About Lono

My name is Lono. I live in Parker, CO. I have a wifey, horses, dogs, cats, and fish. I write here, as well as a music site www.maybeiamwrong.com I am also in a band called Clownfight. IamCorrect at Gmail.com

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We hear about the ‘muse’ often in art.  It’s an ephemeral thing – a idea, a feeling, inspiration, a thought.  And usually, its a gal.  You may know that nearly every song in the 70s was written about Joni Mitchell or Patti Boyd-Harrison-Clapton.   We don’t get to hear about the men. Here is one.

Every song written in the 90s was about 1 guy.  Before I hand it over to you, let’s talk about the song.  Would, from Alice in Chains.  Far Behind from Candlebox, the entire Temple of the Dog album.  This guy started Pearl Jam.  He was never in Pearl Jam…but he birthed it.  How so?  By dying.

Every great Seattle song seems to be about a guy no one knows, and was never famous.  Andrew Wood.  Andrew Wood led ‘Mother Love Bone’, which was Pearl Jam minus Vedder.  He was wildly charismatic, and deeply loved.  You know you mean something when dudes write songs about other dudes.  I can’t think of another male who has had the impact of songs written that Andrew Wood had.  On any idea in classic rock radio, you are far more likely to hear a song about losing Andy Wood than about John Lennon, or Kurt Cobain.

You know Seattle was an epic rock scene of the 90s.  Besides the great bands is another reason the Seattle scene and sound was so magical… partnership.  The bands (Mudhoney, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Screaming Trees, Mother Love Bone… et al) were all friends.  It wasn’t competition.  Soundgarden did a record with Alice in Chains.  Find the amazing and largely unknown Alice in Chains EP called ‘Sap’.  It’s largely acoustic and stands with anything else Alice in Chains did.  One of the songs is credited to ‘Alice in Mudgarden’.  In one song, you get Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and Mudhoney!  and… it’s beautiful.  Let’s give it a listen, eh?

Chris Cornell was everyone, and recording with everyone.  Cornell wrote an entire album about Andy Wood.  They were more than friends or acquaintances…  they were roommates.  This is technically its own band, Temple of the Dog.  Know who is in that band?  It’s Pearl Jam, mostly minus Eddie.  Pearl Jam and Soundgarden even shared the same drummer (Matt Cameron) for decades.

You couldn’t even plot the Seattle crossover scene with a Visio jam… but I bet several have tried.

Wood died from a heroin overdose, and his death damn near broke all of Seattle.  That death also inspired a generation.  I think one of the things that hurt the most for those who knew and loved Andy Wood… its that he never got his big break.  He was on the verge SO hard of greatness.  His band had just finished their debut masterpiece called ‘Apple’, and of course he died right before it came out.  It’s available, and contains the fantastic song you know called ‘Chloe Dancer Crown of Thorns’.  This community of love and partnership and brotherhood was perfectly captured in Cameron Crowe’s ‘Single’ movie… and soundtrack.

*** sidebar – I was at Pearl Jam last night, and they played ‘Crown of Thorns’

While we are here, I want to mention a few tribute songs that I don’t think are well known, but are just beautiful perfection.  Warren Haynes wrote ‘Patchwork Quilt’ about Jerry Garcia.  Paul Simon wrote ‘Late Great Johnny Ace about John Lennon.  I included above not just clips to performances of the songs, but separately the lyrics.  The lyrics stand alone as great art.  You may notice the latter clip is from Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Concert in Central Park’… but was edited out of future releases.  It was on the VHS, but was removed from subsequent recordings and DVDs.  Know why?  Well… watch the video linked above.  A couple of minutes into the song, a fan runs on stage and attacks Paul Simon rambling about John Lennon.  Its an incredible moment captured on film, and its a shame it has been wiped out.  The moment happens at 48:40.

So cheers to those who came before and inspired us.

Friday Fives – further shitting on Chris Brown

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Who is a famous person that’s very talented but is also a piece of shit?

Chris Brown.  Not just because he tried to beat his girlfriend to death.  That isn’t hyperbole, btw… by the time the police showed up he was still beating her.  Yeah, he is going to hell for that.  Could you imagine something worse?  He tattooed her bloody face from the hospital photos on to his neck.

What is something in the 2010s that you miss?

Being excited about watching a movie… dvd or whatever.  You couldn’t always get what you wanted, so you were appreciative of what you had.  Now, I just turn on the tv and I can load a highly anticipated zillion dollar blockbuster in my home for a couple clicks and a few virtual dollars.  We take these things for granted.  While I fully appreciate the convenience, especially living 45 minutes out of town.

What’s the stupidest thing that has a large fan base?

Chris Brown

What’s a song lyric that you completely misheard for a while?

Oh man, I LOVE this topic.  There are tons.  Let’s go with the ‘Damadadian Rights’.  Do you even know your Damadadian rights?  You don’t, do you.  Have you even read the United States charter in the UN?  The famous amendment from 1986, about prisoner treatment.  God, you’re so dumb sometimes.  Well, so was I… until Metallica came along.  They have a bad ass song from their second album.  It’s called ‘Ride the Lightning’, which is a reference to being put to death in the electric chair.  Here is the lyric of concern –

Guilty as charged
The Damadadian rights***
There’s someone else controlling me
Death in the air
Strapped in the electric chair
This can’t be happening to me

I assumed the ‘Damadadian rights’ were a thing.  Tough to say for sure, because its thrash metal.  Turns out… that isn’t a thing.  Nor was it what he was saying.  What James was singing is – “Guilty as charge, but damnit it ain’t right…”

Hmm.  That does make a LOT more sense.  Let’s listen to the song and see if you can hear what I did.  You don’t have to stay long, it’s the opening verse.

