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| April 2009
day in the life of Joe Republican
Joe gets up at 6 a.m. and fills his coffeepot with
water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good
because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality
With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication.
His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal
fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised.
All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical
plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid
medical insurance - now Joe gets it too.
He prepares his morning breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is
safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate
the meat packing industry. In the morning shower, Joe reaches for
his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient
and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal
fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how
much it contained.
Joe dresses, walks outside and takes a deep breath. The air he
breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought
for laws to stop industries from polluting our air.
He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to
work. It saves him considerable money in parking and
transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for
affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity
to be a contributor.
Joe begins his workday. He has a good job with excellent pay,
medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some
lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards.
Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want
his employees to call the union. If Joe is hurt on the job or
becomes unemployed, he'll get a worker compensation or unemployment
check because some stupid liberal didn't think he should lose his home
because of his temporary misfortune.
It's noontime and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some
bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because
some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous
bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.
Joe has to pay his Fannie-Mae-underwritten mortgage and his
below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided
that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and
earned more money over his lifetime.
Joe is home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening
at his farm home in the country. He gets in his car for the
drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some
America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards.
He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to
live in the house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because
bankers didn't want to make rural loans. The house didn't have
electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it
didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.
He is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father
lives on Social Security and a union pension because some
wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of
himself so Joe wouldn't have to.
Joe gets back in his car for the ride home, and turns on a radio talk
show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and
conservatives are good. He doesn't mention that the beloved
Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys
throughout his day. Joe agrees: "We don't need those
big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I'm a
self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves,
just like I have."
February 6, 2006
A "rant" if you will.
Iím not frightened! Iím
not worried about Al Qaeda or Osama Bin Laden. Hell, I donít think that
Al Qaeda even exists. Itís a figment of our imagination, brought on by
9-11 and our present administration.
We need a "boogey-man" and this one will do just find thank you very
much. Oh I know... youíll say of course Osama is alive and well living
in Pakistan or wherever, and he may well be. But my point is one
or two men canít bring down this government. Meaning that the
worldwide spread of the Al Qaeda network is non-existing. Thatís right,
non-existing, meaning they donít fucking exist!
At the end of the cold war with Russia, our government had no bad guy.
And everyone knows we have to have a bad guy or boogey-man, itís just
how things work. I canít really explain it, but do some research and
youíll soon discover that this is a correct hypothesis.
But what I would like to do is try and stop the American people from
being frightened. Not all Americans are scared, but a lot are and
they make it hard on the rest of us. And then you ask me "How is it
making it hard on you if Iím frightened?" Well, Iíll tell you!
Frightened people do stupid things; very frightened people do very
stupid things. And when enough people get scared they make it hard on
the rest of us that arenít. As I write this, the United States Senate
are having hearings about American surveillance. This administration
calls it "Terrorist Surveillance" but donít kid yourself; it's domestic
surveillance. They are spying on Americans in this country, listening
to our phone calls, reading our emails and heaven knows what else. All
under the guise of "protecting us from Al Qaeda" You know... the
Itís time-consuming not to be afraid; it takes time to research and
find out whatís really happening in our country let alone the entire
world. But Iíll tell you one thing, you have no reason to be afraid of
Al Qaeda because they donít exist!
If youíre interested, I will tell you who you should be afraid of. You
already know the answer to this; itís "the boss, same as the old boss."
Thatís right, be afraid of your government. You know them; the guys
that tell you "Listen to me, do what I say, and Iíll protect you." Well
they may do just that but at what cost? Oh yeah, it costs, not in
dollars (although we have spent a pretty penny so far in Iraq and other
parts of the Middle East.)
But the big cost comes when you turn over your rights. Thatís right,
your freedom. The things you donít really even take into consideration.
You just expect them to always be there, just like electricity, running
water, or gas for your car. After all, you live in America, and we all
know that living in America guarantees certain rights. Right?
The only rights that are guaranteed are the ones youíre willing to
fight for and they are under siege as you read this. Ok, ask me how I
know this. Well, I know this because I took the time to find out. I did
my research, and itís there for all to see.
