I will go against the grain

I will go against the grain by not going anywhere near it.

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I have nothing to fear but fear itself

What is this ? World war 3? Who’s quote was that!?!? Come on, do not use the internet. Okay, go ahead. I’ll give you a hint. He was president 4 times in a row( Yes, 4 times). Try fearing that nowadays with the people running for office now!

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I felt it finally necessary to release the next few tracks. Maybe the dust has finally settled in the realm of music and absolutely nobody is left standing. Not even good music anymore. I can say with final certainty. With the coming on and on and on of the “millennial whoop” It reminds me of the days of the late 90’s when people used to listen to that electronic music with the strange hand and arm movements and the pacifiers.

Luckily for myself the only experience I have with pacifiers is with my very own children. I am happy to announce I never partook in the oral pacification of that genre. It was at these times in the late 90’s that I turned to reading and listening to the heavy “drone y” music of The Velvet Underground and such. In my opinion I feel between The Velvets and Gaston Leroux’s Phantom Of The Opera that these 2 things brought about subconsciously the idea of the goths and the goth movement. Not Siouxsie Sioux and her covers. The writing of Gaston coupled with the solitary drumming of the floor tom and mallet by Moe Tucker I think did it. Subconnnnncioously…..

As I force open the heavy lids of my insecurity in vain I , through my own vanity release these tracks.

Here are a few of my albums songs. Below. Thanks,

Wrightwood

Peter Mercado

 

Have you ever noticed that the best words are three syllables

Has anyone ever noticed that the most beautiful words in the world are three syllables…
Are they really? Ahh , who cares. That’s not the point.
You are not allowed to use my above quote. Guess what that line is for huh huh??
It’s my ghetto copyright.

So the other night I mentioned I was going to friends b day party at Spaceland. ( I refuse to call it Satellite) here in California and as I drove over a hilly street named Glendale blvd something happened. I hit the crest and banked over into the other side of it and low and behold in the dark on the road was a shadowy figure of a guy laying in the street under his black motorcycle , wearing all black and in the darkest most dangerous part of that other side of the street! ( on the hill).
” ‘For fucks sake! ‘ ” I exclaim and slow down quickly . Luckily I am not that fast a driver so I didn’t hit him but I swerved around him and looked at him on the ground the entire time while I was passing him. Like the pan of a camera using black and white film.
Well , of course I pull over and run as fast as I can back up the hill towards him and I can see he is struggling to pick or push the bike off of himself but to no avail. I run up thinking I can easily lift this thing off of him but I cant.( It’s pretty heavy and I dont work out.) I finally get up and off and kick out the stand and then pick him up. He’s got blood all over his face but I can access he is not too badly hurt. Just banged up. He’s laughing . He’s drunk. I struggle then to get that damn motorcycle off of the road and for some reason luckily and amazingly not a single car goes by. Not even a mouse. This is weird for L.A even at 1 in the morning. Amazing actually.
I get him to take his helmet off so I can see whats up with the rest of his head. He’s fine. I tell him he has blood and grease all over his face but he laughs and exclaims. “Well, at least my hair still looks good right?” . Actually he was right. His hair was all in one place as if it wasn’t ever a part of him and how he looked from the brows down. Sheesh, I think . Ive got to get this guy off the street or it’s DUI time for him. The flat tires on that bike and the gears that wouldn’t even shift for me made life difficult and bit treacherous at that neck of the street but whatever. Just get it done Peter.
I convince him he needs a ride home. We leave the bike there and I take him to his place which is on Echo Park ave. not too far from me.
Funny thing. I’m a little freaked out afterwards and see my friend. I tell her all about it. She looks at me and says. ” Wow, that’s crazy. Wanna share a beer” I look at her and pause then I say ” ‘ Sure ‘ ” The end. Or is it?!?!?!

