Friday, October 12, 2007
You are welcome. Congratulations!
It can equally be said that the American leadership crisis is also a moral and spiritual challenge and that the Presidency of the United States is your greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level.
You have already worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years, but we do face a true planetary emergency that perhaps only you could lead us through. You are the only leader with sufficient political capital, resoorces, support base, connections, moral decency, intellectual acumen, and spiritual insight to do this last great task.
Al please take what is already yours and consider your own words. The very Earth itself needs you, let alone your country.
Millions upon millions of us are ready to assist you and follow your lead.
On Fri, 12 Oct 2007 11:10 -0400, "Al Gore" <AlGore@algore.com> wrote:> Dear Colie,> > I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This award is even> more meaningful because I have the honor of sharing it with the> Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change--the world's pre-eminent> scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate> crisis--a group whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for> many years. We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is> not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of> humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global> consciousness to a higher level. > > My wife, Tipper, and I will donate 100 percent of the proceeds of the> award to the Alliance for Climate Protection, a bipartisan non-profit> organization that is devoted to changing public opinion in the U.S. and> around the world about the urgency of solving the climate crisis.> > Thank you,> > Al Gore> > To unsubscribe, please visit:> http://www.algore.com/unsubscribe.html?key=wm5EzVIFlH&x=U2FsdGVkX18g5D*XhVylPfDmY7Gk2ZhwNgZWz59DrxQ=
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
George W. preaches about freedom and democracy and the nobility of our mission in Iraq and then turns a blind eye to this horrendous atrocity?
Our men and woman in uniform are heroes, now let them fight for something worth fighting for and do something that is legitimately heroic!
Give me a fucking gun, I'll go to the Congo and fight these inhuman bastards using rape as a weapon of war. This utter atrocity is as bad as the holocaust or anything else and its happening now.
We're idly pssing away time gossiping over Paris Hilton and Brittany Spears when shit like this is going on?
What the fuck is wrong with us?
Laurent Nkunda you are no man, you are no warrior, and you are no leader. There are no words to describe the nothingness that you are..
Monday, October 08, 2007
Perhaps the only thing I can hope to do as an individual artist is produce works of sufficient substance, merit or appeal that inspire patronage. Music is everywhere and is an essential component to many for a life worth living, but it is all too often taken for granted by many people - like fresh air or water. I believe that the government should be making educational and vocational training available to music business professionals who have been utterly displaced by these profound changes that have occured.
A lot of people express such contempt for labels without ever even knowing the full score or reality of life at a record label. Major labels employ more than fat cat lawyers and accountants. There are engineers, archivists, shipping clerks, warehouse pickers, etc. - all good, regular people who are also suffering from this radical transformation. There will always be people willing to pay for live music, but not all studio work or composition is intended for live performance. These people deserve compensation for their efforts too. Its endemic of a contemporary society that frequently values style over substance and is ruled by selfish greed and apathy towards the plight of others.
I'm 39 years old, I support a wife and two children. I have been in the music business for over twenty years. I have been a major label artist and I have swept studio floors - most of the time I've been somewhere in between. I have often worked twice as hard for half as much as people in comparable positions in other industries because I know I have been fortunate to work in the area of my heart's desire.
Now as I approach my fortieth birthday I am eeking out a living in the fragments and scraps of an industry where at this stage of the game I should have been enjoying some of the fruits of my labor. I earned the right to health care and financial security just as much as anyone else in another field. In its stead, survival has become the new success in my area of expertise.
I hope people at least think about people in my position the next time they visit lime wire.
Granted I'm not a young kid in Iraq dodging bulletts over a bullshit war, and I know its all a relative matter of perspective and that I have much more to be grateful for than bitter about.
Yet all the same I believe working artists and musicians deserve to make a living too..
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Please run again.. Please, please, please with a cherry on top!
We all know you got screwed over by greed, deceit, and ignorance. Please give us another chance to redeem ourselves.
