Monday, November 30, 2020

Trials . . .


. . .  and tribulations . . . 

Dear Entertainment Booking Person,
Thanks for your response. As I said, we do not post videos of covers with respect to intellectual property issues. I presume you have listened to the audio demo I sent and have seen the videos of some of our original material. As far as 'videos of things', we appear just the same whether performing covers or originals. . . While OHO does not perform any covers by the Crash Test Dummies, Rodeo Clowns, Jason Mraz, Eagles, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Maggie Rogers, OAR, Jake Owen or Lee Brice, we do cover items from the catalogs of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Foster The People, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Steelers Wheel, Steely Dan, Tom Petty, The Hollies, Paul Simon, Roy Orbison, The Mavericks, The Cure, Yardbirds, David Bowie, Donovan (to name some) - music that, while for the most part precedes SOME of the former, still evokes wide acceptance and appreciation. . . I understand the decision is yours and appreciate your taking the time to discuss this.  I would just hope that you remember, you should never underestimate your clientele. . . All the best to you,

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Wish . . .


. . . you had been there . . . 

But if you weren't. . . 

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Honolulu . . .

Southward bound,
A latte grande on the seat
Between my legs.
All around,
I see the saints,
I see the dregs.
And the byproducts of civilization
Enter, exit from stage left, stage right.

Another monument 
To the elusive and mysterious
Honolulu Harry, 
The richest man I know.
Honolulu Harry,
The richest man in this life 
Or the next.

Through the town,
Sometimes with baggage,
Some without,
Making a livelihood.
Up or down,
Any direction that you choose
And among the fast foods, strip malls and traffic, 
There’s that name again as plain as day.

Harry was certainly rich,
But it only was money.
Very few liked him that much.
Now it seems kind of funny.

Just the sound
Of his name spoken with respect
And reverence that’s owed to him,
Brings to mind
Without a peer.
And it warms the heart to think of the thousands
Harry helped, but not while he was here.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Reprise . . .


. . . of  'Joyride' which fishes the album 'For the Ride' in 'joyous', if not bizarre, fashion . . . 


  1. a repeated passage in music.
  1. repeat (a piece of music or a performance).
    "he reprises his role as the vigilante architect"


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Can't . . .

. . . say enough about TRUTH 


". . . not only liberated himself from truth, he liberated others to tell their lies or spread his — and reap the benefits. His party’s elders did not care, as long as he kept the base energized and voting red. Fox News didn’t care, as long as he kept its viewers glued to the channel and its ratings high. Major social networks only barely cared, as long he kept their users online and their numbers growing. Many of his voters — even evangelicals — did not care, as long as he appointed anti-abortion judges. They are “pro-life,” but not always pro-truth. . .

. . . That is why it’s vital that every reputable news organization — especially television, Facebook and Twitter — adopt what I call the Trump Rule. If any official utters an obvious falsehood or fact-free allegation, the interview should be immediately terminated, just as many networks did with Trump’s lie-infested, postelection, news conference last week. If critics scream “censorship,” just shout back “truth.”. . . "

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

More Block . . .


Here, nothing but time
On my dirty hands, to no
No avail.
Try as hard I might,
Pour-ing every ounce of 
My energy 
Into a song,
The only thing I can do for you.
Something is wrong.
Barely a note breaking through.
Hardly a clue.

Dry as a well.
Arid as the desert 
I seem to be.
When will it end?
We will see

What, you’re asking, 
Is there to be concerned 
About in this anomaly? 
Sure this kind of thing 
Happens all the time to
All practitioners of 
Rhythmic expression.
Propelling souls into space; flying
Evoking so 
Many emotions within,
Out of the din.

But in spite of this,
I will persevere in
My endless quest for 
Voice to express
What I feel. 

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Monday, November 23, 2020

Refined . . .

. . . the track entitled 'Block' as follows:

-"Crisped"-up the cymbals a bit
-Equalized the solo piano track
-Edited the solo piano track by increasing the 'legato' of certain passage(s)
-Filled in previously-silent measures with melody extended from prior improvisations

. . . and presented here for your enjoyment

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Right. . .

. . . as in the "CORRECT" thing to do . . . 
". . . In a joint statement issued after their approximately two-hour visit to the White House, state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield said they accepted the president's invitation "as we would accept an invitation from any sitting president if asked to meet," but said their position that the voters are the ones who pick the state's electors was unchanged. . . As "legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election," their statement said. . ."

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Saturday, November 21, 2020

More . . .

. . . Malignant

I know so little. But still
I feel so strongly.
My will may seem immovable ’til
Damage does exceed cost of pride.

So self destructive it seems.
Measure neglecting the team,
Enacted for selfish means.
What’s in it for me? Tell me please.

Was it neglect during my childhood?
Do you suspect foul play?
All of the wealth in the world
Can’t correct it.

Glaring defect in character
You can detect for miles.
How can you suspend basic logic
Like thin air?

Wondering where is our sanity.
Was it thrown out with the trash?
Have all our standards been compromised
Or is this just who we really are?

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Friday, November 20, 2020

Dangerous . . .

". . . Christopher Krebs, who led the federal government's election cybersecurity efforts, has been fired by (Trump) via Twitter. . . Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., who serves on the Homeland Security Committee and is a member of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, a joint government agency to create a comprehensive U.S. cybersecurity strategy, said in an emailed statement that Krebs "is a public servant of impeccable integrity." . . . "(Trump's ) inability to accept the election results and his lashing out at those willing to speak the truth about his lies has gone from petulant to downright dangerous," Langevin said. . ."

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Thursday, November 19, 2020