Photo by G.
“Sketches of Verbal Alchemy” and “Unfinished Lyrics” by Geoffrey Dicker. OUT NOW!
Great news! My 2nd book “Unfinished Lyrics” is NOW AVAILABLE!
It’s only $4.99 for your Kindle and $9.99 if you are old school like me and want a hard copy for your book shelf. It can be yours via Amazon.com at this link (which will open in a new window).
My first book “Sketches of Verbal Alchemy” is also available on Amazon.com at this link (which will open in a new window).
The support and love you all give me is so appreciated and I reciprocate.
Lyrics from “The First Time” as featured in “Unfinished Lyrics”
“Unfinished Lyrics” features song lyrics I’ve written as well as a challenge to you, my dear readers – if you feel inspired by the words you read, record them and let’s make a million bucks! Everyone else is doing it, so why not you and me?
Unfinished Lyrics by Geoffrey Dicker – out now!
Thanks again for your loyalty and support!
Photo of the cover, whose photo is also taken by G.
Unfinished Lyrics by Geoffrey Dicker
A few years ago, I teased the existence of a new book entitled “Unfinished Lyrics.” My fans have been asking me “WHEN?” ever since. Well, my darlings, the wait is almost over, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your patience. At the time, I shifted gears away from my own art to write about my adventures in the art and music worlds. If you read this site, you know there are very few life changing experiences I’ve not had in those realms. I’ve experienced the good, the awesome, the bad and the nasty. Rather than be like everyone else, which to me is a fate worse than death, I’m going to continue to grow and challenge myself as I focus on a series of new projects, the first of which is “Unfinished Lyrics.”
The book is a collection of lyric fragments (couplets, choruses and verses), song lyrics that have never been recorded in any way as well as songs that have been recorded primarily by the uber talented singers Jim Emmons and Jeremy Gloff.
What you may or may not know is that Jim Emmons and I have released 3 albums: “In The Absence of Red,” “Throwing Stars” and “So Strange” (shameless plug: all are available on iTunes) and the track “Manhunt” recorded by Jeremy Gloff was featured in the movie “Eating Out: The Lost Weekend.”
I pose the challenge to you, my dear readers, that when you read the words, if they make you feel like singing, DO IT! Let’s make a million bucks! Everyone else is doing it, so why not you and me?!
More details and samples to be released soon, so please watch this space.
Thanks again for all your love and support!
Photos by G.
The East Coast is getting pummeled with snow and freezing weather this winter. While it’s quite annoying to be outside and it doesn’t stay nice for long, it can sure make for some pretty moments. Over the last few days, at times it felt like walking through a poem. Today, it feels like walking through freezing slush. Who knows what it will feel like tomorrow and there are no less than 2 more storms on the way. Here are some photos from Manhattan’s Winter Wonderland during “Snowpacalypse 2014.”
Be careful out there and stay warm!
Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Unless you are one of the fortunate souls on this planet that turns off the news and doesn’t look at the internet, you know by now that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died on February 2, 2014 of an alleged heroin overdose.
Everybody loves a good tragedy (whether or not they admit it) and the internet has been on fire with remembrances of PSH’s performances and speculations about his drug addiction. People are also taking to the net with self-righteous proclamations and judgments about his choices and decisions. People have turned this unfortunate incident as a public “but enough about you, let’s talk about me” session. At the end of the day, it’s none of our fucking business!
I can tell you this much about my experiences with PSH. He was nice enough to sign an autograph for me “back in the day” before I carried a camera around (see above) and in my more recent encounters with him, the situation was not appropriate to ask for a photo (yes, believe it or not, even I have limits!) so I didn’t push it. The word on the street from a lot of my friends that enjoy collecting autographs and photos with celebrities is that PSH was hit and miss. He could be quite nice or a prick, depending on his mood. Maybe not what the average person wants to hear, but I am speaking without prejudice from my experiences. I will go on record that I was a fan of his movies and I dislike seeing people burn out before they ‘should,’ but I am a realist as well and I realize that we all gotta go sometime and PSH’s time was up on February 2, 2014.
