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…on New Material For The Band

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 23, 2013 by journeymantojo

 

COLD COMFORT OF A DULL EDGE

Let this moment last until forever

Now everlasting
Has drifted into past and it never
Simple climb and beyond the neon alighting
Just
Drifts away

I
Am the
E-volution
Of
The new
All-consuming

AND I’VE NEVER SEEN A BATTLE LIKE THIS

Let this moment last until

Now breakfasting
Has lighted into day and of none
Tumble down and behold the neon colliding
Just
Drifts away

If
You fear
So truly
Be
And feed
It to me

RAZED TO A BLOOD CURDLING FIT

Be doubt
Be pain
Be alone

Let this moment last
Before it just drifts

FROM CLOUD
FROM STRENGTH
FROM HOPE
AWAY

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…on Stuff I Can’t Ignore Anymore

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2013 by journeymantojo

I did not want to do this, but I’ve seriously been bugged lately about what is being said and done and…well, it’s my turn to speak. So yeah, I hope my friends remain so afterwards. Better post coming soon.

…on A Work In Progress

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2012 by journeymantojo

Revolver.

That’s what the title is. It’s getting bigger than me. Everyday it’s a new page and a new thought. It’s the post that’s been building and building.

…on The State Of The Union

Posted in Deep Ponderings, Fiction, Politics, Uncategorized, What-if? with tags , , , on December 16, 2011 by journeymantojo

“So this has proven to be one of the most anticipated State Of The Union addresses in quite some time. For those of you living under a rock…..or squarely planted in Michelle Bachman’s buttocks, here’s The Daily Shows Chief Obvious Stater to explain why. Wyatt.”

“Thank you Jon. It’s because he has BALLS!”

*****

“So what are some of the things you think he will address in his first State Of The Union, Tom?”

“Katie, it can only be speculated. He has been so unpredictable ever since the primaries and his surprise election. And then there is the fact that he has done some very unprecedented things during his transition into office – naming his former presidential opponent to Secretary of State as well as enlisting some of his biggest opponents during his senate years to key cabinet positions – what some have started calling a ‘Team Of Rivals’ administration – to his ‘bordering on loose cannon’ speeches during the campaign. There are a lot of things on everyone’s mind but the exact details of the speech are anyone’s guess. We do know for certain that if we see his signature wink-the wink he gave his campaign manager after winning the primaries that we have discovered he means to, as he explains it, ‘address the people directly-we’re in for one heck of a show.”

“Alright Tom. Well, the Speaker and Majority Leader have taken there seats as well as the Vice President. Things are under way.”

*****

“Ladies and gentleman….The President Of The United States Of America”

*****

“Thank you. A quick aside, every time I hear that song I think of the movie ‘My Fellow Americans’ where Jack Lemmon asks James Garner if he ever makes up words to ‘All Hail The Chief’. Love the words he makes up. ‘All hail the chief because he’s the chief and he needs hailing’. Good movie.

I wanted to start on a light note because-

*wink*

-The State Of The Union is…

In trouble. We have let fear and buzzwords fill our reality. After winning the primaries I said to myself that I was a very fortunate American to have gotten this close to the golden ring…the Presidency. And that I was no longer going to be speaking from a prompter but from my gut. My campaign manager used to joke with the others in my campaign about every time I gave a speech or did a town hall meeting ‘We’re about to see what a political suicide looks like. Brace yourselves’. Well, now as Chief of Staff I guess the joke will be ‘Let’s see how many points he can lose this time.’

Divided. That’s what we’ve become. Divided and petty. One party has a lack of ideas while the other side’s apparent concern is to refine their zealotry. And the people that suffer the most are…The People. The people who look to us for guidance in this ever-changing, rapidly-evolving world. Where old ideas and notions are falling out of practice – not because we don’t care for them anymore. They have fallen away because they have proven to be a hindrance to us. Science, religion, socionomic and economic ideas that have proven to hamper our evolution as both; a nation that heralds new ideologies and; a people that always pushes to new frontiers. Where have we gone wrong?

