Ten Years Smoke Free

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Seems like forever ago I quit smoking.  Yet it’s only been 10 years.  For the first 1-2 years I actually still craved a smoke now and again.  Something changed and I suddenly can’t stand the smell of it and if I do, my stomach turns and I feel ill.  So yeah, I don’t miss it at all.  Now if I could do something about the pot smokers next door.  I don’t like that much either 😕

No Smoking



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Today I had hoped to release a new drum cover.  I even had two versions to upload after recording many takes.  The final cuts were both nuked by YouTube 😡

Sadly my work schedule (and other things), makes it so I have to wait a week or more before I can even sit down to try again.  I’m actually writing this from the hospital, waiting on an X-Ray 😕

So instead I’ll reveal my newest addition to my collection.

First, I must impress that my love will always be drums.  Shortly after I get a house, these will be in my studio.

Tama DrumsI’ve recently found this company, Orangewood.  Their products are getting put up against huge name brands and compared to the more expensive competition.  So people like me can get an affordable, quality instrument.

I was considering making an Un-boxing Video.  They are, for some odd-ball reason, incredibly popular on YouTube.  However, I couldn’t see myself spending hours on recording, editing and so on; to open a freaking box.  So this is as close as you’ll get from me.

It’s a Morgan Mahogany Live.  Sounds amazing!

I know as a child, I was highly encouraged to play guitar.  I just wasn’t into it then.  I can’t say this interest will last, but I’m having a good time learning it now.  Though finding the time can be difficult right now.


Fire Escape – Drum Cover

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Here it is. A drum cover that has a better view and YouTube hasn’t given me flak for it yet.

It’s better than the first cover I ever did, but the recording equipment needs a serious upgrade. Not to mention, a better studio. In time, in time. Still learning the lighting and I’m sure that wall color isn’t helping anything.

Fastball – Fire Escape
Hollywood Record – copyrighted property of its owner(s).

Buy on Amazon or iTunes

Camera – Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder
Edited with Sony Movie Studio 13 – 1080/30FPS
Filmed in my super dinky apartment.
I had actually forgotten about this song completely until I heard it on Walmart Radio a couple of years back. Knew it had to be one of the songs I’d end up covering.


All of Me – Adam’s Wedding Cover

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Nearly 5 years ago, Adam sang John Legend’s All of Me, to Laura on their wedding day. Wish I had caught all of the song on video, and on a decent video camera. Sadly I didn’t know it was going to happen and I’m not sure anyone else caught it, so thankful for what was caught on my Windows Phone 😀

The man has some beautiful pipes!

~ April 12, 2014

Don’t judge me about my Windows Phone. I still liked that phone better then than I do my Samsung Galaxy S8 Active (thankfully I bought it used) I have now. Hate the “Samsung Experience“. More like Samsung thinks they’re smarter than Android. All hail Android One! I Digress.


Getting Ready

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I’m getting closer to doing some serious videos.  Added some parts to my tripod so I can get videos from overhead.



This will get videos of the drums and not me.

Overhead Shot

Simulated Overhead Shot

Plus, I got some studio lighting to help make the shots not suck… too much.



Now to learn how to put it all together 😜


Love Song – Harvest Barn Church

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Eight years ago, the Harvest Barn Church produced a music video for a song they wrote and performed.

January 19, 2011

Alex Burns (Vocals) – Bryan Eggers (Guitar/Vocals) – Adam Fowler (Vocals) – Misti Fowler (Saxophone/Vocals) – Josh Mosley (Bass) – Allen Fowler (Drums)
* Other vocalists and keyboardist information was not available at the time of posting.  May be added later.


Chrio – The Early Days

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Recorded June 14, 2007 on a really crappy camcorder. Developing my skills using an old drum kit. I got good enough to join a local band called Chrio. A cobbled together drum kit with a broken cymbal, and I managed to make it sound good!

A Second Version

Allen Fowler (Drums) – Josh Mosley (Bass) – Bryan Eggers (Guitar)



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Vacation!It’s been just over 30 years since I took a real vacation.  The last honest-to-goodness vacation I took was with my first wife in 1988.  Our honeymoon.  Mostly camping and traveling around Michigan.  Not an expensive vacation.

Any other vacation I’ve taken has been merely time off work to do something specific.  Never to just get out of town and do something completely new and different.  This one is not far from an exception.  It is however, freedom to do as I like within my means.  Though I confess I’ve posted this now that it’s over.  A few reasons for this.  Thieves prey on those who admit they won’t be home and take advantage of the opportunity.  Secondly because I know a few people would take advantage of my having time off for their own benefit.  They think because I’m taking time off work, that I should help them with… work.  The object of a vacation is to relax.  Decompress and regroup.  If all I’m doing is more work, it’s not much of a vacation.  I’ve taken days off on occasion just to do my own fall yard work.  Clearly they weren’t a vacation.

Though knowing my current job.  I took precautions and blocked all phone numbers I have associated with my job.  They know I’ll likely be in town, they’d screw me and call me in.

Now keep in mind, I don’t get paid time off or sick days.  I merely saved up money enough (outside of my normal savings account) to cover my wages for a week.  I paid for my own vacation… time.  Working 9-12 hour days every single week takes it toll on a person.  I’m getting older, my tolerance for working such long hours isn’t what it used to be.  I have arthritis, plantar fasciitis and coronary artery disease.  The fact I work a full time job is hard to do.  I’m in pain and tire easily.  I do try not to let it get me down.  Even though I reduced the number of days I work to 4, I still get overtime frequently.  I needed a damn break.

