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Durantula

Durantula

It’s been awhile since last post, so much happening I got no time for all the stuff I want to do. You might know about Nancy’s surgeries lately, going in for her third procedure, the second on her eyes, (she lost sight in her right eye), along with the on going cancer gene procedures. Her sight is better, she has more operations coming up, so wish her luck.

Watch for more installments of my new short sci-fi story “Mymynd” coming soon but I need to get back to guitar stuff for awhile here.

What happened to the guitar market? I tell you what happened, the suits at the big guitar companies last concern is quality of their instruments, the bottom line is God to these idiots, they will spend a dollar to save a penny. I worked for a guy that didn’t even like music, he liked money though. So it’s the race to the bottom, you can get a guitar and amp for under a hundred dollars now, it’s crap made in china, (I thought we were supposed to hate communists and not have any dealings with them?).

So now there are millions of these cheap guitars flooding the market and no one to play them, after all it’s kinda hard to learn a musical instrument. PlayStations and the like are easier and more instantly gratifying. Fender and Gibson are trying to reinvent their Strat and LP ad nauseam. So the market is slowing to a near halt because there are only so many potential customers. Innovation once valued is now discouraged by these suits to the benefit of the status quo and increasingly generic sounds. It’s the same stuff over and over, bland pulp for the masses. Hey, if all you care about is a flamed top, go for it. I can buy a table with fancy wood if all I want to do is look at it and worry about getting a ding on it.

I don’t normally blow my own horn so much but hopefully in the next year I will be manufacturing my “Dual Quad”(pat. pending) pickups for sale. I won’t play any other guitar besides my own now as the ”durantula” guitar sounds better than anything I’ve played. Check out the prototypes on my Guitar page! All made of high quality solid un-figured mahogany and maple. You buy a guitar with a flamed maple neck and you are just asking for it to warp, and don’t even ask about spalted wood on a guitar. It may look cool but it’s the most unstable wood there is. These guys will come up with any worthless gimmicks to make a sale to the clueless buyer.

So stay tuned for pickup availability in 2015 made with 3D printed parts and hand wound by me.

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In Blog 22 I started installments of my short sci-fi story “MYMYND”. I know that most of you are wondering WTF? so next time we’ll get back to guitars and amps, lots to discuss.

Anyway here we are up to episode 7 of MY MYND:

It was then I knew, the last chance to get rid of MyMynd, IF, I didn’t already have the nanos, if I did, they would just reconstruct a new one without interruption in which case you could never get rid of the chip. So I knew I had to take it out and pray. Without further ado I whipped out my pocket knife and cut it out of my neck. I had a towel for the blood, they discouraged you from removal by making it tied to an artery, ah what do I care, I don’t need no stinkin…  It was the moment of troof, I guess you figured I lived, if’n I was a righten this here whatever the hell it is. Yeah, Great, Now what! I was completely cut off from almost all contact with society. Certainly everyone was gonna wanna ply me with Holy Water but I had to try to focus…Lose, Drop, Think, Don’t Drink!–Lose, Drop, Think, Don’t Drink!

I couldn’t think of faking it with anyone with a Mynd, so I stayed away as far as I could get, I mean WTF now? Have you ever been without a Mynd?

I wandered for days, weeks, I didn’t know what to do or where to go, and then I saw her. I didn’t believe it at first of course, I thought I was seeing things, of all the people on earth I would see her I guess, but no, there she was again, I ran to her and grabbed her to see if she was real and she was! It turns out a small group of “rejects” had started a settlement of sorts out in a secluded valley away from the Mynd. It wasn’t fancy and didn’t have the comforts of civilization but we knew we could never go back to the way it was. It was up to us to make the best of it.

The weather was not controlled out there so we witnessed the forces of nature and a life only watched by those with a Mynd. We were thinking for ourselves with our own minds.

