“Not many people know I was the first person to own a radio in Springfield. Weren’t much on the airwaves those days, just Edison reciting the alphabet. ‘A,’ he’d say, then ‘B’… ‘C’ would usually follow…” – Abraham Simpson

The last time I wrote anything here was January 28th. Anything interesting happen lately? Anything, say, of global impact that for some reason only the USA sees as a political issue?

I’ve been fortunate enough to still be working and to be able to do it from home. Although soon my office will be expecting to have us back, of course. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about that. I live in the part of Missouri that presently has the most cases of the virus in the state–it’s literally my CITY, not just my region. Personally I’ve been taking this very seriously and I’ve gone since March 20th without being in the same room as anyone else. I’d be much happier to KEEP it that way until there’s a confirmed vaccine. But so it goes.

In the meantime, let’s do some catching-up, in the usual way…

  1. WordPress has changed the way you make new posts. I don’t like it. Nothing’s where it should be and there is severe lag between typing and it showing up on the screen. (In music-tech we call it “latency” but I don’t know if it’s the same for this…but it sucks.)
  2. I released a new solo album in April called “Departure.” It’s entirely instrumental stuff and I’m really proud of it. It’s available at Bandcamp, per usual, and of course you can get it for free by entering $0.00 as your purchase price, or more if you’re feeling generous. But don’t worry. If you take it for free I won’t know you did. It tells me how many downloads there were, but not who downloaded it. I’m just glad people are listening.
  3. I have a plumber coming over tomorrow. I have a crack in one of the main stacks and a drip in a shutoff valve for the toilet connected to it. (I caused the latter trying to turn off the water flow to the toilet. Of course.) I hate having plumbers and stuff like that over–I don’t like the disruption. Because this won’t be a one-and-done visit. I’m 100% sure the stack will need to be replaced. And (long story) there’s also going to have to be some new flooring put in in that bathroom. So it’s going to be a very big project and will probably result in me having to sleep and shower elsewhere for a while. I’m not happy. And I wish it could wait one more week so I could live at home during my birthday.
  4. And that’s something. I’ll be turning 40 on Friday. Then it’s just the long roll down the hill to the grave, I suppose. I’ll be celebrating it with just a Zoom call to the family. No going out. No party. COVID-19 is a bigger deal than Derek 40. I’m fine with that. I’m pro-social distancing and sheltering in place. It’s fucking stupid that anyone’s opposed. It’s the most selfish thing in the world to go out right now. And since I’m not a shitty person who is also probably not washing my hands (although isn’t it interesting no one’s protesting THAT), I’ll be turning 40 at home. Or wherever I’m staying while the fucking plumber will be ripping out my bathroom floor.
  5. I’m working on other music, apart from the Departure release. Probably going to release something else this year, but don’t know when. I’m barely into the demo-stage of less than half of a full album. So it’ll be a while.
  6. I also have to renew my driver’s license. This week I guess. Although with the plumber here I’m not sure when I’m supposed to make that work either. I wish they could just do that online. All I have to do is identify six road signs, pay a fee, and get my picture taken. We should be able to do that over the internet by now. Instead I’ve got to go to the DMV in the middle of a pandemic, in the area with the most infections in the state. That’s just how the timing always seems to work for me.
  7. I’ve been listening to a lot of The Who. Saw them in St. Louis a year ago (well…a year and two days as I’m writing this) and it popped up in my Facebook memories. I recently bought a new stereo receiver with Bluetooth, so I listened to a massive Who playlist I’ve got on my phone–it’s almost 7 hours long with no songs repeated–and there are still about a dozen I left off! I’ll post that playlist at the end for no good reason.
  8. I’ve talked about most of the stuff I’ve been watching and whatnot on my podcast lately. In brief I’ve gotten into the TV show Community and don’t know how I missed it when it was on. Also I’ve gotten all caught up on the movies of Kevin Smith that I’d not seen, with the exception of Cop Out, which I’ll get to someday eventually maybe. I’ve enjoyed having the extra time for stuff like that.
  9. My diet has been difficult to maintain in quarantine. It’s tough to eat healthy amidst the hoarders who have no idea why they’re buying fresh vegetables who are then ordering pizza. So I haven’t really lost any weight during this–ideally I still need to drop about 10-15 pounds to be the right weight for my height. But the good news is I also haven’t really been gaining either. On bad weeks I’ll fluctuate within about 5 pounds from where I was when this who lockdown started. So that’s good.
  10. I bought a new guitar for my birthday. It’s a Gretsch 12 string electric. If I can figure out how to put a picture into this post with this new horrible interface you’ll see it here. If not, then fuck WordPress.
  11. I mentioned my podcast above. I wasn’t able to get an episode together this week because I was prepping for the plumber to come over. I’m a very bad housekeeper and there were several days worth of work needed to get someone in here even on a semi-emergency. It’ll be back next week. I think.
  12. Seriously…if they don’t fix the lag with this interface, this might be my last post. If that happens then you know what caused it. I don’t know why people can’t just leave something that works ALONE. (I counted while watching that last sentence type itself after I stopped typing…8 seconds! Unacceptable.)

