Thursday, November 21, 2013

Petition to Eliminate Evil from the Universe


So, evil is bad. A petition to get rid of evil. Well, here’s what I think about that: those Frenchies and their sense o’ humor… the problem with eliminating evil includes this: human nature and (sad to say) that which makes us strive for new and better things includes the inclination to take advantage of the honest and generous. There will always be opportunistic, amoral people who will take what they do not earn and do harm to those who don’t deserve it for personal gain. Remove the evil and you’re opening up the human race to criminals who don’t yet know that they are criminals. It will start off slow, but soon we’ll be right back where we were.
Without the inclination for evil and negativity, people would become very critical of just how good others are not. The scale would become very judgmental of anyone doing anything less than the very best possible, and then what might seem like a good deed today would be seen as a social crime because of what there is to compare it to. Get rid of the worst and the next worst becomes the worst. Get rid of all the bad and the least good becomes the bad. Once stigmatized as bad, we tend to feel like there’s no point in fighting to be the best possible, so we accept and descend into the role of “worst” that has been bestowed upon us.

Evil is a trait unique to human beings. Remove that and you will lose what else makes us unique. With great power comes great responsibility.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Kickstart my Album

So I'm putting together a Kickstarter campaign.
If you know me, chances are you've heard my song Sound. "If a tree falls in the woods..."
Hear "Sound" on YouTube
Well, I've recently written one about Newton's 3 laws of motion, and I'm mostly done with one about using the apostrophe. Now I've begun one on the nature of light.
This all amounts to what I see as an album of music for kids and young adults.
Like my song about the U.S. presidents, "The Presidents Song", I feel these songs can be helpful in remembering facts and theories and things like that. So I'm going for educational while still being entertaining, a la They Might Be Giants.
I was thinking of making a CD of these songs and then trying to sell them to the parents of the children at Emily's school. Then it all started coming together one day when I thought about Kickstarter, and how well it's working for a lot of people. So I looked into it. Sure enough, it sounded like stuff I could do.
So, for the project, I gave it the working title of "Songs of Light and Sound" (which prompted the writing of the song about light, tentatively titled "Everything We See is Starlight") and I began loading up the fields with my info. I'm darn near ready to launch, I just need to open a new bank account and finish my video.
So expect to see a lot of hype and posts about this campaign because I really want to reach my goal amount and make this happen. I have a responsibility to the people who contribute and I take that responsibility very seriously. I look forward to making the CD and to sending out copies to everyone who helps me, as well as making it available for sale worldwide. I can't say so on Kickstarter, but if anyone contributes 10% or more of my total goal amount, we can discuss a share of the profits from any sales. You would also be welcome to attend the recording sessions and have your input heard.
I'm very excited about kicking off this campaign, seeing the project come together, recording, and releasing my first album of my own music. Please stay tuned and consider being a part of it.
Also, my musician friends who would like to contribute your talents, please let me know your thoughts.

David

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Lowe down dirty criminal

For our "wooden anniversary" I bought a birdhouse and a set of paints and brushes that we could use together. She got me these great wood-handled steak knives. Just after our "copper anniversary" we finally got around to painting it. Afterward she realized that, if we're going to put it outside, we would need to finish it with a lacquer or shellac to protect the paint. So we stopped in at Lowe's today before our shopping trip at Sam's Club. We found a can of shellac and bought it. On our way out we were passing the entrance door on the outside when a young guy came barreling out pushing a shopping cart with two Dyson vacuum cleaners in it. He almost ran into me. I said, "woah, excuse me" and he just kept charging by. I said, "hey, small child here!" when I noticed Delilah was not stopping to let him go by. I heard him say "sorry" but he kept going. I heard someone else around us say something, either to him or to us, but I couldn't make it out, and I thought, even if they don't like me yelling at this guy, I have the interests and safety of my child in mind and I won't be swayed. It may have been rude of me, but I stand by it. Don't you dare endanger my little girl because you're in a hurry. Emily started yelling at him, "Sorry's not good enough!" I'm not sure what she wanted from him, but about then was when I noticed that he was running off through the parking lot without the cart, and a store employee was bringing it back. So I can't say that we are responsible, but I think we did have a hand in slowing him down and drawing attention to him so that they were able to catch him and stop him from running off with those vacuum cleaners. I still think they should let us have one as a reward for our assistance. Mmmmm, Dyson.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Everything - David Coutant - Lyrics

