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Aimee Mann Knows A Good Thing

I have been a touring singer/songwriter for many years now and I have been so lucky to have traveled all over and still continue to have great opportunities to play with many talented artists out there. One such opportunity happened back in the mid-nineties.  My band Y-NOT!? frequented many venues on the east coast including 'Hammerjacks, Rams Head, and the late great 'Bayou' in Washington, DC.  It was an early Thursday morning and one of our agents called us and asked if I was available to do an acoustic set before Aimee Mann & Til Tuesday later that same day. I was a fan of hers and I loved that first record a lot. "Sure" I said not realizing that we already had a gig that night in Salisbury, MD. "Crap." So the scramble begins.  I managed to find an act to cover the beginning of the night now to get to DC & back. was going to be a little crazy, but I knew it was doable.  My close friend Tom Macri & I had an acoustic act at the time that we called 'A Good Thing.' Or should I say ...'A Good Thang!'
So we took off for the Bayou in DC. We got there and heard their (Till Tuesday's) sound check. They sounded so good. I was so excited but then I realized we were not going to be able to stay.  I went back to the dressing room and was a little bummed but still excited to be there, so on with the show. They called us out to the stage to check our guitars & vocals. Tom was already there. I was on my way to the stage, as I opened the door to leave the dressing room area there was Aimee Mann coming into the dressing room area. I practically ran her over. Ugh...I was so embarrassed. "I'm so sorry.', I said. She said "You're fine. Have a good set".  I said '"thanks you too."  She was so tall or I'm just so short... She was so nice to me. I was like a kid at Disneyland. I told Tom I almost ran her over. "That's one way to make an impression" he said. We both laughed and thought nothing of it.

Our set was about to begin. The place was packed with many of her fans and surprisingly enough some of ours as well. We began our set with "Science Fiction Double Feature"  from '"The Rocky Horror Picture Show". We also at some point played David Bowie's "Space Oddity". We performed several original songs as well. The crowd was very receptive and played along with our silly antics. The response was great! We even got an encore. The set ended and we had to roll and so we did. We managed to get back to Salisbury with enough time to play for two more hours and still get paid. I will have to admit that I think we broke a few speeding laws in the process and maybe a reckless driving law as well. Overall it seemed like a pretty successful evening.

The next day the agent called again. Are you guys open tonight to play with Aimee Mann again in Baltimore? Apparently she had watched our set. She said she loved our versions of "Space Oddity" and "Science Fiction". She also said she had never heard anyone play '"Science Fiction Double Feature" before and she thought we had great stage presence. YAY!!  I was thrilled beyond belief. We did the show and it was even more awesome than the DC show. I actually got to have a conversation with her and she said she was very grateful that we could do the gigs with her. I told her it was Tom & I that were grateful. We talked a little about songwriting. She said she was working on solo material and had been for awhile. I told her about my band Y-NOT!?.

Fast forward to today...I suggested to Alyssa Lee Lewis that she cover the Til' Tuesday song "Voices Carry" for her debut recording that I produced on her Realize Record's release "Leeway Freeway".  It has now become her debut music video which I also directed. The circle is now complete.  I hope Aimee Mann gets a chance to see and hear our version of her song.  Maybe she'd even remember our shows together,  I mean after all, voices do carry!

Why Vote For Obama?

In the immortal words of 'St. Ronnie'..."Are you better off than you were four years ago?" The answer is undoubtedly yes, for most of the country not just 47% of it. Obama inherited an economy that was in the crapper—the GDP was shrinking at 9% every year before he took office and continued to do so but now he (Obama) has turned it around.

Unemployment is down, 4.5 million private-sector jobs have been created since January 2010, the stock market has now doubled since it hit rock bottom, and the housing market is finally showing signs of stabilization. Romney professes he can create 12 million more jobs in the coming four years. Why? Well let's see Obama’s policies have put us on the path to produce them, due to a 'boom' in manufacturing, a rise in exports and a progressive surge of research and innovation.

Now let's talk about the other achievements that I personally am very happy about: Immigration reform and The Dream Act, Health Care Reform Act. Despite what you might have heard it will actually reduce the deficit and help millions of people in this country. His support for women’s rights, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; the end of the ridiculous (Sorry Bubba.) “Don’t ask, don’t tell”, his endorsement of gay marriage; Wall Street reform, creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; the reform of the student-loan program;  the Supreme Court appointments of Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor and if re-elected an even more balanced and progressive Supreme court that will continue to support 'Roe vs Wade, the investments in the stimulus package which include clean energy...i.e...wind and solar.

