Episode 150

Published on:

30th Jul 2020

Board Games, Songwriting and Voodoo Dolls with Bruce Hilliard

Hello with a full tank of coffee, I’m Bruce Hilliard and guess what kids. It’s game night.

I just love it when we can all get together and play Pandemic: The Home Game. It can be a riot.

I don’t know about you guys but I grew up playing board games. Twister, Operation, Mouse Trap. 

Monopoly where you crush your opponents by charging them rent, jacking up their utility bills and gouge them for riding your obsolete train. And, you can bribe your way out of jail.

Are you still with me kids?

The Game of Life 2020. I like this one a lot. You can use any of nine different colored pegs, or combinations, to represent your gender. Twenty-six dollars. Available from Hasbro.

The new Clue, called Getta Clue. We call it news and we play it everyday. Mr. Mustard in the office with the Tweet.

Candy Land comes with dental floss; Scrabble, the dirty word version; and Pictionary Porn.

But here on the Better Each Day podcast we insist on keeping things clean. Way back in the sixties my brother Gary got a board game called Mystic Skull for Christmas. We were kids. We decided it was way too lame to play so it sat on the shelf for years until one day I was drinking my dad’s scotch (a few years had gone by) and used the instructions to write these song lyrics. 

It was the first time I’ve ever read instructions, for anything, so I was amazed at the scope of terminology they used to make some game designer’s LSD trip into a children’s game. Things like witch doctor, hex, shrunken head and great beyond.

This is another one of those lost recordings from decades ago that just recently resurfaced via the recording engineer and backing vocalist, brother Gary Hilliard. I hope you enjoy this. The song: Voodoo Dolly.

Thank you so much for listening and don’t be sticking pins in your neighbor’s dolly. Take care of yourself, take care of others and make it a good day.

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Bruce Hilliard

Host Bruce Hilliard has an appetite for music, “the soundtrack of our lives.” His personal journey has included opening for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame artists Heart, the Ramones and Dr. Hook. His degrees in music and journalism he says “are cool but everyday in every way, get better and better.” Interviews with everyone from young garage bands where it all begins, to seasoned veterans...all compelling. And there’s music.