Archive for March, 2011

The Rockin’ Writer

As some of you already know, I’ve recently joined a new band.  Music has always been one of my greatest passions, so I am very excited to be back in it.  I’ve been in several bands over the years, of most note was Offset.  Our CD, Rehash, sold quite a few copies and we were touring around the New England area with our “Dynamic Power Groove.”  After taking some time off from the music scene to write Train of Consequences, I finally decided that it’s time to get back on the stage and back behind the microphone.

This new band consists of three other guys: Marty Lewis (formerly of Kinetic Theory) on drums, and Jeff Crosby and Ken Camille (both formerly of Under The Gun) on guitar and bass, respectively.  They are just as laid back as I am and are like-minded musically.  During the audition process, we all felt some good vibes.  These guys know their instruments well and I’m psyched to be part of this new project.  We will be doing primarily cover songs, with a focus on the heavy \m/

At this point, we don’t have a name yet.  We’re currently tossing around some very cool ideas, but we want to choose carefully.  We have also selected some great songs to play, including songs from Metallica, Godsmack, Disturbed, Nickelback, Foo Fighters, and Alice In Chains, to name a few.  A few songs are staples of cover bands, but there are many that will surprise people.  We expect to be playing shows by late-spring or so.  Hope to see you all there, rocking out.  I will continue to keep everyone updated on the activities of this band, and of course, Train of Consequences.

Circa 2006

I’ve been told that I’m a masochist for trying to juggle a writing career with a music career, but I think it’s going to be quite a ride.  I got this.  I’m The Rockin’ Writer 🙂

Color Within The Lines, You Bastard.

I’ve noticed a couple of annoying trends while driving:  other drivers crossing the yellow line and drivers on cross-streets speeding to a stop over the white line.  Maybe they are on the phone?  Maybe they are in a hurry?  Whatever it is….cut the shit.

You’ve all seen it, right?  You’re driving safely along the road, belting out some lyrics to your iPod, when suddenly some asshole is half in your lane!  Sometimes you have to swerve to avoid them, sometimes you don’t – but it’s YOUR lane!  Your lane is reserved for drivers heading in your direction.  If drivers would remain in their own lanes, I could drive to my destination without having to visualize my neck sticking out of the gas tank of my car following a head-on collision!

Then, there are the bastards who stop abruptly at stop signs on a cross-street, with the toes of their car tauntingly stepping over the white line and into your lane!  You almost always have to swerve around these people and you definitely end up having to slow down, because you’re not sure that they are actually going to stop.

It goes back to kindergarten, really.  Most of us learned to color within the lines.  If you’re coloring Superman’s outfit blue and carelessly cross the line, you mess it up for the other colors.  Superman now has a blue line on his chin and when you color over that with your peach or beige crayon (I always preferred peach for skin coloring, but some of my fellow Crayola-Picassos preferred beige), it mixes together and screws up the picture.  Before you know it, Superman looks part Smurf and even my five-year-old imagination couldn’t fathom a collaboration between DC Comics and Hanna-Barbera.

So, until Superman moves to Smurf Village, drive like you want to live, please.  Or at least stay in your own lane, so I can drive with ease.  In other words, color within the lines, you bastard.