SEPTEMBER 29, 2020
I NEED A FAVOR
Hey cats and kittens, and of course, dogs and puppies! You get the drift…
Here is your mission, should you choose to accept it. I need a favor, pure and simple. First, these are all great internet radio stations, so I strongly encourage everyone to listen to and support them! Each station ID links to the station itself. WFMU, KUOM, CHRW, WPKN, WKNC, WXIN and KCRW, all core (re. IMPORTANT) stations that TRGH has been serviced to, are still on the fence about adding the record into rotation, If they did add it, it would be HUGE!
So I am asking everyone to either call or email a request for any of the songs from Thatched Roof Glass House, or Mockingbird, or your favorite song off the record, Thatched Roof Glass House (obviously by Alpha Cat,) to maybe give them some incentive to add it. My radio guy says it would be uncool for any of you to make a request to any one station more than once, tops twice, a week. Apparently, they get suspicious! Also, please no mention of Pearl Harbor, since it is going to be released next year as a visual album and new master, it will be promoted then and I want to keep it quiet until that time…
Obviously this is a big favor, but if even some of you were to request it, it could make all the difference!
So here’s the info:
WFMU: Studio Phone 201-200-9368. On Air Phone. 201-209-9368
KCRW: ANNE LITT: Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
KUOM - Minneapolis - Requests: (612) 626-4770 or email@example.com
CHRW - London, ON - Make A Request - 519-661-3600
WPKN _ Bridgeport, CT - Email: General Messages: firstname.lastname@example.org On-Air Telephone: 203-336-9756
WKNC - Raleigh, NC - Maddie Jennette, Daytime indie rock music director can be reached at 919-515-2401, but email is the preferred method of communication: email@example.com
WXIN - Providence - Alternative Music Director: Cory Cascella: Music Director PH: 401-456-8541
Anything you could do would REALLY HELP!!!
Thanks so much for supporting me and Alpha Cat!
SEPTEMBER 21, 2020
A Tribute to the Divine Ruth Bader Ginsburg
(And a theory as to what her death at this point in history might mean)
There will be one post this week; my reflection upon the spirit of this beloved, courageous, diligent, revolutionary and iconic woman; whose commitment to working throughout her life for a government that afforded equality for ALL was nothing if not unwavering.
Upon first hearing the news, I began pondering the spiritual meaning of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg at this critical point in history. It is not lost on me that she died on the last day of the Jewish lunar calendar, which means, as one of my dear friends of the culture shared with me: the ones God has held back until the last moment, because they were the most needed and the most righteous.
Even before seeing this explication, my thinking had led me to the idea of the event of her death being an opportunity to unite the forces in the world, and especially this country, that have long been in the process of being torn asunder. This came to me both as the text chain I started the moment I heard unfolded, and so much attention was paid to her close friendship with Antonin Scalia, a man to which her political views could not have been more opposed, yet they bonded over their mutual love of opera.
This, and the strange manner in which I found out. Let me be clear. I DO NOT WATCH Fox News. I do however, as some of you know, record and watch TMZ, and while I was watching Friday night, two female Fox News anchors interrupted the show with the breaking news. And the manner in which they spoke of her, surprisingly, was one of respect and reverence, almost to the point of worship! And I repeat: This was Fox News! Of course, the video has since been taken down.
So while on this text chain, I did what I do, and looked up RBG’s astrological chart. Because there was no birth time, there was no ascendant, but there it was: a Pisces sun, which is that of one who embodies, whose public purpose, is that of shining a light on the NECESSITY of compassionate, unconditional love, and a profound connection with universal spirit. And then a Scorpio moon; someone who is not only the most skilled at going into the darkest corners and digging as deep as is necessary to get to the truth, but in fact, one to whom that is absolutely the most comfortable place in life to be. So it occurred to me that with a woman such as this, so divinely connected to spirit, that she must have felt it was safe to leave. As I came to believe upon the passing of John Lewis, I cannot now help but feel optimistic; thinking that despite her insistence on a desire to stay alive until after the election, on a soul level, Ruth Bader Ginsburg felt it was safe to go. Because she somehow knew: we got this…
Of course I looked into her horoscopes for September 18, and wasn’t surprised at what I saw. From Oscar and Jonathan Cainer: “MOVING ON… There's an interesting saying that, when life closes a door, it opens a window; things have a way of working out in unexpected ways. This weekend, the New Moon helps define reasonable guidelines. As long as we do what makes practical sense we can move on, leaving some problems behind.”
