Here is a short film that I came across on YouTube. It si called Extinguished and it is by Ashley Anderson and Jacob Mann at Ringling College of Art and Design. It is a CGI Animated Short that I found very entertaining. It is a brisk 4 minutes, which is perfect for a film such as this. Give it a watch.
For my song of the week I decided to learn David Bowie’s Space Oddity. OK, I know it is an easy one, but this has been a very busy week, so I went for something easy. I started with Marty Music’s YouTube video.
After that I found some tablature over at Ultimate-Guitar.com.
I didn’t have a lot of time to work on my fingering exercises. Need to get back into that this week.
Here is a band from Buffalo, NY called Ugly Sun called Burned Alive. They consider themselves garage rock. It is an interesting song, you should give it a listen
This is a true story. It is a little like a Seinfeld episode. I was at Greekfest with my wife, my daughter, and her boyfriend, James. At one point, James and I went to get a few beers. He started to take out his cash but I said, “No, I’ve got it.” He asked, “Are you sure?” “Yep”, I replied. So James offered to get the tip and threw a couple of dollars into the tip jar. Now, the man getting the beers back was turned to us, so when I paid for our beverages he looked at me, and to him, it appeared that I didn’t tip. It is not that I wanted credit for tipping, I just don’t like the fact that this man thought I was some sort of cheapskate. I do hate when the bartender doesn’t see me tip.
On Independent Arts
Over the last 20 years the world has entered a new age in independent arts.
When I was a young man I played in a rock and roll band. We were just a totally unremarkable cover band. However, I knew a few bands with some talent. They would right original some and paid a fortune to have demo tapes made. I would often get copied of these demos on cassette tape. And you know what? They all sounded horrible. Not that the bands music was horrible, but the quality of the recording was bad. And they paid hundreds of dollars to have it made.
That all changed with personal computing. These days, any band can get a very good recording for very little money. The same goes for filmmaking. No longer do you have to have a major studio give you a million dollars to bring you vision to the screen. These days a simple smart phone and a few actors is all you need. All types are art that use to require huge financing can down be done at home at your Mac or PC.
The internet is filled with lots of wonderful independently produced entertainment, and, yes, a lot of crap as well). Yet, the masses still flick to see the latest Marvel superhero film, or download the latest Lady Gaga song. (to be honest, I didn’t even know ho Gaga was until I saw the Superbowl). Famous Musicians today charge $150, $200, $300 to see them play in huge arenas! Come on now, they’re plenty of independent bands that are just as good that charge a small fraction of what the big bands charge and who really need your support.
Hey let’s spend the day binge watching Game of Thrones! Why not! Poor HBO, they need every cent!
Support he independent arts. If you come across something that is worth posting here, let me know. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The only true art is independent art!
These Girls Are Fools in a 1950 Hollywood Exploitation Short, and Independent Film, about the dangers of working as a nude model. It is also called Hell Is a Place Called Hollywood. You can watch it by clicking here. And for the record, I used this in a The tongue-in-cheek way.
Well, the cables down as I right this. It is weird how much I depend on having internet access. What is weirder is how much this is a first world problem. I mean, hear I am all depressed because I can’t work on a few things because I can get to the World Wide Web, meanwhile there are people suffering real problems like starvation, war, injustice and all that. What a selfish worm am I, right?
Got to go. I got better things to do than talk to you!
So, I am a guitarist. Or I should say, I play guitar. There is a difference. In an effort to become better, I am doing two things. First, I am learning one new song a week. I don’t care if it is easy or hard. In fact, many of you who are guitarist will probably find everything I learn as simple, but for me, not so much.
This week : Running Down a Dream by Tom Petty
I am also trying to find lessons on-line. You know, the kind of lessons I don’t have to pay for! Right now I am working on t his one from Acoustic Guitar magazine. It is called Video Lesson: Discover Your Own Fingerstyle Voice on Guitar by Jamie Stillway.
If I get this down, I may post some audio later of me playing.
I am always looking for good exercises for becoming a better guitar player. If you’ve got an idea of what I should be doing, let me know. I’ll be your friend for life.
