Archive for the ‘music’ Category

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:

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:


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.

All parrots love music

Posted: March 22, 2009 in miscellaneous, music
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But this bird really gets it.

Remember this?

Posted: March 2, 2008 in music, Uncategorized
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This brings back vague memories of partying my ass off in clubs back when the little wonder pill was still legal. The 80’s were fun. Really fun. This song reminds me of that time.

Never Say Never

Little jet-setter

Posted: January 27, 2008 in music, travel, Uncategorized

My 20 year old daughter called me tonight to tell me she was having a hell of a fun time. She called me while she was backstage after the Velvet Revolver show in Detroit. She is so grounded when she gets home.

B-52’s binge

Posted: January 19, 2008 in music, Uncategorized

I don’t care what anyone thinks. I love the B-52’s. I always have and I always will. I once had some of their tapes but they are gone now. I once had a cassette player but it died many, many years ago. Thanks to the internet I can not only hear a long lost song but even see a video of it. Below is a video of a 1980 “performance”. Notice the cool harmonies of Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson while neither of them have a mic.

Private Idaho

Planet Claire