Everything

It's not so hard to say how I feel
I make it too big of a deal
If I could stand all night
by your side

Everything I dream about is
everything you wake up as
Everything I want is what you are

If it's not too big of a deal
I wonder what it's like
Won't you take me there
just for tonight?

Everything I dream about is
everything you wake up as
Everything I want is what you are

Guitar solo

I guess it's not that big a deal
to tell you what it's like
So you're not everything
just everything I like

Everything I dream about is
everything you wake up as
Everything I want is what you are

Audio on YouTube

Copyright 2008 David DM Coutant

Sound - David Coutant - Lyrics

Sound

If a tree falls in the woods
and no one's around to hear it
does it make a sound?
Well, that depends
on what you consider sound

Sound is a vibration on the air
that's picked up by the ear
and perceived by the brain
so if there's not an ear
what does the vibration mean?

If it's just a movement of the air
until it hits an ear
well, that's one way to look at it

But if that's true then there is no sound
on any other planets that we can see
no matter what falls down
cuz there's never anyone around

It does all the things that make it sound
except be perceived as sound
but would it count
if someone were to set up a tape recorder?

If it's just a movement of the air
until it hits an ear
well, that's one way to look at it

If I sang this song and no one was here
would I make a sound?
Well I guess I would
cuz I'd be here, and I would hear / and I have ears

If a tree falls in the woods
and nobody's there
it still makes a sound
cuz there's animals all around

If it's just a movement of the air
until it hits an ear
well, that's one way to look at it

If a tree falls in the woods
and no one's around to hear it
does it make a sound?
Well, that depends
on what you consider sound

Video on YouTube

Copyright 2011 David DM Coutant

I Imagine So - David Coutant - Lyrics

I Imagine So

Do fishermen have fish talk?
Everybody's got their slang

I imagine so
I imagine so

Do better men have wish talk?
It's all a plan

I imagine so
I imagine so

Do people have a breaking point?
Well let's find out

I imagine so
I imagine so
I imagine so
I imagine so
and I want you to know
the time
and know
that I won't hurt you
and know the time, and know that I won't hurt you

I imagine so

Do tears ever stop working?
Well tell her that

I imagine so
I imagine so
I imagine so
I imagine so

Audio on YouTube
Orange Cones live on YouTube
Corduroy Lifejacket live on YouTube

Copyright 2008 David DM Coutant

Papaya (I'll Thank You) - David Coutant - Lyrics

Papaya (I'll Thank You)

Papaya, frozen moments in the bathtub
Underwater
I like the way it sounds in here

My body's warming over
down the hatch, the war is over
I'd feel good if I felt at all

Look for my pills, I'll thank you
any way you say
Look for my friends, I beg you
anyway, anyway

One more and now I'm settled
Just one blanket, just one candle
Just one more day to call my own

And when the night is over
if I wake up, starting over
I'll start again with one more try

Look for my pills, I'll thank you
any way you say
Look for my friends, I beg you
anyway, anyway

Guitar solo

Look for my pills, I'll thank you
any way you say
Look for my friends, I beg you
anyway, anyway

Audio on YouTube
Corduroy Lifejacket live on YouTube

Copyright 2008 David DM Coutant

Jenga - David Coutant - Lyrics

Jenga

(not a Milton Bradley game)

I emptied out the box onto the floor
and gathered all the blocks together
I built a little wall out of the pieces
cuz I don't know how to play the game

Little blocks of wood with that same
word burned into each and every one

And down the four pills go
Gotta get sedate right now
And down the four drinks go
Gotta get outside right now

Don't keep anything dark and secret
Don't keep anything closed
I'm a boy, just a boy
Please don't see me as anything else

Little bits of words are somehow
burned into each and every vein

And down the four pills go
Gotta get sedate right now
And down the four drinks go
Gotta get outside right now

Audio on YouTube

Lyrics, not title Copyright 2008 David DM Coutant

See? Kay Won! - David Coutant - Lyrics

See? Kay Won!