You can email me at email@example.com
Today we have an original tune be a band called The Alloy Six from Stockholm. These guys take you back to that great sound of the 60s with all it garage fuzz. Check it out. And check out their Facebook page. It is a song called Impossible Dream from an album they plan on putting out next year.
It is important to support independent artists, like The Alloy Six, Seriously, doesn’t Lady Gaga and Jay-Z have enough of you money.
Do you ever hope for rain so you don’t have to cut the grass? I do. Even though my lawn is in desperate need of a good trimming, I would still rather not. And with all the rain we have been getting in Chicagoland, we really don’t need any more for a long while.
I got the first bad comment (I think) of my podcast. Someone named “Josh Donoho” wrote on the Coffee With Jeff Facebook page, “Moving on.” I assume he was letting me know that he didn’t appreciate my show and was moving on to something else…I guess. You know, you cannot please everyone.
ON FILM NIOR
So I was watching the wonderful Noir Alley on Turner Classic Movies, which in hosted by the fantastic Eddie Muller. Last Sunday they showed a 1946 film called Deadline at Dawn. A delightful, nonsensical movie starting the gorgeous Susan Hayward! Anyway this was a line from the film I couldn’t help laugh at. The character of Val Bartelli, played by Joseph Calleia, in talking about his dead sister, said, “She was no lullaby but she had the brains like a man.” How times have changed.
I think everyone gets depressed now a then. I know I do, sometimes for no reason. I am sure what I go through is nothing compared to those that have real problems with depression. There is something I do to get myself out one of these funks. Whether I’ve done something to bring me down, or if it is work, family or nothing at all, I just keep moving forward. I wake without the usual excitement of the new day like I usually do, and instead feel like just sitting on the sofa and rot. Nothing seems worth doing. It is at these moments it is, at least to me, important to do something that will give me a sense of accomplishment.
It might be something like cleaning the basement, or writing a few pages of my latest script. Once I get something done, I begin to feel better about myself.
Hey, why don’t you ever seem to find a depressed farmer? It’s because farmers don’t have time to be depressed. I could be wrong, but depression is a result of having too much time on one’s hands.
Of course, I am not an expert; I can only say what works for me. If you have a serious problem with depression, you should think about getting professional help. PLEASE DON’T WAIT UNTIL IT IS TOO LATE!
SOMETHING TO WATCH
Can a make a suggestion for something to watch, something that you can view for FREE! Everyone likes free, right? The Phantom Creeps from 1939 starring Bela Lugosi as Dr. Alex Zorka, This was original 12 episode serial that as been edited into a film. It’s fantastic! It has one of the best robots! Check it out. It’s that one film that Lugosi plays a made scientist! Ha.
My wonderful wife bought be the deluxe Blu-Ray addition of The Big Lebowski. I never get tired of watching this film. And there is a lot of bonus material as well, and I love bonus material. No commentary track, and that’s a bit of a bummer, but you can’t have everything.
Do I dare say it? I’ve got no problem with Monsanto. I’ve got no problem with genetically modified food. GMOs are going to save the work. People who think Monsanto is evil don’t understand the science. And if you use the term Frankenfood around me, I will get the urge to punch you in the face. I won’t, because I am not a person who resorts to violence, but just know that deep inside that is the way I feel.
Got to go. I got better things to do than talk to you!
I quick note just to say that I that I am hoping for a 12th season of MST3K. Really enjoyed the season 11 on Netflix. Come on Netflix, you have put so much crap on your streaming service, this is you chance to put something of quality.
It has not been a good week. I can’t explain it. It is one of those weeks that a strange feeling of depression sits in my soul like the sludge in a car’s oil pan. I just keep moving forward. It will pass. By the end of the week, I started felling a little better about myself.
Roads are sill closed here in the northern part of Illinois after the rains of last week. So many people lost so much. The important part is no one, as far as I know, was hurt or killed. I do know a few people who lost so much because of flooding.
JEFF ON SCIENCE
You know, I wish I would stop hearing about what Dark Matter might be, and just tell me what it actually is once you figure it out. In fact, that goes for a cure for cancer and new battery technology. Stop saying, “we might be onto the answer, but it is five to ten years away” and just tell me what you’ve actually got it.
