Nothing Says Love On Valentine's Day Like...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Tuesday, February 17, 2009

...the gift of a Serial Killer!

That is correct...the woman who loves me, also knows me very well.

For Valentine's Day, Nancy gave me the Season One AND Season Two DVD collections of Dexter, starring Michael C. Hall, the Showtime series about a serial killer whose victims are serial killers. You might also remember Mr. Hall from the HBO series Six Feet Under.

The first season of the show was based upon the novel by Jeff Lindsay entitled "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" (2004) Mr. Lindsay has added three more novels to the series; "Dearly Devoted Dexter"(2005), "Dexter in the Dark"(2007) and "Dexter By Design" (2009). I have not read the novels, but our friend STARRLIGHT from "Here Comes A Storm...In the Form Of A Girl" tells me that this is one of those rare cases where the TV show/movie is actually as good as the novel.

I do not have Showtime, so I was only able to watch the edited version of the show CBS ran last summer. Those episodes were so choppy with the edits of language and graphic violence, that at times, it was almost impossible to follow why certain things happened.

Now, I own the 8 DVDs that make up the first two seasons of the show. Friday evening Nancy and I sat and watched the first episode and she has immediately been drawn into the story, wanting to know more and more about how Dexter became Dexter.

On her card she wrote that this gift would give us hours of enjoyment on our next "Weekend To Nowhere".

"Weekend To Nowhere" is a concept I have done before and introduced Nancy to a few months ago. Basically, you make sure you have all the food and beverages you need for a weekend, you shut the door and the world out and you spend Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday alone together enjoying videos and music and other things not to be mentioned here - hehehehe....

They work great in the winter or when you have a miserable weather weekend...but they can be done at any time.

It is a bit more difficult planning them around the weekends Nancy's sons are with their dad...and we have had some 'real-life' interruptions due to the boys needing their mom even on those weekends (don't ask!)...but we are planning one in the next few weeks and Dexter will certainly be the center of our viewable 'enjoyment' time.

Yesterday, we featured Chris Huff and the comments were luke-warm. Later in the day, Chris left the following comment:

Eeek! Scary. This album was recorded 10 years ago, so please keep that in mind. Maybe you folks would like my newer stuff better - all available to listen to for free at ReverbNation - thanks to Bond for the post! Much appreciated :-) Thanks - Chris

Well, when I request the CDs, sometimes they come from the PR firm and sometimes from the artist themselves. This time it did come from Chris.

I did write him back letting him know that is why I posted songs from that CD (I figure when an artist sends a CD, even if it is older, it is the music they want reviewed/promoted). We had a few back and forth emails and Chris even left an additional comment which said:
You are very welcome! Again, thanks to Bond so much for posting these tracks -
I stand by both tunes but think maybe some context helps...

"Short-Term Memory Blues" was NEVER meant to be Robert Johnson or even Delbert is more like a Blind Willie McTell goofy song...but I would never put it in the category of "real" blues though it originates from a deep love of is included on the CD b/c it was a live staple from 95-98 when I was shuffling around a lot of laughs...comic song not serious blues...

"Spider and the Fly" is a VERY atypical song for me even from the NCW album (maybe 1 other song on there like that) - my attempt at Nick Drake-dom long before the VW commercial - my wife's favorite song on the CD lol - the most folk I have ever gone really...

:-) you all seem like well educated, honest, sensible peeps. Tomorrow you will see what I am doing now which is not at all a folkie coffeehouse thing. Appreciate the chance to show my other side! Rock on.

As a couple of you noted, it is very cool when the artist cares enough to come over and discuss their music and let us know their feelings...Thanks to you Chris...

So, in the interest of letting Chris' current music be what you judge, we are giving you two from his latest project, Death And Texas...the poll is still open on the post below and you can always re-vote if these effect you in a different way...This is "For The Trees" and "Then We're Dead"...

