The Linear Canvas
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Crazed and Hypnotized

July 24th, 2008 . by Alexander Fisher

I had recorded an old LP on my computer and decided to go through my cassettes of my personal recordings as well. I recorded these tapes with several cassette recorders all using dbx noise reduction, so the sound is very good. The main deck was a Yamaha 4-track multi-speed cassette recorder. It was very well designed and functioned perfectly. It still works.

I had just been telling Jill that I hadn’t found anything that stood out on the tapes, when I found this gem.

Crazed and Hypnotized was written in the mid 90’s. I am not sure what I was thinking when I wrote it and I remember I thought the song was a little silly when I did. Now I marvel that I created it.

Press the PLAY button to hear Crazed and Hypnotized


The Official Cable Guy of The Stephanie Miller Show!!!

July 13th, 2008 . by Alexander Fisher

On Monday July 7, 2008, I was named The Official Cable Guy of The Stephanie Miller Show. How, you wonder did I do that? (or is that Why?)

I asked. But I had to work for it.

Press the PLAY button to hear my performance on the
The Stephanie Miller Show!


For a couple of years now, I have been subscribing to the podcast of The Stephanie Miller Show and listening to it on my iPod almost every week day. It is a popular political comedy radio show that is carried locally on WVKO 1580AM (Columbus), nationally on other syndicated radio stations, a live Internet stream, an iTunes podcast, and is carried live on Sirius Satellite.

A couple of weeks ago, Stephanie mentioned on the show that she wanted listeners to send in a new version of their comedy song, You’re a Lying Sack of Crap. The original song is very well done and there is a version by a cute little girl named Audrey that they play. They usually play the song when they have an audio clip of or talk about a politician or other celebrity that is obviously lying about something.

I gave it a little thought. Although I thought it would be cool to submit one, I didn’t think I would. Every other time except once when I have contacted them, they have ignored me or not been entirely friendly. The producer, Chris Lavoie answered me once about a podcast issue and was very nice. I e-mailed Rebecca Baker, the assistant producer, once about a similar issue and her reply felt like a “go jump in the lake” kind of an answer. I know the more successful they get, the harder it is to please everyone. There were few ways for me to impress them enough to get their attention with so many other witty people calling and writing in. I understand.

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Mott the Hoople

July 9th, 2008 . by Alexander Fisher

When I was ready to move to a more serious type of music, after years of top 40 hits, I found myself listening to whatever was popular with my friends. Grand Funk Railroad comes to mind. I’m not slamming Grand Funk. Personally I think their pre-Craig Frost (keyboards) days were some of the best times of my life.

I always tried to be a little ahead of the others in my crowd musically. I read Rolling Stone regularly and had been reading Creem and Circus magazines for awhile. I found out about Mott the Hoople mainly from those publications. They had been getting a lot of press for holding shows in England that ended in a riot.

They were kind of artsy mayhem. They were led by a cork screw red haired guy who always wore black sunglasses named Ian Hunter. But to me, they were all equally Mott the Hoople and their sound changed as they changed members, especially guitar players.

Press  YTplay_wh    to play All the Young Dudes

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