Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Well I have to work tonight so not to much of a Halloween for me. However,, I have been watching some horror movies this week to get in the mood for the holiday.

I started off with Alligator X, it fit with the bayous and swamp lands that make up my surroundings, especially on road trips to New Orleans.

Here is the trailer for the movie..

The next one was Snake Island...

These moves were kind of predictable. The alligator special effects was neat and the inbred bad guys were humorous in a sophomoric way. Lots of snakes in the snake one. Pretty predictable, lots of animals, and lots of "cheese."

Then I switched from the nature horrors to a vampire movie..

We Are The Night was about some female vampires. It actually had a couple of interesting love stories woven into the plot.

Well those were my Halloween movies this year, feel free to share yours!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Boston Red Sox World Series Champs!

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox for winning the 2013 World Series! Congratulations to the St. Louis Cardinals for winning the National League pennant.

Crazy calls...

St. Louis moment..

Six games played final score 6-1. David Ortiz MVP. First World Series won in Fenway since 1918. Red Sox third championship in last decade. Those will be your headlines. Red Sox nation enjoy! The rest of the baseball world Spring Training will be here soon! 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

R.I.P. Lou Reed

Lou Reed has taken his last walk..

Here is a link to the report from the Chicago Tribune.  always liked this song of his, I was turned on to it by the Cowboy Junkies but it was a Velvet Underground song..

This song influenced The Psychedelic Furs..

Recently he recorded with Metallica..

As we pay tribute what are some of your favorites? Feel free to share in the comments. I will be back with a new post soon.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Katy Perry

Well my last post was my stepson's favorite artist Weird Al, today it s my daughter's favorite Katy Perry. The song that started my daughter's love affair with Katy Perry's music was her song "Firework"...

Katy Perry's latest hit is her song "Roar"..

My daughter liked her duet with Elmo for Sesame Street even though it was deemed to hot for the show. I will let you decide...

This song might not be child appropriate but my daughter likes it. The video also features Snoop Dogg..

Anyway wishing her a happy birthday!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Weird Al Yankovic

Today Weird Al Yankovic turns 54. He has earned his fame doing song parodies and his perhaps the most famous in his genre. It is good today is his birthday because we all need a smile or laugh.

His parody of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" launched him on the scene, his version was "Eat It"

He covered Michael Jackson's "Bad" with a song called "Bad"

He reworked Madonna's "Like A Virgin" into "Like A Surgeon"

Today's artists are not exempt from Weird Al, he reworked Lady Gaga's "Born this Way" into "Perform this Way"

Miley Cyrus "Party in the USA" was reworked into "Party in the CIA"

He has made parodies of songs n many genres of pop music and through many generations. Weird Al is still going strong creating new parodies and we wish him a happy birthday!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sara Evans at the Fair

Sara Evans was quite a contrast from Grand Funk Railroad as far as entertainment choices. Grand Funk Railroad is a classic rock band while Sara Evans is contemporary country star. Still the stage was set up or an intimate fair experience.

Sara Evans in concert...

Sara Evan played an hour long set or so packed full of hits like :Grow Abit Stronger"..

"Suds in the Bucket"

And " I Could Not Ask For More"

During her set she also played a cover of the song "My Heart Can't Tell You No" which ROd Stewart brought to the limelight in 1988..

However, that cover could not prepare one for her encore which was a series of covers of popular songs performed by Sara backed by her six piece band.

Here she is live covering Bruno Mars hit "When I Was Your Man"

She also covered Pink's monster hit "Just Give Me A Reason" during her encore..

Sara Evans gave a fun show. Her country hits do make her a star and her choice of covers displayed her love of other music and showed off her vocal talents. She also appealed to a larger group of ans with her choice of covers. They may have been unexpected choices however she did perform the songs well.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Grand Funk Railroad at the Fair

Grand Funk Railroad is indeed an American Band and they came to Pensacola to help us party it down at the fair.

Photo: My seats for Grand Funk Railroad...

I think i shouldn't have sat in the second row behind the speakers. My ears did ring a bit. But they mixed in some mellow tunes as well..

Here is a picture of the band..

Photo: An American Band

There was the original drummer who put on a show,,,

It was a show running about 70 minutes packed with many of the groups hits, a great version of the National Anthem and a powerful drum solo.Hits like the locomotion, some kind of wonderful. I'm Your Captain, and We're an American Band were mixed in a nice set that included several other songs like The Devil's Daughter. It was a fun show and the fair was a fun venue. Food, rides and exhibits kept the party going.

Sunday, October 20, 2013


My last day in New Orleans was quite different from the previous one. Still started with a delicious breakfast this time cooked by my host Eric, who is a writer and long time friend. His energy level did not meet that of the waiter at The Camellia Grill where we had breakfast the day before. However, that waiter could have been a motivational speaker and I don't think many people could match that energy level.

On this day there would be no costumes. A good thing. Another good thing was instead of the scheduled tropical storm we were treated to a beautiful day. We headed out across the Mississippi River to a strip mall to catch a shuttle bus to the last day of the Gretna Heritage Festival.The Festival already had the likes of Chicago, Marcia Ball, Blood Sweat and Tears, and Earth, Wind and Fire. Almost anywhere else it would have been considered a major festival in the New Orleans area my friend told me it was just another weekend.

I was sold on going to the show when my friend told me Tab Benoit was playing. After all Eric had turned me on to Tab on my first trip to New Orleans too many years ago. As a blues fan I don't think it gets much better than listening to the blues on the banks of the Mississippi. If I had a bucket list I would be checking it off.

