In Which Tater Shares a Couple of New Songs

No writing today as I was the one person in my house who had to go to work. Instead – enjoy a couple of new songs from bands I hope will be big soon.

First – Not Ur Girlfrienz – a group of very talented teens from Texas. I found then through BFS lead singer Jaret Reddick

And second – Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts – Ryan’s from Texas, the rest, I think are from somewhere in England. The video features Ryan’s wife. I’ve met them both. They are good people. The band just signed with Little Steven’s Wicked Cool Records



Some Music Stuff

I was contemplating a more serious post about religious freedom, but I have neither the time nor the energy for something like that. Maybe tomorrow when I work the evening shift and will have more time in the morning.  So, I will do a post about music even though I’m pretty sure I’ve said all of this before.

Right now, I am listening to less of the music on my phone and more music on Sirius. I’ve discovered that I really like the music they play on the 60’s station. I do spend a lot of time on the 80’s as well, but I stop on the 60’s a lot. I have also listened to a lot of 80’s and 90’s country recently. The 90’s country is a lot of my favorite music from when I was living outside Cincinnati. I didn’t really like a lot of the pop music in the 90’s so I gravitated toward country. Turns out I still like it.

As for the music on my phone – yesterday I emailed my wife a link to the website for merchandise from Jaret and Kelly and their new album. She responded with “Who are these people?” These people are the lead singers of my favorite bands Bowling for Soup and The Dollyrots. How could she not know this? I play the music a lot. A good portion of my personal music collection stems from BFS. Here’s a synopsis.

Head some BFS music. Loved it. Started listening to more.

Attended a BFS concert. Patent Pending and The Dollyrots opened. Loved both of them. Bought their music. Attended more concerts with some iteration of these bands.

Jaret from BFS and Ryan Hamilton from Smile Smile are good friends. They do some albums together as People on Vacation. It is really good music. I bought the albums.

Ryan does a solo album. I buy that album and see Ryan play a house party at a stranger’s house in Virginia.

Ryan starts a new band called Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors, First album is really good. They sign with a label and are now Ryan Hamilton and the Harlequin Ghosts. New album comes this month.

So now I have 5 bands I love all coming from randomly hearing a BFS song on the radio one day.

Tater Takes Requests

I’ve been going through writing ideas in my head and then rejecting them.

There was an article about Elvis in the Post this morning and I just watched the HBO Elvis documentaries. I thought about an Elvis post, but didn’t think I had a full post of material. I will say that if I had to choose to only listen to Elvis or the Beatles forever, I would choose Elvis.

I thought about a full music post, but rejected that one for reasons unknown to even me. I share new songs from my favorite bands n Facebook, but I’m pretty sure no one ever listens to them. I’m not sure anyone wants another music post from me. I will say that I have been spending more time on Prime Country on Sirius while driving these days.  I listened to quite a bit of country as a kid and then again in the 90’s(because I didn’t like the new “pop” music).

Nothing else has struck me as something I feel the need to write about.  No one needs another whiny post from me.

So, you get this “I don’t know what to write” posts.

Now, the reason for the title – What would you like me to write about? Any topic ideas? Stories from my life? Requests that I give up and stop trying?

My Life According To

Another one I stole from other people. My life according to my favorite band: Bowling for Soup.
Artist – Bowling for Soup
Are you male or female: Assman 
Describe yourself Luckiest Loser
How do you feel about yourselfSick of Myself
Describe where you currently live: America
First thing you think when you wake up: I am Waking Up Today
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Belgium
Your favourite form of transportation: Two Seater
Your best friend is: My Wena
Your favourite colour is: I actually can’t think of one with a color. Correct me if I’m wrong.
If your life were a TV show, it would be called: Critically Disdained
What is life to youHigh School Never Ends
The best advice you have to give: Get Happy 
If you could change your name, it would be: Kevin Weaver
Your favourite food is: Corndog
My soul’s present condition: This Ain’t My Day
The faults I can bear: A-Hole
How would you describe your love life: Smiley Face(It’s All Good)

The Weird Songs That Pop in My Head

I had no idea what I planned to write today until I was getting ready for work and the theme song of The Jeffersons popped in my head(moving on up to the top to a deluxe apartment in the sky). I decided I should do a dumb little post about this type of song that randomly shows up in my brain. These usually occur while I’m getting ready for work.

The Jeffersons theme is a common one. I have no idea why.

The Age of Aquarius is another common one. I am an Aquarius, but I never read a horoscope or think about astrology so that can’t be why this one is there.

