Ready for the New Year? I'm not, but a certain NFL team is... ~
Major changes for 2007 in all aspects of my life. Honestly, I'm a
bit terrified at the uncertainty, but know that Bob is looking out
for me on the labor side of things. ~ Here's something you might
I listen to this guy most nights (at midnight on my XM); check it
This will be the final
entry before the site overhaul (sometime in the next week or two).
Happy New Year
It worked!! Maybe too well, as Ben has claimed my Ravens killed
Lamar Hunt. I'm not saying anything. ~Got another publishing deal; 4
songs, and one of them may be purchased outright...and you can bet
this deal happened because I wrecked my Taxi, and went with
See what I did?!?! Man, the Ravens are gonna lose big-time at
Arrowhead on Dec. 10th...Let's see what that prediction does for my
team. ~ Wish I could sing like this guy; heard him on XM Radio a few
times, and is steadily becoming one of my favs.
Lamontagne Check him
out. Or his MySpace page is:
Happy (late) Thanksgiving everyone (and happy late birthday to
Okay, so last time I
said something about how great the Ravens were going to be, they
lost 2 in a row, so I've decided not to say anything about them
being 9 - 2 right now...I don't want to jinx them. There will be no
mention of how they're the best team in the NFL now, or how they'll
end up winning the Super Bowl. Watch them this Thursday night in
Cincinnati to see for yourself.
The Ravens are rockin' and rollin' towards the play-offs. Yee--haa
I picked-up the new HEM
CD, 'Funnel Cloud' a few weeks ago. I stopped at Border's before
making another long and boring drive home, and was thinking, "I
don't care what their politics are, the music's so damn good, and I
need something to carry me home...", and man did the CD ever come
through for me. I'm once again placing them near the top of my
favorite bands. Simply a beautiful record. Last week I got the
'Ohio' CD from Over the Rhine, and while not every single track is
perfect, several tracks are outstanding. Well worth the
investment. 'Drunkard's Prayer' to me, is still THE most perfect CD.
Not a single track is bad, or even mediocre.
So my current 'Top 5'
favorite CD's are: 1) "Drunkard's Prayer" (Over
the Rhine), "Either/Or" (Elliott
Smith), 3) 'Rabbit Songs' (HEM),
4) Tie between 'White Ladder' (David
Gray) and 'XO' (Elliott Smith), 5) 'Yoshimi Battles the
Pink Robots' (The
Flaming Lips). Serious runner-ups are, 'Lost Songs' (D.
Gray), 'I Can Stand a Little Rain' (Joe
Cocker) and any Nick Drake CD. The Joe Cocker CD is out
of print; might be able to find it on Amazon through a used record
store...my copy, complete with paint speckles and scratches, is
staying right here...wish I knew it'd be worth something someday).
Hmmm, what else is going
on....Not much; probably not a good time for me to be writing, since
I might say something I'll regret (not in the best of moods right
now). Will try to write later. Or not. Who knows, and who really
I'm starting to pack the studio away, so I promise I'll try to
record a few things and share for the next update, before
everything's in boxes.
I was talking with a
friend in town a few weeks ago about his most recent lost love. I
hadn't talked with him in a while; just a few words on the phone or
in passing on main street. Anyway, we had a good long talk one
night, and he was pretty upset about this girl. He admitted that he
may have blown it, waiting around too long; not committing to a
serious relationship with her. Well, she got tired of waiting. It
wasn't until later....much later, after she'd moved-on and found
some other schlub, that he realized how perfect she was. I suppose
very few of us ever realize just how perfect the days--and people
within these days--are, in the present, that is. How many
times have you looked back at a time in your life and thought, "Man,
those really were the days...". This is the strange dichotomy: Once
you realize just how perfect a day, week or year was, it's gone.
Such was the case with my friend. He didn't think she was his soul
mate until it was too late. And how convenient, for he now has that
as his excuse for failing, or if you're a female reading this: not
This is why I get upset
with people who keep insisting that the good times are in the past.