Tab Benoit on stage,,,

Photo: Tab Benoit

Here is a taste from his set...

They do like their football in NOLA. Tab's set was during the Saints game. Tab had the game on the big screen instead of the band to oblige the fans.

I took in the sights of Gretna, the historic Court House, the Spirit of Louisiana steam train on display, the arts and crafts. I took in the sounds of the other bands playing on the different stages. While the Ben Miller Band was more Americana than blues it was still neat to hear and see Cigar Box guitars and electric spoons played while sitting on a levee.

The day's headliner was ZZ Top.Here the little old band from Texas plays "Catfish Blues" t the festival.

Marie Frank reviewed ZZ Top's September Wolf Trap show for DC Metro Theater Arts and you can read her review of that show here. Since it is on the same tour to get an idea of what I experienced. If you want to read another point of view of my adventure in New Orleans check out my friend Eric's blog here. He calls it "My Year of Mardi Gras" and Eric blogs about almost everything related to New Orleans. Including writers, music, adventures and more.

A view o New Orleans from across the river in Gretna...

Photo: The skyline of New Orleans taken from across the river

That is how I spent the first weekend of October! Good friends, fun times, and then topped with some great music. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Happy Birthday Bob Weir

The last year I blogged about Bob Weir it was with concern to his health. Today I write to celebrate his 66th birthday. The yen and yang of blogging or just the continuity of a long, strange trip.The longtime Grateful Dead guitarist is a singer, songwriter, and a talented musician. As we celebrate we will look back at his career.

I couldn't pass this up. Warren Haynes was mind blowing this summer paying tribute to Jerry Garcia. If you missed that you can read my review here. Here Warren Haynes trades licks with Bob Weir on the classic "I Know You Rider."

Reflections on the past Bob Weir discusses Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead..

Below Bob Weir performs "Lucky Enough" with his band Ratdog...

Bob solo performing "Artificial Flowers"

A live version of "Hell in a Bucket" with the Grateful Dead..

Happy Birthday Bob Weir..enjoy the ride!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Return to New Orleans

No I didn't arrive in New Orleans by train like Arlo Guthrie sings above. I arrived via interstate 10. New Orleans had gone through out a lot since the last time I visited her charms. Battered by hurricanes and dumped on by oil. My life like the city had gone through a bunch of changes as well, some good and some bad. New Orleans didn't need me, but I needed the Big Easy. I missed the feel of a city, live music, arts, and the company of a good friend.

No the city wasn't the ruin of me. It was a needed fix of live music. The first day I had a fabulous breakfast served by a waiter who could pass for an inspirational speaker. I soaked up the sights of this up town area which was quite different from the French Quarter I visited in the past. I topped my visit off with a great day packed with football and music.  Will blog about that later. However, it was safe to say I found my musical fix to stop my withdrawal.

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Shell

I was beach-combing on the northeast coast of Florida. I toyed with the idea of going for a swim but the washed up jellyfish, the semi rough surf, and the rain talked me out of it. However, I ventured out ankle deep. The surf temperature was much warmer than cool rain.

Anyway my eyes caught a perfect conch like shell in the surf and I decided to pick it up. Most shells like that get beat up by the surf before it lands on the beach. I thought I found a nice souvenir. I picked it up out of the water and inspected the perfect shell. As I turned it over I discovered someone else had already found the shell! Inside the shell was a crab of some sort who had made the shell his home.

Times are tough and  didn't want to evict the little fellow for my selfish reasons. So, I set the shell back down in the ocean and went on my way. I don't know how the crab made out. Did he wash ashore or did the tide pull him back out? Did the seagulls and other birds turn him into lunch? I don't know. I do know the crab had his shell to face his adventures in.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Happy Birthday Gibson

Yesterday marked Gibson Guitars turning 211 years old. I was turned onto Gibson Guitars by being a fan of Jimmy Page. However, a lot of my guitar heroes played Gibson at some point in their careers including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Angus Young, Duane Allman, Slash and the list could go on.

Eric Clapton discusses a famous Les Paul...

A tour of the Gibson Factory

Here is another video for you guitar geeks like me...

Well I hope Gibson continues to make guitars for years to come. I've been a bit slow on the blogs lately but I will have some new ones coming soon so stay tuned!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Remembering John and John and celebrating Jackson Browne' on their Birthday

October 9 is a good day to be born if you want to be a rocker. I mean it worked for John Lennon, John Entwistle and Jackson Browne.I'll share some music, thoughts and memories.

 I was probably robbed of my chance to see John Lennon when he was shot like a lot of people. The world was robbed of his future songs. Lennon was robbed of his future. We are fortunate as music fans that John Lennon created so many timeless songs with The Beatles and created some solo masterpieces as well.

It is hard to pick favorites, but this one is near the top of my list of his solo songs...

Of course everyone was posting tributes for John today and I found this incredible version of "In My Life" by Keb Mo, it is ear candy enjoy...

It is also John Entwistle's birthday. Entwistle was the bass player for The Who. I did get to see John perform with The Who and I did see the band on the same tour he died on, just a few shows later. Entwistle was able to part of a rhythm section that also included the legendary Keith Moon.

Here is a song John wrote for The Who...

Lastly it is Jackson Browne's birthday who might be running on empty but is still very much alive. I had the chance to review one of his concerts and you can read that review here.Below he performs "Take It Easy" at that show..

Thanks and I hope you enjoy.