I recently updated by bio to include “singer” and “songwriter.” My dishonesty is your pain. This is where you pay for tuning in.
Behold, the newest member of the Abyss family. A humble little ditty called “My Christmas Song.” Be advised: You should not listen to this.
Fun fact: I was channeling Burl Ives when I laid down the vocal tracks.
Now please enjoy this, my gift to you. It’s the gift of time in the form of one minute of your life you’ll never get back.
It was beautiful! I felt alive. I loved everything I could see. I sprinted out into the street and hugged the garbage man. He was beautiful. He looked really surprised. Maybe I should have worn pants but there was no time for that.
In my hands I held a Christmas card. It was even addressed to me. To me! Someone had sent me a Christmas card. A bona fide recipient of the Ribbon of Participation. I was finally somebody.
“God bless us, every one!” I yelled at the top of my lungs. I’d never felt a stronger sense of belonging.
Yes, it was time for a let down.
Shouts From The Abyss stars yours truly as a self-proclaimed guru of negativity, given (purloined) a blog which serves as a metaphorical highway where daily poop bullshit is dispensed to The Reader.
The parallels are uncanny.
Hell, I’m just like Johnny Appleseed only slightly different. And, like Mr. Appleseed, I’ve got places to go and things to do. For that I will, occasionally, use a highway.
Highway to Hell was a rockin’ little ditty by AC/DC.
One thing is for sure: That’s a lot of highways! And the other day I was on one of them.
Verily I say unto you, the highways shall be covered with billboards and they shall be legion but do not be tempted by the advertising messages contained therein lest thou’st risk thy immortal soul for they are abomination.
—The Book of Guru, Transportation Chapter
It’s not the destination, it’s the journey. A serendipitous journey dappled with billboards containing messages like “Eat at Joe’s” and “Billboard Space Available.” Hell, who wouldn’t appreciate a journey like that? God forbid that even during the act of driving we might temporarily forget that the world is 24/7 after our wallets.
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This group goes by the name the “Nashville Session Players.” Their music is varied although mostly country and western. They put out politically-charged songs about religion, the treatment of our soldiers, anti-war themes, poverty and the plight of the homeless in America, and don’t seem to be none too partial to Congress and George Bush, either.
Their first album was Homeless In America back in 2005. Then came Gonna Rise Up in 2006. Their third album is self-described as “non-partisan” and “mostly inspirational” (unlike the previous two albums) is American River released in 2007.
The fourth album, entitled Who Would Jesus Bomb, was released in 2008 and contains 20 songs. The entire album is available for free download as high-quality 320Kbps MP3 files.
You can find all 20 songs plus 16 other bonus songs in 192Kbs quality here:
Freedom Tracks Music
When it comes to music, my first criteria for enjoyment is musicness. Then comes genre and, finally, the lyrical content and message. I like a lot of music where I don’t agree with the message at all. (Some of Type O Negative’s themes fall into this category.) Even if you don’t agree with all of their content, which can be very powerful at times, and, maybe a bit too partisan for some, you still might enjoy the music. On the other hand, if you adore George Bush, some of it just might piss you off.
It’s free. Maybe it’s worth a try. Consider it my free gift to you. Happy Feckless Friday!