Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Odds and Ends!

More lyrics written, working title "Unwavering Light", and submitted to Tommy, who I've not heard from in a couple of weeks.  Figures, his work is still on "crazy" overtime.  Had no idea until yesterday that our more recent releases on SoundCloud appear to be getting new listens and likes.  Still listening to "It Won't Be Long" freaking out that it is my voice I hear in the speakers or headphones.  Also still staring slack-jawed at the likes on "I Am The Walrus".  Thanks kids!

And by the way, from RoxX and our families, Merry Christmas!

I know real change doesn't come overnight, but it is almost beginning to appear that even the most liberal of publications are now admitting that Donald Trump is winning for America.  I never in my life thought I'd see the absolute most biased outlet around, Huffington Post, saying Trump was indeed winning.  On the same thread of politics, wtf is Obama up to?  Sedition for sure, possibly treason and he has indeed violated the Hatch Act and should be arrested.  But what do I know?

Read a PetRx article the other day that finally allowed me to figure out Pip's crazy vocalizations he does at the window sometimes.  Apparently some cats do something vets call "chirping", which is the cat thinking he's making bird noises to attract his prey.  Funny part is, when Dave brought him down here, he told me that Pip makes weird noises at the window when he sees a bug.  Seriously, you should have heard him the morning a huge turtle meandered up under the living room windows and hung out a few hours.  He was going bonkers!






Tuesday, November 28, 2017

RoxX Stuff & Updates

Crazy weekend off included another trip to the studio to record vocals for our third cover, the Beatles' It Won't Be Long.  I ended up singing both John and Paul's parts, Tommy added George's parts and we pretty much kept it true to the original, including FIVE voices on the final notes of the song.  After completing my parts on this, we went back and replaced Tommy's high backing vocals with my own (hey, it was his idea) on Time To Play.  Makes a huge difference in the overall sound that I wouldn't have considered without Tommy's suggestion in the first place.  



Tommy sent me another new original Friday (I think) and told me Saturday that he's almost got another new original ready to send to me.  Better get my writing hat on, which should come easy with a fast up-beat tune to play with like the first one.  He's not been standing still, ya'll.  Tommy's recent studio hack is inspecting his studio's power supply, making changes and finding new ways to remove unwanted sound from recording.  He hit something out of the park already, I didn't know my headphones were on Saturday until I made some noise in the mic.  Still jacked with the response to I Am The Walrus on SoundCloud, too.  Can't wait to see which track he publishes next...



So the tables have turned!  A few years ago when Karen and I would go out shopping or to eat locally, someone there ALWAYS seemed to know me.  It still happens but not as frequently as it used to, but Karen's gotten so popular with her customers at Belk that we can't go into Harris-Teeter for groceries without her running into at least three of her regulars.  She has this profession down.  Knows her products, knows what her customers want and hooks them up.  I honestly think she'd really enjoy her work if it wasn't for the other duties they have to handle and sometimes, people.  Personally, I'm at the point that I love this world and find it more precious than I have anytime in my life, but I have an issue with a LOT of it's people.

Carolina Panthers are currently at 8-3.  #KeepPounding ya'll!




Sunday, November 19, 2017

Mid-November Random Update

Two dates remain on my 2017 wrestling calendar and I'm ready for a little break, which may be remedied by the break until our next event on Dec. 2nd.  Didn't realize until the last two weekends just how much these all-nighters are taking a toll on me, must be the advanced age, right Pops?


Tommy released our version of the Beatles' I Am The Walrus last Saturday to rave reviews on Soundcloud.  Pleased to share it here for everyone.  If you like it, share it and enjoy!  #RoxX

RoxX - I Am The Walrus cover

Why doesn't anyone sell zippered hoodie sweatshirts that would be long like a lowrider duster?  Bathrobe length or longer perhaps.  A freakin' Snuggie without your feet impaired maybe?  Not that much to ask...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

RoxX, Phone Numbers and an Exit?

Due to no updates, I am up to not one but TWO updates on the mix of I Am The Walrus, and it may be released this weekend or next.  And the no updates refers to me on this blog, as us RoxX dudes are in contact regularly.

Tommy said he wasn't happy with a few of our previous releases' sound on Soundclound and is doing some remixing to make them sound better on the platform we release them on.  Gotta be their compression, etc. that changes up the sound quality and he's going to attempt to compensate.  Not sure which tracks or if he's changed anything.  Will update here if and when I find out!




Weird moment.  When you suddenly begin remembering telephone numbers from your past.  Like my great-grandmother Sally "Ma" Briggs, hers was 886-6411.  And my grandmother Anna's was 882-1463.  Early Tommy Smith phone number when we were kids 884-4308.  Mom & Dad's number 883-4503.  Grandmother Golda's number was 431-3272.  OK.  I'm officially weirding my own self out now.  I'm NOT a number guy.  I don't even know my own cell number now.

