Author: brotherjackslostcause

  • Delicious

    Our puppy is going through a serious chewy phase. Pepper is gnawing on everything. My son hit his limit with the chewiness. ”Why is she chewing on my knees when she has toys right there?” “Maybe she thinks you taste better than her toys.” ”That’s true, I’m delicious.”

  • Trust vs. Sin

    Wednesday Words I just did I rewrite of my song called “Apples Revised.” This song is at least 20 years old. I used to play it a lot but have grown to not enjoy it. I switched two lines and it feels like a brand new song for me. Below are two groups of four…

  • Cry Songwriting

    My new record is almost finished. “Almost” is a strong word but it’s getting really close. I am proud of the record and I can’t wait for the whole world to hear it. I am realizing that very few people are going to know about this project unless I find a good way to promote…

  • Whimper

    Our carpet was destroyed by our geriatric cat. We are working on removing the offending upholstery and cleaning up the situation. The dog was locked in the kitchen while I was scrubbing the floor. She was crying and carrying on because she can’t stand to be alone. My baby girl was feeling bad for her…

  • A New Shelf

    Every greeting card holiday deserves an obligatory post. Here is a Father’s Day Dispatch. Becoming a father is the greatest thing that ever happened to me. What more can I say about the holiday? To celebrate we will probably go out to a big box store where we will purchase a board and some hardware.…

  • Worst Stick Figure Ever

    Practice makes perfect. The lack of practice certainly doesn’t make anything better. I wanted to learn how to draw. Practicing every day allowed me to see rapid improvements. I wasn’t good yet but I was able to put some lines on a paper that did a good job representing the idea that I intended. I…

  • We Be Jammin’

    The greatest thing about playing music is that you can do it with other people. I’m sure it’s true for all genres and styles but I know it is exceptionally magical for weird folk music. The greatest thing is that you don’t have to be particularly good. If you have a basic understanding of how…

  • Redundant Titles

    A long time ago, I wrote a song called “Apples.” That song was not very good. I kept chipping away at “Apples” until I found a decent song. This was way back when all of my songwriting was done on paper. When the applesauce was finally a finished song, I had a piece of paper…

  • Words I Like Vol. 2

    Wednesday Words I keep an ongoing list of words that I like. When I find a word and I like the way it sounds, it goes on the list. The following are five words from my list: Librettist – a person who writes the text of an opera or other long vocal work Semiquincentenial –…

  • Woof

    I have noticed something now that we are a dog family. I have walked through my neighborhood thousands of times. I’ve heard some barks but nothing remarkable. Now, when we walk with Pepper, it feels like every house has a barking dog. Can they smell us? Are they sitting at the window watching for other…

  • Switzerland

    While we were headed home from our camping trip, we were reminiscing about all of our past vacations. My son asked, “Is Switzerland in the United States?” ”No, it’s in Europe.” ”Is Europe in the United States?” ”Nope, you have to cross the ocean to get to Europe. You need to take a plane to…

  • Two Inches of Dental Floss

    We spent a couple of days in a cabin. It was a great trip except for one minor disaster. On the second night, I was getting ready for bed. I grabbed my travel pack of dental floss and pulled out a string. It was two inches long. That was it. Two inches of dental floss…

  • Butt Street

    We were on a road trip and passing through an unfamiliar town. From the back seat, there was a very alarming sound. It sounded like my son was choking on a peanut while watching a very funny episode of the Three Stooges. I assumed he was either having an emergency or he had seen a…

  • Viticulture (in the garden)

    I was scheduled to do a segment on a local television show to help promote an upcoming wine festival. As it turns out, they want a prerecorded musical performance instead of a live interview. This is definitely for the best. Now I have much less chance of saying something stupid on live television. Click here…

  • Garbage Karma

    Thursday is garbage day. It always has been and it always will be. Except when there is a federal holiday. Then it is anybody’s guess. Maybe the trash collection routine is more consistent in your part of the world. In my collection area, when a holiday occurs during the week, it is supposed to shift…

  • Chicken Skin Hug

    Wednesday Words Nothing good rhymes with twitch. I have been working on a new first verse for “Chicken Skin Shake.” You might enjoy a couple iterations that are good examples of bad songwriting Starting to shake and to shiverYour legs might even twitchHey, hey, here we goIt’s the chicken skin itch Starting to shake and…

  • The Glass is Half Double Booked

    I just discovered that the venue where I am supposed to play on Saturday is double booked. As a result, my show is canceled and my Saturday is now wide open. I am glad that I found out before I drove the whole way there. I like to think that I am patient and kind…

  • Third Person

    Do other professions require anything that equates to a performer writing a bio for themself? In my line of work, we write many iterations of our biographies. We need a short bio, a long bio, a one-sentence bio, a funny bio, and a serious bio. We write blurbs for various publications. We write descriptions of…

  • Strawberry Season

    It’s strawberry season. We have a small strawberry patch in the yard that has given us so much joy over the years. When we planted these little plants thirteen years ago, I didn’t expect to learn so much from them. Gardening failures are the result of trying too hard or not doing enough. Success requires…

  • Pepper Jack

    We just got a new dog. We weren’t planning on getting a dog today. When I woke up this morning, getting a dog wasn’t on my to-do list. We were discussing the possibility of adding a puppy to the family but it wasn’t an urgent plan. A friend let us know that there was a…

  • Sweatshirt

    “Hey Pops…” ”I just figured out why I love sweatshirts so much.” ”Is it because they are so warm and cozy?” ”No, it’s because I look so good.” ”And humble too.”

  • Whistling

    I am a sucker for any song that includes whistling. There is something about a whistle that cuts through a mix. It can be happy. It can be solemn. It can be haunting. It can be dangerous. It can be nostalgic. I’ve tried using a whistle in the studio on several different occasions. The problem…

  • Doctor Jokes

    Wednesday Words While going through a collection of old songwriting ideas, I discovered a list of really terrible doctor jokes. They aren’t just random doctor jokes. They are specifically a list of things that you don’t want to hear your surgeon say in the operating room. These jokes are bad but the worst part is…

  • Mister Underwear Strikes Again

    We had plans to travel for the weekend and visit with some family for the Memorial Day holiday. The twins were surprisingly helpful in getting prepared for the trip. The night before we were to leave, they each picked out their outfits and loaded their stuff into the suitcase on their own. I was supervising…

  • Hamburgers

    It’s a holiday in the United States. Today is Memorial Day. It’s the day when we honor the men and women that have died in military conflict. I am grateful for their sacrifices. When I was a kid, we went to visit my Grandpap every Memorial Day. He felt very strongly that it was important…

  • Interesting

    If you can’t be good, be interesting. I’ve always tried to live by this motto. The problem is that I am so tired. Maybe tomorrow.

  • Sketchy : cry

    Sketchy Saturday I have been making sketches to coincide with all of the songs on the next project. I realized that I also need a sketch to represent the entire collection. The title of the record is Cry. Therefore the sketch must be a tear drop.

  • Open Tabs

    Everybody does it. I am sure that I am not the only person with 5 billion open tabs in my internet browser. It’s a great collection of things that I must research to save the world, interesting musical selections sent to me by a friend, and many random marketing techniques that I will never read…

  • Ants

    When it comes to random household pests, I typically employ a “live and let live” kind of approach. My wife prefers a scorched earth policy. An expansive colony of ants moved into the corner of our patio a couple of weeks ago. They made a giant mess and I was worried they might do some…

  • Viticulture

    Put a little grape seed down in the groundUp shoots a vine growing round and roundPlump bunches hanging low low lowSun and the rain and the grapes will growYou need a big vat of grapey juiceTurn up the music, time to get footlooseStomp, stomp, stomp to that grapey beat You can always tell a winemaker,…

  • Anticipation

    I’ve been working on my Uncle Boozie project for a long time. If you have been keeping score at home, I am sure you have heard me mention it. The first episode is almost done. I have been working on this episode for so long. I am afraid that it will be a disappointment. Even…

  • Regret

    I trimmed my beard. I regretted it instantly. I don’t mean that I felt regret when I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize myself. I regretted it upon the very first nip of hair. I recently wrote a post describing my bear dilemma related to Uncle Boozie. I felt that I couldn’t trim my…

  • Pack Animals

    I was talking to a friend who recently adopted a retired sled dog. Her daughter lives in Alaska. They compete in the Iditarod and run a kennel that trains sled dogs. My friend was sharing her happiness with how well Buttercup is getting along with her other dogs. A different sled dog retired and went…

  • Grown Man Cry is Done

    Another track for the new record is finished. I really wanted massive layers of harmonies on this track. Thick harmonies on the verses made the vocals indecipherable. It needed to be simple but I couldn’t abandon my glorious harmonies. If you listen the whole way through, you will hear a perfect compromise. If the audio…

  • 6 Years of Breakfast

    I can’t believe that I have been starting my day with a morning livestream for six years. Many of the details have changed since the very first time that I hit the button to “go live.” I wouldn’t have survived the pandemic without the community that showed up every day for Breakfast with Brother Jack.…

  • Personal Pan Pizza

    I have been intending to make some social media posts about the books that I have been reading. I have not yet made the posts because I haven’t written the book reports. I will never get the personal pan pizza if I don’t write the book reports. If I wait much longer, I will have…

  • Chicken Skin Groove

    Wednesday Words I wrote a song called “Chicken Skin Shake” during that weird period in time when nobody was leaving their house. I am sure that you remember. 2020 was a weird year. I have wanted to rewrite the first verse for a while. The rest of the song feels timeless but the first verse…

  • Less Adorable

    I write a Daily Dispatch every day. I started this daily routine as a good way to become a better writer. I find it hard to believe but there are some crazy individuals out there that read what I have to say on a regular basis. When it comes to content, I have no rules.…

  • 45

    It’s my birthday. 40 wasn’t a big deal but 45 is hitting me hard. I’ve never gotten too wound up about birthdays. I think every day of the year is worth celebrating. I’ve never paid much attention to my age. I have enjoyed every phase of life. There has never been an age that bothered…

  • Mother’s Day 2024

    Happy Mother’s Day to everybody who qualifies for this greeting card occasion. For many reasons, this is a tough holiday to write about. It is a joyous event or absolute torture depending on where you are in life. Today, I am grateful for the Mother of my children. Those little buggers have been driving me…

  • Sketchy : fat in the frying pan

    Sketchy Saturday It seems as though the songs for the Uncle Boozie project are getting their own sketches as well. “Fat in the Frying Pan” needed a chicken sitting in a frying pan because bacon is surprisingly hard to draw. Tastes like chicken

  • Unusual Wikipedia 2

    The inspiration for a song can come from some really weird sources. One of my favorite places to search when I need the spark of an idea is called Unusual Wikipedia. It is exactly what it sounds like. Late one evening I was perusing some Unusual Wikipedia entries and I found a list of historical…

  • No Mercy

    We have a new favorite game. It’s called “UNO Show ‘em No Mercy.“ We have been playing it every chance that we get. It’s similar to the regular version of UNO except, in addition to winning the game by getting rid of all of your cards, you can also win by forcing everyone else out…

  • Regular is NOT being late for everything

    Wednesday Words I come from a long line of people who are pathologically late for everything. If you are one of us, then I have a new verse of Not as Regular just for you. I’m late for absolutely everything And there’s nothing that I can doI respect you and I’m sorry to waste your…

  • Legacy Artists

    All of the marketing experts give the same advice. If you want to “grow your audience,” follow these simple steps. Find and follow the artists that you love and imitate their posts. Mimic the work that they are doing on social media. Don’t be afraid to simply copy everything that they are doing. If you…

  • Red Rubber Ball

    “Hey Pops… This isn’t related at all to what you were talking about but I think it’s weird. Whenever I try to make my brain think about nothing, all I can think about is thinking about nothing.”

