Doug’s Cool Guitar

March 1, 2005

WeaselBoy&Eddie

Congratulations to Brother Doug on his giant painted guitar! I think it is really going to be a big hit in the music world. Case in point: This photo was snapped at the recent WeaselBoy Rock Yer Socks Off world concert tour in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. It seems their lead guitarist really likes Dougs paint job, too!

See Doug’s cool guitar here.

The Comments

Lily (not a cat!)

So I guess you can really play that guitar!

Dennis Jones

Yes Lilynotacat!, you really can…

Doug Jones

I still think Lily is a cat…

Dennis Jones

Doug, I’m glad you dropped by… I think your long lost cat TigerLily is typing messages in again…

Don Jones

The only drawback about Doug’s guitar- you can only play songs from the 60’s on it. Case in point, the guy in the picture is playing I Am A Rock. I am a rock. I am an island. And a rock feels no pain. And an island never cries.

Dennis Jones

I dont know if you noticed, but thats me on drums, Pete on keyboard, and Nick on guitar…

Don Jones

Den, I suspected as much… I thought it was either you or Ringo. That was during Pete’s BOY GEORGE phase wasn’t it? Man, you guys were tight (but loose).

Doug Jones

I do believe that “D” string is a tad out of tune….

Don Jones

That lead guitarist looks like he’s wearing graffiti painted long underwear. Fairly common outwear here in the Ozarks.

mandy

who is that playing the guitar

Dennis Jones

…thats Eddie… I think we were jamming on Eruption… but I cant remember now…

D.J.

I don’t mean to be a skeptic but I think someone’s really good with Photoshop. LOL.

Dennis Jones

huh? …photo-WHAT… are you talking about a camera or something?

DJ

Hey, did Eddie use his drill on that guitar to get that “industrial” sound? Too bad that one of the Jones boys isn’t in the picture in one of David Lee Roth’s jump suits. Go ahead…JUMP!

johnny

You know I would love to hear more about your oldest son Nick. He seems awesome!

bobby

ya tell us about him, this site could really use some more info on the man, maybe a whole page, with downloadable wallpapers and maybe some cool Nick screensavers.

Amy

I hear he’s a hottie too! Can you send me his number?

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~ BROTHER JONES BONUS COVERAGE ~

Below is the gigantic guitar big brother Doug painted that sat in front of the Country Music Hall Of Fame in downtown Nashville during the summer of 2005.

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Weekend Update

March 5, 2005

BanjoHolder

Dennis Jones reporting in with my Weekend Update of Failed Art Attempts.

I have an old banjo that has been leaning against the wall in my studio for years now. My first project of the weekend was to try to build something that could hold the banjo. In my mind this holder was going to be a beautiful art piece. It ended up being a nondescript mess of wood, paint and screws. The good news is… it does actually hold the banjo (but only if you balance it just right). Yes, it turned out pretty bad but still good enough to be the feature picture here on my journal page!

Since that project went so wrong I decided I would whip out a really cool picture for my portfolio page.

I knocked out a pretty decent drawing of an Indian and then proceeded to paint the living daylights out of it. You can always tell when I struggle with paint because the picture is dark and muddy. Realizing I was on a sinking ship I shifted immediately to last resort mode and started splattering paint all over the top of the picture in a pathetic attempt to trick people into thinking this is exactly the way I wanted it to look and it is actually a piece of really fine art. …but to no avail. Another bad job… but still good enough to be featured on my portfolio page!

We do have high standards.

BROTHERJONES.COM… Where the quality runs out… before the website locks-up.

Contemplating my next attempt at weekend art, I chose instead to put on my inline skates and cruise the neighborhood for a while. Fortunately when I got back I no longer had a desire to be creative and instead flipped on the TV, flopped onto the couch, and watched the Biker Build Off Marathon the rest of the afternoon.

I still cant figure out how everything they build on TV turns into something beautiful, and how everything I build turns into something that is only a day or two away from being hauled off to the land fill.

The Comments

Doug Jones

I guess I will have to agree with you here, Den. You are a complete and total failure at art. Have you ever considered selling Rainbow vacuum cleaners door to door? I hear it is very lucrative.

