Now Normal Chronicles or: A Mild Case…

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Yesterday was the 33rd anniversary of Def Leppard’s Hysteria album. It’s my favorite from the band. It gets a lot of flack because it’s produced and slick and all that mess but it sounds awesome to me. I picked this because I always thought it was overlooked. Plus, it’s a cool Japanese band doing it. I like it. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!!


“In the beginning God made the land, then He made the water and creatures, then He made man. He was born with a passion, love and hate. A restless spirit with a need for a mate. But there was something that was missing, something lost. So he came with the answer, here’s what it cost. One part love, one part wild. One part lady, one part child.” – “Women” (Elliott/Savage/Collen/Clark/Lange)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Just Enough

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Today is the 47th anniversary of Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions album. It contains my favorite Stevie Wonder song and this is a pretty good cover. The singer seems like he has a little bit of trouble but works through it. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“A boy is born in hard time Mississippi. Surrounded by four walls that ain’t so pretty. His parents give him love and affection to keep him strong movin’ in the right direction. Living just enough, just enough for the city.” – “Living For The City” (Wonder)

Silent Sunday or: Way Up There

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Since The BCPF and I were in the mountains this weekend, we didn’t get by Underdog Records. One thing we did was ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We stopped at an “overlook” so she could see the mountains. I grew up in that and find them way less impressive than she does, but I will admit they are pretty to look at. We are back home, now. We had a grand ol’ time. Just gonna leave this here…

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Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“The Blue Ridge Mountains are an incredible place.” – Rupert Friend

The Second One We Celebrate or: Nine Years Past

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As I stated yesterday, I was on the road and didn’t have access to WiFi and wanted to save this one for today so you “Sounds Like Saturday” was yesterday. Yeah, I know, I’m all confusing. 2631c-just2bengaged

But today I’m celebrating yesterday. It was the 10th anniversary of my sister getting married and one of my besties, Brian, who started The Less Desirables with me, also got married on that same day. I was in Brian’s wedding so I couldn’t go to my sister’s wedding. Well, yesterday I was supposed to officiate her vow renewal. So we traveled to Boone, NC, which is where I am. However, life and circumstance got in the way and we will be doing that ceremony this evening.

In my best Arlo Guthrie voice, I say: But that’s not what I’m here to tell you about.

Yesterday was also the ninth anniversary of me asking The BCPF to be my wife. As is now customary, I will not go into the details because you can look up July 31 from any year past and hear/read that story.

I just want to say that I love this woman to no end and I am so happy that I made that fateful trip to the mall on November 22, 2010. I know what you’re thinking. What the heck does November 22 have to do with July 31? Well, that’s when I bought the engagement ring. It was two days after my birthday, where she had orchestrated a gathering of friends to celebrate it. The care and detail she went to were amazing and I knew, even more than I previously had, that I had to have her in my life. I didn’t go to the mall with the intention of buying a ring. I went for whatever arbitrary reason I had to go. But, I was floating high and when I passed by Marks and Morgan, I just stopped in to check things out. I walked out with a beautiful ring. But, the timing wasn’t right to ask her, for many reasons, and I waited until the time was right. 74582-the2bring

Fast forward through all the stuff I’ve written about in the past and we come to now. I haven’t regretted asking her, not once, since then. She is my life. She is the reason I’m alive. She is the reason. Period. Through thick, thin, better, worse, health, (and especially) sickness… all those things, she is with me and I with her.

The last four months have been challenging for many and it has for us, too. But, even though we are around each other for 24 hours a day most days, I haven’t felt like it was hindering our relationship at all. During the day, she is in her own little world working and I am usually under headphones, writing, preparing, editing podcasts, etc. So, whilst we are about 15 feet apart, we aren’t crowded. It does help that I have my new studio setup at home and can disappear up there or go to my actual studio. Yeah, it helps, but not completely necessary as we still get along gloriously.

Stephanie, this is the second of the four anniversaries we celebrate each year. I love you more each day and am so glad you are my better 3/4, my betterment, my life. Here’s to about 40 more.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Are you serious?” – The BCPF

Now Normal Chronicles or: The Switch

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So, here’s the deal. I am traveling today and don’t know when I’ll have any WiFi to create a post, so I’m going to do the “Sounds Like Saturday” for tomorrow, which is August 1. August 1, 1981, MTV premiered and changed music promotion and airplay forever. MTV, in its true form, has gone the way of the dinosaur, with the “M” no longer standing for “music” but “miscellaneous.” But, this was the first song played on the channel and it was fitting and true. Ask Christopher Cross. I love Postmodern Jukebox, too, so this fits. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I heard you on the wireless back in fifty-two. Lying awake intent at tuning in on you. If I was young it didn’t stop you coming through. They took the credit for your second symphony. Rewritten by machine on new technology. And now I understand the problems you can see. I met your children. What did you tell them? Video killed the radio star…” – “Video Killed the Radio Star” (Downes/Horn/Woolley)

Now Normal Chronicles or: The Last Time (not really)

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Today is the 55th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ Out of Our Heads album. It’s a classic Stones album with great stuff on it and I’m not even a Stones fan. The magazine (not the band), Rolling Stone listed it at #116 on both the 2003 and 2012 versions of their list. The obvious song would be “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” but I went a different direction. This is a good cover, too. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


