"I passionately hate the idea of being 'with it,' I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time."

- Orson Welles


Only In Dreams Is This Normal

Two nights ago, I remember dreaming about being "at work," some type of office/corporate business environment and “the government” arrived to pick up the people selected for military duty. I remember thinking that this had become normal and I guess my time had come due. At some point in the future, federal officials would arrive at your home or work to pick you up when it was your time. You know the officials, dark suits, dark glasses, and officious tone. Direct.

Much is hazy until I recall being in uniform, outside, some place warm, by the sea. I am among many new recruits. I recognize the New Zealand national flag. Somehow we’ve been shipped to New Zealand for ‘training.’ Welcoming us were women soldiers of New Zealand, I suppose. Instead of barking orders, we were greeted with sympathetic hugs, and welcomes.

So last night, I’m playing bass for the Rolling Stones – in concert. It’s quite exciting and oddly normal. There’s Keith, Mick and Charlie. I don’t have a clue how to play the songs or what the set list is. Keith walks up and says, “Don’t fucking worry about it, nobody gives a shit.” Later, Keith and Mick and I are in a grocery store and Keith and Mick have very little consideration of others and very bad manners. Their behavior is appalling yet quite funny. At one point, Keith whips out a straightedge razor and snorts a huge line. The both look like hell, they smell even worse.

People are falling all over themselves to get closer to us. The cops have to be called in to control the fans. Next thing you know, we all have on women’s clothing and we’re trying to sneak out of the store. Mick finds the whole thing hilarious. Keith continues to get really wasted. Obviously, I’m along for the ride…of my life. Charlie loves the wigs. They've all done this before.


"It's so obviously the truth what Kerry said, and the Republicans are just having fun with it -- everybody knows it's true. . . In the last six or seven months, I've been in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. I've met with leaders in all of those regions, and they have overwhelmingly -- not unanimously but overwhelmingly -- said that they hope that there's a change in leadership."

Richard Holbrooke on John Kerry’s assertion that world leaders support his candidacy


it just clicked

magic johnson

triple (3) double (2)

3 2


damn, i'm slow


Branding the Un Brand Able

Tears from behind eyes dreaming

Of heroes turned bums

Laid naked before children

Their intuition tuned toward the obvious

Sympathies intact but waning

In face of pathetic begging and ingratiations

A friendly front despite harmful data

Oh, but does time erode our mountains

In all fairness

We have lived our moments

Of the dreams that have already come true

For that time (of inexperiences)

But as we individually evolve

So must those dreams

Because if “the future is now”

Then us visionaries and futurists are unemployed

It’s the children of like age

Who specifically rip my heart to shreds

The ‘missing’ is incomprehensible

Yet the relief of being off duty

Only serves guilt in grotesque portions

Yeah, you didn’t receive a tip

Because you shorted me a penny

If you have the temper for it

Mass transportation is a viable alternative

Jitter fumbling phones

Suits, suits and more suits

I cannot stand the sight of

The standard-issue sell-out motherfuckers

The devil in me is the devil in us all

It’s us as a company of

It’s not ‘they,’ it’s ‘us’

You have to be careful with your team

Caught out in the proverbial rain

Like an addiction to Jesus Christ

At least that’s the company line

In the company of converts


I do not know what it is

Feeling this way for whatever reason

Out there - way out there


"[Howard Stearn] urged listeners not to support Bush in the presidential election. "Vote this maniac out of office," he said."




Job Description

People want to be cool.

It's my job to show 'em how.


From the Culture War front:

PORTLAND -- Multnomah County will issue same-sex couples marriage licenses at 10 a.m. Wednesday.


Nyack Mayor John Shields will join the New Paltz mayor, Jason West, in issuing the licenses. West vowed to go ahead with up to two dozen same-sex weddings this weekend, despite being charged with 19 criminal counts and possibly facing jail time for marrying gay couples.
[Howard] Stern has been a vocal Bush supporter in the past, but over the last few days he's been ranting on the air about Clear Channel's deep financial ties to the White House and claiming that he's become the target of a conspiracy since he began trashing the president in recent weeks.

...Stern -- after reading a copy of Al Franken's book "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them" -- told listeners: "If you read this book, you will never vote for George W. Bush ... I think this guy is a religious fanatic and a Jesus freak, and he is just hell bent on getting some sort of bizzaro agenda through."



Gone are the "Days of Marijuana"

of colors gone wrong with warmth and texture

and perfectly interlocking intertwining sounds despite

Paranoia is now a product of

The realities of our government and our religions

Noise harsher and sites much more grotesque

The cat geriatric now

Howling for food when fed

Dragging its shit every where

Judgment honed like dissertation data

America over-romanticized like pre-masturbatory pornography

The maxing of credit limits becomes

The last great act of patriotism

Yet for a simple tweak of art

Joy is there for harvest

One last salve for the spirit before we die again

Thirty-eight things to say


Mexico sure is fun


Happiness is a fallacy

I don't know who lived in more places

McKenzie or Big Dave Wave

at one brief point, they lived together

with Aaron

Perfect phrases of the English language

Are as elusive as large fish that

Always somehow manage to get away

You will hit me on the head forever

You are playing something related to the dulcimer

Culture Gurus

Are masters of sellout philosophies

Fulfillment of potentials

Can't trust it

The subtle & the mundane

How individuals impact groups

How guitars make you air


meticulously the documented

Planning a grand escape

Diligently they schemed (no lie, homey)

That is not how you play guitars and drums
How come nobody's freaking on Kid Rock?

Isn't there a Constitutional amendment in the works here too:

Flag Desecration at Superbowl


"Let's make a constitutional amendment against presidents that lie."

Al Sharpton, 02.29.04
"That someone was sitting with a finger poised on a sanitizing switch suggests in itself that we are to have a new wave of heavy-duty censorship in America and all caused by the exposure of one breast -- Janet Jackson's on the halftime show of this year's Super Bowl. That single unveiling seems to be fostering a climate of suppression and fear the likes of which no hard-core porno film was ever able to engender. "

Tom Shales, Washington Post 03.01.04