It’s undeniable that he was a tremendous actor and he could likely have sustained an acting career for as long as he was interested in pursing the craft. I think people have lost sight of the fact that he was only an actor. Though great at what he did, he did not cure cancer or rescue people from burning buildings. Apparently the type of heroin he had been taking has made the New York Police Department go on a manhunt for the drug dealers who supplied PSH with the lethal dose that killed him. This is New York. People die from heroin addiction all the time. How come there is such an interested in catching “the bad guys” all of a sudden? Because PSH was a famous junkie instead of that junkie in dark alleys looking for their fix?
I also find it foul and disgusting that once word broke about his death, news crews camped out for hours trying to get a photo of them carting the body out of his apartment. So morbid! If that was someone I knew personally, I would be furious that nobody has done anything to stop the media circus. If only it hadn’t been 30 degrees warmer on his death day, maybe crews would have given up and gone away because it’s been frigid here for weeks on end except that day! Worst of all, the guy had 3 kids and if it’s not enough that they lost their father, do you think they really want the world having footage of what will probably be the most horrific day of their lives? Worse yet, “last photos” are starting to circulate that people have taken on cell phones because thanks to camera phones, everyone thinks they are a member of the paparazzi.
What came next were the inevitable “RIP PSH” tweets and Facebook posts by those who worked with him and by fans who literally have nothing more clever to say than just stating the obvious in search of “likes” or “retweets.” A couple of celebrities told everyone to shut the fuck up with their fake outpouring of love and clarified their version of what a tragedy is (like when masses of people die and not when a drug addicted actor dies) and they got skewered by the media for being insensitive. HA! The pot calling the kettle black. We cannot know what was going through his mind before the fateful moment happened and once again, it’s none of our business. On paper it looked like he had it all, but if you haven’t learned by now, many times, the best things in life are free despite what reality TV shows about rich people with so much plastic surgery that they look like Barbie Dolls will try and tell you.
A day later, the media reported somewhere between 20 and 70 baggies of heroin were found inside PSH’s apartment and back in the “olden days,” when the facts varied that much, people were fired for not doing their jobs properly. Now, you can pretty much report anything you want to without having to fact check or face repercussions. All you have to do now is shout the loudest and your words become fact. We are still days away from the autopsy which will definitely get fingers wagging when the “I told you so” people come out of the woodwork and get up on their soap boxes. And it will happen. It always does.
After that, the funeral will take place and people will get off by seeing photos of his family grieving. More celebrities will come forward with outpourings of love, despite the fact that dying young automatically makes you a saint in the world’s eyes. Also, someone will get famous for making a cutesy PSH T-shirt that is hipster-ironic in some way and Buzzfeed will do a list of 467 things that we learned from this whole episode. One thing they will not report is that drug overdoses WILL kill again, when we are least suspecting it as they have done before and will do so until they cease to exist on this planet (or at this rate, until humans cease to exist on this planet). That is the real tragedy. But that’s also life. So we all need to get over it… or better yet DO SOMETHING about it. Everyone loves to watch a train wreck because “they can’t take their eyes off it,” but I always say “get out and help instead of just looking because one day, it could be you on that train.”
Happy trails PSH. Peace and blessings to your family and friends at this difficult time.
Photo by Mark.
HPY NW YR!
2014 is here! Everyone’s making their lists of resolutions and impossible goals. For those that are going to attempt to make it through the year sacrificing your true nature so you can trick your brain into thinking your martyrdom makes you a better person, stay gold! For the rest of us, here’s a list of more attainable challenges in 2014. Many of them are interrelated so the good news is, you can feel more productive by crossing multiple things off your list for the price of one.
And now, here are 14 things to avoid in 2014:
1. Using Facebook. It’s time we admit that Facebook doesn’t have the luster it once had. It used to be so fun to “connect” with old friends, minor celebrities and random people that loosely share our interests or that have “mutual friends” in common. It’s time we all admit that it’s a mostly just a bunch of bullshit. We don’t really care what these acquaintances are up to. Some people (myself included) tend to have ‘diarrhea of the status update’ and post stuff all day long. [Note: in my defense, the majority of stuff I post is for humorous purposes, despite the fact that most people completely miss the point.] Using your online voice has become a warzone of negativity, complaining, being politically discreet (which I will get to in a minute) and knowing too much about the mundane activities of people you actually don’t really care all that much for. Studies are coming to light that show that people that are heavy Facebook users are typically unhappy people because they are upset they are not getting some kind of reaction, be it too many or too little interactions or “likes,” which cannot be exchanged for any monetary value, I might add! As a result, people are going out of their way to do things for online attention. For some reason, nobody wants to admit it, but it’s a bubble that is getting ready to burst. Let’s also not forget that Facebook ads have ruined the experience by either filling your news feed with advertising or if you are sharing something, the majority of your “friends/followers” won’t even see your post unless you fork over cash to Facebook. If the phoniness of social media is a new concept to you, I recommend this article.
