Pirates are Cool.

Captured bits of life... Pirates at no extra cost. Arrrg. Also cool: Zombies, Aliens, Ninjas, Dinosaurs, Vikings, the Noble River Horse, the Sinister Octopi, Robots and Kittens.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Crowd proof vocals

Somebody once said "you should come"
I was drunk, I said Eight days, and I'd be there
It's been a few days, and yeah, I'm still planning on going.

There is a pub, apparently called the cock and bull, on the campus of a school called York that holds an open mic every sunday night

I know people who run this open mic

I know people who play at this open mic

I will join them, to see, hear, and eventually, sing so that they may also see and hear

This sunday at the cock and bull - lots of awesome people and lots of awesome music. If I know you or not, I suggest you come.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


I can't say what it is exactly, but out of all the heros and gods (and heroines and goddesses) to be found in Greek Mythology, Achilles comes off as my favourite. I mean, Odyssius is pretty cool, and Orpheus is awesome if a little depressing. With them you get stuff like wisdom and looking backwards, but with Achilles you get brooding, idiosyncratic, self-centered, passive-agressive anger. I could probably throw in some more adjectives if you wanted. All in all though, I don't know what it is about him that is so cool. I remember being fascinated by the idea of Achilles' Heel in my youth (if only Thetis had pulled him out of the river, and then dipped him in again holding onto the other ankle, he would have been totally invincible!) In these days, though, I find that perhaps it is his anger that draws me. It makes him, ironically, more human than a lot of the characters in greek mythology. They all seem to act without consequence. Then achilles comes on the scene, kills Hector, and Priam is all "I kiss the hands of the man who killed all my sons" and Achilles is moved to change. He isn't like tantalus, forever reaching for those grapes but never getting there. He isn't like Demeter, who seems concerned only with changing the seasons and maybe getting her daughter back from Hades before she eats that Pommegranite. Achilles is just cool and stuff. And angry. And yeah, he's a pretty good character in that whole Illiad deal.

Monday, February 13, 2006


For the last couple weeks, we've been watching clips from movies like Helen of Troy and Ulysses in my mythology class. This isn't in leiu of actual lecture, but in addition to. Watching these films forces me to remember the days of my youth and watching movies like Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts and being incridbly swept away with the fantastic stories. Those were good times. Technicolor movies based in mythology were all awesome.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

I cleaned out my wallet

I cleaned out my wallet today. I found some pretty cool stuff in there. Probably the best was my Cafe Blue cookie club card (buy 15 cookies, get one free) with six cookies marked off. Also included was free Putt 'n Paddle admission from Harrison Park in owen sound that I've had in my wallet since the end of grade 11. If I ever use it, it will retroactively turn that good day into a great day, because I got an exra round of minigolf out of it.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Lo-Fi Acoustic Noise Part II

As much as I am loath to admit it, I have made myself part of the evil internet giant MySpace. I hate it, but I love it at the same time. It's teh easiest way for me to share with you all the good tidbits about Lo-Fi Acoustic Noise.

head on over there via this link:
and feel free to listen to my songs.

I've included the enigmatic "Paul Is Dead." It sucks. I'm not done writing it I don't think, but you can hear the words for yourself.

Also there are cuts of "Last Night" and "Toboganning" which are passable, possibly even good. And, there is also currently a copy of "Avant Garde Bullshit" hanging around in that there Myspace. It's a song I made tonight because I was bored. It's avant garde bullshit, but whatever.

Enjoy it... hopefully when it's ready this shameless self promotion will convince you to get the album.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Lo-Fi Acoustic Noise

Hello my friends.
I have embarked on a project these past few days that may take some more days to complete, but I wish to tell you of it. It's name is Lo-Fi Acoustic Noise, and it is my first album. Yes, apparently I play guitar and sing and I noticed that, yes, I have many songs that I have written and I think people might like to listen to.
This might not mean much to you now, but these are the songs that will be on it:

-Last Night
-The Orpheus Progression
-Tired Cliche
-That Song that Ryan Liked/A Waltz in the Shadows of El Dorado
-Nothing Else is There
-A Love Song
-The as yet untitled "Three Blackbirds" song
-Crevassing (maybe ... if I can nail the vocals)
-I Can Save You
-Two Paths
-The Ballad of Luke Skywalker ( ... yes, really)
-Oldwood (feat. Mike Lamberti on electric guitars)
-Paul is Dead

Ambitious. Dangerous. Self-Produced. Intense. Now all I need is an audience...