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Childhood’s End; Or, Rockie Bee Meets The Boy Genius, Part Two

So Friday I went to see my old friend Dan play at the unbelievably boring old Ottobar in Baltimore (City Motto: ‘The Turd At Your Doorstep‘).  There was a sense of urgency in my wanting to see Dan do his … Continue reading

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Rockie Bee, Occasional Man of MUUUUUUUUUSIC!

I’ve been meaning to write for months, but I’ve been busy.  Stupid busy since mid-June. In mid-June, I played a solo gig at an outdoor festival.  My son had just had his tonsils taken out and came home with the … Continue reading

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Points of Origin; the Wind That Shakes The Stars

So this Wednesday, I’m going to see my old bandmate, Dan Sartain, at the Black Cat in Warshington, D.C.  I even bought a ticket thru the compooper roughly a month ago.  Hey, I’m married with kids.  There’s none of this, … Continue reading

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That Could Be Me — That Was Me — I’ve Got A Life, Right?

A few weeks back I wrote a brief, mildly respectful bit about a teammate of mine from my girlie school’s rugby team.  I won’t lie to you; the contemplation of mortality has gotten to me a little bit. Up until … Continue reading

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The Carl Perkins Chronosyncroinfinidibulum

So I’m doing my evening blog reading last night, and I look up one of those music-sharing blogs, a rockabilly music one.  There’s nothing so depressing as a rockabilly music-sharing blog; they come in many flavors.  Many of them just … Continue reading

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Rockie Bee, Who Are You Trying To Impress?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knUzhMj128U&list=FL8S9vYtZ2MbeTL1-SptGh2g&index=1&feature=plpp_video

A million or so years ago, and a thousand or so miles from where I live now*, I was in a band with this guy ratchear. He’s gone on to success, and I; well, I’ve gone on to success as a carpenter.

Even if I hate dealing with ‘music people’ and especially just plain hate ‘other musicians,’ I still like to ‘do music,’ even if I don’t get to have an audience anymore. I laid off making Youtube videos ‘cos they all look like they were made by the hapless kid brothers of the dudes in that one documentary on tribute bands.** Or, for that matter, the one on the Minutemen — all the guys in a)typical Youtube solo guitar performance videos and b)various aging scenesters from the Minutemen doc and c)’music dudes’ in tribute bands all live in sad little apartments, all painted ‘Jizz Stain Hiding White’, or, more accurately, Just Plain Original Oil Kilz, Straight Out Of The Can. ANYWAY, Dan’s vid had the bare minimum of art direction, which led me to make my own, less visually impressive video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGwJ2qSLVtk&list=FL8S9vYtZ2MbeTL1-SptGh2g&index=21&feature=plpp_video

The song I did was a cover of the Landines Bros ‘Alone on the Plain.’ Dan left a cassette of the Landine Bros. demo in my car; I never gave it back to him. Being grim and serious back then in the way that young people are prone, I was drawn to the song of a lonely survivor of an indigenous/homesteader outrage. Anyway, if Dan was gonna do a sad song about a cowboy stuck in a dust storm, I had to find something similar. Way back when, he made me transcribe Roy Rogers’ ‘Blue Prairie,’ and over the years I’ve learned a few more, like ‘Four-Legged Friend,’ ‘The Old Spanish Trail’, and ‘The Old Chisolm Trail,’ but I wouldn’t ever do anything like that in public. I’m really not as well-suited as Dan to approximate Roy Rogers.

*960 miles as the crow flies; I like to ROUND UP for dramatic effect!

**YOU LOOK IT UP. I’m not the f*cking internet, you know. It’s the one with the hilarious enmity between all the ‘Monkees tribute dudes’ in one particular town, with a ‘Mickey Dolenz guy’ and a ‘Mike Nesmith guy’ who’d rather eat a sh*t sandwich than deal with the only decent ‘Davy Jones guy’ in town.

***Factory worker wages are roughly 10 to 15 times what ‘original musicians’ make.

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