Archive for February, 2010

 

Snoozeking

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

I’ve finally resuscitated the Snoozeking Music website.  Snoozeking Music is my music publishing/indie label affiliation, and it covers not only drunkdude69, but other projects like Thomas Reed Smith and my own solo material (if I ever get around to releasing any).  It’s been out of commission for a long time, but it seems like it’s the right time to bring it back to life.

Now that I have an outlet for musical posts not related to DD69, I’ll be able to be a little more focused about my posts here.  If you want to keep up with everything outside the zany world of drunkdude69, please stop on over.

My Funky Valentine

Monday, February 15th, 2010

In December 1999 I met @hellpellet, the flaming pill that would change my life.

A little more than a year later, in early 2001, my grandmother passed away, devastating me.  A month after that I (along with about 101 other people) was laid off from my job.

I moved in with hellpellet across town and spent a while with my head deep in the sand.  Then there was 9/11, and everything seemed to be out of control everywhere.

At about that time I wrote this song based on a riff that Mike and I had come up with earlier.  It’s about being able to get through the day because hellpellet and I have each other for support when things get rough.  It’s become an anthem for me, but it’s also a gift for her and anyone else who is just keeping their head above water.

Special thanks to Coach Hanna for delivering the drums that made the song come alive.

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Disconnected

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

@hellpellet and I headed south on Friday, right into “snowmageddon”.  I love how the Weather Channel creates ‘branding’ for big storms like: “Megastorm!”*, “Winter Powerhouse!!”, “Ransack-the-Grocery-for-TP Storm!!!”*.

We didn’t see much weather until we got onto some of the back roads leading to our secret destination.  It got a little dicey at that point – some spun out cars in our lane, the occasional fender-bender.  We made it to the location unscathed, but by then the snow was coming down pretty heavily.

We were in an area with no cell phone service, so that meant no Internet and no phone.  I like that.  My opinion as of late is that sometimes it’s good to disconnect from everything and focus.  In my case, I had some band-related things on my mind that were agitating me something fierce, and it was good to clear my head.

So if you were snowed in, or just watching the “Stormalicious Saturday!!!!”* coverage, I hope you had a chance to pause, reflect, and come out with some new perspective.

*I made these up.  Think the Weather Channel could use a creative consultant?

Might be here for a while

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

That was the thought when I snapped this pic on Saturday night.

Off the map

Friday, February 5th, 2010

I’m headed out to the annual FOG meeting.  No phone, no net, no music gear – not a single luxury.

I’m sure it will prove inspirational.