Welcome To Chaos Central

This was as blog some years ago.  Like so many blogs it got abandoned.  Now I have an obsession worth of reviving it.  So welcome to the new and improved Chaos Central. 
The home of songs by Daniel Weinstein

Latest song

I’ll Be Dead Before It Happens

Let me say, by way of introduction, that this song is satire.  It is not an anthem for the aged disengaged. 

I say this because once in a while the reaction I get is, “Yeah.  That kinda sums up where I’m at too.”  I want it to be clear – that is NOT the reaction I’m looking for.  And it’s not where I’m at.

I plan to make some sort of video to go with the song, but haven’t done that yet.  For now this is just the song.  

This was one of those songs that took almost no time to write.  I had the thought and wrote all the words in 15 minutes one day and wrote the tune just as quickly.  That’s the way these things go sometimes.  Since it was so quick I didn’t consider it to be a “significant” song. More a filler that people seemed to like.

John Vallins did all of the production.  He put together the entire backing track including the background singers.  I was planning a trip to Bellingen to do the vocals but a lockdown intervened.  I did the vocals at home with whatever sound equipment I could find.  I’d just gotten over a cold and was still hoarse, but I figured it might make me sound more curmudgeonly so went ahead with it.  I didn’t even play my guitar on the recording.  The result is what you can hear by clicking on the arrow above.

My big hope is that one or more of you click on the share button and send a link to your friends.  It’s Ok if you don’t, but I’d like lots of people to hear the song so it’d be great if you did.

This is the first song I’ve put on Bandcamp.  Let me know what you think of it as a platform.  For a while I thought that a good way to put music in front of people would be to put it on YouTube.  I’ve done that with a few songs (I’ll create posts on this site for them soon) but it can be a lot of work.  

This is also the first blog post I’ve written in almost 5 years.  If it sounds a bit creaky that’d be why.  I hope this is the start of more writing, more rants, more opinions and a lot of music.  Wish me luck.

Below, in reverse chronological order, are some of my most recent blog posts.  Many of them are quite old, but as I write some new ones.  If I write them.  You never know.

Do you believe in contagion?

Do you believe in contagion?

  I was at a workshop this last weekend.  One of the attendees had a cold and announced that anyone who believed in contagion might want to avoid hugging her.  And I thought, what????  Is that a joke?  Can she be serious?  Who could not "believe in contagion"?...

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A Tentative Return

A Tentative Return

[youtube_video id="Sdn3O6aaMNc"] There is no elegant way to do this.  Making a grand gesture would make no sense.  I find myself, once again, being normal, and I've got to live with that. Most blogs fail within 3 months.  Of course that depends on what you mean by the...

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Ok, so I wrote a song.

Ok, so I wrote a song.

Kiss It Better, Written and performed by DB Weinstein[haiku url="http://goo.gl/p2dxk" title="Kiss It Better"] Last May I wrote a post, one of my early ones when I was posting more frequently than I do now, where I announced that I was going to write a song. It was a...

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Just a post.  Only a post.

Just a post. Only a post.

Was in New Zealand until about 10 days ago.  Had a spontaneous two week campervan trip around the South Island.  It's a beautiful place - one incredible scene after another.  Took a lot of photographs that in spite of excellent intentions are not yet cleaned out....

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Slow catastrophe

Slow catastrophe

I've been playing with a thought experiment.  I don't think it's very original, but I think it's an interesting exercise so I'm going to share it with you and ask for your input.  This is an outgrowth of a Global Warming conversation I had the other day with my book...

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I used to play guitar

I used to play guitar

Year before last I took a guitar course. It was an "advanced" course but that only meant I was in the part of the class that knew at least a little about the guitar. The alternative would have been "beginners" guitar which wouldn't do since I'd been playing guitar for...

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The purpose of life

The purpose of life

The purpose of life.  At least the purpose of my life. What can it possibly be? What can it possibly mean? Now there's a topic worth a paragraph or two. On Wednesday evening my men's group is going to discuss "purpose".  So I've been thinking about it a bit, but only...

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You should blog about it

You should blog about it

What's important now is to write about something other than the fact that I can't think of anything to write about. Somehow I need to avoid mentioning that I haven't written a post in over three weeks. Under no circumstances should I discuss why I haven't written, how...

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On looking respectable.  Sometimes it’s useful.

On looking respectable. Sometimes it’s useful.

  February 1973. I was 24 years old.   The hairdo requires a little explanation.  I was on my way from the USA to South America when I got the passport.  It's the oldest passport of mine that I can find, and the only one where the passport photo was a disguise.  ...

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Have you met my good friend Maria? 1948 – 2008.

Have you met my good friend Maria? 1948 – 2008.

Her name is Maria.  Just Maria.  I must have known her surname at one point because we travelled together in Europe. She would have needed a passport and that would have included her surname. We started travelling in 1970, forty-two years ago. I'd met her in an acting...

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