It's time for new memories! Everyday we have a chance to make life
more special than yesterday. At the paint site this afternoon,
before I left I took a long look around, and in a flash, the house
suddenly came alive with ghostly images of myself frantically
painting the first room in the house. I'll never forget that day;
Darla was at my house, reading and working on her new résumé (or so
I thought), and anxiously waiting for me to get done and get home
(more hopeful thinking). Believe me, I've rarely painted as fast as
I did on that day. I couldn't help but smile when I looked around
today, as I smiled on that day, for I knew then how special it was,
and how I'd look back and reflect. Which is exactly what I did.
What makes this particular memory so funny was when I got home, I
found the TV on, a couple bags of Doritos opened, and Darla sleeping
like a rock, having accomplished nothing!
Everything you do, and
every person you meet is perfect. Unfortunately, most of the time
you don't realize it until it's too late. Try this: Today, when you
go about your daily routine, make sure you buy something at
someplace; it's not important what you buy, just as long as you get
a receipt. Then save that receipt, but don't put it away until you
remember who you were with when you bought it, what the weather was
like, how badly the Chiefs were playing, etc., etc. Write it on the
back of the receipt if you have to. Pull that receipt out a year or
2 from now, and tell me that that time in your life
wasn't special. And I'll know you're lying.
Colds suck, esp. when it's sooooo beautiful outside. We get roughly
2 -3 weeks in the Fall, and a few weeks in the Spring of absolute
Cloud 9 weather, and though I've been enjoying it walking up to the
store or post office, I've been stumbling along the way.
Now, to the really fun
stuff: Ahhh, you guessed it: Ravens Football, baby. They are now 3 -
0 for the first time in their brief 10 year history. And the defense
this year is downright Nasty; one of, if not THE hardest-hitting
squads around. So, we have a top-notch Defense (not as good as the
2000 team, but still solid), and a much improved Offense (thanks to
Steve McNair under center). I have no doubt that they will be in the
Super Bowl this year. I am concerned about Cincinnati, though. The 2
teams are virtual equals, and maybe a bit more consistent from top
to bottom. Everyone will get to watch them on Thanksgiving, as
Baltimore hits the road to play the Bengals for the Nov.30 evening
match-up. And the wait is killing me for the Ravens-Chiefs match-up
in KC on Dec. 10. In the meantime, this Sunday they'll be at home
against San Diego (should win), and then the Monday Night game on
October 9 at Denver (not sure 'bout that one, but we seem to have
the Bronco's number). So, it looks like we'll be 6 - 0 after beating
the Panthers in Baltimore, then the bye week. Honestly, all I really
care about is destroying the Chiefs and sending some of the Steelers
players to the hospital (and winning), I wouldn't be too sad if they
lose the rest. God I hate the Steelers. hate, hate HATE 'EM!!!!
Imagine the Chiefs-Raiders rivalry x's 1000: that's what the
Ravens-Steelers rivalry is like (to us Ravens people, at least). But it's beyond 'fun' hatred, it's,
"...I hope their plane runs out of gas on the flight home..."
Okay, calm now, but
still have a cold, so I must go to bed. Ben, I got your message last
night; I'll call you soon. Happy rest of the week, everyone!
Good to be back home; the Dallas T.A.O.M. is over, so now it's time
to move on to bigger and better things, like trying to figure out
how I can sell this house and get outta here as soon as possible.
All-nighters suck, esp. when you have to do a lot of driving, like
to Dallas, for example.
Why does it seem the clock continues to move faster and faster as I
get older? Not even a year ago, the world didn't seem to move as
fast as it does now. I look back at how short a time it took to
reach 36 years, and it scares me to think that sooner than later,
(God-willing) I'll wake up and another 36 years of life will be
tacked-on to this bag o' bones. So what's the plan? With all there
is to see and do in life, and with such little time to do it in, is
it really too late to start anything new? Today alone just flew, and
it didn't seem like I got much done. I did manage to get out of bed
at 6, drove down the 2-lane highway for a couple miles and dug-up
some really cool indigo plant-type weeds to plant in my front yard,
but by this evening, they were toasted. I'd blame the 104 temp., but
the ones I didn't dig up are still surviving wonderfully just inches
from the highway pavement. Maybe I took too long to plant them;
shouldn't have put them in water while I waited an hour to dig the
new holes. If they show no signs of life after tomorrow, I'll try
again on Wednesday and replant them right away. Man, I must be
What a weekend; Mike D and his wife Annie came to visit. I
haven't seen them since they got married in November, so it was
nice to have them drive all the way down to "...my
little town..." I guess I have a lot to learn about how a
marriage works if I choose to head down that road. As for now,
I'm at a complete loss. I've been single for so long, I've kinda
gotten used to it.
