Live YouTube! (I think)
December 28, 2007 1:26 am
Though my hopes for the Ravens tend
to be somewhat unrealistic (understatement of the year), I do have a
very strong suspicion --and hope, for that matter-- that
YouTube will kill the 'celebrity' as we know it. With so many
self-absorbed, MySpace-Americans now having access to camera-phones,
blogs, (and now Vlogs), everyone is getting their 15 minutes of
fame, and loving every minute of it. Do you honestly think
that those who were once obsessed with what Britney and Lindsey were
doing last night really care anymore? They're trying to get
their own number of 'Views' up to six digits. And with SecondLife about to become the new society, we'll be able to
create our own celebrities. Who needs virtual heroes when we
can create virtual egos? I have mixed feelings about all this,
but as much as I hate to say it: there are some advantages.
From a musician's point of view, never has there been a more perfect
time to get discovered without the need of a label to back you.
On the other hand, you might be playing your sold-out stadium tours
to a bunch of C.G.I.'s...
Okay, so the year's about over, and
I've made a ton of resolutions --all happy and positive.
Please join me for a most unforgettable year, and I'll make you
positively happy (sorry --couldn't resist) Seriously, 'Life
Beautiful' will be coming out; a ton of new Opus 1 music as well,
plus more multi-media tunes...you're gonna need a bigger iPod, fo'
sho. And I'm down to the last 13 months of swinging a paint
This is what I'll be doing.
That quote keeps entering my mind: What would you do if you
knew you could not fail?
November 26, 2007 8:42 pm
This has to be one of the funniest
videos I've seen in years; and just this morning, Patty started the
day off by doing exactly this (except for the baseball bat part
--that was what Skippy used to do)
October 22, 2007 10:11 pm
Here's some great news: I got my first-ever royalty
check today; apparently one of my tracks aired on an episode of
Oprah! Wish I knew when it was, but now it's official: I
can now say, "...my music has been used on Oprah..." Cool, eh?
betting man, but....
October 7, 2007
If I had to put money on it, I'd
lay everything on the Colorado Rockies winning the World Series.
Based on 4 weeks of play, it looks like this will be the first
time that virtually every team will end up .500, with the
exception of a few that will have nearly all wins (Colts,
Cowboys, New England and Seattle). How will the Ravens do?
11 - 5 and winning the Super Bowl, of course!
August 27, 2007
|"What you do
speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say".
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
ever so close
August 21, 2007
I sold 'XTASY' to
Regententertainment.com ...Finally, after 3 years of pursuing a
dream, this is the deal that made all the suffering worth it.
The first deal signed in 2005 was cool because it was a deal.
$0.00 made, but someone liked my music enough to add it to their
West-coast library. Then another deal in July '05, then a
few more like that in '06; the Harpo stuff --that actually
paid-- in Jan. and March of this year, and now this.
XTASY will be played in the cable series 'Dante's Cove'.
No, it's not '24' or a feature-film, but it's more credibility
(in addition to the nice check).
I came to Appleton City with one
goal in mind: to make enough music to make enough money to make
a living at it. After the first year, I got nervous and I
started painting; the dream was turning into a nightmare.
Deep-down, I knew something was going to happen, but you can't
tell that to the utility companies, so I did what I had to do.
But after the Oprah deal, I started to get that 'can-do' feeling
again, and set a 2-year goal. By January 2009, I'll be
making a full-time income from my music ...no more painting,
fixing toilets, cleaning gutters or patching driveways.
This time, I will not doubt (but will probably worry and whine
to my friends!)
August 8, 2007
I decided to re-do my
cabinets; I really wanted to enamel them, but after I took a
small door in the bottom corner off to see what condition they
were in, decided to strip the paint and refinish. Take a
look at the before-and-after pictures on the
'Misc. Pictures' page.
July 30, 2007
It's almost August, but
the birds outside don't seem to mind the heat; they're too busy
taunting Patty. ~Had a nice visit with Hip Jen on Friday; how
can you have a bad time with a good friend, esp. when that involves
a burger at (my most favorite place to eat) the
I missed the Chris
Isaak concert...guess it just wasn't meant to be. At least I
have DVDs of all 4 seasons of his Showtime series. Not as good
as a live show, but still entertaining and lifts my spirits.
