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Luck is His Best Asset

My Dad says he's always been really lucky. But it's more about the work he put in.

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Happy Holidays

Who knows where a juicy tidbit travels faster, on the Internet, or in a small town? For max effect, combine the two. That's what Traci and I were talking about as she drove her husband's big 4x4 pic ... read on »

Big Wind Productions Demo

This is the 1995 demo tape for my short-lived Big Wind Productions company. Those were the days. I just pulled this from an old cassette I would send out in packages, so the audio quality is pretty i ... read on »

Devices

Script

People staring at Devices

Like a psychiatrist they hypnotize us

They terrorize us like ISIS

We're rushing headlong into crisis

Look, our life is

Staring at these tiny devices

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Poem - List of Reasons Why

My inner voice is a jerk. Script I'm very hard of hearing. It's at the top of my list of reasons why I can't be here in front of you right now For years, a little voice in my head said: No, n ... read on »

Nicknames

A good nickname is awesome. I like being called by a nickname, I like calling other people by a nickname, and I like hearing someone I don't know at all called a good nickname.

Nicholas Naim

Note: the script varies a little from the performance.

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Andy and Dirk

This was for a 3rd Coast Festival challenge, but after the first draft, I decided not to worry about some of the other requirements and just keep the piece for other reasons. You can hear in the way it starts, the line that prompts. I still hear other ones like this, that actually were submitted to the challenge.

FYI: use of the derogatory word for a gay man (in the context of the story, but it is less appropriate now than it was around 2004 when Dirk and Andy was made). When performing it now, I change it to a softer word.

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Seafood Joint

Shotgun

This is one of my favorite pieces, because it was one of the first original ideas I had that I wrote and produced based on a fictional-fantasy type situation that had roots in real life. Fact was, I did go to a Red Lobster with a black family -- their 9 year old was best friends with my 9 year old. Fact is, I got some dirty looks. I couldn't believe it. I now live in the south, but spent most of my life in the north. No one actually said anything to me, but I felt like they were pretty peeved I was eating at a table with these friends of ours.

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AAA-Funny Spam

This is the circa 2005 version of this I did with a guitar, as an experiment. I was trying to determine, as relatively new guitar player, if I could use a guitar to perform this live. I think a fingerstyle arrangement might have worked. Maybe now I would use a loop pedal. I performed this live in 2015 as well.

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Public Radio Shortlists

So, I've been able to get some goofy stuff on the airwaves, too. Two of these shortlists made it on Day-to-Day, a public radio show that plays nationwide (edit, this show has been cancelled - but you ... read on »

Poser. Dork.

I knew the type as soon as we saw him pull up in his fancy white Dodge 2500 Cargo Van. Everything he had was clean and new. Perhaps he'd just won the lottery, but more likely he hit a tangent forked from mid-life crisis or Big Air Bill divorce. Maybe someone close to him died and he realized he was 35 years old and working a job he hated, living in a life he hated. So he quit, cashed his retirement savings, bought a bunch of new stuff and started bumming. Guys like him burn out in a year, maybe less, find they now have nothing but a year-old van full of year-old gear, no retirement, no job, no house and a big hole in the resume. That's when the real mid-life crisis arrives. I had him pegged.

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Walking to School

This morning I was walking with my 9 year old; he was chilly in the 70 morning air and I was telling him about how, when I was 13, my wet hair often froze during the walk to school. When I got home, I dug this old story out. When the story was written in 2002 the kids often were driven; since, they have done a lot more walking.

Kids nowadays are missing out on one of the most enjoyable things about being a kid. Walking to school. This has nothing to do with exercise, though most kids could probably use a bit. It has to do with the range of emotion walking to school brings to a child; fear, anguish, heartache, foolishness.

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Dirty Words

This is a format I was messing around with, with the idea to do spoken word with a music background, and a) not have to spend hours scoring it and b) do it live on-stage. I think finger-style would be better, but I've never gotten very good at that.

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Peyton's Tells

Peyton knew that Jason David knew him. Peyton knew David knew all his tells. Everyone has tells, how they unintentionally tip off a play. The way he looks at a the hot receiver; the receiver knows the ... read on »

The Devil's Radar: "The Basement"

This is the first chapter of what was supposed to be a full audio-book - Straight to Audio - where I don't do an audiobook after writing and publishing a print book. I just write and produce it FOR ... read on »

God is Talking to Me

One of my most-liked action spoken-word pieces. This one gets played by various NPR stations still, now and then. I produced these types of audio recordings with various tools. I'm pretty sure I did ... read on »

The Book

This is a suspenseful story about my creepy pantry, named "Help Me".

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