This is supposed to be a blog about my music right!?!? Guess what. Today I got on with a publishing company in Europe who will be managing my licensing to whomever may want it. They seem to have many clients. Not gonna mention who they are yet but I will. This is good since that’s where music is going nowadays right? It is has been I suppose forever but it’s just more the thing now.

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The above image is a photo of Mystery Hipster. Have you seen him? We were lucky to obtain this one photo of the elusive character. His identity remains , well. A MYSTERY!

I know it’s strange to break up a story like Ive done here from the above but I’m strange.
SOOOoo. my friend texts me days later. My friend who offered me the beer that crash filled night and she continues to text saying. “remember the guy you helped with the motorcycle the other night?!?!” I say , ‘yes’. She says. “That was my friend and he tells me to thank you”.
I mean I get it . It’s not so weird here in the Echo to see people over and over and everybody knows you name like Cheers (sorry) , but it’s still kinda weird?

I was under the impression you were gonna impress me….

More to come.

:20 minutes goes by:

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I know right? What am I doing being a lame nerd on my WordPress phone app and trying to blog from a local watering hole that is verrrry inclusive and not at all non inclusive or exclusive to say the least.
Alas I am home now and I can hear 2 separate parties going onst at the moment here in what is called Echo Park. A district of Los Angeles with bohemian traits flowing back to the 20’s. Literally.
That’s impressive! To hear the echos of 2 separate parties ongoing from the window sill here in Echo Park. What eves as the cool kids say.

I was having a drink with my producer and his wife and another very talented pianist fellow of local , within the know , known-st. And now It’s time for bed somewhat in the vain of the Lawrence Welk Show good-night’s of the early 60’s and syndicated in the late 70’s on television. I thought those shows were live! F you Lawrence!
What am I talking about? Who knows. All I know is that it’s bed time west coast style.
Night…

I was under the impression you were gonna impress me …

More to come.

:20 minutes goes by:

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I know right? What am I doing being a lame nerd on my WordPress phone app and trying to blog from a local watering hole that is verrrry inclusive and not at all non inclusive or exclusive to say the least.
Alas I am home now and I can hear 2 separate parties going onst at the moment here in what is called Echo Park. A district of Los Angeles with bohemian traits flowing back to the 20’s. Literally.
That’s impressive! To hear the echos of 2 separate parties ongoing from the window sill here in Echo Park. What eves as the cool kids say.

I was having a drink with my producer and his wife and another very talented pianist fellow of local , within the know , known-st. And now It’s time for bed somewhat in the vain of the Lawrence Welk Show good-night’s of the early 60’s and syndicated in the late 70’s on television. I thought those shows were live! F you Lawrence!
What am I talking about? Who knows. All I know is that it’s bed time west coast style.
Night…

Subliminal but in your face.

My rants and my raves are nothing different from the braying child next door.
I will not be negative tonight. No point. Lots of good things are happening.
Sometimes I write or say things that mean completely different things. Layers deep. I’m not gonna go down that rabbit hole right now. I’ll keep my , ahhem, thoughts to myself.

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About the above photo. It looks bad I know. Dont ask.

I am going to be a bit more social tonight than I was last night. Last night I was talking and having a drink with a good friend. A tall lanky fella of the most artistic nature that most other friends of mine have yet to meet. We laughed we cried. He is a great musician but there is no way we can possibly work together with the likes of each other. That’s a joke. We could. Our lives are much too busy as is yours.

Unbeknownst to a few important people that would probably need to know, I am making some certain plans on some show dates coming up. I just don’t have the dates yet. Is that oxymoronic? No. Is that a word? No. The dates are a coming and they will be somewhat local sorta… It depends on how the audience member feels that day as far a drive is concerned. Dates soon. Must consult the Oracles before I write anything here on any definite shows.
My very next show I do with a full band will only be the third i’ve done that way with this project. Project Wrightwood or just Wrightwood. I prefer that over the basic singer , songwriter hoopla thingy that always seems to be the deal a lot around town. I mean I get it. It’s easier that way. It is fun also I admit. I wont knock it. I just just miss playing with a full band right now.

