The Slush Pile Strikes Back

June 19, 2020

The Slush Pile Strikes Back, The Underground Literary Alliance Anthology, Edited by Steve Kostecke and Wred Fright.

The ULA, the Underground Literary Alliance, was an underground writers group of the 90’s – during the zine explosion, the last golden age of literature before the internet.

The ULA was started and led by Karl “King” Wenclas who tried to gather writers like himself, opposed to what mainstream publishing had become.

During that era the ULA put out the Slush Pile an anthology of work from the group of ever changing writers. i was pleased to be a part of it.

Steve Kostecke who started the Slush Pile, wrote in his Editor’s Rant, Slush Pile #4: “Our main criticism is that American literature and letters has become professionalized, elitist, art-destructive, corrupt, meaningless, soulless,and just plain crazy sick to look at.”

Wred Fright, one of the long time writers has done all the heavy lifting and assembled this analogy of Kostecke’s ULA, Slush Pile. It contains 30 writers and 150 pages of writing.

My favorites include:

Short poems by Susan America, “Harassed By an Automobile Offender While Biking Through Chinatown”, Brady Dale, “This is Not Your TV Show”, Mark Sonnenfeld, “Zine Worker”, and Mark “Brunetti” Baird, “Atheism.”

Editorials and rants on writing included: Steve Kostecke, “Editor’s Rant SP #4, Jeff Potter, “The Loser”, and Adam Hardin, “Profiles in Fraud: JFK & the Pulitzer Prize.”

Short stories included; Crazy Carl Robinson, “Life in the Hotel in the Spring of 2004”, and my entry, Tom Hendricks, “The Dream.”

There is a lot to read, some fine covers by Yul Tolbert, and inspiring words from Wred Fright. For mature readers. You can find it now online at

Recommended as good writing, and an important part of the zine revolution. Tom Hendricks.

Why is My Music so Simple?

July 30, 2020


WHY is my music so simple, must be something wrong – right?
No!I’m trying something new. This is a back to basics sound that even with full production would be like my 15 studio albums – streaming everywhere online.

What works for this is one or two standard guitars, lead voice and two background voices. This simple style is not a mistake, but a way to make these songs more personable, and intimate!

My guitar playing is somewhat unusual too in that it’s a combo style, where Its not a singer songwriter sound, it’s not a combo sound, but something in between, something new, where I play bass lead and rhythm all at once.

I’ve pared down my music to a less convoluted, and more streamlined sound that I’ve grown so used to, that everyone else’s work sounds way way over produced to me!

Ray Cochrane does His Version of My Song YDHTC!

July 9, 2020

Dear Reader,

Ray Cochrane has done a version of my recent song, “You Don’t Have To Cry.” that I posted here on the FaceBook music group, “Reinventing the Wheel”, ”

He’s changed it up and made more of a lounge tune instrumental to it with a great stand up bass and muted horn. Great work Ray! He’s done a couple of versions. My favorite is this one #2. See my youtube channel TomHendricksMusea

Now it’s time for others to listen and comment. BTW I am proud to add that this is the 4th song of mine redone here on the wheel!
Here is what Ray wrote:

Tom Hendricks I couldn’t catch the chords accurately but dragged this together in the computer…

Kid Triathlon, for when times get better!

July 1, 2020


Summer time and children are out of school and have free time. Musea suggests that there be a KID SUMMER TRIATHLON for kids around 10 years old

Three events.
1. READ: The child must read 100 pages of any books he/she chooses. 2. WALK : The child must walk a total of 10 miles
3. SERVE: The child must do 10 hours of community service

When the parents confirm that the child has finished the triathlon – he/she will receive $100 prize!

Recent LIve Videos (youtube)

July 1, 2020

Music Music Music! Songs Songs Songs!
Please see my Youtube channel

Wonderful Animals
Guitar instrumental

Janet/ Janice
In love with a twin.

Mechanicals in Love
Robot Love.

Mon. Tues, Wed. Too.
Operatic love song.

Poor people in love.

My Dream
Time to end poverty.

We’re Breaking Up?
Something’s Wrong!

Look at that Flower
Nature song.

In Law Causing Blues
They got to go!

Some Day (Your Ship Will Come In.)
My most optimistic song

South Bound
Moving for the warm sun.

(guitar instrumental

Summer Romance
Love on vacation.

The Woman on the Screen
Falling for an actress on screen.

Breaking News, Broken News
Problems with the media.

11 Kisses
What it takes to fall in love

The Great Plains
Song for the Prairie

There’s No Reason to Cry
Returning home.

Wild Woods
Guitar instrumental with stops

Square One
Broken up again!

Clear Sky
Night with the Stars

White Moth
Spring is here.

Waiting on the Moon
The Generation Song.

Don’t love too fast!

D-Pop Sounds
Brand new sounds are here.

Snow Falls
Winter Love Song

Sweet Daisy Jane – the Riff Song
She becomes a famous guitarist.

Little cold for Snowflake

Nothing in This World
The Love song.

Raining Down
Hard times weather.

What’s the meaning

Beautiful Morning
Yes it is.

Fun tonight!

Breakup Song
For both men and women.

Boulevard of Love
That place where singles go

Stocking Cap
Xmas song about Brothers

Sitting on a Hill
Music that sets you free.

I Really Love You

I Saw You
Love at first site!

Land of Love
Where lovers love to go.

Skipping Down the Alley Way
Some times dreams come true!

Slow Down!
Classic rock and roll tune!

Secret Admirer

Just a Love Song
Too little time to be together.

