Ideas For A New Song

Past-E-Mail: Various Topics: Politics and Religion, Ketchup or Gravy: Ideas For A New Song
F.F. (Flipflop) on Friday, November 9, 2007 - 03:03 pm:

I'm trying to write a song based on life experiences. In fact all my songs come from deep within and I have never had a problem putting the words on paper. But I'm going thru tough times.
My wife divorced me for another man, my pick up got stolen, dog ran away, no job, very few friends and worse, I cant find the remote. I just need a little \iKick Start} to get back on track.

Any ideas to get me thru ??

By Snowman (Snowman) on Friday, November 9, 2007 - 03:55 pm:

Here ya go Flipflop: The Title:

I Don't Know Whether To Kill Myself Or Go Bowling.

By F.F. (Flipflop) on Friday, November 9, 2007 - 04:38 pm:

Good one. An original.
I've gone bowling to kill time.

By k j (Kathiscc) on Friday, November 9, 2007 - 04:44 pm:

Throw in a 6 pack of beer and it sounds like any country music song to me. Just call it Kick Start.

By Snowman (Snowman) on Friday, November 9, 2007 - 04:56 pm:

Old Duke ran away with the mailman today
and I got myself fired for kissin' Ellie May.

I don't whether to kill myself or go bowling.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Friday, November 9, 2007 - 06:25 pm:

Was I hit by a deer, or did I hit the deer?

By F.F. (Flipflop) on Friday, November 9, 2007 - 06:57 pm:


-------KICK START-------

That would be a great band name !

...and now tonite L& get this party rockin'...Live.. all the way from Kagwong.. its KICCKK STTARRRTT !!

I read where the beginnings of a Big Mac Bridge rate increase are starting to surface.

Michigan MDOT


By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Monday, November 12, 2007 - 02:38 pm:

Was wondering if anyone out there was in South Range for this Gig,and if Gary Sastamionen was on drums? I can't come up with the name of 4th. member on bass. Where ever Dodge Street was playing in the Copper Country, was the place to be back in the 70's.

Rockin’ on the Range

CAPTION: Dan Schneider/Daily Mining Gazette

Dodge Street Band founder and lead guitarist Scott Perkins unleashes the background vocals for a Dodge Street original tune during Sunday’s Rockin’ on the Range benefit concert.

SOUTH RANGE — They turned a whiter shade of pale.

They took care of business.

They couldn’t get no satisfaction.

Well, that last isn’t totally true. Reed Harjala didn’t let Mick Jagger do his talking for him offstage. The fact is, the Dodge Street Band lead singer derived more than a little satisfaction out of playing a reunion gig at the Rockin’ on the Range benefit for the music programs at Jeffers High School and South Range Elementary Sunday.

“It’s always great to play with your brothers in music, especially when it is for a good cause — helping kids get involved in music,” Harjala said. “It’s something they can play all their lives. Like us.”

The Dodge Street Band got started in 1970 and their last reunion show was about 20 years ago. But the members haven’t put down their instruments by any means.

“I’m still involved in music,” Dodge Street founder and lead guitarist Scott Perkins said.

He said he raised his two children to have a love of music.

“I got a built-in band,” Perkins said. “My son plays drums and my daughter, she plays accordion, she plays everything.”

So the music education cause was important, as well.

“It was a no-brainer for me,” Perkins said. “Anything for a good cause is good, so I was glad to be able to help the kids.”

The South Range Community Building was packed with people when the Dodge Street Band played. It was packed with people most of the day, organizer Susie Landers said.

An even dozen bands played the benefit, starting at 2 p.m. with local musician Randy Wakeham playing with the Jeffers High School band.

Wakeham, a graduate of Jeffers high school, summed up the general feeling among musicians who played the benefit.

“I think there’s a dual message here,” Wakeham said. “One is with the state budget we want to raise a little money for the band programs. The dual part is we’re saying is music is important. I think everybody who is playing here is saying that. It shouldn’t be the first thing cut.”

