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Dec. 23rd, 2012


Aw, man, he's back (and I think he's trying to sell us something)!

That is, in fact, true.

Some of you may remember this ditty from last year. It's called "Made It Through Christmas Again." It's a Christmas song, but it's no carol. If the Kinks' "Father Christmas" still makes you chuckle, you may appreciate the humor in this '70s Stone's-inspired groove. My cut last year went to Make a Wish Foundation.

This year, I lost my Dad to cancer. He was a music fan, and it was one of the things we had in common. That inspired me to bring the song back this season with more marketing. My cut still goes to Make A Wish, but in memory of my Dad.

This year I set up a Facebook Page to market it. The link is https://www.facebook.com/tmproj. There you can find out more info and hear the song for free. You can order it from pretty much all the major services -- iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, eMusic, Spotify and more, but the preferred place (where we get the biggest percentage!0 is CD Baby. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/christopherhord

Anyway, it's less than two days before Christmas, so I'm trying to hit every last online place I hang out. Please consider listening. If you like it at all, please like and share on your social networks! Better yet, download a copy and support a great cause.

Sorry to spam the board. Happy holidays! And, hopefully, real posts next year!

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/made-it-through-christmas/id490422490?i=490422512&uo=4
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006N0YS5O/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk
Google Play: http://ow.ly/g0E2s

Dec. 16th, 2011


(no subject)

Alright, folks, I won't deny I'm a little nervous. My Christmas song is live at CDBaby for 99-cent downloads. All my proceeds go to the Make A Wish Foundation. It should be on several other sites soon:


They only offer a 30-45 second snippet though, so I've posted a full-length version here. Streaming only but you get to hear the whole thing. I'll try to put up a better audio quality version this evening:


Please buy, rebroadcast, link and REVIEW! More info shortly. Let's go!

Jun. 1st, 2010


Ah, LiveJournal....

What happened? We used to be so close.

Still -- I want to make things work between us.

Let's see if we still have that old spark.

chordam7 (Still reading. Just not posting much)

Jan. 11th, 2010


I can't believe it's not BUTTER!

From the Associated Press today:

...Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said in a statement that Reid should step down, calling his comments ''embarrassing and racially insensitive.''

''It's difficult to see this situation as anything other than a clear double standard on the part of Senate Democrats and others,'' Cornyn said....

Judging from John Cornyn's record, this is not the only cognitive leap he has trouble making....

A follow-up on my last post....

The current tempest in a teacup of GOP outrage hinges on the contention that the criticism generated by Trent Lott's comments in the early 2000s constitutes a double standard.

I decided to go back and look up what Lott said and in what context because I honestly didn't remember.

Bush calls Lott comments 'offensive'


...The comment in question was delivered one week ago during a 100th birthday party for the retiring Thurmond -- a party that often resembled a roast of the South Carolina Republican.

Lott noted that in Thurmond's 1948 presidential campaign, whose centerpiece was opposition to integration, Mississippi was one of four Thurmond carried.

"We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years either," Lott said. [Emphasis mine]

If you honestly can't see some significant difference there, you might as well stop reading my blog because I can't imagine you are getting anything out of it.

Jan. 10th, 2010


A public post to Michael Steele

G.O.P. Chairman Pressures Reid on Obama Remarks

The NY Times

Michael Steele, the Republican Party chairman, called Sunday for Harry Reid to step down as U.S. Senate majority leader in the wake of revelations of Mr. Reid’s remarks in 2008 about Barack Obama’s skin color and dialect.

A new book about the 2008 campaign quotes Mr. Reid as predicting that Mr. Obama could become the country’s first black president because he was “light-skinned” and had “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” On Saturday, the senator issued a public statement apologizing for the remark. He also expressed his regret for the comment in a phone call to Mr. Obama, who accepted his apology. But Mr. Steele, who is black, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that an apology was not enough and “there has to be a consequence” for “anachronistic language that harkens backs to the 1950’s and 1960’s.” Asked by the moderator, David Gregory, whether that consequence should be Mr. Reid’s resignation as majority leader, Mr. Steele said, “I believe it is.”

I agree that Reid's language was anachronistic in one way. I don't hear the word "negro" much anymore (although I have been noticing it more recently).

As to "light-skinned" -- hell, that's the term I use.

And the fact that the brother could talk nice, but go to church when he wanted to? Hell, that's a big part of what people seem to like about Barack Obama.

So -- so far -- we're okay. Now the implication that America is not ready for a darker-skinned man with a rough hewn dialect might seem somehow incendiary except that it's right.