  • No Haircuts

    An average movie is probably two hours long. The story portrayed in the movie might take place over a couple of days. It will take months (or longer) to shoot the footage required to make the movie. During that time, the actors involved must meticulously maintain their hair. Unless a haircut is part of the…

  • Fat in the Frying Pan is Done

    The first song in the Uncle Boozie series is finished. My goal is that there will be a corresponding video. I need to track down some friendly chickens for that part. In the meantime, here is an audio version. If the audio player doesn’t display in your email reader, click here to listen to the…

  • Commercials

    Hey Pops… “Why does this show have so many commercials and they are the same ones over and over? It is such a waste, we are never going to buy their junk.”

  • Asparagus Season

    I love the changing seasons. Sometimes you are unaware that the change has happened until you get a signal. In the spring, that signal is asparagus. It is officially asparagus season. There is nothing better than fresh, local asparagus. Asparagus season doesn’t last long. Don’t miss it.

  • The Worst Rhyme

    Wednesday Words Sugary juice, majestic nectarPitch the yeast, breathe in the splendor I am writing a new song about wine. These lines will be in the second verse. This is without question, the worst rhyme that I have ever written. But I like it. You can’t make a glass of wine without crushing some grapes…

  • The Pitcher

    We were watching a little bit of a televised baseball game. My son asked, “Why does the thrower lick his fingers every time before he does the throw?” “He is the pitcher. Pitchers do lots of weird stuff like that. It’s all about licking and itching and spitting.” ”It would be cool to be a…

  • Maggie

    I will never forget the first time you ran straight up my back. I think it was your first weekend in our home. I was washing dishes in the kitchen. I was wearing shorts and nothing else. So what, I was washing dishes without a shirt. Don’t judge me. Anyhow, I was washing dishes and…

  • Banjo Love is 13

    It might be silly to celebrate this record. It’s a small project with low quality instruments that was made over a weekend back in 2011. I had given up on music (again) and was completely lost. This project was my last hoorah before being completely done with music. It was released thirteen years ago today…

  • Sketchy : not OK

    Sketchy Saturday I finished the sketch for “Not Ok.” Everyone has had their heart broken. The key is finding the right bandaid. It’s OK if you are not Ok

  • A Morning Sniff

    “Hey Pops… What do you smell like this morning… your beard has a distinctive smell… *sniff sniff* it’s kind of weird… you smell like firewood and cheese curls.” ”Yes, son. That is the smell of manliness.”

  • Pictures of Lunch

    I recently wrote a Daily Dispatch proclaiming that I would be making posts on Instagram about the books that I have been reading. You can read it here. If you follow my Instagram, you might be aware that I have made zero book-related posts. This does not mean that books have not been read. I…

  • Grapes Will Grow

    Wednesday Words Put a little grape seed down in the groundUp shoots a vine growing round and roundPlump bunches hanging low low lowSun and the rain and the grapes will grow I’m working on a new song about wine. I feel good about this chorus. I’ve got some verses but they are not very sophisticated.…

  • If A Tree Falls

    Today, I have a deep, philosophical question for you. If the kitchen timer goes off and nobody is around to hear it beep, will the pizza be burnt? The answer is yes. The pizza was very crispy.

  • Backbone

    “Hey Pops… “Is an invertebrate someone who likes to be alone or someone who likes to be with other people?” “You are thinking of introvert. They like quiet, alone time… and we also have spines.”

  • Raven

    My friend Raven called and asked if I could deliver a video of my song “Hard Man” for his next episode. He hosts horror movies for the Monster Channel. I’ve never thought of myself as good horror material. He has been a great supporter of my work and I am happy to oblige. We met…

  • Sketchy : grown man cry

    Sketchy Saturday I made a sketch for my song called Grown Man Cry. It is obviously a grown man crying. It isn’t exactly how I initially wanted it to be but he looks so familiar. I’m not crying, you’re crying

  • Knuckle Dragger

    Hey Pops… Your arms are very long. If you stood up and let them hang down, your knuckles would touch the ground… no offense.

  • Johnny Grape Seed

    I just found out that I will have the opportunity to appear on a local television show in June to help promote a regional wine festival. As part of the promotion, I might get to perform one song. I was discussing the event with my family and trying to decide which of my songs would…

  • Poetry

    Lyrics are not the same as poems. I want something physical to coincide with my next musical release. Most music is consumed digitally which means that there isn’t anything tangible to mark the occasion. I figured it would be simple to turn this project’s words into a book of poetry. Lyrics are like poetry. It…

  • Candle Metaphor

    There is a metaphor about burning a candle at both ends. I like candle analogies but it isn’t the right metaphor for my problem. My issue is that I have been setting up half a dozen candles in front of a fan. As soon as I get them lit, I turn on the fan. I…

  • Dead Squirrel

    We had the 8-year-old twins out for a bike ride on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Right in the middle of the bike lane was a bloated, dead squirrel. “Wow, that is disgusting and also so COOL!!! That is exactly what I imagined a dead squirrel would look like. I wonder why he died?” “Since it…

  • Really Old Cat

    We have a geriatric cat. She is blind in one eye. She can’t hear anything except the banjo. She often forgets to eat. She often doesn’t make it to the litter box in time. We think she has some dementia. She walks into the middle of a room and looks around as if she has…

  • Uncle Boozie’s Theme is Done

    Any legitimate show needs a theme song. Uncle Boozie is no different. My intention is that each episode will feature two versions of this song. Now, you can hear them both. If the audio player doesn’t display in your email reader, click here to listen to Uncle Boozie’s Theme. If the audio player doesn’t display…

  • Lost and Found

    “Hey Pops… At school we get points for doing our classroom jobs and my job is I am in charge of the lost and found but I never get any points because I never get to do my job because nobody ever needs the lost and found. So, I’ve got a plan to make sure…

  • Spaghetti Western

    I love classic Western movies. When I started my current studio project, I intended all of the arrangements to be in the spaghetti western style. It’s the twangy guitar, the whistle, and the tumbleweeds blowing through the studio. It turns out that my songs led the arrangements in a different direction. I have some leftover…

  • Moron

    Wednesday Words It’s waltzing down the boulevardA lullaby screaming on the radioIt’s the rest for all my wearyWhen she lays her head down on my shoulder One of my favorite lines that I have ever written is in this verse from “Rest My Soul.” It’s a seemingly contradictory phrase about a lullaby that is screaming.…

  • i, iv, VII

    I warn you now, this post will be kind of nerdy. I want to talk about the chord progression for “Hard Man.” i, iv, VII I tried to adjust this pattern and make it work a different way. I thought that the major 7 could be the root but that makes the second chord a…

  • Special Day

    A large portion of the people in the United States will be celebrating the eclipse today. This is a rare and special occasion. I doubt that many of the people celebrating that the moon got in the way of the sun will realize that it is also National Banjo Day. The sun is more or…

  • Food Trucks

    I love eating food from a food truck. There is something about the smell of exhaust that makes the food taste magical. The best people and the best food can be found in the back of a food truck. Every truck needs a specialty, mine would be pie. It would be a nice flaky crust…

  • Masters

    When I finish a recording, I have been sharing it here as a Daily Dispatch. I think it is only right that the faithful Weird Folk who spend time reading my daily ramblings receive early access to my work before it is released into the wild. I am comfortable with this arrangement. The problem occurs…

  • Hard Man – Release Day

    It’s release day!!! If I was young and very attractive and made pop music, I am fairly certain this release would be the epic song of the summer. Since I make weird folk music, you probably won’t hear this one pumping at the water park. That doesn’t mean you and I can’t jam to it…

  • Sub-Genres

    While scheduling my single that drops tomorrow with Spotify, I had some difficulty choosing the appropriate genre. If I was being honest, I would admit to having a near-pathological love for sorting and organizing. However, this list is ridiculous. I know that I most likely fall under the main classification of “folk and roots.” Under…

  • Here Comes The Man

    Wednesday Words Here’s a story About a man When he goes out Everyone would see him When all the people see him All the people would scream Ahhhhh There goes the man There goes the man I’m working on a new song called “Everybody Scream.” I’ve got a groove, a hook, a title, and most…

  • The Sock

    We have reached a stage as a family where we are exploring potential colleges. We just got home from a college visit. The whole family loaded in the van and went on a road trip. The eight-year-old twins have been a very opinionated and important part of the process. The tour went well. This school…

  • Two is None

    There is an adage about preparation that states, two is one and one is none. I’ve been working on two very different projects for a long time. My new record is very introspective and kind of serious. I am also working on the first episode of a series about the ridiculous Uncle Boozie. Neither project…

  • Goose Egg

    When I was a kid, a farmer we knew gifted my family with a couple of goose eggs for Easter. If you have never experienced a giant, pink and purple, hard-boiled goose egg, it is magnificent. May your Easter (or spring in general, if you don’t celebrate Easter) be as glorious as a giant, pink,…

  • Sketchy : red eye waltz

    Sketchy Saturday I’ve been making black and white sketches to go with the songs on the next record. I was initially stumped trying to find an idea for “Red Eye Waltz.” Why not just use some red and draw an eye? Because then it wouldn’t be a black and white sketch. Art is only art…

  • ESP

    If I could see the future and know everything that was going to happen, I would not want to know how the story ends.

