About Rock Modo
Buenos dias from beautiful Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Rock Modo is me, Michael, with help from some talented pros in the recording environment. This song is from a CD titled Alien at the Wheel. This is not my living, rather a creative outlet that has dogged me all my life. However, I can misbehave as badly as any professional, given the opportunity.
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Posted at 2020-01-17
Posted at 2020-01-17
I have nothing to add to the musical story, but here is another McDonut tale. I am trying to establish a creation myth for this little household that explains where each of the little rascals came from. It makes this world real in my head and each story gets easier to write. All silly of course, but still more believable than the ridiculous state of world affairs, with the cast of clowns we have running the show.
Have attached the home demo of the song, " Don't Think Just Do," which we used as a template before adding sounds in the studio. The other musicians contributed mightily to the final studio version, which is also loaded on this site. It demonstrates a little how these things evolve beyond my first crude scratching and a professional product. Thanks for listening.
It had been snowing for days in our old Alberta home. The family had been sitting in front of the fireplace eating popcorn, but everyone was a little restless. “Come children. Let’s do something fun. We will go snowshoeing in the mountain country. Now who likes that idea?” Pink kitten and yellow kitten are very excited. “Meow, meow, meow, meow. Oh boy. Yippee!” The choonie-moonies are not so sure. “But Misha. We will get ice in our fur. We hate that.” “But you are creatures of the forest. Such lazy ones. That is fine. You can stay and tend the fire.” Puppy also lingers. “What is it puppy?” “Please Misha. I am just a little dog. What if I get lost under the snow?” “We will take care of you Puppy McDonut.” “Please Daddy. Can I stay with the choonies? The fire is warm and my nap will be so wonderful!” “That is fine puppy. You are in good hands with these rascals”
Annie and Misha put drinks and little snacks in the pack and dress the kittens. The kittens love their little matching ski suits. The snow is very deep, but Annie and Misha have a Lada jeep, so they can drive anywhere. They go deep into the mountains looking for the trail. “There it is. Hooray!” Annie and Misha load up the kittens and hit the trail. The snow is very thick, so the snowshoe journey is very slow. Pink kitten and yellow kitten love riding in the backpack in their warm little snowsuits and studying the forest from their perch. They lick little flakes of snow with their pink tongues as it flutters down. Deep in the bushes, Annie and Misha find a shelter to stop for snacks. “Here we are kittens. It is time for our little feast. We have worked hard for it.” “Meow, meow, meow. Oh boy. Donuts!”
Everyone sits and they unpack snacks and kittens and adults munch happily on delicious McDonuts and tea. The kittens notice first. “Look Mommy and Daddy. What is it?” The snow barely moves, but something is burrowing through. It cannot be a rabbit. Suddenly a little black nose pops out of the snow as she smells donuts. Goodness! The tiniest black nose and a fuzzy face. It is a wee coyote. The bold little rascal has wandered away from the den. This silly one is lost. She eagerly eats some donut and water. The little pup is so wet and ragged. She will never find the den and will freeze or starve. Annie wraps her up in a flannel shirt and stuffs her in between the snug kittens. She mewls twice, yawns and immediately falls asleep. She is so tired from her struggle. Everyone finishes their snacks. Annie says, “What a cute little imp. I suppose we must take her home.”
Poor little one is completely done. She does not even stir as Annie and Misha make the long tromp back. Pink kitten and yellow kitten snuggle close so that she will stay warm and not be frightened. When they reach the Lada, coyote still sleeps unstirring, so they put the little pack between them and drive to Calgary. At the McDonut house, they put their little runaway in front of the fire. The choonies are so excited. “She is one of the ancient ones. We love her so much. My, she is so cute and fluffy. Can we keep her? We must all take care of her.” They make her a little nest. She snuggles between pink kitten and yellow kitten, sleeping on her back with little snores and all four little pink paws in the air. So cute! “Tomorrow we will think about what we must do with her.”
