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Buck up, kind soul

Local TV commercial maker Rick St. Charles wrote this uplifting tune.  Perhaps it can serve as a balm to the heated rancor of the last ten days.

The audio comes from a live performance at the Eureka Center for Spiritual Living.  Humboldt County images included in the video.

  1. kale estanoche
    January 19, 2011 at 12:33 am

    Well, i’ve never been the first to post (and maybe someone will beat me to it). Initially my cynical mind kept thinking that video/song may spiral down in some chaotic expressions of hate and rage, but alas it did not.

    As i sat watching the flowers and listening to the bubbly voices (who seemed, indeed, to be not of this earth) i started thinking: well, perhaps we can do away with all the politicized rancor and vitriolic speechifying if we just did away with government…

    do away with the police, and the policing, and policy, and municipalities, and bureaucracy, and the ignorant tea baggers, and hypocritical liberals, and all of that.

    Let our infrastructure crumble – our roads slide into the sea; municipal water supplies dry up; waste treatment facilities fester.

    Let capitalism breathe its last unassisted breath. Let hospitals fall. Let industrial ag/oil/war subsidies cease.

    Let our dependence on foreign oil, plastics and food be no more. Let it COLLAPSE. Then let’s try to figure it out, for real next time…

  2. Anon
    January 19, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Rancor? Ya that can happen when you accuse your readers and neighbors of being complicit in mass murder.

  3. Anonymous
    January 19, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I thinks “rancor” was used to describe planning commission shenanigans and diatribe.

  4. Goldie
    January 19, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Rick St. Charles does outstanding work. The video he made, Hooked on Humboldt has over 15,000 hits now. Let me change that to views, as I am watching the words I use and moving away from any hint of violence.
    I do welcome the opportunity to step back from the circular arguing that has been going on. I do not feel that we are getting anywhere.
    I have come to understand that people leaning toward the right will look at the actions of individuals. People more left leaning will look to the systems that create our society. Frustration grows from not understanding each others views.
    Belittling comments are mean spirited and lead to more or the same.
    This area is uniquely beautiful. Our citizens are our strongest resource. Our agreements are forgotten as we zero in on disagreements, and sadly stay there.
    I am glad for this moment to take a breath. I do not imagine this thread will hit, receive, the usual Heraldo mega comment numbers but I would like to invite others to comment. Surely we can do better, or different, than what we have been doing.

  5. Anonymous
    January 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Nice sentiment, but it’s a shame they had to bring religion (sorry, “spirituality”) into the mix. What’s wrong with being nice to people for its own sake?

  6. Goldie
    January 19, 2011 at 10:07 am


  7. Ross Rowley
    January 19, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I would like to say this about Rick St. Charles.

    Rankling rancor doesn’t rank righteously in this raconteur’s redeeming rambunctious ramblings. His very visceral, vivacious videos are a vacation from the vast variety of vapid, vainglorious volleys of venomous vitriol vented here with vicious vituperation.

  8. Mitch
    January 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Very pretty. Smiling pigs and jumping dolphins are always a nice break, and it’s even better when they’re mixed together with the rock formations of Trinidad State Beach.

    Thanks, Rick and Heraldo.

  9. malicious earl
    January 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I thinks “rancor” was used to describe planning commission shenanigans and diatribe.
    Wouldn’t that be spelled “ranker”.

  10. Decline to State
    January 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    “…heated rancor of the last ten days.” Ten days? Was it called something else before then?

  11. tra
    January 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Admirably alliterative, Ross Rowley!

  12. Mr T
    January 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I couldn’t help thinking like Kale that this was going to turn into some blistering punk rock ballad. I think if we chase light too much we invite darkness.

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