Dance Music For Nerds


A Sunday morning song; remember when we were young?
6/20/2010, 11:40 am
Filed under: Frustrations, Music, Nostalgia, Social

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Remember when we were young
How you asked everyone to marry you
All of those songs we sung
Changing all the words you used to make the heroine die
Why

Remember when we were right
God threw his darts at stars in the night
I had a kite
You had a trampoline and a BMX bike
You didn’t even like

I don’t want to say it’s breaking my heart
And I don’t know where to start
Old friends are falling apart
Time like the name of a man
Covered and we both can whine
I miss the straight, straight lines

The old times

Remember when we got caught
Dirty hands and make-believe drugs
We never got
Give me all your money
Bank robbers and cowboy cops
Make-believe rocks

Remember when we held hands
Red rover and marching band
You had a tan
Staying outside that long’s gonna make you man
Never going back, never going back again

I don’t want to say it’s breaking my heart
And I don’t know where to start
Old friends are falling apart
Time like the name of a man
Covered and we both can whine
I miss the straight, straight lines

The old times
The old times
Remember when we were young
Remember when we were young

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Carol has great taste in music
5/9/2010, 12:10 pm
Filed under: Happy!, Music, Social

Thank goodness for friends that take the time to keep me informed/burn me mix CD’s. Here is one of my faves from Ms. Werdel’s latest creation:

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We’ve got one more to go
And the last one was a mistake
I’d pour you another
But I think I heard the bottle break
On the bedroom floor
And we’ll count the hours awake
‘Cause I see no sense in sleeping
Only to wake up much too late
Oh, Anna Leigh, it’s not that I’m scared, I’ve got to
Wait for the air to call you

Lalita, don’t you hate these kisses?
I know that we’re not in
But we’re in love with everyone that is
We’re talking tiny conversations
Like they’re harmless
Oh, don’t you know that I know it’s a sin?

We’ve got one more to go
An the last one nearly killed me
I’m talking to the devil but
I think I heard an angel sing (la la la)
And this year has just begun
So don’t count your blessings yet
Let’s take a walk, but I think we’d better watch our step
Oh, Anna Leigh, lay down beside me
I’m in need of rest
I’m looking for a hand to guide me
Far away from the rest
Are we moving too fast?

Lalita, don’t you hate these kisses?
I know that we’re not in
But we’re in love with everyone that is
I’m making tiny compositions
And though they’re charmless
I’m hoping that they’ll bring you back again

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I got my baby, my sugar
3/12/2010, 9:15 am
Filed under: Happy!, Music

Took a little liberty with the lyrics, mostly changing the “he’s” to “she’s”

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Sugar, I got my baby
My sugar, I never made me my sugar
That sugar baby of mighty special passion
Funny, you never asked for my money
All that I get from you is honey
That she can spend anytime.
I get a million sips from her lips
If I were a bee,
Because she’s sweeter than chocolate candy to me.
She’s confectionary sugar.
I’d never cheat on my sugar
Coz I’m too sweet on my sugar,
That sugar baby of mine

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Suck It!
3/12/2010, 8:59 am
Filed under: Frustrations, Geek-Out, Happy!, Job, School

I am in, I am in, I am in!
A dream that started in 7th grade and was put on hold for far too long has finally started to become a reality.
From a double-wide in Mill Creek to a grad student at Duke University, it seems like I have lived several lifetimes during the intervening years.
Oh, and all you non-believers/haters/ex’s can suck it 🙂

Acceptance Letter



Howling from the vaults
3/9/2010, 9:22 am
Filed under: Geek-Out, Happy!, Music, Nostalgia

Digging through the crates this week, came across this album. Yes, ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ is the catchy dance song, but the record is full of 1985 goodness.

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I’m not going down on my knees,
Begging you to adore me
Can’t you see it’s misery
And torture for me
When I’m misunderstood
Try as hard as you can, I’ve tried as hard as I could
To make you see
How important it is for me

Here is a plea
From my heart to you
Nobody knows me
As well as you do
You know how hard it is for me
To shake the disease
That takes hold of my tongue
In situations like these

Understand me

Some people have to be
Permanently together
Lovers devoted to
Each other forever
Now I’ve got things to do
And I’ve said before that I know you have too
When I’m not there
In spirit I’ll be there

Here is a plea
From my heart to you
Nobody knows me
As well as you do
You know how hard it is for me
To shake the disease
That takes hold of my tongue
In situations like these.