Take me for example
Drive me downtown
Buy me cK1
Buy me speed and brown

What do I see in the Earth Sign?
What do I see?
What will I do with another Taurus?
What will she do to me?

Take me how you want me
It's always gonna be
Buy me tea and bread
Bring it to my bed

What do I see in the helpless?
What do I need?
What will I do with another memory?
What will it do to me?

Audio on YouTube
Orange Cones video on YouTube
Corduroy Lifejacket live on YouTube

Copyright 2008 David DM Coutant

Allen H - David Coutant - Lyrics

Allen H

Don't make me drink that
I don't think I'm going
Don't make me
Don't make me

Drive to the corner
I'll let myself out
Just drop me off
don't drop me

Tomorrow I'll be there
I think I'll be staying
Just need a lift, just a nap
Tomorrow I'll be here
I'm half the way sleeping
Don't wake me up
'til I'm up

Don't be so bitter
I'm not having fun
I can't stand it
You're boring

Drive to the corner
I'll throw myself down
Just let me off
don't let me go

Tomorrow I'll be there
I think I'll be staying
Just need a lift, just a nap
Tomorrow I'll be here
I'm half the way sleeping
Don't wake me up
'til I'm up

Audio on YouTube
Orange Cones live on YouTube
Podcast performance on YouTube

Copyright 2008 David DM Coutant

Superfluous - David Coutant - Lyrics

Superfluous

It's like a day without air
La da da
There's no wind in your hair
La da da
Cuz you're not even there
La da da

And no one else can feel you
when you come into this world of mine
and no one else can tell you
how to shine

It's unnecessarily superfluous and redundant
it's so repe-te-te-te-te-te-tetitive woah-oh

There's never enough light
La da da
Cuz in the dark I might
La da da
not do things just right
La da da

And no one else can feel you
when you come into this world of mine
and no one else can tell you
how to shine

It's unnecessarily superfluous and redundant
it's so repe-te-te-te-te-te-tetitive woah-oh

Guitar solo

And no one else can feel you
when you come into this world of mine
and no one else can tell you
how to shine

It's unnecessarily superfluous and redundant
it's so repe-te-te-te-te-te-tetitive woah-oh oh-oh

Audio on YouTube
Orange Cones video on YouTube
Corduroy Lifejacket live on YouTube

Copyright 2009 David DM Coutant

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Gun Control Debate

My submission to President Obama's "Organizing for Action" website

I have not personally been affected by gun violence in my lifetime, and I support the freedom for citizens to own and use firearms, but I also feel there is no need to give access to weapons of war to the general public. I also don't believe the police should have them, because they're nothing but glorified security guards with self-esteem issues. Keep them in the hands of the military and special teams such as S.W.A.T. I believe that there is a broad line between controlling the weapons readily available to the public and a ban on guns. We can't ban guns altogether, and I don't believe anyone is trying to. Let's let the government step in and try to reign in some of this senseless killing made possible by paranoid hillbillies who don't dare take their fingers off their triggers.

(Submitted 2/20/2013)

In response to http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/02/20/1617651/colorado-republicans-rape-jokes/

'"One in four women" will be sexually assaulted while they are in college' sounds like a pretty scary statistic, but think about the range of things accusers would consider "sexual assault." I'm not in any way defending anybody who has their way with an unwilling participant, but is copping a feel an offense to get shot over? Some people are raised differently and their ideas of boundaries vary. I do think some women might be a little too tense about their boundaries and what constitutes a violation of them. It would be nice for men to know that they had better not mess with a woman, but perhaps a less deadly solution should be commonplace. Brass knuckles are good.

