Artisan – Post 107 – Imperfect Moment

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 107

Imperfect Moment

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Imperfect Moment

 

Chords: D Em G D

 

This is my sunset on the beach without you

This is a painting of myself thinking about you

This a song I never sing in perfect key

This is a picture of you without me

 

This is a one-way conversation

This is dream of lonely fascination

This is the tone of the ringing of your phone

Listening on the other end alone

 

This is my imperfect moment

This is my unrequited love

I tell you something must be coming back to me

For you are my imperfect reality

 

This is my one time of the year

Wishing that you could be hear

This is my date to prom going solo

This is how much I love that you will never know

 

This is my imperfect moment

This is my unrequited love

I tell you something must be coming back to me

For you are my imperfect reality

 

I am your wallflower waiting to dance

I am your lucky number waiting for a chance

I am an underdog quarterback at the Superbowl

I am the missing piece that you could make whole

 

This is my imperfect moment

This is my unrequited love

I tell you something must be coming back to me

For you are my imperfect reality

 

You are those special times together

You are the sunshine of good weather

You are the mail you write and send it back to me

You are the good time in my life when I feel free

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Artisan – Post 106 – Dancing Till Midnight

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 106

Dancing Till Midnight

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Dancing Till Midnight

 

Walking on Sunday

Dreaming about you

Call this a fun day

You’d like it too

 

Walking on Monday

Wondering what to do

Done with the weekend

And back to school

 

Everybody’s dancing till midnight

Everybody’s seeing the light

Everybody wonders where she goes

Is she really doing him right?

 

Everybody’s riding their sunset.

Everybody’s travelin the world

I’m just at home writing music

Singing to a special girl

 

Taking it easy

Free your mind

Have not a worry

Leave it behind

 

Why should we bother

To get uptight

Nothing’s accomplished

When we just fight

 

Everybody’s dancing till midnight

Everybody’s seeing the light

Everybody wonders where she goes

Is she really doing him right?

 

Everybody’s riding their sunset.

Everybody’s travelin the world

I’m just at home writing music

Talking to a special girl

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Artisan – Post 105 – The Frog

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©2016

Post 105

The Frog

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The Frog

 

Chords G C D Bridge C G D

 

I know a princess

We talk often

She’s got to be

The most beautiful

Women I have ever seen

 

I am old and warted

With puffy eyes

And live in a swamp

She has money

I have a lily pod

 

I know there is someone

Inside of me that neither

Of us know. At least, I think

I want to kiss her and see

A difference in me

 

I don’t know if frogs

Live in fairytales

Of if dudes like me

Every change

 

 

I don’t know if frogs

Live in fairytales

Or if I want to

Someday

 

For what? For maybe?

I don’t know if I believe

I think she does

But why sit and think about

What is impossible anyway?

 

I don’t know if frogs

Live in fairytales

I’d like to see

Kiss me

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Artisan – Post 104 – Rain On Me Sunday

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©2016

Post 104

Rain On Me Sunday

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Rain On Me Sunday

Chords: C G F G C G F

 

Riding on the waves of life Surfing passed me by

Do you ever remember when

We sat and talked about nothing a natural high

How I long to talk like that again

 

In the middle of morning I would call and wake you up

You’d drive to work talk to me then

Sometimes I feel your warmth overflow my cup

Yes, I do believe you’re heaven sent

 

Rain on me Sunday wash the tears away

Sun shining Monday just another day

Rain on me Sunday wash the tears away

Come see me Monday how I wish you’d stay

 

Riding on the train again call to say hello

No answer on my mobile phone

Don’t want to miss you so but I feel so alone

Not really sure which way to go

 

You have yes had my heart for oh so long now

This is really nothing you don’t know

When I think about you it just makes me want to shout

To the world I love you so

 

Rain on me Sunday wash the tears away

Sun shining Monday just another day

Rain on me Sunday wash the tears away

Come see me Monday how I wish you’d stay

 

Music comes from the muse and she has written me

Off until I don’t know when

But in my heart I can hear a symphony

Waiting to hear her once again

 

Rain on me Sunday wash the tears away

Sun shining Monday just another day

Rain on me Sunday wash the tears away

Come see me Monday how I wish you’d stay

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Artisan – Post 103 – With A Word

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 103

With A Word

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With a simple word

I lose every argument

No matter how plausible or valid my claims

With a simple word

I have no education

No knowledge, perception or truth

With a simple word

I am denied or lose employment

With a simple word

I am incapable of love

Or natural human needs

With a simple word

Women rally fear

And violence from men

Not a word of science

Nor precisely defined

With seeming no meaning

This cutting word I find

That no matter how hard I try

To treat this ailment of mine

With this simple word

I can never be cured

And it may sound absurd

That however you say

I hear this small word

Synonymous with hate!