Next morning she is rummaging about like a little bandit. Pink kitten and yellow kitten guide her around the house and push her out of trouble. Puppy is still tiny as well, but he is not so sure about this one. “She is big trouble Annie. Wait and see!”
“We must give her a bath and take her to the vet. She will know what to do.” They bathe and dry her. Oh what a cute, fuzzy little furball with her black, black nose and blue eyes. “Come now. We will wrap you up after you finish your snack and take you to the vet. Coyote is the star of the clinic. What a little darling! The vet checks her with a little stethoscope and says, ”This one is as healthy as can be. But she needs love and care. She will miss her brothers and sisters so much, but you have such a nice little family. And she seems so happy with the kittens.” “But she is a wild animal,” says Annie. “No Annie, she is just a pup and if you have room for this little one, you will give her a wonderful home.” “You are right “says Annie. Everyone already loves her so much and she will be a welcome member of our household.” And that is how we got our Coyote McDonut.
Posted at 2020-01-02
Posted at 2020-01-02
Once again, in homage to my laziness, here is another children's story in lieu of a newsletter. These silly things take a lot of time, so forgive my indulgence.
Pink Kitten and Yellow Kitten are cherished members of the Snoop McDonut household. They are very special kittens. Only a few kittens are chosen at birth by the Great Kitten to proudly display their colors throughout their lives. As such, they are revered by the Choonie-Moonies who understand the ancient ways. Even coyote, a total scoundrel who would normally torment kittens, grudgingly respects that they are true wonders.
Special kittens can sense when other kittens are in distress and they must rush to help. Because they are compelled to rescue, Snoop Annie and Misha have purchased a custom Pale Blue Kitten Scooter for them from Italy, which they proudly ride throughout the neighborhood to please themselves and to delight the neighbors with their cleverness. “Hooray”, the children cry. “Look. It is Pink Kitten and Yellow Kitten, how wonderful,” while their mothers beam in appreciation. Such clever ones! The kittens take turns driving, while the other one rides in the sidecar and waves to the neighbors. What friendly kittens!
It is a fine Spring morning. Annie has stayed home to enjoy the children and Misha is at Snoop McDonuts creating masterpieces for the busy cafe. The kittens are finishing their breakfast of tuna and warm milk. They are loving their meal, but both are uneasy. “What is it kittens,” says Annie. “You do not like your breakfast?” “Oh no Mommy. We love our breakfast. Something is not right in the neighborhood. It is not a lost kitten, but something is wrong Mommy.” “Please kittens. You must relax a little and let your breakfast settle. Then you can start your little scooter and find what it is.” “Yes Mommy. You know best. We will try to be patient.”
But it is no use. They cannot even groom their little paws. Annie says, “All right my darlings. Run along, but please be careful.” “Yes Mommy, we love you.” “Yes rascals, now to your task.”
They start their little pale blue scooter. It is Pink Kitten’s turn to drive, while Yellow Kitten will keep watch in the sidecar. They have listened to their Mommy and are wearing their matching pale blue helmets. How cute! But the neighborhood is peaceful on a sunny morning. “What can it be sister?” Sure enough, a small crowd is gathered around a little front porch at the end of the block. “What is it neighbors?” “The authorities have removed a family of interlopers from under the porch, but one of the little scoundrels will not come out.” “We can help,” say the kittens. “Quickly. Home my sister. In the side door of the fridge is the last tuna from our breakfast. Fetch it. I am sure that this little one is starving.” “Careful kittens. These are dangerous animals,” say the neighbors. “Oh no. This is just a baby. We will take her home. Our Mommy will know what to do.” Pink kitten drives their little scooter home. Annie is in the backyard, so she fetches the tuna and hurries back. “Back away please neighbors. She will come out. All little ones love tuna.” Sure enough, a black nose pops out and she dives into the delicious tuna. The kittens say gently, “come home with us little one. Our Mommy will know how to find your family. Come for a nice ride in our little scooter.” Yellow Kitten carefully tucks her into the sidecar. When they arrive at the McDonut house, they lead the little stray through the kitten door into the kitchen and fetch a little milk. The poor thing is starving and laps greedily. It is the choonies who notice first. “Aaaaaaargh. Kittens. What are you doing? This is a forest creature. Do you not see her bushy tale and her white stripe? Goodness kittens. She is a skunk! This is a very wild one.” “But choonies. Her brothers and sisters are captured and she is left behind under a neighbor’s porch. We cannot leave her. And look. She is so hungry.” “We must find Annie, say the choonies. You kittens will turn out like that scoundrel coyote, if you don’t watch out.” “But choonies. She is so small and alone. We must help!” “Yes, yes. We will get Annie.”
