Suck It England! 2014

I think everyone knows the drill for this one: this is all American music. Meaning, music done by Americans. In honor of the 4th of July. A lot of this is actually a party mix I made for earlier this year. This one is awesome, trust me.

I'm not posting a tracklist, but this includes songs by The Rubinoos, The Dixiebelles, Alice Cooper, X, and The Mavericks — just to name a few. Oh, and there's one complete train wreck on here. (No, it's not Helen Reddy; she's not American.) I think you'll figure out which one it is. You hear and go, "Oh Gene Pitney...what in the hell were you thinking?" But it's here because the song is great, and on this version I love the organ on the chorus. Love it.

And just like I said for the recent DorritDay "Scream for Your Favorites," I might be on one of these songs. I wouldnt be singing lead, because that would be a dead giveaway. I'd be playing something and/or singing backup and/or I could have written it. If anyone guesses correctly (you know of the people who dont already know the answer), I will tell you. Have fun and guess away! (I'll still be saying this in the Fall as well.)

Happy Independence Day and suck it, England!

Scream For Your Favorites
DorritDay 2014

When I was younger, when my mother's birthday would come around I never understood why she'd say "Oh, it's just another day." Now I get it. You reach to a point where it really is just another day. Speaking for myself I never work on my birthday, so that's a little special. And usually people take you out, so that's something too. But in general, DorritDay just doesn't feel like the big deal it used to be.

I'm not posting a track list, because quite frankly I just don't feel like doing the extra work. Trust me, the songs are good and as you might guess from the title, most of what's here are on the older/"classics" side, and they are definitely all favorites of mine.

Here's what I will say about the songs: most of them are older, since this is called "scream for your favorites." But there are some surprises on here as well. There's a new Veruca Salt song — yes, the original band. (Going to see them in July, and SO psyched.) And there's a song on here that sort of samples our second favorite Aria, "Mon Coeur S'Ouvre à Ta Voix," from Saint-Saens' "Samson and Delilah."

Sorry, no Big Homo Dance Party this year; just didn't have time. As I say below, there will be a "Suck It England" podcast posted around July 4th.

PS: DorritDay Contest: I might be on one of these songs. I wouldnt be singing lead, because that would be a dead giveaway. I'd be playing something and/or singing backup and/or I could have written it. If anyone guesses correctly (you know of the people who don't already know the answer), I will tell you. Have fun and guess away! (I'm going to say this same thing about the upcoming "Suck It England" podcast as well.)

My Bloody Valentine 2014

Love: it's the best and the worst, all rolled into one. Like I said last year, I don't hate love; I love love. To quote the Countess de Lave in The Women, "L'amour, toujours l'amour." Love isn't the problem; people are the problem. Well, losers, really.

I like to think that this mix represents all that is love: the good, the bad, and the ugly. So there are "wow, she's great" songs along with "you can go fuck yourself and die" songs.

My feeling about someone treating you badly—in love or in any part of life—is this: don't worry about it, because the universe will make them pay. Maybe not right away, but you just don't get to sail through life doing whatever you want and treating people like crap and being completely self centered. (I was lucky enough to learn this lesson, and pay the price, in my 20s and 30s.)

People like this can try to justify horrible behavior in their heads all they want, with whatever lame excuses, but the universe will always know when it's bullshit...and it'll come a callin' for them. And it won't stop until they finally really learn the lesson it's been trying to teach them.

Like I said, I don't hate love at all, or Valentine's Day. The media does make too big a deal of it, but that's not the day's fault. Even though I'm not in love, and I don't have one girlfriend, that's exactly the way I want it for now. It's still all about me, and I'm keeping it that way for a while.

I'm not posting a tracklist, but if you want to know what any of the songs are, text me. Here are the only notes:
--Last summer a friend asked me to sing harmony on his version of one of these songs. I said I would, but only if I could change the name in the song. I did, and it was the most fun I'd had in a long time.
--One of the songs contains my favorite bass line ever.
--One of the songs should make you want to dance like you were one of the Hullabaloo girls in a cage.

And the last note is this: one of the songs is "In My Dreams" by the Mavericks. I swear, if someone wrote something this pretty for me, I think I'd take them back even if they had burned my house down. Such a great song.

If you do have someone to be your Valentine, I hope you appreciate what you have — as long as it's good and what you want. If it's not? Dump their ass and find someone who deserves you. Life's too short to waste time on losers; trust me.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Spraymount and Shame in Houston
January, 2014

It's that time of year again: conference management team madness. This is exactly what the copywriter meant when she or he created the phrase "the toughest job you'll ever love." And we will be spending a great deal of the time covered in spraymount...and probably shame, just like the tagline our boss created for us last year.

This mix is a lot of different music; truly a pastiche if you will. There are some songs that have a slightly countryish feel to them, but there are also songs that I just like and have been listening to lately. And of course since I'm going to be in Texas, there are a couple of songs by The Mavericks.

The bottom line goal for us was to create a mix that would keep us energized and set the mood for where I am and what I'm doing (like "Function at the Junction" by Shorty Long). I think I did that and created a mix that anyone will like, because it's awesome. I'm not listing the songs, but if you want any info about any of them, text me.

Hopefully I won't die of exhaustion and will make it back alive. Wish me luck!

Hey, Wake Up and Look Around: It's Fall!
December, 2013

Yeah, yeah, it's late — but it IS still fall. I'm just not ready to start listening to Christmas music all the time yet. Plus while there probably will be a Christmas podcast, I haven't really starting pinning down the songs so it's not even close to being ready.

Fall is my very favorite season. I love almost everything about it. The leaves change color, the days are cooler, and the sky in the late afternoon/early evening is gorgeous here in NY. I don't think of fall as depressing or being about things dying. Fall is your chance to make any changes you want to make before the year ends. So it's a good thing.

But invariably I always miss fall, as I'm just too caught up in my so-called-real "life" to take the time to actually notice the season. So I'm trying again to help everyone remember to look around and appreciate the beauty of autumn. This is all songs that, for whatever reason, generally never fail to make me happy. (Although they're not all necessarily "happy" songs.) You remember how to be happy, don't you? You just put your lips together and blow—wait a minute, that's how to whistle. Although I'm sure the "blow" part could inspire a lot of happiness, if you know what I mean, and I think you do. . .

As I've said before, I might be on one of these songs. I'd be playing something and/or singing backup and/or I could have written it. If anyone guesses correctly (you know, of the people who don't already know the answer), I will tell you. Have fun and guess away — Happy Fall!

Life on the Chain Gang: Labor Day 2013

Yes, I DO know that Labor Day is actually about unions. But I am not a fan of unions. I never have been, really, but now that I've been forced to be a member of a stupid union, I really don't like them much. Yeah, they're good because you have to go through a VERY complicated process if they want to fire you. But when the man wants to do something like cut someone's hours or the like, they figure out a way around the contract really fast and it can happen anyway.

We do get a cost of living raise every year, and without that we'd get absolutely nothing. But the dues really add up, so it's really not all that great. Maybe it works better in a field where the union really has some power and it's not so easy for management to get around what's supposed to be an iron-clad contract.

So instead of rambling on some more about unions, these are all songs about work. And money. Or having a job. Or someone taking your hard-earned money. Some of them just mention the word "work," because it's not that easy finding different songs that are actually about "work." Again, if you don't like it make your own damn podcasts. I think having to a job everyday and putting up with all the crap you have to put up with should have a holiday of its own, so I'm making it Labor Day.


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