Let's say none of that matters to you. Why? Let's say it's the fact that he would not work with the other side...this of course is so far from the truth. He tried again and again to reach across the aisle, which actually annoyed me after a while, only to be met with obstruction and extremism unlike any Presidency/President that I have seen in my lifetime. Hell, even I supported 'W' at one point because he was still our president (never voted for him though). If Obama loses this election those who constantly stood in the way of progress will actually be in control. "DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORDS THAT ARE COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH?!?!"  Scary thought if you ask me. Is it possible for Congress to be even more dysfunctional? This new radical right movement cares only about themselves and not the country as a whole. Right now, at this very moment in our nation's history there is a chance for all of us, Red, Blue, Left, Right, Old, Young, Male, Female, Black, White, Latino, Asian, Gay, Straight, to keep this country progressing forward and to make a statement to all of the radical individuals who continue to ignore the many, only to help the few. That is why.

Label Me

I don't particularly care to be labeled. My main reason is that I am many things to many people & to myself.

Apparently I'm a liberal because I believe a woman has a right to chose what she does with her own body. I find it strange that I am even saying this. If some one tried to tell me what to do with my body I would tell them to go f*@! themselves. I'm also a liberal/socialist because I want the government to provide health care for all it's citizens. Seems to work well in other countries (I will have an entire Blog dedicated to the misrepresentation of The Affordable Health Care act.). I am also called a liberal/sinner because I believe a homosexual has the same rights as I do being a heterosexual male. I am also called a 'libtard' because I want to see some better gun regulation in this country. I am also called a tree hugging hippie liberal because I want to protect our water, our air and the food we eat. I also want our education system to be strong and well funded.. & that my friends makes me a socialist. I want everyone to have a right to vote and want it to be as easy as possible. I want everyone to have the right to the freedom of religion of their own choosing without persecution.That also includes believing in no religion at all. I also would like to see religion taken out of our government since that was the point when our forefathers created the constitution in the first place, but all of this apparently makes me un-American. Confused? Maybe that's the label I should wear.

So here's my problem with this. I am not a Democrat or Republican, but I did register as a democrat because, 1)  I want to vote in primaries and I want to know who's running and why & recently the Democratic party seems to be the party of compassion and common sense for the most part. Not completely.. but for the most part. Hard for me to identify with people like Michelle Bachman, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Mitt Romney and the very scary Paul Ryan. I hear them talk and they sound confused and angry, and extremely hateful. Common sense & progress has just been thrown out the window when they speak. Now they are defining 'RAPE?!' What?!?

Label me. That's what my friends do, that's what my fans do, that's what my daughter, my wife, my family does, that's what you are doing right now as you read this. Labeling me, but some labels I guess are not bad, are they? As I said I am many things to many people. Some labels tend to be brought about by actions. Some labels I take very seriously as much as I don't like being labeled. I am a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a best friend, a musician, a singer/songwriter, a producer, a director, a vocal coach, an entertainer. Some labels I do not....I don't consider myself a Liberal, or a Democrat or a Republican. What I am is a person who cares. A person filled with compassion. I actually didn't choose that path I was raised that way. I am very grateful that I was, so if you must label me right now.. then there you go... Label me- 'Grateful.'


Let me start out by saying that some liberals are gonna lose their shit when they keep reading, but if you believe in our rights and freedoms as stated in the constitution then all of this will make sense. Rush Limbaugh spoke out against women and contraception, saying things like 'slut','prostitute,' etc... Now anyone who knows Rush knows that this is everyday banter from him. He has been spewing his misogynistic,racist, hate speech for years. I just stopped listening to him. It's real easy to do you reach down, switch the channel and enjoy. I don't want Rush kicked off the air. I want him to continue his neo-con right wing crazy talk. I know what you're thinking ...WTF?! Think about it... If he gets the shaft then who's to say that it stops there? Then anyone is fair game including myself. This country was founded on many ideals and principals and one of them is free speech. I am so grateful to be living in a country where I can say what I think, when ever I want and not have the government..state or federal... put me in jail for it. One of the things that makes this country so freak'in awesome is the plethora of opinions out there. Through these opinions comes conversations, and out of these conversations, most of the time comes an understanding or resolve. Not all the time mind you, but most of the time, and when a understanding can not be reached, then we agree to disagree. I wouldn't want it any other way and neither should you.

