What Marching Band Taught Me About the World

INTRODUCTIONIn 1979, I finally made the transition into high school band. It was something I’d been looking forward to, ever since I transitioned from trumpet to drums in sixth grade. I went in and auditioned for the leader of the drum line; a guy named Roger, aka “Hefty.” After my audition, I was ceremoniously welcomedContinue reading “What Marching Band Taught Me About the World”

Nothing Means Anything

INTRODUCTIONEvery so often, a memory returns to the forefront of my mind. I don’t know why this happens, or the purpose behind it, so I suspect that it is one meaningless link in the meaningless chain of nothing. It was early December of 1990, and my future ex-wife got me a Super NES for myContinue reading “Nothing Means Anything”

Four Films Where The Main Character is Already Dead

INTRODUCTIONThis list will include some major spoilers. Fortunately, most of these things are old, so I shouldn’t worry about dishing out spoilers all that much. But you can find the movies and watch them online before reading this if you like. It is said that the film Carnival of Souls from 1962 is the originalContinue reading “Four Films Where The Main Character is Already Dead”

My 3 Favorite End-of-the-World Animations

INTRODUCTIONThe end of the world is not something that I actively look forward to witnessing. I am convinced that, as I write this, we are bearing witness to the beginning of it. I say this, not in a religious sense, but in a practical sense. Greed of power and money has ramped up in America’sContinue reading “My 3 Favorite End-of-the-World Animations”

But She’s Got a Great Personality

NOTE: Before I get started, one of my readers had an accident recently and had to go to the hospital. Here’s hoping that my bud, AA, has a speedy recovery. INTRODUCTIONThroughout this entry, I will be referencing women. This is primarily because I only date women. That’s just me and who I am. That said,Continue reading “But She’s Got a Great Personality”

Finding Purpose [Is Purpose Necessary?]

INTRODUCTION“What IS my purpose in life, anyway?” I asked my therapist. She replied, “Your cats need you.” I scoffed, at least initially. When I looked at my cats, I felt way differently about that answer. Because, you know, they’ve got those big, pitiful giant shiny baby eyeballs. And for all that, of me, for whichContinue reading “Finding Purpose [Is Purpose Necessary?]”

Plot Holes and Letting Go

As is the case, from time to time I will go on YouTube and look for philosophical content. Not Jordan Peterson or other faux gurus or grifters, but actual philosophy. My criteria is that it must be useful, it must NOT damage others, it must NOT be tribal, it must NOT be political, it mustContinue reading “Plot Holes and Letting Go”

A Tale of Two Auditions, and Lessons Learned

INTRODUCTIONAuditioning is something that most musicians have to do at one point or another. It’s much like job interviewing, where the more you do it, the better you get. I didn’t have many auditions when I was young. My audition for the first-ever Cincinnati Reds High School Honors Band was nothing more than paperwork andContinue reading “A Tale of Two Auditions, and Lessons Learned”

Success: It’s the Thrill of the Chase

“It’s not the kill… It’s the thrill of the chase.” I never had any question regarding what I wanted to do with my life. From the age of 18 months, when I first saw my uncle’s band, “The Sounder,” rehearsing at my grandmother’s house, I knew that I wanted to be a musician. My exposureContinue reading “Success: It’s the Thrill of the Chase”

On Life and “Value”

INTRODUCTONThe value of a dollar is where I think this entry needs to start, because this is something that I think most people definitely understand. Replace that US dollar with your currency, and it still applies. In America, we do NOT use the Gold Standard, because there simply isn’t enough gold on the planet toContinue reading “On Life and “Value””

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