I guess I enjoy
observing how things and people work. Curiosity might be too gentle
a term, but I am a seeker of knowledge, and I figure that the more
questions you ask, the more answers you shall receive, thus the more
understanding (and appreciation) one will have of something they
didn't know anything about before. I wish more people would just sit
and listen --with an open mind-- For the record, I
hate close-minded conservatives as much as close-minded liberals.
One of the biggest threats our society faces is the lack of
education: education in all aspects of life. It's hard, because the
way "I" live, is the way I think others should live. "I" am always
right, right? Here's more proof: The next time you're at a party or
gathering in which you're forced to mingle with strangers, go up and
introduce yourself to someone --anyone-- it doesn't matter.
After the initial 'Hi how are you?', simply ask questions about
themselves, what they do, what they like, etc. After you part,
they'll remember you as one of the most interesting and likeable
people they met all night. If it's a business gathering, you just
scored a major deal, because everyone --and I mean e v e r y o n
e-- loves to talk about themselves, so they'll love you. As long
as you remember that everyone thinks they're right, you're golden (I
hate that term, but it applies well here). I'm reminded of the
George Carlin comedy bit he did a few years ago:
"...Ever notice when
you're driving, that anyone who's goin' faster than you is a
maniac! and anyone going slower is an idiot!..." So true.
Sacred Music CD
is now available for download at the Opus 1 site; if you want to buy
individual tracks, they're only a buck-a-piece ...whatta deal!!
Life can throw so many situations your way. Today, I was searching
for the answer to a problem; thinking, meditating, praying that it
would come. And I found it in the most unlikely place. Isn't it
always that way? You keep your eyes open, and ya just 'know' when
and where you'll get some relief. But you never find it. Until it
comes to you, out of the blue, and you would have never guessed it.
Life is a beautiful kind of Hell that I seem to have a love/hate
~Removed the Top 5
Weekly (virtually no one was going to it). I plan on uploading the
Sacred Music CD to the Opus 1 Download Store so people can put my
stuff on their iPod. May do that Sunday after I play my final Mass
These updates becoming a challenge ~ I may remove the Top 5 Weekly
since I'm not seeing much traffic to that page ~ Getting more
painting gigs (good and bad, as some of you know that means less
time to work on new material, but I need the money sooner than
later, so I'll take all the work I can handle. ~ I do have the rest
of the week off from painting, and I'm going to try to take every
second of it and get caught up on Opus 1 stuff (really
behind), home updates, and new music. Wish I had more exciting
things to tell you (well, I got 3 more Taxi forwards today...that
makes 5,239,451 forwards and 1 publishing deal)...my membership with
the lame cab expires next month: probably renew it. Why? As they say
in the world of the lottery, "You can't win if you don't play...",
and that's exactly what the music biz is: a lottery.
Got the download shopping cart (over at the Opus 1 site) to work,
and have been converting the entire Opus 1 catalog into mp3's and
stuffing them into .zip files; I had no idea there was so much
involved in this...also had no idea the paint job I'm about to
finally finish would take so long. I hope to upload the rest of my
music and offer that for sale, too. I guess this is the way more and
more people will be buying music.
Played a gig at the Blue Inn Friday night. ~Gas prices are getting
high and hurricane season is on the way. ~Islamic extremists are
going to nuke Israel, but we might hit Iran first. Okay, done with
happy thoughts; back to work!
