A Writer’s Hiatus

February 27, 2011

Sometimes I wonder if I have a soul,
Sometimes I wonder if I have a heart…

So What if I watch myself bleed?
Aren’t they my choices, my own life to lead?
Or does that make me a monstrosity,
a freak of nature, and empty figurine?

So let me be, just let me wallow,
I’ll find a new path for me to follow.
Stay away from civilized men,
make my home in a barren den.

I cannot care for other’s pain,
I never bothered my souls black stain.

To this mounting madness my life will succumb,
such a beautifully numbing wonderful craze.
I’ll live my life in this demented haze,
running ’round my psychotic maze,
frenzied will be the rest of my days.

And while I wander amongst my mind’s graves,
the final testament to my old sane ways,
I call upon my blackened soul,
to lead me to my new, dark home,
the brink of hell, where my missing heart lays.

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Never Say Goodbye: Bon Jovi

June 16, 2010

Never say goodbye, never say goodbye
You and me and my old friends
Hoping it would never end
Never say goodbye, never say goodbye
Holdin’ on – we got to try
Holdin’ on to never say goodbye

I guess you’d say we used to talk
About busting out
We’d break their hearts
Together – forever

Until we meet again.


Under Pressure: Seacrest Coming Out?

April 18, 2010

Ryan Seacrest may not be ‘coming out’ in the usual way that terminology is used, as in “Hi, I’m not hetero” but he’s certainly coming out of his past-seasons’ slightly more reserved, self. Likely since Paula Abdul’s unconventional, sometimes whacky and erratic, yet oddly endearing behavior is being missed on the show, Ryan seems poised, willing and able to step up and be her replacement.

After last week’s shows the on-line blogs have been buzzing with tales speculating what’s really up with Ryan this year. Is it the fact the show seems headed for derailment, is it Simon Cowell’s impending departure? A combination of the two or something else entirely? Too, Seacrest tossed an insult veiled as a joke at past Idol co-host, Brian Dunkelman, which was out of place and out of the normal character that Seacrest has embraced on the show.

One of the most off the wall moments from last week was Seacrest verbal sparing with guest mentor and last season’s runner up, Adam Lambert. The sticky situation surrounded discussion of Lambert’s ‘famous’ tongue thrusts while singing. Seems the discussion was about talented tongues…

Then while Tim Urban, whom Ryan dubbed “T’Urban” sang “All My Lovin” Seacrest danced in the aisles with another guy… Initially it was believed to be former contestant, Michael Sarver but apparently that was not the case.
“All My Lovin'” Tim Urban

Now I did not see any dancing going on but it is a nice video of Tim Urban providing a more than decent performance.

Apparently too, Seacrest a fan of the T’Urban, having to cop a feel of Timmeh’s fabulous upper arms in a ‘caught on camera’
muscle feel-up.

So, (a.) Is Ryan Seacrest losing his ever loving mind? (b.) Is Seacrest on pharmaceuticals or the magic herbs? (c.) Or is Ryan just so damn bored with this season he’s ‘bringing back the Abdul’ for comedy relief? Is (d.) Seacrest approaching too many careers exhaustion? Or (e.) All of the above. ?


Just Because YOU Need to be Thunderstruck!

March 26, 2010

C’Mon everybody, pull out that Air Guitar, it’s The Weekend!
Thunderstruck!


The Stars Fell on Alabama Last Night

January 8, 2010

The University of Alabama is officially back. After seeing 17 long years since its last national championship win, Nick Saban and The Crimson Tide bring home to Tuscaloosa, Alabama the shiny, sparkly football-shaped trophy. This win gives Alabama a total of eight championship titles in the university’s long history.

Although it was not the best game based on technical merits, it was definitely a night rife with drama and suspense. Shortly after the kick off the Longhorns came out of the locker rooms ready to rumble and within minutes scored two field goals in quick succession. To Alabama’s blazing defense’s credit, that was all Texas was able to pull out of those two drives and the mighty Tide held ground merely yards from the end zone denying Texas to score.

After such a strong Texas start and with The Tide appearing to be somewhat still groggy about even being there, tragedy struck Texas; after just five snaps and a six point lead, quarterback Colt McCoy, heralded as being the winningest QB in the history of college football, was hit.

Initially, when McCoy went down, it did not look like a hard hit. I’d gotten up to refresh my beverage only to return and see him exiting the field. Rewinding the footage, I still could not understand how, in what seemed to be just a run of the mill point of contact could result in his having to leave the game – permanently. As he walked from the field, the way he held the arm I first thought perhaps it was a collar bone injury. It only takes eight pounds of pressure applied in the right way to snap your collar bone. Certainly over the years when my guy moto-crossed I’d seen plenty of action with broken collar bones. It turned out McCoy suffered no broken bones of any kind.