Yet I feel guilty.  Like I’m not supposed to be given a break.  Like I’m not supposed to be happy.  The first couple of days went well, relaxed and started looking for a house to buy.  By the end of the second day (which were normally my days off to begin with), I couldn’t shake this feeling like I wasn’t being a good person and going to work like I should.  It’s not like I’m close to anyone at work.  I’m hardly close to anyone at all anymore.  Like I’m a burden and unworthy.  Those who I’ve tried to make friends with, let me down all too quickly.  One still thinks we are friends, but frankly he annoys me and constantly plays at me like I enjoy being touched sexually by a man.  Fucking Eww…  Or listening to my name being called out repeatedly.  I don’t.  I could easily do without him.  I prefer women thank you.  Real, born with a vagina women.  Who identify as a woman.  I digress.

So here I sat with a guilty conscience and time off.  Not an ideal vacation.  Still.  It was time off.  Away from work.  Away from normal everyday things I usually do.  Time for me to do whatever it is I wanted to do.  I mean that’s the whole point of a vacation right?  I do feel better despite the feeling guilty.


Offensive Beer

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Offensive BeerIf you didn’t already know, but you really should, I don’t like beer.  It’s bitter and gross.  The smell reminds me of overly hot summer days with rotting bread/pizza dough fermenting in the hot summer sun.  Which is probably why the place I work for, cooks it before throwing it away.

But…  My mind is twisted and I decided to make some fucked up beer bottles.  Click on them to see their full images.  Looks better on a computer than a tiny ass phone screen.

Dirty Sock Filtered Testicle Sweat.  Do you really need a more detailed description?

Not Your Grandma’s Crotch Rot.  I mean if you’re going to drink beer, it should be full of flavor.  The name speaks for itself.

Rattlesnake Piss.  Before I discovered the lovely smell of dying yeast in the hot sun.  This is was my term of choice for beer.

I’ll stick to my Mike’s Hard Lemonade.  Call me what you want, it’s much tastier.


My Perspective

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Denny ShadesWhat sucks about being a blogger with my life as it is now, is that I have my best ideas for things to write about when I’m driving for work.  No where near my computer or tablet.  I am not about to distract myself like an idiot by texting, recording or anything else while driving.  So most ideas get lost.  This one has been rattling in my head for months.  And took weeks to fully write and I’m sure I missed many points I wanted to make.

When it comes to life as I see it these days, the glasses I wear are less rose colored and more hide my eyes dark.  I haven’t led a charmed life by any means.  To be honest, I can’t recall when I was last genuinely happy.  I’ve held a handful of skepticism for nearly two decades.  Yet life managed to fool me into things I never wanted for myself.

So these days I live life drawn back from people.  I do what I feel I must do, but I find it hard to move forward without absolute assurance things will go my way.  So here’s how I live life now.

Don’t trust anyone.  Not fully.  Even if you love them dearly, don’t blindly submit to them.  Remember that exercise of falling backwards and trusting someone to catch you while your eyes are closed?  Yeah, don’t close your eyes.  That same person who you trusted with your soul may (not saying they will, but may) change their feelings toward you without notice.  At least this way if that day should ever come, you can brace for the impact and not break your head or heart wide open.

Beware of False Friends.  I find more and more that my list of friends is getting really short.  As I realize a lot of the people I was so-called friends with, are people who only like me when they find me useful to them in some fashion.  Once my usefulness has run its course, they suddenly don’t have time for me.  If I want to just hang out and talk, they aren’t interested.  Or if I talk to them after a long period of silence, it’s met with needing my assistance more than needing me socially.  As long as I fix their computer or help them move something I’m all good.  If I want to just watch TV with them, they have other things to do.  So I’ve started cutting them from my life.  I don’t mind helping a friend, if in fact they are a friend in return.  Also a real friend will be your friend no matter what.  Even if you are on a long down note, they will at least offer you an ear.  Even if they don’t have a way to help or have advice to give.  Same goes for family.

Listen for Empty Words.  Some of the so-called friends I’ve had always say we should get together sometime.  When the time comes, they don’t have time.  Or say they need a few more days.  In once case, two years went by before I bothered them again.  They said they’d get with me in a few hours.  That was 6 months ago.  I’ve removed them.  Why do people claim they want you in their life if they really don’t?  Why make empty promises?  I no longer have time to waste on useless people like that.

Staying single.  Just as I started to write this, Foamy seemed to have read my mind.  It’s damn near pointless to bother with finding a relationship.  Too many risks and hardly any reward.  Fuck Social Justice Warriors.


Keep yourself covered.  And/or your immediate family.  I’ve built myself some savings.  Enough for an entire months worth of income.  After taxes.  At the very least.  Really you should go for two months worth if you can.  Having short-term disability benefits are also a good thing.  You really never know when something bad may happen.  You end up out of work.  Bills don’t stop when you are unable to work.  The phone calls for unpaid debts can be relentless.  Sure, a credit card with a decent limit is nice.  But you have to be sure you have the self control to not use it frivolously.  Many can’t.  Or if you have a significant other who can’t.  Have a way to keep your head above water.  Friends and family can’t always come through when a crisis strikes.  I’m not saying they won’t, but perhaps the timing is such that they too are on harder times.  Be absolutely certain you can cover your own ass.  (Or asses if there is a spouse and possibly children involved.)

Honestly I don’t like they way the world is changing.  Everyone is so uptight over every little thing and keep screaming about how everyone needs to be accepting of all these things.  Folks, it’s never going to be that way.  There will always be people who don’t accept other people for one reason or another.  Things about me have never been accepted by groups of other people.  It’s life.  But to waste such energy on demanding acceptance, you end up not living.  I am who I am.  You don’t have to accept me.  But I’ll be damned if I’m going to change for you.  I don’t expect you to change for me.  Nor will I demand it.  I will simply move on to someone who does accept me as I am.