Such A Night

Rest In Musical Peace

… over the course of a remarkable life and career, he evolved. From addiction to three decades of sobriety. From sordid escapades as a dealer and pimp to Disney soundtracks and the model for sleepy-eyed, jive-talking Muppet musician Dr. Teeth. From hometown outcast to one of its most outspoken advocates and beloved characters.
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Days Like This



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Welp…my Mama told me there’ll be days like this…

  1. When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this. 
  2. When there’s no one complaining there’ll be days like this. 
  3. When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch. 
  4. When you don’t need to worry there’ll be days like this. 
  5. When no one’s in a hurry there’ll be days like this. 
  6. When you don’t get betrayed be that old Judas kiss there’ll be days like this. 
  7. When you don’t need an answer there’ll be days like this. 
  8. When you don’t meet a chancer there’ll be days like this. 
  9. When all the parts of the puzzle start to look like they fit. 
  10. When everyone is up front and they’re not playing tricks. 
  11. When you don’t have no freeloaders out to get their kicks. 
  12. When it’s nobody’s business the way you wanna live. 
  13. When no one steps on my dreams they’ll be days like this. 
  14. When people understand what I mean they’ll be days like this. 
  15. When you ring out the changes of how everything is…

imageedit_15_5218044899Then I must remember there’ll be days like this


When a Lesbian crush goes Hetero

Sad, sad, sad, is all I can say.  Many do not recall Peter Tork.  One of the original and only, Monkees.  Though it has been said, none of the Monkees knew how to play an instrument.  That is just untrue.  They however, never played together as a band…when the series first came together.

Peter Tork died of tongue cancer today.  Another hetero crush has passed away.

RIP Peter


A large problem the Monkees faced was accusations that none of them could play a musical instrument, because the music on their first records was mostly made by studio musicians. Nesmith and Dolenz played guitar, and Dolenz took drum lessons, so he could play drums on camera. Tork played guitar, keyboards and banjo. Jones learned to play drums and guitar, and a custom bass guitar was made specially for him. He also played percussion instruments, like tambourine.

The band had little experience playing together though, and were not able to make the music needed to begin the show. The producers planned at first to use prerecorded music, and went ahead with that plan. Don Kirshner had good instincts for knowing what would sell well, and took charge of the recordings, limiting the input the Monkees themselves had in making the music. For most of the first season’s songs, the members only sang, and did not play on the records. Boyce and Hart also noticed that when all four Monkees were together in the studio, they would try to make each other laugh during takes, and things did not get done. They began bringing the band to record in ones and twos. Kirshner also okayed Nesmith to produce two of his own songs, for each Monkees album. Nesmith could choose musicians and sing, but could not play on the records himself.

In time, the band improved musically, and wanted another chance to play on their own recordings. They also began to perform live for audiences. Kirshner would not change his mind, issued a whole album without even telling the band, and planned to issue a new single. Nesmith argued with Kirshner and his attorney (putting his own fist through a wall to show his anger), and called a press conference, telling the media about his unhappiness with how the music was made. Many people thought this proved the Monkees were phonies, and did not deserve to be popular. To prove themselves, the Monkees recorded a new single, then a new album, with each member playing instruments. Their new records did not sell as well as their first ones, but they felt better knowing the music was really theirs, and they still had hit records.

Kirshner issued the single “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” (written by Neil Diamond), without getting an OK first. This was reason enough to fire him from the Monkees production team. Kirshner’s career was not harmed, and he went on to produce other music his way, including songs for The Archies. He later hosted a show, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, which featured bands in a live setting.



Sounds of Drifting

Sounds of my dysfunction…pales in the silence of snow drifting.

A prayer for forgiveness grows silent among the echo found in seclusion.

Among the shuffling timbers, I hear more than what is apparent.

Stumbling around my humanness…I grasp the acoustics of letting go.

Should there always be a insult from me to here?

Insulating quiet seems so rare.


I Ain’t Got No Home

Long before #45 darkened our lives.  Trump senior invaded the lives of many in New York.  Showing all the more that…the apple never falls far from the tree.

Woody Guthrie, an American icon, had his problems with the bigoted, money devouring, Trump senior, more than fifty years ago.

Mr. Guthrie died in 1967, and in the 1970s, the Justice Department sued the Trumps, accusing them of discriminating against blacks. (A settlement was eventually reached; at the time, Trump Management noted the agreement did not constitute an admission of guilt.)  Guthrie even reworked his song “I Ain’t Got No Home” into a critique of Fred Trump.

I suppose
Old Man Trump knows
Just how much
Racial Hate
he stirred up
In the bloodpot of human hearts
When he drawed
That color line
Here at his
Eighteen hundred family project

Beach Haven ain’t my home!
I just can’t pay this rent!
My money’s down the drain!
And my soul is badly bent!
Beach Haven looks like heaven
Where no black ones come to roam!
No, no, no! Old Man Trump!
Old Beach Haven ain’t my home!