Don Jones

Dennis Did you incorporate some tinfoil in that banjo stand? What is the shiny stuff? I can still hear your rendition of Cripple Creek ringing in my dirty deaf ears

Dennis Jones

HEY!… I sold one of those sweepers in ‘77 so BACK OFF, man…

Dennis Jones

…sorry to snap at you, Doug… but I took my vacuum sweeper job very seriously… all nine days that I had it…

Dennis Jones

…that job was right before my plumbers assistant job digging ditches… that was one rough summer…

Dennis Jones

I started that summer selling shoes at Steves Shoes in downtown Kansas City…

Dennis Jones

I think I ended that summer sleeping in your floor in Nashville and drawing caricatures at Opryland…

DJ

And then they shut Opryland down right after you left right? Because we now have an overpriced mall in its place. WHY DID YOU HAVE TO LEAVE?!!!! WHY?!!! OH, THE HUMANITY!!!

DJ

You mean that’s a banjo? I thought that was one of your gourds. LOL.

Doug Jones

You can actually

Doug Jones

write more than a sentence

Doug Jones

on these comment things

Doug Jones

But this way it looks

Doug Jones

like you have LOTS of comments!

Doug Jones

good thinking, Dennis

Dennis Jones

I am shooting for the BrotherJones record for most journal comments and this seems to be the only way I will get it with this lame entry…

Don Jones

For a flood of words and a drought of ideas it’s BROTHER JONES!

Dennis Jones

…brothers… I hid a little surprise on the website yesterday… have you found it?

Doug Jones

As Schultz (Hogan’s Heroes) used to say… “I see NOTHING… NOTHING!”

Dennis Jones

Schultz… that could be helpful…

Don Jones

Hey, it’s like a treasure hunt! I hate treasure hunts.

Doug Jones

me too… I think he’s just trying to get more posts on this page

Dennis Jones

I am sure if you take the time to travel around the website you will be able to find the hidden treasure…

Don Jones

It’s more like a wild goose chase… so to speak.

Dennis Jones

Yes, Don… but let’s not lose site of what I am trying to accomplish here… only THE RECORD MOST NUMBER OF COMMENTS IN BROTHER JONES HISTORY! WOO WOO!

Marjorie

Happy Birthday! From one well-adjusted middle child to another.

Doug Jones

Since you don’t seem in a hurry to change this thing, I’ll add another comment to your list. It is hard to tell… is this stand made out of aluminum foil? Sure looks like it. Aluminum foil and turquoise is a killer combination!

Tami Otterstatter

Is it legal for someone who’s not a Jones to post a comment? Actually, spelling Otterstatter 50 times a day makes me long to be a Jones. Just checking in to see if I can find a brilliant artist to take a chance on a newcomer’s picture book… no banjo stands please! This must be my day! Not only did I track down my favorite illustrator, it looks like I also caught up with the guy who sold us that Rainbow 28 years ago – I think you owe me a drapery attachment!

Doug Jones

This IS your lucky day! Honorary Jones monikers can be purchased from the Brother Jones store. For a mere $50 YOU TOO can be a JONES.

Dennis Jones

Hi Tami… yes, it is legal for non-Jones’s to post comments here… it is actually encouraged… and Brother Doug graciously seems to be willing to sell you a Jones surname…

(we are very careful about handing those out… would not want to see a glut of Jones names out there)…

This would make it simpler for you to post in the future… instead of having to spell out that long, drawn-out Tami Otterstatter everytime, you could simply spell out Tami OtterstatterJones… much easier…

Doug Jones

hang on there… OtterstatterJones would cost EXTRA! Tami “when in doubt add a T” OtterstatterJones OK, how much extra if I hyphenate? Otterstatter-Jones adds that touch of class I’m after. Can I get a mug with that?

Dennis Jones

Hyphenation is always encouraged here at BrotherJones and is free… however… you cannot type over the date on your post as you did above… we will have to charge you extra for that…

Doug Jones

I think Tami deserves the BrotherJones COMMENT OF THE WEEK award given for entertaining comments above and beyond the usual drivel that gets posted here. What do you guys think?

Guy

yes

numero dos guy

si

Dennis Jones

Since I have been gone for a week and this is the only comment I have seen since I got back I will vote… yes… unless a better one comes along…

Tami Watchamastatter

I’ll-take-what-I-can-get! I’m afraid my 5 year old son has already trumped me on comment of the week: “My new friend’s name is Hannah. Too bad she’s a girl.” We gotta cut that child’s testosterone dosage!

The SocMo Curiosity

March 15, 2005

SOCMO

I leave town for a week, come back, and find Socmo has made another appearance on Doug’s web page. I feel I need to try and clarify this fascination Doug has with sock monkeys.

