How Can I Make the World a Little Better and Happier This Holiday Season?

affiliateI am a musician and a writer. At least that’s how I identify myself when people ask me what I do for fulfillment in life.

Music and writing don’t pay a lot. That’s a huge understatement.

But I LOVE doing them. They are my passion and I am compelled to write stories and songs and share them with you. You might even say I am powerless against the drive to create.

So what’s a starving artist to do?*

What if you could passively support my art with nothing more than a single click of your mouse?

There is a thing and most of you have probably heard of it by now.

To wit, this web site is loosely affiliated with Amazon. If my posts here send a little traffic Amazon’s way, they throw me a few pennies (literally, but if there is a lot of traffic, it adds up over time…).

The corporate greed season is nigh upon us, and the looming approach of Black Friday and Cyber Monday signals the optimal time to support my art in this manner (if you plan to shop online).

It could not be simpler.

For the next few weeks, my posts may include a thumbnail like the one in the upper right there that says CLICK HERE.

All you do is click on the image every time you visit this site to read one of my posts. That’s it. There’s no cost to you except for the few micrograms of ATP burned by your finger muscles to move the mouse over the thumbnail and click. You might have to close a browser window that opens up (OK, two mouse clicks!).

Even Public Radio uses this clever strategy, so it’s totally legit.

No obligation, but if you happen to think of me before you go online to shop over the next few weeks, stop by this blog and click the image.

Amazon will do the rest. And again, there is no cost to you.

Thanks and Happy Holidays.


*Note: Actually, I am not starving at all. I have a day job to underwrite the necessities of life. But if I can suckle a little milk off the teet of Corporate America and channel it into good things like my art, it only makes the world a better and happier place. Everyone wins. So click the pic and make the world a happier and better place a penny at a time.

Next Show Features MEAD (and ME)!

Cactus Joe @ Bos Meadery

Cactus Joe @ Bos Meadery
Friday January 8, 2016
6-9 PM

Guess Who Has a Show This Sunday…

…me baby. ME!

That’s right. I have my first solo acoustic show since rekindling my Cactus Joe musical stage persona at the Cardinal Bar on Sunday 10/25/15 at about 4:20 PM.

I’ll be playing my repertoire of funny/angsty acoustic guitar and vocal numbers for about 40 minutes as the first performer at the Autumn Art Nest (an art show with musical guests).

If you’re familiar with my material and have nothing better to do late on a Sunday afternoon in Rocktober, I can almost guarantee you will be there, assuming you are in the vicinity.

If you’re not familiar, then I invite you with all the warmth in my cynical heart to come and check it out. Are you familiar with beer and booze? Because those things will be there in essentially limitless supply, for all intents and purposes. There will also be some sort of burlesque dance troupe there (boobies!), something I am sure everyone can get behind, literally and figuratively, unless you’re a Puritan or something.

If you miss it but still want to see me play some time soon, I am following up the Art Nest show with a show at the Bos Meadery for Happy Hour (6-7 PM) on Thursday Rocktober 29. I will probably play as late as 8 PM if there’s a crowd, and there usually is. The Bos will give you  tour and a tasting of their mead factory, if you ask nicely.


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