I thought it was about time for a change around here after more than two years of things looking like Halloween year ’round.

It never really occurred to me before to mess with the theme/layout at all, and I was content with the way things looked. But yesterday I found myself looking through some of the other themes just for kicks and previewing what some of them would look like. I found a few I liked. Lately I’ve found my eyes tend to get tired pretty fast when re-reading something I’ve written here, and it didn’t take much pondering to put it together that the culprit was the odd, dark colour scheme. When things got lighter, suddenly my eyes were a lot happier. In the space of about half an hour I went from just trying out new themes to deciding it was time for a little renovating.

I was torn between about three different themes along these lines. I settled on this one because it gave me more widget power. Things are more or less located where they were before on the sidebar, but everything feels a little neater and sleeker to me. As a nice unexpected side effect, most of my videos now display at a larger size, and I can make pictures larger too.

Don’t get me wrong. I liked the way things looked before, Halloween colours and all. But I think this is an improvement all around, and now I can’t believe it took me so long to think of making a change. It’s kind of silly, but I’m enjoying how so many pages look different now with the new colour scheme, and some of the album cover art/images seem to stand out more than before. My eyes are happy. Hopefully yours are too.

I don’t know how the hell it can be the second-last month of the year already, but somehow it is. That’s messed up.

The album I’m working on (still with the working title of Bitter Bearded Balladeer) continues to take shape and come into focus a little at a time. After some experimenting, I think I’m now settled on the album cover art. I’m not going to promise to have it finished before the end of the year…the last two times I got overconfident about such things, the albums in question didn’t quite make it to the finish line in time. So maybe if I don’t commit to anything, this time it’ll all work out.

Right now it’s shaping up to be one of the more atmospheric and dreamy things I’ve done in a while. But there’s lots of time for that to change. Only time will tell whether or not the sixty-second borderline punk song makes the cut. Things have already started to shift on some level. Up until recently, it seemed to me the album was going to be piano and acoustic-guitar-dominated. Now, maybe not quite as much. Last night I recorded some elements of a song where the lead instrument is an eavestrough elbow. I don’t want to make any bold proclamations, but I’m not sure there are too many songs out there that were written (or, in this case, improvised from a percussive groove) and played on eavestrough.

Add a bit of delay and it’s got a nice metallic thrust to it.

Eavestroughs aside, one thing I’m pretty sure won’t be making the cut is this song right here.

Gift for a Spider

I like the way it turned out. It’s one of those songs that sounds like I spent a decent amount of time crafting it when it came flooding out in no more than ten minutes, and those are always fun. But I don’t think it’s going to fit on the album. I’m also a little perturbed that I used a bit more compression than I would normally want to. I was just getting down “scratch tracks”, not really paying attention to settings, only to find I liked the first takes, but they were a little squashed-sounding and I didn’t feel like re-recording them properly.

It’ll end up somewhere, someday. Because songs about disturbed people who start off intending to murder someone only to end up possibly killing themselves after maybe or maybe not killing someone else are like blankets that warm your heart. I honestly don’t know where that sort of subject matter comes from.

On a random note, the song (if you can call it a song) by Taio Cruz and Ke$ha called “Take a Dirty Picture” is the most creatively bankrupt, moronic piece of stupid shit I’ve heard in a while. It gives “Eenie Meanie Miney Mo Lover” a run for its money. That there are people who get paid good money to create this garbage is just twisted. But hey, a critic from the BBC wrote: “The jarring clash between Taio’s supersmooth soul-gentleman image and Ke$ha’s sloppy drunken nonsense is genuinely fascinating. The song actually transforms from one kind of a thing to another, depending who has their hand on the microphone”.

Yeah. It’s high art alright.

I guess the lesson here is if you send me a picture of your naughty bits to my phone, I’ll jerk off to it and then write a song about the whole ordeal, and maybe I can be famous too.

On a less random note, MY HELLHOUND CROOKED HEART is somehow back in the CJAM top thirty again. How that’s possible, I don’t know. But there it be.


  1. I like the new look. It was surprise when I opened the page; at first I thought I was on the wrong site. One comment: the add comment link is at the top under the title and I like it better at the bottom of the post – I prefer not scroll back up after reading.

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