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April 29th “If It’s Good Enough for You”

Maybe it’s the immense yard project I’ve taken up (a 700 foot wooden fence) but I’m feeling kind of funky today.   This one didn’t turn out as good as it started.   I did another Minute Men sounding tune last week if I’m not mistaken.  Maybe I need to break out some old fireHose and Minute Men re-appreciate Mike Watt, one of the greatest bassists ever.

Thanks for listening!  

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March 13 “We Still Get By”

We all go through ups and downs in life.  Some tragic, some comic, some completely absent of all reason.   That’s just the way it goes I guess.   But no matter what we always seem to get by.

That happens financially too, no matter how broke you think you are, you still always seem to get by and maintain your normal standard of living.   I was just reading about the Russian planter aristocracy, they basically never had any money at all but still lived their whole life in extreme luxury, despite immense debt.   Mainly because they were used to that standard of living and mentally and psychically wouldn’t accept a compromise, whether they knew it or not.

Anyway, “We Still Get By” focuses more on getting by from a domestic standpoint.   Thanks for listening!!

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March 12 “Daydream Sharing”

Today started out looking like a beautiful day.   After raining for a few days it actually looked like spring was finally here.  Then about eleven it became grey and cold again.  Oh well.  It was too wet to play golf today anyway.

“Daydream Sharing” is about lying around on a rainy day being lazy.   This is actually the opposite of what I do on lazy days.   I usually work extra hard in the studio on those days.

Thanks for listening!    Click below to hear  “Daydream Sharing”

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March 11 “Speculation”

We all tend to speculate about the future or about what might happen in certain situations.   That’s fine with me, it’s just when you start to over-speculate or just repeat the same things over and over that I get annoyed.

I personally try not to speculate at all and just focus on the task at hand when the time comes.  That helps me to remain more in the present moment instead of thinking about the future or the past all the time.   I used to do that a lot and have found it unproductive.

That’s kind of what ‘Speculation’ is about.   This is also the first song I’ve done with my new Tube Screamer,  a pedal I’ve been meaning to buy for years.    Now if I could just get my amp back from the shop I’d be set.

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Feb 28 “A February Dream”

I can’t believe it’s been two months already!!  Is it really March?   I’m psyched that I’ve managed to write and record  59 songs during that time.   It’s been easy at times and it’s been a real pisser a few times.

February was another snowy and cold month, which meant lots of interesting days doing curbside recycling.  I had a pretty good time for the most part.  And this song a day thing has forced me to itemize every second of my day.  I’m left wondering however, when do my aching hands get a rest?

2 months in 306 songs to go!!!

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Feb 27 “Thank You Carlos Santana”

Driving home the other night after the Trey concert I pulled some Santana up and jammed it loud to keep me awake.   I guess that’s where inspiration for this song came from.

Santana used to be my absolute favorite and still is up there near the top with me.   I wish I could see his show in Vegas this year.  That would be awesome.   I’ve seen him three times, one of which was with Bob Dylan.

If you’re a Santana fan, “Lotus” his live album from Japan is the very best!  He also has  a crazy concert with John McLaughlin that’s pretty intense too, although it’s mostly just shredding and not much else.  His DVD with Trey is similar and good for a watch.

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Feb 24 “Epithet”

Another brutal day (psychically) recycling today.  The economy must be getting better because people seem to be  throwing a lot more stuff away.   And on the positive side for our business the price of recyclables has gone up.

Cardboard went up a dollar (4.5 cents a pound) and newspaper went up fifty cents (3 cents a pound) which makes a world of difference when you’re picking up four or five thousand pounds worth of stuff  a day.

Although we have to pay to dump plastic and glass.

Anyway, something got me thinking of a character when I sat down tonight.  He is an old man nearing the end of his life and not able to do much but sleep and sit around trying to remember things about his life.

That’s the just of “Epithet”.  Thanks for listening!!

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Jan 25 “My Old Soul”

I must be in a philosophical mood today or something.   I think this is two in a row that I’m waxing a little bit.

I’m told a lot that I have an old soul.  This is probably because not a lot surprises me and I’m the laid back go with the flow type.    I’ve never done a past life transgression yet, but I’ve heard awesome stories from friends who’ve done it.

Basically, the take away from this song is, not to listen to what society tells you about your body, you can feel as old or as young as you want to.  It’s up to you.

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