Tuesday, November 28, 2023


 or to quote "The Hub": Oh, very well.

That would have been 1973 or so

And on the Guam...

Now my body is remembering the North Atlantic and I need to hug a heater.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

When the sky falls

 Don't ask me. That's just the title that popped into my pointy little head.

I keep thinking about those "Top Ten" shows and it bothers me more than it should. I guess the confining of an artist to a singularity of genre' bugs me most. I mean take Dolly (Parton) for instance: Country, why yes indeed, and rock, sure, couple of hits there. Children's songs, pop music. How about 3000+ songs she has written and no, I cannot name them all.  How many other artist get pigeon holed into certain categories and any music that doesn't fit the preconceived notion is generally ignored. I remember when MTv started up.  Did not realize at the time how prophetic Mike Nesmith  was and didn't realize what a forerunner of the 80's The Monkees were. Of course most people back then didn't think of them as real musicians but even then I knew there was more substance supporting the campyness than was generally realized.MTv did eventually recognized Audio Adrenaline as a viable video candidate (Big House). Late night videos in north Alabama gave me Nena's "99 Luftballons" (in Deutsch), 

I wonder how many people realize that The Archies were a continuation of The Monkees? Music videos had their beginnings in cartoons

Monday, October 16, 2023

Eye Was Rideing down the road

 Listening to some tunes on my phone (through the car/truck stererereereo, natch) and I still find myself amazed at the heavyness of the music done by Starflyer59. The singing is often subdued but the music is like a sonic flood that pushes you along. If you'd like a guide, look to Spotify or Amazon Music or Apple Music (maybe, I don't know). Select the albums "Gold" and "Silver".  Then buckle up because you need to hold on. I would say turn it up, but that isn't necessary, the sound will move you at low to medium volumes.

Blue Collar Love (remix) is also available on the Blonde Vinyl sample.

Tune in.

Wednesday, October 04, 2023

Sometimes I wonder, sometimes I wander, sometimes I just am.


The Circus is in town (again)


 The bane of freedom continues to plague us. It would behoove us to closely examine the actions of ALL our elected "officials" especially at this juncture of this nations precarious position in worldwide perception and our own history. Party in-fighting and denial of what is obvious combines with brain dead people and gives us a legislative cesspool of stagnation. With what we currently have in office we are looking at a national debt in the trillions and growing and personal accountability diminishing to the point of national anarchy may strike before the predicted 2043. Prepare people. Prepare or be swept into the bin. Depressing, isn't it?

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

It's The End Of The World as we know it....

 Sometimes I am entertained by list on tv and faceplantbook. In magazines and in the mail. I have to laugh as my other option is to cry. Brits pontificating about Elvis and BB King and completely ignoring some bands that were significant to my mind. I sat through the "top ten" program on AXStv and they definitely hear a portion of the music community but they also ignore some of us old folk. Psychedelic rock is poorly displayed with references to some of the major players but no or barely a mention of the heart of psychedelia. You have to include Grateful Dead in the discussion, along with many of their influences. Morning Dew (Bonnie Dobson) is an apocalyptic song the Dead covered and is as significant to the genre as Wooden Ships (CSN and Jefferson Airplane). What I haven't figured out is how Uriah Heep failed to get a mention. Demons and Wizards and The Magicians Birthday are to me extremely well done (and Prog Rock to me) and definitely falls into the psychedelic genre as well and far more listenable than some that they mention. If you happen to have some Yes albums and the Uriah albums I mentioned you will notice some similarities in the artwork. To me these people have a fixation on noise and show and that is the major factor to them. But that is what makes money, so art once again is ignored.

 My recommended listening is not what most would consider;

Uriah Heep : Demons and Wizards, The Magician's Birthday and Salisbury

Grateful Dead: Aoxomoxoa, Live Dead, American Beauty

Rush: I gotta give the Canadian props. 2112 (I forget. I don't own the vinyl) 

Jefferson Airplane (not Starship) all of the early stuff...

 Walter (Wendy) Carlos: Switched on Bach (on vinyl.....)

Now with The Doors, I'm not a big Morrison fan. Ray and Robbie and John are the ones who got me interested in their music but as far as Jim, not my kind of poet. And no, his dad did not start the Vietnam conflict. Check out Ray's works post Doors. 

Of  Frank Zappa's works Apostrophe is the only one I can take. True, most of his work is sonic art but his choice of language I have problems with. I have the same issue with most rap, hip hop, and tiktok performers. That issue is with excessive profanity. I've heard most all of it during my 22 years of naval experience and I am still unimpressed by what seems to me to be a lack of thought being put into the works.

But that is me. As you might can tell I have issues expressing my thoughts coherently as well. But I prefer to not express myself profanely. Maybe I'll try composing my own top 10 list, but I might be better allowing for a top hundred selection as I tend to not separate into genres. To me there are two. I like. I don't like. That's all folks, to borrow a close.