Understand me

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We like the same things and I like your style
12/29/2009, 2:15 am
Filed under: Happy!, Music

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Why do you let me stay here
All by myself?

Why don’t you come and play here?
I’m just sitting on the shelf

Why don’t you sit right down and stay a while?
We like the same things and I like your style

It’s not a secret
Why do you keep it?
I’m just sitting on the shelf

I’ve got to get your presence
Let’s make it known
I think you’re just so pleasant
I would like you for my own

Why don’t you sit right down and make me smile?
You make me feel like I am just a child

Why do you edit?
Just give me credit
I’m just sitting on the shelf

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Once a Girl Made Me a Good Mix CD Part 2
11/8/2009, 11:06 pm
Filed under: Music, Nostalgia

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Alone on a train aimless in wonder
An outdated map crumbled in my pocket
But I didn’t care where I was going
They’re all different names for the same place.

The coast just appeared when the sea drown the summer
I’ve no words to share with anyone
The boundaries of language are quietly cursed
All the different names for the same different.

There are different names for the same things
There are different names for the same things…

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Look Homeward, Angel
10/4/2009, 4:27 pm
Filed under: Frustrations, Happy!, Nostalgia, Social

So, I traveled to my Mom’s this weekend to do stuff around her house and to meet up with old High School peeps on Saturday night. I hadn’t seen/talked to most of them in 18 years. The biggest mistake I made was going out Friday and getting wwwwaaaaayyyyyy trashed. I was out of sorts Saturday and had to fight from reverting back to high school-insecure-skulking-in-the-background Dan. I’ve spoken at conferences, met with higher-ups from county, been on TV more than once, DJ’d in front of big crowds, etc… but a hangover and old High School people are apparently all it takes for timid Dan to return. It was a little weird, a few of these people were more important to me than anything else back then; now we are telling the last 18 years in two paragraphs or less. All in all though, it was great fun and I hope to do a better job of staying in touch over the next 18 years.

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To Something and Not Away From
9/23/2009, 6:23 am
Filed under: Frustrations, Music, Nostalgia

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Disappear from your hometown
Go and find the people that you know
Show them all you good parts
Leave town when bad ones start to show
Go and wed a woman
A pretty girl that you’ve never met
Make sure she knows you love her well
But don’t make any other promises

The weight of lies will bring you down
And follow you to every town
Cause nothing happens here that doesn’t happen there
So when you run make sure you run
To something and not away from
Cause lies don’t need an aeroplane to chase you anywhere

I once heard the worse thing
A man could do is draw a hungry crowd
Tell everyone his name, pride, and confidence
But leaving out his doubt
I’m not sure I bought those words
When I was young I knew most everything
These words have never met so much to anyone
As they now mean to me

The weight of lies will bring you down
And follow you to every town
Cause nothing happens here that doesn’t happen there
So when you run make sure you run
To something and not away from
Cause lies don’t need an aeroplane to chase you down

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Hang up and run to me
8/10/2009, 4:07 pm
Filed under: Happy!, Music

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I’m in the phone booth, it’s the one across the hall.
If you don’t answer, I’ll just ring it off the wall.
I know he’s there, but I just had to call.
Don’t leave me hanging on the telephone.

I heard your mother, now she’s going out the door.
Did she go to work or just go to the store?
All those things she said, I told you to ignore.
Oh why can’t we talk again?
Oh why can’t we talk again?
Oh why can’t we talk again?
Don’t leave me hanging on the telephone.
Don’t leave me hanging on the telephone.

It’s good to hear your voice, you know it’s been so long.
If I don’t get your calls then everything goes wrong.
I want to tell you something you’ve known all along.
Don’t leave me hanging on the telephone.

I had to interrupt and stop this conversation.
Your voice across the line gives me a strange sensation.
I’d like to talk when I can show you my affection.
Oh I can’t control myself.
Oh I can’t control myself.
Oh I can’t control myself.
Don’t leave me hanging on the telephone.