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New Album Release – blah blah blah… I Love You – Interview with the Artist

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©2016

Blah Blah Blah… I Love You – Interview with the artist

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Dan how long have these particular songs been gestating in your mind–building up into into a cohesive group?

The first song, One Sunday Morn, that I can remember composing was written on the bus when I was a beach artist. I woke up and my roommate gave me a chord progression that I really liked. Then I wrote the words riding the bus to the beach where I sold prints and played guitar. I was almost kicked off the bus for practicing it. When I was able to combine the techno loops with the folk guitar in When Will The Sunshine Be Mine, I felt I was really on to something, but it does take work to get it right. I really like that mix though. That was about a year ago. All the songs in the album use computerized music. I like to do that. It seems easy, but sometimes getting everything to work together can be difficult.

I do enjoy the acoustic guitar with the electronic loops. It’s unexpected. It’s also kool you have a story ready to go with many songs. That will bring listeners in, I think. At least it does for me.

Imagery and storytelling are part of poetry. I take several viewpoints, from the religious to the activist, “I kill Christ to redefine!” I’m not always sure where it comes from. Sometimes , I just keep writing till it all makes sense.

What about the loops?

The loops are almost randomly chosen, but I do use some pattern, bring in drums or base first, improve later.

A stream of consciousness?

Yes, stream of consciousness. I noticed I was good at it in my first novel. I write as the words come to mind, like James Joyce. Sometimes that gets me into trouble. I can have a poisoned pen.

So you find your loop from the internet or from program? Forgive the question.

I have programs that come with many loops. Unless, I’m looking for something in particular that is not in my library, I really don’t search the net. It is too troublesome.

We are hop frogging each other in this interview, that is the nature of your collaboration with yourself, don’t you think?

There is a basic paradigm to art forms, random and patterned, order and chaos, conflict and resolution. It is all the same. If you accept that some of it will be out of your control, it will be much easier to compose. Watercolor painting is like that

What would you like to tell me about “blah, blah, blah….I Love You” as an album?

It is experimental music. Maybe on the brink of something new. Not techno, not hip hop, not pop, it’s searching for a style in it’s own. Not singing, not poetry recital, not rap…

Recital, sounds apt to me.

I think it’s the beginning of something new and exciting for me, yet still in it’s raw stages. But I will always be a painter first.

I know you’re you’re a painter. Which is you’re first love?

I started painting in my teens to cope with the difficulties of adolescence, but I understand color, shape, form, line, texture, etc… the way one understands music. The two are interweaved.

I noticed you included a pastel on the cover of your cd. Who is that of?

Yes, recent sketches, always recent work to combine the timing and feel of the music. Blah blah blah is just a random girl rolling he eyes to a heartfelt proposal like the song.

A proposal of what?

Love and eventually marriage. To the guy in the song, it is a once in a lifetime feeling maybe. To the beautiful woman, it is so common she’s not even listening.

So, she’s just jaded. That’s what the song is about? hence the title?

Yes, but not all beautiful women nor women in general are like that. It depends on the person. When I first wrote it, I showed it to a model friend. But she was moved, because she felt it was very sincere what he is saying. So, there went my theory…

Nice. What can you tell me about the song “The Satellite Earth?”

Activism, angry, very angry. But there is a line of irony, ”There is no peace in our world. I love you.” It comes from a letter I read from James Dean to a girlfriend. It so fits the prose and the world today.

It reminds me of David Bowie’s Earthling album… Dan. I see you are an all-around commando of the Arts. where do you see this going?

Actually I expect to sell more drawings and paintings from this than albums or songs, but you never know. One thing might catch on, go viral and domino everything else to the spotlight. It’s a lottery profession, but I don’t mind. I spend very little money and give it a lot of work.

