Title Pending... Musings of a Procrastinator
sleep0nthefloor:

HAPPY RECORD STORE DAY! That’s my dad and I, my dad has owned the same record store for thirty years. This day is better than Christmas to me. Every record store day great bands release new LP’s and collectibles and a lot of great music lovers come to get records and talk about music. During the evening at my dad’s store, a ton of bands in the Akron area will be playing to celebrate this wonderful day. I’ll be playing a set as well :) In the digital age, it’s hard to make a living off of tangible music, but we try our hardest.
Wish the best of luck to my family today and go support your local record store. It scares me to think that these wonderful business will be obsolete soon enough.

Long rock record stores!

sleep0nthefloor:

HAPPY RECORD STORE DAY! That’s my dad and I, my dad has owned the same record store for thirty years. This day is better than Christmas to me. Every record store day great bands release new LP’s and collectibles and a lot of great music lovers come to get records and talk about music. During the evening at my dad’s store, a ton of bands in the Akron area will be playing to celebrate this wonderful day. I’ll be playing a set as well :) In the digital age, it’s hard to make a living off of tangible music, but we try our hardest.

Wish the best of luck to my family today and go support your local record store. It scares me to think that these wonderful business will be obsolete soon enough.

Long rock record stores!

"It was the first time I heard young girls singing about emotion and sexuality," recalls Scialfa of her earliest experience listening to girl groups from the Fifties and Sixties. "They expressed the things you were supposed to hide."

Vote for the E Street Band to be in the New Jersey Hall of Fame


The E Street Band Asbury Park (1974 - ) Best known as Bruce Springsteen’s band, the group has also recorded with a wide range of artists from Bob Dylan to the Grateful Dead. The band members include Clarence Clemons, Steve Van Zandt, Garry Tallent, Danny Federici, Vini Lopez, David Sancious, Max Weinberg, Roy Bittan, Nils Lofgren, Patti Scialfa and Ernest “Boom Boom” Carter.

Here’s the link:  http://new.njhalloffame.org/

(I’m not sure there’s a good photo of all the more recent members with instruments in hand/playing. Someone needs to get on that.)

Random vacation photos of mine. I was intrigued by the Capitol Records building, Hollywood, CA. and it proved to be elusive for a good photo, always hiding between buildings when we were riding by. It was home to the Beatles and I guess the Beetles too. Volkswagen Beetles sneaked into the photos each time.

   I went to see Steve Earle and the Dukes, (and Duchesses) last Tuesday at the Lexington Opera House. I was very excited for a band to be with him since he’s been solo the last few tours.

        I’m so glad Mr. Earle somehow found his way out of that dark, dark hole of heroin addiction. What a travesty it would have been to lose such a talent at an early age. Maybe he could be some kind of advisor for these other troubled artists. I say if he could come clean, anybody can.  He says he follows the typical 12 step program. Kudos to him. My favorite song is one he says was the first one he wrote sober: “Goodbye”. If I can ever get You Tube to cooperate, we have some great videos.

   He said during the show, he’d be “out at the merchandise stand, pimping things afterward”. He was! My husband asked him how he wrote the songs for “The Mountain” without having some kind of Appalachian, redneck roots. He said that actually his mother, or stepmother was from Big Stone Gap, Virginia and that he visited there as a kid.

   I think I may be in the minority, but I can actually enjoy music and musicians separately from their political views. Although Steve Earle has been very, very vocal at previous shows I’ve been to, he was a bit subdued for this one.

   His lovely wife, Allison Moorer accompanied. Former Son Volt guitarist Chris Masterson and wife Eleanor Whitmore added some pizazz. That big, glowing Gretsch White Falcon caught my eye.

    By the way Steve is father to three kids ranging from 29 yr. old Justin Townes Earle to baby, John Henry, 15 months. Whoa.

Of course we’d have to visit a record store on vacation. Now this is a record store: Amoeba Music, The world’s largest independent music store, Sunset Blvd, Hollywood

We hung out a little by Elvis’s bus, and ta-da he showed up! He was very nice, taking photos and signing things. I told him I liked his Sundance show (I couldn’t think of the name: Spectacle) I said I liked the one with Bruce Springsteen. He said, “Yes, it was great, wasn’t it. He (Bruce) was very generous.”
I was making some crazed expression and talking when the photo was taken so I had to do a little creative and sophisticated photoshopping.
I promise I don’t always wear that scarf.
There are other photos here.

We hung out a little by Elvis’s bus, and ta-da he showed up! He was very nice, taking photos and signing things. I told him I liked his Sundance show (I couldn’t think of the name: Spectacle) I said I liked the one with Bruce Springsteen. He said, “Yes, it was great, wasn’t it. He (Bruce) was very generous.”

I was making some crazed expression and talking when the photo was taken so I had to do a little creative and sophisticated photoshopping.

I promise I don’t always wear that scarf.

There are other photos here.

I finally uploaded some of my other videos of John Prine at the Louisville Palace Theater 10-22-10. This one is “In Spite of Ourselves” with Sara Watkins.

Here are two others; Clay Pigeons 

            and Fish and Whistle      They’re available in HD too.

Quite by mistake today, I discovered that Roger Ebert wrote the very first review of John Prine in 1970: John Prine: American Legend

Ebert:
"Through no wisdom of my own but out of sheer blind luck, I walked into the Fifth Peg, a folk club on West Armitage, one night in 1970 and heard a mailman from Westchester singing. This was John Prine.

He sang his own songs. That night I heard “Sam Stone,” one of the great songs of the century. And “Angel from Montgomery.” And others. I wasn’t the music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, but I went to the office and wrote an article. And that, as fate decreed, was the first review Prine ever received.”

Another piece by Roger Ebert on John Prine: “Prine is the best poet-songwriter of his generation. Period.”