This is something he has been dealing with for many years now. Here is a family photograph from a Christmas way back when and… yes that is Doug with his very first sock monkey. It has been a downward spiral since that point. Doug and SocMo are inseparable. It is similar to Linus and his blanket. Sad… so very sad.

Older children always have issues, as do the younger children. The burden always falls to we, the well adjusted middle children to keep things on the straight and narrow… right Margie?

The Comments

Don Jones

As I analyze this picture, it appears Margie is not hugging a Sock Monkey but some sort of little puppy? Doug still has that shirt hanging in his closet.

Dennis Jones

Yes, upon further analysis we can see the two older children receiving the coveted sock monkeys while Margie and I are getting who knows what… in fact… where am I in this picture?… I guess I must have been taking it…

mandy

you guys talk so much about socmo that he should have his own page on the brother jones site- he is so popular

mandy

the page would be called the adventures of socmo

Doug Jones

SocMo RULES!

Dennis Jones

Thats not a bad idea… SocMo writes much better journal page articles than I do…

mandy

everybody loves socmo

Don Jones

COMING SOON! Own your own SocMo for just $49.95. The Brother Jones web personality with the highest I.Q.

Dennis Jones

…maybe we can get mom to open a SocMo Sock Monkey Sweat Shop…

Perry and Mrs. Joyce

Brother Dennis: I just got this WebSite from Mother Jones, and you better tell her I contacted you, or we may both be in for it. You guys are just too clever for this Arkansan (by birth and retirement). Hug your Momma for me, when you see her. Cousin Perry

mandy

you should start selling sockmonkeys in the brotherjones shop because i would probobly by one

Margie

I never received a sock monkey for Christmas or any other event in my life. Should I have a problem with that??

Margie

I never received a sock monkey for Christmas or any other event in my life. Should I have a problem with that??

Margie

I never received a sock monkey for Christmas or any other event in my life. Should I have a problem with that??

Dennis Jones

WOW… THREE POSTS from my fellow middle child sister Margie… all saying the same thing… she must really mean business… that or she has one really weird computer that does everything in triplicate…

Doug Jones

I’ve been meaning to talk to Margie about her stuttering problem….

Roy

I know the person who took that picture and who made the monkey. Guess who????

Dennis Jones

Now Uncle Roy, don’t go trying to claim credit for this picture… I am pretty sure I was the one that took it… I distinctly remember having the camera up to my eye with one hand and my baby bottle in the other…

Roy

Dennis: As I recall you were never on the bottle.

Dennis Jones

hmmm… I think you might be right… it must have been a cup of coffee in my other hand…

Dennis Jones

…as I think about this a bit more I remember it very clearly… I was standing there with nothing on but a diaper, had the camera up to my eye with one hand and was holding a cup of coffee in the other. I was also smoking a carrot stick as I snapped the picture… thats why Margie has that shocked look on her face… it was quite a site…

Dennis Jones

…and as you can see, Doug was laughing AT ME because his baby brother is such a moron and Mary is obviously deep in thought trying to figure out some way to sit me down at the kitchen table and give me a crash course on manners and when and how to use them… DO I USE MY MANNERS NOW, MARY?

Don Jones

I was in the backyard stepping on rabbits.

Dennis Jones

I’m still mad at you about that…

Carrie

Does Don like stepping on rabbits? What are you talking about??

mandy

is that the same sock monkey you have now doug or did you get a new one

Don Jones

Carrie, I would rather not go into it… let’s just leave well enough alone. Let’s just say rabbits are jumpy and that makes little kids jumpy.
I’m not a rabbit killer like my brothers and sisters kept chanting…. over and over….

Dennis Jones

WABBIT KILLER!

SocMo Sighting

March 17, 2005

SocMoNme

Those darn paparazzi were out and at it again. You just cant go anywhere these days without one of them jumping out from behind a trash dumpster and snapping your picture. Here is a shot they got last night of SocMo and me on the way over to the Annual BrotherJones St. Pats Day Pre-game Tailgate Party. I gotta tell ya… that SocMo is one crazy monkey.

The Comments

Don Jones

It appears SocMo has taken control of the steering wheel. You might want to up your life insurance Dennis. That SocMo is one stoical monkey.

Dennis Jones

…very observant Don… I put a tight crop on this picture for SocMo’s sake, but that is exactly what is going on here… he is grabbing the steering wheel… that is why I have that shocked look on my face… he is a nut…

Don Jones

SocMo ain’t from around these parts. I think he can drive from the passenger seat ‘cause he used to deliver mail down in Arkansas somewhere.

