Thursday, January 12, 2006


Firstly, I appologize for slacking again with this and my other blog, its just not good enough. Don't worry, I've given myself a real talking too, unfortunately I completely ignored myself.

So, starting with the GOOD, had an amazing time up at the studio recording some songs with Rachel and her band, it is such a pleasure working with such talented people, not only do they have talent and ability, but they are all beautiful human beings. Rachel was on top form, and we managed to record four tracks, two of mine and two of hers, all of them are songs me and Rachel have played together for years.
I hope everyone who saw the session enjoyed it, you got the reality of recording, the joy of creation, I think it was a stroke of genius to put it out on TOWSER TV. Thanks to everyone that made it happen. My return journey home was a good one, and Rene picked me up from the station.
I sat down in the lounge and fed my fish, and watched them eat, then noticed that the largest of my fish, a kissing gourami that we called 'Punk boy' was missing. I hunted around looking for him, growing more and more concerned, and then found him.
I'm finding this hard to write, but he was dead. I had noticed him growing old and skinny, but he was such a character I never expected him to go so fast. I'm really upset, but have realised that all things must die, time moves on.
I took him over to the beach straight away, it was very windy, and the sea was rough, I stood in the surf and let his body wash into the sea and out of my hands. I truly loved 'Punk boy', I will miss him greatly.
All the other fish in the tank are well, and I maintain my love for them.
So, I've been in a foul mood since, although I'm feeling a little better today, and tomorrow will be better.
I hope this blog finds you all well, thankyou for all your kind words.
I'll post a picture of Punk boy, a true friend of mine, bless his infinite soul, may he rest in peace.



Blogger Jessica said...

I'm sorry Mikey.

I'm glad you had a good time with Rachel. You guys are quite a pair. I feel like you're my friends.

Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Sully here. Usually post on Pete's and Rachel's page.

I'm curious -- do you have a specific music goal for 2006 OR are you just feeling your way thru it and see what happens?

If you ever come to the States, it would be cool to bring you onto a NYC show with a couple of other bands we know.

Check out my blog and my website. Would like to know what you think.


Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Blogger Dale said...

Thank you Mikey!

You are a sweetheart!
I printed your response & my 8 year old proudly took it to school this morning.

I'm sorry to hear about Punk Boy - I will say a little fish prayer for him. I like the idea of a burial at sea...

Speaking of the sea, when I first read your post about your fish tank, I fully expected the tank to be your sea!!

I also have 3 different kinds of unpasurized honey in the fridge. I will follow your doctors orders!

Thanks again.

Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Blogger Dave of Oceanside said...

Hey Mikey,
Sorry to hear about Punk Boy. Reminds me that all living things are unique.

Nice work yesterday, saw about the last hour. Brave of you to put cameras in the studio like that.

I only found Eelpie & company in November and watched the Basement Jam and Christmas special. I don't get the best feed but got the audio without too many breaks.

Glad you clarified the meaning of Plasticine... I originally thought "my god, who would name their daughter Plasticine" You know, "Oh Plasticine, why can't you be true"

I like beach pictures and sunsets too. Have some recent pix on my blog. I'm trying to get Rachel to bring the Attic to our town - maybe you could put in a word.

Thank you for the music and laughter.

Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Blogger Kara said...

Hi Mikey,
I'm sorry to hear about your fish. I lost one of my koi a few days ago. His name was Dean, so now it's just Sammy and Frank left in the pond. I wonder if they miss him?
Anyway I'm glad your recording session went well, I'll look forward to hearing the finished product :)

Take Care

Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Blogger JoeBoy said...

Punk Boy now swims with the best. I am sorry for your loss. It is a good reflection on you, that you care that much for the creatures that rely on you.
Best Wishes Mikey.

Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Blogger Suesjoy said...

Hi Mikey!
I'm really sorry about your fish. I know how you feel! I didn't mean to make light of Anjoli dropping hers - I was quite upset and didn't hear the "real" story for about a month! She did have a funeral for both Bill and Ted...she buried them in our backyard and made a little sign and put a ring of flowers around them.
Ok that sounds sweet, but then she and her friend tried to dig them up a few weeks later...but it poof! No fish! Dust in the wind, man!
I had a scare yesterday when I looked in our tank - I thought one of the teeny frogs died...but it was just the bottom plastic part of one of the plants! LOL.
You sounded AMAZING the other day in the studio! It was so cool seeing (mostly listening) to the whole process. Can't wait to hear the finished product. I'm sure we'll hear it when ITA returns. Hope so!
Take care!

Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post. Sadly, I have had nothing but difficulty keeping fish. That's why I have a dog.


Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Anonymous Lucy (tammy girl) said...

it's okay, youre very busy i have been busy too. aslong as youre happy and safe that's all that matters!.
regards and cheer up lovie!
Lucy (tammy girl)xxxxx and family

Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Blogger AndyW said...

Losing a pet always sucks!

Hope you feel better soon.


Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

sorry to hear about Punk Boy.

Saw part of the session the other day. You guys sounded good and man, do you work fast.

You guys got more done in the time it would have taked some of the bands I've worked with to decide what to order fromr catering.

Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mikey....just found you on MySpace also. I'm endlessly fascinated by how this blog stuff has made the world the size of an ashtray.

It's been really cool to watch you guys online. I'm still trying to figure out how to post a podcast that I've recorded (help anyone??)...I don't know an RSS file from a tuba.

Anyways, we're trying to finish our CD up. We've got guests on it including John Bundrick and Dennis Diken, and a video is in the works, so drop us a line and hope to see you in the states soon.

If you want any gigs in NY or NJ, give us a ring, ay?

Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Blogger Kevin Seegan said...

Yes, having a video of the recording was a stroke of genius. I learned alot about the recording process, and it was also entertaining to watch. I am really sorry about what happened to Punk Boy, I'm sure he was a great fish. Perhaps he'll come back in some shape or form. Wether it be a happy day or a cloud in the sky. It is really unfortunate how fish tend to have such short lifespans. Speaking of fish, my dad, mom, and I are considering finishing up our pond soon. I hope to put fish and turtles in it, and when (if) it gets completed, I'll be happy to post pics. I'll have to put chicken wire or something over the pond so the hawks won't get them. Have a good one.


P.S. I put one of your songs on my myspace! I absoloutely love your site! I wish they would put your songs on iTunes.

Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Blogger Elaine said...

I'm sorry about the loss of Punk Boy. This just shows what a sensative caring person you are that this fish's death would upset you so. I hope you feel better.
The recording session were a blast to watch.

Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Blogger Mark T said...

Hi Mikey, sorry to hear
about 'Punk Boy'. Hope that is the last of your bad luck for a while. Missed the recordings as I was at work. What's the plan with the tracks you recorded? Mark

Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Sunrise doesn't last all morning
A cloudburst doesn't last all day
Seems my love is up and has left you with no warning
It's not always going to be this grey

All things must pass
All things must pass away

Sunset doesn't last all evening
A mind can blow those clouds away
After all this, my love is up and must be leaving
It's not always going to be this grey

All things must pass
All things must pass away
All things must pass
None of life's strings can last
So, I must be on my way
And face another day

Now the darkness only stays the night-time
In the morning it will fade away
Daylight is good at arriving at the right time
It's not always going to be this grey

All things must pass
All things must pass away
All things must pass
All things must pass away

Mikey, I don't know why, but I always equate something by George Harrison when I read your blogs?
Anyway, this is meant to help soothe your heart.


Thursday, January 12, 2006  
Blogger greekzoe said...

Dear Mikey,
I am so sorry to hear about Punk Boy. I am sure he had a wonderful life.

I listen to your songs on the IAC faithfully. 'Tourist' is the best! You are soooo good!


Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger Carrie Pratt said...

Mikey, I think your deep love for your fish is so sweet, and very telling about your personality! What other pets do you have?

It's very strange, because while Tom and I are the biggest animals lovers you will ever meet, we have never had any pets! No domestic pets anyway, just lot's of squirrels and birds and other wild animals that we feed and love to watch play in our yard. I was raised by a dog loving family though, and I'm seriously thinking of finally getting one!

I watched a bit of the studio sessions on Towser TV. You all played so awesome! I can't wait to hear the end result of your effort! Those songs deserve to be heard by a large audience, so I hope you plan on doing something with the recordings after they are finished.


Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger Dale said...

Hi Mikey

Went skiing this afternoon...
We haven't had these fantastic conditions at the hill for a long time!
I hope you & Rene get a chance, in between recording, to do some great snowboarding this season!
Remember Panorama! I'd be delighted to show you around...

Are you going to show any more of your recording sessions?
I might get a chance to check it out at work.

Hi to Rene.


Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger Tom Pratt said...


I'm so sorry to hear about your fish. Say, have you ever done a painting based on a photograph before? The fishtank pictures that you have posted would make remarkable paintings, they look so colourful and surreal. It could be the perfect tribute to your aquatic friends. It could also be a good song idea: "Punk Boy Returns to the Sea"

Might as well try to turn the bad into the good,


Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger Gary said...

