You know the drill…  Here’s some random stuff from in my brain.

  1. I’ve had a lot of Chinese food that I’ve not really enjoyed lately.  I’ve really got to go by the place near my house one of these days and get Chinese food done right!
  2. Quick review – Vonnegut’s book “Mother Night.” – I mentioned it on the blog a post or two ago.  I’ve since finished it.  Really good book.  Certainly among his best work.  One of those books where you feel robbed when it ends, not because it ended badly, but because it had to end at all.  Give it a look if you want a good WWII novel.
  3. I’ve got a mixdown of the Blue Tattoo abandoned-record done for some reason.  I’ve been trying to sync-up schedules/timing with the other guys to get them copies.  Wish it were going to be released…but if nothing else, it’s nice to have the keepsake.
  4. Re: My solo act.  I’ve opened up some initial conversations to get some bookings on my calendar.  Not sure what “band” if any will accompany me for the first few…but it’s exciting to have SOME forward motion, anyway.  I’m trying to kind of reinvent my sound a little to be more rock-sounding even on the more acousticy-stuff.  I think there’s enough of my material that’ll make the transition to make it a decent set of songs.  I’ve got three records and a bunch of stuff I haven’t released yet.  I should be able to find SOMETHING in there!
  5. We’re REALLY caught up at work right now!  (At least as it applies to my job and the stuff directly connected to it.)  That’s pretty cool.
  7. Imagine #6 as said by Sean Connery, and you’ll know what it was like to be in my office all day today.  🙂
  8. I stopped by Best Buy today and they didn’t have ANY of the CDs I was looking for (there were about 5 on my list).  Now…either my tastes have gotten so obscure and weird that major stores don’t carry them anymore (but come on…no Lou Reed?) or the Best Buy nearest to me sucks.  And considering the fact that they’ve GREATLY reduced the numbers of CDs, DVDs, Blu Rays, etc that they have on the shelves…I’m thinking they just suck.
  9. I think I might’ve gotten my picture taken by one of those red-light cameras coming off the highway today.  In my defense, I did not expect the traffic to come to a dead stop while I was in the middle of the intersection.  Hopefully, the guy who reviews the tape will be lenient…  I have my doubts.
  10. I’m hungry…no motivation to cook or go to a drive-thru.  Bummer.
  11. Just seems to me that if an air-conditioner is set at 72-degrees and it’s still kicking on, that means it’s over 72-degrees in the room and it needs to kick on…it doesn’t mean that it needs to be turned off.
  12. “House” apparently hasn’t been new for WEEKS (or the DVR somehow got screwed up).  I miss it.
  13. I could use a new straw hat.  It’s kind of that time of year, and the one I’ve been wearing for years has some wire poking through.  It’ll be sad to retire it…but hey…new hat!  🙂
  14. I somehow deleted the “Recycle Bin” icon from my desktop–hopefully not the whole Bin!  anyone know how to get that back?
  15. The wrestler Chris Kanyon died over the weekend of a possible suicide (could also have been accidental overdose, but people seem to be leaning toward suicide).  He was a really great wrestler.  They used to call him the “Innovator of Offense.”  He did things in the ring that I’ve never seen anyone do before or since, and by most accounts was a really good guy.  (He was also noted to be one of the only wrestlers ever to be openly gay while still actively wrestling, but that’s very much a side-note to his career…which is why I’m stating it parenthetically.)  So that sucks.  Always hoped he’d find a way to make a comeback.
  16. My back has been bugging me more lately.  I don’t know if it’s a lack of deep sleep or what…but it’s irritating.  One of these days I’ll get that looked at.  (Right after I get to the dentist, ha ha.)
  17. STILL no St. Louis date for the Drive-By Truckers tour!  THAT.  SUCKS.
  18. I’ve got a digital camera…why don’t I take more pictures?  I don’t have like ANY pictures of anyone or anything I like.  I should do something about that.
  19. Quick update on the “Restless” thing I’ve been writing.  I’ve got another chapter mostly written and an outline for another 3-5, depending…some of that’s already written, too.  I’ll finally get another chapter or two up within the month, I think.
  20. I’m not going to see “Date Night,” but I AM going to start shouting “Shut the hole!” at people.  🙂


…and I’m going to stop…


Current Reading:

  • I’m on a mission to read all of the Vonnegut books.  Presently on “Wampeters, Foma, and Granfalloons (Opinions).”  It’s a little bit of a difficult read for me because it’s a compilation of his opinion-pieces up through 1974…so I wasn’t alive for ANY of the stuff he’s talking about.  Fortunately, I’m well-read enough to know about MOST of it…but some of it’s just a little bit “I don’t care about Nixon”-ish.  Still…it’s Vonnegut…so I basically like it.  I think next I’m going to go back and read “Player Piano” and/or “Sirens of Titan” and finish it out by reading the stuff I’ve not read yet in order of release date, which is probably how I should’ve done this all along.


