Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Randy Newman and Doughboy

Yes how can it be?? One of the most talented song writers ever and a man who makes buffet managers cringe have the same birthday.

a) Randy Newman

My favorite artist. Amazing song writer, sarcastic sense of humor, mean piano player. You may know him from movies like Toy Story.If I have you curious there is no shortage of his material on Youtube. I love his songs, I love the way he arranges the orchestra and I love his albums, I saw him live twice once in the Commodore Ballroom in 1989 and facing the water in an outdoor show in Seattle in 1992. I picked 3 of his songs from his Odeon concert in New York while he was promoting his Trouble in Paradise album. 1) I Love LA 2) Simon Smith and his Amazing Dancing Bear and 3) Linda. Linda has a particular significance to me because in the aforementioned Commodore show. He asked if anyone wants to hear anything in particular. My friend and fellow Randy maniac Todd Schindler and I instinctively blurted in unison "Rednecks!!". It was a reference to this same Odeon show since he asked the same question and despite me not hearing the title of the song from the crowd he claims to have heard it and played it. But 2 seconds into the piano intro I recognized the song as "Linda" and he said "yes that's it!" To be recognized by Randy in anyway shape or form was something cool at the time and maybe still is. Linda is a real song from Randy's first album and yes he is singing it to Linda

b) Doughboy.

If you can look through my Multiply pics you can see our tour of Manila's eating establishments. You can see doughboy frequently contributing from left field responses to my Multiply blog. It's been two years since he visited me and him coming here was one of the nicest things any one can do. I really enjoyed that time and glad its on pictures and videos. I included us doing a version of This Guy's In Love With You. Don't blame him, blame me.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Can't Find My Way Home

"F**k the contest, you've GOT to dial up this solo acoustic version of the Blind Faith classic by Stevie Winwood, it's truly JAW-DROPPING! Sure, he hasn't lost his voice, but what will truly blow your mind is the picking. The video looks like the track sounds, him wearing that jacket sitting by the hearth. There's no better late night track than "Can't Find My Way Home", I'm tingling listening to this. Truly. Check this out!"

Bob Lefsetz

Steve Winwood is so extremely uber talented. Thirty years ago I was blown away to learn that some artists released albums where they played everything on there. That short list included Paul McCartney, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Steve Winwood. Maybe Todd Rundgren and World Party ( Carl Wallinger) are also on that list. People wonder why my mind is shut down to new music. Because its disposable trash. People like it because its new , not because its good. Good stays with you forever. Steve Winwood is that kind of artist. Talented even when he was 15. As I have said before Charice is not talented. She is just the muse for the false flag waving crowd.

Steve Winwood has several significant albums in the 80's. Here's the problem. A lot of great artists in the 80s were best known for their most photogenic songs (what gets on MTV) and not their best songs. Listen to me now or believe me later when I tell you that if you want to hear the real good Steve Winwood listen to Traffic, Blind Faith and Spencer Davis. The 80's had some great stuff too like Freedom Overspill and Talking Back to The Night ( which was a Michelob commercial). I won't bore most of you with the biography of Steve Winwood but those who are interested can check out the links below. If you can't see the video then please go to the original blog.

The video below is short song (3:43) of a guy singing and playing amazing guitar on a song that he wrote forty years ago. That 3:43 of video has sparked intense debate in the short time it was released. If you want to learn about music and the talented people that sometimes make up the music business you can read it in Bob Lefsetz's blog or read the rtf here.


Sunday, November 14, 2010

And You Wonder Why We Are Stupid As A Society

Most of my thoughts on dumb newspapers here.

My thought on a dumb society here.

Otherwise, with all the things we need to know that is happening in the nation and the world there has to be at least 2498 more newsworthy things than a boxing prediction. And this prediction is from someone under the employ(Manny's trainer) of one of the two choices in that prediction. If I struck a nerve in you I want to hear about it. I am not putting down Manny but the newspapers. How they are pandering to the ignorant all in the name of advertising. Newspapers are dumb and if you don't like what I said, tell me why they are smart. Specially in this case. I know one thing: I bet this little amateur blog piece makes you think more than that headline does.

This country has to able to know the meaning of the word objectivity. They sure as hell did not know it May 10, 2010. This headline has nothing to do with news or knowledge or common sense. It's all about RAH-RAH!!! Tell me, in your whole life. When do you ever learn anything useful from a cheerleader?? They work hard and are nice to look at but what do you learn??

Our elections are dumb. Our TV is dumb. Our newspapers are dumb. So how is society supposed to be smart??

Our newspapers are supposed to be tools that help develop your head. At some point your heart has to be governed by your head. But obviously that is not the case in this headline or this society.


Please read up on the concept of Bread and Circuses.

Bread and Circuses

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

If I Did This Guaranteed I Will Be Divorced In A Few Months

I don't have much to say here except listening to the audio first more rewarding than reading the story first.

Ed story audio

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I Can't Argue With This

Sarah Thyre (@SarahThyre)
11/6/10 11:12 AM
Married Couples: When fighting, watch the montage from "Up." Dare you to keep fighting.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

In Tribute To The Giants Winning The World Series

I have only seen a game in Candlestick Park in San Francisco once. This was twenty years ago at night with my cousins. The Houston Astros were the visitors. Maybe
Jim Deshaies and John Burkett were pitching I was not entirely sure. It's a twenty year old guess. In between innings that night I went to go purchase a beer.

I was wearing that exact sweater you see me in.

I bought it that day in the Macy's in Union Square. At the time I really could not believe my luck.

The beer vendor at the counter was an African American woman. She asked me " Are you going to Grambling State hon, or are you just wearing the shirt?"

Well to fully contextualize look up Grambling State University if you are not familiar with it.