in a while, I’m embarrassed to say, I get into political/philosophical discussions
on Facebook. Every time I do, I try to be the measured, calm, non-name-calling one,
and I’m usually successful. Of course, truth be told, in the face of the huge
amount of condescending vitriol that is slung daily across the interwebs, especially
in this Presidential Campaign Season, when you act like YOU’RE the calm, sensible
one, it is, in itself, a form of condescension - the best example of that being
Reagan’s famous “There you go again” smackdown
of Jimmy Carter, complete with bemused head-shake.
A perfect illustration of my affliction (shared by so many)
is this cartoon. It is by Randall Munroe. Those of us who write
(and who are less disciplined than my director-writer friend Mark Steilen. I don’t think
he has ever even looked at Facebook.) know only too well that every moment spent
cyber-arguing with some blowhard (it’s always the other guy who’s the
blowhard) is time spent not writing. So you get the double-whammy of realizing that
you’ve not only sunk into the quicksand of a pointless Facebook argument,
but you’re also not getting your job done at the same time. Multi-tasking!
I AM TURNING
This November. It’s true. Yes, here I am a showbiz professional (a term
of indefinite meaning these days), admitting that I am actually this age. If you know my songs at
all, you know that I’m not hiding anything, my age is my “hook.” I realize this is going
to ruin my chances at being the next teen sensation. Oh well.
My wife asked me what I wanted
to do for my birthday. I said what I would really like to do is a birthday concert.
The last time I did a full show, with just me and my band (folks like Scott Breadman, Steve Deutsch, and others), was last
February at the Fremont Centre Theatre, and I had a blast, so this seems like a
good reason to do one again.
I will send out more details, but for those of you who might
ever have thought to themselves, “You know, I’d like to go out and see
Gary play sometime, but I just haven’t had the chance,” Well, this is
the one to be at, I gar-ron-tee! I’m shooting for
November 17th. I’ll send more details as soon as they come together.
Feel free to drop me a line if you have any thoughts about it, or you want to make
sure you’re specially notified: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are upcoming
gigs for September.
9/10 - I’m the musical entertainment, appearing with
Kelly Carlin, and “TV’s Frank” Conniff at
the Independent Investigations Group (IIG) Awards,
Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood
Blvd. Reception starts at 7pm. Admission is free, although donations are encouraged.
6pm PDT I’m being interviewed for 2 hours at Indie Showcase.
You can listen live, and join in the chatroom. If you can’t listen live,
a podcast will be available shortly after. Indie Showcase
consists of volunteer DJ's all over the world, and runs 24/7/365 in all time zones.
- Another HELLSTOCK, the great Skip Heller and me doing our own stuff
and trading covers at Rafa’s Lounge 9pm 1836 W. Sunset
Blvd., LA, (213) 413-4464. Special guest, Lydia Ooghe!
9/21 – 8:30 Third Friday Salon
at the Rapp Saloon. It’s Elena Secota’s
spoken-word, poetry-slam evening with some of LA’s best writers. I’ll
be appearing with Carrie White, and one of LA’s best-loved poets, the great
Michael C. Ford!
9/27 - Sit 'n' Spin Comedy
Central; Stage @ Hudson Theatre 6359 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 90038. It's
FREE, but it fills up so reservations are suggested. Call 323-960-5519