Feb 5, 2020

Billy's Books 32: Abbey Road (Super Deluxe)

Billy reviews the remix of The Beatles' Abbey Road (Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition). It was released in 2019, on the 50th anniversary of its 1969 release.



I don't claim to be a drummer, and don't look at my grubby shirt. Darn HD video!

P.S. Ya know how I said the books for the regular CD and the deluxe CD are the same? Then how I go right on to talk about "Old Brown Shoe" and "Ballad of John and Yoko"? Guess which two songs are not mentioned in the regular CD booklet! Classic Billy.

Feb 4, 2020

2020 Campaign Posters

When you hear me say, "My dog would make a better president," rest assured. It's true.

#FelinaLola2020




For contrast, we're also demonstrating Trump's values that Republicans have chosen to adopt.



Feb 1, 2020

Billy's Books 31: Star Wars: Ahsoka

Billy reviews Star Wars: Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston, published in October 2016.

Ahsoka was Anakin Skywalker's padawn during the Clone Wars. She is arguably one of the coolest characters from that era. It's important to note that I think -- and I'm not alone -- that The Clone Wars cartoon series is superior to the Star Wars prequel movies, much of which are also set during the Clone Wars.

There are SPOILERS, in the sense that the plot is shared 'til about the middle of the book. I don't give away any endings, just scenarios.

Jan 11, 2020

Billy's Books 30: ME by Elton John

A review of Me: The Elton John Official Autobiography. While the movie Rocketman was based on many of the stories in the book, it would be wrong to say that the movie was an adaptation of the book. Rocketman, the movie, is a fantastical musical with crazy dance routines, and great embellishments on the storyline. The book, also embellished by Elton's entertaining hyperbole skills, is more sequential, and probably more "realistic".



I'm going to claim that the crooked framing and general disheveledness of the couch represents the chaos in Elton's life before he cleaned up. You can believe that if you like. Or it could just be Lola's influence.

Dec 21, 2019

The Longest Darkest Night

On this Winter Solstice, I'm posting this simple video of "The Longest Darkest Night". To make it a lyric video, turn on Closed Caption (CC).



The Longest Darkest Night
Words and music by Billy Dechand
© 2018 Bucktooth Music (ASCAP)

Twas the longest darkest night
Coldest oldest hopes seemed lost
Wind blew through our bones
Blackness of the sky was crystal clear

Until a light beyond the din
Became the light and all within

Morning, I walk to you
Evening, life anew

Twas the brightest sight of grace
Might and kindness light the likes unseen
Heat of a breeze in shade
Highest peaks to hearth warmed feet

Yes, the light above the din
Behold the light and all within

Morning, I never knew
Evening, now I do

Yes, the light and all the din
Become the light beyond within

Morning, evening


Personnel:
Billy Dechand - voice, guitar, keyboards
Micah Johnson - bass
Kenneth Moore - drums
Allison Taylor - voice
David Taylor - voice

Music available:

Dec 15, 2019

Billy's Books 29: White Album Deluxe

Billy reviews the long-awaited remix of The Beatles' The Beatles (AKA The White Album). It was released in 2018, on the 50th anniversary of its 1968 release. I been waiting a long time for this bad boy. The original stereo mix always seemed like a muddy mess to me. Not anymore!


Yes, I know that "Hey Jude" wasn't on The White Album, but it was recorded during those sessions; it's in the outtakes bonus disks.