Been missing these updates; finished the new
CD/DVD; still going out with Darla, but think she might be growing a
little impatient with all the hours I've been working (I'm getting
pretty frustrated myself, though it's a good thing to have
work--usually...just not this much)
I've been blessed with the gift of insomnia; here it is, 5:31 in the
a.m., and after trying to go to sleep an hour ago, thought, "Screw
it-- I gotta get up at 7 anyway and play for 8:30 Mass..." So
thought this would be a good time to update the site a bit. ~ Going
to see my sweetie tomorrow (today I mean...in 7 hours). ~ The
morning sun is beginning to change places with last night's Moon.
And it's beautiful.
What a weekend. Life is good.
Man, where does the time go? I've been so busy with the Opus 1
project I've forgotten about this site (almost,
anyway) ~ More Taxi forwards; this company rocks! (insert sarcasm
here). Guess that's about it for now. Bye!
Here's the latest on the new Opus 1 CD: the ad for the magazine is
done, now I need to finish the music! Take a look:
Completed another story on the
page. "Tom's Hedonic Clouds". I'm feeling like
Cloud 7 right now: not bad, but still a lot of work to do, yet a lot
pf potential good that may happen this weekend, too.
Dare I run my mouth again about how much Taxi frustrates me? Yeah,
just for a little bit. 'Exotic Air' got rejected, when the listing
was asking for pieces in the style of Massive Attack, Air and Zero
7. This song is totally Air and Zero 7, and a hint of Massive
Attack, and it was rejected--after it had been forwarded a dozen
times under the exact same style requests! I may call 'em on
this one. That's it--I'm gonna call them right now...
can't really tell you the specifics on that, blah-bl-blah, blah,
blah...." I shouldn't be surprised. ~ On a positive note, the
advertisement for the new Opus 1 CD is coming right along; looks
pretty good. I'll post a pic when it's finished. ~ Looking forward
to this weekend (I think); the mystery girl I've referred to is due
to come down for a visit. Better get back to cleaning!
Ohhhhh yeeeaaahhhhhhh....got the next
up ~ This was the first time in years I turned-off the Grammy's
before it was over...I mean, not even close to being over. After U2
won over Foo Fighters for best rock album, I thought, "okay...a few
more awards..." Then Maria Carey showed up, so off went the TV. And
what was the deal with Coldplay? Chris looked liked he was
impersonating Ian Anderson without his flute, and having to go to
the bathroom...just weird. No, --beyond weird: plain bad, and I
normally like that band. So who won the song, album and record of
the year anyway? I just don't care anymore about the Grammy's. I
need to once again remind myself that Pink Floyd and Led Zep never
won a Grammy, but Millie Vanillie did, which makes perfect
sense --they lip-synced their way to fame. Now 'The Brit
Awards'...yeah man....that's a cool awards show.
I forgot how good this song was; on this 'Grammy Eve', it's a sad
reminder of how unGodly the airwaves are. Anyway, I could go on--but
I'm happy now--so I won't; just enjoy the damn song! "I
Was Just Thinking" by
Got 2 more Taxi forwards yesterday (12 total for the new year) ~
There conceivably might be somewhat of an outside chance that I may
potentially have a possible girlfriend in development, but it's
purely speculation at this point, so I don't want to get ahead of
myself. ~ Working on new stories for the 'Memories' page--you're
gonna love these!
'24' starts tonight; just what I need--a distraction via
television--but it's so good. ~ Found out Thursday at the
Chamber of Commerce meeting that the
is closing today. ~ That's 'bout it.
Recorded a new freebie yesterday morning for the deadbeat
magicians; worked on the title-track to "Life Beautiful" last
night. ~ Got up early again this morning (I'm enjoying the
early-to-bed, early-to-rise mode as of late. What's early? Final
clock check is around 1:00 - 1:30am; up at 6:45 - 7am). Feeling
more energized, and am getting more done before lunch time. ~ Is
this a boring entry or what? ~ Still not getting paid from web
site and painting customers; $75 here, $1,800 there...it
adds-up; and I wonder why I should bother being so nice to the
'good folk' around here. There are times (more lately), when I
just want to pack-up and flip the bird to everyone on my way
out. But I have a better plan....
Man this town is strange. I was just accused of being a narc. It
hasn't been since my Senior year in High School that I was
accused of that. Anyway, I probably won't be going out with her
New entry for 2006