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“Cover Songs” seem to be popular with a lot of people.

Why doesn’t anyone start combining 2 popular songs into one song?

Stairway in the U.S.A.
Sitting in the wind
Breakfast on the Beach
Darkside to Heaven
Smoke by the Dashboard Light
Sweet Home on the Water
Blowin’ in America
Paradise on the Dock of the Bay
Born of the Moon
Sex à la Bama

Technically they should be twice as popular as the originals.

I could be wrong; I usually am.


note: Lynyrd Skynyrd were French! … Who Knew?


Today #265

It was so windy today that the wind blew the sun clear across the sky!

A Novelty Piece


I have written this sentence only using words that appear in the dictionary.

It is not as hard as you think.


note: I may do a post using only words that appear in songs one day … or maybe movies.

double note: I have designed my style pantomimes as white ink drawings on black backgrounds, so that man’s destiny appears as a thread lost in an endless labyrinth. I have tried to shed some gleams of light on the shadow of man startled by his anguish.
Marcel Marceau

Stick to your day job pantomime boy!

triple note: I would never make fun of Harpo Marx.

quadruple note: childbirth must not be in the dictionary: too many contractions.


Today #168

Today started out rough, but became smooth. It must have been the “sandpaper of time” at work.

Hanging Out In 100B


Hope springs eternal”      (Alexander Pope)

Spring springs eternal too! … and is springy!”      (planetross)



note: When a pregnant woman tells me her due date … I do the math and figure out when her did date was.
… I hope other guys do that too.

double note: Spring is 9 months away from the first day of summer … or only a day away …  if you are into nostalgia.

triple note:Danny Says” by The Ramones and Tom Waits! How cool is that? … pretty cool.
I couldn’t find an Alexander Pope version, sorry.

quadruple note: I figured I’d throw this one out on the weekend because nobody ever comments of this video stuff anyway.

quintuple note: If  Tom Waits, Joey Ramone, and Alexander Pope were in the same room; I’m sure I’d be dreaming.

sextuple note: I’m getting all melancholugubrious.


notes to myself #122

Everyone has their own musical taste … it’s just the way it is. Opening your ears and shutting your mouth is usually better than closing your ears and opening your mouth.

Musical Interludeness

I listen to songs while driving from here to there and over there sometimes. I usually change them up semi-non-regularly and I realized today that … “Hey! I wonder if some of my now favorite songs actually have videos to them“.

So here are the official videos/live performances/someone’s video with the song put together for a  few songs that I think have clever lyrics … or just because I like them.

WARNING: one is sexually suggestive, one is faded, one has a showboating kid in it, one has a showboating guy in a red/green shirt (my guess is he’s the drummer), and one is someone’s version of what the video should be.






note: Bloodhound Gang, John Hiatt, Billy Bragg, Brendon Benson, and Jack Johnson are all welcome to play charity concerts on Planetross for … ever … or for charity … or some other good cause anytime. 

double note: I’ve put on 2 entries tonight … the other one is more original, but less musical. Sometimes it goes like that: sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes seems irregular sometimes … or always.

triple note: I would have included David Franj’s video for Oxygen, but there isn’t anything. Here is “God Only Knows” as a runner up:


notes to myself #35

All the songs you love between 1977 and 1984 … you will love forever.

Road Music


Travelling from Melbourne to Perth straight involves an awful lot of driving.

When I did this 12 years ago, 3 out of the 4 people in the van took turns behind the wheel: the 4th was not to be trusted.

The only benefit as driver was that you were in control of the music.

I was looking forward to my first driving shift, as the van’s owner and his friend had played Deep Purple for 12 hours non-stop.

Once securely in the driver’s seat I examined the tape selection:

12 Deep Purple cassettes!

I should have saw that coming.

note: no one ever fell asleep driving.


Elton John Stole My Virginity

In 1973 I was an 8 year old freshfaced naive little kid.

 I was just at the beginning of my musical journey: West Side Story soundtrack, Donny Osmond, The Partridge Family, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka, and The Jungle Book soundtrack were the albums I was allowed to play.

