Archive for July, 2011

The LOST TAPES: Sparrow

July 31, 2011

The LOST TAPES series. (Music from the 80’s and 90’s re-found.)

SPARROW – celebrating the little things in nature. Trying to get the precision of Bach and the melody of Tchaikovsky


Here’s a short original keyboard piece.

The band is me on Cat Keys (my synthesizer)


Tom Hendricks

for ALL the LOST TAPES go to or to my blog

for the other 5 cd’s of Hunkasaurus and PD, go to Then get happy.


The series so far:

Watching Her Walk From Behind (jazz song)

History of Rock and Roll (recitation with bebop guitar)

Two Based on Beethoven (classical pieces)

Love is Forever by Mosteller/Loehr (12 by 12 Records Favorite- best piano and voice))

Strings ( extremely melodic one minute piece for strings).

The Signal (note the rhythms in this exotic instrumental.)

Angel (12 by 12 Records Favorite – best guitar and voice song.)

The Spanish Melody – Part One and Part Two (two in the Spanish Guitar Style).

Soul Searching ( original bebop jazz composition – I play keyboards.)

Stories (two versions of this original, full band, and post-bands guitar/ voice version.)

Leaves (Bach or Beethoven? ( Bagatelle on harpsichord in the Bach style.)

Sprite (the Waltz of the Sprites). Bagatelle on keyboard.

Treat Me Nice (2 versions: Lost Tapes-80’s versus  Post-Bands updated version)

The Happy Flea  (Joyful Music in 2 versions – Keyboards, and Jazz Combo)

Dallas (Two songs about my hometown. Dallas, and the instrumental Pegasus

Skating (my best instrumental waltz?)

Bullfrog  (Bach for Tubas)

Sparrow (Celebrating the little things in nature. Trying to get the precision of Bach and the melody of Tchaikovsky).


Yet to come:


Subatomic Particles

I’ll Sing For You

That’s Alright Momma

Heartbreak Hotel

The Bugs Bunny Theme

Please turn it up loud, or use headphones for best results. And help spread the word about this new post-bands music.

Tom Hendricks

(editor of the 18 year old zine Musea)

ZINE, Named one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine. Featured on ROCKETBOOM)

MUSIC, 5 full CD’s of free Post-Bands Music)

BLOG for Musea, Art Contests, Weekly E-mail Messages)


Musea E-mail Club #531 Border’s is Closing

July 27, 2011

Borders is Closing

Borders, the bookstore chain, is closing. There is one store left in Dallas. Last Christmas I was given a gift card.  Better use it.

So I go today, Friday, and the place is packed. Everything there is 10-40% off.  I usually don’t much like new bookstores or new books, I’m so used to used books that I prefer them, broken in and read. But surely I can find something here.

I work through the crowd and begin to look. There are rows of magazines, but they are mostly mainstream, mostly ads, and surprisingly expensive. There are gift books but nothing that interests me. There are business how-to books, but none of them give the advice to first lobby the government for special treatment! The kids books are too much Disneyfied and there are Princess stuff all over. There are a lot of kiosk gizmos everywhere, and on them phones are ringing constantly. I’m temped to answer them.

There is a sizable religious section but its empty, the literary section is empty too but not of people. There are a lot of the new ‘lit’ with its convoluted writing style where it’s good writing, but horrible reading; there are extras that aren’t books like videos and CD’s but little outside of the corporate mainstream;  cards, calendars, and some gifts.

I also notice what there isn’t.  There is no place to sit – no comfortable chairs to sit and read. There is not the lived in friendly aspect of a good used bookstore – just clutter from shoppers picking over what’s left.

There is a long line and I get in it with my purchase. When it’s my turn, the clerk rings me up, I pay with my gift card, find I have a few dollars left and hand the card to the guy behind me.  Then before I go I mention to the clerk that I wish her and the others the best, I have helped close bookstores too and its tough when you know you are loosing your job.

Then I walked out of the bookstore with my purchase – $23 worth of chocolate candies.


Tom Hendricks

(editor of the 19 year old zine Musea)

ZINE, Named one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine. Featured on ROCKETBOOM)

MUSIC, 5 full CD’s of free Post-Bands Music)

BLOG for Musea, Art Contests, Weekly E-mail Messages)


Musea Art Contest for 7/26/11

July 26, 2011

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

The saying, “Less is more” came from what poem?

IS: Robert Browning’s poems ‘Andrea del Sarto’: “Well, less is more, Lucrezia: I am judged./ There burns a truer light of God in them,…”


We may have had a winner – winner pending. Otherwise less was LESS!

I don’t dumb down, so please wise up!


Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT”(‘06) or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my MORE NEWEST cd Called “FOUR-TH” ‘08 or my Just RELEASED MOST NEWEST cd CALLED ‘5-TH’(Nov.’09)( one of the 5 CD set). (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to E-MAIL ME AT THIS ADDRESS: tom-hendricks @ blanks of course) with the correct answer to this art question.


FINE PRINT: The CD prize is only available to those with mailing addresses in the US. Foreign winners will have to settle for the miniscule fame alone, and the satisfaction of a job well done. But don’t forget you can listen to all the music on the website, whether you won or lost – and I’d be glad if you did!


Jules Verne’s book “Around the World in Eighty Days” was all the rage. So this Girl Reporter decided to see if she could do it. She did, and she did it in 72 days. Name her.   Good Luck!


Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For tons of past quizzes go to, the musea website at or the Musea blog at And don’t forget the music/videos at Friends welcome) (all my videos)


Tom Hendricks (editor of the 17 year old zine Musea) ZINE, Named one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine. Featured on ROCKETBOOM) MUSIC, 5 full CD’s of free Post-Bands Music) BLOG for Musea, Art Contests, Weekly E-mail Messages)

Poems written in late July 2011

July 25, 2011

Poems written in early July,  2011

[poem notes in brackets like this]


1 [two poems on the Moon – see my Moon collection of poems!]

Hello Moon!

I know you answer back

but the language that you use

I have yet to grasp.



The Moon is high

and its rays form a path.

Is everyone ready?

Climb up! Climb up!


3.  [ At a certain point even introspection starts turning outward]

Let’s say you go into a forest

and you’re half way in

then you keep on going

where are you going then?



She felt like a Greek


frozen in stone

and holding up her world


5. [euphoria]

Their were bells

in their hearts!


6 [numbers have meaning]

If there was but 1 person in the world

it would be a lonely place

If there was but 2

life would be good except when we argue

If there was but 3

alliances would form

If there was but 4

a leader would emerge

If there was but 5

there’d be two schools of thought

If there was but 6

structures would be built

If there was but 7

one would be religious

If there was but 8

most would do the labor

If there was but 9

they’d work as one

If there was but 10

It’d be a group plus him.




If you desire enlightenment, should you end desire?


Poetry that makes no sense, makes no sense.


He was a billionaire who couldn’t afford to buy a personality


Weird art is easy. You put a strip of raw bacon across an expensive violin – but it’s not great art!


Putting Hollywood starlets in old lady clothes is not my idea of fashion.


The garden book had thorns that gave paper cuts!


When the king lives in the basement, the kingdom is well served.


Tom Hendricks

(editor of the 19 year old zine Musea)

See blogs and search poems for hundreds more.

ZINE, Named one of the best ZINES by UTNE magazine. Featured on


MUSIC, 5 full CD’s of free Post-Bands Music)

BLOG for Musea, Art Contests, Weekly E-mail Messages)

Letter to PROJECT CENSORED (summary of art revolution)

July 16, 2011

Mickey Huff Associate Professor of History Director, Project Censored/Media Freedom Foundation Diablo Valley College Project Censored:

Mr. Huff,

You Wrote to me and said:

“I am open to having you submit a list of what you believe to be the most significant issues in the arts vis a vis censorship for our review and will look into creating another section on our website at the very least, if even linking to organizations with this particular focus.”

Here goes, though it is hard to sum up 19 years of work on censorship of all the nation’s arts, into a page or two. The subject is vast, deep, and wide.  Here are some of the main points – though they can only allude to the problems.


Project Censored.

The main censored story of the last 3 decades is two part:

1. The consolidation of the arts and media from thousands of companies into less than 10.

2. Those handful of art and media corporations, blocking  independent arts, and artists, from fair distribution, sales, and review. And the blocking of their advocates and advocacy groups from fair coverage in the media to protest this consolidation.

This censorship of independent arts fits every criteria under your mission statement:

Modern censorship as manipulation of reality, intentional non-inclusion of a news story, political pressure from powerful individuals, economic pressure from advertisers and funders  (I add this too – economic pressure from the companies that control the arts and media), legal pressure, etc.

This censorship of independent arts threatens the free speech of the nation, and all of its culture outside of corporate art for profit.

The problem is vast, wide, and deep. The nation’s art has been sanitized and blanched by the Corporate Art  conglomerates, of almost all innovation, range of opinion, and opposition to those in power .

The consolidation of arts and media under the synergy banner was first suggested by Ben Bagdikian in his book “The Media Monopoly”. Since then more and more media and arts outlets have been consolidated.

Here is a chart of the major five.