Yeah, I'm saying it.  Again...

Seriously considering slowing my roll on the pro wrestling gigs after the first of the year.  With only 5 bookings for the remainder of the year, I don't want to make the decision based on the emotion of one night.  My input has been reduced to basically zero over the past year or so at my wrestling home and it seems I'm looked at sideways when I dare make a suggestion.  I feel like an unused resource on many levels, but mostly ignored by the younger guys.  I mean, not to toot my own horn, but I was on the air announcing wrestling when most of today's announcers were in nursery school.  But hey, I'm not a WWE mark and don't worship at the feet of the mighty McMahon, so we have nothing in common.  Right?  That must be it.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Surprise!

Awoke Tuesday morning to an email from Tommy with the subject:  Surprise!  Clicked it open and he tells me he's been off work and had decided to go ahead and re-create the Beatles' I Am The Walrus, which was attached.  We spent five hours in studio today and I believe all of my vocal parts have been recorded.  Including part of a scene from King Lear, which you hear close to the end of the song.  I have goo-gooed more ga-joobs than I new could possibly exist today, but I can't wait to hear how this one sounds...

Tommy has re-mixed "It's A Lie" adding some harmony vocals and said he may release it on Saturday, making it our 16th release since we started this journey.  Tommy checked some listener stats today for his Soundcloud account where we release our music and discovered we're getting more listens in the Soviet Union than anywhere else in the world, so thanks comrades!



It would appear that the "powers that pull the strings" in High Point politics has decided to become a public entity, now referred to by the High Point Enterprise as the "PAC".  I refer to it as the City Hall/HP Enterprise/HPU PAC, which it appears to be.  They're all about the downtown stadium deal and making it happen and ran folks that support it.  Today in the Enterprise they were self high-fiving themselves for having all of their candidates advance in the primary.

Let's not forget that High Point is one of these progressive "non-partisan election" cities.  Let's not forget that a majority of failing cities are ran by Democrats.  Oddly enough, the partisan v. non-partisan deal is about a 50-50 proposition that generally allows the party that is not in power to keep folks in the drivers' seat.  Math is hard, ya'll, but it's not invisible.


HPU wants land to build a football stadium and I'm convinced that the powers behind these so-called "philanthropy dollars" consider this downtown deal to be theirs to use for this purpose.  Some reports are now calling this "baseball stadium" a possible "multi-use stadium" which is news to everyone.  I've smelled a rat since they first announced this deal and the stench is getting stronger and stronger each day.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Terror Close To Home

I'm on the other side of the country from Las Vegas, but it touched right here last night and this morning.  A friend here in High Point has a daughter that goes to Vegas for weekends and actually had tickets for last night's Jason Aldean concert.  She did not attend and had rather given her tickets to another friend.  The friend that attended's girl friend was shot in the leg at the show, but she should be fine according to friends.  Not enough degrees of separation between this kind of hate and home.

Violent gun incident in the US?  Cue the Gun Control freaks.  Certain to make the most of this opportunity, seeing how the media is only focused on NFL players protesting currently.



Pip had a bad night last night.  I was exhausted from the no-sleep road-trip weekend and he woke me around 2am swatting jewelry off of the dresser.  I retaliated by throwing my glasses case at him and he ran downstairs.  Total silence for every bit of six minutes and then CRASH!  I hear things from the living room credenza hitting the floor and being knocked over and jump out of bed hoping to save the lamp.  I come down the stairs to find Pip hanging from the top of the living room window, under the blinds, trying to climb higher with his back feet kicking like mad. 

I grabbed him, tossed him over to the couch and he jumped right back up there a second time.  Grabbed him again and put him on the couch and turned to start putting stuff back where it belongs and he dove between the glassware on there and the window, scratching at the glass all fuzzed up.  I turn on the porch light and see a mostly orange cat sitting casually under our window watching the Pip Experience from outside, and he saunters off after a second or two after realizing I was standing there looking at him.  Pip didn't wake me again.


He did, however, tell me he was sorry this morning by stretching out across my lap on the couch and burying his face in my hand.  Guess it's true, there's a fine line between sanity and insanity.



Happy Spocktober everyone!  Live Long And Prosper!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Things And Such

The big news in the local wrestling scene is how year 5 of Wrestlecade in Winston has now been upstaged by the WWE's announcement of Starrcade in Greensboro.  I can't believe in with a straight face that it is a mere coincidence, and I wonder if the shareholders voted on trying to ruin another company's "crown jewel" by their mere presence.

