The Linear Canvas
This journal is about the wrongs and rights of the world, as I see them.

The Linear Canvas

My Newest Recording – I Don’t Know

July 8th, 2017 . by Alexander Fisher

I originally wrote this song right after 9/11. That was back when I thought just a small band of ill equipped guys from some small country in the middle east could defeat the United States’ Trillion Dollar military. Like everybody else did for awhile.
There was something about the song I liked, especially with the emotions I had put into writing it. But there was just something about it that I felt was missing and after recording it, I never did anything else to it. I also started doubting the science of what I was being told about what happened on 9/11.
I just happened to come across this song recently and liked it well enough to give it another try. When I wrote the song originally, I came up with the drum part first. That is the only time that has ever happened. I changed the drum sounds on this recording, but I digitized my original performance on my Ludwig’s from back then and used it. I added a piano and polished it all up a bit. I also came to some peace in the way I interpret the meaning of the lyrics I wrote then and what I believe happened now. There is common ground lyrically.
I no longer think just “some guys from the Middle East” could defeat the most heavily armed country in the world. That would be impossible.

Liberal Opposition destroying American Democracy for Profit

July 8th, 2017 . by Alexander Fisher

Corporate media likes to give liberals advice about changing their message so they can "win" elections. The liberal opposition (not really conservative) bought up the media, gerrymandered the states, and gave us hack-able voting systems and still couldn’t win everything to establish their anti-democratic "Permanent Majority". So they brought in an experienced authoritarian country to "fix" our election system once and for all for them. Seems to me that same liberal opposition is the one that needs to change their message, and actions, to conform to the spirit and content of our Constitution and the action expected from them to protect the republic it helped create from foreign influence. But there’s no money in that.

Loving America on July 4, 2017

July 4th, 2017 . by Alexander Fisher

 

On July 4th I am reminded of patriotism by the things I do not have to do to prove I love America:

 

· I do not have to fly any flag to prove I love America and doing so does not make me love America more than any other person.

· I do not have to belong to any one religion or have any religion at all to prove I love America.

· I do not have to be an American citizen or even live in America to prove I love America.

· I do not have to be any specific gender, skin color, or sexual orientation to prove I love America.

· I do not have to live in any one neighborhood, village, city or state or even have a home to prove I love America.

· I do not have be above or below any income level to prove I love America.

· I do not have to know any important, famous, or infamous people to prove that I love America.

Anyone that thinks that requiring any preconditions as proof a person loves America does not themselves understand what loving America means. For those individuals:

· You do not have to respect the opinions and rights of others and not quite get the democracy thing and you can still love America. It’s just that if you act out with violence against other American’s you should probably be in prison.

· You do not have to not be incarcerated to prove you love America.

My Recorded Cover Songs: A Thousand Years

June 5th, 2016 . by Alexander Fisher

 

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I first heard ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri while sitting at Rooster’s eating wings. I looked it up on the phone app Shazam that time and also the next couple of times I heard it. I just couldn’t  get it out of my head. I searched for it on the Internet and got the basic chords and started playing it on piano. I knew I didn’t quite have it right so I bought the sheet music. I started recording it about that time. Here is the finished product. (?) I hope I can get it out of my head now. Recording it usually works.

I have never seen Twilight.

I used: Korg Krome for Piano; 1988 Fender Stratocaster AS guitar; 1972 Rickenbacker 4001 bass; Ludwig Drums w/Zildjian and Paiste Cymbals; Bar Chimes

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The Republican Party Incorporated

April 17th, 2016 . by Alexander Fisher

 

For the last half century, the national Republican Party has had a track record for not achieving the goals of their conservative electorate. I considered myself a Republican, the Party of Lincoln, when I was young. I thought being conservative meant being responsible with the public’s tax money and keeping government out of one’s personal affairs. A naive boy I was.

Then the wedge issues came along. Opposition to same sex marriage, abortion rights, and other controversy’s that became embedded in the Republican Party platform. On those issues however, they actually failed to change, outlaw or control any one of them in any meaningful way nationally. There was even a period during George W. Bush’s residency in the White House that the Republicans controlled the Supreme Court, the Senate, the House of Representatives, and no doubt the national media dialog. But still, the Republicans made little change to the existing laws or proposed any legislation that had any chance of being enacted concerning those issues.

After the Republican’s Reagan Revolution, Corporate Taxation, Government Spending, the Environmental Protection Agency, Terrorism and Voting Rights have all been on the national party’s agenda. Since that time, there are now lower taxes for corporations, greater government spending, a worsening environment, highly visible acts of terrorism and more restrictions on the democratic process. It seems the Republicans can make changes, but only to benefit the special interests that profit from anything related to those things. The party has been taken over for some time by a well dressed criminal class and has become a party that wastes public money on political agendas and giving preferential treatment to others based on lives of wealth and privilege.