C'mon, Michael. You speak quite nicely yourself. That's no accident either.

Jan. 23rd, 2009


reduced to haiku

i just hit the wall.

three hours left, so look busy.

friday, you are fired....

Dec. 1st, 2008


City of Tacoma accepting applications for 2009-2010 artists funding

Originally published at christopherhord.com. You can comment here or there.

The City of Tacoma is now accepting Tacoma Artists Initiative Program (TAIP) funding applications from eligible individual artists. The application deadline is Jan. 26, 2009.

TAIP funding ranges from $1,000 to $5,000 and supports the generation or completion of new artwork as well as a public component in which the artist shares their talents with the citizens of Tacoma . Past funding has supported the creation of a short film, the choreography of a new dance, exploration into a new body of paintings, time to write and publish poetry and fiction works, the assembly of multi-media installations and much more. Public components include, but are not limited to, a public exhibition of artwork, a public reading, a free workshop or artist talk, a free performance and a public screening of a film.



Applicants are encouraged to attend a free workshop, which explains the application process and addresses questions. The workshop will be held on Jan. 26, 2009, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Tacoma Municipal Building , 747 Market St. , Room 1444. All artists funded by the commission must complete their funded project and public component by Dec. 15, 2010.




To be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of the City of Tacoma, a practicing artist who is dedicated to producing artwork on a regular basis, at least 18 years old, and not a full time undergraduate or graduate student in an arts-related degree program. Artists who have received TAIP funding between 2004 and 2008 are not eligible to apply. Other eligibility requirements are listed in the TAIP guidelines.



Artists interested in applying for TAIP funding can read about past funded artists and download the guidelines and application form on the Tacoma Arts Commission Web site at www.tacomaculture.orgApplication forms are also available by calling (253) 591-5191 or by e-mailing nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org.


May. 16th, 2008



i'm up too late again, but not ridiculously so. and i'm going to bed in a moment so that's all good. however, i made the mistake of catching up on some news and now i have to vent. i rarely do this, so -- let's get mean!

1) once i got past the sheer audacity of bush's speech to the knesset. his politicizing of our foreign policy and the sheer, cold-blooded shallowness of his intellect, i found something new. he compares, to nazi appeasers, those who would try to engage "terrorists and radicals."


let's say i give you rogue nations. when the fuck did being radical become exactly analogous to trying to take over the world and kill off millions upon millions? you goddamned different people -- insisting on being different, even after we told you to stop it! i hate you SO MUCH!

2) i was born in this country and was aware of the world around me when blacks were not infrequently beaten to death for trying to vote. obama winning 27% in west virginia is NOT a clinton landslide. it is a fucking miracle. to be perfectly blunt, i would have been satisfied with getting obama out of west virginia in one piece!

finally, on a related note:

3) the word your looking for is "racists." while i generally appreciate the ny times attempt to lift everything to the level of the genteel, well, just read the quote, "Two in 10 white West Virginia voters said that race was an important factor in their vote, and more than 8 in 10 of them backed Mrs. Clinton, according to surveys of voters leaving the polls."

see? racists. 20 percent of the surveyed voters. let's just drop the fancy language because part of the story here is how well a black man can do when there is still pervasive racism in this nation. don't get me wrong -- clinton faces sexism and a lot of people probably compare mccain to their crotchety granddad -- we all have our crosses to bear.

but i have hear and read reporters dancing circles around this phrase, when it is simple, accurate and concise. obama's campaign depends, in part, on bridging the gap to some significant amount of racists. let's trot out our racist correspondent for commentary, right after this message....

that is all. good night and good luck.

Apr. 26th, 2008


Call to Tacoma Artists!

Originally published at christopherhord.com. Please leave any comments there.

The City of Tacoma is developing a juried catalog of Tacoma artist-made objects that may be purchased and presented to representatives of our Sister Cities and International Dignitaries. Artwork in the catalog must be available for purchase as the need arises. For more information, please check out the Call to Artists (PDF). Deadline: June 23, 2008.

The mission of the Tacoma Sister Cities program is to promote cultural and political diversity. Sister Cities encourage exchange between business, governments, health, arts, cultural and educational groups and organizations. The City of Tacoma has ten Sister Cities: Aalesund, Norway; Cienfuegos, Cuba; Davao City, Philippines; Fuzhou, China; George, South Africa; Gunsan, Korea; Kiryat-Motzkin, Israel; Kitakyushu, Japan; Taichung, Taiwan; and Vladivostok, Russia.


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