Annie is in the backyard watering the flowers. The choonies tumble out like the rambunctious rascals that they are, all talking at once. “Please, please. What now?” “The kittens have rescued a little stray and she is in the kitchen drinking milk. But she is a skunk Annie! Not even choonies dare tease this one.”
“Goodness you bunch. I am sure that you must be wrong. Let’s have a look.” Poor Annie. Surrounded by frantic choonie-moonies. “Goodness sillies. You would think that they brought home a bear. Behave!”
Sure enough. There on the floor slurping milk is a tiny furry baby skunk. “Oh kittens. Look at this. At least you were close. These are called kits, not kittens.” “But Mommy. We could not leave her. She was alone and sad.” “Yes darlings. You are good kittens and you meant well. This is why we bought you your little Italian scooter. Let the poor thing eat and I will phone the shelter. I am sure that her brothers and sisters are waiting for her.” And sure enough, it was true. “Mommy, Mommy. Can we take her there on our little scooter? It would be so much fun!” “No dears. It is too far away. Misha and I will do this in the Lada after he returns from McDonuts. Don’t worry. You can come too and meet the family.” And so it was. “You have done well kittens. Such sweethearts! Look how happy they are to be reunited.” The End.
Wishing everyone a splendid year to come. I really am not very good at resolutions, but I will try for some new music to celebrate the early days of 2020. All the best and thanks for listening. Modo.
Posted at 2019-12-18
Posted at 2019-12-18
I have not been writing much lately, except these silly kids stories, but just case they amuse someone, I will include another. This is an installment from Puppy and Coyote Tales. I have a children's song, "Ballad of Puppy McDonut" that I will try and demo at Xmas. It is stupid of course, but the chorus is semi-catchy. Photo is of the Puppy McDonut in this little story.
Puppy and coyote are napping in the back yard. It is a very blustery day. Suddenly a balloon floats by. “Supper,” barks coyote. “Puppy, puppy, wake up. It is our supper.” “Please, no coyote. Annie promised pizza.” Puppy warns, “It is a trick coyote. Try to bite it and it explodes.”
But coyote is too excited to listen. She launches herself and scrambles up the fence. Oh no! She is caught. Head and paws on one side and back legs and tail on the other. “Help puppy, help. I have been kidnapped.” Silly coyote. “Momentito coyote.” Clever puppy jumps from a chair to the barbecue and pushes coyote’s butt. She’s over, barking madly and chasing her prey. “Oh no thinks puppy. Trouble. I must help this wild one.” Over he tumbles and he is off, little legs churning to catch his friend. The balloon is zipping and weaving like crazy in the wind. Coyote is only intent on the hunt. They are closer to downtown, but she does not notice all the people. Poor puppy. “Coyote,” she barks. “This is very bad.” Suddenly the balloon darts through an open door. “Oh no coyote. It is the mall. This is a crazy place. So noisy and so many people. Mommy brought me in her purse when I was a little pup.” “Nonsense,” says coyote. “There are so many of our prey. What a feast!” She pounces with claws extended and bites hard. BOOM! It is a big explosion. Coyote is frantic. One bunch attacks and twists around her tale as she spins. Poor coyote, chasing her tail and spinning like mad, but she cannot shake the beast. “Help puppy. Help me. I am captured.” Dizzy coyote falls over, biting and scratching. Puppy says, “Silly one. They are balloons. Momma bought some for my birthday.” “No puppy. Arf, arf, arf. It has me. I am finished.”