Well, I told you once and I told you twice. But you never listen to my advice. You don’t try very hard to please me. With what you know it should be easy. Well, this could be the last time, this could be the last time. Maybe the last time I don’t know. Oh no. Oh no.” – “The Last Time” (Jagger/Richards)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Makin’ Dreams Come True

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Today is the 40th anniversary of Hall & Oates’ Voices album. I had never heard this song until the Wedding Singer soundtrack. Yeah, I know… insane. Anywhat! Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“On a night when bad dreams become a screamer, when they’re messin’ with a dreamer, I can laugh it in the face. Twist and shout my way out and wrap yourself around me ’cause I ain’t the way you found me and I’ll never be the same oh yeah.” – “You Make My Dreams Come True” (Allen/Hall/Oates)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Fall On Me

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Today is the 34th anniversary of REM’s Life’s Rich Pageant album. It contains The BCPF’s favorite REM song ever and this is a cover of that. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“There’s a problem, feathers, iron, bargain buildings, weights, and pulleys. Feathers hit the ground before the weight can leave the air. Buy the sky and sell the sky and tell the sky and tell the sky…” – “Fall On Me” (Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Walking All Over

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Today is the 41st anniversary of AC/DC’s Highway to Hell. It was the last one with Bon Scott who died about seven months later. This was before I got into AC/DC. Well, truly I never really got into AC/DC although I like some of the stuff. One of the first bands (that I count) that I was in did this song. I have always liked it. Simple but powerful! Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Outta my way, I’m a running high. Take a chance with me and give it a try. Ain’t no woman in the world I know. ‘Cause I ain’t lookin’ for an overflow.” – “Walk All Over You” (Young/Young/Scott)

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul? 7/25/20

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Yesterday had to be one of the weirdest days we’ve seen in the last bit and this is 2020 where everything is weird. Even the most usual of things. So, we get up and get going. Routine. We run over to Underdog Records and I have a field day with some classical.

You see, The BCPF and I have turned our Sundays (for the most part) into Classical Sunday. We listen to a lot of rock and folk and all that stuff during the week and then Sunday has become the “day of rest” and with that a little culture. You saw over the last few weeks we had gotten the “TimeLife – Great Men of Music” box sets from the 1970s for Guiseppi Verdi and Sergei Rachmaninoff. I have quite a few full sets of TimeLife collections on CD and now I’ve decided I want to find the full collection from this series  ~1975. I didn’t decide that until yesterday and you’ll see why in a little bit.

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But first, the rest of the reason why yesterday was one of the weirdest days. We got three new records and there were skips in the first song on the second side of two of them. Okay. While listening to the second of the three new ones, the power goes out. A car hit a pole or something the text from the power company said. It was out for about 90 minutes. Then it comes back on, we finish album number two, put on album number three and the power goes out again. This time a tree had fallen. So, we start looking into what to eat for dinner. The power comes on again.

We pick our place for dinner, order it, and go pick it up. We get it home and the entire order was wrong. Practically everything on the order was either the exact opposite of what we ordered or stuff that we hadn’t even said. So, we drove all the way back and the place was closed. But, a few forceful knocks and a masked smile got me in the door. They apologized profusely and remade my order. They even threw in a few extras. They were nice. I will go back (of course).

So, that was the weird day we had. Here’s the weird haul we got:

  • R.E.M. – Out Of Time — The BCPF has been looking for this one. Jonathan ordered it special for us and here it is. This one has “Shiny Happy People” and the song that really broke them mainstream, “Losing My Religion.” New.
  • Guns N’ Roses – Use Your Illusion II — Jonathan special ordered me this one. I like a lot of aspects about this one but upon listening to it yesterday (including the power outage), I realized that it doesn’t have the same oomph that Use Your Illusion I had. But, there is a caveat for me. The “filler” songs on this one are better than on I. The main meat of I was better but the peripheral songs on II were better, in my opinion. I used to like the “alternate” lyrics for “Don’t Cry” (and I still do) but realized over the last few weeks that the “original” is the better version. 2xLP. New.
  • P J Harvey – Dry — She is a strong and powerful woman and it shows in her music. This is a reissue of her debut album from 1991. This one I have to take back as B1, which was one of the main reasons why The BCPF wanted this, skipped all the way through. It knocked around 30 seconds off the song, I’d say. I examined it and can see little nicks and imperfections. We bought it new, too. Jonathan has another one held for me and we’ll exchange it. But, I really enjoyed listening to all but B1 and part of B2. New.

So, from here on in, it’s all classical, all the time. The first isn’t part of the TimeLife (TL) series but what follows is many Sundays of listening pleasure. Now, being the completist I am, I have to find the ones I’m missing. Dang it, whomever you are that unloaded your entire TL collection on Jonathan this week! Each of the “Great Men of Music” series are 4xLP and I list their grading. Here we go:

So, there you have it! Now, I only have about 20 more to go! I don’t know how many there are. I need to look that up. But, Underdog Records was jumping yesterday. Good crowd (still only five allowed in at a time – okay seven yesterday but people were checking out). I love seeing it that way. It reminds me of the “old” days. Maybe we’ll get back to the TLD/UR specials of the week and playing songs on TLD again. Check out the Underdog Records social media for the latest finds that can be yours. Jonathan still does deliveries during the early part of the week and will ship unlimited records for $4. Also, I use Discogs to keep up with this crazy collection of mine!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Whaz so civil ’bout war anyway?” – “Civil War” (Rose/Slash/McKagen)