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Inspirations to the Used n Abused CD #5

IT DOESN'T MATTER - . IT STARTS OUT WITH A PERSON WHO I BECME FRIENDS WITH. WE BOTH PLYED GUITAR BUT HE SANG. WE STRTED GOING 2 JAMS 2GTHER N THAT'S HOW WE CAME TO KNOW EACH OTHER. 1 DAY I ASKED HIM IF HE WOULD PLAY ON 1 OF MY SONGS AND HE SAID HE WOULD I SENT IT2HIM AND HE MULLED IT OVER FOR A FEW WEEKS BUT COULDN'T FIND THE TIME TO DO ANYTHING WITH IT (AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT I THINK IT WAS). 1 DAY WE DECIDED 2GO2 A JAM IN SN BERNARDINO THAT THE LA BLUES SOCIETY WAS HOLDING AT RAY'S DOWNTOWN DELI. I WAS SUPPOSED TO MAKE IT TO HIS HOUSE N WE WOULD GO FRM THERE. IT TOOK ME 3 HRS TO GET TO HIS HOUSE N FRM THERE IT WAS ANOTHER 1 1/2 TO PLAY. SO WE GET THERE AND WE PLAY N EVERYONE'S HAVING A GOOD TIME AND HE TELLS ME I'M GOING 2HAVE2 FIND A RIDE HOME. SO I STARTED ASKING AROUND 2 SEE IF ANYONE WAS GOING MY WAY. I ASKED MOST OF THE MUSICIANS N MANY IF NOT ALL WERE FROM THAT AREA SO NO LUCK. i ASKED LAURIE MAURER WHO HEADS THE BLUES SOCIETY N SHE SAID SHE COULDN'T HELP ME. SO I TELL MY 'FRIEND' THAT I CANNOT GET A RIDE BACK AND HE SAYS, 'YOU'RE GOING 2HAVE2.' SO WE CHATTER BACK N FORTH 4 A WHILE N HE DECIDES TO TAKE ME BACK 2 THE AREA WHERE HE LIVES BUT TAKES ME 2 A SUPERMARKET PARKING LOT N SAYS 'GET OUT.' I ASKED HIM 2 AT LEAST TAKE ME2THE BUS STATION - AT THIS POINT I KNOW I'M SLEEPING OUTSIDE AT THE STATION-IT WAS SUNDAY N ALREADY LATE SO I FIGURE UNDER A CANOPY ON A HARD BENCH. BUT HE WOULDN'T TAKE ME2THE STATION. HE WOULD LOOK IN2 HIS REARVIEW MIRROR LOOKING FOR ANY1 FOLLOWING N KEPT TELLING ME TO GET OUT N I KEPT ASKING HIM2AT LEAST TAKE ME2THE STATION BUT THE ANSWER WAS STILL 'NO.' AT THIS POINT HIS WIFE TURNS TO ME N SAYS, 'JUST GET OUT.' SO I DID. I HAD NO IDEA WHERE I WAS OR WHERE THE STATION WAS SO I STARTED WALKING. I CAME2A STORE WHERE THERE WAS SOME CONSTRUCTION GOING ON