Guns in America

I started putting this music video together and it became disturbing. Looking all these murderers in the face, editing there expressions. But even though this project gave me the creeps I felt it was important. In light of all the gun violence currently going on in America, people need to stand up and demand better gun control.

So why does someone need to carry around a loaded, concealed weapon? Is it there god given right?

The only reason to carry a loaded gun is to shoot, and possibly kill someone.
And I don’t think God wanted people to take matters in there own hands…

We need to learn from all this violence that guns have a place in society, but not on the chest of anyone who wants one.

That’s my opinion.. Give peace a chance.

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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Music & Entertainment


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Van Halen….Divide and Conquer

Diver Down

Van Halen is back and, some would say, better than ever. They have rejuvenated a dead hard rock scene…pumped life into a morbid tour circuit and given me and many millions of others hope that rock and roll will not die…nor fade away.

Gone are the days when relevant rock and roll bands would visit your hometown in a monthly procession. This week Ozzy, next week BOC, next month Iron Maiden!!!!!! It used to be that way. Now all the bands sound the same, and have about as much energy as a new episode of Glee! I love American Idol, but is it a good thing they are suggesting one contestant could be the next Justin Beiber??? Do we need that? No, we do not. We also need no more rock bands who viciously bang there heads while playing music fit for the daily elevator ride to your cubicle!! But if Van Halen is poised to save rock and roll and inspire a new generation of rockers, did it have a hand in the current downturn and are they cleaning up a mess they helped create, so to speak?

The Van Hagar Legacy

Overtime I became a Van Hagar fan. During the late 80’s till mid 90’s he was a good fit. Van Halen went from raw dream metal to polished hit song writers. Hagar had the pipes to hang with Eddie….if not the song writting creativity, even so, all us fans still clamored for the day Diamond Dave would return. That would be the day VH would start playing the songs it left behind…and the energy would return.

I browsed through the Van Hagar albums the other night, and to my surprise I found that although it was good music it didnt do it for me anymore. What it had in polish and pop, it lacked in energy and fun. Van Halen was a super pop band at that time and Hagars clean powerful lyrics hit the spot, but left one feeling empty and looking for more. So it may be that Van Halen helped commercialize hard rock.

We must sell our souls to save rock and roll

Now it is up to a group of 50 year old men to save rock and roll from the tasteless misery it has become. A sludge of formula driven bands with no messages and good haircuts. Young rockers should watch Van Halen kick ass across America and then the World…they should learn from them because VH did it there way, they took risks. That’s what being a true artist is. Stand up for something and be yourself. The formula does not work anymore. Rock and roll is not about playing it safe and being part of the crowd, that is pop music. Rock and roll is about breaking the rules, and having attitude and the goods to back it up. It is time to save rock and roll and fuck the formula. Van Halen will lead the way…..please stand up!

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Music & Entertainment


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Top Kat: new video with old twist

Ok, I made a music video about my cat….but the song was originally written by Crash Palace way back in 1989…Chris Hickman wrote the words. I changed it quite a bit, but the inspiration was from my past….hope you enjoy it, and hope it makes you smile!


Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Music & Entertainment


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Van Halen is back; old but as bad as ever!

I have not kept up with the news of VH. So many disappointments over the years. I actually stumbled on their new video, was stunned they played at Cafe Wha?, and couldn’t believe they have a new album on the way.

As I wrote about in an earlier blog, VH was my favorite band growing up, they where bigger than life. They was the end all in hard rock….but they ended…so to speak

But now they are back…and who was I to doubt how good they could be. There new song “Tattoo” shows that they are still the best in the biz. It is a great song, and the video is great as well. What makes this song so good is the pre-chorus, one of the best I have ever heard…

Whats more the dynamic duo of Eddie Van Halen and Diamond Dave is back together….it’s like a high powered version of Mick and Keith…’s good to have them back!

Last thing, sorry to Sammy, I liked you in the band, but you aint no Diamond Dave…..

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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Music & Entertainment


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Crash Palace tribute Rock Video

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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Music & Entertainment, Uncategorized


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LOT Polish Airline 767-300 spectacular no gear landing

Spectacular landing with gear forced up…read article in Aviation Herald

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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in World Travel


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Air France 447: accident explained

A very interesting interview that clearly summarizes the crash of Air France flight 447.

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Posted by on October 29, 2011 in World Travel


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Iran Air: Emergency Landing: Great Job

Iran Air Boeing 727 landing with no Nose Gear….fantastic job by the crew to end this trip safely…

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Posted by on October 26, 2011 in World Travel


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Music & Lyrics…Hugh Grant I am not…

I recently started playing the drums again…while doing this I have become obsessed with Apple Garage Band. My own home studio!

This is my first attempt at a Music Video. With a little help from Garage Band, I added my drums, lyrics and photographs…OK, I am no Bob Marley or John Lennon, or even Hugh Grant from Music & Lyrics, but it is fun!

The montage is from Jakarta and Yogjakarta..Enjoy


Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Music & Entertainment


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Jakarta by Day….Mosque tour!

Sunset on the Goat Bridge

Entering a Mosque

This past week I went on a walking tour of five Mosque in the Pekojan section of old Jakarta. Pekojan was the area for Muslims during the Dutch Administartion. Pekojan comes from the word Koja which means trader in Bahasa, Indonesian.

It was amazing. I was actually able to go into the Mosques and look around….being utmost respectful. I was the only Bule (white) within a mile. This was the 1st time I have entered a Mosque. And to my surprise worshipers wash off before they pray….very cool…. Anyway, enjoy the pics…..

Look like some Old Town in the Wild West!

Inside the Mosque by the Goat Bridge

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Posted by on August 23, 2011 in Living in Jakarta


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