Wednesday, March 29, 2023

New Recording!: "Has Anyone Seen Mitchell?"

I once worked at a business where the managers all used fake names (they were Russian and wanted to sound American), and I found that amusing, so I wrote a song with their fake names in it.  They worked pretty hard because they were materialistic, but as they were later to find out, to a degree anyway (I don't know that the lesson completely took), materialism is ultimately a dead end (from what I hear, after I left, it all ended in tears as they sued one another).  You can always make more money; you can never make more time.  So this song is a carpe diem, take time to sniff the flowers one.  You can hear the demo and read what I wrote it about here.  For the rerecording, I had fun with a Peanuts toy keyboard and the usual voice, guitar, keyboard as bass (non-toy one), and drums.

Thanks to The Tinnitist for featuring "Bomb The Bombs" on a recent playlist!

For more Wred Fright music, listen to the Yeast? 7"!

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

City Council Cartooning


I've lived in my city three years now and figured it was about time I attended a city council meeting.  It was probably better than whatever was on television that evening, but it wasn't exactly exciting.  Still, it's a civic duty to keep an eye on government once in a while; otherwise, they'll get up to all sorts of mischief.  It seemed like the main work was done before I arrived, and the official meeting was mainly a formality where they'd vote rapidfire.  Mostly, it was groupthink at play because they all agreed on what they were voting for, except for approving the minutes when one council member abstained.  Overall, they seemed like a dutiful group of folks, though, like most local governments, they were overly involved in other people's business (much of the meeting was based around telling people how they could build their buildings--the anarchist/libertarian streak in me made my scratch my head; short of making sure a building doesn't collapse, let people design their buildings how they want).  They even had a section of the meeting open to the public.  Nobody had any comments that night, but there were only some city administration in attendance, me, one woman who had a business or something where she needed a zoning variance, one man who was pissed off apparently from the earlier meeting and stuck around to glower at the council the rest of the evening, and one other woman who probably either was a volunteer for The League Of Women Voters or a newspaper reporter (she seemed to be taking notes) there (yes, Americans get the democracy our lazy asses deserve).  I myself took very few notes, but I did do some sketching, which gave me a great idea.  I mean why pay for a model in your art class or pay a few bucks to attend a Dr. Sketchy event in a bar (admittedly, there's alcohol and the subjects being sketched are probably better looking) when you could just get some free models at the city council meeting?  I mean drawing essentially a series of old, white men isn't the most exciting sketch subject matter in the world (arguably, a bowl of fruit still life might be more interesting just for the color variation), but you can't beat the price for life drawing!  Plus if you take notes as well, then you can send your notes to the community newspaper, so the rest of the community has an independent report of what went on at the council meeting.  All those in favor of occasionally attending a council meeting just to do some cartooning, say aye!  The ayes have it!

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

New Recording!: "Bomb The Bombs"

The early- to mid-1980s were filled with great peace songs such as "It's A Mistake" by Men At Work and "99 Red Balloons" by Nena, which pointed out what a disaster it is to be playing around with nuclear weapons.  The end of the cold war lessened this concern, at least in the pop world, but, unfortunately, nukes are still around, and this is probably an even more dangerous time for us where they are concerned with the U.S. and Russia playing chicken over Ukraine and China gearing up for an invasion of Taiwan.  So as much as I'd rather be singing a silly love song, you get this ditty contemplating worldwide annihilation instead.  I'm semi-surprised we haven't destroyed civilization yet, but we should get serious about peace and get rid of these damned things worldwide before we do.  Musically, it's the usual voice, guitar, keyboard as bass, and drums, but I had fun with some bleeps in the recording program.  You can hear a demo version and read the lyrics here.

Thanks to The Tinnitist for featuring "Sourheart" on a recent playlist!

For more Wred Fright music, listen to the Yeast? 7"!

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

New Recording!: "Sourheart"

This one's a love gone wrong song and marvels at how people keep on trying to find love after multiple miserable experiences with it.  The mating instinct is strong, I suppose, not to mention the general human need to give and receive affection.  You can read what I wrote about the song when I wrote it and listen to the demo version here.  For the rerecording, it's the usual voice, guitar, keyboard as bass, and drums here.  To spice it up, I used some slapping my thighs for additional percussion and had some fun with the synth settings on the keyboard.  The song has an early 1980 rock/new wave vibe that seems to call out for stuff like that.  After all, Fad Gadget's not around anymore to make new tracks, so someone has to do it.  I like how it came out.  I dig that heartbeat bass drum sound.  This would be the single if I were the record company releasing the album (since I am not, they're all singles since parents love all their children).  

Thanks to The Tinnitist for featuring "One By One" on a recent playlist!

For more Wred Fright music, listen to the Yeast? 7"!

Thursday, March 2, 2023

New Recording!: "One By One"

This is the first rerecording of one of the demo songs where I just used guitar and vocals, so it's nice to hear it fleshed out.   You can hear the original here and read what I wrote about the song here.  It's the usual vocals, guitar, keyboard as bass, and drums.  I also used the keyboard for some percussion and pipe organ (the pipe organ might be my favorite setting for the keyboard actually).  This song isn't as good as "One On One" by Hall And Oates, but it's my second favorite two ones separated by a preposition song!  Speaking of Hall And Oates, the Callin' Oates hotline (719-26-OATES) was still going strong last I checked, and if I remember correctly, "One On One" was one of the song options.

Thanks to The Tinnitist for featuring "No Place To Do It" on a recent playlist!

For more Wred Fright music, listen to the Yeast? 7"!