We end up with corporations who control almost every aspect of the arts either through direct ownership or influence and power.

Examples:  They own most of the review media. They give themselves reviews and block reviews of independents. Though there are reviews in countless mainstream magazines, and TV and radio media, they almost exclusively cover the art of these handful of corporations.  Reviews are the key to any artists career. Without fair reviews they have no career. With reviews, no matter how good or bad, artists get the promotion they need for active careers.

Though they don’t own all newspapers, these mega corporations pressure the newspapers they don’t own, to cover their films, books, recordings, etc. to the exclusion of independent artists. Otherwise those newspapers will loose major ad revenue and special perks etc.  Their news outlets seldom cover independent arts advocacy groups, or lawsuits for fairness, in these industries brought by the independents. They seldom talk about excess pricing of the art in their industries (books, concerts films, CD’s) or, waste in their art industries, or unfair labor practices in their art industries. etc. etc.  They choose to rank books, films, and music, by sales instead of quality. At the same time  they refuse to accept quality challenges from independents.

Their media outlets cover pro corporation business stories such as piracy issues –  a pro corporate art issue; but seldom pro independent  stories like the importance of public domain art as opposed to corporate art  ownership extensions. They promote corporation legal rights but seldom talk about  the dangers of the consolidation of the arts and media into too few hands – example FCC  and airwaves ownership conflicts are reported as consumer price problems, never free speech issues, and are almost always pro media corporation coverage. They seldom cover their own illegal behavior. Example payola and other price fixing scandals. They use lawsuits to block and limit independent artists and independent art and media companies.

Perhaps the worst problem connected to these corporations, is their art and  media outlets refuse any outside media critics or independent criticism on any of this. They can’t be questioned on any of their policies.

They limit art to what sells – thus reducing art coverage. Yes to novels and non fiction, no to zines, plays, poems, essays, etc. etc . Here’s another example, the Disneyfication of Broadway and plays. Overall it is ‘yes’ to safe, generic, non controversial, non threatening, PC art that in no way  challenges or offends or questions any one or any idea – specially any art that challenges the corporate art few or the art they sell – and ‘no’ to art with bite – bite that’s necessary for the health of any democracy.  Art is turned into product placement ads.

Corporate art is always passive art  –  art that is to be watched. The emphasis in passive art is on the personality of the artist, not the quality or message of the art.  What’s seldom allowed is active arts that not only support change, growth quality, or innovation, but advocates for active involvement in the process.

They promote arts and arts coverage that put advertisers needs over the wants  of their customers.  Specially those customers outside the targeted demographic are blocked from the arts they want. That limits arts to mostly only rich spenders, leaving out everyone else.

They limit all reviews of art outside their control. Examples: no coverage of  thousands of independent myspace musicians, or of thousands of youtube film, tv, and video makers or of thousands of zine makers, or thousands of blogs, and independent websites. Thus the culture of almost everyone outside of a handful is blocked, ignored, and forgotten.  Example: award shows that only nominate those under their control to the exclusion of independents. Example: they strongly influence NPR to give most coverage to their books and music.  NPR’s reviews of their books, and music never get bad reviews, PLUS NPR gets revenue sharing deals in return for promoting these mainstream books and music.  And NPR refuses to cover, not only independent artists, but any independent  on air, criticism of these policies. Corporate art owns thousands of interview programs, but none of these seldom if ever interview artists or those in the industry that are outside of these conglomerates control. Never a discouraging word in media outlets. Plus there is corporate pressure, to oppose any smaller media outlet from covering any art outside of their control.

They pressure the government to support the consolidated few to the exclusion of the independents in countless ways. Then to pay back  those politicians, they give book deals with excessive advances (that they then give great reviews to).

What’s not covered by the consolidated few mega corporations, include not only most all independent artists of every kind of art, and independent media, but the new art reforms, the revolution in arts and media*, it’s leaders and the new advocacy groups.

What’s not covered is a call for the end of the media monopolies. Example:  these conglomerates can either manufacture the art, or distribute the art, or review the art, but they can no longer be allowed to do all three.

There is a new paradigm shift in the arts and media. No longer left versus right, instead it’s corporations versus democracy – corporate interests of the few, versus freedom of expression of the nation.

Tom Hendricks  (editor of the 18 year old zine Musea)


*For an introduction on my part in the arts and media revolution against corporate art and for independent artists see:


Five Doors to the Art Revolution (6 part video series)

Musea  zine that opposes the abuses of  the corporate art few while supporting the best of independent artists

FAIR on Media (Just add “and arts” to their discussion of  – What’s wrong with the news – AND ARTS – article)


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