SlapperCast Episode 87: Least Favorite Boy of Summer

This week on Slappercast, we talk about best/worst live bands, opening songs, encores, etc.

We’re also giving away a case of Blackwater Draw Brewing Co.’s “I Wity the Fool” to one lucky winner in the Houston area. To enter the drawing, go watch this episode on YouTube, subscribe, and leave a comment there telling us about your favorite (or least favorite) live band, opening, encore, etc. BY TUESDAY OCTOBER 13. Recipient must be of legal drinking age in Texas.



  • Poorly recalled music memories of 1987
  • Eric’s memories of Extreme opening for Aerosmith at the Orpheum in Boston
  • Patrick’s memories of seeing Aerosmith in Miami
  • Great opening songs (The Police, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Cheap Trick, Queen, David Bowie, Crowded House, Dio, etc.)
  • Great live bands with mediocre studio albums
  • Disappointing encores
  • Great encores
  • Live shows ruined by bad sound
  • Best/worst opening bands

SlapperCast Episode 84: “Super Invisible Nobody” with Cindy Heywood

September is National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month, and this week on SlapperCast, we talk with our friend musician Cindy Heywood, who is a proud survivor of anxiety disorder and suicidal depression.

Cindy is a fierce defender of the rights of all who suffer from addiction and mental illness. She’s a well-known mentor on internationally published suicide prevention forums, and her and editorials have been featured in internationally published magazines.

She is currently working on the second edition of her book “Super Invisible Nobody”.

Topic list:

  • Cindy’s background in the Houston music scene and the “Richmond Strip”, where Patrick and Cindy first met
  • How the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic compares to the 1979 oil crisis
  • How the uncertainty of the pandemic can lead to anxiety and depression
  • The world is in mourning for a culture and a way of life that we’ve lost due to the pandemic
  • How Cindy’s anxiety disorder led to alcohol addiction
  • How suicidal depression is often not outwardly noticeable to others
  • Cindy’s descent from anxiety disorder into suicidal depression
  • How understanding the dysfunctional roots of family relationships can be essential to recovery
  • Cindy’s experience with family therapy, and how it doesn’t always result in mutually happy endings
  • Never give up, your situation is not hopeless
  • Cindy’s experiences with online forums and her Suicide Talkz Facebook page, and how that led to writing her book “Super Invisible Nobody”.
  • The importance of reclaiming your perception of yourself
  • The epidemic of suicide in military and law enforcement
  • How the pandemic is driving innovation in mental health on the internet
  • Communication is essential / there’s no shame in asking for help
  • The danger of isolating yourself (“You cannot do it alone”)
  • Chad, Patrick and Eric’s methods of coping during the pandemic
  • The value of productivity, creativity and physical activity
  • How sharing your own struggles with depression can be essential in helping others (“Go deep or go home”)
  • The essential healing powers of humor and music
  • Eric’s “Crown Royal” story
  • Recapping our recent gig at Sherwood Virtual Celtic Gathering

Blaggards at Sherwood VIRTUAL Celtic Gathering

We’re performing in the Sherwood Forest VIRTUAL Celtic Gathering Saturday September 12.

The show will be streamed from Sherwood Forest Faire’s YouTube Channel in two segments: 1 PM to 4 PM, and 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Central Standard Time).

Blaggards go on about 8:30 PM, and as always we’ll be graced with the fiery talents of Solar Rain.

Sherwood Forest will be sharing 50% of tips sent to with the entertainers and crew.

(Photo by Joyce Koester)