Small Town Boy

Politics and music go together like sex and drugs. Last night New York got a mix of it all. My home stage will now allow same sex marragies. Whether or not you agree with what the fat old white people decided it’s a win for freedom. People who wanted to do something they couldn’t do before now can. The small town boy in the Bronski Beat song was always welcome in NYC.

“Mother will never understand why you had to leave. For the love that you need will never be found at home. And the answer you seek will never be found at home. Run away, turn away, Run away, turn away.” – Jimmy Sommerville (Bronski Beat)

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This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 25, 2011 at 6:34 am, filed under music, political and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Welcome President Obama.

I’m going to tell you a little story. About five years ago I was living in New York City and it was mid-winter. I had to perform three live shows in Europe in one weekend… Thursday, Friday, Saturday. The Wednesday night before my flight I decided to add a ton of new material into my set and only ended up with a few hours sleep. Each show was in a different country and by the time I got on my flight back to NY I was totally destroyed. I had a layover in Frankfurt and because of a massive snowstorm hitting the east coast of the USA the trans-Atlantic portion of my flight home ended up being delayed about 15 hours. Remember at this point I was already awake a seriously long time. In Frankfurt I got pretty sick and the entire flight to NY I was tossing, turning and blowing my nose.

Finally I land in at JKF (airport in NY). It’s still snowing there and it takes us about two hours to taxi to the gate. I can barely walk and finally grab my luggage. At that time I was using an Akai MPC and Roland JP-8000 so I needed a rolling cart. I drove myself to the airport so I had my car parked there. Normally you exit the main terminal and take a shuttle bus to the long term parking lot. When I reached the outside door I slipped and fell and hit my head on a metal door. Now I was seriously sick, tired and bleeding! I was really starting to come unraveled at this point. There were a few hundred people waiting for the shuttle bus which seemed very odd. It wasn’t long before we were notified that because of the snow no shuttle buses were running. The snow was so deep I couldn’t push my rolling cart to my car. I had to carry two bags, the MPC and JP-8000 a seriously long distance in the snow. It was now also around 10:00PM. My car was so far away that when I finally found it I was all alone and the car was completely buried with a thick layer of ice on it. I had no gloves and really began to get concerned. If I had some sleep in me this situation would have been ok but I was in serious pain at this point.

So there I was bare handed digging my car out. Out of the darkness I see a flashlight coming my way. A black man on foot approached my car. He had a small shovel and without saying a word starts digging me out. When I started to help he begged me to stop because I had no gloves. It took him almost an hour but he dug my entire car out. I had a my fee from three shows in my pocket and reached in and offered him $200. He wouldn’t take the money. I pleaded with him to please take it but he refused over and over. I offered him more money and less money too. He just smiled at me and said have a safe drive home and walked away into the darkness.

Today I dedicate the following song to our new President. It’s been a long time commin! The change has come.

A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke:

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I was born by the river
In a little tent
And just like the river
I’ve been running ever since

It’s been a long, long time coming
But I know a change gonna come
Oh, yes it is

It’s been too hard living
But I’m afraid to die
I don’t know what’s up there beyond the sky

It’s been a long, long time coming
But I know a change gonna come
Oh yes it will

Then I go to my brother
I say brother help me please
But he winds up knocking me
Back down on my knees

There’s been times that I thought
I wouldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able to carry on
It’s been a long, long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come
Oh, yes it will

You can buy this song at: amazon or itunes

photo credit: BohPhoto and CR Artist

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on November 5, 2008 at 1:37 am, filed under music, political and tagged . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Come on America do the right thing!

I wholehearted believe politics should stay the hell off tech blogs. Tech is nice because it gives us a break from the real world of doom and gloom. In tech everything is heading brightly to the future. As far as this blog Wire to the Ear is concerned we are all about music tech but it’s been hard for me to keep my mouth shut when it comes to this next U.S. election. Imagine writing a post everyday and not even saying anything?

I figure since the above video is in musical form it will be acceptable content here. To go along with the video I will break my usual silence when it comes to politics and tell you how I feel. It’s really simple: The thought of McCain/Palin in the White House makes me vomit in my mouth. I know I certainly can’t change anyone’s vote but if your an American (as I am) hear my plea: Do the right thing this time! Please!

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This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 9, 2008 at 8:23 am, filed under political, video and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.