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.
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.
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.
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.
March 28th, 2015 . by Alexander Fisher
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.
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.
May 20th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher
I have been playing She Talks To Angels almost since it was released by the original artist, the Black Crows. I recorded it once before with my niece singing the lead vocal. She was dissatisfied with the resulting recording and I never posted it. It was in a key that just didn’t suit her voice very well. I had a pretty hot guitar solo in it so I was a little disappointed.
I recently recorded it all over again and did the lead vocals and most of the background vocals. I had my wife Jill fill in some of the background vocals for me as well. I played all the instruments.
I used my Takamine acoustic guitar, and Rickenbacker bass, in addition to a Roland Octapad and Roland slave keyboard. I recorded it using Cakewalk Sonar X1 and edited the file properties with Sony Sound Forge v9.
April 17th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher
I originally recorded Hangin’ On To Yesterday just after I got hurt about three years ago. I was sitting in a wheelchair throughout the recording. I added a violin, remixed it, and remastered it just recently.
I wrote it about my friend Vickie Farmer just after I found out she passed away. We had known each other since junior high. We had an odd relationship from the very start. But it seemed we always got along better when it was just the two of us.
I originally recorded it on my Toshiba netbook using Sonar 6. Mainly because I couldn’t go downstairs to use anything else at the time. But I had wondered if my netbook could be used to record. I proved it could, with this song. Though mixing and other editing proved difficult on such a small screen.
I used Sonar X1 Producer Expanded to mix and master this version. I also used Sony Sound Forge 9 to do some editing. I added the strings using Dimension Pro with my Roland MIDI controller. The guitar was my Takamine G Series Jumbo acoustic.
April 15th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher
I recorded myself recently, performing the song “Swan Creek” off my upcoming CD, in my kitchen. I used my Sony Digital camcorder and recorded it with a Shure SM-27 condenser microphone.
February 12th, 2013 . by Alexander Fisher
I was listening to an old audio tape and a voice out of the past (a much younger me) told “me” to record this music. I even gave “myself” the chords and I even played them a few times for “me”.
When I started recording A Lonesome Breeze, I only needed one more good song to have enough to be able to release my best CD yet. The other songs are all good, but I just felt I needed another really good one to finish up the project. I had already put together seventeen other songs and I was only going to pick about ten songs for the album. I just wanted plenty to choose from.
I wasn’t real sure what the song was about at first, but I watched a recent PBS Frontline episode about the thieves on Wall Street and right there and then I knew I had my subject.
On the recording I used my Fender Stratocaster guitar though my Line 6 POD, Rickenbacker 4001 bass, Roland Octapad and Session Drummer 3. I also sang both lead and background vocal parts. I was having trouble with my Sonar X1 DAW installation and the Tascam FW1804 on my main recording computer. So, much of this was recorded using Sonar v8.5 and my PreSonus Firebox on my old computer. I was able to do the final mix and mastering in X1 though. I also used Sony Sound Forge v9 in the edit process.