I went to see John Mellencamp Monday night, 11-1-10 at Cincinnati Music Hall. There are a lot of unique things about this cd and tour. From his website:

"First he went to the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, Georgia, set up his 1955 AMPEX 601 tape recorder and vintage RCA ribbon microphone, and recorded in glorious mono. Then he hit Memphis’s Sun Records, where Presley, Perkins, Cash and Lewis recorded their early rockabilly. Finally, in a small San Antonio, Texas hotel room, where 70 years ago Robert Johnson, fearing hellhounds on his trail, sat on a chair facing a corner of the room to lay down some of the most sacred of profane blues songs, Mellencamp sat in the same corner and sang his heart out."


The format is “1/3 a rootsy first set from Mellencamp and his band, followed by a quasi-solo set by Mellencamp and ending with a rock and roll climax by Mellencamp and band.”

I loved the 8mm documentary shown before the show and Mr. Mellencamp’s artwork displayed in the lobby. I’m really enjoying the small venues that I’ve been to lately.

I think he was a bit surprised after choosing one gal to dance with, that two others stormed the stage; one planting a big smooch on him.

No doubt that music is his muse, good for us.

Other photos here:  http://bit.ly/cGXTxa

John Prine is an American troubadour worthy of respect and wolf whistles. I enjoyed the show at the Palace Theater, Louisville, KY 10-22-10. Sara Watkins opened. “Sam Stone” and “Hello in There” always make my allergies act up.
This has been the month of Rocktober for sure. I’ve seen Charlie Daniels, Alejandro Escovedo, John Prine and coming up this Monday, John Mellencamp. Woot.

John Prine is an American troubadour worthy of respect and wolf whistles. I enjoyed the show at the Palace Theater, Louisville, KY 10-22-10. Sara Watkins opened. “Sam Stone” and “Hello in There” always make my allergies act up.

This has been the month of Rocktober for sure. I’ve seen Charlie Daniels, Alejandro Escovedo, John Prine and coming up this Monday, John Mellencamp. Woot.

Serendipity

Back in the spring when it was raining cats and dogs and nearly flooding, a friend and I started this jokey thing of quoting Lyle Lovett’s “If I Had a Boat”:

If I had a boat
I’d go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I’d ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat

If I were Roy Rogers
I’d sure enough be single
I couldn’t bring myself to marrying old Dale
It’d just be me and trigger
We’d go riding through them movies
Then we’d buy a boat and on the sea we’d sail

And if I had a boat
I’d go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I’d ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat

The mystery masked man was smart
He got himself a Tonto
‘Cause Tonto did the dirty work for free
But Tonto he was smarter
And one day said kemo sabe
Kiss my ass I bought a boat
I’m going out to sea

And if I had a boat
I’d go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I’d ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat

And if I were like lightning
I wouldn’t need no sneakers
I’d come and go wherever I would please
And I’d scare ‘em by the shade tree
And I’d scare ‘em by the light pole
But I would not scare my pony on my boat out on the sea

And if I had a boat
I’d go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I’d ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
Me upon my pony on my boat

So when my husband left to go to the closing ceremonies of the World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park yesterday, (where Lyle Lovett was scheduled to play) I jokingly said, “If Lyle plays that pony/boat song call me”. At this point, he wasn’t even sure he’d go to the concert. He was going to take photos of the horse things.

   Well, a few hours later he calls: “Hey, remember that you told me to call you if Lyle played that song?” Me: “Yes” Then my husband holds the phone out and I hear the loveliest version of “If I Had a Boat”. It was really lovely—and kind of funny.

..and of course I messaged my friend and told her about it for an additional little giggle.

..and my husband took a photo of more than the horses.

      My husband asked every friend he knows, but when none could join him, I had to go to a Charlie Daniels concert with him. It was at the Opera House and made me wonder if Pavarotti had ever played a rodeo.
          I really don’t like traditional country music but I can appreciate good talent. He and his band are very talented. He’s been playing for fifty two years, FIFTY TWO YEARS. Two of his band members have been with him for 35-40 years.  He generously spotlighted his band and had two of them play/sing songs of their own.
     Dare I say that a few of the numbers were somewhat jazz tinged?  I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. He is a practicing patriot and gave a sincere shout out to the military and veterans. I also noticed that many of the seats were probably donated to children and others who have special needs. There were a few on the side stage who he made a point to meet while the rest of the band jammed. Overall, I think he is a good soul with maybe a few old fashioned, incorrect biases; a good soul who can play the fiddle.
   You have to love it when the lead guitarist is working the merchandise booth after the show. The other band members were out by the bus signing things and taking pictures, paying special attention to the kids. I don’t think anyone could find anything wrong with that.

      My husband asked every friend he knows, but when none could join him, I had to go to a Charlie Daniels concert with him. It was at the Opera House and made me wonder if Pavarotti had ever played a rodeo.

          I really don’t like traditional country music but I can appreciate good talent. He and his band are very talented. He’s been playing for fifty two years, FIFTY TWO YEARS. Two of his band members have been with him for 35-40 years.  He generously spotlighted his band and had two of them play/sing songs of their own.

     Dare I say that a few of the numbers were somewhat jazz tinged?  I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. He is a practicing patriot and gave a sincere shout out to the military and veterans. I also noticed that many of the seats were probably donated to children and others who have special needs. There were a few on the side stage who he made a point to meet while the rest of the band jammed. Overall, I think he is a good soul with maybe a few old fashioned, incorrect biases; a good soul who can play the fiddle.

   You have to love it when the lead guitarist is working the merchandise booth after the show. The other band members were out by the bus signing things and taking pictures, paying special attention to the kids. I don’t think anyone could find anything wrong with that.