The Internet is a wonderful tool. It will take you places youíve only
dreamed of and do it from the comfort of your living room. I would also
suggest turning off the television now again and picking up a book, and
not just any book!
Hell, if you agree with this administration, then you should be
frightened and anything I might say will fall on deaf ears. But if
youíve been wondering why things in the back of your mind have been
bothering you lately, such as "Why did we go to war with Iraq? Why
hasnít the most powerful country in the world been able to find Osama
bin Laden? Why does gasoline cost three dollars a gallon?" If you ask
yourself these questions then you should really do some research.
So Iíll close by quoting Franklin Delano Roosevelt, ďThe only thing we
have to fear, is fear itselfĒ.
And of course this; Always question the authorities. Always question
your government. After all they work for you. We have a republic in
this country and these guys work for us. So stop being frightened,
start doing some research. Find out the truth, itís out there but you
must find it and spread it around.
Till I knock on your door
| August 15, 2005
all! Well, my birthday is over but I've got stories and I gotta tell
Hereís how I remember it! I awoke early on August 12, 2005. It
was already warming up from the morning mist and it wasnít even six
a.m., so I jumped in the shower to get the sleep out of my eyes and to
get a fresh outlook. After my shower I fumbled around for my first cup
of coffee and of course the sugar bowl Yeah, I know... the
"white death." But I like sugar and Iím a firm believer in moderation
and any and everything is all right in moderation.
The plan for the weekend of my birthday, was to take "Gus the bus" and
load him with a few guitars and a few souls and point him south, all
the way to the city of New Braunfels TX. We had good intelligence that
a radio show was being recorded in a small community called Freiheit,
TX and we want in on the whole thing. Well, we located the Freiheit
country store, and sure enough it was happening.
When we got to Freiheit we hooked up with no other then Mo Humble,
the man to know when you want to get things done around those parts.
It didnít take long to turn the country store into a full-blown live
music venue once Mo and Ace showed up. Ace is the utterly mad engineer
behind the fine recording quality on Humble Time Radio Show.
Hereís a list of fellow travelers; Mick Morrow went along on
this trip to cover the bottom end of our acoustic band, as well as
fellow songwriter Mark Merritt. And as always, my wonderful
wife Darlina and Ozzy the traveling bird, heís one cool
We left Fort Worth early in hopes that Interstate 35 South wouldnít be
so busy, I call it the I-35 Gauntlet; all North Texans know about this
stretch of highway. Since NAFTA, itís become a real nightmare to
negotiate, but hell it was my birthday and I had my best friends and
musicians by my side so nothing was going to stop me.
We made our motel reservation just in the nick of time and got settled
in for the evening. So with nothing on the motel television we turned
that thing off and started pickín. We played till we all fell over from
exhaustion or midnight witch ever came first.
We got up early the next morning that would be Saturday the 13th of
Darlina and Mick went to the front desk and loaded up with coffee and
brought plenty back to our room, so with a quick caffeine fix and
another shower we were ready for breakfast.
Iím coming to the end of this tall tale; needless to say we made it to
the radio taping with time to spare. I think I can speak for everyone
when I say we had a great time the live audience was great, plenty of
hootís and hollers from a lively Texas Audience!
So my birthday was a raving success, and we made the trip without any
Oh, Iím not telling how old I was on this birthday; needless to say Iím
Till I knock on your door!
| April 13, 2005
hereís the deal... the wife and I took a little road trip. (Little
my ass... we put 5K miles on "Gus the bus"). We went to the
great state of Oregon, via New Mexico, Colorado Utah, and Nevada.
American is truly is a beautiful country, and a road trip is the best
way to see in my humble opinion. I could try and tell you all
about the trip, but words just won't explain the mystic beauty of the
northern route to Oregon.
We did however make some new
friends. We meet a couple; Ron & Tessa Green; they opened up
their hearts and home to us and for that weíll be forever grateful. We
plan on putting up some photos soon, as a picture still tells a
thousand words. So let me close by telling you about the second
part of this blog post.
