November 12, 2011


Just Let Your Soul Glo

It wasn’t like I was looking for any sort of extra excitement in a Publix, on a weeknight, at the intersection of Grown-up Country Lane and New Suburbia Avenue. I’m there for ‘puppy pads’ (though they’re hardly puppies any more), and something else I was trying not to forget then and can’t remember now… So […]

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October 30, 2011



The goddamn hum was relentless. He didn’t really remember when it started or, to be precise, when he became aware of it. Night time, when things died down a bit. Late, when the wall of white man voodoo subsided such that the signal to noise ratio permitted the 18-wheeler or rice-rocket over on the main […]

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October 16, 2011


Love, American Style

A good Shaman knows that magic is alchemy. Playing with the cations and anions, physically and mentally. I hadn’t learned that yet, at least on a conscious level. I was getting there. Bumbling down the path. Still possessing more energy than sense, which can be hilarious, tragic, and dangerous. The good thing, though, was that I […]

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October 3, 2011


Bathrooms of the Rich and Famous!

“I have used the bathroom in many of the largest, richest homes in the Charleston Area.” This is a bit of an inside joke for me (normally said more crudely). Very inside. And funny to me on a few levels; for I am vast, I contain multitudes (eyes rolling). But it may also be just […]

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September 24, 2011


What’s your deal, anyway?

It’s Mario Puzo’s fault, man. When I read “Fools Die” as a teenager it was over for me. The first kindred spirit. The first thing I could REALLY relate to. In the box. The feel, the tone, of feeling the box and going a bit crazy about it. Or maybe not crazy enough. Perhaps the […]

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September 17, 2011


The Ghost of Spalding Gray

I’m not really a storyteller. I am not the guy holding court at the party to an enraptured, enthralled, or captive audience. I have serious potential to be the sensitive guy strumming the guitar on the stairwell, singing “body” like “baaa-dey” because, you know, John Mayer does it; but I know enough Belushi‘s in my life […]

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September 4, 2011


Blah is a Blah Blah!!!


Blah…blah blah blah? So, blah celebrity blah the other blah, and blah blah exposed blah’s ‘Blah Blah Blah Blah’. Blah this blah, blah is actually blah, but blah are promoting “Blah of the Blah”. I mean, even with the sexy blah blah, watching Blah Blah on blah is like blahing a blah blah in a […]

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September 3, 2011


What’s this “Surface Nuisance”?

Tonight, in three acts, we present the story of why this blog is named ‘surface nuisance’. And I need to make my self-imposed deadline, so let’s not dally… Act I It’s the mid ’80s or so, and I am flunking out of the College of Charleston because I am my somewhat basket case self, and […]

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September 2, 2011


First to Nowhere

Starting today I want to try a new format for posting that hopefully works for me. And you, if you are interested in keeping up with this mess. My intention is to post Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 7 pm. Friday will usually be something on the lighter side of the menu: some music of mine, or […]

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August 28, 2011


Dear Facebook…

I wanted to let you know up front that I’ve been seeing this other social network. Her name is Google Plus – sorry, Google+. Well it’s important to her, apparently. Anyway, I was invited to her house recently with some friends, and it was all good fun. But we’re just friends getting to know each […]

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August 27, 2011


A Metrosexual Werewolf In Charleston

I wannabe Chris Cornell...

It just sort of threw me from the beginning. I mean, breaking down and getting the Wahl trimmer kit was a break from my unroutine to begin with, my usual manner of dealing with haircuts being: “Pretty scraggly there, Myers. Pain in the butt to deal with, to boot.” and I would get myself to the […]

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August 26, 2011

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Tall Water

Tall Water Talking in tall water I see you against the sky Moving in moon rhythm Pulling for a fuller tide Gently now you’re reaching Preaching proud a brand new day When you are through searching I’ll put on a stronger face Swiftly how in slumber I read you between the lines Floating in free […]

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August 6, 2011


A Shout Out to the Rudolphs

One of my great joys in life is discovering that people are not necessarily what they first appear to be. For me, this may work a little different than most. I mean, breaking stereotypes is generally a wonderful thing to me, but there is a specific flavor of it that always appeals to my palette. […]

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July 22, 2011


I wrote a song about it. Like to hear it? Here it go! Part Duh…I mean deux…

I bought a small Pro-Tools rig about 3-4 years ago, when we moved to the house we’re in now. I’ve been fiddling with writing and recording music since I was a teenager, and this seemed the next logical step. Especially since I wanted to work with some other friends who had digital recording setups. That […]

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June 27, 2011


Twisted Sisters

One of my favorite indulgences involves waking up early on the weekend; while it is still quiet, and the dogs and cats and humans are still sleeping, or slow and docile, at least; and meditating for an hour, to begin with. I have been meditating with varying frequency since I was a teenager; actually before, […]

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June 24, 2011


Flood Stud

Stephanie Abrams

Do birds reincarnate into weather ladies? Petite, effete little weather ladies who perch on the set and cheerfully chirp what you are already looking at. Does anyone else miss when The Weather Channel mainly looped local radar images to baby-boomer Muzak?  I mean, you could leave the TV on for days in this state. Now […]

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June 23, 2011


I wrote a song about it. Like to hear it? Here it go!

Catch My Breath (audio link) is my favorite song from the brief existence of the band I was in, Paper Thin, back in ’06/’07. Mark Davis wrote what I thought was a beautiful song on guitar, and I wrote and sang the lyrics and melody. Bass stuff, too. (Yes, I was once Sting for Halloween. When the hair was […]

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June 21, 2011

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Way of the Beta or A Fish called Bruce

OK…first things first: So, I’m channel surfing the other night, and I come across G4’s ‘Movies That Don’t Suck’. In this case, it is actually true, because they are showing “Way of the Dragon“. I mean, even with the comically bad overdubbing, watching Bruce Lee on film is like watching a Beta Fish in a […]

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