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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.

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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Well, suffer no more. With the The Bill Haley Workout you can have all the moon pies and RC cola you want. For a meager nightly cover charge you can work all those moon pies into negative calories. To hell with celery. And just think, with the calories burned and the money saved, there’s plenty of wiggle room for a few beers, a burger and a shake afterward. Everyone’s talking about it.

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I get winded just watching this.

Boogie Woogie

Posted: September 7, 2009 in entertainment, music, Uncategorized

I love the Forties
Gotta love the pentatonic scale too. Can anyone tell me what movie this is? I’m not quizzing anyone. I’m just asking because I do not know.

Denise Reis

Posted: July 22, 2009 in music, people
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I had just gotten home from a monthly trip when I found a very interesting video in my email. My Dad sent me a snippet of a woman playing a song on some TV show. I was seriously blown away. He just dropped this bomb on me without telling who she was. Maybe he didn’t know either. I did some looking and found out who she is.

Denise Reis is a Brazilian singer, violinist and composer. Born in Belo Horizonte, in the State of Minas Gerais, she began studying the guitar at age 10. Four years later she attended Julia Pardini’s Choral, where she was promptly invited to take part in a European tour in 1986. As her musical career progressed, she found widespread acceptance and support from the Brazilian people and media. This success was greatly due to Denise’s remarkable ability to imitate the trumpet using only her lips and voice.

I understand that the ability to mimic a trumpet like she does sort of diminishes her credibility as a serious musician to some people, but I’m here to say that this woman is one hell of a serious musician. She’s really playing that guitar . . . and very well. I love her voice too. She’s not a gimmick act. In fact, she doesn’t even do that all the time. Look her up. You’ll see.

Denise Reis

Denise Reis

I love all things that are not modern. I also love all things that no one else likes and especially the things no one else has ever heard of.

Here are two of my favorites. One is a band called Legs Diamond and the other is Mae West. Legs Diamond was a band in the seventies that I was very much in to. I saw them several times in concert and played their albums so much that the stylus had to be replaced every two or three months. We called it a needle. You don’t know what a stylus is, do you? Then there is Mae West. Mae West was . . . well, Mae West.

There is a chorus in one of Legs Diamond’s songs (the words) that has stuck with me for over 30 years. Make fun of me all you want but I think they are some powerful words. So there. I also found a site with Mae West quotes. I read them all, but two of them really stood out to me. Notice the similarity of the words below from an effeminate looking seventies rock band and that of the most sexually aggressive woman of the 1930’s. They are pretty much saying the same thing.

Legs Diamond said:
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It’s not the music, it’s how you play it. It’s not the words, it’s how you say it.

Mae West said:

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It isn’t what I do, but how I do it. It isn’t what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it.

It’s not what I do, but the way I do it. It’s not what I say, but the way I say it.

Afterthought: Maybe Legs Diamond got those great lyrics from Mae West.