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Second Wind

Posted: June 4, 2011 in life, music, travel, Uncategorized, work

I have been away for a long time. I think I have lost most of my friends here. I will miss them but I don’t blame them for moving on. When a blog goes dead you don’t stick around. I understand that.

I’ve been having a hard time with my job lately. I don’t even have the energy right now to tell you exactly why that is except to say that I am never home anymore. I’m either driving across Texas or flying to some other state to meet with people I don’t like. I pretty much live in hotels, motels and airports these days. I always get home on the weekends but I’m too wiped-out to do anything.

I found something tonight that made me very happy. Believe it or not, this made me feel better. I don’t care what anyone thinks. I miss the music of the 70s.

One more time but with stop/start animation like the Gumby and Pokey show.

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Gone gone gone

Posted: February 27, 2011 in music
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This is just bad-ass.

When I was a kid back in the late 60’s we saw TV in black and white. Color TV existed of course but our house didn’t make that transition until 1970 or so. I remember the day we got our first color TV set. It was an RCA with a really bitchin’, smooth turning channel knob. It also had three buttons on it. I don’t know what they were for because my sister and I were not allowed to touch them.

We were now living large. We had all three networks in full color. No, make that four. There was also PBS. So four, read it, four channels in full color. Yeah, that’s right. By turning the channel knob we could watch any network we wanted to, anytime we wanted to and in color.

That is until the TV gods decided to quit broadcasting for the day. Late at night, every night, the Star Spangled Banner would play and images of the flag, majestic purple mountains and amber waves of grain were shown on the screen. Suddenly an ear-splitting tone would shoot out of the TV at the same time the dreaded “test card of death” appeared.

When you saw this it meant you would not be seeing anything on TV until the next morning. At all. On any channel.

This was my favorite show back then. “The Midnight Special” aired from 1972 to 1981. I think. I do remember it coming on every Friday night. It was a show featuring the biggest music acts of the time. They played live right on TV and perhaps because of what era this was it was never, ever boring.

I want you to see two of the most memorable performances I saw on this show. I was bored last night and had nothing better to do than look this up. I remember seeing this for the first time back in the 70’s. I think it has everything to do with the fact that to this day and at my age I still love loud, snotty guitar rock.



Happy Independence Day

Posted: July 4, 2010 in holiday, music

I have heard many people attempt the national anthem. Some of them sucked and some of them were great. I remember Whitney Houston blowing some of us away with her version in 1991. Some say that was the best rendition of all time. To be sure, it was a stellar performance and a great arrangement. However, I’d like to show you what I consider to be the best arrangement and performance of the Star Spangled Banner.

I miss the 80’s

Posted: November 8, 2009 in music
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I wake up every morning with a seriously ridiculous song playing in my head. I mean every morning. This has been going on for as long as I can remember. It’s not a good way to start the day.

I was pleasantly surprised and actually relieved when I woke up Saturday morning to hear a good song bouncing around in my head. It was a song by a band I haven’t thought of in twenty years or more. In fact, I had completely forgotten about them. It was a song by The Producers

I liked this band so much back then that I played their cassette until the tape finally started squealing and was eventually “eaten” by the tape deck. I was fortunate enough to grow up in Corpus Christi. Bands love playing Corpus clubs and The Producers played there often. I was able to talk to a couple of the guys between sets one night. This is the song I woke up to.

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I get winded just watching this.