Stand By Me

Always loved this song, but this version is the greatest!  I also loved the movie “Stand by Me” based on a book by Stephen King, “The Body” written when he was in high school, under the pename Richard Bachman.  Hope you like it!

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168 thoughts on “Stand By Me

    1. It was so scary, more than all the others I’d read. I would read it at night and couldn’t sleep. Did you like The Stand? A lot of people loved it but I thought it was boring. I also liked Delores Claiborne.

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    2. The Stand dragged on and even the 6 hour movie dragged on but the guts of the story was quite good, I think he just spent too much time padding.

      I don’t remember Delores Claibone that much but I think I still have it.

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    3. I don’t think I’ve seen the movie for DC. The movie of Misery was ok if you separated it from the book Kathy Bates played a great psycho but not the psycho that was in the book.
      I’ve got the 6 hour movie for the The Shining and that absolutely blows the Jack Nicholson version away.

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    4. So you prefer the small screen entertainment. I only like to see big movies in the theater, like Dr. Strange was great on a big screen. Otherwise, too expensive, because I have to have popcorn!

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    5. I never would have thought AC would appeal except for the stunts. I like the stunts in movies. But I really liked it. Maybe my mind is regressing. You know just stopped and now in reverse?? Hmmm

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    6. Yeah that’s what got me into this shit. The doc recommended me a drug that shifted my body clock to suit my driving hours. (i.e. make it easy to be awake all night when the body naturally wants to be asleep, sleep when it wanted to be awake) They worked well, what he didn’t tell me is that you can’t just take another dose and re-adjust your body clock, well at least I couldn’t.

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    7. My doc was a country doc that knew us, he was the the doc that we knew personally, he would diagnose over the farm fence. I believe he meant well but at the time the drug company either didn’t know, or would tell the side effects that they were easily reversed.

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    8. What amazes me is how many young bands on the 90’s were able to afford to do such things. A good pub gig here in the 90’s would yield about $2000 a night (for the entire band) for a band with a reputation, some of the bigger pubs might offer a bit more and a really good venue might push $5000 if the band can pull a crowd that spends five times than on booze. But it’s not great money and it’s not every night yet some of these bands were still able to afford all manner of crap to get them up and down.

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    9. Our pay rates are not really comparable, back in the 90’s we were down around 65 cents in the dollar to the US so you’d have to consider all things to compare but $2k for a night in a pub was about usual, not so good when you realise that often gets spread between 4-5 band members and a few crew though.

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    10. Our biggest problem here and it’s been that way since music started is the distance between gigs. If a band can get a local following that’s good but a road trip interstate costs a lot of money. In 96 when we toured Vic which is one of our smallest states, it cost us over $100K for a one month tour, we did manage to get some decent gigs and we broke even but we didn’t make money, we only made new fans

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    11. It looks good on paper, made $100K, but when you consider you worked for a month, lived out of a suitcase for a month, spent the day either driving, loading or playing, and sleep only happened when there was nothing else, and the $10k the paper says you made is split amongst 8 guys, there is vehicle rental to pay and insurances etc it’s definitely not a high paying gig

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    12. Yeah I have my reasons for not releasing personal stuff. It’s the same reason I don’t write personal stuff. Some of the topics may seem personal but no one in any story is real even if they might be based on real people the stories aren’t

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    13. I’m annoyed now that my niece has a real interest in photography, not because she’s better than me but because she gets to hide behind the camera. Poor kid is too much like me only in my day they called it being a moody kid, there was not medical term for it.

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    14. There is quite a few. We owned a video production company in the mid 90’s when computer editing first became commercially available. We’d shoot in analogue with studio grade cameras that were more expensive and better quality than any digital of the time, then we’d convert to digital to edit. We did safety and training videos for the state power corp, then we started filming netball for the ABC (our government owned tv station not the American ABC)

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    15. It’s funny because that’s one of the few I wouldn’t pick for myself, but that might be because I was discouraged from doing it at a kid, and it’s been a huge struggle to get anything I’ve written read as an adult.

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    16. Promotion is not what they need yet. Although I never thought I was a brilliant writer I never realised just how much a editor does and now I have I also know none of my books are ready to be published. I could e-book them and compete with all the other “I can edit myself” books out there but I don’t plan too.

