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On Ferguson

The press is silenced, the protesters are being met with violence, the police have militarized. This is an Orwellian prophecy unfolding before our eyes as we watch the town burn.

“The paranoia is in bloom
The P.R. transmissions will resume
They’ll try to push drugs to keep us all dumbed down
And hope that we will never see the truth around

So come on

Another promise, another seed, another
Packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed with all the
Green belts wrapped around our minds and endless
Red tape to keep the truth confined

So come on

They will not force us
And they will stop degrading us
And they will not control us
We will be victorious
So come on

Interchanging mind control
Come let the revolution take its toll
If you could flick a switch and open your third eye
You’d see that we should never be afraid to die

So come on

Rise up and take the power back
It’s time the fat cat’s had a heart attack
You know that their time is coming to an end
We have to unify and watch our flag ascend

So come on

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious, so come on

Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey, hey

They will not force us
They will stop degrading us
They will not control us
We will be victorious, so come on

Hey, hey, hey, hey”

 

One Man Army-“It’s Empty”

Who needs friends when you have punk rock?

Goodbye Robin

What stuck with me the most about Robin Williams was his understanding of people. Back in the day my mom worked Mork and Mindy and has fond memories of how crazy funny Robin Williams was. For me, his performance in Good Will Hunting resonated with me the most as I felt like he was a psychologist who would’ve actually helped me. His line in Good Will Hunting has been something I’ve repeated to myself many times whenever the trauma I experienced in life came back to haunt me.

“It’s not your fault.”

“It’s not your fault.”

“It’s not your fault.”

I am in shock. To honor you, I play the song that gives joy to so many from Good Will Hunting, Elliott Smith’s “Miss Misery.”

Goodbye for now Robin, goodbye my friend.

New Instrumental Rock Song by Derek Kortepeter-“Fragmented Sky”

This song has been in development for a while. I initially recorded most of the parts along with some vocals, but the vocal aspect really did not make sense with the music. Recently I opened the mix, tweaked with it, and added one more guitar line, thus finishing the song. I play all instruments on this track (multiple guitar lines and drums). “Fragmented Sky” is a return to the instrumental rock that I first was known for. Hopefully the groove and the energy is something that you, the listener, can connect with.

Gob releases single from forthcoming album Apt. 13

These masters and veterans of Canadian punk are coming out with a new album at the end of August. I interviewed Steven (Gob’s bassist) a while back and have set up another interview with the band to discuss Apt. 13. This single is called Radio Hell, it’s a good one. Cheers.

Public Enemy-“Harder Than You Think”

When Iggy Azalea and Macklemore heard this their heads exploded (good rap has that effect on posers…oops, Derek just went there).

RIP Michael Johns

I never was much into contest singing shows, but in the rare times that I did watch them, I was able to see certain singers that really surprised me. They surprised me in that I was blown away by their amazing talent. Michael Johns was one of these people. Over everyone else, his voice stood high above. As a result, I’ve followed his career ever since. His death comes at a shock to me and anyone who was a fan. To remember him, I’m posting a video that shows his amazing voice and infectious personality. He covers Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” in an amazing display that really gives new life to the song (leaps and bounds beyond any other cover I’ve heard,including my own). 35 is too young to die, may your soul soar with the wind Michael.

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