2. Being politically correct. As I said in my 2006 book “Sketches of Verbal Alchemy,” “Being politically correct or discreet is lying.” Everyone needs to relax! For some reason, we seem to be treating the actions of people that lived hundreds of years ago like these offenses just happened. As a result this group of people hates that group of people and it’s making the world have to collectively walk on egg shells so as not to upset some other group. It’s bullshit. I had nothing to do with wars that happened thousands of years ago. It sucks that they happened, but do not blame me for those things. NEITHER of us were there, so let’s learn from the mistakes of the past and start over! You are allowed not to like someone, just try not to be hateful about it. Do not blame an entire group for the actions of one person. Why then are people shocked when someone says something crappy about another person (or group of people) and then immediately has to issue the apology press release?! Guess what the person is really sorry for? They are sorry for having been told their opinion pisses people off. I’m not saying you should go out of your way to be racist, sexist or anything of that nature. What I am saying is if someone says something idiotic, don’t keep their hatred alive by constantly rehashing it on the news or social media. Ignore them and their hatred will also be ignored.
3.Endorsing hateful companies/people. This goes in tandem with ‘resolution’ number 2. If a group of “humanitarians” that sell fast food chicken feels the need to publicly utter hatred towards homosexuals and that really bothers you, DO NOT BUY THEIR PRODUCT! Bam. If zero people support a company that goes out of their way to be haters, simple mathematics tells you that 1,000,000 customers that spend zero money = $0. If you say you are going to boycott and then don’t, what you are doing is enabling and encouraging bad behavior.
4. Participating in celebrity gossip. With the advent of reality TV (which is as fake as fake can be), the entire world is clamoring for their 15 minutes of fame. Braggarts who’ve got nothing better to do than flaunt their bling or your lack thereof, people that are severely rich and people with such low opinions of themselves they need to resort to having major plastic surgery in order to feel accepted are becoming megastars. And why? Because, we as a society are enabling this bad behavior. Being famous and having a creative skill that nobody else has used to be what turned us on about celebrity and now becoming an irresponsible teen mom can make you a star. With the immediacy of the internet, we are being subject to hear about the comings and goings of these uninteresting people. Also with paparazzi stopping at nothing to get photos to sell to every gossip site (and the internet is being flooded with these sites that are all reporting the same stuff), people are eventually going to get hurt. Sure it will probably happen infrequently, but if we have to go through all the airport security with the infrequency of accidents that do happen, we shouldn’t have to put up with having to be subjected to all this gossip. Stop making stupid people famous!
5. Using kitschy language/hashtag abuse. I might lose my mind if I hear any of these phrases in 2014: “This gives me life,” “LOL” (when people aren’t actually laughing), “Wow…. Just wow,” “I have no words” (and yet, those ARE words), “Realness,” abbreviating the shit out of everything for the simplicity of a ‘txt msg’ and the overuse of hashtags. Thank you for captioning a photo of your lunch with things such as #lunch #bun #burger #person #human #photo #delicious #tomato #hamburger, but when I see a lot of hashtags in a photo caption, my first inclination is to #unfollow #your #ass.
6. Using our mobile devices so much. People have forgotten to live in the moment because for some reason they think every moment is worth documenting. Why stop to smell the flowers when you can stop to Instagram the flowers? People have forgotten how to interact in social situations because of these devices that are supposed to give us the illusion of feeling closer via “social media.” It’s more like anti-social media. It’s annoying to go to a concert to watch the entire crowd viewing the show through their phone (and not caring that their selfishness in holding up their phones is causing a chain reaction of everyone blocking each others view) and that spills out into other areas such as people stopping to send a message and being completely thoughtless in moving out of the way to do their personal business. It’s annoying to catch up with an old friend to find that they’d rather be texting or handing you their phone every 5 seconds so they can show you photos of what they are up to. Unless lives are at stake, we need to all get over the fact that none of us are really all that important and replying to emails/texts/social media can wait. LIVE IN THE MOMENT! The moment is fleeting.
