Category Archives: Something Cool Today
Not just a day off, but a day where we are closed. So no stress about work, no worry about everyone at the store, nothing but sitting on the porch today with a book and something to drink.
I need something cool today. I’m on the verge of shutting down, so I need something to pick me up. And not much can be better, or cooler, than the Beatles’ singing “Eight Days A Week.”
The first 45 (I know that’s really dating me) I ever bought was, if you couldn’t guess, was “Eight Days A Week” by the Beatles. It’s always been one of my favorite songs by them.
Knuckles and Tales is a collection of atmospheric, disturbing, spooky, and downright weird Southern Gothic short stories by award-winning author Nancy A. Collins, best known for her edgy novels featuring the punk vampire/vampire slayer Sonja Blue. The original hardback edition of Knuckles and Tales was nominated by both the Horror Writers Association and the International Horror Guild for Best Collection of 2002. The stories on display in Knuckles and Tales range from suspense and psychological horror to dark fantasy and black comedy, with the occasional weird love story thrown in for good measure.
Knuckles and Tales features two never before published novelettes in the Seven Devils Cycle: “Junior Teeter And The Bad Shine” and “the Pumpkin Child”, as well as the previously unpublished short story “Big Easy”
I’ve been a fan of Nancy Collins for years. Her vampire series starring Sonja Blue is one of the few vampire stories I enjoy. I bought this book on my Kindle a few months ago and just finished reading it. I think the first story I ever read by Nancy Collins was “The Two-Headed Man” and that story has stuck in my mind ever since. I didn’t realize it was in this collection until I got, but glad it is.
I’ll be truthful, I don’t know why Nancy Collins is not a bigger name in the horror field. I’m not a big fan of a lot of horror writing, so for me to be a fan of a horror writer, they have to be really good. And Nancy Collins is one of my favorite writers in the field.
Oh, and for the comic fans, check out her Swamp Thing stories. They just were collected in one of those huge, giant doorstops of a book. I think she was the first writer on the series after Alan Moore and the quality of the book never declined.
Patricia Lee Smith is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and poet who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Called the “punk poet laureate,” Smith fused rock and poetry in her work
I came to Patti Smith late. It was probably the 90’s before I picked up one of her albums. I feel in love with her music right away and ended up and going back to the store to get the rest of her music.
Shannon McNally is originally from New York (I think), but lived in New Orleans for a while before Katrina. Katrina relocated her to a small town in Mississippi not far from where my Mom lived. Lately, she’s moved to Nashville.
When she lived in New Orleans I would see her perform at a lot of local places. She is one of my favorite musicians currently performing.
Today is three cool things, all connecting together.
First up is the podcast No Dogs In Space. It’s a history of punk music with the first four parts being about Iggy Pop and the Stooges. It’s narrated by the husband and wife team of Marcus Parks and Caroline Hidalgo. I’m not even through the first episode, which is over two hours long, and it’s so good. Besides talking about Iggy Pop and the Stooges they start off with a history of punk music. I’m really enjoying this and learning stuff at the same time. Like, I never knew how Iggy got his name, but now I do. And why the band is called the Stooges.
Listening to this podcast, they mentioned one of the best books on the history of punk music. PLEASE KILL ME by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain. This is an oral history of the punk movement.
And finally, since we’ve been talking about them, here’s Iggy Pop and the Stooges.
Today, sadly, Bill Withers passed away. Yet we are blessed with a trove of his music for us to listen to and to help us get through these trying times. For me music is such a sense of strength and comfort for me. So something cool today is Mr. Bill Withers singing “Ain’t No Sunshine”.