Politics make strange bedfellows, at least that is what we are told by... Who knows really but one thing is for sure some of those people "in the know" can be just a bit freaky. Yes we all are guaranteed by the First Amendment freedom of speech therefore we enjoy the ability to voice our opinions. The problem isn't with their exercising their rights its often what they say that is confused and just plain uninformed. While what is called the "left" has the point - counterpoint part of their beliefs on a level track its not always on the mark. What does that have to do with a music blog, well....
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
During the era of "hair metal" there was a phenomena that to this day is still perplexing. At this firestorm that "hair metal" became one had to be cognizant of what they were looking at on the cover art of the associated bands. The rationale being that some of the sexiest women on the covers were actually men and often were better looking than some women in the world of "pop" music. Its interesting to think about that comparison, its a legitimate argument BUT was there a deficiency of women in "hair metal"?
Monday, March 18, 2013
It would be surprising that there isn't some time in our lives that we didn't have that "know where you were" moments. The attacks of September 11th, the Challenger explosion, the shooting of President Reagan, my high school graduation (trust me that one was touch and go) all are potential moments. In 2012 I was really starting to hit my stride with this very blog and I had one of those moments. Why am I telling you? Why do you care? Keep reading...
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I had the strangest dream recently, Friday March 8th, 2013 to be exact. I had this dream about music but that isn't what made the dream strange. I would chalk the strangest part of the dream to those that made an appearance, and they were some interesting ones. Yes I could have opened up in therapy, to a psychiatrist or I could even bought a book on dreams, but what fun would that have been.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Magic, Silly Rabbit's and kids, levitation, David Blaine, Cheap Trick, Vegas and Harry Houdini, each of these are associated in some way to "tricks". Whether it be magicians, cities, or breakfast cereal we all have a curiosity with tricks. While we were young, we would stare intently, watching someone doing some type of magic trick, and we would sit mesmerized as the magician (or an uncle at a family gathering) did some type of trick whatever it was. In the summer of 2012 I felt like that child as I stared at a stage in Royalton, MN. You may ask yourself, why? What does magic and Royalton, MN have to do with magic? Well...
Friday, December 7, 2012
Walter Payton. Gary Fencik. Wilbur Marshall. Although most of you may recognize one of those listed, its a fair bet that unless you are a rabid Chicago Bears fan, two of the names are unfamiliar to you. Walter Payton, a Hall of Fame Running Back for the Chicago Bears (the greatest EVER) is the most recognizable name of the three. Fencik and Marshall were phenomenal at the positions (Fencik - Safety, Marshall - Linebacker) so when I tell you that as a youth I wanted to be them, it should be of no surprise. It seemed like every time my cousins and I got together and play a "pick-up" game of football I pretended to be one of them. As the saying goes, "Imitation is the purest form of flattery" but what does that have to do with a music blog? Well...
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
The era that was "Hair Metal" was full of bands that had been signed by record companies eager to make a buck. Bands from the era varied from the unenviable position of "one hit wonders" to arena-worthy "mega hit" bands. For many of the "one hit wonders", their fame faded, rather collapsed around them but some of them survived to play another day. The three days of "Halfway Jam" and so many other music festivals provide those "survivors" with a way to bring their music to those that lived through the hair metal days as well as a new set of ears; their children. For one of those bands, they did more than just "survive".