The incredibly sad news that we lost this sweet, sweet guitar last week…among all the political hatred was a blow. Those of us who never saw the Eagles live (I saw them with Linda Ronstadt, but not when they became the Eagles) will forever know, that the only time I will be able to hear this classic guitar sound is on YouTube.
Glenn Frey. Dead at 67?
Not fair. Too young.
Sit back, turn off the lights, grab a beer, especially if you still have electric, and sink your sometimes tormented soul, once again…into the Hotel California.
He pretty much explained it all.
Okay, I can’t help myself. This is probably one of the meanest things I will ever write outside of politics.
David Bowie died, and like Charlie Sheen, some of us out in common sense land have NO idea why all the fuss.
He was a notorious drug addict, a sex addicted narcissist, who, like Obama, knew the right powerful people to become successful.
To me, his music sucked. First: His vocal range was short of middle C to maybe Bb. VERY limited. An elephant has more range.
His chords in all his music are so BORING and so repetitious you almost needed to be on drugs to listen to them.
His MAIN talent, was…inventing new looks for himself to keep him on the fashion pages, as the NEW bi-sexual, gay, no…womanizer, no…genius…oh look…he’s such a genius…
WHAT? In what? Even Andy Warhol had more talent and that’s not saying much.
No, he couldn’t sing, but neither could Bob Dylan, so I always turned his songs off whenever I heard them. Bob Dylan at least recorded some decent stuff, even though he couldn’t sing.
His music was to me…how can I say this: It was like waking up to a breakfast of eggs, filled with cigarette ashes. YUK.
It just goes to show you how far we have fallen to say someone is a ‘genius.’ From Beethoven, to Bowie. Really? REALLY?
Even some of the rap music is better.
To be fair, maybe he had some good songs and I never heard them because I hated the HITS he had so much, I stayed away from anything he ever wrote. Thank GOD I never had to sing or play him in all the forty years I was in music.
He made Donna Summers look like Bach.
Bowie…was a marketing genius. But genius musician? Uh….sorry.
Not in my Nobody Opinion.
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Not sure I was ready for this, but anything that is this creative and fun deserves to be passed around.
Not sure who they are, but I DO want to try that on the piano.
(Thanks to JR)
Just a good song, from the past…..
One of my favorite Beatles songs…remember them? (Okay, maybe not.)
I like these words, about how you can run into somebody after you’ve become a success and they used to think you were beneath them, and then all of a sudden…they are not.
“Why tell me why did you not treat me right? Love has a nasty habit of disappearing over night.”
Ha ha. Which one of the Beatles had this experience? And who among us cannot relate to it?
Let’s start the weekend with a bang shall we?
Okay..I admit…. I was a HUGE Beatles fan, and I never, EVER tire of this song. It wasn’t one of their hits, but it was so originally great.
John’s voice is raw—as much as I loved Paul’s voice, he could NEVER do this as well as John.
simply rock. Powerful. The words are meaningless, and then they hit you hard..like he’s putting some idiot down, and then says, “You can talk to me..If you’re lonely you can talk to me.”
The BASS lines are incredible, the guitar riff never gets old, and George Martin is simply a genius. Martin never got half the credit he deserved in my Nobody Opinion, and I like this version because it shows some pictures of him.
I think I might have posted this before, but it’s worth a second fun time.
(I love these guys.)
The most spastic singer from the sixties died today at age 70 of lung cancer. I never saw him live, but I love the way he tears the heck out of this song. He had the ultimate blues voice, but was really hard to watch….entertaining, but weird.
Leon Russell is really cool too. I have seen him a lot in concert…one of the best.
R.I.P. Joe. We STILL have your records!
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My brother sent me this one…because I played drums all those years, but I started at 18, this kid is just 3 years old! His name is Lyonya Shilovsky, and proud papa has taken the kid’s excellent ear…and there you go!
Little Lyonya really has a strong grip, and the drums rolls are nice and even.
AND, when he dropped his sticks he didn’t miss a beat, and he can scratch his face while following the song, and on top of that, he’s just so darn cute.
Okay. I’m in love.
Where creativity comes from. You can read all the neurology books you want, the latest research, and they STILL don’t know why some people are more creative than others. When they say robots are going to take over the world…think again. Do you really think a robot will be as creative as a human?
Only by transplant.
(Although, I wouldn’t mind replacing Joe Biden with one.)
I was watching a documentary on Jimi Henricks last night, and remembering that I once saw him onstage, perform this very song. He was amazing to watch.
Jimi Hendricks could not only play the guitar in his sleep, he was incredibly original–from his clothes to the sound of his feedback, he did it all HIS way. No other guitar players sounded like him.
I don’t know how many millions of people dropped acid when they went to see Jimmy, but I bet some of those people are running the country right now.
When Einstein said that imagination was worth more than knowledge, I think he was talking about creativity. If you ask the really creative people, they have no clue where their ideas come from, most will say, it just comes from out of the blue. And as you will hear, the planet needs them, more than ever.
I found this video today on Glenn Becks’ site, and I enjoyed it so VERY much…I wanted everyone to see it, and especially anyone who reads this blog.
Sir Ken Robinson gave this talk at a TED gathering in California, where lots of brilliant minds get together and do talks on most everything.
Ken talks about how creativity is being destroyed in all school systems all over the world, and he’s right.
