WordSpew

 

Random thoughts, ideas and musings of The Michaels. Pull up a chair and peep into our world. 

Dead Sam Lyrics

There was a dead man named Sam 
Who traveled across the land 
From sea to sea 
He'd shout and scream 
Wherever he went he said 

My name is Sam 
I'm a roving dead man 
A very dead man that's me …

Trapped in Rosehill Cemetery

Yesterday was an iconic Autumn day: comfortable, sunny, warm and breezy. Aydan had set up a fun meet up with one of her Ving Tsun friends from Hong Kong at the historic Rosehill Cemetery. I have spent a lot of…

The Devaluation of Music

I remember the horrifying sentiments popularized by famous and up-and-coming recording artists in the mid and late 2000's. They jumped on the free music marketing bandwagon and proclaimed music should be free to all! Everyone likes free, right? But those…

Daily Coffee Bye-Bye, I Have Metal

It's a cloudy and cool Autumn day in Chicago perfect for spinning tunes. And I'm swaddled in comfy clothes. I made a private playlist last night: Category 13—Best Metal Performance entries. Round one voting for the Grammys has commenced. The…

Good Hair Day

I’m having a good hair day. No. A bad ass hair day. For us with crazy curly locks, a cool, sun-drenched low humidity day is amazing. I shaved, showered and did all the pruning and primping. Got suited up for…

Hello Pandemic, My New Friend

I’m locked down and content. More than that, I am elated. I didn’t think I would be, not for this long, but I am. I miss touring. I miss performing and singing songs to people in the lanes at faire…

The Story and Lyrics Of Defenestration

 

I finished this song on a rainswept December eve in Chicago 2019. It was missing an ending. I needed a way to make it into a story to connect me to you, the listener. There was no chorus or refrain…

Music Schools and Corporate Artists

I took a few college music classes at the University of North Texas (or NTSU before the name changed). They didn’t change the radio station name. I wonder why?! How interesting that I went to one of the most prestigious…

Name Logo Arting Break

I was working on my website design Friday and began playing around with my name. I “needed” a logo, according to advice that has been drilled into my head. And there is a place for it in my site header…

My Guitar and I

There is nothing like playing my guitar with fresh strings. They normally wear out every three weeks or so, or after a hundred hours of play. When touring, it’s every two weeks. On occasion, I can stretch them to three…

Burn the Bridges, Burn them Down!

Here I sit nestled in my wondrous world 
And what do I hear running through my mind 
These words of advice I’ve come to despise 

“Don’t burn your bridges, son.” 

What a terrible way 
To view the world I thought…