N OFFERED MY LABOR 2THE CHINAMAN IN CHARGE. HE ASKED ME HOW MUCH I NEEDED N I SAID $20 AND HE TOLD ME HE COULDN'T HELP ME. SO I KEPT WALKING. MUST HAVE WALKED TEN MILES (NOT EXAGERATING) LOOKING FOR A BUS STOP THAT WOULD AT LEAST GET ME NEAR MY HOME. I STOPPED IN AT A RESTAURANT. ALL I REMEMBER WAS THAT IT WAS ON FOOTHILL BLVD. N THE MOTIF WAS THE COLOR RED. IT WAS AN UPSCALE RESTAURANT THAT WOULD SERVE A NICE PRIME. I WALKED IN N THEY WERE PLAYING KARIOKE SO I ASKD THE BARTENDR IF I COULD PLAY A FEW SONGS4SOME MONEY N EXPLAINED MY SITUATION. SHE WAS SO KOOL; SHE SAID I DIDN'T HAVE2 N SHE GAVE ME FORTY DOLLARS N TOLD ME2KICK BACK HOWEVER LONG I WANTED. I THANKED HER N DECIDED 2 LEAVE BECAUSE I NEEDED 2 FIND A BUS THAT WOULD TAKE ME HOME. SO I KEPT WALKING N CAME TO A LIQUOR STORE WHERE I BOUGHT DONUTS AND A DRINK N KEPT WALKING. A COUPLE MILES DOWN THE ROAD I FIND WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR: A BUS STOP FOR A BUS THAT I TOOK TO KIRKY AND JODILYNN GALT'S HOME. WASN'T GOING TO MENTION ANY NAMES BUT FUCK IT. AT LEAST I KNEW I COULD GET HOME AT THIS POINT BUT I'M EXHAUSTED N COLD..I WAS WEARING SHORTS, MY HOODIE N CARRYING ALL MY GEAR. I LOOK AROUND N THERE'S A MALL WHERE MORE CONSTRUCTION WAS GOING ON N AGAIN OFFERED MY SERVICES JUST SO I COULD STAY AWAKE N STAY WARM BUT AGAIN THEY SAY NO. SO NOW I'M LOOKING FOR A PLACE TO SLEEP. I SEE THE PERFECT SPOT; UNDER THE PATIO OF 1 OF THE UNITS IN A CORNER. I TOOK MY GUITAR OUTTA MY GIGBAG N COVERED MYSELF UP TIL I FELL ASLEEP (PROLLY @ 3AM). WOKE UP AT @4:30AM N IT WAS STILL DARK BUT COULD SEE THAT DAYLIGHT WAS NOT2FAR OFF. GRABBED MY STUFF N WENT2GO SIT BY THE BUSSTOP WHERE I FELL ASLEEP AGAIN ONLY TO BE AWAKENED BY THE BUS! CAN'T A GUY GET ANY SLEEP AROUND HERE!?! ANYWY, I NEVER GOT THE SONG BACK SO I FINISHED IT MYSELF N HERE I AM WRITING ABOUT THIS HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE FOR THE USED N ABUSED THEME.