They are helium balloons of course, so coyote’s tail is lifting to the sky. “Oh no. Alien abduction. This is the worst. Please tell my mother that I died bravely on the hunt.” Bystanders have been watching this spectacle and they have called the police. The police rush in. “Goodness. You two again! Poor Annie and Misha. Come along. Quiet coyote. Let me untangle you. Silly, silly pup.” “Arrest these ruffians, officer. They have attacked me for no reason,” barks coyote. “Silly coyote. It is only balloons. Goodness. What a todo over nothing. Move along folks. I have these rascals. Into the car you two marauders.”
And it is home to Annie and Misha’s little house. “So sorry officers. Not again.” “They were chasing balloons at the mall Annie. What a pair!” “Well that’s it. No pizza for you two. What scoundrels you are!”
Poor puppy. No pizza again. But he has saved his friend. “Not only was that alien dangerous and scary,” says coyote. “But it tasted terrible as well.”
Attached song is a studio take, so sonic quality is pretty good. Best of the season everyone. Hoping that you have a little time off and are near family and friends. Whether you believe in the premise or not, it is a good opportunity to reconnect before the next year rambles in. Thanks for listening. Modo.
Posted at 2019-12-02
Posted at 2019-12-02
Once again, I am not inspired to blurb out some new nonsense, but I have been writing more children’s stories with my dear Annie, so here are a couple more. These are only summaries this time. It would take hours to type them on my IPad, so they are mercifully abbreviated. The first one is another Puppy Tale with Puppy and Coyote McDonut.
Puppy and Coyote decide to go trick or treating for Halloween. They are little dogs, so they cannot eat chocolate. But they walk door-to-door in their little costumes barking for other treats. Coyote wants chicken and Puppy demands pizza. It is a full moon, so when they stop on each doorstep, they must throw their heads in the air and howl at the ancient goddess. The neighbourhood is in a tizzy. The two Uncles must come in their Jeep and rescue the rascal puppies from the mob that is upset with their shenanigans. And the poor Uncles must stop at the store and buy pizza and chicken to quiet these two, before they return to Annie and Misha’s house. What scoundrels!
The second is Choonie-Moonies and the Snoop Donut Affair.
Princess Milena has been kidnapped along with her favourite work boot. She is no ordinary kitten. She is destined to be Queen of the Kittens. Oligarchs have sent their bodyguards to take this special kitten. They plan to put evil Prince Vlad on the throne. He will convince children everywhere that donuts are bad. Oligarchs will then control all the donuts and soon the police will be under their thumbs. Milena’s mother, Queen Annushka comes to Snoop McDonuts to ask the Choonie-Moonies to free Princess Milena and foil this terrible plot. Annie and Misha McDonut will help with the rescue and create the most delicious donut in the history of the World, so children everywhere will continue to love this special treat. After many adventures, Princess Milena will be freed by the Choonie-Moonies, the Oligarchs will be defeated, police everywhere will be free to do their jobs and Snoop Annie and Misha McDonut will win the Nobel Prize for donuts. The end.
This is a summary of this classic tale of the struggle between good and evil....hahaha.
The song is a demo. Damn thing is too long and I actually edited it. Oh well. Thanks everyone.
Posted at 2019-11-12
Posted at 2019-11-12
Don’t have a lot to say, so this is my little kids’ story. I have two more completed. Beware that it is cutesy, because children’s stuff sort of has to be. Annie and Misha McDonut are owners of Snoop McDonuts and recipients of the Nobel Prize for donuts, in service of the salvation of this delicious treat. Their family includes puppy and coyote McDonut and the Choonie-Moonies, ancient creatures who are guardians of the harvest and friends to farmers everywhere. This is the outline of a cartoon, if I ever manage to get to it.