Cainer Pisces 2020: “You're gaining the strength to accomplish almost anything you set your heart on, heading off to your ideal destination with the wind in your sails and your hand on the tiller. As 2020 draws to a close, you'll be able to narrow your sights and focus on where you need to be and who you want to be with.” The last words seem to me to say that she is now reunited with her beloved husband, because even as she rose up the ranks to this country’s top judiciary position, her dedication to her husband and family was complete and unwavering.
And then Saturday morning I threw my daily I Ching, and as I began to read, it became clear that that day it was not about me. I’ll summarize the best I can, that when throwing an I Ching you most often get two readings, the first indicating where you are or where you are coming from, and the second, where you are going. Yesterday’s first was #1: The Creative, which literally signifies heaven.
A few quotes from “The I Ching or Book of Changes” - Wilhelm/Baynes: “The Creative works sublime success, furthering through perseverance…(which) means that success will come from the primal depths of the universe and that everything depends upon one seeking one’s happiness and that of others in one way only; by perseverance in what is right.” And also: “When one follows heaven, one adapts oneself to the time of heaven. If heaven itself does not resist, how much less do men, gods, and spirits!”
And then the kicker, the second reading, what the Creative was moving into, #38:Opposition. But it’s not what you might think! In actuality it speaks directly to RBG’s ability to unite: “Confucius shows that opposition is the natural prerequisite for union. As a result of opposition, a need to bridge it arises…it is the individual differences between things that enables us to differentiate them clearly…This is the effect of the phase of opposition - a phase that must be transcended.”
So there you have it: my reasons for hope. But I have decided one thing more: to give no more of my attention to the negativity. That of course does not mean that we shouldn't ACT. We all have to fill out our the census, we all should do a little bit every day in the direction of the positive, be that signing a petition, writing a letter or making a phone call, and of course most importantly: WE MUST VOTE! But one of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's favorite quotes was from her mother-in-law: "Sometimes you have to be a little deaf." As in hearing, but not acting on everything you hear. Because I believe that by doing so, like giving attention to a bully who craves only that, that we are giving away our energy. And by not giving it our energy, we cease feeding it. The best way to win in a game of tug of war? Let go of the rope.
JULY 18, 2020
Just finished a totally fun interview with Mike Lidskin for WoodyRadio.com, who I felt totally simpatico with! Still listening to the show; and I can’t seem to stop, it is so good!!! And I got to tell the story, or most of it anyway, behind my song One Day the Sun Came Up, although I neglected to mention that if my flight from LA hadn’t been three hours late, I would actually have been at the PATH station underneath the WTC when the first plane hit. #Blessed…
JULY 8, 2020
THE WATT FROM PEDRO SHOW: ON AIR GUEST ALPHA CAT FROM NEW YORK CITY
Spoke to Mike Watt, formerly of the Minutemen, and widely considered one of the greatest Bass players of all time, yesterday for an hour, and had a complete blast!! The interview is interspersed with ten Alpha Cat songs, both studio releases and also featuring two live unreleased recordings. He also adds some of his favorites in between... He got a lot of funny stories out of me, including one about the mysterious panties in the bed of a seedy motel room during the Alpha Cat tour of 2000 in support of Real Boy! As far as history, we barely made it through Real Boy, but definitely a lot of backstory! Enjoy!
JUNE 29, 2020
Tomorrow is the premiere of the Alpha Cat at Vox Pop (2005) gig sale and interview on PopMatters.com for which all proceeds will be split evenly between two mental health initiatives, and will only be for sale on the website. Will post the link for the Premiere / Interview as soon as it is up!
JUNE 12, 2020
We are putting up a live gig from 2005 that will be for sale for $2.00 (or pay what you wish) with all proceeds to benefit two different mental health charities. The exclusive premiere will be on PopMatters.com the week of June 29, including a new interview with E. Will post more as info comes in…
MAY 26, 2020
Today the interview I did last week with Jacob Uitti for American Songwriter magazine, who are also premiering the new video for Thatched Roof Glass House goes up! Interview kind of turned into a DEEP DIG therapy session, very happy about what ended up on the page! This text links to the article..
MAY 22, 2020
Really want to thank Steve Muscutt of Britain's musomusouk for featuring Mockingbird in his May playlist!! His continuing support is both humbling and encouraging, to say the least! And especially gratifying since England is my favorite place in the world!