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Ginger Baker, R.I.P.

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Unless you’re a fan of British musicians,  and drummers in particular,  you’ve never  heard of  Ginger Baker, but you have heard of nearly all the groups and individual musicians he partnered with over a very long career.   He had the hot temper often associated with redheads,  and was notoriously difficult to get along with,  but he could wring emotion as well as temp and beat out of a drum set,  and do so within most genres. He was,  indeed  the ultimate  rock wildman.

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October 7, 2019 at 1:32 pm

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Gibson comeback…

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Gibson Guitars is  set to emerge  from bankruptcy,  and I wish the company well.  Its stellar instruments have been  played by practically every rock star in the world.  I own a very old one myself and it is still a pleasure to play it.

Competency of management still matters in the corporate world,   doesn’t it…

 

 

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October 28, 2018 at 2:36 pm

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10 most overrated…

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You’ll realize I am not a huge music aficionado when I confess I have never even heard of a few of  these songs.   Unfortunately a couple of them I heard so often on the radio that their lyrics are bouncing round in my brain as I write this.  Do you agree with Chris Queen’s assessments?  I think he’s right on some of them, but other tunes  may have had good lyrics and terrible music, or vice versa.  Now I have to go listen to something to clear my head…

 

 

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October 16, 2018 at 2:28 pm

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Ed King, R.I.P.

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You didn’t have to be a Lynyrd Skynyrd fan to like  “Sweet Home Alabama”.   You didn’t even need to be a rock ‘n roll fan, strictly speaking,  to be grabbed by the chorus and rough edges.   The co-writer of that hit tune  was Ed  King,  who was with other well-known bands before joining the group in 1972.

 

 

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August 24, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Aretha Franklin, R.I.P.

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Like so many of the Motown artists,  she led a rather chaotic life and made a host of very bad choices,  but the woman  was a  fantastic performer.

 

 

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August 17, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Alexa house party…

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A German man’s Alexa device created  its own  party,  blasting music so loudly that neighbors called the cops,  who broke down the door only to find no one home.

Ain’t modern technology wonderful?

 

 

 

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November 9, 2017 at 3:08 pm

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Prager sells out…

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The Santa Monica Symphony had a fundraising concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.   Its guest host was conservative radio host Dennis Prager,  who is absolutely passionate about classical music,  and who has been a guest conductor for various orchestras.

With boring predictability,  liberals called  for a boycott  of the performance,  supported by the mayor of Santa Monica and a city councilman who said they wouldn’t attend.   Just as easily forecast, some of the musicians refused to perform,  with two of them penning an open letter saying “Dennis Prager is a right wing radio host who promotes horribly bigoted positions,”  which naturally served to point out their own left-wing bigotry.   And all the extra attention drove sales up,  so the event was a sell-out!

Read what Dennis himself had to say about it,  here.

 

 

 

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August 24, 2017 at 12:59 pm