…and I don’t know…I need a haircut and I miss going to the record store and hanging out with my family. But otherwise I have most of the stuff I like in my house and I’ve been having everything else (including groceries) delivered. There are a lot of aspects of it I’ve actually really liked. This post seems to read otherwise though. Oh well.

Here’s that Who playlist I promised you. I’m only now realizing it’s exactly 100 tracks!

  1. Pete Dialogue (from the “Maximum R&B” Box Set. It’s just Pete yelling at the crowd to shut up for about 40 seconds.)
  2. Overture
  3. It’s a Boy
  4. I Can’t Explain
  5. 5:15
  6. Sea and Sand
  7. The Seeker
  8. It’s Not Enough
  9. The Real Me
  10. Quadrophenia
  11. Another Tricky Day
  12. Leaving Here
  13. Heaven and Hell
  14. Cut My Hair
  15. Love Ain’t for Keeping
  16. Eyesight to the Blind
  17. The Punk and the Godfather
  18. Street Song
  19. A Legal Matter
  20. Shout and Shimmy
  21. Mary Anne with the Shaky Hand
  22. Going Mobile
  23. Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere
  24. Baba O’Riley
  25. Beads on One String
  26. Sensation
  27. Studio Dialogue (from the “Maximum R&B” set–an outtake/false-start of “Behind Blue Eyes” that’s pretty funny.
  28. Behind Blue Eyes
  29. God Speaks to Marty Robbins
  30. Dreaming from the Waist
  31. Tattoo
  32. Fortune Teller
  33. Pure and Easy
  34. Real Good Looking Boy
  35. In the Ether
  36. Wire & Glass
  37. Baby Don’t You Do It
  38. Relay
  39. Naked Eye
  40. Mike Post Theme
  41. Who Are You
  42. Break the News
  43. A Man in a Purple Dress
  44. They Are All in Love
  45. How Many Friends
  46. Eminence Front
  47. Sister Disco
  48. Getting in Tune
  49. Ball and Chain
  50. Doctor Jimmy
  51. Be Lucky
  52. Fragments
  53. All This Music Must Fae
  54. Slip Kid
  55. The Kids Are Alright
  56. Pictures of Lily
  57. I Can See for Miles
  58. So Sad About Us
  59. Blue, Red and Grey
  60. Don’t Let Go the Coat
  61. Old Red Wine
  62. Music Must Change
  63. Happy Jack
  64. Squeeze Box
  65. Long Live Rock
  66. Under My Thumb
  67. Let’s See Action
  68. Welcome
  69. I’m One
  70. Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
  71. I’m the Face
  72. The Dirty Jobs
  73. New Song
  74. Young Man Blues
  75. I’m Free
  76. Magic Bus
  77. The Last Time
  78. My Generation
  79. Substitute
  80. A Quick One While He’s Away
  81. Imagine a Man
  82. My Wife
  83. I’m a Boy
  84. Drowned
  85. The Song is Over
  86. Pinball Wizard
  87. Bargain
  88. Too Much of Anything
  89. Amazing Journey
  90. Sparks
  91. You Better You Bet
  92. I’ve Had Enough
  93. Water
  94. Join Together
  95. Won’t Get Fooled Again
  96. The Rock
  97. Love, Reign O’er Me
  98. We’re Not Gonna Take It
  99. See Me, Feel Me
  100. Tea & Theatre