Doug Jones

Didn’t I tell you guys… SocMo learned to drive by chasing squirrels on my riding mower. He modified the mower… 0-60 in 12 seconds… not too shabby for a lawnmower.

Dennis Jones

I’m sorry about filling him up with Mtn Dew on the way over to your house last night…

I actually threw a couple back myself…

Doug Jones

I heard that Mountain Dew is the new coffee

Dennis Jones

Well… I dont know about that… all I know is it will leave your mustache green…

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~ BROTHER JONES BONUS COVERAGE ~

Big brother Doug got the St. Patricks day fun going on his page which is posted below.

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March 17, 2005

Happy St. Pat’s!

stpatrick

SocMo really got into St. Patrick’s Day this year. After drinking 6 liters of Mountain Dew, he started turning green and glowing. Silly SocMo. Then he started running around the yard chasing squirrels. Good golly bum… that was fun to watch!

SocMo wanted me to tell you his favorite St. Patrick’s Day joke, so here goes…

Question: What is green and sits behind the house?

Answer: Patty O’Furniture (patio furniture)

Laugh it up… fuzzball…

The Comments

Don Jones

That is hilllarrrious… I laughed ‘til I stopped.

Dennis Jones

Doug I think we are going to have to do an “intervention” with SocMo… he’s getting a little outa control… again…

Don Jones

I failed to wear green today… and I can’t stop pinching myself.

Breaking News

March 18, 2005

Baseball-hearings

Some of baseball’s biggest players told Congress Thursday that steroids are a problem for the sport but denied there is widespread use of them. Mark McGwire, choked back tears at times, and repeatedly refused to say if he took the roids when he was salvaging the sport’s popularity with his home run race with Sammy Sosa. Except for admitted steroid user SocMo Jones, the five other players repeatedly ducked pointed questions on the subject.

The Comments

Doug Jones

SocMo Jones has never used stereos. He prefers to listen to the basic AM mono radio broadcasts. As you can see, SocMo was still under the influence of Mountain Dew during the hearings. This may have caused him to admit to doing things that he has really never done… like use stereos.

Dennis Jones

I really dont see why congress had to go and make such a big fuss about stereo usage in the first place… I’ll admit it, I use stereos…

Don Jones

I recognize that tie! SocMo has once again helped himself to my wardrobe. Moochin’ juiced-up monkey.

mandy

hey put socmo in google and you are the first name

Dennis Jones

well… BrotherJones.com is the place to go for all the latest breaking news on SocMo… maybe the only place to go…

Don Jones

From the size of SocMo there, I’d hate to meet up with him in a dark alley

Latest Breaking News

March 18, 2005

Umbrella-Gig

Michael Jackson is in monstrous financial debt and reportedly failed to pay many of his employees last week, according to many US networks. An emergency financial meeting was called by Jackson family members after staff workers were left off the weekly payroll, according to ABC News.

The Comments

Don Jones

SocMo knows multitasking. Right on right on.

Doug Jones

SocMo is a very snappy dresser as you can see. I think he was also in the movie Forrest Gump. He shook hands with LBJ.

Michael Jackson

Who’s the cute boy in the back….?

Vinyl to Digital

March 21, 2005

My-Computer-Area

Last Wednesday the illustration class from Huntington College came to my studio to see what a real live illustrator looks like. Ken Hopper, their professor, says it’s a lot like taking the kids to the zoo to look at the animals. I’m still trying to figure out what kind of comment that was…

While here, Ken noticed my record collection and mentioned he was converting his wifes collection to digital. Since it was raining on Saturday again and I was stuck inside I thought I would do the same thing. I have hundreds of records and thousands of songs I never listen to because they are trapped on vinyl platters.

Many years ago my son Nick came into my studio while I had a record playing on the turntable (he was probably a 6th grader at the time). He walked over to it, stared at it in amazement and let out a long, low “WOAHhhh… you can actually see it spinning… can you play the other side, too?”

The photo above is my studio and that is where I sat all weekend trying to figure out computer music recording.

The Comments

Doug Jones

It looks like you’ve got a bunch of gourds crying out for a makeover there, Clark!

Don Jones

Dennis, I will pay good money for a tweeked up digital version of the Isle of View album by Jimmy Spheeris. And if I get some Batdorf & Rodney… there’s even more Jacksons in it for you

Don Jones

I just searched for that Jimmy Spheeris album and the cheapest I could find it was for $169! Mint condition brings $200… collectible no doubt.

