Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Stevie On The Street!

I remember watching this as a wee lad! For some reason this grabbed me a lot more than watching Mr. Hooper talk about produce!

Check out the guy playing guitar behind Stevie. That is a young Ray Parker Jr. pre Ghostbusters!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Steven / Ace Frehley

Today was Decade Day at Stevens school. Of course it was a perfect opportunity for him to dress up as a member of KISS!!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Marvin and Tammi- Aint No Mountain High Enough

More Tributes to Marvin!

I have always loved this song. I have posted this one before, but I just felt like slapping it up. The lyric is so positive and you can see the chemistry between them.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

More Marvin

Funny how something written in 1970 can be relevant today. From my favorite Marvin ( and in my top 10 for all time favorite albums in general) album "Whats Goin On"

Inner City Blues ( directed by the Hughes Brothers)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

In Memory of Marvin

We are approaching 25 years since Marvin Gaye was killed by his father. Killed on April Fools day in 1984, I will always remember the fact that I thought it was a lame joke that a coworker pulled on me.

I always and have continued to love Marvins music. He was able to channel his dispair and turbulent life into something beautiful and full of meaning. It sometimes bothers me that when you bring up Marvin to most people, they just think of " Lets Get It On and Sexual Healing". Good songs, but there is so much more depth out there if you dig for it.

This video shows the various stages of his career along with a song called. " If I should die tonight" that has a lyric that always hit me. Having the love of someone that fills you so fully that even if you were to die too young or before you were ready, you would feel blessed to just have experienced that love.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

U2- No line on the horizon- 2009

I am one of those U2 fans that has most of the catalog but dont find myself really listening alot to U2 on a regular basis. I admit they are a great band and have some songs that move me. However, I do not grab for a song from U2 in a moment of sadness or happiness. That to me usually defines if a band is a favorite or not to me.

The exception in U2's catalog is the mid 80's CD "The Unforgettable Fire". I listen to that CD because its moody and atmosperic and hits a note with me when I am in one of those kinds of moods. There have been several U2 cds to follow since "fire", with different producers and sonic textures. It looks like they have finally decided to step back into my "zone" so to speak.

The new CD ( $3.99 on amazon!) is mostly midtempo rock . The exception is the single "sexy boots" which on the surface sounds kind of weak on the radio, but in this collection of songs , really clears the deck and a nice change of pace. As I mentioned above, I enjoy a more moody sound from this band. It delivers on this tone about 75% of the time. I especially like the song "Moment Of Surrender" and the line " Its not that I believe in love..it believes in me". It just grabs me from beginning to end. Many of the lyrics are simplistic like this, but in the context of the song are powerfull and emotional. The Edge's guitar work is unique as always. A+ in my book, a CD I will find myself playing often.
Standout tracks.
Moment of Surrender
White as snow
Cedars Of Lebanon

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Cheestastic 80's!

Ahhh yes, bad mustaches and leather pants. Welcome to the world we know as Hall and Oates.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Back Door Slam RIP.

Sorry to hear that one of my favorite young bands have parted ways. I have to admit, I am not shocked. After spending 2 nights in the front row watching Davey Knowles play guitar and sing, I just knew it was a matter of time before he became a solo artist. Very talented and hopefuly wont turn into John Mayer (yuck). Please just play the blues and dont aim for top 40.

Sorry John, just my opinion.