Sunday’s podcast will be on the famous Flatwoods monster. For the record, I don’t believe in this mythical beast, but there are many who do.
JEFF ON FOOD
Is there any better snack food that Tostitos? I hope they are healthy because I eat a crap load of them. The best is when you get a real salty one, you know. What is also excellent is Cheez-It! Cheez-It’s are fantastic when you are driving and having trouble staying awake. I once drove from the Black Hills in South Dakota all night to get home to northern Illinois. Cheez-It kept me awake. I hope Cheez-It are healthy as well. And no, I am not going to research these amazing foods. AS long as I think they are healthy, they are.
JEFF ON LIFE
The other day I went out with a group of people from work and had lunch. My boss picked up the bill. I had a FREE lunch. Yeah, genius, don’t tell me there is no such thing as a free lunch; I had one.
JEFF ON HISTORY
I’m thinking about the old west. It seems every film about the old west I see has a dirty saloon. You know, a long wooden bar, usually with a mirror behind it, little wooden tables with poker being played, and maybe a player piano. These saloons are a staple of films about the old west. My first thought was, did these places really exist? I wonder! But more importantly, if they were a real part of every western town, how bad did they smell? Really! It must have been awful. Think about it, cowboys, fur trappers, lumberjacks, miners, gamblers, and others, men who probably haven’t showered in weeks or months crowded in a little wooden structure with no real ventilation, drinking cheap booze.
And that is another thing, what did they drink? In the westerns, it was beer of whiskey. Whiskey maybe, but beer, with a beautiful golden color and thick frosty head, I don’t think so! First of all, they had no refrigeration. So, if they had beer, it was warm. Second, beer making was not what it is today. The might golden beer that Bud and Miller sell didn’t happen to after prohibition. I read somewhere that they made beer from anything they could find and hopes were not something they heard of.
Well, I’ve got to go. Can’t sit here all day typing the day away,
The Ramblings of Old Man Kelley – Jeff to my friends!
OK first of all, I’ve got the cure for depression! Duck Soup. Yes, the Marx Brother’s Duck Soup! If Duck Soup doesn’t cheer you up, well then, seek professional help!
“I’d be unworthy of the high trust that’s been placed in me if I didn’t do everything in my power to keep our beloved Freedonia in peace with the world. I’d be only too happy to meet with Ambassador Trentino, and offer him on behalf of my country the right hand of good fellowship. And I feel sure he will accept this gesture in the spirit of which it is offered. But suppose he doesn’t. A fine thing that’ll be. I hold out my hand and he refuses to accept. That’ll add a lot to my prestige, won’t it? Me, the head of a country, snubbed by a foreign ambassador. Who does he think he is, that he can come here, and make a sap of me in front of all my people? Think of it – I hold out my hand and that hyena refuses to accept. Why, the cheap four-flushing swine, he’ll never get away with it I tell you, he’ll never get away with it.” – Rufus T. Firefly
I am writing about Duck Soup because my wonderful wife bought me the first five Marx Brother’s films On Blu-ray! NICE! Cocoanuts, Animal Crackers, Monkey Business, Horse Feathers and Duck Soup! That was the Golden age of the brothers!
And I don’t care what you say; they were never the same without Zeppo!
The problem with the later MGM films was that Irving Thalberg wanted a plot. To hell with that! They didn’t need a plot. OF course, they left Paramount because they were not getting paid, but you can’t have everything.
Enough about The Marx Brothers!
Margaret Dumont was awesome as well! Opps, talking about those guys again!
So, I’ve been doing a bit of gardening lately. Oh, you are saying, big deal! Well it is. Old Man Kelley doesn’t do gardening…until now. I am doing a video on my gardening adventure and will be posting it soon in the video section
You know that time of the day that is too late for coffee but too early for beer?
We’ve had a lot of rain here in Chicagoland. My home is OK, but I’ve got some friends who are not so lucky!
My script for my latest film, The Elgin Dead, has finally been sent to the actors. I still don’t have a lead actor, but hopefully get someone soon. It’s a sweet part. The film should be about 20 minutes long. I guess the kids these days call that a short. And should I really call it a film? There will be no celluloid used in the making of this video. More on this later,
Well, I’ve got to go. Can’t sit here all day typing away.