  • Trust My Gut

    I was finishing up the mix for Grown Man Cry. With each minor tweak, I tried to convince myself that it was good enough. Everything sounded exactly how I planned it. It should have been good enough. There were just too many little things that would have haunted me forever. I started over from scratch.…

  • Regular is NOT finding joy in being different

    Wednesday Words This new verse is a sacred Not as Regular blessing. May you never be as regular As all of the regular folks They are boring and miserable We’re so much more interesting than that Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular…

  • Hard Man Help

    Give me your tired, your poor, your hard man stories. I’ve got a new single coming out next week. I think it’s brilliant all on its own but it would be good to organize some promotional content. I suppose that is the kind of thing that I should think about before I schedule the release.…

  • Paint that Smile

    Today is the anniversary of the reissue of my Painted Smiles record. I made this record with my sister in 2003. If you own the CD version of this project, you have probably heard the bonus track at the end of the record. It’s not available on the digital version. Grandma sang this song all…

  • Snow Ramifications

    I wish to apologize to everyone living in my geographic area. Despite the very seasonal weather forecast, we will get a freak snowstorm this week and it’s my fault. I had a snow shovel leaning against the house on the back porch and I just put it away. I am confident that this action will…

  • Not OK is Done

    This song hit me hard when I was writing it. Then it hit me again when I was recording the parts. The finished mix hit me once again. I think that’s a good sign. It feels important. I know it will never be a top summertime song but it hits hard in a different kind…

  • Super Stretch

    When you are on the verge of falling asleep, there is a propensity to ponder the deeper aspects of life. I was snug and comfy in bed. As my eyes drooped shut, I considered superpowers. If I could have one and only one superpower, what would I want it to be? The power of flight…

  • Eclipse

    During the waning days of the pandemic, it was kind of trendy to release apocalyptic concept albums. A lot of art from that period was dystopian, end-of-the-world kind of stuff. I didn’t want to be left out so I started working on a group of songs about the sun exploding. I wrote one song specifically…

  • I’ve Been A Bully

    Wednesday Words These words were in an old notebook, dated November 12, 2018. They have become the first verse of my next single. This justifies why it’s important to periodically look through old notebooks. I’ve been a bully, I’ve known a few Caring can be cruel, but it’s the best we can do I hunker…

  • Planetarium

    “Hey Pops… Church is OK but it would be so much better if the ceiling was covered in stars like a planetarium…”

  • Drunk Photographer

    I would love to show you some photos from the show that I played over the weekend. Unfortunately, I keep getting home from gigs without proof that I was there. It is hard to take photos while I am performing and I can’t seem to remember to prioritize capturing the moment. I guess I need…

  • Luck of the Not as Regular

    It seems that I am hitting all the secondary holidays for the Not as Regular series. I couldn’t pass up St. Patrick’s Day I love St. Patrick’s Day I’ll sing some really great songs Then I’ll eat potatoes and cabbage And also some Lucky Charms cereal (save the marshmallows for last) Not as regular as…

  • Desperation

    I have never been good at self-promotion. I am proud of the songs that I have written and I love playing music for a crowd. There are a lot of things that I do well but talking about those things is hard. It’s the time of year when I need to update my biography and…

  • Uncle Boozie Goes Sideways

    It’s time for a little update on Uncle Boozie. Almost three-quarters of the first episode is finished. It was exactly how I imagined it but something wasn’t right. It kept me up at night. I couldn’t figure out the problem. Something didn’t work and I just figured it out. Uncle Boozie needs to go sideways.…

  • Magic Eight Ball

    We celebrated the birthday of our twins. For their birthday dinner, they wanted spaghetti and hot dogs. They thought we needed a vegetable to round things out. One picked broccoli and the other picked cucumbers. My heartburn reached a record level. We sang the traditional song and opened presents. After every phase of the process,…

  • Sacrament of Coffee and Age 8

    It’s our annual “Sacrament of Coffee Day.” It is the anniversary of my song and also my twin’s birthday. Getting out the door can still be a challenge but most days they are ready to leave before me. This is a weird age. They aren’t babies anymore but they aren’t fully independent. If I time…

  • The Single the Robots Demand

    I scheduled my next single. In the old days, the music industry demanded singles. Singles were the product. That song was what was being sold. Everything that was done was to sell that single. Major stadium tours, t-shirts, and radio promotions were all done to sell singles. We don’t sell singles anymore. But for some…

  • Looks Like a Muppet

    I have been thinking about hiring a professional to take some good promotional photos. If I had an issue with our plumbing, I could try and fix it myself. Even if I succeeded, it would look like I fixed it myself. I need a good promotional photo that doesn’t look like patchwork plumbing. In almost…

  • Book Reports

    I like books. I don’t read fast but I try to regularly consume written words. I have tried reviewing books that I enjoy as a Daily Dispatch. That never felt appropriate. It’s hard to make a book report interesting. That being said, I think that I am going to start posting book reviews on Instagram.…

  • Frail Bones is Done

    It feels like this song came together very quickly. It was written and recorded in less than a month. At the same time, I guess that I’ve been working on it for a long time. The title and a vague idea have existed for at least a year. Once it clicked, it all became easy.…

  • Edward Something

    I’ve been giving my son piano lessons. He wanted to be able to play the piano but didn’t understand why he needed lessons to make that happen. It was a rocky start but we have settled into a begrudgingly tolerant symbiosis. He is doing a great job. During his most recent lesson he said, “There…

  • Cosmic Nesting Songs

    There are three songs for my current project that remain unfinished. I like to work on one song at a time but I’ve been having some focus issues. I decided to record the scratch track for all three songs. I was hoping this would provide a foundation for making arrangement decisions. To my surprise, all…

  • Not OK

    It’s ok if you are not ok It’s ok if you are not ok Well, you jut got some bad news It was something you never expected You didn’t see it coming And you are devastated Now you are crying on the bathroom floor It’s ok if you are not ok It’s ok if you…

  • The First Nice Day

    It was the first nice day of the season. The birds were chirping. The crocuses were blooming. You can feel springtime vibrating in the air. It was beautiful but I had forgotten what this change in weather does to little kids. They were tiny buzzing maniacs. It was as if they had never seen sunshine…

  • Squids

    There were some Weird Folk at Squids Brewery in Toronto, Ohio on Saturday. I love playing a first show at a new venue. There are so many unknowns and you never know how it is going to go. It went well. I got to see some old friends that I have known for 20 years…

  • Tether

    Sometimes I wish that I wasn’t permanently tethered to my phone. I remember a time when we would go on car trips without a phone. There was no robot giving directions. If you were lucky, you had a map. When you broke down, you had to walk somewhere and put a dime into a pay…

  • Hard Man is Done

    It required several attempts but I finally figured out how to record this song. The finished mix is very far removed from where I assumed this song was headed. I don’t know how it ended up sounding the way that it does. It’s almost like the song took over and I wasn’t even involved. I…

  • It’s Beautiful

    I’ve been talking about my “Uncle Boozie” project for a long time. It is taking longer to make this stuff than I expected. Maybe a little clip might tide us over until the first episode is finished. It’s like a snack. A beautiful bacon snack. Bacon Day on YouTube

  • Scrap the Whistle

    I had a plan. I’ve lost count but I think this is probably my third attempt at recording Hard Man. My previous attempts have culminated in a muddy mess. The starting track has been a very aggressive acoustic guitar part with lots of rhythmic rolls. During my current attempt, I added a supplementary guitar part…

  • Bathroom Floor

    Wednesday Words It’s a universal truth. At some point in time, every human being hits rock bottom and finds themself crying on the bathroom floor. Well, you jut got some bad news It was something you never expected You didn’t see it coming And you are devastated Now you are crying on the bathroom floor…

  • Dear Diary

    If you have been keeping score at home, you know that I’ve been working on my “new” record since last March. I keep getting stuck. I don’t believe that writer’s block is a real thing. As a workaholic, I simply keep working. As long as I am working, I can power through to the other…

  • Sticky Floor

    I play music at a lot of establishments that serve a lot of beer. The typical routine begins at the scheduled establishment about an hour before showtime. Speakers need to be setup, instruments must be tuned, and you must empty your bladder completely. A normal gig involves playing weird folk music for three hours straight…

  • Nashville Tuning

    Today, I’m going to tell you everything that I know about Nashville tuning. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. The bottom four strings are a thinner gauge and are tuned an octave higher than standard tuning. The premise is to sound like a 12-string guitar while still only having six strings. A set of strings…

  • Sketchy : frail bones

    Sketchy Saturday This is the next installment in my song sketch series. I have never considered myself a visual artist but this practice has been a good way to learn a new skill. Trying to represent my songs visually has also provided a whole different connection to the song. My initial attempts for this sketch…

  • The Vampire Hop

    It was a quarter to six in the morning. My son has always been an early riser. He showed up bright and early, hopping across the room. “Are you being a frog this morning?” “No, I am a vampire bat. When they eat, they get so full of blood that they can’t fly. So, they…

  • Weird Folk Groove

    I was working on a mix and it occurred to me that making Weird Folk is kind of tricky. If you are making dance music, you pump the bass and nothing else matters. For pop music, you make the vocals hot and put it over a squashed mix with a straight-ahead beat. Country is the…

  • Frail Bones

    I go walking late at night I imagine that I could be anything that I like I could be brave, I could be strong I could be mean, I could be powerful In this game where I could be anything I could be anyone but I’m never me I got frail bones and rotten teeth…

  • A Quick List of Failures

    The idea was to write some verses about basic human brokenness. It practically wrote itself. Poetic verses outlining general failures flowed forth like water. I don’t think I have ever written a song faster than this song. Life is hard and there are so many universal pains. The hardest thing about writing this song was…

  • Two Problems

    I’m having trouble coming up with anything to write. It snowed and I shoveled. Now, all I can think about is my back pain. My shoveling-induced back pain is not worthy material for a Daily Dispatch. But then we had some fried peppers with dinner and my overwhelming heartburn is competing with my back pain.…

  • Good as New

    I got my guitar back. The bridge on my main guitar recently popped off. I’ve been playing this guitar since the Christmas of 1999. We’ve been through so much together. I wasn’t confident that it was salvageable. I made peace with the possibility that it couldn’t be repaired. I even bought a replacement. A friend recommended…

  • Ice Cream Strength

    I’m sure that you’ve heard stories about mothers who get superhuman strength in dire circumstances. A normal-sized woman can lift a car when their offspring is in danger. That’s how I feel about ice cream.