In the mean time here is a short video of me playing High As Birds Fly in Pasadena Ca. I didn’t really tell anyone I was playing. I wanted it to be organic and it was and it was nice. And guess what… I am playing it solo! Oh man, what a hypocrite I can be.

Dont Laugh at my gut Ive been working out

In other news, currently I am applying a little elbow grease to effectively rub elbows and to fraternize this evening with some good friends for a birthday. Many talented people of the musician like nature and similar associations. It’ll be fun!

I’m coming in last again.

Well, I seem to be at the end of the line again but if I simply turn around and face the other direction I am first once more. Is this what “trying” to be unique is all about?

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Someone asked me today when I would release the Wrightwood music video of Valley. I want to say that timing and time is everything. There are so many who dont understand that concept…(the next rant and rave is not about the person who asked me that question by the way)
The voluminous amounts of people who want instant gratification all the time with instant leaps and bounds of success astound me. What has television or internet or cable programming done to us? I would ask you to maybe take the time to think about this but then, you wouldn’t. You wouldn’t take the time. People want instant answers of depth and magical perception unattainable by human beings in the real world. Then there is the intent from others who eventually, tire of explaining that even for them answers and solutions come with time (myself). These instant gratification mongers are sometimes not unlike the many new drivers on the road nowadays who make left turns from the far right lane and think nobody else is being affected. Ahhh, now we get into something else here.
Is that just plain idiocy or is it a massive, immeasurable amount of narcissism? Please do not get me wrong however… The wonderful person who asked me about my music video is not any of the things I have mentioned above. She just reminded me of someone else for a second. Now once again, do not get me toooooo wrong. I have am guilty of wanting the world instantly at my fingertips but I have to recoil at myself sometimes and slap my own hand.
AND with that here is my music video. I finally decided to do something with it. This isn’t an official release. That will come later with plenty of P.R. Sorry I had to give you , the readers, such a hard time at first before spying this link below.

Valley music video on MTV

Oh, by the way. I know I always say I haven’t wrote an entries in a long time and that I need to more often. The problem is that , that more often seems to come after every time I submit a single post I admit. That will change. NOW…

Here is my 2 part quote of the day as well.

I must say that the loudest voice I’ve ever heard is the one inside my head. Although I know its clarity has often been be muddled by my passersby-ers. Therefore the farthest place Ive ever gone too is to the furthest place in my mind.

Oh yeah. I am back on the music thing. Setting up a show, rubbing elbows and getting a couple bran new songs together. It was, I admit easy to pick the 2 because I have a crap load now. That doesn’t mean I’m recording them with Andrew yet. Getting the other 9 done first now. For reals.
Somthing else to click on. I am not sure what it is.

How dare you sir! I challenge you to sharp glances and rolling of the eyes at…

How dare you sir! I challenge you to sharp glances and rolling of eyes at 30 paces or the same length as a bar counter in Los Angeles.
I told a friend the other day I was “going to start becoming more of an @$#hole” and he said in return. “Haha, Peter Mercado you don’t have one bad bone in your body”
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I got a letter in the mail the other day.It was a bill. Were you expecting something else? Well,I have received REAL letters in my life still but they are few and far between. Mostly great letters of friends getting married and such! It’s been a great year for that.

I think it’s time for a coffee today. My friend Jeremy is in town from London.He works in the media world so it’s great to have a perspective from “across the pond” as opposed to L.A. experts on TV, Movies, etc..
Coffee…Oh yeah, that reminds me.I played a small acoustic set this last weekend in Pasadena Ca. at a coffee shop for a friends art closing. It was pretty fun and the crowd was warm and receptive. I didn’t mention it or publicize it.I wanted to just go play to an organic crowd, have fun and then get out. All of that happened just as I mentioned. My good friend Jeff Garris did come and was very gracious enough to take some film documentation. Here I am in one segment playing High As Birds Fly in a sort of “bluesy” way.
High As Birds Fly
Thank you Jeff! Jeff is also responsible for the single cover for Valley.