inspirations to the Used n Abused CD #4

***FIRE IN THE BASEMENT - MARK ANDERSON WROTE THE MELODY LINE TO THIS ONE. CATCHY TUNE THIS IS. I HAD THIS ONE IN THE VAULT. WASN'T SURE WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO WITH IT AND ONE AFTERNOON MARK GETS IN TOUCH WITH ME AND SAYS HE WANTS TO COLLABORATE. SO I SEND HIM THIS TUNE. IT WAS REALLY ROUGH AND SLOPPY. I WAS ALMOST EMBARRASSED TO SEND IT TO HIM BUT I THOUGHT I WOULD CLEAN IT UP AFTER HE DID HIS THING. A COUPLE OF MONTHS LATER I'M TRYING TO GET A HOLD OF MARK ASKING HIM WHERE THE SONG WAS AND HE WRITES BACK THAT HE WAS REALLY BUSY AND HE WOULD HAVE IT SOON. A COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER HE'S CALLING ME ASKING IF WE CAN GET TOGETHER AND WORK ON THE SONG AND I'M LIKE, 'I AM SO SWAMPED RIGHT NOW.' A COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER I'M ON HIM ASKING HIM IF HE'S GOT THE SONG READY AND HE'S BUSY. IT WAS A SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND I GET A CALL FORM, YOU GUESSED IT, MARK AND HE'S SO EXCITED ALMOST YELLING THROUGH THE PHONE, 'I GOT IT, I GOT IT!' HE HAD THE IDEA TO THE SONG AND HE'S SINGING IT TO ME OVER THE PHONE AND HE'S SO EXCITED THAT HE GOT ME GOING ASLO. I'M LIKE, 'COOL, LETS DO IT!' AS IT TURNS OUT WE HAD TO REARRANGE THE SONG TO FIT THE WORDS MARK HAD SO WE SPENT ONE SATURDAY AFTERNOON REARRANGING THE SONG, PROGRAMMING THE DRUMS AND RECORDING A ROUGH TAKE. MARK IS A GREAT SONGWRITER. IF YOU HAVEN'T HEARD HIS STUFF GO TO http://www.reverbnation.com/marksigmundanderson AND CHECK IT OUT. I LOVE THIS TUNE AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN PLAY IT LIVE FOR YOU ONE DAY. I HAVE MARK'S CD 'BACK FROM THE EDGE' AND I CAN TELL YOU THE FIRST EIGHT TRACKS ARE GREAT! HE IS A VERY PASSIONATE SINGER AND SONGWRITER AND YOU CAN HEAR IT COMING THROUGH ON THIS TRACK..NOT TOO SHABBY MARK. ***AIRES - SHORT FOR BUENOS AIRES. I HEAR IT'S A BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO VISIT. PAUL KILLIAN PLAYS ON THIS TRACK WITH ME. I MET PAUL AT A CLUB WHERE I GOT TO WATCH HIM PERFORM AND WAS IMPRESSED WITH HIS PLAYING; BLUESY, WITH A MODERN FEEL IS THE BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE PAUL. I ASKED HIM TO PLAY ON THE TRACK BECAUSE I HAD AN IDEA FOR A SONG; TO DISTINGUISH TWO SEPARATE GUITAR STYLES. ONE TAKING THE BEGINNING OF THE SONG, THE OTHER GUITAR DOING THE SECOND PART AND THEN BOTH GUITARS COMING TOGETHER IN THE END SHREDDING AWAY TO THE FINALE. I WAS ORIGINALLY WAS GOING TO ASK A FEMALE GUITAR SHREDDER FROM ARGENTINA BUT THINGS GOT COMPLICATED AND IT NEVER MATERIALIZED, BUT PAUL DID A GREAT JOB AND WHEN IT WAS ALL SAID N DONE, I WAS HAPPY WITH THE OUTCOME.

