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I Am Not An Onion

28 Nov 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

I am taking the scenic route to Spanish fluency.  It took me several months to learn the difference in "horse" and "onion."  The words are very similar.  "Caballo" means horse and "cebolla" means onion.  I have never actually tried to buy a horse at...

Mi Iglesia En La Calle

27 Nov 2021 2 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne I'd never been to San Miguel de Allende before a couple months ago.  Like Ajijic, it's famous as a gringo hub, so I've never been interested in it.  But it was better than I thought it would be.  The gringos aren't every...

Just Another Stripe On The Tiger

23 Nov 2021 6 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

Until yesterday, I didn't know what "praise and worship music" meant.  Most "praise and worship" music grates on my ears, and I never listen to it.  I usually see (or hear) it as bad art, and not truly capable of praising or worshiping anything.  It'...

Astroworld & The Original Tragedy

16 Nov 2021 5 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

One of the greatest flaws in rap lyrics is the over-reliance on rhyme for its own sake.  It's a remedial, beginner's device, and no one who has ever written more than 2 songs is entirely unguilty of it.  There's an inherent writer's thrill at discove...

The Cold War Against The Arts

12 Nov 2021 4 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

When discussing the lack of interesting and/or talented independent musicians today, there are two names I never mention:  Lana Del Rey and Jack White.  I actually like Lana Del Rey, but I never mention her because she's an obvious, self-professed in...

The Last Days of "El Futuro"

6 Nov 2021 7 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

I can't listen to The Handsome Family anymore.  I was a big Handsome Family fan from the late 90's through about 2009.  We shared a back page in the Illinois Entertainer, in which my band had received a 25-word write-up; they had an ad for a show or...

Welcome To Jonestown

1 Nov 2021 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

I have been known to compare Anthony Fauci to Josef Mengele, but I think there's more to it than that.  Thanks to the video posted below, in addition to Mengele I now also liken Fauci to Jim Jones, who forced his followers to commit mass suicide by d...

They Fought The Law

31 Oct 2021 3 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

I finally made it through the film Chicuarotes, which features this great version of "I Fought The Law:" I can't tell if singing it in Nāhuatlahtolli is an attempt at "decolonization," which is the kind of thing you'd expect from people today, or si...

The Rough Side of Christmas Village

22 Oct 2021 3 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

A funeral blocked me from leaving a cemetery the other day.  I heard nearby mariachi music while I was walking between the graves, and after awhile thought it might be cool to find out where the music was coming from.  The search was not difficult. ...

An Audience of One (You Are The World)

20 Oct 2021 4 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

I feel like I do when a beloved celebrity dies.  While looking for images to use as a thumbnail for this article, I did an image search for "We Are The World," and was horrified to learn that they remade the song sometime in the last decade or 2 for...