Now Normal Chronicles or: All By Myself?

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Today is the 34th anniversary of Peter Cetera’s second solo album (the first after he left Chicago), Solitude/Solitaire and I know most people hate that sugary, super-sensitive pop stuff that Cetera did alongside Stephen Foster. I like it because I like sugary and super-sensitive pop stuffs. I also like crapola, cheesy, feel-good movies from the mid-80s and this falls under both of those categories! This was in Karate Kid Part II but I don’t think I needed to tell you that. Not a bad cover here. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I am a man who will fight for your honor. I’ll be the hero you’re dreaming of. We’ll live forever, knowing together that we did it all for the glory of love.” – “Glory of Love” (Cetera/Foster/Nini)

Spinning Monday or: The Haul 6/20/20

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Saturday took The BCPF to my happy place, Underdog Records. This week’s haul is short but just being there is enough to make me giddy. Thank you, Jonathan, for making it a great visit every time. Okay, so I’m a day behind because of the holiday yesterday so let’s get to it!

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  • Sufjan Stevens – Illinois — The BCPF introduced me to Sufjan when we were just friends. She put “Casimir Pulaski Day” on a mix CD for me. I like that song. Sufjan is an odd bird, quirky, kooky and very talented. This is a concept album all about Illinois-ish. Great album. New.
  • Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There — From the Matador Records website: “On this album, the band revisits the original concept of their 1990 album Fakebook with a mix of cover songs, “covers” of Yo La Tengo songs and brand new originals.” Another that I was introduced to before The BCPF and I dated. New.
  • Band Of Horses – Everything All The Time — I know I say this every time I post a new-to-us Band of Horses album. They’re so wispy and airy. Another favorite of The BCPF and yet another that I got to know before we dated. I see a pattern that I didn’t know about on Saturday. Hmmm… VG++/EX
  • Art Tatum – More Of The Greatest Piano Of Them All — Art Tatum was a popular jazz pianist that has been dead more years that I have been alive. But, I love jazz piano so we’ll love this, I’m sure. VG/VG+.
  • Deodato – Prelude — Deodato is more than a composer and performer, he’s an arranger and producer, too. This album contains his pop-inspired cover of Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” which we all know as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey. But, did you know that his daughter is married to Stephen Baldwin and his granddaughter is married to Justin Bieber? You do now. Really, I bought this album because I got tired of seeing it at Underdog Records. I enjoyed the listen, so I’m glad I got it! VG+.
  • The Northern Pikes – Big Blue Sky — The only thing I’d ever heard from The Northern Pikes was their song “She Ain’t Pretty.” I loved the song and the video. That song isn’t on this album but that’s okay. This was a fantastic listen. Straight-forward power-pop and I dug it. I’m glad I found it. VG+.

Jonathan is back to Thursday-Saturday regular hours, now. He is still doing deliveries Mondays through Wednesday as long as it’s not raining, which over the last few weeks… meh. But, you should watch his Instagram and Facebook pages (Underdog Records’ pages, that is) to see what he’s getting in, has gotten in and taking out! Buy new vinyl day or night at the Underdog Records website. We will get back to a special of the week when things settle down at TLD. I use Discogs to curate my collection and you should too, no matter the format.

Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“Hear that lonesome whippoorwill, he sounds too blue to fly. The midnight train is whining low. I’m so lonesome I could cry.” – “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (Williams)

(Not So) Silent Sunday or: The Father’s Day Edition

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The record post will be tomorrow. Today is Father’s Day, my 18th. My son was born in May and I have now had 18 of these things. I love that he let me be one. I had to earn the title “Dad.” As I say on The Beer Dads every week, “any knucklehead can father a child but it takes a real man to be a ‘Dad.’” I believe that, too. I think 3B allows me to be a Dad.

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It may be cliché (and clichés usually are there for a reason), but my dad is my hero and one of the two biggest influences on my life. As I said last year in my post, he taught me to be a man, be my own man. He taught me what I know in business (again as did my mother). My dad taught me to give folks the shirt off my back (although no one wants to see that) who need it. We certainly aren’t rolling in but we aren’t living on the streets, either. So, we give what we can when we can. My dad is no bleeding-heart liberal like The BCPF and I are, but he still has compassion for those in need.

I see that he’s proud of me; he doesn’t have to say it. I’m proud of my son and things he’s becoming and things he’s done even at this young age. He’s made steps for his future and while those may change, this “Dad” is proud as heck to call him “Son” as I think my dad does me. So to my “Pops” and my readers who are “Dads,” “Stepdads” or even “Father Figures.” Happy Father’s Day and I hope it is wonderful for you all.

