Fred Van Vactor

There's beauty in the world!

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I feel like I am on the very cusp of a brand new life, a renewed sense of self empowerment, a new chapter filled with creativity and pure joy.  In spite of abundant news of how the entire world is going to sh!t.. I witness more kindness, love, and small miracles in my day to day living. There is so much beauty in the world, if you have the presence to SEE it!  Oh, I also had car trouble and got stranded.. (ha ha!) : )



USB Huh??!!

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TECH TALK, by Fred Van Vactor

I was in Bi Mart the other day, looking to buy some new music on cassette tape when I noticed they had some of these little buggers on sale!  

What IS it? I can hear you asking..

It's called a portable "USB drive"

This device

takes, carries, or contains, digital information, "music" for example:

and stores it 

like a container

Then you can take it from one computer

to another computer (for FREE)

Put information such as "music" on that computer (FOR FREE)

and give it to as many other computers

As you want to (FOR FREE)

This is cool

Since nobody buys cassette tapes or CD's any more (except me)

So it's no wonder that EVERYBODY wants one of these so called

portable "USB drives"

Nobody really knows what  "USB" stands for,

so I will explain that:

"U.S.B." Stands for

United States Butthole

You slip the device into

the "butthole" of your laptop computer

and whatever "digital information" you want

is "pooped" safely and silently into this portable "USB drive" 

So now,

NOBODY has to buy CD's anymore

(Except for ONE person to start the cycle) 

ME likely..

Which is why there IS A significant lack of:

record stores or 

shops like Bi Mart selling CD's or cassette tapes, or

LP records.

Instead there soon will be "coaster shops"

Selling "repurposed" compact discs

for the growing coffee/tea mug industry 

(check Etsy?) 

Which translates to musicians (former musicians)

Being repurposed to:

temp workers, janitors, bank tellers, clerks at Guitar Center, baristas, dishwashers, waitresses, pizza delivery, sign spinners, marijuana dispensary clerks, retailers at Grand Central Baking co. etc.

I hope this explains a lot for you. I tried to break it down simply so that you might understand.

Thank You! 


Fred Van Vactor

Compact Discs

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Two days ago I was in Bi Mart and I purchased this

It's called a "personal CD player" or "compact disc player"

It's the "wave of the future"

It cost $14.99 with tiny earphones

It plays these "compact discs"

They are like LP records except

they are "digital technology" and

are the size of coasters

These days

some people actually

use them as coasters

I put Ed Haynes in there

He spun 'round and 'round and sang songs to me

It was pure bliss

I love CD's

I'm going through all my cd's and

listening to them

It's 1992

All over again!


I like music!


Artichoke Show! Friday the 25th.

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Hi folks,

I have a show coming up: 

Friday the 25th of September at Artichoke Music (3130 SE Hawthorne, 97214)

On their Friday night coffeehouse series.

My friend Ed Haynes will be playing too!

Music starts at 7:30pm sharp!

Artichoke is a cool place!  The perfect "listening venue" 

There's beer/wine,etc

I'm super exited!

I've been off the radar lately, and I apologize.. I have been writing a lot of new songs and will surely debut some good ones on the 25th, so don't miss..  Click the link below for Info on the Friday coffeehouse series at Artichoke.

Plenty of shows in the works..



Happy Easter!

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I'm not sure exactly why, but as a kid (after the age of six or so) I just kinda stopped liking Easter.  It's a flyover holiday.  If Easter were a state, it would be: South Dakota, or Nebraska, or Missouri, or whatever..  It's not a New York or L.A. holiday like: Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Halloween is!  Anyway, in order to change my attitude about it, I thought I'd start my own personal Easter tradition in order to celebrate and "spice up" the holiday. It all came about after I purchased a discounted Easter bunny costume a few years back. It goes like this..

Every year early Spring, I plan ahead and begin casing houses in rich fancy neighborhoods.  Then, when I find just the right one, I wait outside until the entire family leaves all dressed up to go to church.  Then, after I'm sure everyone has left, and the house is completely empty, and there's no dogs.  I promptly break in through the back window and quietly hide down in the basement until the family returns. Then, once they've safely returned and are finishing their Easter afternoon meal together.  That's when I jump out from the cellar door, dressed as the Easter bunny, wielding a machete yelling, "Surprise!" "Happy Easter!"   Boy, you should see the looks on their faces!


"Happy Easter everybody!"