  • Bad Words

    I have twins and they are seven. “Hey Pops… Why don’t I know any of the bad words? I think I should know all of the bad words.” “I think it’s great that you don’t know bad words. This is OK.” “I should know the bad words. My brother knows ALL of the bad words.”…

  • An OK Title

    This idea first appeared during the spring of 2021. The pandemic was ending but we didn’t know it yet. Things were weird. Most of my songwriting during that period focused around mental health topics. There is a title scribbled down on my list of potential songs. “It’s OK to Be Not OK.” My intention was…

  • Regular is NOT giving yourself a gift for Valentine’s Day

    Wednesday Words Our Not as Regular collection needed a Valentine’s Day verse. I love Valentine’s Day Because chocolate is on sale tomorrow A heart shaped box on clearance A gift from me to me Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I…

  • Fat Tuesday

    Today is Fat Tuesday. It is the day before Ash Wednesday. In the Christian tradition, you are supposed to give up rich food for Lent. I am not sure how to adequately define rich food but I’m fairly certain the pancake is a perfect example. The goal of Fat Tuesday is to use all of…

  • Usher

    It was the Super Bowl. It’s almost a National Holiday in the United States. Even the people that hate the sport, tune in for the commercials. I love the NFL but I find it hard to get excited about a game when it’s not my team. The halftime performance doesn’t get me excited either. It’s…

  • Knock On My Door

    “Come and knock on our door. We’ll be waiting for you.” The theme song from Three’s Company has been stuck in my head for a couple of days. This is a common occurrence. At one point in my early 20s, the Sanford and Son theme was running on repeat for almost a full year. The…

  • Stink

    Today’s post is about noxious digestive gas that emanates from the lower quadrant. If you find this topic juvenile or disgusting, you may want to skip this one and come back tomorrow for more appropriate content. I noticed something recently and thought it was worth pondering in this forum. If I get a whiff of…

  • You Can’t Email Uncle Boozie

    Uncle Boozie is starting to come together. It won’t be long until this project is ready to go. Whenever I get to this stage of a project, I start to worry about the details. Is the episode long enough? Is it too long? Do I need to separate the Uncle Boozie content from my regularly…

  • Sounds Like Mud

    I once again find myself starting over… again. I have always been very confident in my musical arrangements. When I start a song, I follow my gut. I hear the part that I want in my head and then make it happen. I need something that sounds like “vrump, vrump, vrump” and then create that…

  • Already Wet River

    Wednesday Words While we were there, Mother Nature decided to add some water to that already wet river I wrote these words and I will stand by them. This is a line from my new song called “A Good Hat.” The words perfectly convey what I’m trying to say. Every word is right but its…

  • Judgement is 14

    I recently read an article that condemned artists for celebrating anniversaries of their work. The idea is that an individual wanting to enjoy your work doesn’t need a milestone to engage with it. Art is not like wine. Years don’t make your work better. I understand this sentiment in general and it is probably valid.…

  • Greasy Fish Season

    It’s almost greasy fish season. While I was playing at a fantastic brewpub on Saturday evening, I saw a sign advertising their upcoming Lenten specials. Greasy fish season is the worst thing about being a traveling entertainer. I intend no offense to the fine people who run the fine establishments where I frequent. I completely…

  • Automatic

    These Daily Dispatches are usually written right before I go to bed in the evening. I churn out my best ideas, hit the schedule button, and hope some little elves come in and fix my writing while I sleep. The next part of the chain is supposed to be automatic. I schedule the post and…

  • Skeleton in a Hammock

    I’ve been working on sketches to correspond with the songs that I am recording. The visual arts are not my strong suit but I am trying to learn and it’s great practice. The current sketch was supposed to include bones and a large fire. My flames look more like palm branches. It seems that I…

  • Wet Your Whistle

    As a farewell, I always say the same thing. “Until next time, you all be fantastic.” That is definitively me. It is not Uncle Boozie. Uncle Boozie needs his own closing phrase. It took some experimentation but I think I’ve got it. “I’ll be back soon. Until then, keep your whistle wet.” I don’t know…

  • Music Box

    There were two tracks left to record to satisfy my planned arrangement. I wanted a piano part to fill out the middle of the mix and I needed an additional lead part. I didn’t have a plan for the lead. It was written on my list as “something bright.” My studio doesn’t currently include an…

  • Kiss and Mean It

    You said, I sure do miss you Where have you been I said, what do you mean I’m standing right here next to you You said, are you really I’ve forgotten how to kiss and mean it Eyes wide open, staring at the sun With every flick of the tongue I become a little more…

  • Reading to Dogs

    The twins had a special treat at school. They had the opportunity to spend some time reading to therapy dogs. I guess the theory is that the dogs are a warm, comforting presence for the kids and it helps them relax, enjoy reading, and connect emotionally. I have often thought that, on the day they…

  • Glass Ball

    If hope was a glass ball, would you lock it away? Would you bury it in the deepest, darkest corner? Would you spare no expense to hide it from the world? Or would you invite some friends over for sandwiches to discuss the possibility that such a thing even exists. Or would you carry it…

  • Recording King

    Today, I bring you the latest installment in my continuing guitar saga. I bought a new guitar. It’s a triple 0 model made by Recording King. The Recording King line of guitars is supposed to replicate vintage guitars. I love old guitars. Recording King guitars are like old guitars without the rusty tuning gears. It…

  • Chocolate

    I thought that you may want to know that I love chocolate. I absolutely adore all chocolate. Even the cheap, waxy stuff is glorious. If given the choice, my favorite chocolate is dark and bitter… like my normal mood. I love chocolate.

  • Inspirational Milk

    “Hey Pops… Sometimes when I try to say the word inspire, I accidentally say expire. I don’t know why I get those words mixed up.” ”Yeah, those are two very different words. If you say that the milk in the fridge is about to inspire, I should probably add milk to the grocery list.”

  • Big Red

    Since my main guitar went down last week, I’ve been spending a lot of time with my big, red Epiphone. It’s a long-term loaner from a friend. He knew I was looking for a hollow body guitar and he had one that he wasn’t using. I don’t know why I was looking for a hollow…

  • Poor Lover’s Waltz

    My old lady told me to head down to the liquor store And pick up a bottle of wine I said sure darling but what’s the occasion She said I’ll still be here when you get back That’s plenty for you to celebrate She said pick up something nice this time She knows I’m partial…

  • Appointment

    I was able to get an appointment with a luthier who comes highly recommended. He said he had room on his bench and he could take a look. It’s not a guarantee that my old guitar can be saved but it’s a step in the right direction. The important thing is that it is now…

  • Biscuits

    I was minding my own business when I heard a popping sound coming from the studio. It was a dull, muffled pop similar to a biscuit can. I am sure you are familiar with the tube of biscuits or croissants that you pick up at the store when you are in a hurry. You press…

  • Optimism

    Nobody has ever accused me of being an optimist. I am often grumpy and frequently irritable. I quickly get overwhelmed when I spend too much time with other human beings. However, I fundamentally believe that good and right will always prevail. Justice has an innate advantage. I’m from a generation that was raised by the…

  • Epic Morning Battle

    I rarely need an alarm to wake me up in the morning. Typically, I am driven out of bed by the urgent need to urinate. The last couple of days have been rough. It’s been so cold and the house is a little drafty. My blanket is warm and cozy. I stuck out a toe…

  • Uncle Boozie’s soft launch

    If you are keeping score at home, you may have noticed a Christmas message from Uncle Boozie. In the business world, this would be called a “soft launch.” As I am an artist and not a business person, I can’t really say that I know what this term means. I guess it is a subtle…

  • Garbage Day

    Thursday is garbage day. When I wake up on Thursday, I know that the garbage man is going to come and haul away my trash. I wish everything in life was so predictable. Tuesday could be cranky kid day. The third Friday of every month might be a good day for major appliances to break…

  • A Good Hat

    I went out fishing with my good friend Lou We did’t catch any fish but it was still a glorious day I had a sandwich in my pocket It was chipped beef with spicy mustard The water was cold and the sun was hot In the evening, the crickets came out to sing their song…

  • Show Up

    I spent the last couple days watching a bunch of NFL playoff games. I watched some amount of five different games. Of those five games, four of them involved one team more or less dominating their opponent. The losers in these contests seemed fairly uninterested in playing the game. When the clock started, they looked…

  • De-Christmas-ization

    Nothing provides such a range of emotions as the de-Christmas-ization process. It is so great to have the extra crap packed away and out of sight for another year. At the same time, it is sad to hide away all of the magical twinkles. See you later Christmas crap. Enjoy your long rest.

  • Sketchy : hard man

    I’ve been doing some sketches to correspond with my songs. This one is for “Hard Man.” Sometimes you take one on the chin.

  • The Lottery

    If I won a gazillion dollars in the lottery, would it destroy my art or allow me to make better art? There is a common troupe that the best artists are starving. Money compromises an artist’s integrity. However, with resources, it might be easier to find time and energy to make great art. Would the…

  • Daily Bulk

    I was just notified by my website hosting service that I am running out of space on my current plan. It had never occurred to me that a daily post could become so bulky. I have not yet determined how I am going to solve this problem. Don’t worry, the dispatches must go on. But…

  • Dryer

    The best way that time can ever be spent is in learning about something new. Knowledge is an invaluable treasure. We’ve been having some trouble with our clothes dryer. I’ve been babying it along, hoping for the best but it’s not looking good. I did some internet research but it wasn’t very helpful. To learn…

  • Regular is NOT loving it when we are snowed in

    Wednesday Words Here is a weather inspired verse to add to the Not as Regular collection. I love a good snowstorm Because the whole world gets quiet We got enough toilet paper to get us through It will all melt away eventually Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I…

  • Nothing New Under the Sun

    The common assumption regarding the creative process is that it involves making something out of nothing. Where there was a void, artistic beauty springs forth in its many forms. This assumption is wrong. The creative process is more like borrowing someone’s car. You can’t magically manifest yourself to the place where you are going. You…

  • Eleven People

    I logged in to check my artist profile for Spotify. In addition to some mind-boggling analytics, there is a little ticker that says how many people are listening at a specific moment. I’m not going to lie. Typically, it states “0 people listening now.” At that magic moment, something different was happening. “11 people listening…

  • Scattered

    It may be due to the remnants of covid playing havoc with my brain. It could be the annual post-holiday trauma. It could be run-of-the-mill procrastination. I can’t decide what to work on next. I am very scattered and unable to focus. The problem is not due to a lack of ideas. My standard procedure…

  • Flying Squirrel

    I had a crazy dream. I was outside my grandfather’s house. All of my father’s family was there. We were all standing in front of the house, admiring the Christmas decorations. It was decorated exactly the same as it was the Christmas before he died. He has been gone for fifteen years. I didn’t realize…

  • New Carpet

    “Hey Pops. Remember when I said that one of my goals for the year was for someone to give me 5 million dollars?” “Yeah, I remember you mentioned something about 5 million dollars.” ”Well, the fist thing that I am going to buy with the money before we go to Disney World is new carpet…

  • Might Be Good

    On New Year’s Eve, I talked to my kids about their goals for the new year. I just realized that I had never solidified my own goals. My vision for 2024 is still rather vague at this point. I have been “working” on a new record for almost a year. My biggest goal for this…

  • Right Here

    Wednesday Words You said, I sure do miss you Where have you been I said, What do you mean I’m standing right here next to you You said, Are you really I’ve forgotten how to kiss and mean it Eyes wide open, staring at the sun With every slip of the tongue I become a…

  • Still Romantic

    One time I wrote and recorded an entire record to get a girl to marry me. It worked. A couple of years later, the same girl accused me of “not being romantic anymore.” To be fair I was writing a lot of songs about death at that point. So, I retreated into the laboratory and…

  • Happy New Year 2024

    I was helping the twins get ready for bed on New Year’s Eve. Since we have been celebrating a Covid-Christmas and need lots of extra rest, it was only slightly later than a normal bedtime. We were engaging in some pre-bed, existential chit-chat. I asked about their favorite things from 2023 and if they had…

  • Did You Smell That?