Cinderella Johnson
Teased woman lament

Knots & Strings
The connected world we live in.

Tell the World
They are now a couple!

Clockwork People
Protest song against cruel people.

Autobiographical song.

Wear a Flower
Will she or won’t she?

Song to help lull to sleep.

Some Day Soon I’ll Be Gone
When you’ve had enough and it’s time to leave.

Two versions, guitar and guitar + voice.

Guitar Instrumental.

World Sing Along Song
First online world sing along song.

Two Fools
Country song about loving too much or too little.

Folk song for the wayward.

Catch Me (If You Can)
Jazz Piece – short!

The Little Slavic Dancer’s Waltz
Keyboard bagatelle.

Baker’s Moon
13th Moon of the Year – celebration!

The Happy Flea
Keyboard bagatelle.

Keyboard bagatelle.

Worker Ants, Worker Bees
Keyboard bagatelle:

Little Sparrow
Keyboard bagatelle.

Keyboard bagatelle

Keyboard bagatelle.

Another Lonely Night
Keyboard bagatelle.

Mother Goose
Keyboard bagatelle.

Pioneering Women
Guitar Instrumental (double tracked)

Won’t Work on Me!
She can’t take him away from her!

3 Problem protest song – each makes the other worse!

Lost in the Cold! Song as a short drama piece.

My Mistake
What happens when some break up!

Sci-fi story in song

River Long
Guitar Instrumental with a song at the end.

Call Someone
We all need help from others sometimes.

Pre Coffee Cranky (homage to Monk’s piano style)
Piano piece for pre coffee time. #1893

Short guitar instrumental – dark and passionate.

Hay Ride for Two
Simple short guitar instrumental – lots of guitar picking.

Rock and Roll Vapors (and Big Beat Fever)
Got a good beat and you can dance to it! –
This is an infection caused by a backbeat!

Wayfaring Stranger (traditional lyrics)
My original music to this traditional folk/Gospel song lyrics.

You Better Find Someone to Break Your Heart
Love can hurt too!

Color My World (fast version)
Classic from Chicago

Grand World
Unabashedly Optimistic Song.

Song for Lead Guitarists to Solo

Watching TV
Guitar Instrumental

Basket Girl
Wolves and Hunters here!

From Me To You
Classic Beatle song

Color My World (slow version)
Classic from Chicago

Backstage at the Fashion Show
Guitar instrumental

Before Going On Stage
The Warm Up Song

Bam! Bam! Bam!
Rhythm and Blues about getting there on time.

Cherry Tree

Blink of an Eye
Bittersweet song of lost loves.

Rock, Paper, Scissors
Hand Dancing. Can you do the moves?

Jingle Jangle Day
Surely one of my happiest songs with the least amount of lyrics.

Road Chorus
Should be played loud while on the road.

Someone Who Loved Me
Two friends or lovers?

Shoo Bop
Song for background singers everywhere.

Cello (a Love Story)
Man falls in love with a Cello player next door.

Goodbye to War
Title says it all.

Lullaby (a Mother Goose Rhyme)
Pure melody and voice – nothing else.

I Was There
Simple instrumental for all your memories.

All the Birds in the World
Synthesizer song – lots of joy in these notes.

Happy Birthday Song
Now you have two choices for birthdays.


TeXas Video Showdown.
This is the ongoing, worst video ever made… for a good reason –

Sayings of Editor Art! (more to add to the list)

June 24, 2020

Be daring – Wing it!

Whether its this wine or that wine, its still wine!

People who don’t wear a mask – I avoid like the plague!

The oasis of civilization.

That’s like a sax solo in the middle of the Moonlight Sonata (first movement.)

A song with a wide range in the melody is lighter than one with a limited range.

Let the windmills tilt themselves.

Stay lit!

Everyone gets a thorn in their paw.

Song title: I may be wrong but you’re still stupid!

Black hole of need.

I can’t listen to you in that dress.

Destructive interference is the gateway that connects space-time with the dimensionless point.

How can I be 70? I feel like 23 and sore.

Media – reaching out for drama and trauma.

So instead of a zoo of weird particles, we are looking at different waves that combine, transform, or decay – each with different particles.

Buksforus: the new drug you need to tell your doctor. Side effects, lean wallets and empty pockets. In clinical trials, only m&ms were found to be better.

High times and misdemeanors.

Remember when music was fun and not a corporate ploy?

The arts and media revolution will win through default because it is built on the talent of many not the promotion of a few.

Light is eternal. (Photons are outside space-time, distance, time, and are eternal – and all in a single dimensionless point.

At my age / you have to be twice as careful and half as stupid!

If the founding fathers came today and you asked them, What do you think about the internet? They’d respond. Where are the horses?

The daily cycle of UV light forced selection on chemicals, and led to life.

Singer: Was I on key?
Manager: Many times!!!

The best musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers now are people you’ve never heard of
Join the arts revolution and give them a chance to be heard.

Something new is needed.

Where are the great instrumentalists? Corporate music just sounds like karaoke.

Did our military spending help protect us from the corona virus? Maybe we should reconsider how best to protect the country.
We’ve spent billions and billions on the military to protect us. Yet they were helpless in this pandemic. Maybe protecting the country should include more than buying weapons!

Nature is never clever. It’s simple and elegant.

This liquor is so bad they call it Catch 22. You have to be drunk to drink it.

Big Businesses during the pandemic – some are stepping up and others are on their knees begging for bailouts.

My standard guitar cannot make thousands of different sounds like an electric guitar, so I have to get variety through new chords.

I hope all your photons are light.

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