefford: But as I said, to so that’s where the howling comes from is from Allen ginsberg and.
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Jason Mefford: This came up probably a couple months ago, one of my friends told me because i’ve grown out this little goatee kind of circular beard.
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Jason Mefford: And in one of my friends toby said, you know Jason you kind of look a little bit like a beat poet.
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Jason Mefford: And i’m like man, I am going to take that as a compliment, because people like Allen ginsberg jack kerouac neal cassady William burroughs.
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Jason Mefford: Some of these people were authentically who they were and they’ve actually changed the world, even though a lot of people don’t actually know who they were but, as I said they were.
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Jason Mefford: They were kind of one of the impetus for a lot of the counterculture a lot of the rock and roll that I love and a lot of the things that came out of the late 60s and early 70s here in California as well, that is literally transformed.
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Jason Mefford: Our world as well, so so felt a little connection there to Allen ginsberg as I was reading that poem in vesuvio which is i’m sure, one of the places where he actually had read that poem publicly.
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Jason Mefford: and, interestingly enough to the the the the group that published his book was called city lights and it’s a city light bookstore that’s actually literally across the alleyway.
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Jason Mefford: On the same street there on Columbus in in San Francisco so a lot of real kind of kind of tie ins for that, but you know and and, as I was reading reading the book or reading the poem it’s it’s kind of three or four parts I can’t remember if it’s for three parts, but anyway.
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Jason Mefford: The the historical significance of that book how and.
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Jason Mefford: There, there was a movie, that is, I was doing some research and just thinking about Alan and his life that I hadn’t seen it’s a movie I think from 2010 called how.
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Jason Mefford: So I went back and watch that this last week as well, and always knew that that this had a big significance, but got again a greater appreciation for why this was so.
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Jason Mefford: Such a such a big deal, and the reason was you know Alan wrote this I think in 1955 copyrights 56.
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Jason Mefford: Book comes out and he uses some words and he says, some things in there that people at that time found obscene.
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Jason Mefford: And so, actually they They arrested, the publisher one of the own the owners of city life books for obscenity charges for distributing obscene material, and so this became a court case here in the US that actually was one of the.
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Jason Mefford: One of the landmark kind of court cases about obscenity and what is considered to be obscene and what is not considered to be obscene what is kind of pornographic what is just art and so you know what what Alan and and the people from city lights went through there and the.
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Jason Mefford: Pay helped pave the way.
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Jason Mefford: And whether you realize it or not, is one of the reasons why we’re able to say and do more of the things that we do now.
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Jason Mefford: Today, you know 7070 years later.
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Jason Mefford: And so.
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Jason Mefford: And a lot of the things that Alan wrote about in this book.
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Jason Mefford: In the poem you know 70 years ago is still going on today, so I pulled out my copy I didn’t have it with me when I was up there, so I read it on my phone but pulled out my copy of the book and what’s interesting is there’s actually a receipt in in the book from when I was there before.
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Jason Mefford: him actually bought this book went to the beach museum, which was right there which happened to be in January of 2013 so literally almost exactly to the day, eight years later I was back in the same place again reading the same book again in the same place so interesting interesting.
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Jason Mefford: synchronicity of life so.
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Jason Mefford: Written Is that what you want to, but there’s also there’s a great police song about that, but anyway, so I wanted to.
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Jason Mefford: To just read a little bit of the beginning of how, if you haven’t read it before it’s it’s worth going back it’s it’s one of those things where the first couple of times I read it, I didn’t quite understand it.
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Jason Mefford: Going back and watching the movie and getting a little bit of the the fill in the blanks the rest of the story is Paul Harvey would say about Allen ginsberg and his life and some of the things that were the the.
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Jason Mefford: The inspiration behind him writing this makes it makes a lot more sense to it today, but you know if you’ve never there’s there’s great imagery in this and I just wanted to share a little bit with you and then share one more thing.
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Jason Mefford: As I was reflecting on my trip on the road again as well, so.
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Jason Mefford: So this is how how actually starts, it says, I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness starving hysterical naked.