Thanks, Dan. It was great to speak with you. Meet you at the donut stand and buy me an apple fritter. I look forward to hearing your CD.

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Artisan – Post 101 – What’s Your Depression? – For Mental Health Awareness Month

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

What’s Your Depression? – For Mental Health Awareness Month

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What’s Your Depression?

Chorus C G D   Verses D C G   End C G D

 

What’s your depression?

How does you feel?

I understand your hopelessness

It seems so real

 

Let me tell you something

You think will never end

But if I show a secret

You can call me a friend

 

What’s your depression?

How do you feel?

I understand your hopelessness

It seems so real

 

The right wing likes the bible

That beats it into me

The liberals only squabble

Pushing dope we don’t need

 

Everybody talks about big pharmaceutical

Thinking that their truths are so psychological

Thinking that they know what to do

But they don’t want to walk in our shoes

 

What’s your depression?

How do you feel?

I understand your hopelessness

It seems so real

 

Every time you look at the movies

Or a bad guy on TV

Everybody thinks it so truly

That we’re just a bad seed

 

Brother, sister

I tell you there is hope

Don’t listen to what they’re telling you

Put faith in what’s being done

 

Everybody talks about big pharmaceutical

Thinking that their truths are so psychological

Thinking that they know what to do

But they don’t want to walk in our shoes

 

What’s your depression?

How do you feel?

I understand your hopelessness

It seems so real

 

Don’t listen! Don’t listen!

To the darkness in you

Don’t listen! Don’t listen!

To what they think is true

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Artisan – Post 100 – Punk Rock Review – Kim And The Created

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 100

Punk Rock Review – Kim And The Created

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Monday night I went to the Echoplex in Los Angeles for my first punk rock gig since my early twenties. Initially, I saw some people decked up like in the old days, guys wearing make up, died bleach blond hair, women in leather miniskirts, etc… but the majority of the audience didn’t have that Halloween pierced punk fashion I used to see in the old days. In fact, they all looked like they had just come out of their study halls at a local community college. No purple hair, very little leather, no Mosh Pitt and if I was lucky, I’d see a strange tattoo.

What has happened to the new millennials that they are so into their technology and computers that they can’t dress up or enjoy a punk rock performance? While the first two acts drew less of a crowd, they still had a life in them that the audience didn’t. The second performer was so hyped up she even had a mock baby birthing on stage, yet from the crowd, nothing. What did they do? While Kim performed her balls out sweating it out in a leather bodysuit with more energy than a hyperactive child on sugar without any Ritalin, they all just stood there holding up their cell phones filming her! Kim had a professional act, she jumped all over the stage, rocked out her amazing guitar licks nodding her head like one of the Ramones and even at one point managed to play guitar with her hair. The audience, however, was a dud. She could’ve jumped off an amplifier, landed head first on the drum set, broke her neck and all the audience would’ve done was capture it on their iPhones and put it on YouTube! Today’s punk rock is dead. The kids are more into capturing and posting a performance than they are actually being there and enjoying it.

Now in old school punk rock, we cut our arms, pierced our nipples and pulled out our hair to go to the local pool hall to see The Adolescence, T.S.O.L., D.I. and Social Distortion while getting drunk and high to our brain’s disgust. We’d hitchhike to see the reminiscence of the 60’s, camping out in a field while taking hallucinogens to watch the Grateful Dead. True, the Dead didn’t do much dancing, but we sure did! An old hippie or a punk rock performance was something to be experienced that could never be captured on a computer. Yes, I wanted to photo Kim with my Obamaphone just to let people know I was cool enough to see her, but really I was there for the art and despite the sluggish crowd, Kim and the Created had it. I hadn’t seen young music much since I got sober and Kim House was like a younger Marilyn Manson, but much easier on the eyes.

Then came a major disappointment. She decided to dance amongst the audience. Now back in the day, when a punkers joined the audience, they’d jump off the stage into a moss pitt. The crowd caught them and it was one of the most exciting times of the show. But if Kim tried that, she’d have done a belly flop right onto the cement dance floor! Fortunately, she saw that coming and climbed off the stage. What did the audience do to their local celebrity? They stood back, made room for her to dance, pushed their cell phones in her face and watched her on the screen. At this point, I’m thinking that Kim’s kind of hot and if she dances by me, she’ll have a bit of a fight to get back on stage. She saw me from the corner of her eye and kindly avoided that.