    I think my favorite thing about the winter holiday season is the smell. It’s a combination of freshly baked cookies, peppermint, pine needles, cocoa, roasted meats, and the fancy powder worn by your great aunt. I have lost my sense of smell with COVID and have really missed the fragrances of the season. We have…

  • The Glorious Sweet Potato

    My brain is still heavily covidified. You can tell by the pride that I feel about making up the word covidified. Because I am so heavily covidified, I can’t think of anything interesting for today’s post. So, I thought I would tell you everything that I know about the glorious sweet potato. It won’t take…

  • Face Practice

    “Are you okay, little girl? You are making some weird faces. Are you feeling alright?” “Yeah, sometimes I’m not sure what to do with my face so I was just practicing.”

  • Holiday Guilt Again

    Today, I am reusing an old post. My brain is mushy and I can’t write a new post. This sentiment from last year is still true plus add a side of Covid. The week between Christmas and the New Year is always brutal for me. There is so much excitement building up to Christmas and…

  • Regular is NOT going to bed early on New Year’s Eve

    Wednesday Words I’ve got two new verses of Not as Regular to help celebrate the New Year. I never stay up till midnight On New Year’s Eve It’s just one more tick of the clock And I get grumpy without enough sleep Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I…

  • Not Coal

    This year for Christmas, Santa Claus brought me Covid. I think this might mean that I was on the “naughty list.” It hasn’t been bad but the associated brain fog is legit. For example, I can’t remember if I am sending this message to you or if this is a message that you sent me.…

  • Merry Christmas 2023

    “I’m so excited! It’s Christmas! I’m so excited! Do you want to hear me squeal like a pig? It’s Christmas!” “No, I don’t need to hear you squeal like a pig to know that you are excited.” Merry Christmas to all the Weird Folk. May it be so exciting that you squeal like a pig.

  • Christmas Eve

    Sometimes, the anticipation is better than the actual thing. I’ve always been a Christmas Eve kind of guy. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Christmas morning. But the potential of the night before is absolute magic. I hope your Christmas Eve is loaded with potential.

  • Uncle Boozie dropping pine needles

    Uncle Boozie showed up for the holidays. You can check out his Christmas greeting on YouTube here. I’m so excited that Uncle Boozie is finally here.

  • I Have to Pee

    “Hey Pops…” ”Sometimes, I have to pee, when I get nervous or a little scared… That’s not happening right now… Well, I do have to pee right now but not because I’m scared… It’s just a normal pee…”

  • Merry Christmas 007

    I understand both sides of the argument when it comes to the movie Die Hard. It’s not about Christmas but it is a story that takes place at Christmastime. If it triggers festive vibes for you, that’s a good thing. I like Die Hard but it’s not something that I could watch every year. My…

  • Christmas-inator

    Wednesday Words Mrs. Brother Jack suggested that I write a Christmas version of “Old Vinyl.” So, I ran it through my Christmas-inator machine and this is what I got. Warm and cozy, tree is all lit up White Christmas spinning on the stereo You grab my hand and pull me to the middle of the…

  • Checking It Twice

    I was working on Christmas Cards. If you are the type of person with a disposition that leads you to be inspired to send Christmas cards, make sure you double-check your list by all means necessary. If you should happen to send a Christmas card to a relative who is several branches removed from your…

  • Green Electric Guitar Redux

    I finally sold my green electric guitar. It was a tough process. I bought this guitar when I was 15 years old. It was the first thing that I ever bought and paid for with my own money. I mowed a lot of yards to get this guitar. When I started writing songs, the first…

  • Jell-O

    There are many weird family traditions that show up during the winter holidays and so many of them involve Jell-O. Aunt Ruth used to make something called “Sunshine Salad.” It was shredded carrots and raisins inside orange-flavored Jell-O. I think the last time that I ate Sunshine Salad was in 1995. It was always awful…

  • Christmas Classics

    Whenever I turn on the television, there is a deluge of new stuff that I’m supposed to watch. It’s like a wide-open firehose blasting my brain with potential shows and movies to fill my time. I enjoy watching a new movie on occasion but the infinite volume of new options is overwhelming. The most beautiful…

  • Uncle Boozie on Losing Your Needles

    Weeeeell, hey. It’s everybody’s favorite uncle. That’s right. It’s me, Uncle Boozie. Merry Christmas from your favorite uncle and may all of your Christmas trees not lose their needles before the 28th or 29th. I mean, if your tree starts to lose its needles while there are still presents under the tree, that’s a real…

  • The Ninja Turtles Let Me Down

    If it could go wrong, it did. Some days are like that. We kicked things off with a mid-song busted banjo string disaster and it got worse from there. It was just before lunchtime, inspiration sparked and I was in too big of a hurry to get to the studio. My feet hit the first…

  • The Urn

    I have always wanted to write a sonnet about an urn. It’s a grey urn covered with Ancient Greek script that sits on a shelf made of walnut wood. This urn is guarded by the ghost of a lady in a blue dress. The irony is that she has pledged to guard this urn for…

  • Christmas of 1999

    I remember the Christmas of 1999. It was the first Christmas without my Grandpap Jack and it was the last Christmas before my parents separated. I got me a guitar that Christmas. I’ve been playing that same guitar for 24 years. We’ve written a lot of songs together and entertained many audiences. Unfortunately, the frets…

  • Studio On My Phone

    My studio setup has changed several times over the past couple of years. I’ve tried to document the specific details of these changes as they have happened. I was recently thinking about my studio iterations with a broader view. The technology changes have been astounding. About five years ago, I switched to a setup with…

  • Christmas is Busy

    This time of year is so busy. We have had something extra every day this week. It is high school orchestra concerts, church obligations, holiday parties, and so many musical events. On Friday, we were crammed into an auditorium with 1200 other people listening to some beautiful Christmas music. I wonder why the holiday busy…

  • Best Job Ever – Christmas 2023

    We had a Christmas song contest last night. I need to be prepared. I asked my family to stump me with Christmas song requests. They fired off titles as fast as I could check them against my list. It didn’t take long, they stumped me. I’ve got a couple songs to learn. We had a…

  • Clothes Dryer

    I wanted to give you an update on a couple of different projects. If you have been following along, you know that I have been learning how to silkscreen. There have been many setbacks along the way but I’ve learned a lot. I got to the point where my screen was made, I had all…

  • Christmas Break

    The entire music industry (except for Mariah Carey) shuts down for the month of December. Nobody tours with their regular stuff. People aren’t working on new projects. You don’t release non-Christmas music during the last quarter of the year. I try to embrace the desired Christmas music. It is what most people want to hear.…

  • Regular is NOT deviating from the normal holiday menu

    Wednesday Words Here is another Christmas-themed verse for Not as Regular. This one is inspired by our friend Sister Kelly. What is something that makes you “Not as Regular” during the holiday season? We’re eating lasagna for Christmas dinner Even though our heritage is not Italian I’m just so sick of all the turkey Ham…

  • Skinny Santa

    I am sure that you remember the Christmas special about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. It’s a classic. Throughout the whole story, Santa is unnaturally skinny. Mrs Claus spends the entire show trying to convince him to eat. He keeps putting it off. He is too busy fretting, worrying, and getting everything ready. Then at…

  • I’ve Got Hands for Radio

    We were watching some NFL pregame on the television. My little girl was sitting with me on the couch. “Those guys know almost as much about football as you do. You love to talk about the Steelers. You would be great on this show. You should be on here with these guys talking about football.…

  • Christmas for Winos

    I was eating a messy cheeseburger. Somehow, the pickles and mustard ended up all over my pants. Then I spilled some mouth wash on the front of my shirt. It was an amount of mouthwash approximately equal to one mouthful. I’m not going to explain how I ended up with approximately one mouthful of Listerine…

  • $0.74 US

    Mrs. Brother Jack is a math teacher. Numbers are her job and numbers are her hobby. Recently she got interested in my streaming analytics. She has been investigating which song has the most streams on which platform during which timeframe. She has found so many interesting things which will serve as a great story for…

  • The Void

    It can be depressing to finish a project and get stuck waiting in the void before the next project begins. To be a healthy artist, it can be beneficial to start the next job before you are done with the current job. I am working on a current project, the next project, an alternative current…

  • Spotify Robots 2023

    I’m making the world a better place with one weird folk song at a time. I don’t usually get hung up on vanity metics. I don’t pay attention to likes and streams. I just want to play weird folk songs and hope someone hears them. This is the time of year when Spotify releases their…

  • Regular is NOT trying to sing the high notes with Mariah

    Wednesday Words I secretly love it when “All I Want For Christmas” season Comes around again each year I’m trying to sing those high notes with Mariah Carey Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as Regular…

  • Looks Like Christmas

    We decorated for Christmas today. My son said, “Even if I wasn’t familiar with the way this house normally looked if I walked in right now, I’d know it was Christmas.” I guess that’s the goal. It was fun today but by the first of January, I will be sick of this festive junk and…

  • 19 Years

    Today, I’ve been married for nineteen years. It feels much longer. That’s a joke but it’s true in a different way. It’s been so long that I can’t remember not being married. I don’t remember life before all of this. To say that it has been a “good 19 years” would feel kind of inaccurate.…

  • Counting Humans

    My little man was having trouble falling asleep. We’ve been through this before. I suggested that he should try counting sheep. “I’ll give it a try but first I have a question. When sheep have trouble falling asleep, do they count humans?”

  • Anti-Regular Christmas Help

    Brothers and Sisters, I need your help… I would never intentionally listen to Mariah Carey’s Christmas music. However, if it’s on the radio and I’m in the car by myself, I will always sing along with those high notes. Don’t tell anybody. I am trying to write a couple of Christmas-themed verses for Not as…

  • Listen to Dragonfly Grove

    I recently wrote some words for my friends in Dragonfly Grove. Their project that includes my words was released today. You can listen to it anywhere that you stream music. Search for Dragonfly Grove, Chapter Three. I’m featured on the first track. Here is a link to listen on YouTube.