I eventually ventured into my brothers’ and sisters’ albums: The Beatles, Mott the Hoople, Bob Dylan, …

and then I discovered Elton John‘s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” album with the first swear word I ever heard in a song.

“Where you really kick the shit when the sun goes down”

from Your Sister Can’t Twist (but she can rock and roll)

Life was never the same again!

Thank you Elton.

How did you lose your musical virginity?

note: you never forget your first.

A Popularity Contest


I teach English in Japan: a lot of my students are children.

I have the following 5 toys/games sitting on my desk at work.

Which do you think is the most popular?  (cast your vote now: see below for grand prize)

  1. Cube World: interchangeable cubes with stick-men doing funny things, visiting their neighbours, and doing more funny things. Each has a little game you can play too! Please don’t drop them, they were expensive!


     2.   Easy Button: press the button and it says “That was easy”. Stepping on it is strictly forbidden!


     3.   Assorted Wind-Up Toys: wind them up; they flip, spin, hop, crawl, chatter, or march across the table. No, you wind it the other way!


     4.   Barrel of Monkeys: link the monkeys; 10 pts. for red ones, 5 pts. for blue, 2 pts. for yellow. Link all 12 for the maximum 68 pts. One hand only please!


     5.   Assorted Fruit and Vegetable Erasers: play “what’s missing?” or just be mesmerized by their amazingness. Some with detachable pieces. Please don’t put them in your mouth.


Grand Prize: an autographed copy of Kelly Pettit‘s award winning CD “FUEL“!




You have one week starting …….NOW!

note: in the event of a tie, winner will be chosen by names in a hat.

double note: Yes this is a shameless plug for my friend, but his music is great!

And just awarded Track of the Month on Fame Games for “She’s just like summer“!


Van Pod


My van is 15 years old.

It’s a reliable beast, but cutting edge technology it ain’t.

Roll up windows, arm-strong steering, and no sounds or lights to let me know when a door is open or I’m not wearing a seatbelt.

It is also equipped with a cassette tape player.

I have about 50 cassettes, nothing more recent than 1998. I rock out to Def Leppard, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Spin Doctors, Eddie Money, …

My friends laugh at me, ask me if I watch video discs and play Atari 2600 as well.

Recently a friend loaned me an adapter that plugs into the tape player, so I can listen to my i-pod now.

It’s great!

What music is on my i-pod?

Def Leppard, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Spin Doctors, Eddie Money, …

Time Tunnel


The local department store, where I live in Japan, has a car park. The 2 are connected by a 3rd floor walkway.

Once or twice a week I use this walkway.

They don’t play English music in the parkade or the department store, but there is always English music playing in this corridor.

Old 70’s music!

It’s my own personal time tunnel: Jim Croce’s “Operator” lives; so does Carole King’s “So Far Away”, and The Archies’ “Sugar, Sugar”.

Out of the car, into Nazareth’s “Holiday” for 10 seconds, and then I pop-out into the department store.

It’s fun running the gauntlet; it reminds me of the local radio station I listened to as a kid. Same songs, but they were new or mildly dated then.

Maybe it’s channeling CKAY 1500 AM “Voice of the Cowichan Valley” ; but at least it’s not channeling the Birthday Line crap.

I never did win a birthday cake from that program.

Nursing Home Music


I think that every person has a “musical window”: a time period when they absorbed and solidified their musical preferences.

I was hyper-sensitive and a musical sponge between 1977 and 1985. There are not too many main stream songs that I don’t know from that time period: Punk, Rock, Heavy Metal, Pop, and Indie.

I like the older stuff, but it wasn’t my time: The Beatles, The Doors, The Beach Boys, most of Led Zeppelin’s discography, 50’s and 60’s pop music.

Post 85 music is great, but it just doesn’t stir the emotions like the ’77-’85 period. A few bands have come close: Weezer, Everclear, Crowded House, Nada Surf, newer Tom Waits…..

I have visited a few nursing homes on occasion and they usually play easy listening from the 40’s and 50’s.

I’m sure in a few years they will be playing The Beatles, The Hollies, Neil Diamond, and Barbara Streisand.

What will I be listening too?

Will I be listening to The Police, The Cars, ZZ Top, AC DC, Billy Idol, and The Stray Cats?

I hope so.