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MORE FAMOUS THAN I THINK YOU ARE

Al DrumsOkay, listen…this is probably more of a former concert photographer’s confessional, but the title will make sense if you just hang in there with me. It’s late (or perhaps early) and I should be in bed, as per usual. I’ve been working on a number of fiction projects lately and just can’t seem to stay focused on one or the other at the moment and so tonight, inspired by music, I subject you to a random meandering–sort of.

I’m not entirely sure why, but tonight Psycho Stick infiltrated my mind. It could be the fact that I’m drinking a beer at the moment and their song “Beer” popped into my head. I’m not much of a beer person. I try. Apparently, I prefer the darker and more bitter beers—whodathunkit!

Anyway, that band popped into my head and I suddenly remembered a time when my husband and I went out to see a large show at the Myth in Maplewood, Minnesota. For some reason, I don’t remember what other bands played that night, but I was particularly interested in Lacuna Coil. They played well and on our way out some really drunk guy mistook my husband for the male singer and wouldn’t let him leave without autographing his shirt. After professing he is not, in fact, that guy, my husband gave in (because the dude persisted) and signed his own name. I’m sure that the dude woke up the next morning wondering who the hell signed his shirt. To this day we laugh about it.

Regardless, as we left, we noticed the band hanging out by their bus at the back of the venue and I actually got to meet the female singer. I was pretty stoked about it, mainly because, as a vocalist myself, I admire her range. Unfortunately, that band has become so popular and over-produced that they just don’t have the same sound anymore, but I digress.

Later I eventually took that band’s photos when they played live at Station 4. I knew them and how popular they were at the time and so it was a personal challenge to remain professional rather than “fan girl.” I think I managed alright. I got some decent photographs too.

Okay, so back to that night…after my husband and I had the little meet-n-greet with Lacuna Coil, we wandered over to The Rock, which was just a few blocks away. Earlier in the evening someone in the balcony at The Myth had tossed down some free tickets to see Psycho Stick at The Rock and so we decided to check it out just because my son, who was in his very early teens at the time, really liked that “Beer” song that played on the radio.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but we ended up having a really good time. I never thought the “Hokey Pokey” could ever be so cool and so heavy. About a year later, I ended up taking their pictures too. It was at a different venue but nonetheless, I was pretty stoked about taking photos for a band that was regularly played on the radio. And, of course, there was also the factor of the child with stars in his eyes because his mom was able to introduce him to the lead singer (clenches fist, blows on it and rubs it across chest). Proud moment.

That leads me to the main story. While I knew who those bands were when I took their live concert photographs, there were plenty whom I had no idea who they were. I often took concert photos at Station 4, which was typically known for the metal scene. Oddly, I was never all that into the type of metal they played. “Metal” had changed significantly since I was a teen. Once upon a time it was short for “heavy metal,” which is now referred to has “hair metal,” unfortunately. But now I have given away my age.

At any rate, I did not grow up in the Twin Cities and so did not experience the versatile music scene like many of my friends, acquaintances, and clients did. My husband did. And, so, when I was commissioned to photograph a show that DRI played I did not understand his excitement. He immediately turned into this boy with stars in his eyes. When I did not match his excitement, he asked me if I knew who that band is. Of course, my answer was a resounding “no.”

Oh lord! I never heard the end of it. I still don’t. It was “how can you not know who DRI is?” Of course, I’m probably exaggerating somewhat and only paraphrasing, but the sentiment is the same. I clearly did not know the caliber of the band I had photographed, which was often the case. My husband knew of many of the bands I had photographed and was geeked about it, especially DRI. My reaction was a shrug and “eh.”

In many cases, this aided in my ability to photograph them. Because I did not know who they were or that they were as famous as they were, I did not have stars in my eyes or the “fan” mentality while eyeing them through my lens, which gave me a unique perspective.

The only time this really backfired on me was when a band was fairly well-known, at least more well-known than I ever knew, and they expect me to know that they had some sort of clout. When I treated them like a regular human being but they expected to be handled like they were more famous than I thought they were…well, let’s just say they were severely disappointed. Sorry. No offense. I just didn’t know.

By the way, I know perfectly well who the guy is in the photograph I chose for this post. He is an amazing musician who has had a great distinction here in the Minneapolis music scene. He has since ventured on to greater pastures. But, I thank you, Al, for letting me attempt to play your kit, for teaching my kid, and putting up with my lens in your face.

Sleep tight for me. I’m gone.