I just don't get this overtly religious stance by many on the right side of the isle and this horrific attitude toward gays, minorities, immigrants,women rights, the poor and less fortunate, the elderly and children. What the hell is going on? Everyone except the Native Americans came from another country. This country was founded by immigrants from all over the world. One of the main reason we came here was to have religious freedom and that also includes not believing in any religion.

A gay couple wants to get married and love each other for as long as they both shall live and that's an abomination against GOD? Really? If there is a God & let's say for the sake of argument that there is, I would like to believe he is a loving God and wants everyone to love & be loved. Rick Santorum likened homosexuality to bestiality?! Are you f*#king kidding me?

In 2012 a woman still needs to fight & argue for her right to choose what she does with her body? I can't believe in 2012 that we are still talking about this?

Giving people more choices for health care is "BIG GOVERNMENT SOCIALISM?" If it is, then so be it. The people of this great nation should have options and be able to see a doctor, get medical attention, and get medication that they might not otherwise afford to do. If that means I pay more taxes because I'm doing a little better than most then so be it.

I don't believe any party has all the answers, but I do feel we need to move forward. Change is inevitable. Positive change is possible, but we must stay focused on the here and now if the future is going to be just that. Not one person or party has all of the answers & I firmly believe that the diversity of this country is what makes it so great. I'm just sayin'...


So I have been patient with my views for the most part on the "Occupy Movement." I feel the movement speaks for itself. The fact that it just keeps growing from city to city, and all over the world for that matter. People are being arrested, tents are being shredded. Once they get out of jail they come right back to the exact spot they were arrested. This is about freedom, equality and fairness in every sense of the word.

The financial crisis has devastated the majority of this country, hence the 99%. Going back as far as 1897 with the suffragette movement & the the civil rights movement, starting as far back as 1948 when President Truman signed the Executive Order 9981, which states, "It is hereby declared to be the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion, or national origin." Then in 1945 the start of protests of our involvement occupation of Vietnam that led to the war and protests continued from 1963 to 1973. Over ten years protesting an involvement & then a war long before the internet. These brave men & women were on the streets night and day letting their voices be heard.

Karl Rove recently stated "who gave you the right to occupy America?" Well Mr.Rove these brave people did & the last time I checked the first three words in the preamble of the Constitution of the United States clearly states..."We the People..." Try reading it you might actually learn something.


My Choice for Scariest Films of All Time...

I know that some of you are going to say WTF...Willy Wonka? That's right - Willy Wonka. The scene when they are taking the boat ride scared the crap out of me when I was a kid not to mention those Oompa Loompas & still to this day even if it's not as true to the book as Tim Burton's vision, it's still the one I enjoy more. Gene Wilder's performance is the quintessential Willy Wonka. The scene in the office at the end is still one of my favorite scene's ever. As an actor/comedian Gene Wilder was a genius. His work with Richard Pryor was unmatched and his portrayal of the Waco Kid in "Blazing Saddles" was just down right amazing. So there you have it. Not only is Willy Wonka & the Chocolate factory one of the scariest films to me, but also one of my top twenty films of all time.

The rest of these films I feel need no explanation... Some day soon though I will give my reviews on all of them. Stay tuned...

 The Exorcist


Night of the Living Dead

Henry Portrait of a serial killer

The Legend of Hell House (1973)

The Other (1972)

Rosemary's Baby

The Brood (1979)

The Thing (John Carpenter)

Nightmare on Elm street

Friday the 13th Part 1 & 2

Salem's Lot (1979)

Event Horizon

Hellraiser (1987)

The Mist

Psycho (1960)


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The Shinning (1980)


Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate factory (1971)

Amityville Horror (1978)

Invasion of the body snatchers (1978)

Funny Games(Original)

Pan's Labyrinth

Jaws (1976)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Changeling (1980)

Rec (2007)


War of the Worlds (1953)


The Silence of the lambs

High Tension

Pet Sematary

The Wicker Man (1973)

Gates of Hell (1980)

Theatre of Blood (Vincent Price)


Evil Dead 1 & 2

An American Werewolf in London

The Omen (1976)

Carrie (1976)

30 days of night

Halloween (John Carpenter)

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