Here is the schedule of shows Chris is listing at the moment...
Thu Feb 19 9:00 PM The Tun Tavern Atlantic City, NJ
Sat Feb 21 3:00 PM John and Peter's Place New Hope, PA
Sat Feb 21 8:00 PM John & Peter's Place New Hope, PA With Jessica Paris and NY Funk Exchange
Sat Feb 21 9:00 PM O'Donnell's Sea Isle City, NJ
Fri Feb 27 8:00 PM Village Tavern Montgomeryville, PA
Fri Mar 6 9:00 PM The Tun Tavern Atlantic City, NJ
Thu Mar 19 9:00 PM The Tun Tavern Atlantic City, NJ
Fri Mar 20 6:00 PM Paddy Whacks - Welsh Road Philadelphia, PA
Sat Mar 21 5:00 PM New Castle Farmers Market New Castle, DE

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16 Of Your Sparks

  1. Unknown Says:
  2. I keep hearing so much good about Dexter I am going to have to buy the first season soon. I think I like Chris Huff's newer stuff more than his old stuff.

  3. Ken Says:
  4. I got to say, Dexter became addictive when we first started watching. We felt a little weird, liking a show about a serial killer. Now we can't miss a show!

  5. I think I just put my finger on what "bugs" me about Chris Huff's voice. I shouldn't phrase it that way, because he's got a nice voice; it's pleasing.

    He reminds me of the Catholic musicians I know; he enunciates his words so you can tell what he's saying! It doesn't seem "appropriate" for the types of music he sings. I guess I was expecting more earthy sounds, he's got a clear voice.

    That sounds like I'm nitpicking, but his voice sounds too pleasant to sing the types of music he's doing.

  6. Schmoop Says:
  7. Schmoop and I have Weekend to Nowhere nearly every weekend, 'cause typically neither of us remember what the hell happened. Cheers Vinny!!

  8. Jessica Says:
  9. hmm, cool! I didn't know Dexter was based off of a book. I haven't seen the show, but a lot of people have said I would enjoy it!

  10. Jay Says:
  11. Dexter is very cool. I've had to find it online though since I don't have Showtime. I thought about dropping HBO and getting Showtime, but then I would miss Entourage and True Blood. So I just don't know what to do.

    I have Weekends to Nowhere quite often. Only I spend them alone.

    /anti-social. ;-)

  12. katherine. Says:
  13. Gift giving is an art. I think Nancy has it down perfectly.

    The weekend to nowhere concept is great...unless one of you is a bit AADD...and one of you tends to be a hermit. laughing.

    Our version has been to get on the bike and go where ever it takes you....

  14. JOHN: Dexter is great...check it out. Thanks on the Chris comment

    SONGBIRD: As I explained to Chris in our emails, my guests are great lovers of music and y'all have different tastes. Any artist who has a goal of being successful will accept well thought out comments as yours was.

    MATT-MAN: LOL...yeah I can see that!

    JESSICA: It is pretty cool, if you like serial killers...and I do.

    JAY: I have that problem being an HBO fan. I might have to get both next September!

    KATHERINE: That she does. We have done it and it has worked. I think her having 'younger' kids makes it easier, because a weekend without drama is always welcome. Getting on the bike and just going is also a great idea.

  15. Maggie Moo Says:
  16. I've never heard of Dexter-it sounds very interesting and like something I'd enjoy too. Unless it's really bloody and gross. Then I wouldn't enjoy it!

    I've done weekends to nowhere before too-love 'em!

  17. Ralph Says:
  18. 'Forest for the Trees' has a sound reminiscent of somewhere around me. The sound is somber but the backup singers add some class. I can almost hear Jerry Garcia singing this...

    'Then We're Dead' is kind of styled like a 45 single about 1969-70. I can't say if it's good or bad in content for the pop-styled hooks.

    It is nice to have the artist that his works are the artist, first. The artist must be true to his own art, and if some art lovers like the work, and some not, that reflects 'true' art - in the eye of the beholder!

  19. Dana Says:
  20. What?? FlyLady?? Woot!!

    Dexter is WONDERFUL! I'm sure you'll enjoy that loving (?) gift!

    And I'm still a bit lukewarm on Chris Huff, but that really is an issue of his music not being my preferred genre.

  21. RW Says:
  22. Just in time to check out the show!

  23. Tug Says:
  24. Happy belated VDay Vinny! I've never seen Dexter, but LOVE weekends to nowhere. ;-)

  25. Travis Cody Says:
  26. Gotta love those weekends to nowhere. We're due for one soon.

  27. Chris Huff Says:
  28. Thanks everybody for your comments. And thanks to Vinny for posting me two days in a row! Have a great rest of February.

  29. Mimi Lenox Says:
  30. Oh no no no. We want to know about the "real life" moments. You can't just throw that out there like that.

    I love adore miss love adore weekends to nowhere.


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