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Jason Mefford: dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix angel headed hipsters burning for the ancient have a heavenly connection.
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Jason Mefford: To the story dynamo in the machinery of night who poverty and Tatars and hollow eyes and high setup smoking.
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Jason Mefford: In the supernatural darkness of cold water flats floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz now that’s just the first part of it, and again, many of you as i’m sitting there reading this to you might be gone why.
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Jason Mefford: What well i’ll let you go back and read this in more detail if if if it feels like what what what you want to do, but.
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Jason Mefford: But let me just let me just throw out a couple of things there that the best minds of my generation were destroyed by madness, we still see that today, some of the best minds in in our world are destroyed by madness they’re starving they’re hysterical and make it.
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Jason Mefford: not physically right, just like i’m wearing clothes, right now, but poetry is all about imagery folks.
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Jason Mefford: angel headed hipsters is hipsters a word that we’re using again now, you know 70 years later kind of interesting in that, but that these hipsters are burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the story dynamo in the machinery of night.
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Jason Mefford: there’s great imagery in that and and it’s one of those things that again, you know this was happening back in in the 50s and 60s and early 70s and then we kind of lost touch with it, but it’s happening again, where so many of us are burning for the ancient heavenly connection.
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Jason Mefford: And again i’ll let you read into that what you want to read into but more and more of us now are longing for and wanting to connect.
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Jason Mefford: In more than just a physical yeah in more of a spiritual metaphysical esoteric way in this life.
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Jason Mefford: And anyway i’ll just i’ll just stop that for there for today, but again, if that sparked something in you go out get how maybe watch the movie.
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Jason Mefford: read through it and think about it for yourself as well Okay, the last thing that I wanted to really share with you today is is a little lesson again they just kind of you know pricked myself as as as I was on the road howling this last week, and what that was is is relates to GPS.
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Jason Mefford: So if you’re familiar with with California and how the landscape works it’s about a five or six hour drive from where I live up to northern California.
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Jason Mefford: And there’s a couple of different ways that we can take the freeways to drive and get up there, but.
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Jason Mefford: Because of the way that California is set up there’s there’s only a couple of ways to go and you have to kind of choose to drive up kind of two different valley areas because of the way we have kind of mountain ranges that go North and South.
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Jason Mefford: In in in our state and there’s only a couple of places where you can actually get from these internal valleys, all the way over to be able to.
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Jason Mefford: To get to the coast, and so you know if i’m driving from here to San Francisco it’s pretty much a straight shot, all the way up on on the freeway and then there’s two different ways to go into the peninsula at that point.
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Jason Mefford: But to go to Santa Cruz, which is a little south of San Francisco there’s three, four or five different ways that you can go and kind of wind your way you know across those mountains at different points in time.
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Jason Mefford: So you know, on the way up I kind of chose to drive a certain way, I like I started off I drove that way, and then, as I got closer to Santa Cruz, I I put in the coordinates for where I needed to go for the hotel for my meeting.
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Jason Mefford: And you know because, like I said there’s a lot of different ways that I could get there.
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Jason Mefford: well on the way back in, and the reason for that is because, like I said it’s kind of tricky once you once you get to certain highways and it’s like I know my way, all the way back from that point.
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Jason Mefford: Just like I knew my way from from where I was at most of the way you know all the way up until I got to the very end, I needed a little help.
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Jason Mefford: So, on the way back you know I kind of gone the scenic route that I wanted to go on the way up and and so on the way back I just you know got out my phone I put in the GPS and I said Okay, I need to go from here.
00:24:55.200 –> 00:25:02.010
Jason Mefford: To home, and so, of course, you know the map kind of came up with four or five different ways that I could go.
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Jason Mefford: And I looked at which one was going to take the least amount of time and I said go I pushed a little go button and I said all right take me home the fastest way.
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Jason Mefford: So, then, I get in the car and I don’t have to think at that point right, I have, I have seven intention of where I want to go want to go from my hotel in Santa Cruz to my home in long beach California and so i’ve set my intention i’ve.
00:25:33.660 –> 00:25:44.460
Jason Mefford: Put in the coordinates I hit go and now I could sit back I could just drive enjoy listening to the the audio book that I was listening to.