What device, service, or app do you use to listen to music today?

It’s all virtual and digital.  My truck doesn’t even have a CD player.  I owned the thing a week before I even noticed.  I use Spotify, and I LOVE it.  and… I PAY for it.  Everyone should.  Actually, if we wanted to take the high road for the artist, we wouldn’t stream at all.  They make pennies per millions of ‘spins’.  I am ticked that not only can I listen to an album the day it comes out… they do box sets.  There is like a 4 or 5 cd box set re-issue of the most perfect rock album ever – Appetite for Destruction.  I didn’t buy it.  I would have, but the no CD player thing.  Well, its all on Spotify.

*** correction, I do have a working CD player… it’s the Blu Ray player in the family room.  Sadly, it never gets used much at all.  In its day, that thing was the bomb!  It wasn’t just a Cd and Blu Ray DVD player, but also was a smart tv hookup.  By putting the Blu Ray player online, we could watch Netflix or whatever their their smart tv.  That was a gonzo value for $124

Friday Fives – my speech is gooder you racist

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How is the relationship with your family?

It’s great.  Health and happy, nothing but love.  Frankly, its why I will never be great.  It seems all great men come from fucked up families.  People who are wildly successful struggled as kids for food, love, attention… everything.  They learned to fight.  Most great musicians lost their mothers at really young ages.  I am 50, and my mom is alive and well and is my favorite person in the world.  Don’t tell my wife I said that.  KIDDING!  She can’t read, so no threat there.

Growing up I had enough love, food, attention… the works.  You’ll never believe this, but being a straight white male born in North America has an upside.  I won the lottery on every level.  Not just being born a straight white male in the US is pretty fucking great.  On top of that, I was born to an awesome family who I love to the bones.  Being a liberal and caring human, there was a long time I felt bad about winning this lottery.  I took about 30 or 40 years, but I finally figured I should appreciate it, and use it to the advantage of others.

How is your relationship with your manager?

Great, why?  Is there something I don’t know?  I love my boss, and she loves me.  I think the most important bond we have is trust.  There is a great saying that goes like this – “integrity is what you do when no one is looking”:  We both know that the other is working hard, and has the companys’ and employees best interest at heart.  As you can imagine, that isn’t always the case in corporate America.

How is the relationship with your neighbor?


I fucking love my neighbors.  We spend a LOT of our time together.  We travel the world together.  We live somewhat isolated on a small ranch on a dirt road half an hour out of town.  This means it isn’t practical to go into down to drink or party or whatever.  Its expensive, time consuming, and you can’t drink.  Finding like minded folks when we moved out here… we just hang out at each others houses.  Yes, Ric and Jenn are gone…and Rachel and Jason.  Yes, I cried about the latter.  I am still pretty upset and in denial as well, since they moved out of state.  Both couples took the stupidly high real estate values and cashed out.  BUT… we will have Sally, Linda, Karen and Andy, Luis and Lupita, Jared, Rod… etc

Here is how close we are.  We not only hang out here together and travel together… of that list above I have married two of the couples.


What is your absolute favorite useless fact?

Lemmy started out his career in music as a roadie.  For Jimmy f’n Hendrix!

What kind of accent do you have?

I don’t have an accent.  YOU have an accent.  Oh yeah?   What if I said I can prove it, racist!  South Metro Denver has one of the largest concentration of call centers in the entire us.  Just in the Inverness area is about 100K cubicle type call center jobs.  Why?  Two reasons seem to emerge.  One is a combination of rail lines and good weather.  He who controls the rail lines controls all communications.  Why is that?  Because whomever owns the railroads owns not just the land the tracks are on, but 10 feet in both directions.  This is likely for safety and logistical reasons.  Now… let’s say you want to run a phone line across the country.  Lets say you need an uninterrupted space that crosses the country to bury fiber optic cable.  You could try and contact about 1500 different landowners… and PRAY that they have mineral rights.  Mineral rights are if you own the ground under your house.  The reason people have and would be interested in mineral rights is if oil or gold was found on your property.  I would say 80% of American homeowners do not own the mineral rights to their property.

OR… you could contact the railroad.  You could deal with 1 single company that can connect you coast to coast and city to city.  These lines converge in Denver, and Denver is a popular spot because its pretty close to being in the middle of the continent.

What does that have to do with accents?  Above?  Nothing at all.  Its about the other reason all telecom is based here.  It is because we don’t have accents.  We are so in the middle in Colorado that we can talk to anyone in the country and no one would say ‘where are you calling from’.  In fact, our lack of discernible accents actually counts as an accent.  Linguists love this stuff… and you know I have always wanted to pretend to be a linguist.

Officially, most linguists would say that Coloradoans have an unmarked, neutral, or no accent, commonly known as Standard American English. Without a very distinctive sound in our speech that is highly recognizable or that makes people go, “Oh, you must be from Colorado!”, it is hard to say that there is a specific Colorado accent.

So I don’t have an accent, k?  Sometimes I use words I don’t know so people think I am more photosynthesis.