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It’s another year now, isn’t it?   Leave a comment

I wish I could say the road I’m on is different, but I’m so constant that when it comes down to it, the most dynamic thing in my world is to just fall over in amazement regarding how I ever maintain such fresh constancy.

So how’s my music career, somebody said, jokingly.  I had a month off and I did put up 2 new offerings, one’s a collab with the Planet’s WRC Jr., a song he picked to produce the backing called Angry Man.  Not many people listened.  I have to really get people riled up to check out my songs and this felt more like a side release than a new supa dupa single so I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised.  It does make ya think though.  Back in 2001-2002 when I had a fairly large following at mp3.com, this song would’ve gotten tons of listens.  Now, one of my main sources for feedback I kind of fucked up because I’ve gotten involved in the political discussions and as would happen, half of everyone I got along with ok now look at me differently.  I also wrote a pretty good song I think about the Occupy movement which got hardly any response, which was disappointing.  Another board I posted on regularly I was really bummed about the lack of interest in that, as people who haven’t been there all year except when they record a rare song get a lot of attention and nobody touched my song pretty much.  I decided I feel like a second class citizen there and stopped posting there for now, though I’ll probably go back sometime out of boredom, and constancy.  heh

There just is no real arena for indies to get heard.  It doesn’t help any that it’s reached a stage where every mainstream tune you can name is easily available for free, thanks to YouTube converters and such.  How incredible is it that I’ve lived long enough to enjoy the greatest era of music, delivered in the greatest medium (vinyl), and I was at mp3.com at the absolute apex of indie music (my heyday, sad to say) and now finally I’m around at a stage where there is no more rock star dream so fewer and fewer talented people even make songs.  That’s far more true than you realize.

I have kept myself busy preparing an elaborate visual scrapbook for my website, it’s only about a third done though I’ve put in many hours.  No I don’t expect many to actually look at it, but if you’ve been around with me in Indieland, were part of that culture, it will bring back a lot of thangs.  I also have been preparing an audio interview for release that I recorded not that long ago, it’s rather long so I’m still deciding on last edits but it should be available before too long.

I ran into somebody on a forum that knew a crowd I used to butt heads with, that was a bad memory, but another reminded just how many layers of online music I’ve traipsed thru.  oh, here’s something new:  I think I’ve decided to change my performing name to get a fresh start since so few have heard my music anyway.  It’s one of my precious nicknames – the last rock hope.  That’s just the way I feel.  Father Time just has little to no appeal and besides that, even though I copyrighted the name, every big site I go to put music on already has Father Time the rap act,  I’ve taken that on before but fuck it, the last rock hope feels right, now.  Should I show you my album cover ?  ok why not.

 

 

I was contemplating leaving the ? as the end of my artist name but I think when asked I’ll just say hey, go look at my record, there’s a question mark there.  🙂

I wonder what kind of year 2012 is going to be?  The prognosis is not good.  If anything though, I’m a survivor, I seem to be able to plod along at a constant pace no matter how shitty shit is.  The issue is with me, it will be what I make it, and while I’m good at some things, running the big picture of my life ain’t one of them.  Maybe this will be the year I somehow get lucky in music, why not, couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.  haha   

oh here’s something else that happened.  I found this really good site for music fans, the concept of it was great.  I stated my opinions about music and got bombarded by territorial trolls, which of course you know I don’t mind cause I like hammering them.  But then the moderator got involved and blamed it on me so I left.  oh well.  I was only a visitor, there’s few places in this world I even would call home.

So that’s it for this installment, call me Good Time Challie.

oh one more thing, here’s the link to Angry Man if you haven’t heard it.

and to the Occupy song which is called America is People (not corporations)

 

lata peeps!

Posted January 3, 2012 by fathertimemusic in Uncategorized

I been busy.   Leave a comment

This is the peak of my work season but I actually have been working on several projects, which isn’t normally the case.  Usually I’m so whooped by my business during it’s busy seasons that music is something I just aspire to do, don’t get around to actually doing it.

However I do have a collaboration coming soon with WRC, Jr. from the Planet.  It’s a song, Angry Man, that I never would’ve probably recorded other than a demo, otherwise, but it’s sounding great, have a little bit to do on that yet.

And, today I release a political song, a satire, called The Night They Dumbed Our Country Down based on the song The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by Robbie Robertson (made popular by Joan Baez).  I’m excited about this.  I thought of the idea while I was away and couldn’t wait to do it, it seemed kind of magical.  Even the first line of the song had Cain in it so it seemed it was meant to be.  I’m hoping to get it played on one of the MSNBC shows or maybe Michael Moore will put it on his website.

 

 

oh yes, we started an Occupy Indieland group, sort of an online extension of the Occupy movement for indie artists, their friends and music fans.  Please Join if you want to be involved in Occupy and your life doesn’t permit you to camp out with the others.  http://www.facebook.com/groups/262179527154021/

Anyway it’s an exciting time, I think.

Posted October 23, 2011 by fathertimemusic in Uncategorized

felt like yammerin’   Leave a comment

Well I just took a long walk and something occurred to me when walking that never has before.  Yes it’s stupid and a rationalization but I liked the thought anyway.  It occurs to me that maybe I’m lucky I didn’t hit the bigtime in music because now my whole amazing catalogue is still new to pretty much the whole world and maybe my latest invention of myself will be the best one.  haha   Sure I’m so old I remember when all the great baseball stars of today were rookies, but who knows what form the big Father Time explosion may take.   hahahoohoonoIdon’tbelievethat.

