Posted on February 16, 2022
I’m working on making better mixes. Here is what I believe will be a cleaner mix than the original:
I did change the song in several ways – to accommodate my “talk singing”. Its very interesting how music changes when you write for a singer (or a sprechgesanger like me). My friend and ex-bandmate Jeff warned me when I got back into music two years ago “A song is not a song unless it has lyrics and a singer”. Dick Dale would have disagreed, but I will say I finally agree with him today. I did not agree for the longest time.
I think an occasional instrumental is refreshing and needed for sure – but the main thing I learned with this exercise is that I had to work twice a long to “finish” the song – tighten it up – make the lyrics and music mesh just right, etc.
Now – this song is a sad-ish song – with a message of hope. I started thinking that we are just about out of this Covid era, and that maybe, just maybe, some of the lunacy that the US went through will fade away as people get downright giddy getting their lives back. People have very short attention spans.
Some of the tech companies put profit over our Democracy (two in particular) by giving the biggest phony “Profit Prophet” a social media platform that he used to dupe the 25 – 35% dumb fucks in America to basically go out of their mind. Luckily, Karma finally has arrived – Meta is tanking and The Profit Prophet clowns accounting firm has opened the Pandora’s box that will be this jerks downfall – and its way more of a downfall than anything political. Stay tuned – when the loans come due soon, and we start hearing about insurance fraud ….. But sadly, because of this jerk and the GOP, so many politicized their own survival and they paid the ultimate price.
I’m hoping that a lot of the lunacy was pandemic related. I am sure that if people can lighten up a bit – we could be on the steps of another “Roaring 20’s”. Today, we dropped the mask mandates here, and leading up to this day – the restaurants have been packed like the “good old / pre pandemic” days. Fingers crossed – and my next song will be a continuation of this “coming out of the darkness” trilogy I’m writing. Todays song is the darkest and most introspective.
Crazy times,social decay
Virtual reality, MetaWurst play
Money Prophets, distant people
Virtual things, void of feeling
Inhuman humans, monster cyborgs
Selling dreams, in online stores
Religion/Politics one in the same
The highest ratings wins the game
Social media, so anti social
US versus US, it's really woeful
I'd rather see sausage being made
Than hide behind a Virtual Vail
The more that we go virtual
The less human we are
We can save our souls
We can heal our scars
Posted on January 29, 2022
I might finally be over my fear of singing and thinking my voice is awful.
Here’s the funny back story of that last song. Michael Stipe, one of a handful of my favorite rock singers, used to love to do a bad Elvis impression. I thought, “What if I tried a Michael Stipe impression of him singing Elvis Style.
My wife and a few others said, no joke, it’s not terrible singing. I really do want to sing I’ve been deathly afraid of it …..
I was born for the stage
I was born to sing
Countless fans adore me
For my uncertain gift
My heart is on fire
I'm alight with desire
To paint the town red
Everyone is my friend
My adoring fans
Call me Saint
Its my singing
And the sounds that I paint
Posted on January 2, 2022
Appeared way up high
On my bookshelf
The other night
I said "What do you want?"
They just smiled
It must have been the Bourbon
Or the sweet Barleywine
I asked them to leave
I felt out of my mind
But they sat there and smiled
My demand they declined
Pink elephants and Bookshelf Clowns
Is what happens when you imbibe
Your imagination takes over
Its all in your mind (?)
Posted on November 2, 2021
All of a sudden, I’m playing violin and loving it. I’ve been playing open strings and just practicing bowing for quite a while, and I thought I’d only ever use it just occasionally and for very small parts.
The last couple days seem to be a mini breakthrough.
Posted on October 15, 2021
If I were to have a Pirate Radio Station, I’d call it KON Radio. The Flying Brown Eye or Flaming Brown Eye would be the logo. There would be an ongoing joke about Kahn of Star Trek fame (Ricardo Montalban).
His early “Rich Corinthian Leather” commercials would be factored in.
Up in the sky
Way up high
So close to heaven
Your flaming brown eye
An eye with wings
Good luck it brings
Right hand of God
Attached are no strings
Jesus loves you (if you)
Pay your annual dues
Make Time For Jesus
You cannot lose
Ricardo Montalban had quite an extraordinary career – when I read the Wiki on him I learned a few tidbits I didn’t know about him. He certainly seemed to have a great career, long marriage and was thankful for his opportunities.
The jokes about “Rich Corinthian Leather” and yelling “Kaaaaaaaaaahn!” works perfectly for KON Radio.
Posted on October 13, 2021
This little shit is one creepy dude . . .
Posted on October 11, 2021
This was fun – I pulled out all the stops this year because I am so relieved (and eternally thankful) that we are healing from last year with its Smoke, Pandemic, Trump / Politics, Power Outages due to Fire Danger – have I left anything out?
Now lets pray for rain. I expect to do one Thanksgiving / Christmas set and photo shoot – but my thing is Harvest Festival and Halloween – and Thanksgiving – which is a Harvest Festival. I’m a Pagan I think . . . .