You're the only one with the intelligence, moral decency, and resolve to lead us through this rat's chance in hell of surviving the back wash of our own stupidity and self destructive, selfish behavior.
You warned us. I mean you wrote Earth in the Balance in 1993 at a time when King George I was referring to you as "ozone boy". Yeah he was right, he sure pegged you.. What a jack ass!
So anyway, please run again. That Obama kid would make a swell VP and build up some genuine Presidential chops under your wings.
Also, let that Dennis Kucinich dude start that Dept. of Peace thang too, he's always going on and on about it and it sure couldn't hurt.. Hell if he could reel in that hottie wife of his, concocting world peace should be no problemo :) And all those Vegan dinner parties will get you and Tipper in bad ass shape bro!
And John Edwards as Secretary of State - a no brainer man, chicks think he's really hot and dudes like to play wing man with guys that get tail. A simple fact of natural diplomacy man.
Finally Hillary Clinton.. Since she wants to get back in the White House bedroom so bad, let her be your whore! She's got the experience, I mean she's already prostituting herself to special interests..
Anyway, thanks for your anticipated consideration,
PS - Catch U later Brutha, gotta hear Springsteen's new tunes!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
There's so much archeology to the soul.. Layers of life hidden beneath the surface that need to be dug up, examined, cleaned up and put forth into the light. Things forgotten or discarded that require attention again.
Maybe that's why I enjoy improvisational music so much. To be in the hear and now of it, the ego needs to step aside and let its hair down so the soul can puke up some undigested fragments of experiences and trauma that need to be dealt with..
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Such outrage over Move On's "General Betray Us" Ad.. Its certainly not a particularly tasteful ad, but its certainly less appalling than the senseless death of our soldiers and Iraqi civilians, and its certainly less appalling than Halliburton's war profiteering and Blackwater's freelance death squads..
People are finally waking up and getting angry enough not to swallow anymore of this shit. Thank God, I hope its not too late..
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
"Luna Muse Volume II is my latest batch of crazy tunes and soundscapes. Most of this stuff was recorded between February 5 and August 27, 2007. These are primarily lo fi or shall I say co fi :), experimental, and spontaneous recordings. The idea is to just let it flow and use technology to take a snapshot of my art, not have my talent be enslaved to the recording equipment or process (that and I'm as bit reckless, crazy, and lazy.)
I prefer the natural presence inherent in spontaneous recordings and don't mind a little pick up noise from my guitar or the dog barking in the background. In my opinion, it gives the recording more warmth and organic tone. The irony is that I spent seven years of my life working at audiophile record labels (thus my journey from mofi to lofi to cofi)! Don't get me wrong.. I enjoy high fidelity productions and I do love and appreciate great sounding gear (musicdirect.com), but that whole scene too often felt pretentious and elitist for my tastes and perspective. People spent way too much time jerking off over impedance issues with their interconnect cables and not enough time enjoying listening to the actual music itself.
Anyway, here's the track descriptions for my lastest sonic home grown. Tracks includes songs, simple blues jams, beats, and improvised sound sculptures:
MY FRIEND - Another Surf Goth tune recalling memories of a friend who killed himself and the times we spent together. His name was Mike Scrivani and we played together in the Jersey Shore open mic scene and did a lot of bad cover gigs together. He was a really good, talented, sweet guy who unfortunately had hell hounds on his trail..
JUST PASSING THROUGH - I tend to be grandiose and take myself way too seriously sometimes. Like many artists I know, I tend to be too self absorbed and like most people in this day in age, I get caught up in stress and anxiety while trying to make ends meet, reach my goals, and simply survive in an increasingly complicated world, etc.
Sometimes its useful to remember that we're just passing through. All the money we make, all the material things that possess us, are things we can't use or enjoy after our death, so, maybe there really is something to be said for enjoying what we have in the present - the here and now, since it could all be over in a nanosecond..
ON AND ON - this song is a rally cry about determination and fortitude.. Its about getting back on the horse - achy bones and all. When we stop trying, we start dying. I don't care if you're as successful as Bruce Springsteen, a creative spirit is restless and must move forward, there really is no finish line..
