ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Sep. 29th, 2016 09:00 am)

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

I ended up seeing Sarah’s doctor, because that was faster and a better idea than sitting around in some New York City emergency room waiting to be seen for a non-emergency. He confirmed I probably had a concussion and said the main thing to do was to avoid things that might aggravate it, including hitting my head on anything else, vigorous physical activity, brights lights, and loud noise.

Ha.

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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

As promised, here’s another song that Meg sent! She writes:

The background on this one is: Basically it’s kind of a song-ified version of Chapter 584, “Touch and Go”, and some of Daron’s frustrations preceding, therein, and further perpetuated by the chapter.

When I first read it I was just as surprised as Daron was at just *how* angry and closed off Ziggy got during the chapter. Granted, I realized going in that they were still in an undefined and unconfirmed place in terms of their relationship (in both the personal and professional sides, really), and that if anything on any level settled, it wasn’t going to do so easily, but still. The awesome description at one point, of how Ziggy’s face “closed like a storefront bringing down a chainlink gate”, is pretty much how I felt by the end of this chapter. Crash. The fact that it was also the end of that particular Part of the story made the feeling of a dead stop land even harder.

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Sep. 27th, 2016 09:00 am)

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Tony came to get me from Artie’s to take me (and Ziggy) up to see Priss. Artie waited with me down in the lobby of the building, which he really didn’t have to do, but was nice of him.

This gave me a chance to ask him something. “You’ve known Remo for a long time.”

“Not as long as you, though.”

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Sep. 22nd, 2016 11:03 am)

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

I made it up to Artie’s office for a mid-afternoon meeting, and walking up to the building I was reminded of a time he took me out for a beer. It felt like a long time ago. The day Ziggy had told me about the deal with the devil. I wondered if I would have turned Artie’s invitation down if I had been trying not to drink? And would that have been a mistake? Figuring out how alcohol consumption and my career prospects fit together was a puzzle I’d have to work on another day, though. Today had other challenges.

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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

So you might remember Meg sent us a song once before for a fanworks challenge (“Longing Song“), and this time she brought us one in response to the Orlando challenge. She writes:

“For this most recent fanworks call, I have a song for you. “Moondog Kingdom” is a song about an M3 (plus a few of their inner circle) trip to the Magic Kingdom in an A/U where at the end of the 1989 tour, instead of everything going fully to hell, everyone just goes to Disney World instead. (Also in this A/U Splash Mountain exists in 1989. Apparently it wasn’t actually built until 1992. But that’s what imagination is for – tweaking theme park history to suit your silly songwriting needs!)

“Thank you for making this call for fanworks. In the immediate few days after the Pulse shooting, I was reeling mentally, and when I saw this call it gave me something to focus on. (My deal: I’m a fellow “B” in the QUILTBAG, and I was born in 1987, so I came of age and did my coming out in a time where things – while not perfect or nearly safe enough for everyone – have been getting steadily better and in many ways have been better than I know they were for people before me. This was the first time something of this magnitude of anti-LGBT hatred has happened during my lifetime where I’ve actually been at an age to take it in and it just…hit. Hard.) My brain was basically a circuit of shock and grief and anger and upset-ness for a little while, and I knew it would take a few days for it to stop running that way, but I knew that when it did I would have this to look forward to working on. And when I finally did get to work on this, it was healing, as intended, and it was just fun. I always enjoy writing songs for DGC. :)”

You should be able to play the song in the WordPress embedded MP3 player:

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Sep. 20th, 2016 11:10 am)

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

The show went pretty darn good, I think, though given that my brain was spinning like a top from prescription opioids I might not have been the best judge. But judging from the reactions of the people I knew and trusted, it was pretty darn good.

Even Matthew was impressed, let’s put it that way.

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Sep. 15th, 2016 09:00 am)

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Here’s the thing. If we were in the Carolinas or Seattle or somewhere, I would have let them take me to the hospital and pump me full of painkillers and worried about missing the show later. The fact I’d already missed one would have made it easier since I knew the world wouldn’t end and the show wouldn’t have to be cancelled or anything like that.

But we weren’t in the Carolinas. We were in fucking New Jersey. Which made me extra stubborn/irrational, I suppose. And everyone I’d practically ever met in this goddamned industry was going to be at that show. Carynne and I had just had not one but two talks about how important this after party was going to be. And I could not show my face at this after party if I didn’t play the show. I just couldn’t.

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Sep. 13th, 2016 09:00 am)

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

There were a lot of extra people around. Typical for a New York metro area show. The only thing that kept it down the day before was the stomach flu warnings, I guess.

That meant a lot of extra people distracting me before soundcheck, so that when soundcheck time came I was surprised by it. And a lot of extra people watching and listening to the soundcheck.

And the lounge act. “Who’s got our lounge act today?” I asked.

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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

When I woke up I had a moment of disorientation for two reasons, one, because I slept so hard at Ziggy’s (and therefore forgot I was at Ziggy’s) and two because somehow we ended up sleeping across the bed instead of the normal direction.