Later on that night, I talked to the manager of the club who said the crowd was less active because it was a Monday night. I got that, but still… it’s a punk rock show! Kim and the Created had an act down despite the dead crowd. They performed it. Kudos to you, Kim House for giving it your all, putting it on and putting it out an amazing gig in spite of your audience on a Monday night. You are a true artist and I admire your dedication. It was a pleasure and an honor to see a real musician from the new millennium perform!

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Artisan – Post 99 – Is Pot Better Than Prozac?

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 99

Is Pot Better Than Prozac?

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The world at large seems radically opposed to anti-depressant and anti-psychotic medication. Because so many people feel so strongly, does that make them right? Remember, at one time the world’s population swore that the earth was flat and that sailors who went too far out would fall off it’s edge. That seems to be what’s happening with advances in modern science and medicine. The population is falling off the edge with misinformation and guided motives. Let’s look at a couple.

Religious conservatives have always been opposed to advances in science from Galileo being put under house arrest for discovering other planets to John Scopes being convicted for teaching evolution as an option in a public school. Why? The answer is clear! They tend to prove the bible to be wrong. At least, not based on myth, which we accept other aspects of the bible to be. In the New Testament Paul writes, “Slaves obey your masters!” Nobody in modern America still yields to that, but to say the basic principles or history of the bible is questionable or maybe of a different meaning, gets the bible thumpers up in arms. As a result, modern science and medicine is in constant conflict with these reactionaries. Why would they oppose a medication that affects the mind? Because that would separate the soul from our thinking and from our control. Also, modern psychology makes spiritual claims less believable. In fact, they sound insane such as voices from the divine or religious visions that can be written off as hallucinations. We can’t take those away, can we? Especially when people under such spells are so easily persuaded into believing basically anything they are told. Remember when Charles Manson grew long hair and a beard then gave hippies LSD and convinced them he was Jesus? Traditional scientific logic is based on one thing, “Prove it!” If it can’t be proven it is still theory. If it can be proven, it is fact. Religion, however, says, “Believe it!” So if you just believe something enough, it is true and almost always something impossible to prove or disprove. However, when science disproves anything we assumed or “believed” to be true in the past, there is trouble. Also many lunatic religious leaders don’t want you themselves to believe their visions or light or divine auditory messages could also be called schizophrenia. While there may be a God, much of what we are lead to believe, at least in terms of proven science, is clearly false and that makes holy divine direction less believable.

The 12 step spiritual argument is that Prozac, any anti-depressant, anti-psychotic or mood stabilizer is a drug. “Pills are solid alcohol,” they claim. But which ones? Any pill? What about antibiotics? Or vitamins? Sadly enough, to many of them, it is all the same. The point they are missing is that the majority of psychiatric medications today are not sedating and not addictive. They are living in the middle of the 1900’s when most of their leaders were institutionalized for, oddly enough, mental illnesses. Now they lead large cultish “home groups” giving divine “direction” to hundreds of people on how to run their lives including choices of professions, marriages, denial of education and even hair style and grooming. With all that power over other people, how could they possibly be insane? Also, modern psychology, contradicts their core “faith healing” belief that God will cure all insanity. True, physical sobriety will obviously help, but the innate reasons they started flooding their brains to sedate them is still left untouched and still a little touched in the head maybe.

