My friend Howie and I arrived at the Beacon on
opening night. I introduced myself to a young Ron Delsner [more]
Sequoya's "Sleep and Dream of Fire"
One of the best albums of the decade. Great
American folk music; great melodies and lyrics. [more]
An Interview With Sequoya
Bonnie of Sequoya
provides inside look of the mechanisms behind composing new
material, playing live, and the North Carolina music scene. [more]
you're out in San Francisco, stop
in the Morning music shop in
Mendocino and check out the
Stroh Violin; hike the Mendocino headlands, enjoy the salt
sea air, talk to the seals,
stay in a quaint bed and breakfast or inn and dine at
one of their fine local restaurants.
Suzanne Vega's Keyboardist
Lives on the Second Floor
waits and waits to play City Hall Park in NYC in support of new album
CBGB's & Patti Smith in the 70's
A picture in the NY
Post of CBGB's in the 70's reveals my friend
Johnny in the front row. Read his reminisces [more]
..the only reason why
the NFL and the top honchos at CBS, the company that broadcast the game,
were thrown into a tizzie about the whole affair is not that Janet Jackson
showed tit... [more]
tour was sans percussion, and it wasn't missed at
and forth from piano to organ, then both at the same
time while singing hitting high notes then off to a
different organ with lights and moods and a good setlist.
Day, Eminem .. and
used to be a big fan of Doris Day until one day my
sister referred to her as a cow. Caught me by surprise
but it seemed a good word to sum up her mugging to the
camera and accentuation of her mammary glands. [more]
Chris Isaak Show
And every week there's a guest star. Last week Gloria Estefan tried to steal his drummer. Her acting was so-so -- at times good; at times a bit wooden.
to an interview with Joan and acoustic performance at
performing in NYC at World Financial Center in June, 2002.
Click on picture for more pix.
Doors 'Light My Fire':
Fight with Jose Feliciano's Wife
leave it to the internet to bring people together... I just had
this cat fight with Jose Feliciano's wife.. I went up to his
website to lodge a complaint, and nature took its course.. [more]
Crow Gets Around
part of the fun is that Sheryl often screws up the song. She had
barely taken the stage for her MTV Unplugged performance a
few years back when she massacred D'yer Maker before the
whole music world, blowing a high note right off the bat; sounding
like a wounded bluejay. Then she got some of the lyrics wrong. At the end of the song she says playfully,
"Sorry Robert." You gotta love it; it's adorable. .. [more]
An Arab Lifts the System?
January, 2002 - How ironic is it that the hottest rock
band out right now,
System of a Down, singing things like
"Angels Deserve to Die", and "everyone must die"..
and the "toxicity of our cities", is fronted by a
lead singer who is.. Armenian but looks like an arab terrorist.
Born in Lebanon, and moved to LA at age 8 where he
was 'americanized', points out System's
website...Serj Tankian looks and sings like a
crazy terrorist bastard. And how about the timing of their album
coming out in
September of 2001.
actuality, he's not an arab, nor a terrorist, and is singing out against drug abuse (toxicity) and other evils.
good as top single Chop Suey is, Toxicity is one of
the most head-turning songs I've heard since.. Led Zeppelin's Kashmir. This
guy Tankian is a maniac, with an operatic tenor voice, bashing out
high C's like a cat in heat.
Janet Jackson Sucks,
and Madonna's So Good
get this straight from the start -- I'm not a Madonna fan.
She's an ego-driven idiot, who has a mediocre voice,
mediocre looks, mediocre dancing ability, and can't play an
is the worst harmonica player of all time? This question was posed
to some harmonica playing
expert on the Dick Cavett show in like 1977. Yes, that's a long time
ago. Dick Cavett was a talk show host. Any other questions? Right,
the answer was...[more]
Johnny Cash on Bob Dylan
"Well when I heard Bob Dylan, I thought he was the best hillbilly
singer I ever heard. And I wrote him a letter. I wrote him a letter
on the plane Ė Iíll never forget Ė and I mailed it to him in one of
those vomit bags they have on the plane. (Laughter)
responded immediately and sent me a letter in the same kind of an
Just rambling, just talking about music,
you know, and the business, and what we wanted to do and the songs we had
written, songs we were singing, and just on and on and on. Just rambliní.
And we wrote each other two or three times after that before we ever met. We
met, actually, at that Newport Folk Festival. ďThe Times They Are A-Changiní,Ē
itís a political song, all right. And itís a song of prophecy, as far as
Iím concerned. A prophetic song whose prophecies definitely came true, the
changing of the times and the Vietnam War, and all that, you know? It was a
very momentous, prophetic song."