  • Gratitude 2023

    When I was younger, my gratitude list was all physical things. I was grateful for my guitar and my home. I was happy to have enough to eat and all of those type of things. At this point in my life, there are not many things that I couldn’t do without if needs be. Now,…

  • Busted Banjo is 2

    “It’s a joyous noise on a busted banjo” It’s been two years since the release of my record called Busted Banjo. My banjo isn’t any less busted and I still haven’t learned how to really play the thing. I’m still doing my best to make a joyous noise. Listen to Busted Banjo everywhere you stream…

  • Frozen Turkey

    In the United States, we are celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday. Millions of panicked people woke up this morning and screamed, “Oh no, I forgot to take the turkey out of the freezer!” I am happy to say that I am not one of those people. I performed the frozen turkey panic late last night. May…

  • Greenhouse

    Ten years ago, my family bought me a home greenhouse. It’s a tall, skinny wire shelf with a plastic hood. You aren’t a serious gardener unless you have one of these season-extending beauties. It was a great birthday gift but I’ve never figured out how to use the thing. It’s too big to fit anywhere…

  • Holiday Reminder 2023

    The holiday season is bearing down upon us. It’s a chunk of time that overflows with magical reminders, traditions, and family memories. The holidays can trigger a lot of strong feelings. For some people, it’s the most joyous time of year. For other people, it’s a living hell. I will do my best to be…

  • Retirement

    My oldest kid had a job shadowing event this week. She spent half the day hanging out with the IT department at a local bank. She said that the IT department was just like the way they are depicted on TV. It’s not at all what she wants to do with her life but it…

  • The Worm

    “Hey, Pops…” “My life is so different now that I can whistle and snap.” “Yes buddy, all of our lives are so different now that you can whistle and snap.” He practices both constantly. “The only thing I have left is to learn the worm.” “What are you talking about?” “You know, like in breakdancing….…

  • The Right Tool

    I was hoping to make some new shirts in time for the Christmas rush. Things were underway last week but then I experienced some setbacks. I had to wait for the new emulsion remover to be delivered so that I could reclaim my screens and start from scratch. The first time that I tried to…

  • Dragonfly Grove

    Wednesday Words – I wrote the following words for my friends in the band called Dragonfly Grove and they will be part of their upcoming release. I am headed out to take a little ramble down to a secret place that I know. It’s the kind of place where you step into the area and…

  • Gardener Poet

    Gardeners make the best poets. The obvious metaphors provided by the garden are easy to harvest. To everything there is a season. I just finished cleaning up the garden for the year. It was mostly weeds. I haven’t been a very productive gardener for the last couple of years. I have some dirt and I…

  • Elvis

    “Hey, Pops. Are you famous?” “No, not really.” “You have to be a little bit famous. Compared to Elvis, how famous are you?” “Everybody in the world knows Elvis and only a couple people have heard of me.” “You should be famous like Elvis. If you were that famous, I’d probably have my own room.”

  • Old Photographs is Done Again

    I thought I had finished my recording for “Old Photographs” about a month ago. It turned out that it wasn’t really finished but now it is. You can click here for all of the Daily Dispatches related to this track, if you need the whole back story. If the audio player doesn’t display in your…

  • Rhythm

    This post could easily be titled Frequency but as a musician, I prefer Rhythm. My email inbox is full of regular blogs that I love to read. Hopefully, you feel the same way about the one that you are reading right now. Most of these subscriptions are about creativity and marketing. Eventually, something might sink…

  • Bad Timing

    I had another minor setback in my silkscreening journey. There is some wiggle room in the process of making a screen but it does require a specific series of actions to happen within a window of time. I will give a brief oversimplification of this timeless craft. You start with a clean and dry screen.…

  • My Eye

    We were working on raking up all of the fall leaves. The wind blew and I got a face full of dried leaf confetti. I did the standard automatic response and rubbed my eyes. It felt like there was still something in there. I plunged my head into the sink, I used the shower nozzle…

  • Weird Folk is 4

    “Oddballs, old friends, and weird folk” My record called Weird Folk is four years old. It feels like a couple of lifetimes have happened since then. A lot of things have changed in the last four years but a lot of stuff is exactly the same. I’ll keep making weird folk for the Weird Folk…

  • Telephone

    Yesterday, I wrote about my friend Jesse, whose judgment I trust completely. He helped me come to terms with the fact that my recording of “Old Photographs” isn’t as finished as I had previously assumed. I knew it wasn’t right but I didn’t know how to fix it. He asked the fundamental question, “What are…

  • Trusted Criticism

    I shared my finished master for “Old Photographs” with my friend Jesse. “I’m assuming you have some more tweaking to do?” “No, I’m burnt out. I’ve tried six different things and I don’t know what else to do. It’s as good as it’s gonna be.” “Are you sure?” “Looks like I’m going to try again.”…

  • Sketchy : old photographs

    I’ve been doing a series of sketches to correspond with my new songs. This one is for “Old Photographs.” It’s ghosts whispering in your memories.

  • Mr. Underwear

    It was nearing bedtime. I was trying to get the kids to brush their teeth and put on pajamas. I found myself getting angry and I didn’t know why. I was getting more irritated and more on edge. Suddenly, I became aware that my son had been singing the same phrase over and over and…

  • Bugs – Release Day

    It’s release day!!! “Bugs (deep breath version)” is out on all of the streaming services today. Despite the fact that I’ve released a lot of music in the past, I still get excited when a new song goes live. There is so much potential and we’re sending out into the world. There it goes. Now…

  • Bugs (deep breath version)

    Bugs (deep breath version)

    Released July 12, 2021 This release is all about washy guitars and jangly banjos. It is a dreamy new recording of Kissing Tree. The “b-side” is a cover of one of my favorite creepy love songs.

  • Big Mouth on a Shirt

    I’ve been sitting on this graphic for a long time. I was going to make some shirts with this image but it never happened. Now that I am printing my own stuff, I thought I might give it a go. I don’t want to waste my time if nobody is interested. There is a poll…

  • Crow Tree

    He went out every morn And chased the birds away He went out every eve And chased the birds away Birds, birds away from here Get away from my door Birds, birds away from here Fly from my door One bone, two bone Three bone, four Bone, bone fly away Never be seen no more…

  • The Drain

    When I sit down to write a Daily Dispatch, I tell you about the most interesting thing that happened during my day. I feel a little stuck right now. The highlight of my day was cleaning out a plugged drain in my basement. There’s not much that I can write about this drain. It was…

  • Dracula

    Some people really enjoy watching scary movies. I am not one of those people. There are enough scary things in life that I don’t need any extra scariness. Although, I do love the classics. Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Wolf Man are 90 year old perfect works of art. Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Lon Chaney…

  • Manic Gong

    Did you just feel that strange vibration? Like the ringing of a gong only more manic, it was the result of consuming too much Halloween candy. It was me. I ate too much candy. Moderation has always been a problem.

  • Take a Deep Breath

    A while back, I recorded a version of my song called “Bugs.” The arrangement for this track was built on a single deep breath repeated over and over and over. I like the consistent flow of this recording. It’s almost like a sad train rocking back and forth. When the recording was finished, it got…

  • Sugar Babies

    We have successfully completed our trick-or-treat expedition for another year. Everyone had fun and it was relatively uneventful. When you are walking down the middle of the street and going to strange houses begging for candy, uneventful is the goal. One of the kids snagged a package of Sugar Babies. The greatest Halloween miracle is…

  • Halloween 1982

    Halloween 1982 Did you ever see a cuter little pumpkin than this?

  • Crime Scene

    Wednesday Words When they found her The scene was a mess It’s broken glass And a bridal veil She was nailed Right to that wall Where her mother’s Portrait had been On either side For all to see In great big letters Scribbled two words Written with wood ash On one side A dusty smudge…

  • Autumnal Blink

    It happens quickly. Last week we were discussing how the leaves were starting to change and how it would soon be beautiful. We had some cold and rainy weather over the weekend and now it’s almost all gone. The fall foliage experts would consider our current state as “past prime.” If you blink you might…

  • Cra

    I have been working on a new song about a crow. If you are keeping score at home, you should know that I’ve addressed a significant word choice. I guess it’s not really a word as much as it is a phonetic-sound choice. The original line was: Cra cra creedle die Cree. Autocorrect was consistently…

  • Sketchy : bugs

    I’m releasing a new single. You haven’t missed any grand announcements. It was a quick decision. I’ll save all of the juicy details for another time. For now, here is the sketch that will be the album artwork. It’s a bug playing violin.

  • Wineries VS Breweries

    In my line of work, I have the privilege of frequenting many fine establishments that specialize in the dispensation of alcoholic beverages. I play music for the full spectrum of drunks at both wineries and breweries. I have recently realized a profound difference between these two main types of establishments. The difference isn’t just wine…

  • Creative Flow

    I was really busy working on something that was not part of my regularly scheduled programming. I had agreed to make an extra thing for a friend. It was something that you put off until the last minute because it’s not part of the normal routine. However, there were deadlines involved and I couldn’t wait…

  • Tzzzzz

    You know that type of older lady that tries to sell the idea that she has never had gas in her life. Maybe it’s your great aunt or a neighbor who used to babysit you. She gives you three bowls of bean soup for dinner and then is appalled when you release enough natural gas…

  • Regular is NOT being afraid of little kids in a scary mask

    Wednesday Words “Not as Regular” – Halloween Edition I don’t really like Halloween There’s lots of stuff out there that scares me I don’t need a special day To get the heebie-jeebies Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to…

  • A Title For a Crow

    A good song deserves a good title. Usually, a title is obvious. I have a song about pancakes, it’s called “Pancakes.” There is no need to be overly clever when it comes to the title. If you are playing a show, someone may yell. “Play Taco Time.” It should be obvious what song they want…

  • Producer’s Block

    I think that I am experiencing a weird form of block. It’s like writer’s block but it’s happening in the studio. I guess it’s producer’s block. Last week I was complaining about a kazoo part in “Idea 9.” I mastered this track in July and here I am still questioning the quality of my work.…

  • The Original Old Photographs

    I really went back and forth on whether I should share this. It’s not that it’s bad, it is just old. I recorded this track when I was 19. This track is 25 years old. I thought you might want to hear how the song started. If the audio player doesn’t display in your email…

  • Fall Festivals are Hardcore

    I’m playing at a Fall Festival today. It’s supposed to be cold and rainy. It could be a miserable day. If it was a family reunion, baby shower, or church picnic, no one would show up. Fortunately, there will be fall crafts, wine tastings, and food. I don’t understand the magic of the fall festival.…

  • Hexagon of Doom

    “Hey Pops, I was just reading about this weird place in the ocean where planes and boats disappear. It’s called the hexagon of doom.” “It’s actually called the Bermuda Triangle.” “Are you sure? I don’t think that’s right. I like hexagon of doom”

  • Idea 9 is Corrupt

    I have a finished master for my song called “Idea 9.” The more that I listened to it, the more certain I became that it’s not good enough. The kazoo solo sounds like I was dancing around, getting closer and then farther away from the microphone. It probably sounds like that because that is what…

  • Regular is NOT looking for spirits in an old instrument

    Wednesday Words I love to play old guitars Preferably ones that don’t belong to me Channeling all of the ghosts Of songs that used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be There are so many ways…

  • Song About a Crow

    I wanted to write a spooky song about a crow. I had no idea where to begin or what this song would be about. While at a show listening to my friend Coltt play some of his perfectly written songs, it dawned on me that I needed to start with “cra cra creedle die cree.”…

  • Sleep

    Sleep is essential. There is plenty of science on the importance of quality sleep. Bad sleep habits can shorten your life. Why is it so hard to get enough sleep? I stay up late finishing some work from the day, brainstorming a project, writing this post, or binging some stupid show. Sometimes I wonder if…

  • Old Photographs is Done

    I finally finished “Old Photographs.” The process has been well documented and I don’t have anything else to say about it. If you are interested, you can click here for a list of Daily Dispatches related to this track. In this moment it feels as though it took forever to get this one done. It…

