Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Supersuckers and The Dirty Mugs @ The Shrine, Tulsa, Ok 7/22/14

Here's a few pictures from the show last night. Both bands rocked it and put on a good show. Expect to hear both bands on my podcasts (notmovingpictures & Ten For Tuesday) soon.
The Dirty Mugs 7/22/14 The Shrine Tulsa, Ok

The Supersuckers 7/22/14 The Shrine Tulsa, Ok

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ten For Tuesday Episode 064

This episode features a lot of bands that aren't household names but man, the music is amazing. Call it what you will, punk or garage or what have you, it's all rock and roll. You can find a lot of these bands on YouTube so you can try it out first, then find where to buy it. Good music is good music and this stuff is good.

The Marked Men - Hate Me Anyway
Forgetters - Vampire Lessons
Mean Jeans - Crummy Crummy
Big Eyes - I Don't Care About Friday Night
Egg Hunt - We All Fall Down
The Night Marchers - Loud Dumb and Mean
Carbonas - Didn't Tell You Lie
Hot Snakes - Let It Come
Lost Sounds - Black Coat White Fear
Naked Raygun - Soldiers Requiem

Ten For Tuesday is a podcast dedicated to playing the music I couldn't find anywhere else. The music I like varies from style to style, genre to genre and era to era. You will hear punk, ska, rock, Americana, metal, country, rockabilly and more from all over the world. It doesn't matter if it's a major label or indie as long as I like it then it gets played. The motto is Less Talk More Music which means you won't hear me waxing poetic for fifteen minutes between songs. At TFT its all about the music...and me of course.

Email: Twitter: @notmovingpics

Old Episodes can be found by going to and searching for Ten For Tuesday

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Air Conditioning Or The Lack Of It

Last Sunday evening my family and I had returned home and as we walked back into the house we immediately knew that something was wrong. Normally we do not have the air conditioning set very low due to my wife's rheumatoid arthritis. Cold air kills her joints and puts her out of commission for a few days until she can recover. Usually the thermostat is kept at seventy-seven degrees which has taken me quite a few years to get used to but I have more or less.

As I said, when we entered the house it was quite apparent that it was hotter than usual, much hotter. I could hear and feel air coming from the vents but a quick check of the thermostat verified that it was eighty-seven degrees in the house. I changed the batteries in the thermostat just in case that was the simple fix but it did nothing. We decided to fold out the bed in the couch for my wife and son and I got the other part of the couch (it's a large wrap-around sectional) and turned on the ceiling fan and two floor fans.

That made it bearable for the night and I texted Tommy to see if he knew anybody that could help us. He gave me a name and a number and luckily the guy was able to come out quickly and he had it fixed in about half an hour. It was a blown capacitor. He gave me some tips on what to do in the future and was on his way. Although it did take some time to bring the temperature back down to normal the effect was noticeable instantly.

It's amazes me that when I was a child we never gave something like air conditioning a second thought. When we visited my grandmother in Kentucky (out in the hollows) she didn't even have a window unit. We never used it in the car either. We just rode with the windows down and I'm sure there were plenty of hot days but it never seemed to register. That's just the way it was and complaining wouldn't help anything.

I haven't had A.C. in my truck since I got it over four years ago and I just deal with it. After all, the summer can only last for so long. But if it's not on in the house then we have a problem. I guess people as a whole are just acclimated to it being there but it wasn't always there. It makes me wonder if that's a good thing or not. On the one hand it's good not to be dependent on things that can go away quite easily. On the other hand though, it just feels so good when you've been outside doing yard work in the hot sun to come inside and cool off.

I guess I just have to deal with the change, it's not like time is going backwards or anything. Although if/when we move to Peru then things will most certainly change because most houses down there don't have A.C. or heating units. It's not standard like it is here and  nobody seems to have a major issue with it. Of course the weather in Lima is much different than here. In their winter the overnight low is only about fifty degrees and in the summer the high is around the mid eighties. Nothing that a portable heater or a fan won't fix. That's a good thing how I see it. Until then though, I'll just have to deal with the conditions here. Until they change again that is.

