Monday, July 28, 2014

New Lyrics Written At The Supersuckers & Dirty Mugs Show

Last week while I waited for The Supersuckers and The Dirty Mugs show at The Shrine to start I got an idea and started writing it down on the envelope my ticket was mailed to me in. It was the only paper that I had on me at the time. Unlike the Alejandro Escovedo show, this time I made sure that my new lyrics/poem were not lost. Below is the scan of said new lyrics in all their roughness:


After I took a look at them I made a pass at the top page and it changed a bit. Some of the stuff on the backside was not connected and came out later so I'll hang onto those scraps, you never know when they'll come in handy. Below you'll see the finished (for now) product.
working man

present me with questions
none of which I like
pronounce the company motto
invoked with a straight face
I know that your way or the highway
doesn’t coincide with my way
you like my results but
say my methods gotta change
haven’t you ever heard
don’t fix what ain’t broken
just another example of dumbing
it down to the lowest common denominator
everybody is on even footing around here
no child’s been left behind
appearances are all that matter
what if I don’t want my participation trophy?
Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

notmovingpictures Episode 023: Medical Marijuana and Oklahoma

Episode 23 finds our heroes talking once again about medical marijuana and the initiative led by to get enough signatures to get it on the ballot so that we can decide for ourselves if it becomes legal or not. We're voting for it and hopefully you will too.

Opening Music: Alloy - Live To See The Day
Closing Music: Peter Tosh - Legalize It

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.