Nervous Reaction
2004-04-08 19:09:25 ET

It's when I say
I love you
that I break into smiles
It's when you say
that I break into tears.

Watching the Wheels
2004-04-06 14:55:48 ET

People say I'm crazy doing what I'm doing
Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin
When I say that I'm o.k. well they look at me kind of strange
Surely you're not happy now you no longer play the game
People say I'm lazy dreaming my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me
When I tell them that I'm doing fine watching shadows on the wall
Don't you miss the big time boy you're no longer on the ball
I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go

Ah, people asking questions lost in confusion
Well I tell them there's no problem, only solutions
Well they shake their heads and they look at me as if I've lost my mind
I tell them there's no hurry
I'm just sitting here doing time
I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go
I just had to let it go

- John Lennon

Review - Vic Ruggiero - Alive At the LadyBug House
2004-04-04 20:26:18 ET

Can any one say Folk Rock??

That's about as close as you can come to classifying this long-awaited second solo album from the prolific song-writer and lead singer of the Slackers.

Totally stripped down, the album consists of nothing more than Vic, his guitar and his words.
10 songs long, it's a good mix of personal songs from the heart, political/social-minded songs, and fun rockin' tunes.

Here's the break-down -

kicking off with "Mean + Nasty," a solid hit-the-road, guitar-rock song. "Vic's Lament" is a
" 'til the early morning" is a strict folk song about a poor guy, only having his love to give.
Into the political stuff, we have "International WC," where the WC stands for War Criminal, where Vic seems to be discussing the similarities and differences between our current President and a certain Turkish Dictator.
"American Psychopath" is a wonderful contemplation/rant on how pop-culture can twist a man into something else. Easily influenced by the Stones. no question.
Here's a great fun one, "20 Flight Rock," which Vic didn't write, it's actually by Eddie Cochran, but Mr. Ruggiero delivers it in true Chuck Berry style.

"Parking Lot" is a nice song about the moment of realization that you are actually happy and content with your life.

Next up, surprisingly, is a Slackers song. Vic here performs "Yes It's True" from the album "The Question."
while I still prefer the Slackers version simply for what the full band lends to it, it's always nice to hear a song performed by the songwriter alone. (the exception being Paul Simon)
"Animales" is... well... you'll hear it.

Lastly, "86 the Mayo" is a wonderful, Dylan-esque thoughtful song about the abandonment of a generation... I think.

So all in all, it's just great to hear some new stuff from this great songwriter.
I don't know if I like it better than his first solo, but you really can't compare, because he had a full band and the full use of Version City for that one.

make your own call.

if you can find a copy.

I found some short poems (some haikus, some not) that I never shared
2004-04-02 20:45:09 ET

Sunrise over roofs
Parking spaces clog arteries
Time to get moving

No one wants confrontation
just the daily satisfaction
of putting the kids to bed

a million strokes
hundreds of colors
one moment

"The Sheltered Path"
just by looking
I know how it felt
just in gazing
I'm there

3/31/04 The Slackers @ the Sanctuary Venue, Stroudsburg, PA
2004-04-01 17:35:32 ET

So I decided that, in order to make my page more accesible to the commoners, as well as letting you into my life a touch more,
I'd start adding setlists and/or reviews of the concerts I attend.
Starting with last night's Slackers show.

...I'll let you know how it went, then!

A strange little underground (literally) venue, it was more like a converted basement, but that was cool.
The band wasn't really on a stage, because what stage there was was only 6 inches off the floor, and only half the band could fit on it.

but that was cool to have the guys right there on the floor with you.

And now, I was prepared to hear the "same ol' Slackers set," being in a small town like Stroudsburg and all,
but it just goes to show you - never expect anything from these guys.
a relatively short set, it was about a third new material!
they even did three new songs in a row! Who does that??
Specifically, a new one even to me "Keep it Simple" was really intriguing - a smooth soulful song in three part harmony.
as well, they did Propaganda, Sauron, Capo and Crazy.

Make me Smile was a nice surprise, but Please Decide just doesn't flow as easily into Come Back Baby as You Don't Know I. But hey.

lastly, it was extra cool to have the entire encore from the first album. especially hearing Treat Me Good, which (I'll have to check) I don't think I've heard before.

so... that's about that.
I tried to bootleg the show, but my dumb ass forgot to put new batteries in the recorder and the thing died half-way through...
so we'll see how much I actually got.

here's the setlist:

I'll Stay Away
Have the Time
Keep Him Away
Watch This
No More Crying
Midnite Rendevous
Old Dog
Keep It Simple
Make Me Smile
Please Decide
Come Back Baby
I Still Love You
Face In My Crowd
Treat Me Good

If y'all enjoyed this, I could certainly post reviews to any show that is found on my list above.
I've the setlist to most, and reviewed a great deal already.

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