A couple of days before we
left, I got the note below from my good friend Mark Merritt. I wanted
to add it too this post, as it meant a lot to me. Iíll post pictures of
the road trip soon. Enjoy!
By now, I'm sure Gus is
gassed up, the bags are packed, and your favorites CD's are at the
ready. All that's required is a turn of the key, and then start heading
west, young man. Out into the Great Unknown where forgotten stories
will be re-discovered, and others will be born. Out onto the vast
concrete pathway that stretches as far as the eye can see, populated by
other souls heading somewhere, or maybe even nowhere. You'll see others
on the path going to wherever fate will take them. They just pick a
direction, hit the gas, and wait to see where the journey will take
them, and to see if their stories can be told.
But, in this case... the
path has been chosen. "To the Pacific Northwest" we shall go. To see
coastlines of serenity, forests of green splendor, and nature as God
intended it to be. The air will feel smoother, the water crisper, and
the spirit flame re-ignited. Choices will be simpler to make, time will
not be a factor and the simplest things will make everything
worthwhile. Things that troubled you before simply don't trouble you
right now. At least not for a while. Because the mission is clear.
To re-discover a part of
the country almost long forgotten, and to share it with a soul-mate...
Ahh... that's the stuff. Those are the things worth waiting for.
Cameras can take two dimensional pictures of what I'm sure will be vast
amounts of eye-candy, but the memories of a journey like this, will
make you smile when you fall asleep at night.
So here's to a safe
journey. May you laugh all the way there, and all the way
back. Stop at some historical markers along the way, and learn
new things about this land. Take lots of pictures, remember the
funny stories, and write goofy songs. Please, at all costs...
avoid telephone poles and large mammals in the road. (The farther west
you go, the bigger the critters get.)
In the immortal words of
two brothers before embarking on their own journey:
"We've got a full tank of
gas, a half a pack of cigarettes, and we're wearing sunglasses.....
Have a wonderful and safe
trip. See you on the other side.
| February 24, 2005
we are February 05, and Iím posting updates to this blog. It all sounds
so simpleÖ life goes on, right? Just act like nothing is happening in
the world. I go about my business, and act like the only important
thing is my little universe. When in fact, the world just may explode
at any time and Iím not confident at all that the powers-that-be have a
handle on the situation.
So hereís whatís happening in my universe! First let me
congratulate Mark & Lora on their recent marriage. Mark
Merritt, my songwriter partner, and all around good dude is releasing
his new album, titled Peace Of Me this coming summer. We sent
an advance copy to our friends in Vancouver, thatís R& J Music they
just happen to be great folks and music publishers. BTW, Markís
album, "Peace Of Me" Is one great sounding record!!
We also sent a five-song demo of P.O.M to an outfit in Nevada, Black
Mountain Production (per their request I might add.) Of
course this is the music business, so it will probably be a year or two
before we hear from anyone. Thatís the nature of this business; ďhurry
up and wait.Ē
The Mortal Coils album is coming along nicely. We have
mixed three of the songs for the album so far and Iím happy to report
that it cooks. We have a recording session set up for tonight
to work on some vocal tracks, then itís back to mixing.
Thatís about it for this post... itís more of the same for
me! try to write a good song now and again, and not
let the bastards get me down. Thatís good all-around advice for anyone
these days. Same as it ever wasÖ same as it ever was!!
| November 4, 2004
been awhile since I posted here and thought Iíd bring everyone up to
date. The Mortal Coils album is coming along
nicely, and weíre getting together tonight to do some overdubs at the
studio. Hopefully we'll have this record ready for release by
there's a new artist on the Reload label. Let me
introduce you to PrinceRodriguez.
of their new album; The Ballad Of Pedro Nix, itís a story
telling record and itís very cool. The album has 13 tracks, and
it tells the story of... Wait, wait!! You need to get
a copy and find out for yourselves. This album comes with
instructions! Not really, but the liner notes explain what the
stories are all about, itís a really good record and Iím proud to be on
the same label as PrinceRodriguez.