Looks like the
West Memphis 3 will
eventually get a new trial, and be found not guilty. I don't
know any of them, but will be very happy for them upon their
release. Lesson to be reminded of: While there's life,
American (Hawaiian) Boy
July 21, 2007
Still waiting! While that
question remains, I'll be busy with my new project: creating the
music soundtrack for a resort in Hawaii. This is one of
the coolest gigs I've worked on. Mo' better than Harpo, as
this has already paid nicely and will continue to pay. And
of course, painting is keeping me honest. Getting
caught-up on bills is nice, so I shouldn't complain, so I won't.
All this work is a major blessing.
Mike D. and Annie had their first
child on Tuesday. Congratulations to them and their new son,
July 10, 2007
Just found out
Chris Isaak is coming to town "...do ya wanna go (to Vegas?)?"
June 13, 2007
I apologize for being gone for
so long; a ton of work has been keeping me away from music and
web site updates for almost 2 months now. I'm so very
tired all the time now, as the tile job I started last week wore
me down (same school from a couple years ago, but this time it's
the original portion, laying new VCT over asbestos); add to that
visiting friends and family in KC, and paint jobs
(in KC, too) makes me want to list every piece of music gear on
eBay and get it over with. But I see the light, and after
next week, should have a day or two to get completely caught-up.
Of course, that's what I told myself over a month ago! I'm
trying desperately to keep a positive outlook and to keep the
feelings of good fortune-- that it's much better to have too
much work than no work at all, among countless other aspects of
good health, having all my body parts and living in America, but
one does get tired. An e-mail from Jason today made me
stop complaining; it was a short note, telling me '...life is
good...' Despite all the chaos, I wouldn't want to be
It's Working Now
April 27, 2007
Now that I've had a few more
days to get things figured out, it looks like I really am going
to love this new technology. And I hope the Opus 1
customers like it too, now that I'll be able to put together a
real newsletter and keep everyone updated on new material.
~Patty's doing well, despite the taunting from Ms. Homie and
George the con artist cat....how sad is it I'm giving you
updates on the cats around here! ~Had a dream last night
that I received my first residual check from ASCAP for $1.24; I
remember shedding tears of joy that I not only received a check
from ASCAP, but that it meant my tunes were played on Oprah.
I scanned and printed the check, smiled at it and felt a true
sense of accomplishment. The dream wasn't too far
fetched, as I did receive my front money in the mail today for
the Oprah tracks (thank God it was more than $1.24) --and I
did smile at this check when I saw it-- Also got an
e-mail from Harpo stating they would like a bio and resume to
submit to other publishers interested. ~Dream big; don't
be afraid to take a chance in life. If I didn't move down
here to focus on music, I doubt I'd be telling you about Oprah
|2nd Vista Update
April 22, 2007 3:30am
computer after only a few hours of getting it set up; love this new
technology. ~Found out that Patty's brother (pictured below)
is a con artist....lives next door, and comes over to get the good,
April 12, 2007
in the running to be selected as the guy who wrote the new Oprah
theme song; received word today that the Harpo people in charge of
the decision making have been swamped, and have put off selecting
the wining piece for another 2 weeks. Man, I wish I had just
one more day to tweak it...I suppose I'd always find a few notes to
add or subtract no matter the timeline. ~Getting kind of bored
with politics and talk radio in general, and can't believe all the
talk about the 2008 election, that's still a year and a half away.