Once I got past my moment of where-the-fuck-am-I, though, I felt good about lying there with him, like there was something healthy about feeling as comfortable with his skin as with my own.

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Sep. 6th, 2016 09:00 am)

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

I had enough on my mind that I forgot to feel crappy about being in New Jersey. For one thing, the Byrne Arena wasn’t that different from a million other venues like it, so it was easy to forget where we were. For another, we saw a lot of the New York crowd, which seemed a positive thing–then again, New Jersey’s best feature was that New York City was Right There. Apparently many folks did not heed Remo’s warnings about contagion and so at various points I got to say hello to Jordan, Jonathan, and Artie. Marvelle was there, too, because he was friendly with various folks–it’s a small world and it would be even smaller if I could keep track of how everyone knew each other.

Anyway, I my Jersey angst seemed low. Maybe the more time passed since I’d lived there, the less stressed it would make me. I hoped that was the case.

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Sep. 1st, 2016 09:00 am)

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Our plague ship sailed all night and we pulled up to the Byrne arena some time in the morning. I’m not sure when since I was dead asleep in my bunk and didn’t wake up for another couple of hours.

After lunch I went looking for Remo and found him in a production office on the phone. It was one of those bare bones offices with just a desk with a dented leg and one chair in addition to the phone. Plain cinder block walls.

“Seriously,” he was saying into the receiver, “don’t come tonight. By tomorrow we won’t be contagious anymore. Can you make it then?”

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Aug. 30th, 2016 09:00 am)

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

I saw stars. They looked like glowing worms burning twisty patterns in the stucco ceiling. When was the last time I came that hard? Fuck.

The sound of Jam gagging jolted me awake more effectively than the orgasm itself. I was also pulling his hair kind of hard and I don’t think it was to pull him off me, if you know what I mean. He somehow soldiered through the moment of choking and successfully swallowed. I let go of him and he let go of me at the same time. His head popped up with a grin and he wiped his mouth on the back of his hand.

I blinked because the part of my brain that controlled talking wasn’t online yet.

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Dark erotic magic ensnares a prince and his whipping boy in a world of castle intrigue.

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Aug. 27th, 2016 09:00 am)

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Enough of the band was healthy enough to do one of the two shows we had scheduled in Maryland–the second one, of course. It was not what I would call a high energy show, but a lot of love came from that crowd. My guess was that a lot of those folks had tickets to both nights and knew we were suffering.

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Aug. 25th, 2016 09:00 am)

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Greensboro had to be nixed because by the time we got there, more members of the band were puking than were not.

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Aug. 23rd, 2016 09:00 am)

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Guilt is the weirdest thing. Guilt is like a parasite that doesn’t help the host at all, it grows for its own sake even if it kills you. Yet you’re convinced that you feel that way for your own good. You’re so sure that the reason you feel so guilty is because you actually do know better. The reason you feel that awful gnawing burn in the bottom of your stomach is that you’re doing wrong and if you’d only do right that terrible feeling would go away.

But it’s a lie.

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Aug. 18th, 2016 09:00 am)

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

There must be people who think of hospitals as wonderful places full of healing and Florence Nightengales, right? Not me. But you knew that.

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Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

Daron.

That’s my name.

Daron.

It’s probably the only thing my parents gave me that I like.

Daron.

It has a nice sound to it and I like the way it looks when it’s written. I know that’s the weirdest crumb of a thing to have good self-esteem about, but there it is.

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Aug. 11th, 2016 11:43 am)

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

The venue was a large outdoor place. Have I explained the term “shed and festival” yet? If you do a lot of “shed and festival dates” it means a lot of summer outdoor venues, and the ones like this and Red Rocks, Great Woods, and Lakewood in Georgia are the best, but there’s a seedy end of things, too. You hear sometimes about bands past their prime eking it out on the shed and festival circuit, i.e. playing the local amusement parks, the multi-band bills with bigger names or better draws, that sort of thing. The thing about a place that only does shows for a couple of months out of the year is a lot of them are somewhat–shall we say–rustic in their facilities.

I’m not even talking about the plumbing or lack thereof but that the backstage areas are sometimes literally shed-like. This place was pretty nice, but there are some where you know they get away with stuff being substandard because they know you’re only there for a matter of hours so you’re not going to make a big fuss about it and if they’re the only large venue in an area they know they’ll have acts coming through trying to pack their tour schedules as efficiently as possible.

I’ll tell you about some crappy places later.

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ceciliatan: (darons guitar)
( Aug. 9th, 2016 03:21 pm)

Mirrored from the latest entry in Daron's Guitar Chronicles.

(Sorry for the late post! Here’s hoping it goes through…! -ctan)
One of Flip’s great talents was his hangover cures. He knew how to cure every kind of excess, not just booze, including too much playing, too much singing, too much of any kind of drug, et cetera.

You know what happens when you squeeze a lemon into half a bottle of Gatorade, mix in Tang, and then top it off with Mountain Dew? You get something that looks like it should’ve come from a mad scientist’s lab. I was feeling better within 15 minutes of downing it, though.

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