Where did this come from?

It’s been quite a while since I’ve been in a recording studio but it appears that I may be paying one a visit soon.

Today, I was told that someone’s production services are requested. This presents an interesting situation because my last productions were quite intricate. How should I handle this proposal?

Now that we’re in the subject of music, I, recently, listed my top 20 all-time albums. This “waste of time” was quite enlightening though. It made me realize many things about myself which I had ignored all these years. I believe the sequence of events is not coincidental. There is a calling and I’ve always known that it would be impossible to totally disregard my first true love.

Here is the Top 20 albums of all times list in no specific order:

  1. STEELY DAN – “Aja” (ABC/1977)
  2. AL STEWART – “Modern Times” (Janus/1975)
  3. CHRIS ISAAK – “San Francisco Days” (Reprise/1993)
  4. LINDA RONSTADT – “What’s New” (Asylum/1983)
  5. YES – “Going For the One” (Atlantic/1977)
  6. BELLE & SEBASTIAN – “Fold Your Hands Child…” (Jeepster/2000)
  7. DIRE STRAITS – “Love Over Gold” (Warner/1982)
  8. STING – “Ten Summoner’s Tale” (A&M 1993)
  9. ROXY MUSIC – “Avalon” (Warner 1982)
  10. E.L.O. – “A New World Record” (United Artists/1976)
  11. DONALD FAGEN – “The Nightfly” (Warner/1982)
  12. GERRY RAFFERTY – “City to City” (United Artists/1978)
  13. DIRE STRAITS – “On Every Street” (Warner/1991)
  14. BOZ SCAGGS – “Silk Degrees” (Columbia/1976)
  15. SUZANNE VEGA – “Solitude Standing” (A&M/1987)
  16. FIONA APPLE – “When the Pawn…” (Columbia/1999)
  17. DOORS – “L.A. Woman” (Elektra/1971)
  18. MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES – “Way Out West” (Superlatone/2017)
  19. TALKING HEADS – “Fear of Music” (Sire/1979)
  20. K.D. LANG – “Shadowland” (Sire/1988)

 

People Are Strange When You’re a Stranger (an ad lib rant)

Being a fiction writer is being cursed. You spend many hours a day brainstorming plots, conflicts, resolutions, and characters. You lose track of reality and then find it difficult to relate to ordinary people. Of course, I’m talking about the eccentric fiction writers who have spent years psychoanalizing the works of people like Lynch, Cronenberg, and Kafka. These three stand out because the norm was never present. Have people become too conventional? Are they happy with the daily routines of life? 

It seems like an escape from reality materializes in science fiction and fantasy genres and most of the times with a happy ending. But this is the true fiction. This is when readers and non-readers disregard the harsh realities of life which includes the bizarre murders, the connection between nature and mankind, and the immeasurable craziness that hides within the darkest confines of the human mind. 

The indoctrinated person is a pawn taught to follow a religion and choose a political inclination. Its brain is saturated with low substance television whether through sports, sitcoms, reality shows, or a plethora of conflicting news stories. When a person disregards all these distractions and can think within himself without being tempted by sex, food, greed, or envy, he may be able to understand the dynamics needed to enter an upper level of existence. . . with harsh consequences.

You are no longer normal, conventional, or easy to speak to. You are a stranger and they become strangers to you. You are ostracized and profiled. You are a deviant. You are a terrorist or Satan’s worker. . .

What a price to pay to be a writer who explores the possibilities of something other than what is expected from you.

(C) April 2018 by Douglas Lynn