Now Normal Chronicles or: They Only Hit Until You Cry

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Today is the 33rd anniversary of Suzanne Vega’s Solitude Standing album. I remember when this came out and this song was released and the controversies it stirred, but also the awareness of child abuse. I have always loved this song, as sad and dark as it is and this lady, “Billy” nails it! Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Yes, I think I’m okay; walked into the door again. Well, if you ask that’s what I’ll say. And it’s not your business anyway. I guess I’d like to be alone with nothing broken, nothing thrown. Just don’t ask me how I am. Just don’t ask me how I am. Just don’t ask me how I am.” – “Luka” (Vega)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Falling Behind

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Today, March 31, is the 28th anniversary of the combo of Bruce Springsteen’s Human Touch and Lucky Town. I don’t know why he released two albums at the same time, but I don’t know why Guns N Roses did it either. Money maybe? I don’t know. But, while Human Touch was the better seller and better acclaimed of the two, my favorite song from this era of Bruce is this one, which I wish I had a copy of me doing it when the Vagabond Saints Society did it a few years back. I don’t have a copy so, I’ll play this version which is pretty cool because Bruce sings a little and then lets most of the E Street Band have a turn. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“We said we’d walk together, baby come what may. That come the twilight, should we lose our way. If as we’re walking a hand should slip free, I’ll wait for you. And should I fall behind, wait for me.” – “If I Should Fall Behind” (Springsteen)

Now Normal Chronicles Continued or: What Kind of House?

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Today is the 43rd anniversary of the Commodores’ self-titled album. It had awesome tunes on it and instead of looking for some cover, I am going straight to one of the 38 songwriters of this song. I’m kidding, there are only seven. Still, enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“She knows she’s got everything, mmm, that a woman needs to get a man, yeah, yeah. How can she lose with the stuff she use? 36-24-36, ow, what a winning hand!” – “Brick House” (King [uncredited]/Richie/Williams/Orange/LaPread/McClary/King)

Silent Sunday or: WSStrong

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No Underdog Records this week… sad face. I’ll just leave this here. Check it out. Click here to find out about the restaurant list, resources to help get through the pandemic and more. We are in this together!

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Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“We are two people who love Winston-Salem, NC and the people who live here.” – Winston-Salem Strong

Sounds Like Saturday or: No “Rain”

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Today is the 47th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy album, one of which I love and I love when Heart does covers of Zep songs. This is great! Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“It is the springtime of my loving. The second season I am to know. You are the sunlight in my growing. So little warmth I’ve felt before. It isn’t hard to feel me glowing. I watched the fire that grew so low, oooh, oh.” – “The Rain Song” (Page/Plant)

Passing In the Night or: Late

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Today is the 41st anniversary of Ian Hunter’s You’re Never Alone With a Schizophrenic album. This song was redone by Barry Manilow, but let’s play this one. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“We walked to the sea, just my father ‘n’ me. And the dogs played around on the sand. Winter cold cut the air, hangin’ still ev’rywhere, dressed in gray, did he say hold my hand? I said love’s easier when it’s far away. We sat ‘n watched a distant light.” – “Ships” (Hunter)

The Now Normal Continued or: How A Decade Goes

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At least I still get to see The Boy, aka 3B a few days a week. He cut his hair a little, too. He still has more than I ever had and I’m still jealous as heck, but he did cut a bit of it off. I’d say around 8 inches.

A few days ago, one of those memories came up on Facebook and it was from 10 years ago. It was the picture of 3B holding my guitar, in my bedroom, doing his best rock pose. Today, I got him upstairs to hold the guitar again and in the same pose. Wow, time is fun when you’re having flies. A decade passed. Wow, again. Wow.

Until tomorrow, wash your damn hands…
Scorp out!


“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness, how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Suess

The Now Normal Continued or: Imminent Lockdown

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We are now into day whatever of “The Now Normal.” All the work on the WSNC Hospitality List has left me unsure of what day it is and what’s going on. The only saving grace is for what I either record or release as far as podcasts go. It did throw me off to record TLD on a different day of the week (two weeks in a row), but somehow I remembered to post it. I did record Fan Interference today.

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Staring at lists got me like…

The mayor of WSNC, Allen Joines announced today a “Stay-at-Home” alert and that freaked people out. It starts on Friday but people are, of course, going to panic and continue to buy up everything, hoard stuff and put others in further need. People are going to worry about having enough to eat. I can assure you, you will. Even with the “lockdown” in place, you can still go to the store. You can still go to “essential” stores and yes, absolutely, you can still get food from restaurants. You can’t eat in, that’s true. You can have it delivered. You can get it to go. You can even just get curbside that you don’t have to get out of your vehicle for.

Yes, it is a disruption to “everyday life.” It is an adjustment. We will survive it. We will see the other side. It will take a bit. It will be uncomfortable for a bit. But, there is no reason to freak out. That does no one any good. To give you the rundown and updated food service list, visit this link.

Keep calm. Listen to some podcasts. Spend time with your family. And, yes, wash your damn hands!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Y’all made it happen.” – Katie Murawski

The Now Normal or: The List Goes On

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Dear Reader, I’m apologizing to you upfront for the fact that I’m going to continue to inundate you with links to “the list.”

The list is the work of Lea Metz and myself, searching for what food and beverage businesses are doing in WSNC. Lea (pronounced Lee-ah, like my sister except hers if spelled with an “h”) joined Ray and me for The Man Who Ate the Town podcast yesterday. We all practiced social distancing and were each on a Zoom chat, Lea in WSNC and Ray in Mt. Airy and I was in the studio. You can hear that episode here.

I produce the Forsyth Mags podcast and was actually a guest on it this morning and talked about the list, as well. You can hear that episode here.

Technically, there are two different lists but that’s only for style and web usage. The data collected therein is shared between Lea and me. Nothing goes on that list unless we have discussed it with the other of us. We have had a great response and are still having people contact us to make sure their business (or a favorite of theirs) is on the list.

It has been shared and/or used by WXII, The Winston-Salem Journal, Yes! Weekly, and multiple Facebook and social media groups. I actually had someone text me today that said the executives at RJ Reynolds was using our list and had used/added it to their “teams” list. I am proud of this list and I know that Lea is, too. We talk about it all day every day, now. Someone is working on it now to make it more dynamic for cell phones and we will turn it into an app as soon as we can. We’re working on that, too. So, to update you on the list, you can find it here.

Thanks again for reading it and listening and for spending money at the local F&B businesses.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Hope this is over soon and we get to see you here.” – Nui Nui

Not So Sad or: Preach On

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Today is the 44th anniversary of Judas Priest’s Sad Wings of Destiny album and while I could have spent countless hours looking for bad cover bands trying to do Halford, or at least Tim “Ripper” Owens, I decided to just stick with the real deal. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“You’re in for surprise. You’re in for a shock. In London town streets when there’s darkness and fog. When you least expect me and you turn your back, I’ll attack.” – “The Ripper” (Tipton)