Looking For Tom Lehrer

I have said many times that I was raised, thanks to Dear Old Dad, on the music of Tom Lehrer. His brilliant wordplay and anarchism did not just inspire me as much as they rocked me to my core and helped me to see that in situations that music lacks the power to change it can teach or help us realize the sheer ludicrousness of world politics.

BuzzFeed, a site usually dedicated to Facebook polls like, “What State Should Your Mustache Move To?“, photo galleries like “Cats That Look Like Joan Rivers Naughty Bits!” and hard-hitting news material like “How Will World War Three Impact Duck Dynasty?” has just  posted an amazing and very thoughtful piece on the rise to and running away from fame of Tom Lehrer.

Looking For Tom Lehrer, Comedy’s Mysterious Genius

Update: Harmonica Jam in Alexandria, Va!

Tuesday 2/08/2014 2:30 PM
Patrick will not be there
He is on the way to the hospital

He asks that if you are planning to go that you go

He is in very bad shape
Prayer needed as never before
Both for him and the doctors
We got to find out what the heck is happening

More later

Peace to all,
Pat Costello (Dear Old Dad)

Moment of Snark Removed

We, no, that isn’t fair. I had an uncharacteristically snarky moment this morning. I have been pain for way too long and I ran across an easy target for my emotions

We have removed said snarky content with a picture of Yours Truly at Holi.

Patrick at HoilIf, in the future a high snark appears on Daily Frail. feel free to send me the following video clip:

If you are close to Manassas and a snark attack happens you can always track me down and hit me over the head with a rubber chicken. Archie McPhee is still the best source.

Thank you for reminding me of what is important.

I love you all. God bless,

Harmonica Jam in Alexandria, Va!

As I posted the other day, we have the rare privilege to hang out with and learn from a cool old dude. Area harmonica guru Jack Hopkins is hosting a weekly harmonica lesson and jam.

The weekly shindig is held every Tuesday in the Fellowship Hall of Wesley Methodist Church, in Alexandria, Va. 8412 Richmond Avenue, Alexandria, VA at 7:30 pm. If you have any questions, call the founder, Jack Hopkins. at 703-491-0534.

This is one of those once in a lifetime deals, folks. Jack has a lifetime of knowledge to share. If you miss it then shame on you.

I am in a lot of pain today, but will try to make it,

The New New Banjo is Almost Here!

We got pictures from way far away showing us that my banjo is nearly finished!

The photos tell the tale pretty well. A banjo that is a blend of traditional and modern thinking. I love his little touches like replacing the Somerset three dot pattern with stars and bound my plain fretboard with a beautiful multicolored pattern that keeps everything Spartan, but classes up the instrument at the same time.

I can’t wait to start making music with it. There will be a time of adjustment as I get used to the bigger pot and find the right gauge of strings. – but it will be a lot of fun because, don’t get me wrong here, but this instrument looks like it has a purpose.

I can’t wait to journey with this five-string katana.

You can catch up on the story with these links:

For more information on the various banjos I have played over the last 515+ YouTube videos, check our Banjos I Have Known.

Last, but not least, to learn about the signatures on the head of my Somerset S1P banjo,just repeat to yourself that it’s just a show . . .