BREATHLESS

Gothic Person MistThe wave of the record, baby
It turns me on
Strum your strings
And bang your drum, all night long

Don’t think you’re foolin’ me baby
I know that game and I came to play

With eyes wide shut
I’ll take your hand
Lay me down, devour me
I’ll follow you anywhere
Just for the night, if you dare

 

Brace yourself
Are you conflicted?
Conflicted, Conflicted

Like a tidal wave
Obeying the moon
The years pass you by
And suddenly, yesterday is in bloom

Youth stolen in the mist
Like long lost lovers
Unfolded in a kiss

When dreams collide
Are you conflicted?
Conflicted
Conflicted

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And, if you are in the mood for a bit o’ light reading, pick up your copy of Meet Mr. G today. It’s a sci-fi short story. It can be found on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks. You can even write your own review. Sleep tight for me–I’m gone!


DARKNESS

What do you do
When there’s darkness
Inside of you?

Take me away
Away

The black of night
Sinks in your heart
The fountain of youth
Has left its art

The sun
Scorches your skin
Shadows
Become your Jinn

What do you do
When there’s darkness
Inside of you?

When your blood runs cold
Do you wonder
Has your soul be sold?

Has your soul be sold?

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You can find the Darkness video from The Others here.

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If you are in the mood for a little light reading, check out my short story Meet Mr. G. You can purchase it on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. After you have read it, please feel free to write your review on any of the sites. If you do, I will love you forever!

 


AS I WAS

Because, sometimes, you just need to keep it simple stupid!

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I’ve got nothin’ to offer
Nothing meaningful or profound to say
Yet, they hang on ever whisper
Begging to be swayed

 

 

Remember me
As I was
Remember me
Just because
Remember me
As I was
Remember me just because

I wear a lot of hats
But, not all hats fit
Remember the intellect
Remember the wit

Remember me
As I was
Remember me
Just because
Remember me
As I was
Remember me
Just because
Remember me

Click the link to see the “video” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-YrWr1ek5o

You know the drill–Sleep Tight!


UNVEILED

(Spoken word–excerpt from H.P. Lovecraft’s Nemesis)

I feel it

Underneath my skin

Burnin’, burnin’

In my veins

Lift the veil to eternal sin

 

Remnants remain of this soul

The only thing metaphysical

Is the fact that you don’t really know

(Spoken word–excerpt from H.P. Lovecraft’s Nemesis)

Accept who you are

Good and evil

Trades sides

All the time

Change me (whisper)

Go on and change me

Lift the veil

By light of the moon

Begin this fairytale

Go on and change me

Lift the veil

Bein’ bad is so good

Evil doers so easy

Go on and change me

Lift the veil

Close your eyes

Let it sink in your mind

Feel it

Feel it

Feel it

Let your strength take control

Watch yourself become invincible

And become a God

Go on and change me

Lift the veil

By light of the moon

Begin this fairytale

Go on and change me

Lift the veil

Bein’ bad is so good

Evil doers so easy

Go on and change me

Lift the veil

As always–sleep tight!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM-rbtpOvNE


FEAR

Paint is melting from the walls

Blood is dripping

Be afraid

Breathe before you fall

 

Here you stand alone

In the face of unforgiving eyes

Where is your God now?

Waiting for your demise?

Just a broken law of nature

To which define a miracle

Flaws of perfect imperfection

Fear the unknown

Nothing is every what it seems

The beating of your heart so loud

No one can hear you scream

Amongst the stomping crowd

Just a broken law of nature

To which define a miracle

Flaws of perfect imperfection

Fear the unknown

One mistake and you’ll become the pray

They’ll know exactly who you are

Take your chances anyway

A shred of doubt with a scar

This song was written and recorded as The Others when it was just me and the hubby–an experiment of sorts–just the beginning. Most of the lyrics written at the time, between 2010 and 2011, were loosely based upon term papers I wrote while finishing up the B.A. in Philosophy. Love it, hate it, or leave it, but I also loved (and still do) my vampire analogies!

Want to read more about my miracle vampires? https://meditationsofacynic.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/vampires-zombies-miracles-oh-my/

Want to see the “video?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJiGFAPL5cE

Sleep tight for me. I’m gone!

 


MALUM DOMUS

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Image Credit: Daniele Montella 2004

Just down the road

Where the East wind blows

Sits a house

Where no one dare go

 

A secret hidden

Beneath the vines

Draws you in, to your confines

A curse coursing through your veins

No harm has been done

Pleasure is the absence of pain

In the witching hour

He led you down

Where he did devour

Your last

Dying sound

He lust upon your pain

And said

Choose your poison

It’s all the same

The only difference

Is the name

A top a hill

Near the River

Is where you’ll meet your fate

Beyond the mortar breathes deaths last whisper

Under enchantment

It’s

Too

Late

In the witching hour

He led you down

Where he did devour

Your last

Dying sound

He lust upon your pain

And said

Choose your poison

It’s all the same

The only difference

Is the name

If you would like to hear the music or see the video, please feel free to visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9waE_qcdjk

And, don’t forget to read my short story “Meet Mr. G.” (link here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/525659), now also available through Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and coming soon to a Kindle near you. Oh–yeah–and don’t forget to rate it and write your review!