“What’s Up Bro?”

So the woman who lives in one of the apartments below me is either separated or divorced from her husband. She has two young boys – I think around five and three years of age. The little boys are extremely outgoing and always want to talk to me. Like most children do, they are often just seeking attention and repeatedly ask me the same questions such as, “Where do I live?” and “Which car is mine?” Sometimes there are no questions, just kind of broken sentences as they attempt to piece together thoughts to hold my attention.

The young woman has recently had a guy move in and they are playing house together. The guy is okay. I’ve never had a problem with him though the older boy did tell me he was “weird.” One evening, coming home from the gym, I was walking up to the stairs and the little boys were on the patio with new boyfriend. I see boyfriend lean down and whisper something to the little boys who gleefully shouted at me, “What’s up, bro?”

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This exchange then occurred:

Me: (Somewhat caught off guard) What’s up, bros?

Little Boys: What’s up, bro?

This repeated about twice to where there was no more exchange and the little boys were simply shouting “What’s up, bro?” at me.

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Mom then comes out of the patio screen door, obviously hearing the now one-sided exchange. Boyfriend is smiling obviously having orchestrated this entire situation.

Mom: (Leaning her head out of the now open screen sliding door and looking around) Hey, what is going on here?

Me: (Directed at the Mom) What’s up, bro?

Mom: (Directed at me) What’s up, bro?

The little boys are now full of life, seeing as their mother is participating in the exchange, and begin shouting the phrase at full tilt.

Me: (Realizing this is going nowhere) Hey bro, (directing the statement to the older brother) why don’t you come make me dinner?

Mom: Yeah, why don’t you go make him dinner?

Both boys now grow silent. Older brother cowers and shakes his head indicating this doesn’t seem like fun.

Me: Alright guys, well I need to run and make dinner since I don’t have a Mom to make it for me.

The little boys again begin shouting “What’s up, bro?” as I walk up the stairs. But, you see, the moral of the story is this – though I don’t have children of my own, I have been around long enough to know how they work. And, I knew in that moment, that boyfriend had created a monster and those kids were going to repeat that phrase for hours, days, even weeks.

And guess who isn’t playing house with downstairs neighbor…

I closed the door to my apartment and opened my windows. The little boys, hearing the noise, immediately began shouting the magic phrase.

Have fun boyfriend.

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Murder at the TonyLou Awards

You, loyal reader, are invited to the most star-studded gala in all the land -yes, it is that time again – time for the 30th Annual TonyLou Awards!

Murder at the Tony Lou Awards

Who will win for Best Actress?

How about for Best Director in an Off-Off-Off Broadway Play about Underwear?

Or Best Actor in a Play about Body Organs?

Who will even SURVIVE all the back stage back-stabbing and the web of chaos and finger-pointing to even receive their award?

You will have to come find out!

I will be in the cast, with all of these incredibly talented people, playing “Claude-Jean Van Dumbe” karate champion. My costume will include a karate gi and a bow tie (hey, it is a formal event!) The show will be put on by Caroline Community Theatre and directed by Barbara and Mel Cochran whom I worked with on “The Nerd”, if you recall. This is a murder mystery dinner theatre presentation!

Murder at the Tony Lou Awards Cast

Hope you can make it out but if you can’t, well I understand – understand you are going to miss a great show and dinner…but know you are going to miss me doing things like this which I have learned in my extensive research:

Darkness Within

Exciting news! On November 29th, I will be seeing the American musical act, Machine Head, in Richmond, Virginia, at The National Theatre.

The National Theatre is a historic theatre in Richmond, Virginia, which opened in 1923 and is the only surviving theatre of what used to be known “Theatre Row.” In 2008, it was reopened to become a concert venue.

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As you can see, it is a great place to see a concert. I’ve been many times and seen numerous national touring acts.

The National Inside

Here is a great picture of the building in the 1930s!

The National 1930s

Machine Head is an American musical recording group that plays music classified as “hard rock” and “heavy metal.” The group is based out of California.

The band’s last three albums have been phenomenal mixing technical and intricate guitar playing with in-depth lyrical content.

I love when an artist presents thoughtful and meaningful lyrics in a song. The song “Darkness Within” is off the band’s 2011 effort “Unto the Locust.”

I understand that heavy metal in a niche musical genre. Because of that, I an enclosing the acoustic version of this song that includes the lyrics in the video. Even presented in an acoustic version, the song is still very powerful and deep. It really resonates with me as I continue on my personal journey.

Here are the lyrics from the song:

Here in this darkness that I lay
Depression heavy in its weigh
And how my body aches to leave
To sing its final eulogy
My sons I love you evermore
And though the road beckons once more
I see the damage that I’ve done
In search for redemption
But I am just a broken man
Whose soul cries out to understand
How the madness shatters me
Upon the stage on bended knee
I scream out loud at skies above
That answer mute bereft in love
I struggle not to fall from grace
Or sing the hymns of my disgrace

We build cathedrals to our pain
Establish monuments to attain
Freedom from all of the scars and the sins
Lest we drown in the darkness within

Mystery’s forgotten chords
I strum in vain to please the lord
But he has never answered me
My faith has waned eternally
In empty men who pass along
The woes of all religions wrong
But now the shadowed veil it falls
Heed the clarion call
So pray to music build a shrine
Worship in these desperate times
Fill your heart with every note
Cherish it and cast afloat
Because god is in these clef and tone
Salvation is found alone
Haunted by its melody
Music it will set you free
Let it set you free

We build cathedrals to our pain
Establish monuments to attain
Freedom from all of the scars and the sins
Lest we drown in the darkness within

We build cathedrals to our pain
Establish monuments to attain
Freedom from all of the scars and the sins
Lest we drown in the darkness within

Song and lyrical credit goes to: David Wayne McClain, Philip John Demmel, Robert Conrad Flynn

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Showtime for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

To all, this is my latest theatre adventure. I am playing King Theseus in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” If you are local, please come check us out.

I also ghost write this blog for this theatre group.

Stage Door Stories

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We’ve been working really hard at getting this Shakespeare Classic down and we are just about ready to bring it to the stage!

This is Theseus, the King of Athens, and I can assure you good people of Fredericksburg, that my loyal townspeople will put on the funniest show you can imagine!

Cast of Midsummer Night's Dream Cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Mechanics are getting ready to premier their play for the royal court! The Mechanics are getting ready to premier their play for the royal court!

Just brushing up on a few things with Director Bill Green (right) Just brushing up on a few things with Director Bill Green (right)

Remember that admission is FREE to the show! Yes, FREE! Donations are asked to help support Stage Door Productions – Your Community Theatre.

So bring the entire family to this fun filled event!

Shows are the following dates:

July 23-25, 6:30 p.m. at Hurkamp Park presented with Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation. Hurkamp Park is located at 500 William Street in
Fredericksburg, Virginia,

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Vaulting Voices – Alliteration Challenge

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Challenge completed!

Alliterations are awesome,

Totally try to top this,

Rather read really radical rhymes?

Words wander while we watch,

Creative catchy chorus,

Dazzling dancing dialogue,

Real resonation – reader reaction,

Building bridges burning boundaries,

Voices vaulting vivaciously.

We were asked to create an alliteration for the week of July 5th on the Beasts of Articulation! This was actually a lot of fun! It reminded me of a piece in the style of Chrissy Strigas who is a very talented writer with a unique style of creativity!

Hope you enjoy this fun piece!

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