There’s still life in the woods, November 2014





February, Taxes and the Death of Authenticity


Is it interesting to learn of a songwriter’s back story in the creation of a particular song?  Is it disappointing when you do?

I came across a piece of paper in the rattan basket by my bed titled:

“February, Taxes and the Death of Authenticity”

In rereading, I remembered it was something I typed up at a former place of employment having returned from a three-day bereavement period after the unexpected passing of my father. You get three days to grieve and stuff according to state law. So physically, I’d punched the time clock, mentally the clock punched me. I did have the sense to fake it though…a flurry of rat-a-tap-tapping fingernail to keyboard.

“I will just write free of form and see what comes…”

And as I read through, the plot line was confirmed.  Did I really write this? I don’t remember. But it was me. And proof, the last line typed:

“Were I to be a scrapper, a street fighter, even a boy hustler for a day, perhaps I could learn how to speak, punch the words out, strike for want of taste of blood, dirt and sweat.”

The uncarved beginning to the Grimm Generation song, “Kennedy Curse”. There, clear as day. It’s a surprise to me that someone asked about the back story to that song. And I wouldn’t have even thought about it were it not for that inquiry.

I wouldn’t have retained the foggiest notion.

The last line on the white, classroom loose-leafed paper is this:

“I can’t hear. I am off balance. I feel my mortality. I am numb in my arms and hands…”

Interestingly enough, I am not disappointed.

The Drinker’s Companion Guide to the Soundtrack of your F***ed Up Summer

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If you’re going to make poor decisions, lower your inhibitions and have a full-fledged fucked up summer then you’re going to need cocktails. This makes the whole unseemly business much easier and really speeds up the whole process. With that in mind, I’ve created some recipes for some tasty libations for the season of excess.
Now, I don’t know about you but I try to keep my caloric intake on the low side when imbibing. This helps keep my weight down and keeps my options open with scoring with the more superficial cads out there. Also, I’d rather chew my calories than drink them. So you won’t find any recipes for ice cream drinks or over the top sugary concoctions. What you will find are interesting and unique drinks that will refresh you during the hot summer months.
So starting on Sunday, my six part series will bring you three different cocktail recipes weekly inspired and named after the songs on our CD, The Last Record Party. Along with the recipe, perhaps I’ll spin a tale or divulge a secret or two about the song. Join me, won’t you?
See you soon, and until then…cheers!