  • The Spooky Itch

    Every year, when October rolls around, I get an itch to write a spooky song. Werewolves are off the table because it’s impossible to beat that verse about “beef chow mein.” There are lots of great songs about witches. Frankenstein feels like fertile ground but the tall silent type doesn’t provide much low-hanging fruit. I…

  • Barbie

    I might be one of the only people in the world that has not seen the Barbie movie. I’m comfortable with that status. My son said, “Hey pops, I know why Barbie dolls are called Barbie dolls. It’s because one of the dolls is named Barbie.” This seemed like a weird proclamation but I thought…

  • Kicking the Can

    If you have been keeping score at home, you know all about my Uncle Boozie project. I’ve been taking my time in an attempt to do this project right. I may have become stuck, spending too much time, tweaking the details. At this point, there is no way that I can get the first episode…

  • Regular is NOT finding pleasure in the overwhelming wail of a train

    Wednesday Words I like the sound of a train The louder, the better It shakes my teeth and rocks my soul Chugga, chugga, chugga, clickety-clack Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be There are so many ways to…

  • Dustbuster

    During my lifetime, I have received many spectacular gifts. Unfortunately, this does not mean that I’ve learned how to be a good gift-giver. Yesterday was my wife’s birthday. I bought her a dustbuster. We’ve been having a cat-related issue in our bathroom and this handy device solves the problem. It’s a highly rated, battery-powered, handheld…

  • Statues Again

    I recently acquired a new guitar. This meant that I had to try out my songs on the new instrument. A different tone can change the entire complexion of a song. I’ve found a handful of songs that don’t work well on this guitar but most of my tunes sound good. Something almost mystical happened…

  • Sketchy : idea 9

    I’ve been making sketches to correspond with the songs that I’m working on in the studio. This one represents Idea 9. It’s a blanket, a bottle, and some cold feet.

  • Honestly, Not Regular

    A friend was asking me about my song called “Not as Regular.” We talk a lot about art, music, and books. He frequently challenges my writing process and helps me to become a better songwriter. He asked, if “Not as Regular” was true to life or part of the act. This song is completely authentic.…

  • Uncle Boozie on the Magic of Frying Pans

    Weeeeell, hey. It’s everybody’s favorite uncle. That’s right. It’s me, Uncle Boozie. Today, I want to talk to you about the frying pan. A cast iron frying pan is made of iron. It’s in the name… cast iron frying pan. Iron is important for your body. I’m not sure what it does but it’s good…

  • Genetic Tattoos

    “Hey Pops, do tattoos run in our family?” “Ummm… What?” “I just wondered if I was going to get a tattoo because you have tattoos.” “No, it’s more like earrings, not glasses. You didn’t get your ears pierced because it runs in the family.” “Yes I did, Mommy has her ears pierced…”

  • Regular is NOT doing jigsaw puzzles for fun

    Wednesday Words There are so many ways to be “Not as Regular.” I like doing jigsaw puzzles It gives me something to do with my hands When I’m sitting at home Minding my own business Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as…

  • Screaming in the Closet

    I’ve been almost finished with the new recording of “Old Photographs” for a while. Everything is balanced and the parts sound exactly how I intended. But it was missing something. I kept tweaking, hoping it would magically fix itself. Somewhere around the third iteration, I tried adding some harmonies to the chorus. This made everything…

  • Open Windows is 3

    Today is the anniversary of the project I did with my friends in the band Dragonfly Grove. It seems like a good time to call out this project as they just announced they are officially done as a band. As a going away party they will be releasing a ton of music. I’m excited to…

  • Ohio

    I played an amazing festival today. The weather was cold and rainy but people still showed up. I spent some time with a bunch of friends and the music was so great. This is my favorite way to spend the day. But the most amazing thing is that some Weird Folk drove 2 1/2 hours…

  • Green Electric Guitar

    I’m trying to sell my green electric guitar. I bought this thing when I was 17 years old. I needed it so that I could be part of my first band. I was just a rhythm guitar player but it was life-changing. To be honest, I can’t even remember the band’s name. I remember playing…

  • Potty Dreaming

    My little girl had been in the bathroom for a long time when I went to check on her. “What are you doing in here?” “Nothing.” “Nothing? Then why are you still sitting on the potty?” “I was just potty dreaming. It’s like day dreaming except on the potty.”

  • the Voice of Uncle Boozie

    I think that I’ve finally figured out the voice for Uncle Boozie. He’s got a particular way of saying things and it’s important to get it right. There was an actor named Pat Buttram. He was on the television show called Green Acres and multiple classic Disney movies. I think Uncle Boozie’s voice could best…

  • Regular is NOT going to church solely for the food

    Wednesday Words I like going to church But not always for religious reasons An old fashion pot luck Is where you’ll find the best fried chicken Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be Not as regular as I used to be There are so many ways…

  • Another Taylor Dream

    If you have been following along, you may remember that I recently had a weird dream about T. Swift. It happened again. I don’t know why she is showing up in my dreams. I’m not even a fan. I couldn’t tell you the title of any of her songs. I couldn’t hum the melody or…

  • Guitar People

    There are two types of guitar people. You might be thinking that it’s electric guitar people and acoustic guitar people. Typically the electric guitar people can also play acoustic guitar. So, it’s probably better defined as electric guitar people and non-electric guitar people. Without a doubt, I am a non-electric guitar person. I was working…

  • Sketchy : statue of liberty

    As part of my drawing practice, I’ve been working on sketches to correspond with the songs on the new record. I wasn’t sure what would best represent a song about raging hypocrisy and the judgement that it incurs. I started with the Statue of Liberty holding a banjo but that didn’t feel right. A sad…

  • Popcorn

    By the time you are reading this, it should be safe to talk about without ruining the surprise. We are celebrating birthdays with my wife’s family. Every year she buys her brothers a bag of dill pickle popcorn. I guess it’s not much of a surprise since she does it every year. She and both…

  • Paste

    I had a meeting at my kid’s school. There have been a lot of changes in America’s school system since I was a kid. There are metal detectors at the door and a security guard. A large news ticker flashes motivational quotes in the lobby. When I was in school we had reading, writing, and…

  • Long Projects

    I wanted to give you a couple of updates about my “Uncle Boozie” project. This project began as an itch in the back of my mind a long time ago. I was drinking chocolate milk with a friend at least 15 years ago and Uncle Boozie was conceived. It’s taken a very long time to…

  • Fishing With Lou

    Wednesday Words I’m working on a new song about a hat and this is where the river has taken me thus far. I went out fishing with my good friend Lou We did’t catch any fish but it was still a glorious day I had a sandwich in my pocket It was chipped beef and…

  • Casual Sports Fan

    I enjoy watching televised sporting events. It really doesn’t matter what sport. I’ll watch anything but golf. I’m a sucker for a great story and they always find a way to deliver a great story. Some kid overcame tremendous adversity. A team is rebuilding after an internal scandal. One girl is playing her sister in…

  • Scratch : Old Photographs

    Check out the demo version of Old Photographs on YouTube. This song is almost 25 years old. I think it’s still a solid song and I’m glad it’s getting an update. Maybe someday I will let you hear the original version. It makes me feel good that something this old can find new life. I…

  • Serious Business

    The right song at the right moment can provide hope in a hopeless situation. I don’t really understand this alchemy but I know my life has been saved by a song on more than one occasion. I do the work that I do because songs are so powerful. I might throw a song out into…

  • Suffering

    For all of time, the most fundamental goal of every generation was for their children to have a better life then their parents. My parent’s generation decided that we had to go to college to have a better life. So a lot of us went to college whether we needed it or not. The school…

  • Uncle Boozie with even more on hats

    Weeeeell, hey. It’s everybody’s favorite uncle. That’s right. It’s me, Uncle Boozie. You can tell a lot about a person by the kind of hat that they wear. If they are wearing a policeman’s hat, there is a high probability that they are a police person. If they are wearing one of those fancy nun…

  • Fence Painting

    I’ve been painting our fence. It’s a wooden fence and it’s gotten very dry over the last couple of years. It looks great with a fresh coat of oil. I’ve been working for a couple of weeks and I’m not nearly done. This is not due to the size of the fence. It’s because I…

  • Furniture Polish

    I’ve been looking at some other guitars and my old girl knows. She’s not the jealous type but it’s gotta be a blow to the ego. Her frets are worn and it’s hard to keep her in tune for a full three-hour set. We’ve been together for a long time. I was changing strings and…

  • Freestyle Folk

    I’ve been writing a lot of short songs lately. Maybe this means that I am communicating more clearly and succinctly. Just like Hemingway, I am getting to the point quickly with no wasted words. That can’t be true. I needed some verses for my newest song called “Frail Bones.” I played the chord progression over…

  • Toaster Pastries

    We had the opportunity to go on an unexpected road trip this weekend. We piled into the van and hit the road. It’s the same thing every time. We make it almost ten minutes before the boy asks for a snack. Early morning road trips always include Pop-Tarts. Well, to be honest, they are the…

  • The Weekend

    The carefree days of summer vacation are over. When my kids went back to school, they instantly began looking forward to the weekend. “How many more days until the weekend?” This sparked a serious debate regarding the days of the week. I feel strongly that Sunday is the first day of the week. Everyone else…

  • Uncle Boozie with more on hats

    Weeeeell, hey. It’s everybody’s favorite uncle. That’s right. It’s me, Uncle Boozie. You know, a hat can be a really important part of an outfit. A hat can really tie everything together. A hat is useful too. You could use it, if there was something small that you needed to carry. You could take off…

  • Crash

    My website crashed. I updated an application related to PayPal on my web store. I’m not pointing fingers because I honestly have no idea what happened. I discovered the crash when I tried to schedule today’s Daily Dispatch. You can read it tomorrow because I need to drop everything and solve this problem. I was…

  • Regular is NOT Keeping a Banjo in the Bathroom

    Wednesday Words Here is another verse of “Not as Regular.” I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. Make sure you are always prepared because you never know when the muse will show up. I keep a banjo in the bathroom Just in case I gotta be prepared If inspiration strikes Not as regular as I…

  • Dolly is Out

    “Hey, Pops, Dolly Parton is no longer my favorite songwriter.” “OK, then who is your favorite songwriter?” “I don’t know who it is right now but pretty soon my favorite songwriter will be me. I just need to write some songs.”

  • The Red Eye Arrangement

    This is my favorite part of the recording process. A raw song is so ripe with potential. The barebones guitar track could become anything. I have big plans for this song that include drums, dirty guitar, mandolin, lap steel, banjo, and maybe some tuba. Check out the pure potential of this song on YouTube.

