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What Is A Grode?! - July 30, 2006

People have asked me, "What is a Grode?" I could only tell them that the word meant dirty or messy -- probably derived either from surfing lingo of the mid-60s or from the Veatles 'grotty.'

I've since found another -- not inconsistent -- meaning for the word. In a sports-related novel, Backyard Brawl (Random House), by W. K. Stratton, a passage describes rites observed by the infamous, bonfire-burning Texas Aggies: "Before A&M officials halted the annual bonfire tradition--known by the proper name "Bonfire" in Aggie lingo—following the 1999 collapse that injured dozens and claimed twelve lives, students from this dorm were among those taking part in the early morning firewood cuts, arriving back in clothes caked with sweat and mud and leaning toward the fetid side: "grodes" (rhymes with "roads"). Tradition calls for grodes never to be washed. A common practice was to hang the filthy jeans and T-shirts from dorm windows following a cut—better that, I suppose, than have them smelling up the room. But true Aggies preserve their grodes long after they become Former Students (a proudly held formal title), sticking them away in a trunk like a talisman that might bring them luck someday. Tonight, nearly two years have passed since Bonfire last occurred, nearly two years since grodes flapped in the moisture-rich breezes blowing up from the Gulf of Mexico. But in the darkness we see people wearing them proudly."

You'll be happy to know, if you didn't already know, that The (musical) Grodes remain unwashed to this day -- and able to stink up a room with the best of 'eml!

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BULLETIN: Manny Opens Website! The World Is Nervous! - December 22, 2005

Heya everybody!

I've decided to open a site where anyone who is interested can come listen to alot of the music in which I've been involved over the years -- from the Grodes/Tongues of Truth in the 60's -- to Fire & Rain in the '70's -- to Ian Messenger in the 80's -- to my latest CD, Way Back Home. recorded in '05.

I've ordered the songs from most recent recordings first to oldest last (although I can't say I'm completely sure about SOME of the dates). I also hope to add from time to time background notes about various recordings.

By way of introduction, the first 18 tracks here are from my '05 CD, Way Back Home. I wrote them, engineered them on ProTools, produced them -- and performed them -- so I have no one to blame but myself. The only exceptions were some great guitar and harmonies from Dilbert Pickle (aka Dale Hubersberger) on Mighty River and Waiting Here, which he co-wrote.

Feel free to contact me at with any questions, comments or observations. CDs can be purchased at

I sure hope that you enjoy some of the stuff -- and just spread the word...

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