Monday, August 16, 2010

Music and its influence on society

When I was a teenager, I grew up in a Christian home. Many of the Christian preachers and literature stressed that much of the popular music was "Satanic" and that it would cause teenagers to do bad things.

I actually do believe that some music has a negative influence on society. Although, I think there are many songs that are communicating a much more dangerous message than the supposedly "Satanic" songs.

Here is a song from the 80s that I actually liked until recently. It's "Who's Holding Donna Now" by DeBarge.

Here are some of the lyrics:

Well I keep wondering who's holding Donna now,
And I keep wondering who's heart she's knocking around,
There's nothing I wouldn't do,
To be in his shoes right now.

Apparently, DeBarge had a breakup with his girlfriend prior to writing this song. Now he's feeling sorry for himself and wants his old girlfriend back. What a wimpy douchebag! Hey Debarge... news flash you're a rock star. Get over it, and find a new woman (or women)! Debarge, if I was in *YOUR* shoes I would write a song something like this:

Hey Donna now our courtship has ended,

And guess what, I'm fully mended,
I'm single now, gonna hang with gang,
And get lots of POONTANG!


The problem with this song by DeBarge and countless other popular artists is that they are subliminally teaching us that after a break up, you should feel sorry for yourself, feel sad for a long time, and do anything to get your ex back. When some people find out they CAN'T get their ex back, they do a lot of ugly things. This may be the reason why YOUR ex-girlfriend slashed your tires. Worse, songs like these this may be part of the reason why there are so many rotten guys murdering their ex-girlfriends. The only people benefiting from these bastards is the people doing programming for the ID channel.

Worse, we have songs like Michael Bolton's "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You". Michael what are you trying to teach people, to commit suicide after a breakup?!?!?

It is time for musicians around the globe to write more empowering lyrics and get some songs out there that will positively impact society. I think this would help our world greatly. If you are in a band, and would like help with this, I can. Not only am I a comedian, I can sing and write lyrics.

Although we still have a severe shortage of postive songs, we may be heading in the right direction. Here's one of my favorite new songs that was released recently. It's Samantha James' "Waves of Change":

Hey Samantha, not only are you an amazing singer, I think you are sexy as hell. We should hook up! I am intelligent, hilarious, sexy, and an amazing kisser!

Oh yeah and I can write lyrics too!

John Griggs

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Finding a new career

My last post expressed my extreme displeasure of interviewing for jobs. Until I make enough money from stand up comedy or something else to make a living at it, I need to find a job where I don't want to stab somebody at the end of each workday. I haven't succeeded yet.

So here are some possibilities...

Personal Trainer - These last few months, I have actually taken physical fitness very seriously. In three months, I have lost 15 pounds, and I am at my lowest weight since high school. I go to a gym regularly and take a Boxing Conditioning Class weekly. I also tried yoga recently. I loved those classes and meeting lots of beautiful ladies there.

Dog Trainer/Sitter - Dogs are awesome. When I am with a dog, they are just happy with my company. Whether it's playing a game of tug of war, playing a game of chase, or just relaxing, I always have lots of fun with dogs. My ex-girlfriends didn't like the way I get them riled up, but oh well. So a career working with dogs is a good possibility too. Besides that, I have met lots of beautiful women by walking other people's dogs.

Forest Ranger or other nature type job - This would be cool too. I've hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon three times, and thoroughly enjoy nature. Working for the Grand Canyon or another park would certainly beat working at a cubicle farm. I have worked for various call centers for years, and I hate them all. Besides that, national parks usually have lots of beautiful ladies.

So... I guess I need to find a career where I can meet lots of beautiful ladies....

John Griggs

Sunday, August 1, 2010

What to do when an employer doesn't contact you after an interview

I love performing stand up comedy, and I especially love getting paid for doing it. My goal is to eventually make enough from writing and comedy to not have to rely on a stupid job to pay my bills.

These past couple of months I have seen some positive changes. I have had a significant increase in the amount of paid gigs I get. Therefore, I can actually see myself making my goal a reality. Unfortunately, I am not there yet. I presently am working at a stupid job during the day. I am looking for another job now. So I have to play the ridiculous game of interviewing.

Employers expect us to be totally honest when we apply for a job. However, after an interview, a lot of managers and HR people will tell you something like "Thanks for coming in - we'll call you with our decision by Friday". If you don't get the job, most of them won't even bother calling you. Lying sacks of shit!!! They may send you a canned rejection letter saying something like "Although we were impressed with your qualifications, we have selected more suitable candidates for the position. We'll keep your resume on file and contact you if anything else comes up." which is usually another lie.

I have a great response to any canned rejection letters you may get. Check it out HERE.

What pisses me off is those employers that don't even have the courtesy to contact you at all after an interview. This has happened to me a couple of times recently. They didn't even send a canned rejection letter. So this is the letter I am sending out to them. Feel free to cut and paste it for yourself. Here it is:

Dear Recruiter,

Thank you for interviewing me on June 12, 2008. I still haven't received any response from you as to whether I got the job or not. So I guess I am still being considered! You must be interviewing thousands and thousands of candidates, because normally it doesn't take two years for an employer to let me know their decision. Either that, or you are just totally inconsiderate. Or possibly we are living in a parallel universe where no response from you means I am hired! I think that must be the case, because I *know* you would *never* be an inconsiderate douche and not call or write me back.

Quick question - is there going to be a drug test? I can pass one now. However, I am hoping there won't be any random drug tests after I start employment. I say this because I would need some hardcore drugs to tolerate working for assholes like you.

Fuck You!!!


John Griggs