Petty squabbles over supposed differences. It’s become a poison to our progressive nature. The two party system has finally shown it’s negative nature. We don’t see it as ‘Good game, sir. We will meet again in four years so until then let’s do what needs to be done.’ No! We’ve adapted the mentality of sore winners and sorer losers. We’re not a nation of ‘winners and losers’. That policy has got to cease. We have been assigned to lead what was – what still IS – the greatest nation on Earth. No longer should we be a world power because we have the most guns. NO! We ARE a world power because we are a nation that has always fostered great ideas.But these ideas will not grow in a poisoned environ. They will cease being great ideas because we only introduce them as GAMBITS! As cards held up our sleeves to hinder the others great ideas.

Idealism. We built a nation on that. We resisted a tyranny. A resistance that was sparked by an IDEA. An idea that called for both great compromise and great sacrifice. But we are no longer willing to sacrifice. We now look out for the ones that line our pockets. Gold and silver may make you happy now, but for what good is that happiness if you can not know it with a CLEAR CONSCIENCE.

Democracy. A government OF the people. Not a plutocracy! Not a theocracy! A DEMOCRACY!

So here we stand. Those the people look upon – not for hand-holding – but for guidance. A beacon of light to shine as we move into the future. Will I be the most popular. No! But I will do everything within my power given to me by THE PEOPLE to make sure that this generation, and this UNITED States of America will be at the forefront of greatness. I look forward to everyone here – as well as the people of this nation – to join me.”

…on Iron Armor: Kick Ass Metal Covers And some Songs That Need Metal Covers

Posted in Lists, Music, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 13, 2011 by journeymantojo

Sitting here on the old PC falling slowly into YouTube hell and I got to thinking.

Today I’m going to indulge a little of my listing urge and my “fantasy-music-scenarios” yearning. So now I present……..(wait for it)……..(hang in there)……..(stay with me now)……….(I could so do a legen-dary joke here)………..MY FAVORITE METAL COVERS! And after words, my list of SONGS I WISH METAL BANDS WOULD COVER!

So let’s get started. In an order that in no way signifies favorites but just as they pop into my head.

1> “ARMY OF ME”
ORIGINAL:
Bjork is a lot of things off the top of my head. She’s short. She’s from one of those really cold countries. She can be strangely cute. And occasionally, just occasionally, she makes a song that just rocks. Army Of Me is one of those songs. Written about a brother fighting an addiction (Or something to that fact. I can’t remember and can’t be bothered to look it up right now.) But it’s an awesome song is my point. Dark. Crunchy. Song about addiction. What more could it need?
Bjork’s original:
COVER: Oh yeah! That’s what it needs! Some damn serious drop tuning, prog-metal synth hooks, and a throaty dude whose broken ass pronunciations of the English language just seem to add to the severity of the song. I know absolutely nothing about Klone but they do an awesome job of making an awesome song AWESOMER!
Klone’s cover:

2> “SHOUT”
ORIGINAL:
Fact! Every eighties band that was worth a damn made great songs about people in power being dicks and nuclear fallout and all that shit. Modern English did Melt With You. Nena did 99 Luftballoons. Men With Hats did Safety Dance (Well, maybe not every band worth a damn, but it’s still a good song!) Tears for Fears did that with Shout. They actually did it with a lot of songs but this one was great. The music had the kind of pop energy to get mainstream play and the lyrics mattered. Add in the vocals that seemed to border on anger and frustration and you couldn’t possibly improve on that.
Tears For Fears original:
COVER: Hey guys, I know what would make this song angrier! What if we sang it like we are actually pissed off. All they did was add some distortion and (this will probably be a trend) some synth with some very pissed off vocalization. And voila! You have a metal cover that’s definitely in my rotation. (Note: I chose this one over Land Of Confusion because it’s the underdog of Disturbed covers.)
Disturbed’s cover:

