I used to be in a highly unstable, nomadic profession: Radio The really good non ‘top 40’ stations go off the air all the time (and you could be out of work overnight) because people just want to hear songs they already know. ‘Alternative’ stations often went off the air when owners decided the time was right to flip to Spanish, Country or Sp0rts Talk.
So, when you had a job, the smart thing was to keep your options open and keep looking for a better one.
But so was everyone else!
The get the drop on the competition…To cut though all the 8×11 manila envelopes mailed to stations every week, I was taught by Mike Halloran at San Diego’s 91X to send my tapes in a regular envelope with a self addressed, STAMPED POST CARD with little statements besides checkboxes.
“You’re ok, try me next month”
“Call me on ___days at O’clock” or
“So and so is my assistant, call them at ___day at 0’clock.”
“Call me anytime but 3-7, because that’s when I’m on the air”
“Call the studio line from 3-7 because when I’m on the air it’s the only time I can talk”
And so forth. All they had to is check whichever box…They don’t even have to write anything all they have to do is pop your audition tape in their boombox and make a decision..to respond or to ignore. Usually they were so thrilled that someone made it easy for them to preview new air talent they responded.
This is what I’m gonna do in my agent search, with cheesy little Hollywood Beach and Miami Post Cards inserted in the envelopes following up an electronic submission.
I’m going to let you know how it goes!
I swear to god, this makes me feel better.
Tropes…the all devouring social media
Bifurcation To divide into two branches
Amalgam a mixture a blend
Agglomeration Collection or mass.
That’s all folks (remember that line from some cartoon)?
The thing with my BFF getting me locked up by calling the cops on me, my ongoing chronic pain, the fallout after my BFF called my father and told him lies about drug abuse on my husband’s part…so much to deal with in a short amount of time.
Then I called Medicare to find out if the blood lab had violated Medicare law by denying me service by using the reverse diversity hostile stall technique. And I filed a formal complaint with an agency you might be interested in if you are on Medicare or have family who is.
The Medicare Beneficiary Centers for Care and Quality Improvement. I wrote them a 7 page letter; reflecting the litany of abuse I took over a seven year period but if you really need to unload you can leave them a detailed message. 844-455-8708. I’m following through on this one, even though reliving it’s a nightmare. I sure wish their was an agency I could use to deal with for my former BFF.
So many ideas for stories but I am so close to the material that I must just jot down phrases and ideas and wait for some time to pass. Do you guys know what I mean?
This piece of paper that has all my new words on it is my way of normalizing much of my life. I don’t even know what day it is, let alone what weekend to program this for so I’ll just do it for today ok?
abjure (in reference to saying now to interviews) solemnly renounce.
Numinous of Divinity or Sacred
Palindromic: a Word that reads the same back and forth.
Trogladyte (used to describe Trump) People who used to live in caves. Paleo.
Wonkish ( I think I’ve done this one before) Nerdy.
Poujadist extremist conservative movement in France, the emphases being on protecting their assets. This would apply to certain 1%ers.
Here we go.
Glossolalic: This was a word in the New York Times article about Diamanda Galas. (pictured above) It means the gift of tongues, which I think I mean speaking in tongues in her music. She’s one of a kind, truly. Using her art for activism. No matter how ugly it got.
And I worked for the only alternative radio station to play her. She made album with John Paul Jones of Led Zepplin and they toured.
Atavistic: reverting to the past or ancestral, like our instincts or fear.
Incipient: Beginning to happen, initial stages of becoming something. A Groundswell.
Unalloyed: Usually referring to metals, gold, silver but in a person it means unreserved.
Parenteral. This has to w/medicine, particularly as I investigate why buprenorphrine is not available and why ..whatever. …what it means is that you take it in a different way than swallowing a pill. This is a good thing and less damaging to the liver and digestive tract, which has to break it down. Unfortunately, these types of administrations are only employed late in the game, after the patient’s liver or kidneys have failed.
Gerrymandering: It’s a political thing, means to push, manipulate the boundaries. They are all doing that, in my opinion. The candidates.