inspirations to the Used n Abused CD #3

***AYERS - AYERS ROCK, THE WORLDS LARGEST MONOLITH AND AN ABORIGINAL SACRED SITE IS AUSTRALIA'S MOST FAMOUS NATURAL LANDMARK. THAT BEING SAID, THIS SONG LEADS US ON ANOTHER ROAD TRIP TO SUNNY SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA. I MET A GREAT COUPLE FROM AUSTRALIA WHO KNEW SAN DIEGO BETTER THAN WE DID. WE WERE THERE FOR THE WEEKEND AND THEY ENDED UP SHOWING US AROUND DURING THE DAY AND THEN DANCED TO OUR MUSIC DURING OUR SET AT NIGHT. IT WAS FUNNY THAT WE WERE TOGETHER FOR THREE DAYS AND I DIDN'T EVEN GET A NAME. WE WOULD YELL OUT, 'HEY,' OR 'DUDE' AND GO FROM THERE. THE LADY WOULD CALL US HUN OR SWEETHEART. WE LEFT THAT WEEKEND FEELING PRETTY GOOD BUT FEELING SAD THAT WE HAD TO SAY GOODBYE. ABOUT THREE WEEKS LATER WE GOT TO PLAY AT THE SAME LITTLE BAR AND WHO DO YOU THINK WAS THERE? HUN!!! ONLY THIS TIME THEY WERE PLASTERED, DRUNK OFF THEIR ASSES WHICH MADE IT A LITTLE MORE INTERESTING. STILL HAD A GREAT TIME. WASN'T GOING TO SAY ANYTHING BUT I THINK HUN GOT SICK BY THE BIG DUMPSTER OUT BACK. ***E.O.S. (EXTRAORDINARY SACRIFICE) - THIS ONE BELONGS TO OUR TROOPS. THEY TRUELY SACRIFICE WHAT OTHERS CANNOT EVEN DREAM. THE SHIT THESE GUYS GO THROUGH AND THEN HAVE TO COME HOME TO OUR CRAP. SOME OF THESE GUYS N GALS ARE GETTING LIMBS BLOWN OFF. CAN YOU IMAGINE GETTING A FUCKING LIMB BLOWN OFF! I CANNOT. WHAT ABOUT WATCHING ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS GET BLOWN TO PIECES. WHAT DOES THAT DO TO A PERSON MENTALLY? AND THEY STILL HAVE THE COURAGE TO CONTINUE. MY HAT (GUITAR) GOES OUT TO THEM. ***MISTAKEN IDENTITY - EVER HAVE SOMEONE COME UP TO YOU AND SAY, 'AREN'T YOU SO-N-SO?' OR HOW YOU READ IN THE PAPER THAT SOMEONE HAS SPENT TWENTY YEARS IN PRISON AND THEY'RE JUST FINDING OUT THAT HE/SHE DIDN'T COMMIT THE CRIME. HOW DO YOU REPAY SOMEONE FOR TWENTY YEARS OF LIFE? YOU CAN'T. THEN WE HAVE LAWYERS, DA'S AND JUDGES PLAYING GOD WITH PEOPLES LIVES. LAWYERS WITH CHIPS ON THEIR SHOULDERS, ON HEADTRIPS WANTING ONLY A NOTCH IN THEIR BELT AND OF COURSE A PAYCHECK. CAN'T FORGET THE PAYCHECK. FUCK THE INNOCENT GUY IN PRISON. DON'T GIVE A SHIT AS LONG AS THEY HAVE THEIR PAYCHECK. I'VE HEARD OF LAWYERS DOING SEXUAL FAVORS TO PUT SOMEONE IN JAIL ALSO AND THEN THEY THINK THEMSELVES HIGH AND MIGHTY. THEN YOU HAVE THE TEMPLE CITY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT BEATING UP INNOCENT PEOPLE AND HIDING BEHIND THE SYSTEM LIKE COWARDS (CHECK OUT JUNE 15TH, 2005 AT 11:30PM IN THE CITY OF SOUTH SAN GABRIEL {HELLMAN AND SAN GABRIEL}). TO YOU PEOPLE I SAY FUCK YOU! ***ME AND YOU - THIS IS FOR YOU AND THAT SPECIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE. I HOPE YOU SOAR THROUGH THE AIR LIKE EAGLES IN FLIGHT. AND FOR YOU WHO DO NOT HAVE THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE, BE PATIENT, THEY'S ON THEIR WAY.

