The Draught of Naught Troubling

More good stuff from my sons Willis’ and Bobi’s band Aelios* in the form of a music video of their latest release.

You should be able to tell who my sons are because you should be able to tell who the blood brothers are in the video. The third member, Colin Bates, while not a blood brother, he’s a brother nonetheless.

Incidentally, Colin, an all around artistic talent and graduate of Juilliard, collaborated with me on my movie Leave. You can learn more about him and other cast and crew members here.

Incidentally again, my son Bobi’s other band Saving Apollo, just returned from a tour that culminated in them playing SXSW. It was a very successful tour and set them up to now tour with this summer’s Warped Tour. Pretty huge, no?

BTW, if you have enjoyed the video, please take the time to “like” it on youtube and subscribe to their channel and then tell everyone you know, and I do mean everyone, about it.

Is that asking too much?

Probably, but hey, what’s a dad to do?



*Aelios are Willis Brindley (blue-hooded wizard), Vaughan (Bobi) Brindley (yellow-hooded wizard), and Colin Bates (black-hooded wizard)


United States of Me

The egalitarianism typical of human hunter-gatherers is interesting when viewed in an evolutionary context. One of humanity’s two closest primate relatives, the chimpanzee, is anything but egalitarian, forming hierarchies that are dominated by alpha males. So great is the contrast with human hunter-gatherers that it is widely argued by palaeoanthropologists that resistance to being dominated was a key factor driving the development of human consciousness, language, kinship, and social organization. . . [WIKIPEDIA]

While I’m loathe to give credit to the hardcore Silicon tech bros due to so many of them having a bent toward misogyny and authoritarian ideals, which also made Trump so appealing to so many of these tech nerd dictator-wanna-bes, a la Peter Thiel, however, one of their ideals that somewhat sort of does appeal to me is a their striving toward a kind of hyper-freedom/ individualism, a striving so much so that some, again a la Peter Theil, are working to create these technology island havens of sort where each island would be governed autonomously as its own country and where, it seems to me, the island owners could proclaim themselves king or queen.

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Twilight Zone

I know Trump’s been in power for over a year, but I still haven’t fully come to terms with it.

I mean, never before Trump would I have ever considered that we would live in such an absurd and dangerous time where we would find a former CIA Director in a very public dispute with a sitting president, or in Trump’s case, a so-called sitting president.

In case you missed them, here are a few of John Brennan’s latest responses to Trump’s latest inanities:

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Depressing Pasty White Boys Playlist for Melancholic Moods and Writing Inspiration

So, the past couple weeks I’ve been in a last-minute frenzy (the best way I find to write) to finish the screenplay for a feature film version of Leave.

Yeah, we’re now – no jokin’ – just days away of getting Leave, the short film version*, in the can and we will soon be submitting the production (and let me tell ya, it’s been one hell of a production (to say the least)) to all the various and sundry film festivals throughout the lands near and far.

And, as we’re all hoping (I know, I know all you hardcore military grunts – HOPE IS NOT A COURSE OF ACTION!), and some of us are even borderline expecting, that there will be some interest after seeing the short film from the moneyed movie moguls who will be out there cruising all the various and sundry festivals looking for their next feature film project.

If that’s the case and there is interest in backing a full-length version of “Leave” by the said moneyed movie moguls well we surely must be able to snap out before them a fresh and tasty screenplay of a full-length version of “Leave.”

Hence, the current frenzy.

Anyway, because the feature film I envision, and one which I am in a frenzy writing towards, is dark and melancholic, I need to daily get myself into a dark and melancholic writing mood.

And who better to get me into these dark and melancholic moods than none other than a bunch of musically inclined, depressed, pasty white boys like yours truly (sans the depression** and the musical inclinations, of course).

So, in case you were thinking to yourself, Hey, I wonder what that pasty white boy Brindley listens to when he’s writing dark and melancholic subject matter, and why would you be…

But in case you were, I would like to share with you some of the stuff I’ve been listening to these past couple weeks while writing in a spastic and frantic frenzy.

BTW, I know us pasty white boys aren’t held in high regard much these days, and with all the lame shit we’ve been up to, why would we be, but if there’s one thing we’re good at… it’s depressing the hell out of people.

So sit back, close your eyes, get a box of tissues, and enjoy the tearful melodies…

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

*For a free copy of the short story collection that features “Leave,” the short story from which the screenplay for the short film “Leave” was adapted, and of which the feature film “Leave” will be based upon, click here***.

**Depression is no joking matter, as is evidenced by the fact that three of the artists on this list who suffered from the disease have tragically taken their own lives. If you or someone you love/know is depressed, please don’t ignore it or wish it away… seek immediate help.

***Of course, nothing in life is every truly free, so, yes, there is a catch…


An Ode to Elon

[Best when sung to the tune of “Froggy Went A Courting”]

The Man on Mars ain’t lookin’ at the stars
He’s thinkin’ ’bout wars
And how to power cars

There’s money to be made
In the inter-planet trade
Can’t wait to start the raid

The Man on Mars ain’t thinkin’ ’bout Earth
Cuz that tired old rock
Has lost all its worth

The Man on Mars ain’t there for humankind
He’s only there to mine
All the min’rals he can find

There’s money to be made
In the inter-planet trade
Can’t wait to start the raid

The Man on Mars is movin’ quick, you see
Cuz after pumm’ling Mars
It’s off to Mercury