Posts Tagged ‘music’

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.



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.

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

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