REAL BAD NEWS - A standard blues tune with some interesting clarinet and vibraphone work..
CATEGORY 5 - A fierce, high energy, bone crunching, extreme surf jam.. The sound quality kind of sucks - because I was trying too hard to be clever with a gated compressor, and oh yeah what a pretentious, insensitive song title ;)
BRAVE NEW WORLD - There is nothing like the feeling of getting thrashed around by the Ocean a bit, then stumbling home as the sun sets leaving you stress free and chilled to the bone..
JAY WALKIN' BLUES - Here at the Jersey Shore, there are many great musicians and many huge egos striving for stature and attention. Jay Walker pursues a different path, he's a musical ninja whose talents serves many around these parts. You always seem him coming out of the shadows when you least expect it. In the theatre of my mind this is what I hear when Jay's a Walkin'.
SMOOTH JAZZ BLUES IN F# MINOR - exactly as the name implies, just some chilled out riffing..
RAINY SUMMER SUNDAY IN BRADLEY BEACH - You guessed it! Recorded on rainy summer Sunday in Bradley Beach, NJ. A mellow, ambient improvisation featuring timed delays and the natural ambience of the rain.
INVOCATION OF THE LIZARD KING - I'm a pretty big Doors fan and this improvisation just kind of reminded me of Jim Morrison's shamanic side - thus the provocative title. I really like this one..
LUNA MUSE - Composed and recorded on August 28th on the eve of a total lunar eclipse while four children were playing in the studio..
ELIJAH CROONING AGAIN - A follow up to the smash hit "Beautiful Boy Crooning" :) I love getting my kids in the background of my recordings as they grow up. Its pretty cool, but also sad and sentimental hearing their voices change over time..
REMEMBER WHEN - Just a simple, sappy old fashioned bit with some syrupy harmonica playing..
80's MELODRAMA THEME - I cringe with embarrassment when I hear this, yet it had to come out. Some music is like that. You have to empty yourself in order to make room for other stuff. Coming of age in the 80's this kind of music was in movie soundtracks, pop recordings, commercials, etc., so I guess alot got in me too..
STRIKE UP THE BAND - SEE ABOVE TRACK DESCRIPTION :)
PENSIVE REFLECTION IN D - even more overtly sentimental melodrama :)
I WANNA ROCK (featuring Brianna Brice) - my daughter's latest "hit" song. She wants to be a rock star when she grows up. I beg her to have a back up plan. I hope she listens and keeps up her grades, yet somehonw I suspect she's a bit stubborn like her Dad..
ADDITIONAL "LINER" NOTES:
Anyway, I just want to thank the people that support my work. Especially kind folks like Pam & Bill in Freehold who buy all my CDs. Please note that this collection of music will only be available through digital outlets. I really don't see the point in making CDs anymore. With downloads people can mix and match the tunes they like the most from various bodies of work and its better for the environment.
By the way, it always surprises me which tunes sell the best. It is rarely what I would guess or even prefer. People have such eclectic tastes and opinions. Its been a huge learning experience for me. I used to judge my stuff and avoid releasing anything I thought was too corny, or personal, or sloppy or had some other self attributed negative characteristics. Now I just record the good, the bad, and the ugly and let the chips fall where they may.
Life is too short, you have to be brave, you have to face fear, and you have to take chances. In the end, its all we have..
Thanks for listening, please buy a few tunes if you like what you hear, I could definitely use your support.."
August 31, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
So a self obsessed multi gazzilionaire adrenaline junkie ends up crashed and burned while seeking yet another world record?
And now it is incumbent upon the tax dollars of Nevada citizens to pay for a search and rescue mission?
Why the hell doesn't Richard Branson put up some cash to find his buddy?
There's a tragic homeless problem in Las Vegas, there are kidnapping victims that aren't looked for properly, but there's plenty of dough to look for this asshole who willingly risked his life appeasing his own vanity?
Utter nonsense if you ask me..