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Everyone knew her name…

A new version of this song written back in July, 2001. I’ve always felt guilty writing joke and novelty songs — and I’ve always gone ahead and done it anyway — and all too often I haven’t been shy about sharing them. Always the kid in the back of the class.

Anyhow, somehow, over the years, I’ve developed an affection for these lyrics — but never been all that comfortable with what had been a basic 3-cowboy-chord  song. It’s still only got 3 or 4 chords (depending on how you count, let’s not get theoretical) but I sort of like the new version’s sloppy bounce.

[2018-03-02 New mix/remaster; the lo fi preview tracks from BandCamp and SoundCloud were killing me, you could barely hear the jingly things on the big tambourine that supplies the ‘rhythm’ for the track.]

Who’ll Stop Lorraine?

I’ve known Lorraine since we were kids
and I’ve always been amazed
Every time she went too damn far I thought
Who’ll stop Lorraine?
I saw her hunt down that family man
he was doomed from that first day
I saw her rip his heart into little tiny shreds and I thought,
Who’ll stop Lorraine?

From the hotel bar to the airport lounge
Everyone knows her name
Over and over I ask myself,
Who’ll Stop Lorraine?

Finally one day I’d had enough
I sat her down looked her in the eye
Lorraine I love you, girl, but straighten up,
’cause, Lorraine, you’re wreckin’ people’s lives

From the hotel bar to the airport lounge
Everyone knows your name
Over and over they ask themselves,
Who’ll Stop Lorraine?

I never thought Id see a tear in her eye
I never thought I’d see into her soul
but since that day she’s come so damn far
God I’ve come to love that girl so

From the hotel bar to the airport lounge
Everyone knows her name
Over and over they ask themselves,
Whatever became of Lorraine?


Don’t Ask a Fool (Why He Falls in Love)



“In the field of psychology, the Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias, wherein persons of low ability suffer from illusory superiority when they mistakenly assess their ability as greater than it is. The cognitive bias of illusory superiority derives from low-ability persons’ metacognitive inability to recognize their own ineptitude.[1]”  Wikipedia entry on The Dunning-Kruger Effect **

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”
— William Shakespeare  (As You Like It)

Don’t Ask a Fool (Why He Falls in Love)

Don’t ask the sun
why the sky is blue
Don’t ask the river
where it’s flowing to
Don’t ask the stars
why they shine up above
and don’t ask a fool
why he falls in love

Don’t ask me
why I love you
Don’t ask a slave
what he wants to do
Don’t ask a dead man
what he’s dreaming of
and don’t ask a fool
why he falls in love

Don’t ask tomorrow
when there’s no today
Don’t ask forever
if you’ve gone away
Don’t ask for more
when there’s never enough
Ah — but don’t ask a fool
why he falls in love

(C)2015, 2017, TK Major

* New to A Year of Songs, anyhow. I kept pushing and pulling at it but it kept not changing so here it is. ** Oh, and with regard to the Dunning-Kruger Effect? I already know I can’t sing worth a damn. So just don’t go there, my friend. =D


The winter of our fresh content?

A single-handed keyboard improvisation for orchestral synthesizer from several years ago.

OK… yeah, bad pun. Maybe not even immediately recognizable in its intent. Sue me.

But here it is, the turning of another season and this blog’s fresh new decade that started with the autumnal equinox is now three months in and… not much new content to show… exactly.

But I did complete the infrastructure overhaul of the site, getting all the posts tagged properly with subjects and song titles and laboriously going through all the play links, converting the motley collection of playing systems to (almost) all use the same, straightforward in-page player.

And… well… I have been playing a lot. And working to try to bring my undisciplined and tonally meandering voice under better control. It might seem odd, playing catch-up on the singing front after showing no regard for niceties like pitch and technique for decades, but I am a creature of whim — and more than a little whimsy. And a dash of quixotic abandon when it comes to impossible quests. I mean, I know I ain’t never gonna be Nat Cole.

More soon… no, really.


10 Year Anniversary Hangover…

Blue_Recollection-2Man… who knew diet sparkling lemonade packed such a kick? (I quit drinking alcohol so long ago my sobriety could go out and buy a drink — 21 years ago.)

Actually, I’ve been working hard trying to clean up 10 years of accumulated infrastructure neglect — and virtual cobwebs — I’d forgotten how different the online streaming world was in 2005, before the ‘sudden’ shift to HTML5 a few years ago. (Don’t even start me on corporate-rivalry-driven web politics.)

[Actually, many of you will likely want to quit reading now — I suggest the random post link or the post shuffle in the sidebar (or footer on mobile) as an alternative —  as the rest of the post deals with the trials and tribulations of the last decade of web dev uncertainties, shifting standards, and uncomfortable trade-offs as they affected AYoS. But stay tuned for my next post — where I tackle the Great Lesson I learned from plowing through a decade of impromptu acoustic recordings:  Basically, really need to work on my ‘singing’ —  and it probably wouldn’t hurt to hold my guitar playing to the higher standards I’m capable of but was too lazy to worry about in the past. I’m so sick of my sloppy playing and tuneless singing. Ten years of it. LOL.]

And then there was my switch from the grotty old Blogger platform to the far more powerful and modern WordPress. [The pre-conversion ‘archives’ still exist on Blogger and can be arrived at by using some links, like the info links in the old (but still extant) Flash-based AYoS Highlights Player.]

Turns out (OK, I was well aware) that there were hundreds of (make that probably over a thousand) old play and download links that were very much Web 1.1 — structures from a decade ago (and more) when it was assumed that most people would need to download music files, stream them via the old .m3u pointer file system, or have Flash on their computers to enable the use of a more sophisticated, in-page Flash-based player.

Nowadays, modern browsers can play  mp3’s and  some other media files natively — which meant that all the download links in my blog had, without me doing anything, become ‘play in blank page’ links — unfortunately they still said ‘download’ on them, undoubtedly leading to much confusion but probably little hilarity.  Meanwhile, my interim solution of embedded players that would toggle between Flash or HTML5 playback became less and less workable.

What to do? Go through 400 posts checking for outmoded links, dead links, bad content. One. Page. At. A. Time. Being a coder, I’d considered various programmatic scenarios — but there were enough different situations, enough idiosyncrasies, that I figured I would still be developing multiple algorithms by the time HTML6 comes along.  I plunged ahead.

Thousands of links later… I think all (OK, most of) the bad links are gone.

There are probably still some problem links to full/produced versions on the old Soundclick (not Soundcloud, which came later) that had become my free music-distro point after the shutdown of the old in the first years of the new millennium. But I did update many of those. Still, I suspect there are a number of such links that now refer old file system URL’s — because the nice folks at Soundclick changed their link system under me, breaking old links — and they did it twice. LOL. Needless to say, I haven’t added anything to Soundclick in close to a decade.