  • Geriatric Cat

    Our cat is old. She’s been roaming our house for almost 18 years. At this stage in her life, she spends a lot of time sleeping in our bed. It’s fine, she has earned this rest. The problem is that the bed is upstairs and her food is downstairs. The stairs have become difficult for…

  • The Continuing Saga of the Piano Lessons

    I’ve been giving my son piano lessons. We had just finished his most recent lesson and he said, “Don’t take this the wrong way… I like you lots but I don’t really like the piano teacher version of you.” “Really? Why is that?” “I don’t know…. Who is that weird kid that was really good…

  • Uncle Boozie on hats

    Weeeeell, hey. It’s everybody’s favorite uncle. That’s right. It’s me, Uncle Boozie. I wanted to talk to you today about the importance of a hat. If it is a sunny day and you put a hat on your head, it will protect your head from the powerful rays of the sun. A hat can prevent…

  • The Little Things

    If you have come out to a show while wearing one of my shirts, thank you. If you threw your change into my tip jar, thank you. If you tune-in to share a cup of coffee with me in the morning, thank you. If you have ever sent a song request, musical recommendation, or word…

  • I Could’ve Been Strong

    Wednesday Words I posted the first verse of this song last week. I think it might be a “seasons of life” kind of song. Here is verse 2 of my new song called “Frail Bones.” I go walking in the pre-dawn haze Remembering all of the dreams I had I could’ve been brave, I could’ve…

  • Words is Easy

    Songwriting is hard. Scratch that. Writing is difficult. Nope. Words require effort. I can do better than that. Songwriting is a process that requires patience and dedication to the craft. And luck. Writing a good song requires a lot of dumb luck.

  • Popeye’s Forearms

    I hit another roadblock in the studio. I’ve been working on the same bass part for a week and a half. When I was figuring out arrangements for the song, I heard this bass part in my head. I knew how I wanted it to go. The problem occurred when I tried to play the…

  • Clean Pants

    I spent all morning dealing with a new washing machine and dragging out the old, broken one. We had somewhere that we needed to be at a specific time. I asked my wife if she thought that I should change my pants before we left the house. “Yes” “You didn’t even look to see how…

  • The Agitator

    Our washing machine died. It came with the house when we bought it in 2004. It wasn’t new at the time. I have no idea how old this appliance is but it’s outlived a lot of underwear. This old machine almost died two years ago. Did you know that a washing machine has a transmission?…

  • On Eagle’s Wing

    We were visiting a little animal park. It was the kind of place that specializes in animals that you could see if you spent enough time outside in your local area. They always have a clever name like “Wonderful Wild Animals of South Central Kentucky.” We saw elk, wild turkey, and a prairie dog. The…

  • Cheers

    I write at least one post every day and then decide what I should publish the next day. Writing is never the hard part. Occasionally, I get stuck with some grammar issues but typically I don’t worry that big about how smooth my words sound nice. Deciding what to write about is the hard part.…

  • I Could Be Brave

    Wednesday Words I’ve been doing some work on me. While trying to figure some things out, I wrote these new words. This is the first verse and chorus to a new song called “Frail Bones.” I go walking late at night I imagine that I could be Anything that I like I could be brave…

  • Perks of Writers Block

    I started writing a song a long time ago called “Kiss and Mean It.” It might be the best chorus that I’ve ever written but I’ve never been able to find verses. I give it a go, get discouraged, and abandon the song. Occasionally, I return to it for another chance and try to come…

  • It Didn’t Work

    I am sure this has happened to you too. I had a plan. I spent all day working on my project, according to plan. When I got to the end of the day, I realized that I had nothing to show for my time. I guess that is not entirely true. I had a long…

  • Mistakes Were Made (The Sneeze Edition)

    I am feeling the love. It’s good to know that so many people read my Daily Dispatch. There were at least three people, unrelated to me, that let me know that I screwed up yesterday. My dispatch was wrong. The content was from a week and a half ago and somehow, it ended up in…

  • The Sneeze

    I had a terrifying vision. I was standing in a huge room with a beautiful white carpet on the floor. I was holding a very full glass of red wine and my nose slowly began to twitch. I was going to sneeze and there was nothing that I could do to stop it. I know…

  • The Murder House

    There is a house down the street with a big, majestic maple tree in the front yard. There is always a group of doves hanging out in that tree. A group of doves is called a bevy. I don’t know the people that live in that house but we affectionately refer to their home as…

  • Slur

    I’m working on a new project. Uncle Boozie is a town drunk and a children’s entertainer. I know that sounds kind of weird but I love this guy. I’m having so much fun figuring out this character. Typically, when I am writing new material, I share it here first. I like giving my loyal dispatch…

  • The Fifth Try

    Wednesday Words I’ve been chipping away on the second verse of my song called “Old Photographs.” I talked about this previously when I falsely believed that I had written the finished version. It’s been through at least two more iterations since then. I will list all of the changes below. If you are keeping score…

  • A Double Eight Turnaround

    I just wrote a classic double-eight-turnaround. I don’t know if that’s a real thing. I think I just made it up. It’s a convoluted way to say musical bridge. We could discuss how a musical bridge has become obsolete. We could debate if the world might be a better place if more current songs had…

  • Sloppy Prints

    I am learning how to silkscreen. Like everything in life that is worth learning, it is a process. I printed some more of my new t-shirts. The back orders have been addressed and the store is fully stocked. The problem with learning how to silk screen is that I have made some mistakes. My first…

  • Uncle Boozie logo

    It’s official, Uncle Boozie has a logo. You might have noticed that I’ve been working on writing some material for this project. So far, I’ve just been dabbling with the character. Now that there is an “official” logo, it’s for real. Up until the point of creating artwork, you can still sweep a project under…

  • Idea 9 is Done

    I have a second track finished for the new record. It will actually be the first track on the entire project. If you are keeping score at home, you know that production was held up by an allusive low note. Once everything was recorded, this track came together quickly. I love it when a plan…

  • Kid Sweat

    It’s one of the top five greatest smells. It can’t be bottled or reproduced. It is the smell of a little kid’s head on a summer day. It’s pure sunshine in the form of human hair.

  • Big Brother

    I have some good news. To the best of my ability, I have removed all tracking beacons from my website. The robots will have to spy on you somewhere else. I am a fully DIY operation. I have been doing my own website development for a long time. I think I’ve learned a lot and…

  • Kisses and Idioms

    Wednesday Words I’ve forgotten how to kiss and mean it Eyes wide open, staring at the sun With every slip of the tongue I become a little more dumb This might be the best chorus that I’ve ever written but I don’t know what to do with it. I keep pulling it from the songwriting…

  • Princess and the Hero is 20

    It was on this day exactly 20 years ago that I stood on a stage with my band and we were performing all of the songs from my record called “Princess and the Hero.” It was a release party for an epic record. I had written and recorded this project in total secrecy and this…

  • Cats are Vengeful

    She was sitting in the middle of a step about halfway down the staircase. She chose that spot because it’s the most awkward and inconvenient. She’s an 18-year-old cat and can’t hear much anymore. I was trying to go down the steps. I had planned my route so that I could avoid squashing her. She…

  • A Taylor Dream

    I had a weird dream. I was in a dilapidated shack with a bunch of scruffy dudes. It seemed like a standard hunting camp. If you aren’t familiar with a hunting camp, you have clearly never spent time in rural Pennsylvania. It’s a bunch of scruffy dudes in a dilapidated cabin for a long weekend.…

  • Sharpie

    When I first started to practice drawing, I used a pencil. I thought it was important to be able to erase and fix stuff. This was completely wrong. Now, I only use a Sharpie. It’s a total commitment to the thing being drawn. I see you and I will do my best to give you…

  • Not Just For Bacon

    Weeeeell, hey. It’s everybody’s favorite old uncle. That’s right. It’s me, Uncle Boozie. It was getting dark and I heard a sound coming from the shed. That’s where my “production facility” is located. I was concerned that a perpetrator with evil intent was committing some nefarious deeds. The shed is where the medicine is made,…

  • Stay at Home is 3

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” I guess that’s already been written. There’s not much that I can say that hasn’t already been said. You remember it, it was weird. There are very few people alive that can remember an event comparable to this one. I released a record…

  • Regular is NOT Driving Slow

    Wednesday Words We were on a roadtrip and I realized there was a growing line of cars behind us. They all felt very strongly that I should be driving much faster. This situation felt like a perfect verse of “Not as Regular.” Sometimes I drive slow I got nowhere important to be A line of…

  • Three Stooges

    I love the Three Stooges. I know they are juvenile, violent, and sort of stupid but I have always enjoyed their physical comedy. I laugh at every eye gouge, every punch in the stomach, and every smack on the head. My favorite is the one where they are plumbers. I don’t understand why the Stooges…

  • The Low Note

    I started playing the trombone when I was in the fourth grade. I played it throughout college but after that, it started collecting dust in the corner. Just like the treadmill or the artist’s easel, the trombone in the corner carries a lot of good intentions. I reconnected with the trombone to record a part…

  • Handsaw

    We’ve been working on a house project this summer. I had a couple of 8-foot boards that needed to become twice as many 4-foot boards. I own a perfectly good power saw. It’s cut a lot of lumber but I would rather use the handsaw. If I need to cut a piece of wood, I…

  • Next versus Also

    I caught myself cheating on my current project. I was brushing my teeth and I spaced out. The next thing I know, I am daydreaming about the musicians and arrangements that would be perfect for my next project. I don’t even have all of the songs written for my current project and I am already…

  • Jury Duty

    My wife has to report for jury duty. I’m not suggesting that she wants to shirk her civic duty but I casually suggested that if she appeared to be super weird, they probably wouldn’t keep her long. We decided that a costume would be a good way to get out of her civic duty if…

  • Smoker’s Express

    We were sitting at a red light, waiting for our turn. There was a store on the corner. It was one of those stores that specializes in cigarettes and lottery tickets. If someone goes into this store, you know they are purchasing a tobacco product. Hannah said, “If I were a fat, old guy with…

  • Never Me

    Wednesday Words I go walking late at night I imagine that I could be anything that I like I could be brave, I could be strong I could be mean, I could be powerful In this game where I could be anything I could be anyone but I’m never me We got frail bones and…

  • Hobo Stew

    I recently finished a track for the next record. When I posted about it and shared the recording, we had some questions about the guitar solo. You are correct, I am not that good. It is not me playing that electric guitar part. My friend Brandon, AKA Hobo Stew (you know I love nicknames), laid…

  • Family Game Night

    It was family game night. We needed to move beyond Chutes and Ladders and Candy Land. The twins are seven. It’s a tough age for games. They can handle some basic strategies but are not ready for the blackjack tables. I’m not sure why but they’ve been asking to play Clue. I guess the box…

  • Bill

    The number of Weird Folk in the world is one less today than it was last week. For anonymity’s sake, let’s call him Bill. You probably didn’t know him, he wasn’t a very vocal part of the community. He appreciated my music and I appreciated him. His dog was named Jack. He liked to send…

  • Bronze

    Today, we are going to talk about guitar strings. I know it’s not a fascinating topic but I think there may be a brilliant metaphor in here somewhere. Two days ago, I broke a string while practicing. It was the A-string. I had intended to change all of the strings and do some routine maintenance.…

  • Bacon Day

    Well, hey. Sometimes you wake up and you feel kind of different. You feel like you know that you know what you might need to solve it all. It’s a