Stressed out, tired, and bored.
I wish people wanted to talk to me sometimes.
Not really talking about on here. Just in general. I wish people liked me.
Lou Whitney is gone.
I didn’t know him nearly as well as many other in town, but I admired and looked up to him like crazy. Luckily, I got to spend a good amount of time around him while recording an album with a band I was in last year and the year before.
I went to see one of his bands, The Skeletons, many many times when they started playing weekly at a local bar a few years ago. I got to know most of the guys in the band, and that fact alone amazes me because I love the band (and many of the other incarnations, such as The Symptoms and The Morells).
I’m really just rambling, and I have nothing much to add to anything anyone who knows him has already said today, but I’m going to add one of my favorite memories.
I walked a couple miles to downtown Springfield on a weeknight to see the Skeletons play once (actually, I did it a few times). It was a pretty big room and hardly anyone was there. Like I said, I really didn’t know Lou well, but after their first set, he came and sat down at my table, where I was sitting alone, and just chatted with me for a while. Every time he talked to me, I ended up smiling and laughing a lot. He was just such a cool, friendly, funny guy.
During the next set, the band played “Crazy Country Hop,” a favorite of mine. There’s a line in the song, “Snaggletooth Melinda was a drag/She latched onto some cat who showed up stag.” As Lloyd sang the second part, Lou pointed right at me. I was the cat who showed up stag. Definitely made my night.
I’ll miss him.
While a lot of things in my life continue to be terrible, and maybe even get worse, this 7” I’m preparing to release keeps getting cooler and cooler.
I’m pretty excited about it.
This is going to be the cover of the 7” record I’m putting out. It’s a photo of my mom and my uncle when they were little. I’ve used it on here a lot, so you’ve probably seen it before. Anyway, I like it, so it’s the cover. Here’s the track listing…
- Wyoming Treasure
- Close Your Big Green Eyes
- Love You All the Time
- The Water Was Blue
- I’ll Love You (Till the Day I Die)
- When the Sun Always Shines
The vinyl will be color, but I haven’t quite decided which color(s) yet.
I don’t know if anyone really cares, but…
I’m going to put out a Ghost Children of Calico 7” record (featuring 6 of my songs) on the record label I co-own. It’ll be on cool colored vinyl and will have a nice cover. It’ll basically be a wonderful package all around. I just doubt anyone will buy it. But at least I’ll have something finally out on physical media.
The Protists - “Snapshot”
Here’s a song I wrote and recorded in 1997, when I was still in High School. It was on a CD I put out by my pre-Ghost Children of Calico side project, The Protists.
The whole CD is available for free here: http://weerockrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-protists
Remember a month or more ago when I recorded a video with a friend of mine? Well, now you do.
This Weeks Batcave Files: Ghost Children of Calico performing his song “I Loved You Then as I Love You Now.”
My friend Matt talked me into playing one of my songs for his new video series. If you’ve ever wanted to see me very nervously play one of my songs, this is your chance. Thanks.
Happy birthday to the girl who changed my life forever (for better or worse). This whole blog, and most of the songs I’ve written and posted here, wouldn’t exist if I hadn’t met her. I think I have about 47 songs I’ve written for this project, and probably 40 of them are either about her or inspired by her in some way.
I miss her, and I hope she has a good birthday.
Ghost Children of Calico - “Close Your Big Green Eyes”
June 27, 2012
Good night, green bean.
A talented pal of mine wrote a sort of “reply song” to my bugs song. It’s great. Listen!