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Jason Mefford: and make the different turns where where the phone was telling me to turn so as i’m as i’m driving along and you know again i’m in northern California, so I need to go south to get back to my home, which is south of where I was at.
00:26:02.670 –> 00:26:08.700
Jason Mefford: So i’m driving along and I know that i’m going to have to go from the coast i’m going to go inland to the East, a little ways.
00:26:09.300 –> 00:26:23.430
Jason Mefford: And as i’m driving along I hear the phone say right there’s a little person in my phone tells me what to do right You all know that says turn here and go North on highway 101.
00:26:24.630 –> 00:26:40.470
Jason Mefford: And I thought, just two minutes i’m trying to go South I know if I get on highway one one on one and goes South i’m gonna get back to where I know I need to be anyway, what if I just go South and I thought you know what no i’m just gonna follow.
00:26:42.060 –> 00:26:50.280
Jason Mefford: Where it’s telling me to go, because I already put in the intention, I need to get back home and i’m just going to allow right.
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Jason Mefford: allow my path to be what it needs to be to get me back home, based on what I punched in, and so I went ahead and I went North on.
00:27:01.380 –> 00:27:05.160
Jason Mefford: I drove through some different parts of the state that I hadn’t been in before.
00:27:05.700 –> 00:27:13.200
Jason Mefford: And Sure enough, you know eventually ended up on the on the five I thought it was going to take me down the one on one, but it took me down the five.
00:27:13.830 –> 00:27:24.510
Jason Mefford: And I, and I made it back home, so, as I was thinking about that right is again i’m one of those deep thinkers like jack handey watch Saturday night live.
00:27:27.090 –> 00:27:37.740
Jason Mefford: What can I learn from this well and again sometimes when we know where we want to go and we set a goal and we set an intention and we start putting the plan in place.
00:27:38.580 –> 00:27:47.490
Jason Mefford: Sometimes the road doesn’t or the roads that we go on aren’t exactly the way we thought it was going to be.
00:27:48.360 –> 00:27:56.400
Jason Mefford: But when we just allow and let the journey happen, you know we can see beautiful parts of the state that we’ve never seen before.
00:27:56.850 –> 00:28:04.500
Jason Mefford: We can see beautiful parts of life that we’ve never seen before now, there might be struggles, there might be trials along the way.
00:28:04.980 –> 00:28:13.800
Jason Mefford: But we don’t have to think very much about it, we just have to keep showing up driving turn the car to the left turn the car to the right when it tells us to do that.
00:28:15.030 –> 00:28:24.480
Jason Mefford: and eventually we’re going to get exactly where we want to be now I could have I could have made the choice to say.
00:28:24.900 –> 00:28:31.560
Jason Mefford: I get to highway one on one and i’m like you know what siri you don’t know what you’re talking about i’m going to go South right.
00:28:32.250 –> 00:28:44.610
Jason Mefford: But chances are if I had done that it would have taken me longer to get home, you always have the choice and how much easier would life be if we just allow.
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Jason Mefford: Those things to happen allow our path and our journey to go exactly where it needs to go as we’re guided on our way back home.
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Jason Mefford: Now again i’m going to leave it at that point i’m going to let you read into it, what you need to hear today as well, but another lesson that I learned this last week from being on the road again howling reading some poetry.
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Jason Mefford: Be in a beat poet again in San Francisco and just wanted to share that with you this week so again, as I told you at the beginning.
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Jason Mefford: Listen to the entire episode, the fact that you did means you heard at least one thing today that was exactly what you needed to hear and you got value out of it.
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Jason Mefford: And i’m guessing others would too, so you know, make sure and share this episode with your friends and family and because if you got value out of it, they will too.
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Jason Mefford: So with that i’m going to wrap up for this week and again just enjoy the ride remember joy is in the journey, not in the destination.
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Jason Mefford: So when you’re on the road again how you know plug in the GPS allow and enjoy the ride, and I will see you on the next episode of jammin with Jason have a great, week out on the road again making music with my friends.