The Complete and Total Loser has been ill. Nothing serious. A cold, which came up suddenly and is now a week old, ending with a racking cough that has his ribs aching.
It has been all respiratory—none in the head—and has affected his voice dramatically. He has noted a progression of how he sounds. He started with Tom Waits, went to Rod Stewart to where he is now, Bob Dylan.
When your vocal chords are under this kind of duress, the Loser has read, it's best to talk as little as possible lest they develop nodes, which can permanently damage them.