Liner Note #4

Daron here. It’s time for a liner note, if for no other reason than OH MY GOD FOLKS YOU DID IT! Thanks to you this here website has won the 2010 Rose and Bay Award for crowdfunded fiction! We won!

I say “we” because this really is a group project, and it was followers/readers like you who voted for DGC to win the award. I’m humbled by some of the names we beat out, too. (You can see the original nominees list here: Lots of good serial novels and online fiction worth reading there.)

While we’re on the subject of cool stuff found on the Internet…

Do you know about the CodeOrgan?

It turns the HTML of any web site into a song. So, yeah, Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, by codeorgan, you heard it first: (EDIT: The CodeOrgan appears to have disappeared and the site is taken over by some Japanese advertising? Well, it was fun while it lasted.)

Apparently, my hidden soul is trip hop. Who knew? It sure sounds drastically different from plugging in the Nine Inch Nails URL, for example. I suppose it does fit my laid-back exterior and my sometimes spastic interior.

Then there’s Heavy Metal Picks. Beautiful iridescent pendants made from handcrafted steel or copper guitar picks, made iridescent by torching them. Some have studs and things added. Each design is named for a song title, too. This is the kind of cool, handcrafted stuff I’d never find without the Internet. (Kahla has an Etsy store too:

I actually came across the Heavy Metal Picks site because they popped up as an ad on DGC. Cecilia and I tend to agree on accessories, i.e. neither of us wears much, but this is one thing either of us would put on. She’ll never get around to buying one, though. I’m still trying to get her to invest in a new red flannel shirt. The one she’s wearing right now is literally worn through in the sleeves. It’ll be the third one she’s worn down to the threads since the days when we lived in Providence. The first one came from a used clothing shop on Thayer Street, on the second floor above Spats restaurant, if I remember right. The second one came from Salvation Army. The third was bought new at the Britches going-out-of-business sale in the Copley Place mall, probably in 2000. Please consider putting a donation in the tip jar so I can convince her the purchase would be justified. (C’mon, Cele, it’ll last TEN MORE YEARS…)

So, people have been asking me who my musical influences are, but I think the question they are really asking is something else. The thing is, there are so many, if you’re trying to figure out what Moondog Three sounds like from that, it’s going to be tough to triangulate. Probably the closest band in sound (and in the difficulty the music business had in classifying them) to us is Jane’s Addiction, though we pre-date them by a few years. And no one sounds like Perry Farrell. (Or Ziggy for that matter.)

You’ll learn some of my influences as the story goes along. But I’m pretty omnivorous when it comes to music.


  • Jude McLaughlin says:

    So many congrats on the Rose & Bay! I actually found this site by looking at the nominees; I hope it’s brought you other readers too.

    • ctan says:

      Thank you! And… Really? That’s awesome. It definitely has brought more traffic to the site. How many of them keep up reading as we go along… we’ll have to see. And there have been a couple more donations that don’t show on the ChipIn Widget, too, where people just went to the Paypal link separately and donated. Which is really neat.

  • Kahla says:

    Hey there! Just wanted to thank you for mentioning Heavy Metal Picks. 🙂

  • daron says:

    By the way, I was trying to get to the Heavy Metal Picks site today and couldn’t get it to come up, but Kahla also has an Etsy store for Heavy Metal Picks:

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