There’s always something to howl about

My commencement speech.

This is me from

What I’m doing here is a sort of commencement speech, a celebration of my moving on to a different state of excitation — even if everyone else stays exactly the same.

But I’m using extended arguments about the idea of preferring the subjunctive to the existential to defend my way of thinking in a comprehensive way.

I’ve spent my whole life thinking about how to talk to you — I say that in the movie — and this little clip may be the most comprehensive job I have done so far of communicating at least this small idea: We are not talking about the same things.

I don’t trade in your currency — I say that in the film also — but I am trying to convey to you why my currency is so much better for you than the stuff you’ve been trading with until now.

This stuff ain’t easy, I know, and it is plausible to me that my take-no-prisoners approach makes things harder for you, not easier. Oh, well…

This is me at my most me, the meest of the mes I have presented in these videos — all of which are intended to acquaint you with my style of being as the result of your having spent time with me being me.

I love this movie. I hope you do, too.

The video is in this YouTube clip. Fair warning, it’s 40 minutes long.


7 Comments so far

  1. Dan Statlander September 4th, 2012 3:33 am

    Nice post.

  2. William Miller September 4th, 2012 3:45 am

    Well, Greg, the speech is interesting and informative. But that guitar “torturing” while talking driven me crazy)) I stopped it in14 min.
    Take care)

  3. Greg Swann September 4th, 2012 7:06 am

    Sorry to disappoint you. If you find I’m in your head in the coming days, come back to see the rest.

  4. William Miller September 4th, 2012 7:39 am

    That melody is still in my head)))

  5. Greg Swann September 4th, 2012 10:45 am

    It’s a 12-bar blues in wide-open E, a song I wrote called “Jenny’s got some rhubarb.” My wife wants to know who the hell Jenny is. 😉

    I talk — and listen — with a guitar in my lap much of the time now. I don’t even think about it, it’s there for me just like talking with my hands is there for me.

  6. William Miller September 7th, 2012 5:08 am

    No offense, but for me personally it is much more interesting to listen what you say and what you sing/play separately.))

    p.s. Today I have watched the video to the end))

  7. Serge September 9th, 2012 5:37 pm

    nice post, and awesome website!