Hang up and run to me.
Oh!
Hang up and run to me.
Oh!
Hang up and run to me.

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Stockholm Syndrome
7/26/2009, 10:17 pm
Filed under: Music, Nostalgia

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What’s the matter, why don’t you answer
What’s the matter with me
Cause it’s so hard to be
Free and easy, we’ll disappear completely
Hardly as I’ve known it’s glad

You’re heart is broken, and the doors are open
As you’re hoping to be
There’s brighter places to see
Hands need warning, early in the morning
Hardly as I’ve known a surprise

No, don’t warn me
I know it’s wrong, but I swear it won’t take long
And I know, you know,
It makes me sigh; I do believe in love

Another season, but the same old feelings
Another reason could be
I’m tired of aching, summer’s what you make it
But I’ll believe what I want to believe

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Nearly a year
7/15/2009, 5:13 pm
Filed under: General, Social

Wow, it has been a while. The site had been taken over by malicious code and there were thousands of spam comments. One afternoon spent upgrading WordPress has cured those woes, so it is now onward and upward.
Quick and dirty update:
Just moved into a new place…actually still moving into a new place. This is my first time living away from Cameron Village and Downtown in several years…I kind of like the new place, but I have a feeling that when the short lease is up (in December) I will be out of here.

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Every time I look at you…pins me to the ground
8/16/2008, 4:18 pm
Filed under: Happy!

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Cupid come from coffee cup
Sickly heavy heart
Semi-set adrift in your
Lifted sugar eye
Come back down I’m waiting here
And lick me with your fire
Connected silver tounges
Our lips beside

Everytime I look at you
Pins me to the ground
Mirror me your memories please
And let me help you down
Swallow me into your bed
With glimpses of your thighs
Forget your vanity
Come cupid come

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Inspiration: Obvious
6/25/2008, 7:01 am
Filed under: Music, Nostalgia, Social

My flight from Raleigh to Chicago put this song in my head.

Vocal samples of  Rickie Lee Jones, guitar samples of Pat Metheny, a song that inspires a smile as it conjures memories of many 5am’s.

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Ocrafolk 2008
6/8/2008, 8:21 am
Filed under: General, Happy!, Music, Social

Mom and I headed over for the Ocrafolk festival on Ocracoke. This is our 2nd year making the trip together, it is my 3rd Ocrafolk in a row. I caught old friend Tiffany playing and singing in her and her husband’s band the Barnraisers. She has quite the on stage persona. Below are a couple of videos of them and a couple of the Green Grass Cloggers. The first clip is a part of their semi-famous cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” There are also a lot of pictures up in the gallery.

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Why can’t we all just get along?
6/4/2008, 5:57 am
Filed under: Frustrations, Politics, Social

“All of you chose to support a candidate you believe in deeply.  But at the end of the day, we aren’t the reason you came out and waited in lines that stretched block after block to make your voice heard. You didn’t do that because of me or Senator Clinton or anyone else. You did it because you know in your hearts that at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — we cannot afford to keep doing what we’ve been doing. We owe our children a better future. We owe our country a better future. And for all those who dream of that future tonight, I say – let us begin the work together. Let us unite in common effort to chart a new course for America.”

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Everything I know about relationships I learned from They Might Be Giants
5/2/2008, 4:54 pm
Filed under: Happy!, Music, Nostalgia

Well, I talked about the part they’ve played in my life before.  On this, the 35th anniversary of a boy named Danial having his name misspelled on his birth certificate, this one is speaking to me:

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I met someone at the dog show
She was holding my left arm
But everyone was acting normal so I tried to look nonchalant.
We both said, I really love you,
The shriners loaned us cars
We raced up and down the sidewalk twenty thousand million times

Why did they send her over anyone else?
How should I react? these things happen to other people
They dont happen at all, in fact

When youre following an angel
Does it mean you have to throw your body off a building?
Somewhere theyre meeting on a pinhead
Calling you an angel, calling you the nicest things
I heard they had a space program
When they sing you cant hear, theres no air
Sometimes I think I kind of like that and
Other times I think Im already there