Hi Mikey,
I'm so very sorry to hear about 'Punk boy'. I really hope your luck changes as of now with your aquarium. Condolences.

I posted another new song on my "Power Chords" blog. It is called "Baby Teeth", wrote it for my nieces and nephews. I would welcome any feedback you may have on it. It's basic guitar/vocals, but couldn't think of anything else to add to it as yet. The guitar part was a bugger to get all the way through. I sort of fudged the bridge, and may re-record that once I have become more fluid at that part.

I'm really looking forward to hearing the songs you and Rachel recorded this week. GMAS

Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger jillytee said...

Sorry to read about your poor fish Mikey, but I think it's lovely that you took to the sea.I hope thre rest of you fish are ok.

Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger Gary said...

HI Mikey, I really appreciate your feedback. You're right mate, less echo/effect on voice. I had not thought of banjo, but now that you mention it, I can hear it. I had heard some quiet sgt. Pepper's brass on the bridge part, but am not sure if I can pull that off using keys. Thanks again for listening to my stuff.

Let me know what you would like to do on the MySpace. If you are getting setup on email, we can transition to you then, or we can ask Rene if she wants to monitor. You're getting lots of new fans. Yeah!! When you have a moment GMAS.

Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger Michael said...

Poor punk boy and he sounded like a great fish too. Looking forward to new music this year cant wait loved ya on the recording sessions your a great freind and musician widely talented and you make it seem so simple (I tried eforetlessly or some spelling like it but freaked out how to spell it 8 times).... michael

Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger Debby C said...

Hey Mikey - I know what you mean about blogging...sometimes there is truly not enough time in the day. I was just wondering when are you and Rachel going to be coming to the States? Will it be the time when The Who tours? Just was wondering because I dont want to miss it. Take care and have a nice day!!!

Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger Elizabeth A. said...

Mikey~ *Hugs* I don't even know what to say.I'm sorry for your loss of 'Punk Boy', he was a lovely fish.

You sounded great in the studio, you and Rachel are brilliant.

Much Love to You~


Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger PTfan said...

Hey Mikey! On Rachel's blog I just heard the song you did called Pretty Heart. Oh, it's wonderful! I completely love it! Beautiful voice, fantastic guitar...and TESTERONIC! HA! Great!

Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger PTfan said...

Ok, I rushed over here to tell you about how much I loved your amazing song and THEN I read your blog. I am so sorry about Punk Boy. Very sorry. : (

Friday, January 13, 2006  
Blogger Anne-Marie said...

Sorry about Punk Boy. Losing pets is always hard. *hug*


Saturday, January 14, 2006  
Blogger ing said...

I was shooed out of Lzygrl's site and sent post haste to your Myspace site for a listen. Nice, Mikey, very nice! Makes me feel as though I'm swinging in a hammock.

I love songs with the word "locket" in them.

I would like to be set adrift when I die.

Saturday, January 14, 2006  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

RIP Punk Boy, anything is possible now.

Mikey, you have never sounded better!

Saturday, January 14, 2006  
Blogger lryicsgrl said...

Hi Mikey,
I think you have a new FAN.

Good for you, ING. I knew you would like it!


Saturday, January 14, 2006  
Blogger Mike S said...

'Pretty Heart'......pretty song,

Punky Boy.....pretty fish.Hope
you're heart is on the mend.

Saturday, January 14, 2006  
Blogger ginab said...

Geez I'm sorry to miss so much. It's hard to keep up. I post reg. at Rache's and at her beau's, sometimes to Si and sometimes to you, and then there's everybody else. It's hard to keep up.

And anyway...I'm glad you were in the studio recently. Sounds like lots was achieved. Highly productive. Sorry, terribly, for your recent loss of gilled friends. Been meaning to say a little something, at least.

Chin up!


Sunday, January 15, 2006  
Blogger TheStLouieWhoie said...

Hi Mikey,

So sorry to hear about PunkBoy. I have a saltwater aquarium and always feel sad when one dies. Now that you have experience with freshwater tanks you should give salt a try...maybe a 20 gallon to start.

I listen to Without Your Love almost everyday. I predict it will be a hit;)I must download your other songs from IAC real soon.

Looking forward to seeing you on tour this year!
Love, Denise

Wednesday, January 18, 2006  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Hi Mikey! I know I haven't been around for awhile, I was in a depression for awhile, for one thing -guess what triggered it? Check this out,the date of it, too weird:

It's been hard for me to keep up with everyone lately, just hadn't had the heart, I guess. Plus I've been getting sucked into Pete's story over there, I have to admit.Anyway, I need to catch up here! xoxoLisa

Wednesday, January 25, 2006  

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