Don Jones

Apparently Jimmie was hit on his motorcycle by a drunk driver 20 years ago. Therefore, everything is out of print

Don Jones

Scratch that request Dennis I just picked up the Isle of View album from iTunes. Best $9.90 I have ever spent… Excuse me while I sit back now and reminisce. Do you believe in time travel?

Dennis Jones

Hey Don, do you remember the time you, Karen and I had tickets to the Jimmy Spheeris concert over at Drury College and we showed up and no one was there and we went into the concert hall to see what the deal was and it was empty and someone was up on stage playing the piano and we freaked out because we thought it must be Jimmy but it turned out to just be a music student and the concert had been cancelled? I had forgotten all about that…

Don Jones

I sure do remember- it seems like it was in January or February. I was thinking he got snowed in somewhere and had to cancel.

Elaine Breshears

Wow!! I have Jimmie’s original albums. I loved him so much! I moved out to Washington DC in 1975 (from KC MO) and no one had heard of him. How sad for them! I’m going to iTunes!

Dennis Jones

The night I gave Karen her engagement ring we went to a Jimmy Spheeris concert in Kansas City… she worried the whole time that the diamond was going to fall out and be lost in the crowd… it’s 28 years later and the diamond has STILL not fallen out of her ring…

Don Jones

I didn’t know that- So you DID get to see him? DId he have a band or was it a solo deal?

Dennis Jones

Yep… tight band… good concert…

Dennis Jones

Don, I remember taking you to see your first concert… I think it was Pure Prairie League… when we walked out you said, “Denny, was that a good concert?” …and I said, “it was if you liked it.” Oh, the wisdom of the older brother…

Don Jones

You did indeed but it wasn’t PPL it was STYX at the old McDonald arena.

Dennis Jones

hmmmm… is that the one where the bottle rocket hit you in the head?

guy jennings

1973 jimmy was to play on a boat ride down the connecticut river; as we left the dock someone jumped overboard. the concert was relocated to the famous shaboo in mansfield near stoors a great show prevailed -guy east hampton

Rocket Boys

March 30, 2005

Rocket-Boys

Several years ago I read a really great book named Rocket Boys. A few years later a movie was made from it called October Sky. The movie was good, but the book was special.

On one of my recent marathon road trips to Oklahoma and back, I pulled over to take a break and noticed a place that was selling library books for a buck apiece. Low and behold, there were two Rocket Boy companion books on the table. I didn’t know there were companion books. I snatched them up and got busy reading the first one, The Coalwood Way.

Sequels never seem to live up to the originals, but this one certainly did. It was like reading the next several chapters of the first book. I finished it and am currently plowing through the last one called Sky of Stone.

If you like to read, I would suggest these biographies of the life and times of Homer H. Hickam… Rocket Boy.

Not to be confused with Dennis G. Jones… Weasel Boy.

The Comments

Don Jones

Dennis You are a Homeboy Hick Man! Everyone knows us Jones boys don’t read a lick… Tell the truth, those was books on tape you purchased now wasn’t it? You gotta listen to something when you got mucho miles to travel and a dozen glazed orbs to ingest.

Dennis Jones

No those were NOT books on tape… they were REAL books… I propped one up on the steering wheel, had a donut on both thumbs, and read while driving back from SchoonerLand…

ABCizzle

October Sky re-arranged is Rocket Boys… if you wanted to know… (peace)

Dennis Jones

…thats pretty cool… is there a story behind that, or is it just an interesting oddity?

Doug Jones

Dang! I didn’t know Denny could read…

Dennis Jones

Sheesh!… you guys know I have a 9th grade diploma… whatta ya thinkin…

Doug Jones

Yeah, but I thought you got yours over the internet like I did.

Don Jones

I ordered myself a P.H.d for a mere $49.95. Should be here next week and I should be practicin’ by mid-April. RX R us.

Dennis Jones

$49.95… boy did you get ripped off… I got mine for $6.95 at Big Lots…

Dennis Jones

…it is exciting to see that soon I will be Podcasting… uhm… now is that where you bait your fishing hook with a bean of some sort?

Don Jones

That’s real close Den You get yourself a Radio Shack Mike-er-afone and plug it into a hole in your computer box and start talking. And make sure your talking in an entertaining fashion. It’s just that simple!

Dennis Jones

I’m sure my lightning fast DIAL UP connection will work real good with this…

Don Jones

You must save up and swap in that tin-can-string-system you got up there in Indie.