7. Getting caught up in the hype. Have we not all learned by now that advertising is filled with subliminal messages that are the equivalent of a hypnotist convincing you that you are getting sleepy. The hype machine tells you to endorse lackluster product so you won’t look like an uncultured idiot when you are at the water-cooler on Monday. How many movies/books/TV programs that are utterly atrocious become #1 and therefore you feel the need to see what all the buzz is about only to actually have your faith in humanity shaken that people can be so stupid? Be an original and make up your own mind. Go with your gut. If something looks unappealing to you, chances are your gut instinct was correct. It takes a stronger person to say NO than to say YES!
8. Listening to the news. Do you ever hear of anything good that happens on the news? Rarely. Instead, you are being scared into submission with the news of robberies, murders, bad weather, massive cutbacks, world atrocities and with our “trusted” reporters offering no solution. Not to mention at any given time, some group of people are spewing hatred about another group and instead of snuffing it out, it’s being reported over and over ad-nauseum giving legs to a brief event such as the infamous “Janet Jackson Superbowl wardrobe malfunction” that in actually lasted for less than 10 seconds and was repeated over and over again for years. We should be hearing about what our politicians are doing with the money that our tax dollars are being spent on, so that if they are squandering our resources, they could be fired. If you worked for a company and you were up to shady activities or were being secretive about how you spend your time, you’d be fired. Why doesn’t that seem to apply to politicians? Why doesn’t anyone question this? Too busy being distracted by shiny objects?
9. Nostalgia. Let’s face it, The Smiths are not going to reunite. They had an impressive run of good albums in the 1980s, but it’s over. It’s 30 years later and for lots of reasons, they feel no need to tour around the world rehashing their old material. It’s far more interesting to see what a person becomes other than constantly revisiting what they once were. This also applies to remakes, sequels and bands reuniting. People want the familiarity of seeing new life in their precious characters, but rarely is the original bested. Leave it alone and quit trying to cheapen a beloved product for the sake of making money. Take a risk and come up with a new idea instead. What a concept!
10. Not swearing. As George Carlin so rightly pointed out once (and I am paraphrasing here), “There are over 5 million words in the English language and 7 of them are bad.” We’ve reached a point in our society where the word “fuck” is not just a verb any more. It’s also an adjective that has very little potency these days. And really, what’s the big fucking deal? It’s just a word, that is far less offensive than inflicting something bad on people (such as “hate,” “kill” or “murder.”) It might not be too much of a stretch to say that if more people spent more time “fucking,” there’d be less time for “hating.” Many of these “bad” words are in reference to body parts or body excretions and since the majority of the world either have these parts or do these actions, people need to quit being so sensitive and GET THE FUCK OVER IT! What is right or wrong to you might not be how I feel on the subject so quit trying to force your belief system on me. “Swearing” works for me so leave me the fuck alone about it!
11.Keeping fair-weather friends. Also in tandem with point #1, our society has tried convince you of the importance of keeping your numbers up. You may have 5,000 Facebook friends but are all those people REALLY your friends? Can you really count on that 5,000 if you are in a bind? You may have 100,000 Twitter followers, but are those people REALLY paying attention to your message? These days, you can buy followers/friends for as little as $5 US, so I advise you to choose quality over quantity.
12. Memes and Listicles. I am really over seeing a famous image captioned with the new phrase of the current millisecond. Come up with your own image if you think you are so clever! Also, there is really no need to point out ’15 things I should have learned’ from something as mundane as a TV show that was on the night before. It’s become apparent that people are so bored in life, they need something to try and fill the boredom, but there has to be a better way! How about coming up with a list of 15 things we should be doing instead of wasting our lives on the internet?
13. Binge Watching. Put down the remote control and say yes to real life experiences.
14. Being so serious. We pretend we know what life is all about and that we are in control to avoid the actuality that we pretty much have no idea what we are doing. It also doesn’t help that every human is only inhabiting this planet for approximately 110 years or less and deep down that totally freaks us out. Therefore, it is imperative to RELAX, LIGHTEN UP, STOP BEING SO SERIOUS and ENJOY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!
May 2014 be your best year yet!