So with all these conservative arguments against modern psychiatry, why wouldn’t the liberals support it? They are paranoid! Most liberal information on the internet against modern medicine is pumped up by people who are angry that pot is still illegal. Yes, marijuana may cure cancer and help other ailments, but is it really that good for people prone to psychological illnesses? NO! Tons of cases are reported of paranoia, people claiming their computers are being hacked, their neighbors are spying on them or people on the freeway are stalking them at 70 mph. One argument is that it can alleviate depression. Of course, any intoxicant will! Just take a depressed person to a party and get them drunk to test that one. But what about the long-term chemical affects sedatives like marijuana? “People stalking them on the freeway” seems to be the common answer. So what are all these marijuana advocates saying to prove it’s unfair to legalize helpful medication and make their pot illegal? It’s a conspiracy!!! The government wants to control us! Rich people are trying to enslave us! The drug companies do it to make money off us! As is there is no money to be made off marijuana. Of course they wouldn’t listen to a psychologist, because if you asked any legitimate therapist or psychiatric doctor, they will tell you these crazy paranoid claims sound like symptoms of serious psychosis. Plus many of these stoners have prejudices against people with mental illness, because history has shown those people just can’t handle their drugs. The truth is there is no conspiracy to get you to stop smoking pot! It is bad for you like cigarettes. While it may have some medicinal purposes, clinics are prescribing it like candy and those who don’t need it are those that are getting it. There is your corruption you’ve been trying to prove all along! Do I care if you get stoned out of your mind? No! I do care if you are using it as an excuse to prevent people from getting necessary proven treatments for their own psychological illnesses. What you do with yours is none our businesses. Likewise, with the God argument, I don’t want to stop you or anyone else from loving your neighbor, but when you bring out your whacky medicine man with a bible or any “all inclusive all empowering” book, then I say enough is enough.

Science is proving that these medications not only work, but, in many cases are necessary. But like evolution or the old round earth theory, the general public just doesn’t want to admit it. It’s up to you which one you want to believe, proven fact or what everybody says?

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Artisan – Post 98 – Reggae Night

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 98

Reggae Night

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Reggae Night

Chords: C G Am F C G Am

 

If you fly in the wintertime

Go south the birds and the eagles fly

Won’t you try on a Reggae night with me?

 

Time stands still as the snowflakes cry

And the beat is one and the three is mine

Did you know that the Reggae love is free?

 

Death beholds and the day will come

When the Rasta man will sing his song

Shine with Jah and the beat of one two three

 

Night will pass and the sun will rise

To a freedom we won’t compromise

All the world will dance when we know peace

 

When my love we will know life

That is better than we could ever try

Don’t you want to share this life with me?

 

All is one and one for all

And the government will hear our call

And the people shall then live forever free

 

Sing with me this Reggae night

And the constitution hears our cry

And the people stand for this will come to be

 

So, when you fly in the wintertime

Watch the birds as south they fly

Fly so high on a Reggae night with me

Fly so high on a Reggae night with me

Fly so high on a Reggae night with me

 

 

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Artisan – Post 97 – Practice, Perseverance And Passion

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 97

Practice, Perseverance And Passion

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“Thanks for stringing my guitar, Derek!”

“No problem, just get me a gallon of milk.”

“Got it! Hey! Where’s your guitar?”

“I don’t have one. I don’t play anymore. Probably wouldn’t even remember how?”

“What? What happened?”

“Well, I was in a band and I just burnt out on the whole thing.”

“But music is a way of life! How do you just quit?”

“We started to get pretty big. We opened a The Palladium for some big names like Sonny and Cher…”

“Wow! You must’ve really been going somewhere!”

“Yeah, but it was too much. Setting up the equipment and going on the road.”

“Most people like that, the traveling.”

“I just got tired of it. It became too much.”

“What? Was it drugs?”

“We did that yeah, but I just didn’t want to play anymore.”

“But music is a passion! How can you just lose your passion?”

“I played everyday and practiced for hours on end. Then some other players came out like Stevie Ray Vaughan. He was so good…”

“Oh! You wanted to be the best.”

“Yeah.”

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Artisan – Post 96 – Hot Potatoes

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 96

Hot Potatoes

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Hot Potatoes

 

Chords:  Em A Em A…  Bridge: D C G

 

I’m trying to make a trend

And I’m wondering what to send

And I’m nearing toward the end

And I’m trying to make a friend

 

In the warm spring time

Will you ever be mine?

 

One two three what do you see?

Got hot potatoes looking at me

Four five six getting real sick

Won’t you grab my pick up stick?

 

In the heat of the night

Not a soul in sight

 

Everybody’s dancing round

Everybody’s talking bout

Everybody sing and shout

Don’t you want to scream so loud?

 

One two three what do you see?

Got hot potatoes looking at me

Four five six getting real sick

Won’t you grab my pick up stick?

 

In the warm spring time

Won’t you be mine?

In the heat of the night

Not a soul in sight

 

Moving to the summer heat

Dancing underneath the sheets

Don’t you love to feel so free?

Don’t you love the deep soul beat?

