Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sombras De Noite


My girlfriend gave me permision to rant, so therefore, I rant. As far as the warning is concerned I feel like I should have adopted my best pirate voice and quoted Pirates of the Caribbean.

"Psst! Avast there. It be too late to alter course, mateys. And there be plunderin' pirates lurkin' in ev'ry cove, waitin' to board. Sit closer together, and keep your ruddy hands in board. That be the best way to repel boarders. And mark well me words, mateys; Dead men tell no tales! Ye come seekin' adventure with salty old pirates, eh? Sure you've come to the proper place. But keep a weather eye open mates, and hold on tight. With both hands if you please. Thar be squalls ahead, and Davy Jones waitin for them that don't obey."

Tuesday and Wednesday are cool days. I host radio shows. Webertainment Weekly on Tuesday night from 7-8 in the evening and Blues in Orbit from 7-10 in the evening. During those days I come up with a playlist for Blues in Orbit. It's a great time scouring CD's and websites for music to play. New music, as well as classics and unknown artists. (How do you like that sentence frag Nazi's?)

Before I launch into my tirade, let me say this "I am grateful to all of the music promoters who send new music my way. Without the promoters, I couldn't make Blues in Orbit the fun time it is."

Now, for the rant or squall if you will. There be nothing more tiring then receiving a new CD from an artist who records nothing but jazz standards. I get three or four CDs a week from artists who don't have an original song on the album. Trust me Davy Jones be waitin' at the bottom of the Caribbean for the remnants of your jazz career after the squall dashes your CD to pieces.

Does that mean I don't like covers, or jazz standards? Not at all. The title of this blog is based off of a great cover of Sombras De Noite (Night Shadows) by George Khan off of his Secrets from the Jazz Ghetto album which is a mixture of new tunes as well as previously released tracks.

Mr. Khan did a great job of mixing jazz standards as well as original recordings. Of course, this isn't Mr. Khan's first album. However, if it was and it had nothing but covers on it...well, that doesn't bode well for his CD. Why do I want to listen to a CD full of songs everybody and their mom has recorded over and over again? jazz artists...are we straight? No more CD's full of jazz standards...right? Else I may have to enlist the aid of Davy Jones and the Kraken to wipe out your career.

Okay, that might be a little harsh, but I find the albums that catch my attention most are the ones that contain either all originals, or originals with a smattering of standards. There have been many times where an artist's CD had all originals with one standard and the standard was the song that caught my attention. It can happen.

To the promoters I say this..."Thanks again for all you do. I spend many hours reviewing all the music I recieve, whether I pass on it or not."

In the meantime, Yo-Ho Yo-Ho It's a Pirate's Life for Me! I mean, who doesn't want all the loot, rum and wenches they can handle?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


The enormous yellow sun has burst from the clouds to provide vibrancy and life to the desert. Riding the radio waves, a voice breaks through the crackling and distorted channel to inform the populace that mid-week showers approach. The desert will once again be pelted by precipitation.

Nature can't decide what she wants.

There is no question that the People know what they want.

Far away, the black beast engulfs the shores. How long will the beast hold us captive?

We all face giants. Some have giant faces. Some live in giant places.

For me blogging is a giant. I find that people are fascinated by blogging...the myriad of possibilities that blogging introduces would take up mountains of virtual space. I've seen blogs introducing people to new businesses and industries. I've read about people's vacations and cake recipes. I've read about people who forgot to do the laundry. The consequence? Going commando to the gym!

Being relatively new to blogging, can I tell you what I've realized? I've realized this. I don't want to read blogs about the same banal, personal, mundane experiences people post about on Twitter and Facebook. "I'm eating a peanut butter sandwich as I sit on the throne!" Are you? Let me comment on your tweet.

"I don't effin care!"

Twitter did a study...don't quote me on the numbers, but they found that most of what people tweet is "totally mindless blabber." Thank you Facebook and Twitter for introducing me to someone else's "I'm in line at Target!"

I care more about your cake recipe, family vacation, or recent revelation about life than your mundane experiences that help me in no way whatsoever. The stuff that I like most is informative and well thought out. Having finished writing a book about ghosts and zombies, I've found blogs about agents and publishing most helpful. I find blogs about music helpful to my radio show. I find blogs about my friends life experiences refreshing. Except when they post about the menial details of their life. Yes, I do have better things to do than read the play by play of your day at work.

I guess it's good that I don't know how people go about gaining an audience for their blogs, otherwise some of those people who publish their minute by minute activity would be slaying me in the comments section of this blog.

Besides, if I knew how to gain an audience for this blog I would use it to expand into some huge money making venture. The extra dollars would make up for reading about your peanut butter and honey sandwich while you sat on the john. Or was it strawberry jelly? I could probably buy my own peanut butter and honey sandwich and post about it here, or on Facebook. Then I could claim my life is productive. No, really--it is.

Back to the giants in Nature. Oh god of the yellow sun, would you please shine in California this weekend? I would like the money I spent on race tickets to be well worth it.

How was that for a Facebook or Twitter post?