 

What got me thinking is I was listening to a 10 song selection I made for a CD today, the occasion, well, I’m sending it to my high school reunion for them to play a couple songs (they’re also going to give away some of my CDs as prizes/gifts).   I’ve never been to one of my class reunions even though while I was in high school I probably would’ve been voted most likely to attend a class reunion.  I was pretty geeky and involved in a lot of activities.  In college and afterwards I changed so much I wouldn’t recognize me.  It’s my busy work season so no way could I set aside several days to go to that but I figure since somebody there started a rumor that I died the last time (which I only heard about not long ago on facebook), might as well send them proof that I didn’t die.  haha   or did I ?

 

I picked songs that didn’t have any swearing and some of which are more the kind of music many are inclined to listen to in central PA.  Too Elusive and Old 22, country rock.  One of my latest rockers I Can’t Say, and Walmartville.  Well might as well not go thru them all but The Night She Met Me it struck me is a perfect movie theme with simply the most over-the-top cool guitar solo I ever played.  So I was also listening to the original version of Is It Somethin’ I Said? which I hadn’t done for a long time, and found it so soulful I moved it to my Greatest Hits record.  I have another more well known version with additional guitar by Will Mendez, an outstanding guitarist, but while I love that version too, the song really didn’t need more solos than were already on it, and the pureness of the first version is just intense, it rang so true for me.  By the way you can hear all those songs at http://fathertime.bandcamp.com

 

An interesting story about the mp3.com days.. My peak in 2000 was when I released Virtual Star and Is It Somethin’ I Said? back to back.  I knew these were great songs and many of my peers knew too, and they got a lot of listens.  However at that juncture the mp3.com musicologists were still holding me back (I believe their charts were weighted in some way).  I got in a fight with the head musicologist the first week I was there so I never got any features, no breaks at all from that site.  I was so flummoxxed by the idea that neither song made the top 10 that I wrote to an administrator I knew, pointing out that these are great songs and for some unknown reason they seemed to artificially get stalled at the same place on the charts.  The guy told me they were great songs and he was going to look into it.  After that the obstacle didn’t seem to be in place anymore, I think they took the weighting off my artist name.  Later on Virtual Star hit number one when I rereleased it but by then I was the internet star we all know and love.  heh

 

Anyway my new career mission is starting now.  I’m a new artist again.  🙂

Posted September 28, 2011 by fathertimemusic in Uncategorized

moving along   Leave a comment

Well I’d say the new song was pretty popular, got a great response in many corners.  Got listened to 193 unique times, which might show that my overall circle is comparable to past days.  Of those 47 listened to the end, a pretty high percentage in this short attention span culture.  Of course there’s no hope of anything else happening than this but I did get some nice comments.  Probably my favorite came from a facebook group.

 

i LOVE this! It’s a revolution in itself 🙂 You are speaking for so many of us here. It’s such a cool sound, like an early edgier R.E.M and that guitar solo is full of fury and explains things in it’s very own way. I really hope that you’ve contributed this for our Music Project 🙂 *Jewels* XXX

Now I’m working on getting some backings produced on some of my previous unplugged songs, giving the aspiring producer a crack at some of them.

I did a concert on Friday and it was one of my better ones, maybe I’ll post some songs here soon.

Posted September 19, 2011 by fathertimemusic in Uncategorized

This must be how the Beatles felt on the day Hey Jude came out. :D   Leave a comment

Not really.  They knew a zillion people would hear it on the radio that day.  For me it will just be some friends and acquaintances, half of whom will be detached and not truly open to properly loving my song but will make a polite comment, the other half who secretly know it’s great but will refuse to give me the benefit.  ok maybe there will be a half dozen who get me and are truly open to the majesty of this release, so thanks, if that’s you.

Anyway this is an anthem, and an important song. It basically describes the results of my quest re: indie music and such from years on the web. Is it one of my best songs? Yes, the last half is particularly amazing. So, if you have the proper disposition, enjoy!

Everybody’s Into Their Own Thing

Posted September 10, 2011 by fathertimemusic in Uncategorized

what makes life turn the way it does ?   Leave a comment

Seems like I don’t ever get too much time between ruts.  heh      I only have a little work to do on my great new song which I hope to finish before I go back to work, but my mood has not cooperated.  I had a couple hour block all set to work on finishing the bass part tonight (it’s already half done) but when I got in my studio, I just didn’t feel like doing squat.  Now suddenly a few hours later and after the Phillies lost which they don’t usually do, the fact I got nothing done and the impending brick wall of summer’s end for all practical purposes have left me feeling rather low.  Yeah it’s just fatigue surely but I’m still feeling it, all the same.

Posted September 4, 2011 by fathertimemusic in Uncategorized

the summer supposedly not lost is fading into oblivion   Leave a comment

well as of today I have a week before I start back to work.  My work is seasonal.  I basically work like a dog from September thru May, minus December.  It’s high-pressure, not fun work.  I hate it.  So the time of suffering is soon coming back.  On the plus side I’m almost done another song which is great.

I guess what I’m on to write about is that I don’t have too many regular listeners to my radio show which I put a lot of effort into.  It’s just songs, no DJ stuff.  But I think it’s the best collection of songs ever assembled.  Yeah I really think that.  Everybody has their own tastes but I think mine are better, and I have exposure to a lot of songs most have not heard.  Yes I read myself saying that my tastes are better and I feel a little foolish but really now, all tastes are not created equal.  An infant’s tastes are often based on what music he or she is fed.  I picture a scenario where one person picks out the songs one week, and somebody else picks out the songs the next week.  Where would the listening infant gravitate if he or she had to crawl to one?  All is not relative, there’s actually a definitive answer to the question if you think about it.

Do think about that.  and listen to my station, bookmark it even..

Posted August 31, 2011 by fathertimemusic in Uncategorized