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    17. I thought it did, and so many e-book authors do too. That’s why when I first sent my second novel to the publishers I actually expected a response. It wasn’t until my friend edited the first chapter of my third book that I realised just how a good editor can make a story without re-making the story.

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    18. That’s what I thought too but a good editor can change a few words and make a sentence read so much better. They wont do it to every sentence but a sign of a good editor is one who can change a few words and not change the story.

      For instance in my first chapter my editor only added 56 words and removed some (to about 1500) but because of what she did and her ability to describe things she added so much more depth to one single chapter.

      As an author it’s easy to get caught up in a scene in your head but not explain it as well as it deserves because your brain knows it. A good editor looks at the scene different and explains it as if they’ve never seen it.

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    19. The thing is if you ever got a book in the hands of a publisher they are going to get their own edit staff to edit it and then the author usually has no control over, in this stage of editing where the author and the editor actually talk to each other at least they can discuss the editing process

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    20. I may well do that when it gets back from the editor but I wont do it before. I’ve seen too many bad self published books out there. I may not please everyone but I don’t want poor editing to be a reason they don’t like what I wrote.

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    21. No that’s not quite what I meant. I read the start of a book that a fellow blogged self published, they claimed they didn’t need an editor etc and they did it all themselves I couldn’t read past the first chapter because of the bad grammar. As the author this person read what they thought they typed not what they actually typed. Having seen what a good editor can do I’d much rather pay for that and self edit that fall into the same trap. It’s not so much what people think of me as opposed to giving people the best product I can offer, they can still hate me but they wont hate my writing because of bad grammar πŸ™‚

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    22. I don’t let family read anything because they are not good critics but one has to except criticism occasionally. The other thing too is that one also has to accept that some are better at some things an a good editor can change things to be better. That’s not to say all editors are good, or that they are all the same, 10 different editors will edit 10 different ways and that often creates another bump in the road.

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    23. It might be difficult because when you stop you have to use your feet to steady it. But I don’t want a huge power wheelchair either.so I haven’t made a decision. I’ve been without one for a year and a half.

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    24. I always wanted a 69 Fastback.
      Dad’s friend had one years ago that he made for his wife, was white outside pink inside and fully restored but she died before she got to see it finished. They were both airplane nuts and just after she died he got the rego plates P51 for the car and had her ashes dropped out of a P51 Mustang over Bass strait.

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    25. The trouble with scooters that run on a battery, even one with two batteries, its slow, big and slow. People hate seeing you coming. Also it doesn’t Ho very long. One time I had to go way around a mall to find a ramp to get inside. Then on my way back to the bus stop the battery died. Hilarious! The bus driver had to come get me and push me onto the bus.

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    26. I haven’t actually got a book published, the one I am wanting to push is with the editor and it’s still untitled but penned as “Payback in Painful” and no the author name will no be revealed on these blogs πŸ™‚

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    27. He is a she, she is a friend, and I wont push she one because she has a job and a life but two because she’s doing it as a favour. I’m in no hurry to publish, I’d rather let her take her time with the edit.

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    28. And when do I find time to write these wonderful stories you tell me I write πŸ˜›

      Although I write some stuff during the day most of what I write is in front of the tv at night (like I said can’t watch a movie without doing something else)

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    29. Yeah don’t get me wrong I like it and it’s not all the kids fault, some times it my fault, sometimes it’s her fault, some times it the fault of idiots outside the house but some days there is just no enthusiasm

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    30. The thing about books I think, is that you put your own versions of what happens, what the characters look like, and wrap it up in your own life experience when you’re reading a book. Then in a movie, it’s someone else’s version.

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    31. I haven’t read some of his last few books (the last one was 11.22.63 but I am more picky with which of his I pick up now days, partly because they don’t all appeal to me but also because I’ve found other authors.

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    32. Good horror/thriller writing. I don’t need to hear how he became a good writer I want him to write. I think he suffered a bit in the mid to late 90’s for that reason, he wasn’t writing what he was good at.

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    33. I stopped reading him for a while, maybe it was at that time. Didn’t like The Stand and a couple of others, so went on to someone else. I think it was John Grisham I turned to. I usually read an author at a time, everything I can find, then change. My favorite older author, gone now, is Daphne Du Maurier

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    34. I moved from King to other horror authors like Bentley Little and Richard Laymon, but since then I have moved into more murder/crime/thriller books and the Preston/Child books are a favourite as well as our local hero Matthew Reilly

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