It’s up to you to decide which of the indecisions you believe in this post…



Okay…so I’ve been telling people, and I even put on the blog, that I have no plans to release a solo record this year.  It’s an expensive prospect as an individual for various reasons—especially the way I do it, keeping so much in-house, under my own labor.  I just released “Out from the Light” in 2009, and I did “New Year’s Eve” in 2010 (although in fairness, the latter was about a 5 year labor of love).  It’s time for a break from that.

2011 seems like a good year to take some time to develop the Two Hangmen project and put out something under that name.  (And even though there’s really only one other person involved, even splitting it at a level that he would pay a share toward physical products and I would still maintain my “in-house” mentality would be a massive relief to me, while being a minimal expense to Dave.)  Especially with Blue Tattoo crapping out in 2010, I am very VERY motivated to release a project with my brother.  And 2011 is a good time to do that, so I’ve been looking forward to a year where I’d release a project that isn’t just about ME.

However…  (There’s ALWAYS a “however.”)

I was cataloging some demos and lyrics this week and I started a folder on my laptop for stuff that I *might* want to visit later and that *might* turn into a record.  I have about 10-15 songs in that folder.  Oops.  That’s a record.

On the plus side, I have not started recording yet.  On the minus side, I do have an album title in mind, and I have a rough composite of a front cover for it.  So maybe there’ll be some work done this year after all…BUT, I still say that you shouldn’t expect a solo Derek Brink CD in 2011.  It’ll be 2012 at the earliest, I’m sure.

But if…and let me underline, italicize, and bold that in all caps…IF I get excited about it and move more quickly than expected to bring about a 2011 release, it will begin as an Internet ONLY release through iTunes, Rhapsody, and Napster, with physical products offered only upon request.  And it’ll be more rock/pop based than the last two were.  (More like the “Things I Meant to Say” record, but less maudlin and a little more aggressive.)  And IF it happens, I’ll let you know here first.  🙂

But it’s not likely.  It’ll be in 2012.  I promise.  I think.

Seriously.  I plan on working on Two Hangmen first and foremost.  I HAD planned on focusing entirely on Blue Tattoo before that fell apart, so I’m just transferring that to Two Hangmen.  And I swear, I won’t be doing a solo record this year.

Probably.

But IF I do, do you want to know the title?  You’ll hate it…but this is it.

“Pop Art Manifesto.”

See?  It sucks.  But I like it.  So IF I want to suck, it’s my choice.

…but I probably won’t suck this year.

Really.

…?

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And for the record re: my last post…I’m not actually in love with Larry.  🙂  He’s a friend of mine and that was at a Halloween party this year.  For some reason he started downing a whole bag of Skittles in one gulp and I was watching and laughing and someone took an awkward-looking picture.  Made me laugh, so I shared…and yes, Larry’s aware that I posted that, and yes he thought it was funny too.  I’m only writing this because it seems to have even confused my BROTHER…so I thought clarification might be good for those of you who might’ve similarly misread the lack of words involved.  So there.

People I Didn’t Know Were Gay

As you may have already guessed, I’ve been a little low on ideas of what to write about on the blog.  So, with no further ado, here is a brief list of celebrities I only recently found out are/were gay, for some reason.  (And I’d like to point out that this is written with absolutely no judgement…just stating that I didn’t know…not that I particularly CARE.)