Coyote and puppy are napping in the backyard. Coyote hears wild geese flying over. She wakes up puppy and says" let's follow these birds and catch a big fat goose for our supper." Puppy says, "but coyote. I want pizza." "No, no,no. This is a perfect plan. We are wild beasts. Savage hunters. We can do this."
These two start digging a little hole under the fence, just big enough for two naughty puppies to sneak through. They squeeze out and trot down the alley, covered in dirt, but quite proud of themselves. They follow the noises of the geese flying overhead. Soon they arrive at the big road near Snoop Annie and Misha’s house, across from the the park and Lake McDonut, where thousands of geese are gathered on the edge of the ice, waiting to fly South for the winter. “Careful coyote. Those are cars and they are dangerous.” “Hah,” laughs coyote. “We are wild beasts on the hunt and everything stops for us.” Honk, honk, beep, beep, screech, screech. Cars flailing everywhere. Coyote ambles across like nothing has happened. “My goodness,” thinks puppy. “You are wild today, coyote.” Soon they are at Lake McDonut.
Coyote is so excited. "We will eat like wild beasts for weeks to come. What a lovely sight. Come along, I have a plan. "Coyote pulls a fallen branch over herself and begins sneaking across the ice, chuckling at her cleverness. Poor puppy thinks, "My, my. This is trouble."
Coyote huddles low and creeps slowly across the ice, licking her lips and dreaming of a goose dinner. As they near, she stops suddenly and hunkers down. Bonk!!! Puppy bumps into coyote's tail and falls to the ice scrambling madly. "Shhhh" says coyote."We are so close." "Bark, bark, bark,"says puppy. "I still want pizza." Just then there is an eerie silence as the geese catch their breaths. Trouble! The puppies are spotted. "Attaquez mes amis, we are being invaded." They close quickly on the puppies, making a terrible racket. This pair of marauders scramble madly backwards until they tumble off the ice into the water. "Swim for your life puppy," barks coyote. The two paddle wildly with the big geese flapping around until they reach the edge and drag themselves onto the shore. "Cackle, cackle, honk, honk,"say the geese. The poor puppies huddle together, wet and cold. "Quickly," barks coyote. "Phone the Uncles." Puppy frantically nose dials the Uncles." Uncle #1 says, "Who is this?" "Bark, bark, bark," says puppy. "My goodness, it is those rascal pups. Where are you?" "Bark, bark, bark", says puppy. "Wait," says Uncle #2. "Do you hear the geese?" These silly ones are by Lake McDonut. Get the jeep."
They drive to Lake McDonut and run to the water. Down the water near the goose camp, the two raiders are huddled together, shivering and miserable. "Get two blankets and I will shoo the geese away," says Uncle #1.
They wrap up the foolish doggies and take them back to Snoop Annie and Misha's house, tut-tutting at this predicament. The puppies are so wet and cold that the Uncles must blow dry these two with hair dryers. Their fur is so puffy that they fall over on their sides. "Bark, bark, bark," says coyote. "I want chicken." Bark, bark, bark," says puppy. "I want pizza." "Please be quiet," says Uncle #1, "or the neighbours will call the Police." "Bark, bark, bark," say the puppies. "Quickly," says Uncle #1." "Take Snoop Annie’s credit card and go to the store."
When Uncle #2 returns with the food, the little dogs lay on their sides munching contentedly with little smiles on their faces and burping with happiness. The Uncles wag their fingers and scold, “just wait until your Mom and Dad get home. “ The naughty, naughty rascals just smile and munch their treats. “You see, puppy,” says coyote. “I told you that this was a good idea.” The end.
Have attached another demo called “Shame on You.” It is crude and down and dirty, but I was just trying to get the idea so I might work on it later, if it warrants. Thanks again. Modo.
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