A bartender had built a small neighborhood bar and grill to gather at and at least I’d finally be able to completely lose MY MYND. to be continued…

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MyMynd episode 6:

falling, falling to where?

In the back of MyMynd I remembered hearing about some group developing a new sort of what they called “Holy Water”. Holy Water for MyMynd. But just what was in this new water or was it all hype? My head was spinning alright, in only a few days the whole world had turned on it’s head and we didn’t see it coming at all, well, I was one of few dumb enough to start making a stink. Nobody’s listening and nobody wants to hear that weird downer BS though. A voice crying a river in the wilderness, blah, blah.

Holy Water Energy Drink! They promised that drinking their water would give you the “edge” to perform better than the next guy. To make a long story short,(ha), the Holy Water was loaded with nano particles which would update, then monitor and regulate your entire body and Mynd. The big question became just WHO was in charge and what was their agenda?

Electron Microscope detail of Holy Water nano-particles:

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Most of your average people went about their normal lives and didn’t give any of this any serious thought, (myself included for the most part) but what the old man had told me was starting to ring a bell somewhere in the back of MyMynd, like I said.

Lose, Drop, Think, Don’t Drink! This was dangerous stuff, I needed to be careful what I was thinking about and sometimes I didn’t even know what I was thinking about, then what?

Somehow I felt I was regaining some of my long lost individually but it meant I was on the run and like I said, how can you run from something you can’t see? So what to do now, it was obvious I couldn’t ever return to my apartment, I’d be carried away in a second now. I wish that old hobo hadn’t died on me, I needed to get more information, maybe he had friends who knew something?

Was I still in a dream, I hoped? No such luck this time………………………end of MyMynd episode 6

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MyMynd episode 5- Dark Days:

I remember dark days trying to hide anywhere  but how can you hide from something you can’t even see? That’s when I was “hiding” under a gigantic obsolete roadway of tons of concrete and steel, an old man told me to lose My Mynd. “Have you lost your Mynd?” I asked him. He replied “yes, and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done!”  I gasped and hoped to God the monitors were distracted and did not hear us. “The Mynd is the best thing ever, it’s freedom!”, I said hastily. “RRIIGHT!” he mocked me, “freedom bah!” And then he said something I’ll never forget…{insert your fav commercial here or go get a beer etc.}, (oh well, let’s just get on with it anyway), so he says you got to: “Lose your Mynd, Drop your Myndset, Think for Yourself!  AND Don’t Drink the Water!!”

Lose, Drop, Think, Don’t Drink!       Lose, Drop, Think, Don’t Drink!

At the time, it was almost unthinkable to not to have a Mynd, it became a necessity for everyone and became integrated into everything important in your life. You were pretty much a loser if you didn’t have a Mynd! So just the thought of now NOT having a Mynd was shocking! And you have to drink water, don’t you?

“What’s with the water?” I axed and he replied, “It’s In The Water” “What’s in the water?” I axed again but of course he dropped dead in my arms at that moment before he could tell me. I thought it would be worth looking into since I hadn’t anything worthwhile to look into but my head was spinning and I remember falling, falling………………………………..(end of episode 5).

 

Stay tuned for continuing episodes of this short story periodically in this here blog, along with the inevitable Guitar and Amplifier news and discussion and more!

 

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MyMynd episode 4 in the continuing short story:

It was to be expected I suppose, I got every terminator joke in the book, and then some. I could see the people rolling their eyes behind my back when I would start talking about the “robots are coming” ha! The problem was they were expecting the robots to look like the Guv and as a matter of fact, due to their size, they were too small to even be seen at all. You wouldn’t even know they were messing with you until it was too late, but I digress again.
It happened gradually before anyone realized what was going on, at first it was the boon to mankind at a time when big solutions were needed to bring backwards or primitives up to speed with the more developed societies and to help these people with medical issues so as not to give diseases a chance to get out of control. A new chip for human implants could monitor and control bodily functions and could be downloaded to a doctor at a remote location, for instance. The potential was astounding, you could watch TV, internet, games or whatever just by thinking about it and you would see and hear everything right in your mind’s eye! At first the chip was expensive, only the rich could afford it but as time went on the price came down to the point that governments around the world found it cost effective to supply a chip to everyone for free. We all lined up, not thinking of the ramifications which would come to haunt us…………………..end of MyMynd episode 4

Watch for more episodes periodically! And also more Guitar and Amplifier talk, which is my main focus, (along with the music and art!).