(Submitted 2/20/2013)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Presidents Song - David Coutant - Lyrics

The Presidents Song

(Is this a ribbon mic?)
George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson
James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams
(Son of the second president)

Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison
John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor
(who died under mysterious circumstances)

Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln
Andrew Johnson, U.S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes
(the only president wounded in the civil war)

James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harisson

Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt
(the first president to ride in an automobile)

William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding
Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt
(the only president elected to four terms)

Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy
Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Rudolf Ford
(the only president who was never elected to office)

Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Herbert Walker Bush
Bill Clinton, and the other George Bush
(he was head cheerleader at his high school - it's true!)

Barack Hussein Obama
Our nation's first black president
They say he was born in Hawaii
Barack Hussein Obama

Video on YouTube

Copyright 2010 David DM Coutant

Capable - David DM Coutant - Lyrics

Capable

There's this feeling I can't explain
It seems it hit me like a train
pulling from the inside to the out

My feet don't push down quite as hard
I feel like running in the yard
I don't know exactly what has changed

But I feel so much brighter now
A light's come on inside me now
I'm better and I'm stronger than before
And I feel so much braver now
I'll take on any danger now
I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid I'll fall
I feel so capable

I'm making new friends, I'm learning how
An old friend just came back to town
My confidence is soaring thanks to them

I'm getting on the grid at home
Who would have known how much I'd grow
knowing I am part of the world again?

And I feel so much brighter now
A light's come on inside me now
I'm better and I'm stronger than before
And I feel so much braver now
I'll take on any danger now
I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid I'll fall
I feel so capable

Guitar solo

And I feel so much braver now
I'll take on any danger now
I'm better and I'm stronger than before
And I feel so much brighter now
A light's come on inside me now
I'm not afraid, I'm not afraid I'll fall
I feel so capable

Video on YouTube
Electric piano version on YouTube
Corduroy Lifejacket live on YouTube
Original acoustic version on YouTube

Copyright 2011 David DM Coutant

Fairy Tale - David Coutant - Lyrics

Fairy Tale

I asked for the hand of the sweetest in the land
and she stared frozen at me
When she got control of her tongue once more
this is what she said to me

"No one ever speaks to me" she said
"No one dares get near to me
"No one's ever asked me a question before to give me a chance to agree"
To give me a chance to agree

I asked her if she would come walk with me
across the sand and the lawn
She looked around and made not a sound
and wondered what was going on

"No one's ever invited me" she said
"I've never walked but alone
"How do we do it? Do I lead or do I follow?
"And how do we know when we're done?"
And how do we know when we're done?

I took her to the shore and we talked some more
She mostly listened and smiled
With the sunrise I blinked my eyes
and found I was alone all the while

No one ever listens to me I guess
No one was there at all
Nobody walks with me, nobody cares
but that was a long time ago

Audio on YouTube
Partial song live from Fenix 5-4 on YouTube

Copyright 2011 David DM Coutant

Minor Hero - David DM Coutant - Lyrics

Minor Hero

I can't do much, you know what they say
about the mastery of a jack-of-all-trades
I don't have the answers and I can't see all the shades

A minor hero is still a hero
A minor hero is still a hero

Of what you have to choose from I may be nearly the best
Of those that are close to you I'm closer than the rest
It's not with flying colors even if I pass your test

A minor hero is still a hero
A minor hero is still a hero

If you don't call around you won't find someone better
If you don't compare I come off pretty good
Don't expect much and I can do it all

