Feb 13, 2024

Don't Overthink It (Lyric Video)

Not that anyone needed it, but I created a lyric video for the title track to my 2022 EP, Don't Overthink It. I used images generated by DAL-E and Google's AI, whose name just changed. They don't get credit in the video because they don't give credit to their sources.

Dec 31, 2023

Billy's Books 82: The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex

Here's another history book -- history influencing literature. This is a 19th Century journal by Owen Chase, the first mate of the Whaleship Essex. It's the true story of a whale directly attacking a whaleship, destroying it, and the sailors' survival story. This is the book that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.

I'm joined by my beloved Lola, with guest doggy Birdie joining us for the holidays. 

As always, thanks to Saint Louis Public Library for the book. Support your local library!

Nov 23, 2023

Billy's Books 81: George Harrison: The Reluctant Beatle

Back to the Beatles! Here's the new biography George Harrison: The Reluctant Beatle by Philip Norman. George is the most paradoxical of Beatles -- the most cosmic yet most down-to-Earth, the nicest and the meanest, etc.

I gotta say, when the book gets into the '70s, George does not come across well. If you don't want to be discouraged by cynical or cruel behaviour, maybe don't read it after all...

One last factoid: The remastered All Things Must Pass (2000) outsold the original, going seven times Platinum. Dang.

As always, thanks to Saint Louis Public Library for the book. Support your local library!

Nov 4, 2023

Save KDHX: The Album

I wrote "These Two (Got to Go)" with Anthony Brescia for this compilation.

The KDHX story is a sticky one, and ongoing. Follow the links for a better understanding of the issues:

Nov 2, 2023

Billy's Books 80: The Buried Giant

Today I review a normal, fictional novel, The Buried Giant, by the Nobel Prize-winning British writer Kazuo Ishiguro. It seems to be set in England during the Middle Ages.

As always, thanks to Saint Louis Public Library for the book. Support your local library!

Oct 26, 2023

Billy's Books 79: Return of the Jedi (POV)

Yay Star Wars! From a Certain Point of View: Return of the Jedi is the third in the POV book series harking back to the original trilogy. It's a collection of short stories surrounding the characters and circumstances associated with the movie. Lots of pathos and action, and a bit of humor, set on Tattooine, Endor, the second Death Star, and even Dagobah.

"From a certain point of view" itself comes from Obi-Wan's (in)famous quote in the movie. It's his answer to Luke's asking why he didn't say Vader was his father. It's in the movie; it's in the book.

Here's a scene I didn't mention in the video. It's just before the Battle of Endor. Admiral Piett has been promoted by Darth Vader, to replace force-choked Admiral Ozzel. Piett thinks back to his childhood on a depleted mining planet: 

When he was sixteen, he told his mother he was enrolling in the Imperial Navy. She hadn't responded. She continued sweeping the floor, making no progress. "If your father were here," she muttered. She didn't finish the thought. Piett had burned with shame for a reason he didn't quite understand. 

"She continued sweeping the floor, making no progress." 

Also, Admiral Piett brings his warship into orbit early, and notes in his log that it goes unappreciated. 

As always, thanks to Saint Louis Public Library for the book. Support your local library!