The new collection of durantula (reg. tm.) songs has begun with “Worse” and “Everyone’s Getting To Go (but me)” also,

A lot going on so y’all come back, hear?

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I started writing a sci-fi novelette “MyMynd” (see Blog 22 and 23), so look for the continuing adventures periodically!
Here’s the latest-episode 3:

In what I thought was my dream I realized My Mynd was missing! How could this be?! Thank god I did awake with My Mynd intact, whew!
But I stray from the story of how it all began.
Things were different then, I guess there’s nobody that doesn’t have a Mynd now, who wouldn’t want one? For Free yet! We were all lining up for the freebies, as the rich guys would say. But there were problmesvbT&^ B Y’ pq I………………………………………………

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Durantula

 

OK OK OK maybe a little late, it is Saturday in it? But 26 mean the half year anniversary of this blog, I coundn’t have done it without your generous checks and money orders, ( yeah I wish!), and as for all the requests for the continuing story started a few blogs back, it will resume next week so stay tuned as usual.

House of Durantula Studios is up and running, if you want to call it that, I call it the Space Shuttle because that’s about how much room there is, ha.

Recording has resumed with the instant classic in the tradition of “Join the Club”, the latest jem “It’s Gonna Get Worse!” and  also watch for some special guest stars too this time around! Back with more soon!

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BLOG 25 It’s Over

The winters are over with our move down south, it will be good for us in a number of ways. I remember many winters in Chicago, during the “Blizzard of 67″ I sat inside glued to my transistor radio listening to WOPA and the DJ Big Bill Hill. I remember Big Bill introducing the live band at the club they were broadcasting from “And now here is Chicago Slim and His All-White Blues Band”. More than one new years eves I almost lost my life to the Ice and Snow while trying to drive home after a gig.

We will miss all of our old musician friends and the gangs at Bloodshot and all my Wax Trax buddies! Nevermore will I see Shake Rattle and Read on Broadway there..WAIT a minute, we can always visit up here and y’all can come on down for a visit with us in St. Pete Beach! Huh, how about that!

Look for more durantula news soon right at durantula.com

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Blog 24

First of all I want to announce a big get together with Ric Addy at Garcias Restaurant at 4760 N. Lincoln starting at 4:30, 5ish, Tuesday 24th. Come on by for dinner with us or just stop and say Aloha! We will be leaving by the end of the month, so it’s the perfect time to say ”Good Riddance!” too. Let’s see everyone out!!!

Anyway, here’s a photo especially for Jay and Tony. I had five combo amps, sold one to thin the herd when what comes along but the Holy Grail itself, the Webster Combo amp! I didn’t even know it existed but there it was for $49.00. How could I resist? I had to work on it a little but it’s up and running, it will need a new speaker and some tweaking but wow, it already sounds terrific!5b

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MyMynd episode 2:

Once again I awoke in another hotel room in another dream, sometimes I’d let them go but this time the room was a drag, I tried to get out but for some reason…If things got really bad I would yell out my name as loud as I could in the dream and that usually would bring me back to this reality, I think…………………………………end of episode 2, now for something you’ll really enjoy!12-3-2010 8;13;37 PM-

Al Right!! You get it I got IT everybody’s got it, WHOOOooo!ANYWAY, How’s about my Dad in the hillbilly band in 19 of 51, the year I was born, boy did he screw up, huh?! Pre-Bloodshot recording on Pre-Bloodshot Records out NOW!!

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