3> “FAITH”
ORIGINAL:
George Michael is…..pop. There really is no other way to put it. During the 80’s and early 90’s he could sing about a phone book and I’m pretty sure he would get the one thing he isn’t very interested in. Girl’s panties. Unless he likes to dress up in them. Which I’m not saying he does. This is all speculation. I don’t know the guy. He’s probably cool as hell to hang with and it would be in your favor to hang in public with him because you could get all that throw-away cougar trim that he isn’t really into. Faith was his liberation song. Good hooks, poppy, and shit, easy to dance to. What could you do to improve that?
George Michael’s original:
COVER: Say what you want about the guy (Okay, I will. He’s a douche. He’s a tool. He really grates on my nerves whenever he does things like talk, or think, or breathe, or live.) Fred Durst had some credibility in the late 90’s and early 00’s. And he had a good pop sensibility. And if it wasn’t for his constant whoredom we wouldn’t really be debating over whether nu-metal is really metal or not. But his frat approach to pop gold as well as angsting up the vocals helped make this cover cool. Not to mention the actual talents contributions. DJ Lethal on the turntables and Wes Borland on a dropped D seven string Ibanez. Yeah, good cover.
Limp Bizkit’s cover:

4> “IMAGINE”
ORIGINAL:
If I have to explain any of this you need your head examined. If I even have to tell you who sang it, congratulations on finally moving from under that rock.
THE original:
COVER: I’m not gonna say it. Because to say this epic song for peace could be improved upon then I would be a liar. Well, I wonder?! What if you made it more wrist slitty? What if you decided to appeal to people’s depression driven anger instead of their pop driven hopes? Well, you could do that. In which case you’d end up with this (Not better) but equally as impressive cover.
A Perfect Circle’s cover:

5> “THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD
ORIGINAL: The Boss. The man who told Reagan no when he asked to use Born In The U.S.A. That dude is already metal! And The Ghost Of Tom Joad is just a great song about the depression. Yeah, it’s the Tom Joad from The Grapes of Wrath. Don’t know the guy, read a book. He’s the man. And The Boss wrote a song about him. Don’t get any more metal than a blue collar rocker writing a song about a man trying to make sure his family survives during the dust bowl era depression. Try to improve on that.
The Boss’ original:
COVER: Rage Against The Machine says “Challenge Accepted”. One of the greatest political bands decided to do a cover. Tom Morello said “I wonder if I can fuck with that hook.” Zach said “I wonder if those lyrics could be angrier?” And they did. I don’t want to say it but this song is more real, visceral and channels the feeling of that era (As well as channeling the frustration of this era) than Rage’s cover of Tom Joad. Challenge succeeded.
Rage’s cover:

Well, that about does it for my rant on music. But before I leave I would like to take the time to inspire some bands.

TEN YEARS AFTER – “I’D LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD”: Haunting vocals, great hooks and a great little rift that is begging to be shredded. Or at least tooled with. Some drop D tuning and some double bass with a little more aggression during the verse (Keep the chorus melodic.) Suggestions: Tom Morello with Maynard James Keenan on vocals. Yeah.
BLUE OYSTER CULT – “GODZILLA”: Holy shit! No one has covered this? Are you kidding me? Blue Oyster Cult has some awesome songs but imagine this one with double bass drums and some cool prog synth to help with the guitars little “Godzilla-esque roar”. Suggestions: Well, Wes could probably throw some of that stuff in there with his seven string. Vocals could be anyone willing to have a little fun. Oh, and some Flea on that bass. Wonder if Portnoy would like to kill some drums for this one.
PETER SCHILLING – “MAJOR TOM (I’M COMING HOME): Yeah, let’s take a song made to follow up the Bowie classic Space Oddity. Change the synth tuning. Do some heavy prog progressions with a serious pitch shift. Yeah, this one screams to be played with. Suggestions: Hell, this one is open. Just get to work!

…on The Two Sexes And The Internet

Posted in Uncategorized on December 10, 2011 by journeymantojo

Woman: Done with my blog. Let’s see what’s going on on Facebook. Oh, she had a baby. Comment – Congrats on the baby. Okay, nothing going on here. Let’s check the news. OMG! I can’t believe what this doctor report says. Now over to here. Oh, that’s hilarious *writes well informed comment on the that post. Check Twitter. Done for the day.

Man: Done with my blog. Let’s watch some porn.

…on Why my Dogs Hate Me

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2011 by journeymantojo

Because they’re assholes!