My blogger friend Holly has some very entertaining posts and I am surprised that she does not have more followers. Update: Okay, I just figured out that I cannot officially reblog Holly’s post because of how she has her blog set up. Whatever theme she is using. However. I will post a snippet of her […]Read more "Reblog: Here’s Some Stuff I Thought About"
On a dark stage in 1967, the jazz-rock ensemble Jefferson Airplane perform the song “Crown of Creation” to an enthralled crowd. A large screen flashes a red sun behind the singers as they harmonize. Their voices shimmer and converge into one alchemy of sound as the rhythm guitar pulsates with the light show. The lead […]Read more "The Mule That Kicked down the Barn Door"
I’m doing two songs of the month! This is to make up for lost time. My blog, my rules. Tori Amos performing Precious Things live in 1998. If memory serves, I believe this is the song that launched her career. I love this particular live arrangement. It matches my current smoldering irritation. Just like her […]Read more "Song # 2 – Precious Things – Tori Amos"
Okay – nevermind the fact that my last “song of the month” post was in January of 2020, heh. Uh, yeahhhh, maybe I can make this more of a regular thing??? Like say – oh, geez…. I dunno…. monthly? Heh heh! Can’t stand myself, yo. But I refuse to change the series title! Introduction: Ani […]Read more "Song of The Month – Bubble by Ani DiFranco"
Republish from April 2019. Long ago, I sat in my living room listening to Amnesiac by Radiohead with a head full of LSD. I stared at the fireplace, slack-jawed and wide-eyed, watching the giant stones swirl in geometric patterns. Listening intently, I tried to understand the pops, clicks, and clanks of “Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin […]Read more "The Ghost Returns / How To Disappear Completely"
I can’t find an audio app that doesn’t pick up allll the string squeak on that last one. The last one I made up and it’s called “Billy Corgan and Ani Difranco had a Baby.” heh heh heh heh. You’ll see. -ZSRead more "Playin’"
Inside information from a recruiterRead more "The Secret to Surviving Job Loss"
Have you ever listened to a song for years only to realize one day that you’re wrong about the meaning behind the lyrics? For me, it can totally ruin the song. “Achilles Last Stand” by Led Zeppelin was my battle song. I thought it was about Vikings sailing into battle. I would really get into […]Read more "My Viking Fantasy (Ruined…)"
The 13th Floor Elevators are the best kept secret in the history of 1960’s rock music. My first encounter with The Elevators happened on a primitive version of streaming radio. This station also introduced me to The Who, Eric Burdon, The Stooges, Black Sabbath, King Crimson, and many other acts that I soon became obsessed with. […]Read more "Slip Inside This Dream"
“I think society is moving a little bit, but I think it isn’t moving near that fast. There’s always gonna be a large, huge bulk of straight people that aren’t going for it.” “Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, they are so subtle. They can milk you with two notes. They could go no further than from […]Read more "Magnificent Quotes (Inspiration)"
It’s early spring in the Pacific Northwest. Residents are riding a whirlpool between hope and confusion. We have more daylight and the temperature is rising, but the rain persists. We’re perched on the edge of the next phase; hovering between the soul’s potential and winter’s shadow. That’s exactly how it feels within the music of […]Read more "Love’s Magic"
March 23rd 2016 was a special night. A friend and I went to the famous Paramount Theatre in Seattle to experience my favorite band of all time. Buzzed out of my mind on sheer anticipation, I spent the entire night of March 22nd walking around while listening to the entire Smashing Pumpkins catalog on shuffle. […]Read more "Exuberant Joy and the Infinite Night"
I experienced a severe anxiety attack recently, which reminded me how bad anxiety really is. How could I forget? I am a person who will stuff unpleasant things away and forget them soon after the stress is gone. This is probably typical for other people too – a panic attack is something we’d all like to […]Read more "Kill Your Panic (But Do It Slowly)."
The witch sat hunkered down in her car in a seedy Fred Meyer parking lot in the middle of what most would consider, undoubtedly, the shittiest part of the city. She was pissed. Thankfully, she had a solution to resolve her extreme irritation. Her only gripe, at present, was her limitation to only one spell. […]Read more "Presenting: The Witch Emerges (Episode I)"
These are from my trip to Alaska last fall. I have been intending to consolidate them into one post and choose only the best for a while. Which was tough – because even the mundane pictures look gorgeous to me. These are from Lake Hood, Kincaid Park, Cook Inlet, and the home where I grew […]Read more "Alaska Photo Redux"
Question: Can you hike in the pouring rain? Answer: yes. Question: Can you take photos in the pouring rain? Answer: Yes, but many of them are going to be a little blurry. You’ll have fun anyway. Today I headed over to Tolme State Park in Olympia. We’re getting all the rain that should have arrived […]Read more "Rainy Day Hike"
This is the second installment where I have typed up something delicious by a famous author for your reading pleasure. As a reminder, we play this game: You don’t know who wrote it until the end. Rule: Don’t cheat by scrolling all the way down first (unless you’re a douchebag who likes to ruin good […]Read more "Mystery Author! Episode 2"
For the longest time, I’ve had a great blog idea. I wanted to type up a chapter from various books I love for your entertainment… and not tell you who the author is until the end. That’s the fun part. I never followed up due to the enormous work it entails, and other competing priorities. […]Read more "Mystery Author! Episode 1"
The witch walked along the moonlit path wearing a scowl. Leaves crunched under her feet in the chill air. She stopped, picked up a stick from the path and hurled it into the woods furiously. She knew this was coming. She’d been called up for a meeting with the Grand Rock Council, a local chapter […]Read more "Part III – Punishment (Witch Series)"
The witch hid in the bushes, eyes narrowed, watching the house closely. Any minute now, she thought. She waited breathlessly for the result of 5 weeks’ worth of hard study. It was a clear moonlit night. She gazed into the yard and squinted. Shadows of the porch beams crossed the grass, slanting across the yard. […]Read more "Part II – Return of The Witch"