Here is more information on Jeff Garris’ photography and other works.
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I will put together another show with the full band but for now we are busy with just getting album work done etc..
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The above image is of my friend Dave Schless caught on web cam in New York at The Shake Shack. I captured him on their webcam on their website from California in Los Angeles at my desk. Funny stuff. There obviously was some coordination.
So, I didnt realize I was such a “guy”? It’s time for an action movie!

Wrightwood is featured here on this page. just scroll a bit down once loaded


HAHA,no boxers were harmed in that photo shoot. I look that way when I wake up.

Someone once, told me twice in a row…It was not to be. What the hell was that last line? I don’t know but it is a line in a song to be later on a road down the way.

Nothing to do with the above but I really feel like three syllable words are great as the very first utterances in a song that start with that word. For songs with a slower tempo. Sometimes.

So, I didnt really put this entry out exactly when I put it together.
Night.

I got the lions share of attitude from my kitty cat today…

Sometimes you hear things. Most of the timeĀ  you see things and every now and then you read things. Any way you look at it you realize how bad things were.

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Spotify

Mad Mackerel

We Are Hunted Wrightwood mention

Eat Something or other

Us vs Them Valley

A touch of integrity a hint of naivety and a dash of insanity and there you have it. A human being.

Tonight I received one of the best compliments I could have ever gotten in a long time!

Mote to come.

Impregnable and unable to get pregnant.

We are sorry to inform you that we must let you go. Your honesty and well mannered disposition and ability to work well with others is not appreciated here anymore.
I wont be worn down and I wont be stopped! Unless you tell me to. What is going on nowadays? There seems to be so little work out there even for the skilled and the trained or even the seasoned and the ones left working are sick and tired of a lot of their “positions”. Whaa waaa, I know. I’ll stop.

Men Give Birth! Click here.

Things have changed significantly lately. I decided to reflect on the past on this entry because I am good at reflecting on things in the past I am told…
I remember when I was on a small “twee” label out of Alhambra Ca. just next to Pasadena California called Shmat. I had at the time not much musical experience under my belt. The Shmat label people were fun and they always created their own events like BBQ’s and parties where we could showcase our own new music and new bands that were brought on board in general. The actual music I had brought to the table at the time was also engineered by my , at the time new friend and acquaintance Andrew Lynch who is once again working with me now after so many years.
Shmat was fun , and Shmat was indie. I had a lot of great times but I eventually outgrew that type of music for myself and that sort of filtered genre in general and I dropped the band. The name of the band was called Awestruck Dumbfounded. Here are a few links below that are old but are still up mentioning Awestruck Dumbfounded.

http://www.leftoffthedial.com/Shmat_Map.htm

http://djtalbotlikesugar.blogspot.com/2008/06/awestruck-dumbfounded.html

http://music.aol.com/artist/awestruck-dumbfounded

http://www.last.fm/music/Awestruck+Dumbfounded/_/Run+of+the+Mill+Boy

http://www.nme.com/awestruck-dumbfounded-videos

Well,the most that was ever really done was to get 2 songs featured on a sampler but that sampler was great and the other bands on there were incredible including my friend Richard Cranache’s band Carte Blanche. They were fun simpler times. Not the beer…the times themselves.

More things to come in future entries. I really was excited to see that Us vs Them is featuring Valley my single on SoundCloud now. I realize that other social networks are becoming more important again in my opinion since I think Facebook is getting worn out. This is a good thing I suppose. We can’t live our lives on Facebook anymore! To the armory for an anti Facebook revolution! Light the torches and pass out the pitchforks…Or maybe instead I’ll post another blog entry to Facebook through WordPress. Hows that?

UsvsThem features Valley

Shmat Records

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