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lyrics From The Show

Last month while watching Alejandro Escovedo perform at The Vanguard here in Tulsa I had a line pop into my head. I've learned from past experience that if I don't record these thoughts in some manner I will forget them. With that in mind I frantically looked around for some paper and spied a set list from a band that had played there on a previous day. It was written on by a sharpie but since nothing else looked even remotely possible I snatched it up.

Quickly I jotted down the line and then several others that followed. During the next few minutes I would continue to write as things came to me. Keep in mind that I wasn't merely copying or rewriting what I was hearing. Alejandro's music and words had inspired me and brought something to the forefront of my brain. This frequently happens to me. I can be listening to music and suddenly I get an idea and we're off to the races.

For me creativity breeds creativity. It doesn't matter if it comes while reading a novel, a comic book, watching a movie or listening to music. I've even been inspired while listening to various people talking on a podcast and from reading an article in a music magazine (yes they still exist). You have to learn to seize the inspiration when it comes and make the most of it or else it will dry up and disappear.

As of late I've been blessed to write quite a bit of poetry or song lyrics or whatever you want to call it. Around about now you might be asking yourself what happened to those lyrics that started this post. My intention was to scan the page into the computer and write a blog post about how I got the idea and then show what the lyrics looked like after I had worked on them a bit. That was my intention.

Sadly, the paper has disappeared. It was in my laptop bag and my only thought is that I had left it out to scan it and perhaps my wife thought it was nothing and threw it away. it's possible that she could have moved it somewhere else, she has a habit of stuffing things in drawers to get them out of her way. Maybe I misplaced the paper myself, who's to say?

Placing blame is a waste of time, the point is that they are gone and I'm sure they would have been fantastic and a hit song and I would have been filthy rich, or maybe not. They might have actually been crap but I don't know either way. Perhaps one day while cleaning I'll come across those words and you can judge for yourself. All I've learned is that you can lose your ideas even after you have recorded them. Nothing is ever one hundred percent safe.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Dreams Fade Fast

Dreams Fade Fast

Roused from sleep my mind’s blank
Dreams fade fast
Make what you will of my memory
Or lack thereof
Reality screams into the present
Life comes crashing in
What was it I wanted to hold onto
I cannot grasp it
A fate foreshadowed by blankness
Empty of knowledge
I’ve never known my expiration date
Do you know yours

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014



have you ever felt like you were supposed to be somewhere else
like time was passing by and you were stuck in place
just waiting for that magical knock on the door that would take care of everything
have you ever felt that where you are and what you are doing don't matter
like you're just marking time daydreaming your days away
wishing with all your might that someone might see the brilliance in you
this latent talent you have submerged somewhere in your being
waiting to be let out at just the right moment in time
then all the things you've thought of will come to fruition

well the truth is that if you do feel like you need to be somewhere else then you really need to be there
time will only keep passing you by and that knock will never come
if you feel like you don't matter then you have to do something about it
stop with the daydreaming and start making plans
write things down or do some research find out what you need to do to make it happen
you have to put yourself in the right place and the only way of doing that is by being in the wrong place many times
nobody can see what you're holding back unless you shine a light on it
any talent not worked on over and over will dry up and be lost to you
otherwise time will pass you by and somebody else will do it instead

you have to do the work before you can receive the reward
you have to hear no many times
you have to make the effort
otherwise what's the point

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

notmovingpictures Episode 022: The Boys Are Back

Well, well, well. Look at this, as predicted we are back with another episode so very quickly and this one has both Tommy and Don. It's been five months since we were able to get together and record something and we end up going for almost an hour, how's that for stamina? Among the topics discussed were what happened on the 4th of July (Don got hit by fireworks), the lack of any road trips since the Iron Maiden one, the status (or lack of thereof) of Tommy's band Alloy and how recently Don finally came to grips with what is the definition of poetry. Expect an episode of Don's spoken word poetry sometime in the future, who knows when he'll get around to it. Then the talk shifts to the recent move to get a medical marijuana initiative on the ballot for the next election and how ridiculous the anti-marijuana laws are in this country. All in all a pretty good conversation.

Opening Music: Alloy - Live To See The Day
Closing Music: Sublime - Smoke Two Joints

Email: Twitter: @notmovingpics

Older episodes can also be found @, just search for notmovingpictures.

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.