welcome back to my blog…or welcome me back to my blog! i’m not a good blogger, but i will try and keep up….coming up may 16th i will be part of a group show at the grog shop in cleveland heights called “geriatric mayhem”. it’s a BIG show of cleveland talent…it’s so big that the artwork will spill over to the other part of the grog, the “b side”. here’s the FB page for it – geriatric mayhem – check it out.

new things coming to the web site…stay tuned.

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!!! had a second appearance in court today for a traffic violation. they say i cut off an ambulance which is wrong, an angry cop was just taking out his self hatred on me..anyway the ambulance was more than 100 yards away when i made my turn. i’m driving around the cleveland clinic to pick up a friend who was just diagnosis with cancer. if you ever been down at the cleveland clinic you know what i mean when i say i was lost. anyway i made my turn and next thing i know i’m getting lit up with the cops flashers…..so i go to my first appearance in court and i plea not guilty, so they gave me a second court date to deal with me. what was at risk was a big fine, points on my licenses, and court costs which is $141 which is just crazy. so i get called up to appear before the judge and the prosecutor says the police officer who ticketed me didn’t show so my case was thrown out., no fines, no points, and no court costs…i fought the law and derek won.

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along with my therapist issue comes some crippling depression issues that are going on right now…the kind where you dont shower, the household chores are neglected, dirty cloths and dishes pile up, fish in my tanks die, debris is on the floors, not walking the dog, not eating, sleeping a lot and not being able to produce, options that weren’t there before come to the fore front and become a viable solution. this is what my art sometimes reflects, although this time the art isn’t coming at all.

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hey everyone….my good friend spodee has recently been diagnosed with throat cancer. as for most of us, disease never hits at a good time, same is true with spodee. his financial situation is grim and his paycheck to paycheck way of life has been interrupted with him because he’s not able to work…so, there has been a go fund me account set up for him. if you are so inclined donate some go funds for him… here’s the link, https://www.gofundme.com/help-our-friend-spodie

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attention folks who came to the shows i booked at the euclid tavern from 1989 – 1995. we’re putting together a book of my fliers i did for the shows i booked at the euc and we’re looking for stories from the folks who where in attendance…you remember the jesus lizard, soul coughing, cop shoot cop, etc, and have a story to go along with them hit me up, we want you!

please send to derekhess216@gmail.com

here’s a picture of me and david yow from the jesus lizard from back in the day…

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anyone know anything about this band “riggs” ? i have the heavy metal movie sound track and they’re some songs on there from a band called ‘riggs’.
they sound great, i’d like to know more about them, pick up some of their music, but i’m not a good web searcher, thats why i’m asking you to let me know what you find.
in the mean time, i’m working on a few peaces focused on the nine lives cats have and incorporating into my life…how many lives i have left…or you, depending on how you view them….there’s one up right now, the better one will be up sometime tomorrow.

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hell is cold this time of year

again i’m reporting hell has frozen over. wncx cleveland’s classic rock has dared to play “iron maiden – seventh son of a seventh son”. what am i supposed to do now? like wncx? you know in the morning they’ll go back to playing pat benatar and loverboy. idk, i’ll keep this case open for now.

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WOW! what a great christmas gift i got! UFO ‘live sightings’. it’s a box set of UFO live recordings from the early 1980’s. the package is very cool, the cover is a cool shot of pete way in his checkered pants and paul chapman behind him…and when you open it up the first the you have are two UFO tour books, one from the ‘no place to run’ tour and the other from the mechanix tour. then under that is a large booklet of UFO info from the recording those years with paul chapman. then there is yellow vinyl of UFO stuff from 1972. THEN, under all that are four live concert UFO shows from 1980 chicago, 1981 chicago, 1982 st. louis, and the cleveland agora 1982.
lights out, lights out in cleveland!

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Alone for the holidays, i get it, me too. Not only is the clinical depression there, but seasonal creeps up on me too. Keep in mind, we’ll get through it, we always do….what’s my secret?…EGG NOG!

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