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Friday, March 15, 2013

Unpacking The Writer - Out of the Archives

A writer is always a writer. This writer has always been a writer. Over the course of my career I have written hundreds of articles that have been published. Every once in a while I reprint one of them here. This originally appeared in Hamilton Magazine.

The Ghost In The Machine

Nobody remembers who first named the ghost Harvey.

Harvey lives, if that’s the right word, at 121 Hughson Street North.  This non-descript building has, over the years, housed the Sons of England (in 1916 as the first tenant of record) and several other fraternal benevolent organizations; 2 insurance companies; both a dance and photographic studio, at separate times; the Unemployment Insurance Commission; a spice factory; and churches of several denominations, including Catholic and Hindu.

The Girls On Fox "News"

Austin Cunningham hiding his
mid-back-length hair in a ponytail.
Austin Cunningham is a Country Music singer/songwriter who's not yet popular enough to have his own Wikipedia page created by his management team. 

No matter, because with his latest song he's attempting to become the next Willie Nelson, or is that Ray Stevens? The truth of the matter is it's hard to know whether Cunningham is being serious or delirious with his latest song "The Girls On Fox News." I wonder if the Foxy "girls," who would prefer to be known for their brains, not their beauty, are amused. Maybe they are simply flattered. Regardless, here's one song you won't be hearing any time soon on Fox "News," no matter how much of a toe-tapper it is.

I had to go all the way to Austin Cunningham's own web site for his bio:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Frank Zappa's 200 Motels Gets The Full Treatment

Circle the date. On October 23rd Frank Zappa's 200 Motels will get the full orchestral treatment for the first time since 1970, when the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed it live in the movie of the same name.

In fact, the entire score has never really been performed by just an orchestra, the movie soundtrack having been augmented by The Mothers of Invention, newly-reformed by Frank Zappa in 1970 to make the movie. This group of Mothers featured members of the hit-making Pop-Rock act The Turtles on vocals. However, due to a shitty contract that Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan signed with White Whale Records, as teenagers, they were not allowed to use their real names for recording, so they took the names Phlorescent Leech and Eddie, respectively.

But, I digress . . .