  1. Anderson Cooper – This is what started the research for this post.  I had absolutely no idea until I heard someone else mention it in passing, then I looked it up, and apparently he’s VERY open about it.
  2. Derek Jacobi – Took me by surprise.  I’m familiar with him based on his appearances in “I, Claudius,” “Dead Again,” “Doctor Who,” and so on…including a very memorable appearance as a washed up sci-fi actor on “Frasier.”  I’d consider myself a pretty big fan of Derek Jacobi’s (he even spells Derek the RIGHT way!)…but somehow I didn’t even have an inkling that he *might* be gay…much less that he’s “Civilly Unioned” to someone.
  3. Chuck Pahlaniuk – The guy that wrote “Fight Club,” “Invisible Monsters,” “Choke,” “Haunted,” etc, etc…  Novels that are more or less considered “books for guys.”  Apparently he also LIKES guys.  Guess that just goes to show you…not every stereotype exists for a reason.
  4. Alan Cumming – I had no clue!  (To be fair, it sounds more like he’s bisexual to me, although he has also been “Civilly Unioned” to his partner.)
  5. Jodie Foster – Though it does seem to be largely unconfirmed, most people seem to assume it’s true.  In which case, I’d just like to say, “Take THAT, John Hinckley!”
  6. Chely Wright – Which makes her the first openly gay woman in mainstream country music.
  7. Jennifer Knapp – She’s known as a Christian recording artist, who was probably most successful in the late 90s.  People were apparently pretty shocked when she came out.  It’s always amazing to watch the “Christians” react to someone’s personal life.
  8. Elton John – Kidding. I knew that one.
  9. Greta Garbo – Rumored, and can’t be confirmed since she and pretty much everyone who could realistically confirm it are dead…but that would explain why she wanted to spend so much time “alone.”
  10. Rip Torn – And no…you’re thinking of Rip Taylor.  Rip Torn being gay is much more surprising.
  11. Some claim that Alec Guinness was at least bisexual, but I doubt it since this only came out AFTER his death, and previous to that, I’d always heard he was something of a womanizer—which also might not be true, for that matter.
  12. Sara Gilbert – Darlene from “Roseanne.”  I had no idea.  Probably took the pressure off of kissing Johnny Galecki, though.

And that’s it.  Those are all the people who I didn’t know were gay.  I mean sure, Rob Halford was a surprise in the 90s, and David Hyde Pierce was mildly surprising in the early part of this century…and somehow, I didn’t see Nathan Lane coming, either…but the above, I only found out about recently.

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In other news: Jim Beam’s Red Stag (Bourbon infused with Black Cherry) is delicious.  Especially over ice.

Update – Two Hangmen, etc…

Wow.  Almost a week.  Longest I’ve gone without blogging in a long time.  Sorry about that.

The past week’s been weird.  Work is slightly confusing without Christine in the office—not BAD, but weird.  I think we’re all still adjusting and somehow it’s making the days a little bit exhausting—but again, not necessarily BAD.  And my rhythm for the evenings has seemed WAY off, too.  But that may be because I’ve been mixing some music and performing some more or less “sonic experiments.”  That basically means I’m sitting around saying, “What if I put all the drums in the left channel and then everything else in the right, and that’s how I leave it?  Will anyone notice?”

Answer: “Probably not.”

All that is basically being considered “preparation work” for the upcoming Two Hangmen EP.  I started doing some “scratch tracks” for the project last week.  And I thought I’d do a little bit more “serious” recording immediately thereafter…but I’ve taken a small step back to work on some ideas I have for working with the “smaller” sound we’re going to have on this project.  It’s important.  Don’t excuse it as laziness.  It’s VERY important that I go into it knowing what I want to do with it—even if it changes in the process.

Good news is, I think I’ve got a few things figured out.  Bad news is, that means I’m about a week behind where I want to be on things with the project.  Not too big a deal, all things considered.  Hoping to regain some ground tomorrow night before rehearsal, in fact.  (But no promises.)

I know this all sounds a bit stupid, what with “sonic experiments” and “preparation work” and “scratch tracks” and “smaller sounds.”  But mostly, this was just an “exercise” in my New Year’s resolution to use more unnecessary “quotation marks” and “air quotes.”

So suck on that.

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Current Listening:

  • A bunch of Aimee Mann.  Mostly “The Forgotten Arm” and “Fucking Smilers!” in particular.

Wait a minute! There’s no Angus McCloud in North Kilttown! Why, you’re not from Scotland at all!

