I saw and read and watched on TV a lot of things as a kid that certainly my parents wouldn’t have wanted me to see. On the down-low, of course. Nowadays though, the ‘rents would be considered downright negligent. Still, I relate to this, from Michael Sarko on Popdose…
Some of the weirdness to which I was exposed between the ages of 8 and 16: The Exorcist (the film and William Peter Blatty’s novel), The Young Ones, and thanks to unsupervised late-night cable-access TV-watching, my first therapist in The Asylum for Shut-Ins: Video Psychotherapy.
He tells it like it is…
But, he’s really not that stuffy. He’s kinda easy-going, really…
He’s really helped my creativity and open-mindedness. I’ve turned out all right, I think.
I was doing research down a line similar to this–I guess you could call it music video anthropology–and I stumbled on some live performances from the Tower of Power of their classic song “So Very Hard To Go,” performed by various line-ups of the band over 35 or so years.
Now, I’m not saying anything about quality. Just that one of these is not like the others.
Don is a great friend and very talented, but his dedication is just as impressive. I can’t tell you how many times I see him (via Twitter) writing in his spare minutes, no matter where he might be.
The best part is, she dedicated a song to me. The other night, for some god unknown reason, I had Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam with Full Force on the brain. And Regan made sure they stayed there, with this dope, funky fresh tune from back in the day.
You have my eternal gratitude, Regan. But, it begs the question–were you even alive when this song came out? 😀
My current short story in progress is headed (Elder Gods willing) to Cthulhurotica – An Anthology of Lovecraftian Lust, which will be published by Dagan Books. I worked out its soundtrack, just like I do for most of my stories, to help me figure out which emotional pulses I want to hit in different scenes.
Manic Street Preachers, “Your Love Alone Is Not Enough”
Arcade Fire, “Ocean of Noise”
Air, “The Word ‘Hurricane'”
Cassandra Wilson, “A Little Warm Death”
The Blue Nile, “Body and Soul”
Genesis, “Domino, Pt. 1 – In the Glow of the Night/Pt. 2 – The Last Domino”
The lyrics to “Domino” are about as Lovecraftian as I’ve ever heard Phil Collins sing, which should be proof that anyone who thought Genesis just plain sucked post-Peter Gabriel wasn’t paying enough attention.
Blood on the windows Millions of ordinary people are there They gaze at the scenery They act as if it is perfectly clear Take a look at the mountains Take a look at that beautiful river of blood
The liquid surrounds me I fight to rise from this river of hell I stare ’round about me Children are screaming and playing with bombs Their features are changing Their bodies dissolve And I am alone
-Genesis, “Domino, Part 2”
I suppose the lyrics to “Invisible Touch” could work, too. But then I’m sure I’d lose what little respect you might have for me. 🙂
In a 1970 interview with Rod Serling by sci-fi author James Gunn, Serling recalls…
…99% of the writing that arrives on the desk of a mass media guy is pretty therapeutic writing. These are people who generally preface by saying, “I ain’t such a good writer but I got this real good idea in my dream after eating the rancid mayonaise…”