Shadows flee …

… before the sun.

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Gimme my Steel Reserve

It’s stupid but this was and remains my drink. I’m the kind to drink it on a stoop or under a bridge.

It used to be Colt .45. Caught some racist flak for that in Philly years ago. “Ain’t that what the jigs drink?” I suppose, but I don’t care. It works every time.

This is my bad mindset: I identify with the protagonist in 40 oz. to Freedom.

Probably a bad idea for someone on an anti-convulsive, lithum, and an anti-psychotic. I’ll think about that tomorrow.

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Mastodon rocks

I saw Mastodon in Royal Oaks (suburb of  Detroit) Michigan yesterday. They were great. The part that bothered me is that I haven’t been in a mosh pit for 20+  years and accidentally kneed some poor idiot in the groin while pushing him back.

That skunk smell was there. I was aware of it, and wanted to get a contact high. Sad but true. There was a time that I wanted to lose my mind and never get it back.

The opening bands (which will remain unnamed, because I sort of like them) were pretty lame. As a result there was a lot of non-plussed standing around waiting for the main act.

At least Brett Hinds joined Band X  on lead guitar for their opening number.

I might as well spill the beans. Band X was onstage in Nice, France when ninety-something people were shot in cold blood in that terrorist attack.  I was glad to see Brett support  them, and to know that Mastodon is supporting them as part of this tour. But they’re not really my thing. I get the joke, but I don’t care for it.

OK, I’m going to go listen to Emperor  of Sand, and get my daily cathartic dose of metal. It doesn’t fit with my Orthodox Christian religion, but who gives an [expitive deleted]. I like  it, and it keeps me … if not sane, saner.

P.S. OMG that drummer in Band X. He’s no Brann Dailor. Kick drum on every frickin’ downbeat, no interesting fills at all, at all. I was so glad to finally see Mastodon. Brann came forward after the show and worked the crowd by talking to us. Very cool of him, and it also gave him a chance to be seen after being heard from behind a drumkit..


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The jitters

Down again and jittery due to medication side effects. Fingers don’t work right, brain failing. Considering hospitalization. Saw psychotherapist today. Seeing psychiatric nurse practitioner on Monday. Insane father comes to town on Tuesday.

Just get me to the airport, put me on a plane
Hurry hurry hurry, before I go insane
I can’t control my fingers, I can’t control my brain
Oh no oh oh oh oh

Full lyrics here

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Did you forget to take your meds?

Yes. I did. And that’s a lame joke.


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Motorheads before there was Motörhead

The Ventures were incredibly popular in Japan.

The guy in the audience at the start of part 2 invented headbanging:

The Ventures played fast and loud.

Johnny Ramone played a Ventures model Mosrite.

Motorheads are speed freaks.

Motörhead paid tribute to the Ramones.

Marky Ramone played with The Ventures.

Billy Zoom saw The Ramones and was inspired to found X.

The Ramonetures and Billy Zoom put out a Ventures-laced album of X covers.

The Ramonetures’ first album consisted of Ventures-inspired Ramones covers.

But to return to the subject of Japan, where it all began …

End of story.

Postscript: I would never encourage anybody with a mood disorder to use drugs of abuse. They’re bad news. But nobody said anything about audio speed. Enjoy!

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