LTD and I spent much of Saturday working on a demo named Fanta See(1), though he pronounces it Fantasay - which I find adorable.

No, we didn’t and it isn’t.

Anyhow, envision this song centered in a live set where LTD steps out from behind the drum kit and into the spotlight. He demonstrates his acoustic guitar licks as I stand by his side… or perhaps back-to-back(2). We smile, and with a wink compliment each other’s abilities, though each of us know that we’re performing quite better than the other. As it’s currently only two acoustic guitars, I guess that’s been the extent of my envisioning. Maybe Bem lets out a barbaric yawp here and there, and Burgundy carves an ice dance into the negative spaces with his trusty Casio. We’ll see.

1. LTD was soothing his thirst for knowledge with a glass of Orange Fanta on the day we first worked it out. I think that was back in August of 2007 at the Breckenridge Basement studio.
2. Trevor and I used to do this, and we did it with class. But he never comes around with his stories of coworkers that keep plastic knives and baggies in the bathroom cabinet (for reasons entirely unmentionable), or his sacks of White Castles. For he is far too busy. Theme From "Endless Trevor".

Total change of subject - I'm thinking of a Virgin Mary latch hook rug for LTD's birthday, which gives me until the Summer Solstice to find one.

Finally, we applied for the magic that is South by Southwest a few months back. I’m relatively certain that there is zero chance in being accepted, as we’ve never played a show and have only a few songs partially recorded. Oh and we only have a few songs. And we’ve never practiced one of them, even once.

I’m starting to think there was a slight overestimation in our ability to write, record, produce and perform songs, all while trying to figure out how to customize a MySpace page. But that’s not stopping this recurring nightmare: Attempting to extend three songs I don’t know how to play into a showcase performance - in a space that is probably a strip club the other 51 weeks in a year, as evidenced by the poles on stage.

Ah well, we’re better off letting history judge our misjudgements.

~ Gene

Recently viewed: Solaris (1972) directed by Andrei Tarkovsky ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Currently listening to: A Brief History Of Time


This was nice, considering it's only a demo:
Gracias, Kevin.

Weekenders in Roscommon.

Spaghetti Corduroy.

Spaghetti Corduroy
Serves 6 or more
I did this on the fly, so there were no actual measurements in my cooking. Fed Bem, Burgundy and myself. LTD was busy with his bi-weekly drum circle & diet-Coke tasting club at Mansion Studios.

2 1/2 lbs ground sirloin
2 cloves garlic, minced
coarse sea salt & pepper

Cook in an open pan on medium heat until no longer pink
Drain. Add to sauce once it is simmering.

2 cups freshly diced tomato
1 large vidalia onion, finely chopped
3 16 oz cans tomato sauce
2 small cans tomato paste
Olive oil, maybe 2 tablespoons
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup water
1 tablespoon italian seasoning
fresh basil
2 teaspoons parsley
4 bay leaves
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup dry white table wine
coarse sea salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cover and simmer for at least 1 hour after adding meat. Increase water to lengthen simmering time.

Sample the sauce often, adjust spicing as necessary to suit your taste buds. I used whole-wheat rotini noodles, they hold the sauce nicely.

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