I've never been to Wrestlecade, but thousands have, and like pilgrims they go to Winston to see the legends of the past and current stars.  The WWE's announcement has an odor about it, as Dusty Rhodes is the man behind the classic StarrCade.  Why did they wait until after his death to honor him by naming an event after his idea?  

Pretty vindictive for a major corporation, wouldn't you agree?

In a much lighter vein, when the news broke, I immediately went about creating a THIRD event poster for the very same night, for a big event at Thomasville NC's NG Armory.  After dropping every promotion's name I could think of onto the poster, I began brainstorming what would be the single biggest draw between the three events.  Simple.  Free parking!  And to keep with the theme of the weekend, we'll call this one FabeCade 2017!  And yes, that IS "Red Hot" Tim Blaze (Wrestlecade/AML) in the bottom center of the poster.


Friday, September 1, 2017

One Day It's Summer, Next It's Monsoon, Now It's September...

The remains of Harvey (I assume) is rolling storms through the area today and I just made a run to the dumpster to discover that it's much cooler outside than it is inside in the AC.  If it's stormy, chances are I get soaked during the night, especially in the windows downstairs so the AC stays on tonight.  Also Pip uses open windows as an excuse to run from floor to floor to keep track of what he thinks he sees going on outside.  All night long.  

Karen got this notion that the folks that had Pip before us and after Dave probably threw him outside when he annoyed them enough.  He's got a routine guaranteed to keep you up all night, one that begins with running up the stairs in 3 bounds and then leaping on the bed.  He often stands on my stomach or pats my face with his paw when he's decided it's time for me to get out of bed and walk downstairs to feed him some treats.  He also jumps on Karen's dresser, which is elbow-high with jewelry and assorted items, which he pats off onto the floor one-by-one until someone bellows his name or acts like they're going to get up.

For some reason, Pip also likes to chew on a brush that stands in an umbrella stand in my living room.  It's a long plastic-handled windshield brush with an ice scraper on the bottom.  He chews on the brush bristles.  Must be his idea of brushing his teeth?  He also tends to find a place to sleep between Karen and I when we're both downstairs, and when she's at work he's either on my side desk or at my feet.  Yeah, this furball is still my sanity.  And the cause of some mild insanity when he disappears...




Got to see a VERY deserving young man survive some unexpected attacks and win the 2017 CWF JOHNNY WEAVER MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT.  I've witnessed the entire history of this event, this being the 14th consecutive year, and was pleasantly surprised to see Chet Sterling defy the odds and win it all.  Dude is most definitely different for sure!



The August 6th RCW event is still making the news, almost a month after the night of the show.  Lizard Lick's Ronnie & Amy Shirley have released several preview videos from the Riders RCW event and several have over 100,000 views!  Still awaiting word where their new show "Lick Life" will be aired.  The RCW event will be the premier show according to the producers.  (Above:  George Rider Memorial Battle Royal Winner with the George Rider Cup - Fair Warning's "Pimp Daddy" Brian Hall)



New stuff on tap with RoxX, we got two new songs recorded on one Wednesday afternoon, one which I've yet to hear a mix of.  A "Soundgarden" type of tune was submitted by Tommy and I absolutely LOVE it.  Already have the lyrics penned to the tune currently being called "Man Up".  Hope to hear from Tommy again soon to return to the studio to make this one happen.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Facts May Cause Headaches and other stories

Spent six hours in the studio yesterday and Tommy and I completed my vocals on two (count 'em - TWO) new songs.  The song with the working title "Empty" is complete but now known as "You've Always Known".  The heroin song "It's A Lie" is also completed, and yes, it has a Marilyn Manson tinge to it in places.  Can you believe we wrote a song with the words "fentanyl and heroin" in a lyric together?  Yup.  We did it!

The Pink Floyd-inspired "Fly With Me" is also back in play with a "redundant" segment being removed post mix-down, possibly taking the song back under the 10-minute mark when all is said, sang and done.  Tommy also played the beginnings of a new track I'm eagerly awaiting that has a very heavy Soundgarden sound to it.  That alone makes it interesting to me!



In a weekend off situation with no wrestling.  Saturday will be interesting with the Panthers v. Titans pre-season game on at 3pm and the Bristol NASCAR race on Saturday night!  Redneck heaven, ya'll!  Saturday will be massive veg day for real!  Then, back to work the following Saturday in Gibsonville NC's Mid Atlantic Sportatorium for CWF Mid Atlantic's 2017 JOHNNY WEAVER MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT Finals!  Tickets at cwftickets.com!  VIP Offers available!  Oh, and that #Neckbone thing, too!