Gonna ask for my admission
Gonna speak to the man in charge
The secretary says hes on another line,
Can I hold for a long, long time?
I found out shes an angel
I dont think she knows I know
Im worried that something might happen to me
If anyone ever finds out

Why, why did they send her over anyone else?
How should I react? these things happen to other people
They dont happen at all

When youre following an angel
Does it mean you have to throw your body off a building?
Somewhere theyre meeting on a pinhead
Calling you an angel, calling you the nicest things
I heard they had a space program
When they sing you cant hear, theres no air
Sometimes I think I kind of like that and
Other times I think Im already there

When youre following an angel
Does it mean you have to throw your body off a building?
Somewhere theyre meeting on a pinhead
Calling you an angel, calling you the nicest things

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A random thought not at all connected to my Birthday
5/2/2008, 6:36 am
Filed under: Frustrations, Happy!, Music, Nostalgia

The girls I’ve found myself dating on past Halloweens have all laughed it off, but I know that when I find the one who wants to dress as Captain and Tennille with me, I’ve met Mrs. Right.

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Love, love will keep us together;
Think of me babe whenever
Some sweet talking girl comes along singing a song —
Don’t mess around, you got to be strong,Just Stop, ’cause I really love you,
Stop, I’ll be thinking of you —
Look in my heart and let love keep us together.

You, you belong to me now,
Ain’t gonna set you free now;
When those girls start hanging around, talking me down,
Hear with your heart and you won’t hear a sound.

Just stop, ’cause I really love you; stop, I’ll be thinking of you —
Look in my heart and let love keep us together, whatever.

Young and beautiful someday your looks will be gone;
When the others turn you off who’ll be turning you on?
I will, I will, I will

I will be there to share forever;
Love will keep us together.
Said it before and I’ll say it again, while others pretend,
I need you now and I’ll need you then.

Stop, ’cause I really love you; stop, I’ll be thinking of you —
Look in my heart and let love keep us together, whatever.
I will, I will, I will

Stop, ’cause I really love you; stop, I’ll be thinking of you —
Look in my heart and let love keep us together, whatever.
I will, I will, I will, I will.

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Isle of Joy
4/10/2008, 7:31 am
Filed under: Happy!, Music, Nostalgia

Here’s a romantic little tune about a city that I romanticize.

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Summer journeys to Niagra
And to other places aggra-
Vate all our cares.
Well save our fares!

I’ve a cozy little flat in
What is known as old Manhattan
Well settle down
Right here in town!

Well have Manhattan
The Bronx and Staten
Island too.
Its lovely going through
The zoo!

Its very fancy
On old Delancy
Street you know.
The subway charms us so
When balmy breezes blow
To and fro.

And tell me what street
Compares with Mott Street
In july?
Sweet pushcarts gently gli-ding by.

The great big citys a wonderous toy
Just made for a girl and boy.
Well turn Manhattan
Into an isle of joy!

Well go to Yonkers
Where true love conquers
In the whiles
And starve together dear, in Chiles

Well go to Coney
And eat baloney on a roll
In Central Park well stroll
Where our first kiss we stole
Soul to soul

And My Fair Lady is a terrific show they say
We both may see it close, some day

The citys glamour can never spoil
The dreams of a boy and goil
Well turn Manhattan
Into an isle of joy!

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It takes all kinds
3/28/2008, 2:25 pm
Filed under: Frustrations, Nostalgia, Social

Last night I was helping a friend hang a light in his apartment. I once spent part of a summer as an electrician’s assistant and at times like this that experience proves useful. While putting the fixture in the ceiling my friend commented that if this was he and his boyfriend putting up the light there would have been raised voices. Phrases like, “Well if you could just hold it in place, maybe I could finish screwing it in”, “I don’t know how it looks, it’s kind of hard to see with your hand in the way”, and “I didn’t ask for your opinion, I asked for you to read the directions!” would have been thrown around.

Now, my question for you: what does it mean that thinking about those little quibbles makes me nostalgic for relationships? I seriously miss those pointless arguments. The memories of passive aggressive, sarcastic remarks not only make me smile and look back fondly at relationships from the past, they also make me want to meet the next future ex.

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