Inspirations to the Used n Abused CD #2

***THE TICK - IN CONTINUING WITH THE 'USED N ABUSED' THEME OF THIS RECORDING, THIS ONE GOES OUT TO ALL THE BLOOD-SUCKING, INCONSIDERATE AND HYPOCRITE MO-FO'S WHO CLAIM RELIGION AS THEIR CHOSEN PATH IN LIFE BUT LIE, CHEAT AND STEAL WHEN NO ONE'S LOOKING..AFTERALL, 'IN GOD THEY TRUST.' ***THE JEALOUS ONE - I HAD A ROOMMATE WHEN I HAD JUST GOTTEN OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL WHO WAS THE NICEST GUY YOU COULD EVER MEET. IF HE HAD IT AND YOU NEEDED IT, HE WOULD GLADLY GIVE IT TO YOU. ONLY THING WAS HE WAS SABATOGING ALL MY WORK BEHIND MY BACK. HE HAD PEOPLE WORKING FOR HIM THAT WOULD GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE LIFE UNPLEASANT AT ALL TIMES FOR ME. I LATER FOUND OUT FROM A CLOSE RELATIVE OF HIS THAT HE WAS A JEALOUS PERSON OF SORTS. HE WANTED EVERYTHING OTHERS HAD AND DIDN'T WANT THEM TO HAVE IT. HE WOULD TAKE (STEAL) THINGS FROM ME; PAPER, NOTES, ADDRESSES, APPOINTMENTS, PENS, CLOTHES-ANYTHING HE COULD GET HIS HANDS ON. I LATER FOUND OUT HE WAS STEALING MONEY FROM HIS KIDS BANK ACCOUNT. CAN YOU BELEIVE THAT SHIT? DAMN, WHERE DO I MEET THESE PEOPLE?! ***IT'S COLD OUT - THIS TITLE HAS A LITERAL MEANING TO IT; I WAS COMING HOME ONE WINTER NIGHT FROM PLAYING AT A CLUB IN LOS ANGELES AND IT WAS EFIN COLD. I HAD ISCICLES FORMING WHERE THERE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ANY (OK I DIDN'T BUT IT SURE FELT LIKE IT). THE MOON WAS FULL AND THE CLOUDS SEEM TO SURROUND IT EVER SO GENTLY..KINDA LIKE IN A HORROR MOVIE SCENE... BUT YOU KNOW SOMETHING, EVEN IF IT'S ONE HUNDRED DEGREES OUT AND YOU'RE NOT GETTING TREATED RIGHT, IT'S STILL COLD OUT. ***IN YOUR ROOM - THIS HAPPENED ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS IN SAN JOSE ON A LITTLE 5 DAY ROAD TRIP WITH THE BOYS IN THE BAND. WE HAD JUST FINISHED UP OUR SET AT THE MOONSHINE SALOON WHEN A YOUNG LADY APPROACHED ME AND COMMENTED ON HOW GOOD OUR PLAYING WAS (SORRY, NOT TOUTING OUR OWN HORN). SHE BOUGHT EVERYONE IN THE BAND A DRINK AND WE ACCEPTED APPRECIATEVLY. AFTER THE DRINK THE OTHER GUYS DECIDED TO GO TO ANOTHER PLACE TO HAVE MORE DRINKS BUT I STAYED AROUND TO DANCE A LITTLE BIT WITH THE GAL. ONE THING LED TO ANOTHER AND WE ENDED UP AT HER PLACE (IN HER ROOM). IT WAS WIERD BECAUSE THERE WAS NO SEXUAL TENSION. WE SAT THERE AND TALKED ALL NIGHT. AS IT TURNED OUT SHE WAS TRIPPIN ON THE WHOLE CHRISTIANITY THING (I DIDN'T FIND OUT TIL ABOUT 5:30AM) AND SHE STARTS TO TRY AND TELL ME WHY I NEEDED TO BE SAVED (WHATEVER THAT MEANS). I LAUGHED, HAD ANOTHER BEER AND FELL ASLEEP. AROUND 9AM MY PHONE RINGS AND THE GUYS ARE WONDERING WHERE I WAS AT. WE MET UP AROUND 12PM AND I FELL ASLEEP IN THE VAN TIL AROUND 5 THAT EVENING, PLAYED THAT NIGHT TIL 1:30AM AND STARTED THE TREK HOME. I HOPE SHE READS THIS AND GETS IN TOUCH WITH ME. I LOVE THESE SMALL TOWNS. ***NO POSERS ALLOWED - HAHAHA..KICK ASS ROCK N ROLL..PLAY IT OR GET OUT!!