Got a few things in my brain…let’s pour ’em out…

  • Let’s start by mentioning that my now-former co-worker Christine will no longer be working with our company.  I don’t have all the details on the whys and whats, and unless someone wants to tell me about it, it’s not really my business in the first place.  But, I will miss Christine, and I hope she finds herself doing something awesome very soon.  Kind of a bummer to find that out today, but hopefully we’ll stay friends and all that stuff…  Anyway…  Dunno if she reads the blog…but just in case — Have an awesome summer, Christine!  See you next fall!  …wait…that’s what you write in a yearbook.  Dammit!  ALMOST had it there…
  • My guitar rig has gotten stupid.  I set out to scale-down my effect board.  I removed some stuff I haven’t been using, and put in some stuff I thought might be useful in the future.  And instead of using my one, multi-purpose, Blue Tattoo-era board…  I am now running TWO boards, chained together, with both pre and post effects.  I’m not sure how that happened, but it’s insane, and it sounds GREAT.  I love it…but do I really want to cart all of that around?!?
  • I’ve been sleeping TERRIBLY lately.  I think the past two nights, I’ve gotten to sleep around 4 a.m.  It’s currently 12:30-ish, and tonight’s not looking much better.  I don’t know what the deal is…but I wish I could get some freaking sleep.
  • I’ve been searching and searching for a misplaced lyric.  About two or three years ago, I started writing a song about a long-deceased relative of mine names Walter Winn.  He has some ghost-stories wrapped up around him (nothing serious…just stuff to scare the little kids, back in the day) and it made for a good lyric.  But it’s gone.  I can’t find it anywhere.  I think I found page TWO of it tonight…but I’m missing most of it.  Guess we’re in for a re-write.  Oh well.
  • On a related note…  While I’ve been looking through old notebooks, I’ve been running across a lot of abandoned TERRIBLE lyrics.  I write a LOT of crap that never sees the light of day, and with good cause.  I found one such lyric that made me laugh out loud, but not so much because of the lyric, but because of what I wrote underneath it.  I had written 6 or 8 lines and abandoned it, apparently deciding it wasn’t worth finishing while I was still in the middle of it.  I then drew an arrow from the bottom of the page, up to the abandoned words and wrote next to the arrow: “That, only good.”  Why would I write that?  To remind myself that maybe I liked writing about that topic, but the lyric at hand was crap?  Made me laugh and I told my brother about it tonight and he laughed about as hard as I did.  Thought I’d share with the rest of you.  🙂
  • Banjo Update – There has been no banjo purchased.  However, I am hoping to come into some money in the next couple of weeks, and maybe I’ll be able to swing it soon.  Here’s hoping.  I started going over some of the repairs needed to my grandpa’s, and it’s a BIG job.  He was fairly rough on it—which makes sense, since he actually PLAYED it and it didn’t just sit in a closet somewhere.  I’ve got guitars in worse shape that I’ve played less…so it stands to reason…  But still, it’s a little bit disappointing and the thought of doing the whole of the repair-job is overwhelming.  So…anyway…hopefully a new banjo will come into my life BEFORE I finish the lengthy repair process on Grandpa’s.
  • One of my neighbors is running for Mayor in my town.  So, people of Florissant, when the ballot is out there, please vote for Tom Schneider, okay?  (I’m sure he’ll be on it.  He’s in the “petition” phase now to get his name on the official ballot, and from what I hear it’s going very well.)  He’s a good man, and he’s got a good family.  He had my vote from the moment I heard he *might* run.  He’s not a typical politician.  He uses his head, thinks things through, and is honest.  We need that in my town, and we need that in America.  So, I just wanted to say that.
  • I had Chinese food from my favorite place last night.  That makes me happy.
  • Working on the Two Hangmen EP.  I’ve got some (VERY) rough scratch tracks that I’m hoping to clean up this weekend.  I think we’ll have something good on our hands once it’s done.  I’m excited about it.  I’ll keep you posted.

And that’ll do it…just wanted to get those few things out of my brain.  Thanks for reading.

Oh…and the post title is a Simpson’s reference, if you didn’t know.  Saw that episode last night and that line’s been bouncing through my brain all day.  Has nothing to do with anything else in the post.  🙂

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Current Listening:

  • I’ve been bouncing back and forth between Rufus Wainwright and Elton John.  Kinda works, but I’m afraid I might fall in love with a man if I keep this going for too long.