Here is a video I cobbled together of Take This Bottle by Chuck Mosley, originally by Faith No More (Big Thrilling), which will appear on a limited edition seven inch called Joe Haze Session #2 April 13th 2019 as part of Record Store Day. BlocGlobal is celebrating their first release and I am really proud of everyone involved with making this happen. I wish Chuck was here to tell me why the video sucks and to see the awesome response his music is getting.
So, part of the creative journey is to learn and explore and push and grow. Onward and upward, right? Sometimes that means glancing back and understanding that growth. It’s not the funnest aspect of the process, but can prove quite rewarding.
Six years ago I published a novel, A Life of Inches, via Limitless. The release was marred with bad timing, unkept promises, and a lack of hustle on my end for a few reasons. The book sat for the balance of the five year contract and collected dust. It broke my heart after all the work and sacrifice (especially by my wife) to see the effort wasted.
When I got hit with covid two weeks ago, I decided to sit down and read the book for the first time since it got released in 2015. I noticed many mistakes and lazy passages that I would never let slip today, but I surprised myself by enjoying the story.
I’m reworking the book to smooth out some amateur writing and hopefully make a smoother more enjoyable reading experience and then I plan on self publishing a digital version. I am only allowing small, subtle changes, but not messing with the characters or plot at all. This is mostly a mission to cut out the use of is/just/are and a few other overused words and underwhelming verbs.
I’m not shopping it or making a big deal out of the work, but I thought someone out there struggling with their creative process might appreciate hearing they aren’t alone in troubled waters.
Actually, I worked on guest vocals for a song the last couple months and found out the band isn’t going to use them after all. A bummer for sure, but a fun thing to work on and keep things fresh through the winter.
I know, I know… there are no excuses I can offer. Let’s just do that quick nod thing that people who understand and respect each other do when they see each other after a long time from across the room at a party. One of them has been up to a lot, but he hasn’t done a good job staying in touch with his friends and family. He feels guilty. He feels lazy. Seeing the nod, that simple nod, means the world to him. I always have you in my thoughts and I hope you’re doing amazing.
Here’s a few posts as a quick recap that by no means justifies my absence, but it might explain a bit. Fair?
The Other Side of Darkness. I filmed a small part in an incredible coming of age meets female teen adventure story indie film in 2020, and the world premiere was the other night:
The movie is now out and has gotten some solid feedback. It was my first time working on a project that I didn’t know anyone involved, which was a big step. Next up, a small part in a movie called Trivial, which shoots locally this Spring!
A day or two after we got our live record finished, we received a multitrack recording of a concert we did at the Live Wire in Chicago, IL. I thought it might be fun to give you all the multitracks of the song, “Tractor”. There are six tracks for Tractor (2 guitar, 2 vocals, bass, and a conga) along with a seventh track I threw in for giggles. It’s a noise guitar intro Chuck did that night that has nothing to do with the song, but I think it’s cool. Feel free to use all, some, or none of the songs.
I started each track just as the previous song ended so there is some extra horsing around and banter. If you like it, use it. If not, cut it.
There is no prize. This is not a competition. I just want to give you something to do during the lock down. Make it loud, make it weird, make it completely different, or simply mess with the levels (my only suggestion is to make the conga super loud, heh)
Here you go:
I would love to hear your results. Post your links in the comments or on our facebook page. If you give me permission, I’ll post it on the Mosley band page and on this website. No rules… No deadlines… Enjoy.
I recently got the audio for a practice show we played at the live wire in Chicago in 2017. It was drew’s first time onstage with us (and i think cris’s first time playing bass onstage?) This is how we started the show:
Today, I am featuring author Brian Paone, whose story “Come Moonshine or Fog,” is included in the anthology “A Bond of Words,” alongside my own brand-new story, “Rhythm of the Bug-ity Beat.”
What are you working on now?
The novelization of Digital Underground’s “Sex packets” album for this year, then “Moonlight City Drive Part 3” (which will complete the trilogy) will follow in 2021. On the horizon after that is a novelization of Pink Floyd’s “The Final Cut Album,” a novel where big band, doo-woop, classic rock, metal, and rap all exist simultaneously in alternate universes, and a few other ideas rolling around.
What book are you currently reading?
“John Z, the DeLorean, and Me” by Barrie Wills
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Hardest is the blurb. Spitting out 110k-word novels is like taking a stroll for me. Needing to write 150 words about what the book is about? That’s when I usually become an alcoholic and try to bribe those little elves who fix shoes in the middle of the night to write my blurbs for me. How bad am I am it? I have 5 published novels, and I have written 0 of the blurbs. Either my editor or my wife write them for me. Ha!
If you could meet one author, living or dead, who you choose?
If you were on death row, what would you request for a last meal?
What is your ideal writing snack?
Tacos, with a side of tacos
What personal bond inspired your story?
My story is a rock-fiction adaptation of the song “Jealous of Youth” by TheThe. It was inspired by Stephen King’s novella “The Body,” and, oddly, the movie “My Girl.” Oh, and a really big tree stump that had fallen across my jogging path in the woods behind my house.
What is it that you want a reader to take away from it, be it one emotion or a thought or a memory?-