 

In the warm spring time

Won’t you be mine?

In the heat of the night

Not a soul in sight

 

Repeat and fade

One two three what do you see?

Got hot potatoes looking at me

Four five six getting real sick

Won’t you grab my pick up stick?

 

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Artisan – Post 95 – Another Kind Of Woman

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 95

Another Kind Of Woman

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Another Kind Of Woman

Verses C G F G   Chorus C F G C

 

Everybody’s talking bout another kind of woman tonight

She’s gonna make it alright

She’s gonna let him inside

 

If you go out looking for a different kind of woman tonight

She gonna hold you so tight

She’s gonna be just right

 

Take her hand, be her man

She will understand

 

If you want a lover that’s another kind of woman tonight

You wanna make her all mine

No need to take your time

 

If you wanna chance her she’s a dirty kind of dancer to tonight

Get the rhythm just right

She’s gonna do it in time

 

Hold her now; show her how

It’s a kind of wow

 

Everybody’s looking for another kind of woman tonight

She’s gonna be there on time

She’s gonna be just fine

 

Everybody’s talking bout another kind of woman tonight

She’s gonna make it alright

She’s gonna let him inside

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Artisan – Post 94 – Let’s Make A Lynching – Play Outline ©2016 Dan Joyce

Artisan by Dan Joyce

©2016

Post 94

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Let’s Make A Lynching

Outline

 

Act I

New Orleans 1964 Mardi Gras

 

Biggie Black is trying to organize a protest against segregation in the South. He meets Virginia White, a young college student, interested in his cause. Biggie has to urinate and uses the white restroom.

 

Psychiatrist’s Office 2016 Sunnyville, California

 

Vincent Hopper is discussing going public as an artist about his depression. The doctor warns him about social stigma and negative effects that may be caused by this action. Vincent is convinced that his illness is a cause and a civil rights issue. He argues that his action will bring people out to help them and that more may seek help.

 

Marilyn Monger’s bedroom Sunnyville, California 1976

 

Billie Joe and Marilyn are doing homework in her room. Marilyn, a touch overweight, is eating donuts. Billy warns her about her diet. They begin to discuss their interests in modern music, politics and religion. Marilyn is obviously attracted to Billy, but he shies away acting as a gentlemen. Billie is very handsome and somewhat masculine. The two continue to bond and vow to always be best friends.

 

Act II

 

Bruce’s bedroom Sunnyville, California 1976

 

Billy is talking to his lover Bruce Bronze. He suggests that gay people need to come out of the closet and stand up for their rights, in particular, the right to legally marry. Bruce argues that the cause is trivial, because many gays don’t want people to know they are gay. To him, the right to gay marriage is less important, however, masking a greater threat, gay bashing and hate crime.

 

Downtown Bar 2016 Sunnyville, California.

 

Vincent is drinking soda in a bar. An attractive actress named Cali Crywolf approaches and sits next to him. She already appears to be on a date. He tries to ignore her. The two discuss their careers, however, in the arts and local theatre. She invites him to a play in which she has a nude scene. Vincent agrees to attend. Cali then goes and joins her friends who are discussing her interaction. They inform her that Vincent is mentally ill, lives in a home for such people and takes “happy pills.” Cali, now afraid, accuses Vincent of following her.

 

New Orleans 1964

 

Rocky Small is screaming at his lover, Virginia White, regarding her association with a black man. She defends herself, but not Biggie. She is important in local politics and must defend her name. She accuses Biggie to Rocky of trying to rape her.

 

Sunnyville, Ca. 1976 Marilyn Monger’s Bedroom

 

Marilyn and Billie are studying biology. Marilyn intentionally spills water on her blouse, takes of her shirt and attempts to seduce Billie. Billie rejects her telling her he is gay. Marilyn quotes the bible and offers to reform him. Billie leaves the room.

 

Sunnyville, California 2016 Local Theatre House

 

Cali is naked on stage making offensive remarks regarding those who seek treatment for depression and other known mental illnesses. After the play, Vincent informs her that he found the play offensive, because he and several friends have such issues. Vincent is chased off the lot by the other actors and mocked as insane.

 

New Orleans 1964 The Public Square

 

Biggie has organized a rally speaking out against segregation in the south. Virginia identifies him to Rocky and to the police. Biggie is arrested for sexual assault.