An old, obscure Styx song is another common one. Cold War

And that’s what scares me the most

You as the host of celebrity lies

It’s prime time, baby

Can’t you see in my eyes, it’s a

Cold war

And for some reason that sometimes morphs in to the theme song of Good Times.

My mind is a very weird place.

A Lazy Music Post

This is day 5 of the month of tater and I’m struggling with the writing every day thing. I started writing a post about how it seems the more I write the less people read, but I couldn’t find enough to say about that. I thought about a weekly wrap up but realized I’m too boring to have enough to say about my week. The TV helped me out by going to an interview with Kelly Clarkson about her career. I decided to go the lazy route and do one of those “put your music on shuffle” posts. I’m very ashamed of myself.

  1. Insane in the Membrane – Cypress Hill: It’s possible my son was the one that downloaded this one back when he was younger and used the same iTunes account. It’s one of the few that I kept.
  2. Let Me Inside – Stephen Lynch: One of my favorite comedians. He is a singing comedian and his songs are very inappropriate. I never go to comedy shows(though I would if someone would go with me) but I went to his when he was in Baltimore.
  3. Someone Like You – Adele: I like Adele, but I will admit that I generally skip this one when it comes up. I’m not sure why.
  4. Tick Tick Boom – Patent Pending: One of my favorite bands and one that most people I know have never heard of. I first saw them when they opened for Bowling For Soup in Baltimore. They were supposed to play a venue that was closed down the week before. BFS promised to play Baltimore even if it was a free concert in a park. They ended up pkaying a scaled down show at a rooftop bar. Only 100 or so people showed up and it rained, but my son got to meet the band at his first concert. Patent Pending opened the show and I loved them. I wish they would come back to the area.
  5. Intergalactic – Beastie Boys: I love the Beastie Boys. I was very sad when MCA died.
  6. December, 1963(Oh, What a Night) – The Four Seasons: I’m not really sure why I chose this song. I like it, but I assume I have it because it was free or something.
  7. Cheer Up(It’s Christmas) – People on Vacation: People on Vacation is Jaret Reddick from Bowlng for Soup and Ryan Hamilton from Smile Smile Band and now Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors. They were very good friends who did People on Vacaion albums when not recording with their other bands. I love the music they created and really like this Christmas song. Sadly, they had a falling out and are no longer friends.
  8. Summer Fling – Linus of Hollywood: From the Crappy Records Presents: Have a Crappy Summer compilation. It is a very good summer song. Another BFS connection. Linus and Jaret are friends and also recorded an album together as Jarinus. My name is on the album liner.  They also once did a video while holding my picture thanking me for my support. If I can track it down I will insert it here.EDIT – Here is the video –
  9. Dream On – Aerosmith: One of the best rock bands of all time.
  10. Malibu Classic – Eric Chandler: Also from the Crappy Records album. Erik is in Bowling for Soup, but also does some very good solo work.

Funny how much of an influence BFS has on my music, but not one BFS song came up on shuffle this morning.  I might go back and add in links to the songs later, but right now I need to go hurry my family up so we aren’t late for church.

Some Song Lyric Thoughts

A song got stuck in my head today and it made me start thinking about some song lyrics and alternate meanings to the words. I jotted a few down and have added some thoughts. I only made it to five before my mind went blank. Feel free to add some in the comments.

Every move you make Every vow you break Every smile you fake Every claim you stake I’ll be watching you – I will start with an easy one and one where the lyrics mean exactly what they say. There are plenty of love songs out there that could qualify the singer as a stalker. This is the one that always comes to my mind. This is not love. This is creepy and someone needs a restraining order.

I’ve got a hole in my heart that can only be filled by you – If you have aa hole in your heart, you aren’t missing someone. You have a septal defect and should see a doctor. Most holes close on their own, though many may need surgery or a catheter-based procedure to close the hole. Symptoms can be treated with blood pressure medicines or diuretics.

I can’t feel my face when I’m with you – There are multiple medical reasons that could account for numbness in the face. Since the numbness only occurs when you are with them, I would lean toward some sort of weird allergy, or they are poisoning you. Either way, I would recommend you stay away from them.

I’m addicted to you baby you’re a hard habit to break – Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous can probably help you. Don’t be ashamed to seek help. Addiction is an illness.

I’ve got chills, they’re multiplyin and I’m losing control – The chills might be caused by a fever, but chills and a feeling of loss of control is most likely a panic attack. You should see your doctor about anti-anxiety medication and consider therapy as well. I am a little concerned about the secondary “electrifying” symptom.