A minor hero is still a hero
A minor hero is still a hero

Video on YouTube
Live at Fenix 5-4 on YouTube

Copyright 2011 David DM Coutant
Song available for purchase at CDBaby.com

Friday, February 8, 2013

No More Mr. Nice Guy

A few days ago someone mentioned to me that I'm not what they would consider a "Nice Guy." At first I was taken aback (I can't believe "aback" is really a word). I thought I WAS a nice guy. This morning I had a breakthrough (eh) and I wrote a letter to this person. Here it is:

I realized something a few minutes ago. I realized that I don't expect to be thought of as a Nice Guy. I don't think I am particularly. I'm quite smarmy and critical and I tease people and I'm definitely kind of a jerk. What I want to be is a Good Guy. As long as, when people talk about me, they can conclude that, overall, I'm a Good Guy (as in, I won't do you wrong or try to screw you over, etc, not as in Good Guy/Bad Guy movie matchup), I'm okay with that. I don't want to be thought of as gullible and an easy target, but I want people to know that my heart is in the right place and I care for animals and living things and all that. I think I am Good. Not Ideal. Far from perfect or even great, but I think I am good. I don't have a lot of enemies. I don't think there are a lot of people who would call me a f-ing a-hole. Not people who know me, anyway. So, though I admit I'm not interested in working on being a Nice Guy, if I'm falling short of Good Guy I want to know, because that's something I'd like to work on.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Hope Afterall?

I took my grandmother to the bank to tend to some business. After waiting maybe 1/2 hour to see a banker we're told they can't do anything for us.
On the way out she says she needs to use the restroom. The bank doesn't have one of course. So we walk to the the nearby Wal-Mart. Men's room is closed for cleaning (she's in a wheelchair and can't go in by herself). So we go nearby to the McDonald's. The stall in the men's room is locked. So we're waiting outside watching people come and go, but nobody comes out of the stall.
After a while a young man, maybe about 10, comes out and motions to the ladies' room door. "Do you need someone to open that?" I explained that, no, I was waiting for the guy to come out of the stall. The young gentleman went back into the men's room, then came out and said "there's nobody in there" and held the door for us. I tried the door again and it was still locked. He said, "yeah, it's locked, but there's nobody in there. I checked." Bless his heart, the boy gets down on the floor of the McDonald's bathroom and crawls under the door to unlock it for us.
As we were on our way out he was there emptying his tray with an older man (dad, brother, doesn't matter) and I said, "you're my hero, thanks again." He smiled and held the door for us to get out of the restaurant.
Somebody's raising their kid right. So thank you, young man, for putting a little shine on what was shaping up to be a crappy day, and thank you this kid's parents for understanding the importance of raising children with the ability and class to restore decency to our sad, selfish society. My hat is off to you.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Bad Daddy



Last night I was sitting in the living room playing Angry Birds. Delilah kept coming up to me with toys, telling me a little something about each one. It was non-stop, one right after another. Finally I said, “and why are we doing an inventory of all your toys?” She looked down at the heart-shaped comb she was holding and said, “I just want your attention.” I was struck with the realization that I’m a bad daddy. I immediately turned off the game and engaged in conversation with her. I’m just glad she is clear-headed enough to tell me what was really going on. With that kind of honesty and insight I feel it’s unlikely she is going to act out in dangerous ways. I can pray, anyway. I love that kid so much.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Who do I see?

We look at ourselves, and we see only the surface, we see only what we look like, particularly our flaws, the things we wish were different about ourselves. We often don’t think that, when others look at us, they see past our appearance alone and they see all the things that define us as who we are. All of our personality, our history, our mannerisms, they all add up to the person they’ve come to know. We look in the mirror and we see, for example, our hair. Then we see that it’s us with the horrible hair. Others see first that it’s us, then they may notice the hair. We take for granted that we are going to see ourselves in the mirror, while others don’t know if they will see us at all in any given day, so when they do, the first thing they think is that, oh, you’re here. With that comes many of the thoughts and feelings they have about you, what they might say to you, what they might ask you, what they want to show you. We skip all of that and go straight to judging ourselves based on our appearance. This goes along with the saying “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” - Steven Furtick