Inspiration to the Used n Abused CD

***USED N ABUSED - THIS ONE GOES OUT TO ALL THE WORKING PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO TOIL ENDLESSLY 40 PLUS HOURS A WEEK. SOMETIMES THE BOSS GETS ON YOUR CASE FOR NO REASON OR THE CO-WORKER IS BUGGIN YOU. THE FAMILY DOESN'T APPRECIATE YOU OR WHAT YOU DO. AS IN THE THEME OF THE CD, THE DEVIL MIGHT BE AFTER YOUR ASS. IN ANY CASE, PLAY THIS SONG LOUD AND TELL EVERYONE TO 'STICK IT!' ***BIRTHDAY - WE RE-MIXED THIS ONE BECAUSE IT WAS A LITTLE LOOSE AND ALSO BECAUSE I HAD A NEW IDEA OR TWO THAT WOULD MAKE IT SOUND BETTER AND TIGHTER. I HOPE YOU LIKE IT. ***CRAZY FINGERS - THIS SONG IS ABOUT AN EVENING A FEW YEARS AGO. I HAD GONE TO A JAM SESSION AND WAS PICKING UP MY THINGS AFTER PLAYING WHEN A GAL, WHO WAS OUT OF TOWN, CAME UP TO ME AND TOLD ME I PLAYED REALLY FAST; THAT I HAD CRAZY FINGERS AND THAT THAT WAS A GOOD THING. SHE INVITED ME TO HAVE A FEW DRINKS AND THE REST IS HISTORY...HAHAHA..YOU KNOW I DON'T KISS N TELL. ***IF YOU ONLY KNEW - YOU KNOW THERE'S A TIME IN EVERY RELATIONSHIP WHEN YOU HAVE TO SAY, 'THAT'S IT!' IT'S NOT HEALTHY TO STAY IN A RELATIONSHIP WHERE ONE PERSON IS TRYING TO HARM YOU. WHETHER IT BE PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY OR MENTALLY. TRYING TO TRAP YOU OR TRYING TO PUT YOU IN A LITTLE CAGE. I HAD WALKED AWAY MANY WEEKS BEFORE PHYSICALLY WALKING AWAY BUT I LEFT THE DOOR OPEN. PEOPLE CHANGE AND THEY DESERVE THAT SECOND CHANCE. WHERE WOULD YOU OR I BE WITHOUT SECOND CHANCES. WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES BUT I WILL TELL YOU THIS, IF THIS PERSON HAD KNOWN HOW I FELT ABOUT HER, SHE WOULD HAVE NOT DONE THE THINGS SHE DID. IF YOU ONLY KNEW. HIGH SCHOOL IS SUCH A CRAZY TIME

Mind Your Own Business Inspiration #4

***The Chase-This song was written in support of a very close friend of mine who was assaulted by four sheriff's deputies from the Temple City sheriff's department. That's Temple City California on June 15th 2005. It was late on this hot June day and my friend was having trouble sleeping. Stresses from work among other things were keeping him up. He had three videos that he had rented from the store and was going to return them in the morning so he decided to get on his bicycle and drop them off. He would rid himself from some stress and would not have to return the vids the next day. So at about 11:30pm he took off and made his way down San Gabriel Blvd. When he gets to Hellman and San Gabriel he notices two sheriff's cars parked at the 7-11 across the street. He didn't think anything of it as he waited for the light to turn green. As the light turned green, my friend crossed the street, one of the cars takes off and crosses the street diagonally (if someone had been coming in either direction the accident would have been a terrible one). Now at this point my friend is on the sidewalk riding and the car almost climbs the curb almost hitting my friend. The deputy gets out of his car and yells something so my friend puts his hands up in surrender (of what, I still don't know). When the first car took off, so did the second deputy, only the second deputy went around back through the other street. When my friend has his hands up, the second deputy tackles my friend from behind and three deputies jump on his back. One of them puts a knee in his back, two more grab his hands and twist them and a fourth deputy (hispanic) grabs my friend's head and slams it into the ground. They stood my friend up, cuffed him and started taunting him asking him what he was going to do about that ('that' being what they just did to him). They put him in the car and they left him there for about an hour. More deputies arrived and they all banded together talking. They took my friend in (for what is still unknown). They searched his bag and found nothing but they took him in anyway. At the station, they wanted to video him but he wouldn't let them until they told him he could tell his story if they could record it so he agreed. They left him in there all night. In the middle of the night they woke him up and told him he would have to take a drug test and that if he didn't pass, it would mean trouble. He doesn't do drugs (I know him) so he took it and I'm pretty sure it came out clean. They let him out in the morning like nothing had happened. He went back three times to get a report and they gave him the runaround saying they couldn't give him the report. My friend then filed a complaint with Gloria Molina who was the district representative at the time. He discussed the situation with an older white lady (recpetionist) who seemed stunned that something like this could happen. When he went back for a followup appointment she acted like she was going to help but was holding something back. My friend thinks someone talked to her and told her not to help him (but why?). He finally got frustrated with Gloria Molina and went to the government. He wrote letters, made phone calls and can you guess what happened? Nothing. No one helped. To the Temple City sheriff's department and to Gloria Molina, I say FUCK YOU!! About a year after this happened, I was talking to my friend and asked him what he would want to happen to these deputies and to my amazement he said, 'I would want (1) all four deputies fired (2) the accumulation of all their paychecks, including sick days and holidays from the day of the assault to the day of their would be retirement, payed out to me in one lump sum and (3) that these people never hold a government and/or union job ever again.' Seems fair to me.

