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Pete Townshend’s Ghost

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Just wrote this song.

Of course Jimmy wants to be a rocker. What kid doesn’t? He wants to swing his arm like a maniac and tear his fingers apart until they bleed and leave shreds of Gibson’s and Telecaster’s in his wake……and then go backstage and plunder like a Hun.

Nice work if you can get it.

In a bit…

–tf

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The next move….

September 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Sat down late last night at my desk….in the dark except for a dying green tinted desk lamp, and out came a song called “I’m Still Me”. Jimmy is taking all the hits….from a Mother who has turned to television preachers to a Dad who worships at the altar of Jim Beam. Jimmy’s face drones away in the hallway like a teacher in front of a sleeping class, too long in the job. He’s no more than a blip on somebody’s statistical survey map. But without the struggle to become something other than piped in store Muzak, what’s the point? So he contemplates his next move….

As do I.

In a bit…

–tf

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Another True Believer

September 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Been struggling with a song called “Another True Believer”. Think I finally got it right last night. Time will tell. Such a simple little song, but it kept squirming out of my grasp. Like trying to pick up water with your hands.

Been a tough few days in the neighborhood. We all lost a wonderful piece of our lives, and it hurts individually and collectively. Sometimes you just wish you could turn back the clock. But time hits you like a train. Anyway, work is the refuge, as a friend once said. I believe that to be true. I’m trying to lose myself in mine.

Over the last few weeks I’ve also stitched together a rough first draft of the play for high school students I’ve been asked to write. I need to type it up, as right now it’s all scribbled in longhand all over a legal pad. Hopefully there’s some coherence buried in there.

Have a new lyric I’m going to try to lay down today. A few more ideas. I’m putting my Jimmy through the ringer. But he’s a kid. He can take it.

Anyway, don’t take anything for granted. It could all be taken away. Do what you do, and do it to the best of your ability. And if you can do it today, don’t wait until tomorrow.

In a bit…

–tf

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Half the new record….

September 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Five songs are done. Cut them during my lunch hour today.

Now the sprint to the end. Jimmy has already been through a lot. I see more clouds on his horizon.

In a bit…

–tf

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The game commences

September 21, 2009 Leave a comment

It’s a mystery to me
The game commences
For the usual fee
Plus expenses

Mark Knopfler

Decided to write all the songs first…..then record them in one session. Jimmy is proving to be one messed up kid.

Folks continue to disappoint in large doses, either from overactive egos, a lack of common courtesy, or just because they don’t give a shit. There’s a meanness in this world for sure…..but based on what I’m trying to do, all this is sort of a silver lining. Jimmy feels that he can’t trust anybody. Parents, siblings, girls, friends…..they’ve all let him down. What he’s left with is artificial. Stimulants. Fantasy. Cynicism. Only himself to rely on, but still feeling, deep down, that he’s only got himself to blame as well.

What shall he do? That’s what the songs need to answer.

In a bit…

–tf

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And we’re off…

September 17, 2009 Leave a comment

The work commences. Lots of ideas. A song and a half into it. Things will all coalesce in time. That’s the plan anyway. I suppose they could fall apart too, but what’s the fun in a journey if you already know how it’s gonna turn out?

I’m writing about this kid in my head. My “Jimmy” (no, he’s not a Mod or from the Bay area…give me some credit for originality) is an adolescent who’s inner workings resemble a spider web. He wants to stand out, but before he  can do that he needs to fit in. And this he can’t seem to do. Throw in the seemingly unobtainable girl, a constant shortage of spending $$, and a weakness for certain liquids and chemicals, and you’ve got a hormonal clenched fist heading towards a brick wall. His only hope is to wait out the storm. And then….well….not much changes, except expectations. And maybe that’s enough.

But to get there? How do you get there?

I’ve thought a lot about this, and I really think the only long-time cure for adolescence is not being one anymore. Drugs, sex, and rock and roll work, but only temporarily. Even the best kind of each lasts….what…..a few hours? Or a few minutes maybe.

In a bit…

–tf

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New idea

September 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Ok….so who says you can’t reach a bit?

I’m going to write a solo-acoustic “Quadraphenia”. Well, not really. But Townshend’s opus is gonna serve as my inspiration as I sit down today and begin sketching out plans for a 10 song cycle dealing with teen angst and all the…well….angst….that being a teen brings on. Of course I’m no longer a teen, but I’m pretty sure I used to be, and at 40+ I’ve got enough left-over dread to light up a football stadium.

I’m going to do this with a whisper, not a scream, so being a rock and roll star will have to wait. And I’m going to do it alone, so joining that street gang that gets all the girls will have to wait too.

The best part about musical solitude is being alone. My ego I can deal with. It’s the expanded belfry’s of others that leaves the bitter taste.

In a bit…

–tf

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