 

Sunnyville, California 2016 The Town Hall Meeting

 

Vincent is discussing with the city council why mentally ill people should be regarded as equal to other citizens and why such a cause is important to the community. After the speech Cali and local political activist Stephen Studdard discuss his odd behavior in the community. Cali accuses him of being a sexual predator.

 

Sunnyville, California 1976

 

Billie is making a speech at the local college on gay rights and causes, especially gay marriage. He is confronted by a group of Christian activists led by Marilyn’s brother Paul. There is hostility and violence breaks out. The police come to the rally and arrest Billie.

 

New Orleans courtroom 1964

 

Rocky and Virginia testify to the assault claims against Biggie. Biggie takes the stand and accuses them and the community of racism. The jury is called.

 

Sunnyville, California 2016 local coffeehouse

 

Stephen Studdard and Cali rally the townspeople in anger against Vincent. They all march the police station to file papers against him. Requesting he leave the city.

 

Sunnyville, California 1976 courtroom

 

Billie admits to the courtroom that he is gay and is convicted of sodomy and unethical sexual activity. He is charged a fine and requested to no longer partake in such practices.

 

Sunnyville, California 2016 courtroom

 

Stephen Studdard accuses Vincent of being violently insane. While Vincent testifies he has no record of violence nor threatened anyone in the case with violence, Stephen argues that the potential violence rallied against him in the community was a passive act of violence in itself. Stephen is forced to leave the community.

 

Act III

 

Sunnyville, California 1976 Public Park

 

Paul leads his Christian friends to assault and batter Billie. Obscene sexual references are made as Marilyn watches. The group leaves Billie beaten and unconscious as the bible is read while they walk away.

 

New Orleans 1964 Public Lynching

 

Biggie is forcefully taken out of his home and led into the main square where his is hanged.

 

Sunnyville, California 2016

 

Vincent is at the bar talking to a local stranger. He says that he still believes that his rights as well as the civil rights of all citizens are important and that wherever he goes, he will take that with him like his art and that he just may be a little before his time. Stephen is listening in the corner, silently nods and takes a drink. Vincent grabs his luggage and leaves the bar.

 

The end.

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Artisan – Post 93 – Meetings And Medications

Artisan by Dan Joyce

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Post 93

Meetings And Medications

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Straight from the entrance doors of most AA meetings, newcomers usually get confronted by swarms of uneducated alcoholics wanting to play doctor. Anti-depressants are always high on the taboo list as the spiritual psychology of AA is promoted to replace well-trained and researched scientific methods. Usually, an AA member is conning the doctor to get some anti-anxiety pills like valium or xanax, or something extremely addictive by faking a condition he just doesn’t have. Painkillers are also popular on the list of scripts an alcoholic just might want from the doctor. Sadly, the blame for this is always put on the doctor rather than the doper con artist. As they claim, the doctors don’t want to heal us. They just want to trick us into getting addicted to something. This is, of course, assuming that the patient is not already addicted to something like say… alcohol and is completely oblivious to the side effects of known addictive drugs.

Today, my problem is different. On a ninety-degree day, I had to wait on hold with the doctor’s office for about an hour and later will have to take two buses to the pharmacy to get my stomach medicine, prilosec and reglan. Being fifty years old and having spent my whole adult life in AA meetings smoking cigarettes and loading up on strong coffee, I am not in the best of health, especially my stomach. In fact, I can’t even drink a beer without barfing anymore. But because of the danger of addiction to other drugs, I still attend my meetings.

As far as my bad stomach goes, acid reflux is not an easy condition to deal with. Basically all the acid from your stomach comes back up nearing your throat and burns most of the organs in your upper torso. It can be very painful. Guided by gravity, it is worse when you are lying down and trying to sleep. Because your stomach is so upset when untreated, you rarely eat much. Now the obvious answer to this is smoke less, diet and maybe exercise. But I don’t have much money and live in a boarding home run by a quaint Mexican family. I shouldn’t have to tell you that that old Mexican woman cooks some excellent spicy stuff that I’m not about to give up! And I’m not about to take what little money I have to go to the health food store to buy tofu and vegan cheese just to tell you guys I’m taking one or two less pills!!! Just try to stop me next time I pick up a chip!!!

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