I think I have the Spyware thing under control.  So let’s blog…


I’ve been on kind of a glam-rock kick.  It started out as a David Bowie kick, then I listened to a little Queen…and then I started playing the “Let’s Name all the Glam Bands” game at the office.  (Christine’s really good at that, incidentally…the rest of the office has pretty much ignored us.)  Came up with a decent list.  Made a playlist on my iPod.  It’s got a few nods to stuff from after the glam period (approx 1970-1978/79) that I feel pays it at least decent homage without just being straight new-age or 80s pop.  There are also some questionable entries from artists who are/were glam, but maybe the song I chose isn’t very glam…  But in all, it’s a decent list.  I loaded up a playlist, then hit “random” and this is the list the iPod made for me.  Some odd choices, but in all, I think that for once this is something that Apple produced that didn’t need any significant modification (sorry, iPadders!).  All I did was move the Alice song to the top and the Rufus song to the bottom.


So here’s the list.  Hope you enjoy it and maybe check out a few of the artists you don’t know.


Derek’s Glam-Tastic Playlist:

  1. Be My Lover – Alice Cooper
  2. Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
  3. Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  4. Mother of Pearl – Roxy Music
  5. Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
  6. Walk on the Wildside – Lou Reed
  7. I’m the Leader of the Gang – Gary Glitter*
  8. All the Young Dudes – Mott the Hoople
  9. Wake Up – The Arcade Fire
  10. The Passenger – Iggy Pop
  11. The Time Warp – Richard O’Brien/Rocky Horror Picture Show cast
  12. Between My Legs – Rufus Wainwright
  13. The Ballroom Blitz – Sweet
  14. Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie
  15. That’s Not My Name – The Ting Tings
  16. Love is the Drug – Roxy Music
  17. Under My Wheels – Alice Cooper
  18. Who Loves the Sun – Velvet Underground
  19. Third Uncle – Brian Eno
  20. Now I’m Here – Queen
  21. Sweet Transvestite – Tim Curry/Rocky Horror Picture Show cast
  22. Bang a Gong (Get it On) – T. Rex
  23. Personality Crisis – New York Dolls
  24. Don’t Bring Me Down – Electric Light Orchestra
  25. Shut Up and Let Me Go – The Ting Tings
  26. Lust for Life – Iggy Pop
  27. Run Run Away – Slade
  28. Sweet Jane – Velvet Underground
  29. Perfect Day – Lou Reed
  30. Grey Gardens – Rufus Wainwright


* – I would be a hypocrite, considering my anti-Michael Jackson stance, if I didn’t point out that Gary Glitter is a piece of crap who has been imprisoned in the not too distant past for having sex with young girls in Vietnam.  (They were 10 and 11, respectively…it’s not like they TOLD him they were 18 and he couldn’t tell the difference, ala Rob Lowe.  This guy intentionally had sex with pre-teens and went to prison for it.)  As much as that sucks, I’ll give him credit for having written a good song in “Leader of the Gang,” just like I’ve given Jackson credit for “Thriller.”  (Though, to be fair, Jackson never went to jail for his alleged misdeeds…)  Anyway, thought it was necessary to post this.  Gary Glitter’s a terrible person.  Please don’t obtain his records in any way that will put money in his pocket.  And I’m including going to football games and “Hey”-ing along to “Rock and Roll Part 2” in that.  Sorry NFL.  You’re giving royalty checks to a pedophile every time you play that on the air…people should really write letters…but let’s move on.


So there you go.  Like I said…couple of weird choices.  ELO might not belong on there…and I’m aware that I didn’t put on any 70s-era Elton John or Marc Bolan or Mud…and maybe I should’ve also included “Looking for a Kiss” by the New York Dolls…  But it is what it is…and it’s pretty glam-tastic.  🙂


Quotable quote:

  • “Uncle Derek, where are you?!?”  My niece, Tessa…screamed in the hope that I would continue playing with her, thereby saving her from a bath.  She was REAL pissed off at Dave and Valerie for making her get ready for bed instead of playing with me.  And that’s why it’s rocks to be the Uncle.


Just as a FYI, I’ve got some pretty malicious spyware on my computer right now.  I’m trying to fix it.  We’ll see what happens.  It’s pretty deep in the system.  So, if I don’t post for a little bit, it’s because I can’t trust my computer.  I don’t even know how I got this junk on my machine…


So that’s what’s going on…  My apologies if this invades my e-mail and/or Facebook pages and sends anyone weird stuff.


Current Listening:

  • Iggy Pop – “Beat ‘Em Up”

You know that old saying…?

You know that old saying about taking a negative and turning it into a positive?


Well, I think this t-shirt (actually on sale at BarackObama.com!) takes Joe Biden and turns him into a positive.  🙂


If you can't see what that says, it says, "Health Reform is a BFD."


I don’t even consider it a political statement that I’ve already ordered one.


Current Reading:

  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr – “Mother Night” – I like it.  A lot.  I’m just shy of half-way through, and if it keeps up at this pace, it may be just as good if not better than “Slaughterhouse Five.”  It’s about WWII and deals with someone who (at least where I am in the story—please don’t ruin it for me if you know of a plot twist, even though it’s been out since 1961, it’d be a spoiler to me) was an American spy that produced a LOT of Nazi propaganda.  The basic question of the book seems to be “is he really guilty, and if so HOW guilty?”  And the basic point of the book—as Vonnegut himself put it in the preface—is that you ARE what you pretend to be, so be careful of what you pretend to be.  Good read so far.