Got a road
trip coming up! Darlina and I plan to head to the West
Coast the coming spring for a three-week tour. Weíll be hitting
Utah, California, Oregon, Washington State and we'll hit New Mexico on
the way back, (which by the way, is down hill from Washington.)
Iíll post a complete schedule on the website soon. It would be
great to meet some of you while Iím out and about.
see! I think thatís about it! I do promise to post more
often in the future. Itís been busy. I know thatís what
everyone says so why should I be any different.
In case you missed it, the election is over. We have a president,
duly elected, so try and be civil. That doesnít mean we shouldnít
keep our eye on him, and remember all politicsí are local. So
vote in the small elections, city council, school board, mayor,
etc. Do some research, find out who they are and what they stand
for, then vote your asses off.
| August 19, 2004
| Well, it all started with an invitation to do
a little pickín at a birthday party, not just any birthday
party, but one that has a history. The history as I understand it
goes back some nine years when some folks got together to celebrate the
birthday of one Terry Razor. They decided to have this
birthday bash on the Brazos river. True, the concept of having a
party on the Brazos River ainít new, but this one like I said, has a
Terry Razor; Terryís a local musician
singer/songwriter with a heart as big as Texas herself, so when the
invite came to join in, well... needles to say it was a
no-brainier. The boys & girls and myself loaded "Gus
The Bus" up and headed SXSW to a little place on the river called Bucks
On The Brazos. Bucks is owned and operated by Scott &
Cindy Chaffin very nice folks, again with hearts as big as Texas.
We, (meaning me and the band) Oh yea, the
band now has a name! Let me know if you like it!? From now
on and forever unless we decide to change it, The band will be known as
ďThe CowTown TruckersĒ Yup, I came up
with that. I kind of pride myself with naming bands and giving
people nicknames. Back to the story, fourth paragraph!!
Well, we made the trip crash-free, showed up
about 3pm and the party was going strong. The party had
been going on since Thursday. We got there on Saturday and we had
some catching up to do, so we got right to it. I bought a
new hat, Darlina got a new OKOM t-shirt from the good folks from Texas
Music Guide, and we were ready!
The weather was perfect! Nice breeze
and the temperature was 89 degrees. It donít get much better in
Texas in the month of August then that. Met up with some folks we
havenít seen in awhile and thatís always fun. But the largest
surprise was while we were playing I turn around and there he was
grinning right back at me... Yup it was Tim Rivera my long lost
harp player. Iíve been playing music with this guy since the 70ís
but I hadnít seen him in ten years, well that made the party complete!
When we finished our set we congregated
around Gus The Bus, broke out our lawn chairs and set in for a long
overdue visit. We all did some catching up on what we had been
doing, the lies were flying, and it was hard to get a word in side
ways. After a long visit we promised to stay in touch with each
other this time and there were hugs-a-plenty.
Thatís about it. We had to get back to
Fort Worth (some of the CowTown Truckers had plans that evening) but
personally I would have liked to have stayed around as it was just
Till I knock on your door
| July 16, 2004
buckaroos, well Itís been a wild and wonderful few weeks since I last
posted to this very cool blog. I have a very good excuse for
taking a few weeks off, Iíve been busy! I know, I know... everyone says
that but in my case itís true.
Hereís whatís going on,
Iíll let you decide if you think Iíve really been busy or Iím just
Iím working on two new
albums, not mine but just as important to me as if they were. Let
me mention these projects, because in the near future youíll be able to
hear for yourselves and make up your on mind if they are indeed
Mark Merritt is putting the
finishing touches on his new album titled Peace Of Me, This is
going to be a great album, Iím happy to be involved with Markís first
effort and itís proving to be time well spent. I even get to play
a little guitar on this record, other than me, itís all Mark Merritt.
Iím also working on the Mortal
Coils project; this will be a concept album in the true sense of
the Texas flatlands. Let me give you a break down on some of the
musicians playing on this record. This is not a complete list but
it is the core of the rhythm section:
Mick Morrow will be playing
Bass, Mickís a friend and a fine musician weíre lucky to have him
available. Walt Redding is the drummer/percussionist, also a fine
The core of this project,
meaning the songwriters that got me interested in getting involved are
Mike Price, Greg Jackson & me.