So even without anything actually broken, save perhaps the hearts of the Texas team mates and Texas fans, not to mention the disappointment that must have been crushing for McCoy, he was pulled from the game. Sadly for Colt McCoy the shoulder injured was his throwing arm which made null his desire to see his college years end with a BCS championship. According to later sideline interviews McCoy said his arm felt ‘dead’ like it had gone to sleep, he felt no pain. Hopefully for him it will be found to be something non-career threatening as prior to this he was slated to hit the pros with several teams interested in him.

Taking over after McCoy left the field, true Freshman Garrett Gilbert was handed the weighty responsibility of trying to make a win happen against that powerful Nick Saban built defense. I have to say, to his credit, Gilbert showed a lot of grit and tons of heart. He certainly, there for a while at least, had me concerned as to whether we were going to see, in the midst of the drama behind McCoy’s injury and the story of Saban’s role in bringing back the Crimson Tide, a new story emerge. The kid found his stride and managed to throw two touchdown passes. Gilbert was showing all the signs of a Cinderella Boy in the making; that glass Nike fitting his likely size 10 foot looming a distinct possibility in the kid’s future. Garrett while certainly giving me pause for concern, because although it would have been one brilliant story, my heart was set on seeing The Tide come do what it came to do – bring home that win.

It seems though Fate was inspired and propelled toward The Crimson Tide much like those stars that fell on Alabama. In a game not noteworthy for a great show of excellent football, but rather reading almost like some scripted movie, there seems to have been Destiny Apparent guiding Saban and his team. Considering that this season brought the school’s first Heisman trophy winner in Mark Ingram and this being the first time in almost two decades Bama had the type of season to win the championship bowl; rolling down to the end, in those final few closing minutes, the inevitability of what the Football Fates had in mind all along became apparent: this was, indeed, The Crimson Tide’s year.

The Stars Fell on Alabama

If you’ve not read this book, I recommend it. Carl Carmer, born in 1893 in Cortland, New York, came to The University of Alabama in 1927 after completing graduate work at Harvard University. His experiences in Alabama led to this best-selling book, Stars Fell on Alabama.


Pull Up a Longneck, Some Texas Tunes

December 7, 2009

Left Arm Tan just a couple of guys from Texas rolling club to pub playing their music. Daniel Hines plays the Lead Guitar – and he’s fabulous, Tim Manders – Drums/Vocals, Kirk Richardson – Bass, Troy Austin – Lead Vocals/Guitar.

Give a listen to a few of their tunes. Click player to make it do what it do.


Viva Las Vegas, His Little Good Luck Charm: The Return of Taylor Hicks

November 30, 2009

Fairs and festivals have provided our little ol’ band from Texas a few venues to play and entertain some of the local folks – well to be honest, more like provide a bit of ambience and background music… But hey, for us that’s a fun thing to do and likely the most we’ll ever aspire to with our limited skills…

Taylor Hicks seems to think it might be a great way to go as well. Perhaps he’s missing the scent of animals in the pens at the petting zoos and the aroma of frying corn dogs and funnel cakes. I certainly know he must make a great deal more than our band does considering none of us ever won American Idol nor would have the brass to try out – ever.

This morning, on Twitter, Mr. Hicks sent out a tweet (Twitter slang for message) that he’s flying to Las Vegas, you know that town where he began his run at the Idol crown waaay back in 2005. Now, before you jump my er, ship, I know he won the show in 2006 but he began auditions in 2005. Anyway, Taylor Hicks excitedly wrote: “Going to Vegas!! To play for promoters of fairs and festivals across the country!”

Then, like always when he shoots out a tweet or puts up a twitpic, readers flock to comment, as witnessed on this page: Twitter Taylor Hicks live feed. Naturally the fans are excited for him, why, he did win A.I. by auditioning in Las Vegas, why not audition for more gigs in that same town? Obviously it’s his Good Luck Charm.

It’s a tough life out there in the music industry and a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Or rather, perhaps I should say a musician’s gotta do what a musician’s gotta do.

Viva Las Vegas

But for many folks this might not sound all that promising. I mean, certainly a lot of entertainers do places like Bonneroo, and the various music fests like (South by Southwest) SXSW but if we’re talking running the gamut of the various County Fairs, well that’s another matter. Could this mean… The End?

I do love the smell of corn dogs in the morning….