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« on: November 20, 2009, 05:46:34 PM »

Hey, Hey, gang!

It looks like one of the Monkees is gonna be owing me a favor soon -- I won't say which one but here is a hint: he was the first member to quit the group after the TV show ended. So whaddaya think -- should I work on getting him and Dan together to co-write a song? I mean, it's largely true that, as someone once said, there's really no such thing as co-writing with Dan (usually he either charges ahead and does all the writing himself before you can get a word in, or else he does the opposite and confines his role to providing encouragement to his "partner").

But seeing as how the odds are slim to none that Dan will ever get to co-write with a Beatle, wouldn't working a Monkee make a decent "consolation prize"?

  - NotDan

PS: I had a great idea (at least I think it's a great idea) for a short film starring Daniel:

THE NINE LIVES OF DANNY THE CAT

A trained hypnotist who happens to also be a rabid Daniel Johnston fan gets Daniel to agree to participate in an experiment -- a journey into the subconscious psyche of a genius songwriter. When Dan "goes under", the hypno-fan makes a tremendous discovery: it turns out that Dan has lived and died many times throughout the eons.

In each and every one of his previous lives Daniel was a brilliant songwriter who didn't QUITE make it to the big time, and it was apparently his overwhelming quest for stardom that allowed him to keep getting reincarnated, and each time he got closer and closer to reaching his goal, culminating in Daniel as we know him today. As Dan's "sessions" continue, the fan further discovers that he can actually bring back any of the "pre-Dans" to full consciousness by allowing them to take over the physical form of "Now Dan".

Now, like I said, each one is a genius, but they don't all necessarily write the same kinds of songs. For instance, "Renaissance Dan" does somber tunes like "Grievances/Greensleeves", "Beatnik Dan" works more along the Tom Waits-ish lines of "Billions/Rock", and "Vaudeville Dan" is most adept at lighter, more humorous fare like "Wicked Will".

As the plot progresses, at a high-profile gig an inadvertant post-hypnotic suggestion transforms "Now Dan" into "Renaissance Dan". Things gets off to a rocky start as "RD" keeps getting distracted by "magickal" things like the club's cash register and electric spotlights, and the tension grows when the venue owner asks Dan what his pre-show requirements are. "RD" innocently replies "I supposeth the main thinge is that I shall neede to have my lute up front." An argument ensues as the belligerent owner insists that "Nobody, no matter how big a star they are, gets their loot up front at my club!"

Eventually things get straightened out, but the club's paying customers begin to get confused as further transformations result in Dan performing everything BUT the type of songs they came to see him play. Some people demand refunds, while others merely wander out of the club shaking their heads in bewilderment. Meanwhile, the musical stylings of such alter-egos as "Greek Chorus Dan" and "Opera Dan" do little to placate the increasingly drunk and disorderly patrons as they continue to hope for a positive turn to the performance.

Finally, as the remaining audience members are on the verge of turning violent, the clubowner runs onstage and reveals that as a surprise treat, he had arranged for a local rock band to learn a medley of Dan's greatest songs, and that the group is now ready to back him up on "all the hits" that people have been waiting for. Daniel Johnston (who has now taken on the persona of "Cave Dan") is shoved onstage and the band (the Nightmares would be ideal for the part!) counts off their intro... "one, two, three, four..."

As soon as the roar of the first power chord thunders out of the PA, a terrified "Cave Dan" begins yelling: "Arrgghhh!!! The sky gods am angry! Surely them will kill us all! Kree-gah!!!" He bolts off the stage, streaks out the front door of the venue, and vanishes into the night still screaming about the impending vengeance of ancient elemental deities. Most of the crowd members exit the building in disgust behind him.

As the last few remaining audience members are seen demanding their money back at the ticket counter, Jason Nightmare and the clubowner are engaged in a heated discussion. Citing the fact that they had signed a contract, Jason says "So... we're still gonna get paid for the gig, right?." The clubowner loses his last ounce of composure and bellows "Like hell you'll get paid! Get out of my place right now! I never want to see any of you crazy musicians ever again!" Along with a bouncer, he unceremoniously tosses Jason out the door and throws the last of the night's musical gear after him, then slams the door shut.

Final shot: Jason gets up off the sidewalk, dusts himself off, and turns to the camera. "Well, folks," he sighs, "I guess the moral of this story is..."

(he holds up the broken remains of "Renaissance Dan"'s instrument)

"...Always make sure and get your loot up front!"


Fade to black. The closing credits run as "Speeding Motorcycle" plays in the background: "...In a world of funny changes, speeding motorcycle, won't you change me..."

THE END

So, what do you guys think? Would you be excited about Dan participating in filming the above story, or would you be wishing he'd spent the time doing something else?
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They laughed when I sat down at the piano.
They didn't think that I could play.
But their laughter turned to amazement,
When I got back up and carried it away...

  - DJ (message left on answering machine)
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009, 10:00:15 PM »

I'd say it's time to switch to decaf... grin
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2009, 11:40:16 AM »

I'd say it's time to switch to decaf... grin

Yo, I'm just trying to liven things up around this graveyard, Longfellow!

I do see how putting the two subjects together gave my post that sort of "Red Bull gave me Paul McCartney & Wings" feel, but keep in mind that whenever Daniel calls and invites me out to Waller, it's usually in the hope of doing some off-the-cuff writing, recording and/or filming. "The Nine Lives of Danny the Cat" is the first Dan-film concept I've ever come up with that I thought might actually be worth pursuing.

Admittedly, though, the club scene would require a pretty high degree of professionalism, and the project in general would probably involve more memorization than Dan would be comfortable with taking on. I can't see the idea being worth a damn with anyone other than Daniel as the central character, though, unfortunately.

If anyone would care to throw out some ideas for a more simple, improvisation-based, "Sanka-fied" concept for a Dan-film, I finally have a decent digital camcorder to work with...

  - NotDan
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2009, 11:43:14 PM »

Mr. Tork and Mr. Johnston? Could that be possible? Im still holdin out hope that we can get Ringo to play drums on some Daniel songs! grin
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