He’s also extremely funny, creative, and just like Jimi Henrick, puts his thoughts into YOUR head, like nobody else does.
So, I hope you can find the twenty minutes of your life, which if you are like me, is a lot….and watch this guy…I did. And now, I’m a big fan.
You might have already seen this. One thousand high school students starting singing in a hotel, and … I’m so glad some one thought to go get their camera.
It’s better than a steel drum….it’s a ethereal sound for a Sunday morning.
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Here’s a great way to start off your Sunday morning. This is Holland’s Got Talent, and what an understatement.
What is so amazing about little 9-year-old Armira is not only the beautiful voice, but her artistry that is way beyond her years. Notice how she visions her performance before she sings. Let’s hope she stays in Holland–and doesn’t get corrupted by the American money-making music machine.
(Thanks to JR)
I wrote this BEFORE I watched the Grammies last night. And I must say, it was one of the best Grammies in years: They mixed the old timers, with the new kids— a lot less rap, more actual music, and most of the show was enjoyable—up until the gay propaganda song. Not only was the song stupid, the gay propaganda staged production was just plain moronic. What Madonna, Queen Latvia, and that other idiot (you know the blond Eminem copycat) and the Cathedral background said was—- GOD recognizes gays in the church. SAME LOVE:
They just rewrote the Bible. In other words, THEY know god, and you don’t. Rather presumptuous of them.
Anyway, —on to my post:
Last week I took a sneak peak at the nominations of the upcoming Grammy awards show, and talk about clueless: I was thinking…”Who?” “What?” “Is that a band or a disease”?
And that’s the problem. The biggest Grammy watchers throughout the years have been the baby boomer generations, who grew up with the Eagles, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrick, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Yes, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Motown…and we even got into AC/DC, —-country, you name it—-My generation was a big music generation. But— every generation has its own music. Basically, whatever you grew up with in high schools stays with you the rest of your life.
I don’t remember the exact moment I switched from listening to music to listening to conservative talk radio, but I’m pretty sure it came about when they put the old record player in the trash, and brought out the CD’s. Who had the money to go and replace their vast collection of albums with CD’s? I sure didn’t. And that’s the point: the technology boom came during Bill Clinton, and somehow music took a back burner to the shenanigans of the Clintons.
And then there was RAP. Every time I turned on the Grammys in years past, it was overrun by Rap artists. To a musician, rap was pretty lame, almost cheating. How HARD is it to just stand up and talk? No harmony, no artist spending HOURS practicing guitar chords and rifts, bass lines, or mastering their instruments…Technology put the old musicians on the bench. Drum machines replayed drummers. All musical instruments could now be done on a computer, and artists didn’t even need agents anymore…they just put themselves on YouTube.
But tonight, before the show, we hear a special announcement: A special “gay’ promotion will be happening…
An on-air wedding of 34 couples — gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors,” they write. “The ceremony will be part of the hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s performance of their Grammy-nominated song “Same Love,” which became a marriage-equality anthem last year just as that issue was drawing intense national attention.”
Mr. Lewis, the group’s producer, said that the weddings “will be in our minds the ultimate statement of equality, that all the couples are entitled to the same exact thing.”
And I think: Do I even WANT to record this…? Does Obama have to put his liberal propaganda in a music show? MUST you?
Frankly—right now, I don’t think the biggest concern on any conservative mind is whether gays can marry or not. But the liberals are telling us what should be concerning the world. (Mindless dweebs responds), even if they have to spoil the Grammies.
So, what’s with all this ‘gay’s NEED to be recognized stuff? The story goes: One percent of the population (or is it 15? Who knows?) are being bullied by the rest of us.
Conservatives are more concerned about the dictator in the White House right now.
Here’s a secret: Most of us want gays to be happy. Obama is lying…again. What we can’t understand is why the Christian Church, which historically speaking for thousands of years has had as its foundation, marriage only between a man and a woman,— is not being allowed to go on with its own traditions.
Why in the WORLD can’t the gays just go out and get the government to let them marry in a civil ceremony? There are 16 states now that allow gay marriage. No doubt sooner or later the Supreme Court will make it legal.
But that won’t be enough. NO–, they want the churches doctrine to change and the people to bow down to gays. Conservatives are basally, being bullied.
And let’s not even go to the real science. The species can only reproduce by a man and woman. Obama may not want us to reproduce, but I’m pretty sure “God” thought it was a good idea. Otherwise, none of us would be here…not even gay people.
Gay people had …heterosexual parents, (don’t tell them) and I think they owe them a little respect.
The real reason the ‘gay’ issue is so important of course, is that liberals must break up the traditional family in order to have single mothers dependent on the state. That’s the communist/Chicago way.
Nevertheless, we must not forget that we are guaranteed by the Constitution, freedom of religion. And that freedom includes who the church can decide to marry according to its traditions.
Expect more attacks.
As for ‘gays’ being picked on?—-No matter how many laws the government passes, there will always be bullies. (Our government being the biggest proof.) If some kids have gay parents, or if the kid is gay and being made fun of, it’s up to the parents to teach the child how to deal with bullies.
If kids with disabilities, kids with cancer, kids not so good looking, kids that are fat, —if those kids can grow up and fight the bullies, so can the gay kids.
I’m sorry, “Gay happiness” is just not on the biggest problems facing the United States right now.
But….the Gay Bully pulpit has only just begun. Next stop: The Olympics.