Sunday, December 04, 2005

Cool Reading List from a Thinking Musician

One of my favorite musicians, and writers, Neil Peart is the topic of this short blog log. His website -- www.neilpeart.net -- has a page called Bubba's Book Club where he gives his opinion and suggestions for stimulating reads. Check it out.

In the 1970s, my friends and I waited behind the (then) Capital Centre to meet Rush after a show. We were hopeful and sure enough the trio emerged one at a time. If I remember correctly, first Neil, rushing up the ramp and to the tour bus with a green hooded sweatshirt shrouding his visage. My powers of observation detected his likeness and I yelled, "Hey, Neil!" My friend and I thrust our tour books (about ten bucks or maybe five back then -- tickets were "dirt cheap" then also). He hesitated then started to climb the bus's steps. "C'mon, Neil," I pleaded. He obliged, but clearly did not feel comfortable in the "Limelight" for it surely was not the universal dream for him.

Years later, and after many rock musician interviews, that teenage encounter with Rush -- folks lined up for fifty to seventy yards long to get Geddy's autograph -- still brings me nostalgic joy. Their music and call to individuality was instrumental in my formative years. Well, enough geezing. Happy Holidays. Happy reading. Check out some of my writing (and links) while you're here. - CF (you might discover that this is not my real name. Nor is the current Profile Photo of me, but, with apologies - pls don't sue, Neil - of the aforementioned musician.)

Friday, November 11, 2005

Intertextuality

Reading Bazerman's text on Writing - What Writing Does and How It Does It [I know, you're thinking Snore Fest but it's actually quite compelling, for an academic text.]

It is interesting to analyze and study how a text comes into being, from the author's notes and ideas to the revisions and multiple drafts to finally a published work. And then you have all the authors and texts that influenced and suggested the current writer's new work. The chain of influence - the weaving and fusing of past ideas into one's own.

This applies to web sites, print, advertising, film scripts, novels, non-fiction and more.

I will expand more on this soon. Reality calls me.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Fake News We'd Like to See (Read)

Soaring Oil Prices Results in Millions of Americans Walking to Work

Alternative Fuel Revealed: Waste Treatment Plants Not So Smelly After All

Today is World Peace Day... and It's Actually True: The End of All Wars

Polar Opposites Meet in the Middle, Shake Hands, Even Laugh

stay tuned for more...

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Hold Steady - "Profane and Profound"

Here is a link to my exclusive interview with Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, which features Craig on vocals and former Lifter Puller bassist, Tad, now on guitar. Classic rock sound. Read more here...

  • Glide Magazine: The Hold Steady
  • Wednesday, August 31, 2005

    Please Help the Victims of Katrina

    Cut & Paste these links into your web browser to help the hurricane's victims:


    City of New Orleans: http://www.cityofno.com/portal.aspx

    Louisiana Governor's Office: http://www.gov.state.la.us/

    Relief Organizations:

    Red Cross: 1-800-HELP-NOW or https://http://www.redcross.org/

    Episcopal Relief & Development: 1-800-334-7626 or http://www.er-d.org/

    United Methodist Committee on Relief: 1-800-554-8583 or http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/emergency/hurricanes/2005/

    Salvation Army: 1-800-SAL-ARMY or http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/

    Catholic Charities: 1-800-919-9338 or http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/

    Tuesday, August 02, 2005

    Books & Music I'm Checking Out:

    Reading Kerouac's DHARMA BUMS now. Trying to peck through it among some amazing family developments (more later). Kerouac is fictionalizing his experiences with Michael McClure and Gary Snyder and others. Want to finish this soon and read John Irving's latest about a tattoo artist searching for his father, UNTIL I FIND YOU.

    Looking forward to the end of August (summer break) to complete some short stories and send them off to publications. My goal is to have 12 - 15 good stories by end of 2006, and then I'll focus on my novel idea, which I've begun to flesh out.

    Music is always good inspiration and I've been listening to rock lately, in addition to jazz radio and my jazz standards CDs. Foo Fighters new one IN YOUR HONOR is a great package of straight-ahead and acoustical compositions. After seeing Modest Mouse on TV last year, I bought a couple of their CDs. Great stuff. Flaming Lips ...PINK ROBOTS... is on regular rotation as is their SOFT BULLETIN release.

    Looking for some bands and artists to work with for press releases and basic promotional assistance. I've done this for bands in the Baltimore area and really enjoy it.

    Friday, July 29, 2005

    Need Press Kits?

    Musicians, artists, innovators...

    I will write clean, active copy that will promote your accomplishments to record labels, galleries, venues, and more. My experience as a music journalist interviewing award-winning artists will benefit you.

    My fees are reasonable -- tell me what you need and I'll get you a quote.

    E-mail me for more information.