Monday, June 3, 2019

Ya'll know I write under a pen name.

photo credit: Web-Betty Pete's Kitchen | Denver, CO via photopin (license)


A girl’s perspective

Sally is wise for her age, tough, bitchy, rude, sweet, depressed, lonely and desperate for change in the small town she lives in. So when Gerald Vick drives up in his Hollywood Cadillac touting a modeling op, she goes for it--no holds barred. And him. The problem is, what does she really know about the crazy Hollywood photographer, and how much is she willing to risk finding out?
Love and Lust at the Dairy Stop Cafe is free for download right now. A tip: listen to the Janis Joplin channel on Pandora for a great experience while reading.
As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Will the rain ever go away?

My life right now. Waiting for summer, biding the rain, finding luck wherever it comes, whispering with my intuition, reading clouds, accepting each moment as it is.












Tuesday, April 16, 2019

April Pics

Another pictorial post with my favorite place to be and a collection of hearts. 


















Thursday, January 31, 2019

All work and no play . . .

How has your winter has thus far? For us in the Midwest it's been a tale of unending snow, ice and a little thingy called a Polar Vortex. As if regular winter wasn't bad enough! But we are resilient, we Midwesterners know how to bear down and dull ourselves into a Netflix stupor then wait it out until those first buds of spring crack through Mother Earth's frozen epidermis. Which . . . you know . . .  let's not kid ourselves, would be nice sooner than later. I mean, we didn't really have a spring last year, we went straight to summer, so . . . yeah, it would be nice to have an actual spring this year. You have to agree this winter stuff is getting a little out of hand. Monotonous. Sometimes . . . sometimes I find myself strolling through the empty halls of this palace, humming songs I've never heard, seeing visions of myself in different timelines, and drinking Scotch with people in Gatsby-ish era clothing. At night I ride across the thin carpet of the corridors on my tricycle hoping to avoid the twins. As for work, well, how boring. I've typed the same thing over and over again: All work and no play makes Amy a dull bitch. . . . That's not weird, right? But, whatever! Tomorrow I'm going to hop on the snowcat and get the blazes out of here. I mean, burn rubber, baby. Don't try to stop me, cause I have an axe and I ain't afraid to use it.

Wait, OMG, did I just say all of that out loud? 

Here are some pictures (and one video) of the storm we had a few weeks ago. Beautiful, just beautiful. Pastoral, inspiring. Might make it difficult to see through the maze though . . .







Friday, December 28, 2018

My shameless 'I Love Kurt Vile' post, and my favorites for 2018

I love, love love Kurt Vile. He's a great songwriter, but perhaps what made me love him first was he looked like the lovechild of Janis Joplin and Neil Young. Not sure the aforementioned ever coupled, but somewhere in the rockstar realm of space and 'farout'-erlimits of reality, maybe. But never mind, that's not important. I like his music and his humble presence. Then I discover he's a poet. Then I discover he used to play in War on Drugs, another favorite. But Vile, he's that guy you hear on the radio that you love but they never say his name, and you keep loving his music more and more and you're singing his songs--even when you're not in the car--until one day you find him on YouTube and it's like, woah. That's the guy. It's him. That guy. Kurt Vile. Damn. Then you're addicted.

I'm going to go ahead and list two KV songs that I loved in 2018 and then all the rest that stood out. Some were released earlier but I loved them THIS year. My favorite song was actually by Neko Case.  She's amazing. The first time I heard Bad Luck I was in my car and I thoguht, WHO IS THIS???? She's goooooooddddddd. Music is magical. It can get you through so much bullsh!t. You can be having the worst day ever, the worst life ever, and a great song will drag you out of that and save your soul.

1. Bassackwards (all backwardsy, loopy, dreamy, poetic stuff, deep)



2. Loading Zones (just a slice of his life song, with a nice groove that could have been a big hit in 1982, but it's a hit now, so it's all good)



3. War on Drugs--Pain (great, great song and amazing video)



4. Alvvays--Plimsoll Punks (this song and her voice makes me go somewhere up high, can't explain)



5. Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile--Over Everything (Courtney is a great songwriter with a unique voice--this is a fun video with a cool play at gender swapping, and the scenery ain't bad either)

 

6. Dawes--Feed the Fire (another 1982-ish song that makes me smile--Dawes is an excellent yet understated band that should be on everyone's lips)




 7.Ray LaMontagne--Such a Simple Thing



 8. Florence Welch--Hunger (ask my kids, I was dancing around singing this all summer)

 

 9. Hippo Campus--Bambi (the new Beatles--this song is soulful and wise and says so much . . . great, great song)




10. Nathaniel Rateliff and the Nightsweats--Honey (sang this all summer too)



11. Brandi Carlisle--The Joke  (with a voice like hers you can't help crying--her LGBT anthem is so beautiful and says so much--love her!)



12. Ziggy Marley--Rebellion Rises



13. Neko Case--Bad Luck (such a well-written song--I love her voice and her writing)



If you've gotten all the way down here you are amazing. I love music,don't you? 2018 was not a great year. It royally sucked. However, the music did not. I wish you a Happy New Year. Love and peace always.

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