Mind Your Own Business Inspiration #3

***Sai Away With Me-This song is about the 'Love of My Life.' She had everything: Beauty, brains and a great physique to boot. I would always tell her I would sail away with her any time she wanted and then we would start giggling. She was really beautiful (at least in my eyes she was). I don't think she ever believed me when I told her that I thought she was beautiful but I would tell her anyway. One day she came and told me that she was going to sail away and that she wanted me to go with her. I couldn't. I really wished that I could have but I had too much going on at the time so we parted. We kept in touch for a little while, but like most long distance relationships, we slowly drifted apart (kinda ironic, don't you think?). We sailed in separate directions. I still think about her a lot. Especially when I'm alone and in a writing mood. I really thought she was the one. Lesson learned: If you're going to sail away with someone...DO IT!! Don't wait. Pack the car, pop in my CD and head on out to the highway before she gets away.

***Mary-This song was written for a very close friend of my mothers who had breast cancer. It is a sad not that she never got hear it.

Mind Your Own Business Inspiration #2

***Relax-I was once standing on the bridge in East Los Angeles that overlooks the 5fwy at rush hour. I started humming a tune and I just repeated it over and over. I also had my trusty recorder on me so I hummed this tune into it just to remember it for when I got home. While I was watching the traffic all I could think about was that 'ol adage that goes, 'Stop and smell the flowers once in a while.' I realized that most people have never stopped to smell the flowers. They are always hustlin' and bustlin' trying to get to work so they can make the money to pay for their SUV's or Cadillac's and trying to outdo the Jones'. I am sorry to say that I think most people will never stop to smell the flowers. There are so many flowers in so many places, even where the people work at, and they still don't stop. My grandmother, who raised me from when I was about 2years old, would always tell me that there was a lot of bad in this world and to watch out, but that if I looked hard enough, I could find the good too and to be grateful for it. Very wise lady, my grandmother: I miss her dearly.

***Black Cobra Funk-This song was a funky little tune that used to be a warmup/practice riff that I played all the time. One day I wasn't doing much and started playing with it. I added a few things here and there and the drums just took it over the top. Turned out to be one of my favorites.

***Rock My Boat-This one goes out to our service men and women. Can't say enough about them. You guys do us proud. You do so much for our country and we can't thank you enough. We love and appreciate it every day and I hope you never forget that. You are the best! Just ask Bin Laden! BAM! You know, this song should have been called 'I dare you to Rock My Boat.' Whether you drive an Abrams tank, cruise around in a Nemitz, fly around in an F-35 or light up the bad guys with 50 caliber Barrett, we are the best in the world because of You! Thank you.

***Remember-For those of you who know me, you know I like to read poems. My nanna got me started on them when I was a little boy and I grew to like them. A few years ago I was reading a collection of poems (ironic that I cannot remember the name of the book), and at the end of the book, there some quotes by some famous people and some not so famous people. One of these quotes was called 'Remember' and what it basically says is that you should forget the bad things that people do and try and remember the good. Easier said than done but I try.

***Bonita-This one was inspired by a lost love a few years ago. We had met in school and hit it off right away. We didn't have much in common but we got along so well. We jelled so perfectly, kinda like finding that person that you spoon with perfectly. She was very pretty hence the song title. For those of you who don't know, bonita means pretty girl or pretty woman in latin. I was so smitten, so head-over-heels that I wrote this song. She had to move away and when she told me, we both sat and cried for two hours. As it turns out she never heard the song. She had to leave before it was finished and I lost contact. I do remember her smile very vividly, as if she was still with me. I wonder if she would know the song was about her if she heard it.

