Monthly Archives: July 2013

Looking Deeper

I have cat. I don’t want fleas. Been there. The veterinarians sell products that one applies to the cat’s coat, then it is absorbed into their bloodstream altering their coat in a way that fleas or other insects who try to ingest the cat’s skin or hair will be infected with a poison that kills them. I didn’t really think too long about it, the veterinarian says side effects are rare blah blah blah it’s easy to like this nice story especially when it includes having no fleas.

Now I also have a little girl and I’m thinking I should look deeper. The vet recommended flea medication called Revolution, I bought it. Afterward I looked up the Wiki for Revolution’s active ingredient which is Selamectin. Very encouraging to read nothing critical whatsoever except for 1% of animals tested. This makes a consumer feel very good.

Especially helpful if the good feeling consumer does not google Selamectin, children because then they would land on the Natural Resources Defense Council’s website and read about being poisoned or poisoning their children and of course the poisoning of the pet who we were told would rarely have any side effects.

Woe be the consumer who googles the active ingredient Selamectin, children.

You Gotta Hear The Breasts In This #1 Song


Dear Stephen Dubner

Love the Freakonomics podcast, would like to suggest a future episode.

Sometimes musician friends say to me “I’m going to write some hits, just make some money” as if writing a hit is as simple as using a certain structure, (which it is…but isn’t), and if they wrote one then magically they would be rich.

They don’t seem to grasp the fact that soft porn marketing accompanies whatever is called a  hit or so it seems to me. Therein lies an interesting Freakonomics episode.


Bob Wiseman


13 Month Old Baby

Doug McClement sent me a copy of the tracks. A whack of famous recordings but all I had my eyes on was Superstition.

The separate tracks. The….Separate…..Tracks.

Have spent a significant portion of my life trying to figure out what his hands specifically did on the clavinet in Superstition. I had my older brother’s clavinet in the 70’s and tried to figure out how to play Superstition. Couldn’t figure it out.

Ah ha. EIGHT TRACKS OF CLAVINET. Glad to finally understand. So powerful to pull back the curtain. Plus anyone who ever studied Stevie Wonder knows he is also the drummer on Superstition, so how many tracks on the kit? THREE. One pass is just a 1/4 note on the kick. The other two mono tracks by the hi hat and by the ride. Captured the whole kit with no skins close mic’d.

How many horns? I thought it was three, four or five. Only two horns trumpet and tenor but I couldn’t figure that out, I had to surf the internet and go through youtube videos then it was clear. You can hear the horn players talking to each other. You can hear Stevie Wonder screaming little things in his vocal track that were never audible to your ears before. Even making jokes with himself calling himself “nasty” which he more properly did 5 years later in I Wish.

This is part of music’s future unless Sir Paul and others plan on erasing their masters.