Jeffers High and South Range Elementary band teacher Emily Raffaelli said the band program is growing at both schools despite funding difficulties. There are 90 students in band between the two schools.

Raffaelli said the benefit will help the band program pay for new sheet music and make other needed purchases.

“We’re going to repair instruments, we’re going to buy some new instruments,” Raffaelli said. “We thank Good Times Music for putting this on.”

Landers said she was in a good position for recruiting musicians to play the benefit.

“I’m the owner of Good Times Music, so the poor musicians, every time they came in I said ‘Hey guys, we’re putting this benefit together,’” Landers said.

She had more than one inspiration behind organizing the inaugural event.

“I actually graduated from Jeffers, but just because I own the music store and I see the needs, I see the music teachers coming in with really minimal resources,” Landers said.

In August, she organized a similar benefit for Dollar Bay Schools.

A lot of the people in the crowd when the Dodge Street Band took the stage were there to see the band that provided the live soundtrack for their high school years.

“They were our band,” Patty Asselin said. “This is like making history right now. This was the main drive to come up here.”

By Snowman (Snowman) on Monday, November 12, 2007 - 04:00 pm:

Sounds like it's the kind of place to be right now! :)

By F.F. (Flipflop) on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 08:15 am:

Can't beat the 70s music. There were alot of good bands, even if they were just local ones. I used to hang out in the Alpena, MI area back then and some semi-famous, guys were making the rounds at bars. Craig Frost (Grand Funk -keyboards), Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper- guitar)
Maybe shoot an e-mail to the reporter. His link is at the bottom of the article.

By Snowman (Snowman) on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 - 06:31 pm:

I love and loved; The Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, James Gang, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Traffic, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Three Dog Night, Cream, The Who, Santana, Neil Young, ELO. I could add to the list all night long but instead, I'll go put in my Stone's CD. I miss the "good" music.

By dlp (Babyseal) on Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 08:41 am:

David, I was working at the Rocking on the Range event all day and it was absolutely awesome. All the bands that played were talented. It was standing room only when Dodge Street was on stage playing. The band still has it! Sorry to say Gary Sastamionen (sp?) wasn't on the drums and I didn't catch who was. Scott Perkins did a set earlier solo on acoustic guitar that was also great. It would be nice if this became an annual event. I wonder if Dodge Street can be coaxed to participate again?

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 05:12 pm:

Thanks Babyseal,wish I could have been in the standing room only. I wonder where Gary is. Ya know it was just the way things were in the 70's for young talented male teens in High School, who could not have long hair.At that time I wondered what that was all about,so Gary an many of us kept our hair just above the ears,to make Mr.Stout a happy guy.I know he died while fishing some years ago. Maybe it would still be a good idea today,if it could be like the way it was in school in 1970????

By F.F. (Flipflop) on Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 05:39 pm:

Babyseal- Thats so cool for a band like Dodge City to reunite. They probably played ROCK the way it was meant to be. Dirty and Sweaty.

David- Did you ever break out and let the hair grow ? If ya didnt I'm bettin' you missed your chance

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Thursday, November 15, 2007 - 09:00 pm:

Once out of school I let it grow. I have some pictures of my long blonde hair. Give me a head with hair long beautiful hair,until I had to go see the man for a job, then I had to tuck it up under my hat,and when I got the job, pulled it off and said," imagine that me working for you."

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 09:05 pm:

If the ocean was wiskey

and I was a duck

I'd swim to the bottom

and never come up up yep

By F.F. (Flipflop) on Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 12:14 am:

C'mon, thats just the saltwater talkin'.

I wish I didn't have to look at that guy wearing the Burger King Ha t every time I want to lern sumthing knew.

Time for some Spring Break.
Try some Fresh Water.


By F.F. (Flipflop) on Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 12:44 am:

Or at least try some :

By paul (Pungvait) on Saturday, December 8, 2007 - 12:04 pm:

David - Roger Laub played bass, i believe. i had 'em trained to play "takin care of business" as the next song after i came in. the good ol days!

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