Got so much going on politically, between my battle for transparency concerning the stadium project that the City of High Point announced was happening, taxpayers be damned.  Made contact with our only City Council member that has opposed this plan since day one and have an open line of communication set up between us.  Nationally, I broke Facebook today with the declaration that the state of New York was named after a famous British slave-trader, James II Duke Of York.  And that whole 1860 census map, which shows so many more held slaves in the northeast than across the south.  But enough of that.  Facts give people headaches and may be offensive.  Right?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Spread Thin With A Grin

With some time to reflect on the RCW BOOGIE'S BIRTHDAY BASH at Riders In The Country and realize how big my actual family has grown in the past 25 years around the sport.  Realizing that you are actually talking with several folks in person you've only known on Facebook for years is an interesting experience as well.  Riders will have a million stories, but searching for Robert Stanley a suitable entrance song, he discovered Rebel Meets Rebel, which he'd never heard of.  The second song, titled Rebel Meets Rebel, also features Hank Jr singing on the track, so that was chosen.  I look up and ask "and what's your name?"  "Robert Stanley."  Holy cow, we've been friends for years!  And Rebel Meets Rebel is actually a Pantera project (with the late DIMEBAG DARREL) with David Allan Coe on vocals, that I think was released in 2008 or 2009.  Mr. Kingfish uses the track "One Night Stands" for entrance music from the same album!



I don't know if we'll ever return to Riders for RCW Wrestling, I don't know for sure there will be an event next year at this point.  We had a big turnout, we had Ronnie & Amy from Lizard Lick in the house taping the premiere episode of their new tv show "Lick Life".  The crowd was as excited about being on television as they were about the added attraction show cars and the wrestling event itself and there was a roar throughout the entire evening.  Much like a larger arena show.  I won't lie.  I love Riders In The Country.  But in all honesty, I think maybe I loved George Rider and that bled over into his club and it's facilities.  I certainly felt an empty spot in the building Sunday night, and that was beside the bar where you would often find George grinning like a cheshire cat after complaining loudly about how many hot dogs the wrestlers consumed.  


I got to tell the story during the show Sunday of my first time meeting "Handsome" Jimmy Valiant.  Granted, I'd seen him at the Coliseum at least a dozen times over the years, heck, he was my grandfather's favorite wrestler.  But I remember before one of the very first ACW events that my mother called to tell me she'd met a "celebrity" earlier and was most impressed with his gentle demeanor and sincerely sweet attitude.  Yup, it was one of 3 people in my life that I'll sometimes call "Daddy", Jimmy Valiant.  I met him later that day at the same location and he treated me like an old friend on first meeting.  Pretty sure there's an autographed Polaroid here somewhere of Jimmy and I from that meeting.  [And for the record, the only other 2 folks I have ever called "Daddy" was my dad Jack Hedrick and my buddy Garry Stevens, the Madd Trucker!  Oh, and Dirty Daddy doesn't count!]  




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bits and Pieces...

Summer heat is already starting to get to me here in God's Country, as July has been impersonating mid-August all month already.  We've got CWF Mid Atlantic events rounding out the rest of the Saturdays of this month and the return of RCW on Sunday August 6th at Riders In The Country.  And yes, Lizard LIck's Ron & Amy Shirley will be on hand to help celebrate the 75th Birthday of our friend and mentor "Handsome" Jimmy Valiant at RCW BOOGIE'S BIRTHDAY BASH - LIZARD LICK STYLE!  All kinds of special goodies for the fans at this one, as the General Lee, the Ghostbusters' Ecto-1 and Starsky & Hutch's iconic Ford will all be on hand for the fans to see prior to the kickoff of the evening's wrestling festivities.



Celebrated Pip's 6th "birthday" on July 6th, the one-year anniversary of his arrival at the Crazy House.  He's already a long-time member of the family and an active part of our daily lives.  He's also been a very staunch supporter of my continued sanity and has a wonderful calming affect on me which I hope continues forward.  Pip still wakes me up almost exactly at 5 am, resulting in me going to the little boy's room and then downstairs to feed him some treats.  This cat's got us down to a science, I tell ya.



Nothing new to report on the music front, as Tommy's been working madman schedules for the past two months.  He told me he hoped to get the July 4th week off, but I've not heard from him this month yet at all.  His last report was he'd re-did the middle section of "Fly With Me" twice and lost both revisions when his Windows updated.  If I know him, that means he won't touch it again until he has this lost revision problem under control.  That's how he rolls.


Totally LOVE the new RoxX logo by our buddy Shugg.  Same guy that made ALL of the versions of the RCW poster, including the throwback black and white version that's being pasted on Domino's Pizzas delivered in Randleman NC all month!  


Odds and Ends!

More lyrics written, working title "Unwavering Light", and submitted to Tommy, who I've not heard from in a couple of weeks.  ...