The Republican Party needs to explain to their voters why so little has been done on the wedge issues they were elected to change. They should have to tell whether they are ever going to make any effort to change things in the future or not. Beyond just sound bites and symbolic gestures. I think conservative voters deserve to know that. Whether I agree with any of them or not. I would want to know. But If someone is waiting for The Republican Party Incorporated to do anything about the perpetual wedge issues that galvanize conservative voters who keep voting them into power because of them, they will be waiting for a really long time.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/republicans-obamacare-replacement_us_570ffe63e4b06f35cb6f08ee

President Nixon: A Bullitt Dodged

April 1st, 2016 . by Alexander Fisher

I am currently reading John Dean’s book “The Nixon Defense”. The content of the book is mostly transcribed from White House recordings made during Richard Nixon’s years as President. Dean helps to organize the conversations and adds some commentary, but not that much. He was working in the WH then and helps to explain some of the seemingly ambiguous conversations. The Nixon aide quoted in the article at the link below, John Ehrlichman, is one of the players in this book as well. In it, he even discussed with the president rounding up all blacks and putting them on trains, then dropping one off in every town to work as domestic servants.
President Nixon was also making plans to round up newspaper reporters he didn’t like and jail them. He was using the IRS and the FBI to target his enemies. He believed he was above the law, so therefore he was not committing crimes. He went on about how honest he was and how his enemies were not. Then he would break the law to get back at them. Nuts.
As it turned out, the Watergate scandal saved America and our free speech for a few more years. Nixon’s goal was a country run for the benefit of himself and his rich friends. Had he not been hobbled by press and congressional scrutiny in his second term, he would have put his fantasy into action.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/23/politics/john-ehrlichman-richard-nixon-drug-war-blacks-hippie/index.html

CREEM Magazine

March 31st, 2016 . by Alexander Fisher

I was just sitting here thinking about the music I listened to when I was a teenager. I read Rolling Stone magazine a lot. But CREEM magazine was a big influence as well. They talked about a lot of name acts like David Bowie, Alice Cooper and Kiss, but they were also writing about The Dictators, New York Dolls, and The Ramones. I remember they had a full photo spread once called “Wayne County At Home” which were photos of a cross dressing punk singer lounging around his house in a dress, heels and a bouffant hairdo. The good old days.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creem

The Discussion We Need To Have About The NFL

February 6th, 2016 . by Alexander Fisher

No matter how much I have always loved the Cleveland Browns, I think that the NFL has gotten too big and powerful. You aren’t even allowed to say “Super Bowl” on television without their permission. Public financed stadiums make little sense when the teams and league are phenomenally wealthy. Corporate team owners often select the team’s hometown based on which city is willing to go into debt further to build a shiny new football field for them. The takeover of our colleges for the needs of the football team pushes the education they were founded for to the background. No one should disagree that a college football coach shouldn’t make more than the university president, state governor, or a U.S. president. None of this is fiscally responsible behavior in any way.

I never watch the Super Bowl. This time is no different. It is mainly because the Browns aren’t in it. But my love of the Browns should never interfere with what I see as tax payers being robbed and football fans being terrorized. Just ask the fans in St. Louis.

The Betrayal of America, by Vincent Bugliosi

March 28th, 2015 . by Alexander Fisher

index As a young prosecutor, Vincent Bugliosi, put Charles Manson in prison along with his murderous cult. He later wrote the book “Helter Skelter” about the murders and subsequent trials. He was the top of his class at UCLA law school and is known by anyone that knows him as always being the smartest guy in the room. At the time he wrote this book in 2001, he had also just released a highly regarded album of Latin love songs. Quite a guy.
In this short book based on an article he wrote for The Nation magazine, Bugliosi presents the evidence in a conspiracy to anoint a U.S. president without Democracy getting in the way. Above all, his legal arguments make me wonder why Al Gore’s lawyers in December 2000’s Gore v Bush case that was decided by this rogue Supreme Court, did not make any of them. Incompetence or conspiracy? I believe the latter. Only because these were all very very smart people. My 9/11 suspicions are much broader after reading this book. No doubt the Bush administration orchestrated the 9/11 event, but now I suspect complicity with Gore and the DNC, if for nothing other than allowing this to happen. Money can buy you love.
I have read many books recently about events that that laid the groundwork for 9/11 and the perpetual fear/war cycle we are in. John Dean’s book about the flawed appointment to the Supreme Court of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, “The Rehnquist Choice” sadly begins the spiral to the tragic events of the initial decade of the 21st Century.

My Recorded Cover Songs – Ready for Love (remix)

May 24th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher

As long as I remember, Ready for Love has been one of my favorite songs. Guitarist Mick Ralphs wrote the song back in the early 1970’s when he was with the band Mott the Hoople. It appeared on their All the Young Dudes LP. It was titled Ready for Love / After Lights on the album sleeve mainly because of the ending, I think. After Mick left Mott, he formed the band Bad Company and the song appeared on their first album as well. I consider my version to be a little closer to the Mott the Hoople version as I perform my own version of the After Lights ending. I think it rocks harder than either of the other versions though.

I played my Fender Stratocaster guitar, Rickenbacker 4001 Bass, and my Ludwig drums on this track. I sang all the vocals. I used my Fostex VF-16 multi-track recorder to record the original tracks. I used Cakewalk Sonar X1 Producer Expanded and Sony Sound Forge to remix and edit the song.

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