~Snow is coming within the next 36 hours; just what I need to help
me recover from one of the most painful and nastiest colds I've ever
had. Second one in a year, and before that, I hadn't had one
in 5 or 6 years. Guess I'm not getting any younger, or it
could just be the stress and a very serious bout of depression I've
been suffering through for the last couple of months. It's so
hard to put on the smile and let everyone think all is well, though
having Patty's brother come around helps... this is the cat I was
planning on taking in back in December '04, but he disappeared until
a few weeks ago. When I realized it was him, I thought, "This
could have been Patty, left out in the wild to survive on mice and
birds..." I need to get a 'lucky cheeseburger'
at Margie's Dari-burg tomorrow....yeah, that's it: haven't had one
of those in quite some time, and every time I get one, something
good happens :-)
April 3, 2007
I have 2 more tracks to
finish for Harpo, but wanted to ramble a bit. I dug through
some tracks to share with you, but don't remember in what folder I
saved them (you wouldn't believe the week I've been having...chaotic
to say the least). Will update more later this week!
A call from Harpo
Productions came in...they need more tracks in the genres of
mystery, suspense, drama, etc, so I threw my hat in the ring for 10
songs (Did I mention that over Christmas, 7 tracks made it into
their library?!?) (And I bet I failed to mention that taxi had
absolutely nothing to do with this gig (oops--just did)) Big
deal for me, esp. since this time they're paying over 4x's what the
last compensation was...almost making what I do painting. I'm
still focused on my 2 year goal to hang up the paint brushes for
good, and with 18 months left, I really believe I'll make it; the
(PAID) music gigs are finally starting to pick up some momentum.
In the words of Mike D, "Yessir..."
I've had it with
1and1.com I can no longer recommend them for hosting your web
site. Their lack of understanding the English language has
caused me to lose ownership of over a dozen websites, and now I have
to waste another day filling out and faxing forms with signatures
from me and the new owner (if I can track him down). What a
mess! It's not quite as bad as it sounds, but with time being
so precious, this is the last thing I wanted to do when I really
need to be working on more music. This is a music site, isn't
Some good news:
I spoke with (hip) Jen yesterday...was good to hear she's doing
alright. And Mike D's all excited about his latest sonogram;
looks like he and Annie will be the proud parents of a bouncing baby
boy. I like 'Roy' ...stick with that, dude.
I hope the new updates
are working for everyone. My mind feels like it's been
floating for the last few weeks; maybe it's the Emerson essays I've
been reading lately. I just don't see the world the same
anymore (in a good way...) TV sucks more than ever, and for every
minute I watch, can almost feel my brain cells atrophying. I now
view an average of 3 hours a week, and it's usually all in one
setting. Full of ideas for songs I never could have dreamed. Maybe it's from the BooKoo or RockStar energy
drink. I've never been high, drunk or stoned in any way (never
been curious), but diet RockStar sure makes composing more
colorful--no kidding with BooKoo, either. My good friend Mike
in Arizona is getting married next week (congratulations!), and
unfortunately I'll miss the celebration. Good luck, Mike! Too
bad I can't make it--it's in California, and I could have gone to
see Ben....Jason's gonna be there, too. I'm on the verge of
rambling, as my mind is peregrinating again, so I'll stop now.
Almost forgot to mention the Photos
page has been overhauled. Check it out!
Now I can talk about
how great the Ravens are, because their season is over. That
game was p a i n f u l to watch. No offense from either side,
esp. the Ravens. Just awful. At least now I can move onto life
issues; 'Life Beautiful' issues. How do you like the new
homepage pic? That was taken about 10 miles from here, just up the
road from an old church; it's actually a former missile silo HQ.
It's just vacant now, and the fence is always open; I think one of
the farmer's just stores his flatbed trailer there. I'm going
to ask if I can get a closer look, maybe even see inside the
And here's another picture
of a missile silo (facing North) about a mile down 52 Highway. I did
get the farmer's permission to get as close and take as many
pictures as I wanted, so I took about a million, and set my camera
to 'video rec.' mode, which made for some really grainy, lo-budget-lookin'
footage. Anyway, I guess the recent fascination with these
places is two-fold: One, that I may not be able to see them again on
a regular basis in the near future, so lately I've been taking a LOT
of pictures of the town and my house. Secondly, the first time
I saw that these fenced-in lots were used for storing hay for the
cattle, I thought it was ironic. Up until 10 years ago, this very plot of
land housed a device used for ending mankind; now the land is used
to sustain us.
January 11, 2007
First entry of the New Year.