The Mortal Coils album is a
combination of Texas story telling put to a swing beat, and other
musicals ideas that come with getting to play with fine
musicians. I think it will be well received, by the Americana
& roots audiences that appreciate real music, warts and all.
Iím going back to work, if
you have questions or comments just drop me a line Iíll probably
reply. See all of you soon... watch out for spinning Buickís.
| May 17, 2004
Well, the festival tour
is over. We've done four shows in four weeks and that's pretty good for
me. I never really wanted to tour; I enjoy writing songs and
working in the studio. But when push comes to shove, I'll do
what's necessary to get my songs heard. After all, if no one's
ever going to hear these songs, why in hell write them? I have to
mention this now or Iíll forget. Seems that several radio
stations are playing cuts off Privateer, that's the good
news. Now hereís what I 'd like everyone to do for me. Mark
is adding a "Fan Support" link on this website. The premise being
click on the radio station link, and when you get to there,
request a song from the Privateer album. The trick
is all radio stations compile information regarding requested songs. If
they get enough requests they will contact the record label and procure
that title being requested. This deal helps the artist, and more
importantly helps the Indie music cause. You can apply this
principle to all of your favorite artists.
Back to the festival
tour. Let me give you a little background... A couple of
years back we had a songwriting deal with a Nashville publisher. (I
won't mention his name but he's a big time publisher.) We sent
several songs to this guy; he listened and made a few comments then
decided to accept nine songs. He put these song on a schedule ďAĒ
which means they were being to artists. A couple of established
artists came to his office looking for songs. Said publisher
played some of our cuts for these artists and they really liked one of
our songs. So they asked the publisher if he would demo this song
in a Rock-n-Roll version. Let's get something straight; re demos
of songs in Nashville are as commonplace as buying a beer, besides
everything in Nashville is re-coupable.
Needless to say this new
demo was never done. So goes my career as a songwriter.
After that, our songs were put on a shelf and forgotten. Well, a
bad business deal left us out in the cold as this publisher has our
nine songs forever. So that's how that goes.
Back in August I decided
to release a new album (Privateer.) Thatís the only way I was
ever going to get these songs heard; that and to play them
myself. That brings us to the present- day festival tour.
April had us going to the Northgate Festival in College Station,
followed by an album-release concert. May brought the Cottonwood
festival and the Wildflower Festival in Richardson, Texas.
I'll tell you about the Wildflower Festival... If you've never
been, it's a must-go. We got to the festival early. We
don't have an advance man, and so we have to check things out for
ourselves. Anyway, we get to the festival, park in the wrong
parking area, walk five miles and locate our stage. Weíre playing
the main stage, and keep in mind that this is a festival.
After locating our stage and parking area we walk back five miles get
"Gus the Bus" (our traveling wheels) and go to the correct stage/
parking area. Hell, I'm already exhausted at this point and
we have forty-five minutes before we play.
Let me mention how great
the folks were at Wildflower. They went out of their way to make
us feel welcome and important and that really helps.
Did I mention that this
was a festival? Well, it was. It was huge!!
Festival seating, festival stage, festival sound system, festival
lighting... the works! All this does not overwhelm me, but I was
curious, "How are the songs going to sound in this type of
venue?" We've played outside before, but nothing like this.
Sometimes the songs can get lost in the vastness of it all, so I'm
thinking "Well... I'll know in about an hour." (that's how long we
I'm happy to report the
songs stood up well. From what I could hear from the stage, the
sound flowed pretty well, and I think the folks that were there
had a good time, and we on stage did as well. Did it help my
career? Not sure. No one's contacted me about playing
Woodstock 05. We'll see. ;-)
Till I knock on your
| April 26, 2004
all! Well we had the Privateer CD release concert this past
Saturday. The venue we chose for this show was Arts Fifth Avenue
located at 1628 5th avenue in Ft Worth, Texas and it's run by Gracey
Tunes & Eddie Dunlap. I can't say enough about these folks and I
should mention Debbie and all the volunteers that chipped in to help
make this concert a success.