Not only is it Father’s Day today, it’s also my parents’ 52nd wedding anniversary and the 34th anniversary of me moving to WSNC. I got to see my family and my son and his girlfriend went with The BCPF and I to eat for lunch and it was fantastic!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“I have a Father’s Day every day.” – Dennis Banks

Sounds Like Saturday or: Take Me Home, or Don’t

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Well, today is the 157th anniversary of my birth state, West Virginia. I have so many great memories of that state from around 1971 (when I can remember things) until around 2012 (the last time I was there). I moved to WSNC on 6/21/1986 (so can you guess what tomorrow’s blog post will be about? You may be right, but you may be wrong). I went back often from ’86 to about ’92 or so. Then for holidays until 2008. After that, I went back maybe twice. It’s not that I dislike WV. I have no problems telling people that I am from there, originally. I am not ashamed of it. But, Facebook has allowed me to see my friends from up there as often as I like and my family that is still there is on Facebook and many come down here a few times a year (when we’re not in C-19 Lockdown). I hate driving and well, that’s three and a half hours that I could be doing something else, honestly. So, for today’s song, I dedicate it to my friends, family and the state I was born in and had so many wonderful memories of and that’s good enough for me.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Almost heaven, West Virginia. Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River. Life is old there, older than the trees. Younger than the mountains, growing like a breeze.” – “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (Danoff/Danoff/Denver)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Infatuation

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Yesterday was the 36th anniversary of Rod Stewart’s Camouflage album. I like it. I like Rod much better in the 80s than in the 70s but that’s just me. I know it. And, that’s okay. This was the big hit and the video was awesome as well. This band — it looks like they’re in a hotel or something — does a really good version. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Heartbeats silly like a big bass drum. Losing all equilibrium. It’s so hard in the middle of the week. Maybe this woman’s just all I need. Oh no, not again. It hurts so good I don’t understand. Infatuation.” – “Infatuation” (Stewart/Hitchings/Robinson)

Now Normal Chronicles or: One More

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Okay, look. I’m not going to lie. I am not ashamed to say it but I am a HUGE fan of “Weird Al” Yankovic. Today is the 35th anniversary of his Dare To Be Stupid album. It is one of my favorite albums from him and it contains what is my absolute favorite song from Al. I didn’t go looking for a cover to ruin it. It’s just here from the man himself.

Until tomorrow, don’t rip out your intestines with a fork…
Scorp out!


Oh, can’t you see what I’m tryin’ to say, darlin’, I’d rather have my blood sucked out by leeches, shove an ice pick under a toenail or two, I’d rather clean all the bathrooms in Grand Central Station with my tongue than spend… one more minute… with you.” – “One More Minute” (Yankovic)

Now Normal Chronicles or: Still Relevant

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Today is the 51st anniversary of Elvis’ From Elvis in Memphis (#190 on the RS list). It’s a good album and I’m not really a big Elvis fan. Now, this was “the” single from the album. I don’t know if we can call it a cover since Mac Davis wrote the song. He wrote it and Elvis did it. I don’t know how that is supposed to go. Oh well, whatever, enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“As the snow flies on a cold and gray Chicago morning, a poor little baby child is born in the ghetto. And his mama cries. ‘Cause if there’s one thing that she don’t need, it’s another little hungry mouth to feed in the ghetto.” – “In the Ghetto” (Davis)

Now Normal Chronicles or: The Best of the Worst

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Today is the 51st anniversary of one of the worst albums ever, even though it’s considered one of the greatest. No, it’s not Velvet Underground, although I keep the same regard for that album, however, I don’t mind listening to this one. Nope, it’s Trout Mask Replica, the album from Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart (somehow #60 on the RS list). I found it difficult to look for a cover from this. Then again, I really didn’t look long. This may be a joke. Then again, it may not be. Enjoy!

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!


“Moonlight on Vermont affected everybody. Even Mrs. Wooten well as Little Nitty. Even lifebuoy floating with his lil’ pistol showing and his lil’ pistol toting. Well that goes to show you what a moon can do.” – “Moonlight On Vermont” (Van Vliet)

The Commencement or: All These Years

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Today was the culmination of 13 years of matriculation for my only child, my son, my world, 3B. He started out the brightest in class and hit some snags when it became less than important to him. Over the past couple of years, though, he’s found his direction with the culinary path. Of course, that could change, which is perfectly fine, I just want him happy. But, I do love watching him in his element and doing what makes his heart content. 43462-01

He’s got a great girlfriend that possibly has something to do with getting him back in line, but, again, he’s happy. That’s all that matters.