Mind Your Own Business Inspiration #1

***The Mars Rover-The Mars Rover was inspired by the Mars Rover (Dah!). Fascinating how we can send a robot up into outer space to Mars to bring back information about the planet. Watching the news while the Rover was up in space was a daily ritual, then everything started going wrong. The Rover got stuck and couldn't transmit, then they couldn't locate him. About two weeks later he starts beeping again and everyone got happy again and were cheering him on. Not sure but I think he made it back home.

***Take A Hit-Take A Hit is about a time (one time) that I smoked pot. I was about 11 years old and a buddy of mine (who is still a good friend) had gotten a 'J' from his older sister.He showed it to me and said he wanted to try it, so we did. At first nothing happened but slowly we started trippin'. We started hearing noises and freaked out when the wind blew some leaves past our way. We hugged each other like we were going to die. Then the cat was startled and we must have jumped ten feet in the air screaming to the same tune as the cat. If you listen closely to the song, around :45 seconds before the ending, you can hear a change in the 'texture' of the song. That represents the cat screaching and two, eleven year olds screaming bloody murder. Hehehehehehe, I can laugh now but back then, that was a harrowing experience.

***Glad You Came By-I write a lot about past girlfriends and experiences and this is no exception! About 5 years ago I was madly in love with a cute white girl and I think she was madly in love with me: At least that's what she told me so lets just go with it. I was always glad to see her and I told her that one day. About a week later she surprised me by popping in unannounced. I was taken aback because she wasn't the type to just show up like that. We had so much fun that day. We went shopping for what seemed hours then we stopped and had lunch. Went to the park and fell asleep on the grass. When we woke up neither wanted to go back home so we went and got coffee and just talked for hours then went and had dinner at a really nice restaurant. Afterward we saw a movie and then played around in the theater like two teenagers. When we got home we were both so worked up, we made sweet passionate love for ....well, you get the idea....it was one of the best days of my life.

***A Walk In The Park-Another 'girlfriend' themed song. When I was twenty seven, I had a really hott girlfriend who was twenty three. She was gorgeous (at least I thought). She was very pretty, about my height, slender with a heart-shaped tushi. She had big, round blue eyes that made me melt every time I looked into them. One Sunday I surprised her by calling her up and telling her to be ready. I went to Subway and bought a couple of sandwiches and drinks, grabbed a blanket, picked her up and we went to sit at the park. I thought I was in a fairytale. It was so perfect: Beautiful girl, food, and drink. All we needed was the music (hence this song). We sat there for a little bit and then decided to take a walk. As we were walking I told her that it felt like we were in a movie (referring to how perfect things seemed) and she started laughing then I started laughing....it was a perfect walk in the park.

***Mind Your Own Business-The title track to the CD, this song goes out to all those people who feel themselves worthy to judge you. The person or persons who feel themselves worthy enough to spread unsubstantiated rumors. People who call themselves your friend and then say attrocities about you when you're not around. To all those hypocrites that tell you how to run your life and what you should and should not do, but can't even run their own lives. To all these folks I say FUCK YOU!

Blue Waters Inspirations #2

Starting To Rain: The rain brings back memories of when I was little kid growing up with my four siblings and being cooped up at my auntie's house in Ventura, whom I loved dearly. She would go out of her way to make it fun for us kids since we couldn't go out to play. We all learned how to bake, sew, make paper boats and worst of all, clean toilets. I loved my auntie and see her every chance I get. Toy Soldier: This song is dedicated to all our servicemen and women who without, we wouldn't be able to rock the way this great country rocks!! Montecito Burns: We had gone on one of our many camping trips to Yosemite and had set up camp near a stream. About two hours in, they evacuated everyone because of a brushfire. Now, when I was writing the song, I couldn't come up with a name for it but while I sat in front of the television set trying to think of a name, the Montecito fires of '09 were in full force. Falling In Love: This song is about the first time I fell in love. She was beautiful (aren't they all?). All I could think about was her. Day and night and when we were together it was just as awesome. I loved everything about her: the way she smelled, the way she laughed, even the way she chewed her food. She moved away to go to school in another state and it took me two years to get over her. Splendor In The Grass: This song's inspiration stems from a picnic with my special girl at the park that turned out to be a little more than a picnic. =]~