We had a good, lively crowd and I might add a lot of hoopin' and
hollering and singin' along. That's what makes a relatively
unknown songwriter feel pretty good when the audience knows the words
to your songs. Even though we didn't have a dance floor, plenty of
folks found a place to dance, and I wouldn't call us a dance band.
Let me mention the players that supported me for this show, the
supporting cast if you will: Darlina, backing vocals&
percussion, Walt Redding on drums, Mick Morrow bass & backing
vocals, & Michael Price on keyboards. They did an outstanding job
keeping up with me (I'm not that easy to play music with) I like
to experiment a lot while playing live... makes for some interesting
Sold quite a few albums at the show, and that's always a good feeling. Privateer
my new record, has been selling pretty good I'm a little surprised but
happy to be able to report that it's getting a good reception by the
singer/songwriter crowd, you know the folks that really enjoy Indie
records that are story-telling in nature, and fits the "roots" genre.
I'm also happy to report that Privateer is getting some radio airplay
in Europe. By all means go to Real Roots Cafe
http://www.realrootscafe.com/ Do a request, ask for Earl Musick and
anything off the Privateer album. So far the songs they've been
playing most is Hell Bent and Happy and Bye I'm Gone.
Ok! I suppose that's about it for now! I'll post more later
as we have a couple of Festivals coming up, and I'm sure I'll have
something to talk about after these adventures. Watch out for
spinning Buick's, and I'll talk to you soon.
Till I knock on your door!......em
| March 28, 2004
| Howdy fellow traveler! Just returned from College
Station, TX where John Gomez and I played the Northgate Music Festival
and had a helluva time. We had a relatively crash free trip, met some
really cool folks, (including the Budweiser Girls, that alone was worth
the trip.) But we also got a chance to meet and listen to the
music of a kid named Steve Tenpenny and was duly
impressed. He's got a new album titled Westbound Sun, you
should give it a listen.
We're getting ready
to load up and take on MacHenrys that's in Fort Worth, we've played
this room before, and I must say they have some very nice folks that
run this place for songwriter John Walker and they go out of there way
to make you feel at home, and we appreciate that a lot.
The Brazos Brothers
Band will be playing MacHenrys from 4pm until 7pm their celebrating the
birthday of Judy Carter & Maryanne Maguire, any excuse for a party.
Anyway we're heading out early so we can get in on the revelry, before
we have to play. Hope to see some old friends and show them some new
Got some more gigs
coming up I'll talk about them in due time, right now I thinking that
I'm one lucky SOB I'm married to the best woman in the world period,
she never misses a beat. What a partner! Thanks honey!
Go to go, need to
re-string Fran and get ready for tonight, hope to see you somewhere
along the blacktop! Till I knock on your door.....em
| March 26, 2004
|Notice! Hell froze over. It must have, cuz I finally
released a new album. Now comes the fun part. I get to explain
why I put a new record out and try and convince everyone it's worth
I'll do this by
performing live which requires some traveling and a considerable amount
of bullshit. I'm capable of both, although I would prefer someone else
drive the bus.
Oh! The title of
the new record is Privateer. Because that's what I am; an Indie
kind of guy, a Privateer if you will. I don't need no stinkin'
major record label telling me how to write songs, and what to wear.
So I hope to meet up
with a lot of you while I travel around. It's called "Record
Promotion." I prefer calling it traveling around playing music
and singing songs. If you hear that I'm coming to your neck of the
woods, I hope you come out and kick the tires on this new album and
tell me what you think of the new songs. Don't be shy...
tell it like it is. I'm pretty sure everyone will without me saying so,
but I'd like to hear from you!
I'll keep posting here
from time to time; let you know what's going on and where I've been and
where I'm going. If you know of a place I should check out let me
know. I'll try most anything a couple of times. Keep in
Till I knock on you
Check out the new video of Burrough's
Blues from Earl's newest album, "Duck & Cover"
(.mpg - 33 mb)