The class of 2020 has had a long, arduous row to hoe this year alone. All those 13 years building up to it was also a long trek but it certainly seems to have flown by. He’s had great teachers along the way. I have to admit I wasn’t as connected once he entered middle school. But, being PTA president for 5 years wears you out. Having daddy there once you’re out of elementary school is probably too much and embarrassing to a middle and high schooler. I get it.

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But, 2020 has been a bit screwed up. No one saw this coming when we were sitting in a trailer at Diggs Elementary for parent orientation. I knew he was going to grow up to be a swell dude but he’s a really awesome guy. I can say “kid” but he’s a man. He said to me today that he didn’t see why this was such a big deal and he didn’t want to go through the ceremony. I told him that ceremony wasn’t for him. It was for me and his mother and his stepmother and his grandparents. It was good.

I do hope, however, that we have heard the last of the robocalls that we got more than enough of. Sometimes up to six or seven times a day. We’ll see. Anyway, I love that boy of mine. I love you, Trey Beeman.  I am so proud of you. Stephanie is proud of you. Your mom is proud of you. Mamaw, Papaw, and Granny are proud of you. Sissy and Kenneth are proud of you. Here’s to all the great things in your future.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Dad out!


“The doer alone learneth.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Spinning Sunday or: The Haul 6/13/20

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Jonathan was having truncated hours yesterday, so The BCPF and I headed to Underdog Records right around 1015a or so and while our haul is short, we had good conversations with Jonathan (masked up, of course) and then went to have some lovely crêpes at Penny Path. Here’s the haul:Ernest Jenning Record Co.

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  • Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism — the former Mr. Zooey Deschanel, Ben Gibbard, leads this band and The BCPF is a big fan. I liked it, too. It’s a great listen. It came out in 2003 and this was a 2xLP reissue. New.
  • Built to Spill – Built To Spill Plays The Songs Of Daniel Johnston — Doug Martsch, the only permanent member of Built to Spill was friends with (and played back up on his final five tour dates before retirement) Daniel Johnston. Johnston was an eclectic, lo-fi, and mentally-troubled musician who was born in California, raised in West Virginia (wow) and made a name for himself for writing in the “outsider” genre of music. He was also a visual artist. Johnston passed away from a suspected heart attack in September of last year. This is Martsch’s tribute to him. I like the songbook, with lyrics and chord charts, that is included. A good listen. Yellow vinyl. New.
  • Mötley Crüe – Dr. Feelgood — To me, this is the last Mötley Crüe album. Okay, there was the John Corabi Mötley Crüe album and Generation Swine and New Tattoo and all that crap, but that’s what it was. Crap. Well, not the Corabi album, but it wasn’t Crüe. This is heavier but still as poppy as Theater of Pain (which I love, by the way) and that’s okay. There were a lot of good songs on this album. The title track is a fave, of course. “Without You” and “Kickstart My Heart” were cool, too. Another cool feature on this album is that David “Shuffle” Steele from the bands The Beat (English Beat for us Americans) and Fine Young Cannibals after Ranking Roger and Dave Wakeling left to form General Public, sings backup vocals throughout the album. But that’s not the end of the guest stars. Byran Adams, Steven Tyler, Jack Blades of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees, Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander from Cheap Trick, all of Skid Row and Mike Amato (the tour manager for bands such as Arcade Fire, Green Day, KISS, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Cinderella, AC/DC, Skid Row, Marilyn Manson, Soundgarden, Kid Rock, Daughtry, Daniel Powter, Godsmack, Slipknot, etc.) all also sang back up. Nice. Reissue. New.
  • Spirit  – Feedback —This band had Jay Ferguson in the beginning. You know, “Thunder Island.” This album was the first without him and without their original bassist. I don’t know what any of that means but I’m sure we’ll find out when we listen to it. VG+.
  • Strauss – The Best Of Strauss — Yep. Strauss. “Used” but still sealed and in NM condition. Right on.

Jonathan is still doing deliveries during the week and the store is only open on Friday and Saturday for the time being, though I think he’s considering expanding into Thursday, but for now. Just Friday and Saturday. You should watch his Instagram and Facebook pages for things he’s just gotten in, used and new and you can order from him directly. You can shop new vinyl, anytime, day or night, by visiting the UR website. I use Discogs to track my collection, pick randoms and share my collection with friends. You should too!

Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’…
Scorp out!


“Cops on the corner always ignore somebody’s getting paid. Jimmy’s got it wired, law’s for hire, got it made in the shade. Got a little hideaway, does business all-day but at night he’ll always be found sellin’ sugar to the sweet people on the street. Call this Jimmy’s town.” – “Doctor Feelgood” (Mars/Sixx)