Adventures of an Analog Man in the Digital Universe, with a little help from my friends and relations.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

How Will the Wolf Survive?

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Each journey begins and also ends." - Master Po
". . . the journey through life. . . begins and it ends. Yet fresh journeys go forth. Father begets son who becomes in turn father who begets son." - Po
". . . seek first to know your own journey's beginning and end; seek then the other journeys of which you are a close part. But in this seeking know patience. Wear their traveler's cloak which shelters and permits you to endure." - Master Po
"I wish no trouble." - Caine

"Discipline your body, Grasshopper, that you may find a greater power. . . . Those who surrender themselves find inner strength...When the heart knows no danger, no danger exists. When the soul becomes the warrior all fear melts as the snowflake that falls upon your hand." - Master Po
"'How does one find the strength within himself?' - Caine 'By being one with all that is without himself.'" - Master Po
"That prevails which refuses to know the power of the other. Where fear is, does not danger also live? And where fear is not, does not danger also die? Where the tiger and the man are two, he may die. Yet where the tiger and the man are one there is no fear. There is no danger. For what creature, one with all nature, will attack itself." - Master Po
". . . be yourself and never fear thus to be naked to the eyes of others. Yet know that men so often mask themselves that what is simple is rarely understood. The dust of truth swirls and seeks its own cracks of entry and a tree falling in the forest without ears to hear makes no sound. Yet it falls." Lucky numbers 2,34,17,5,38,49.- Master Po

Did I ever tell you the one about converting a bear, Grasshopper?

Converting a Bear

A priest, a Pentecostal preacher and a Rabbi all served as chaplains to
the students of Northern Michigan University in Marquette. They would get
together two or three times a week for coffee and to talk shop.

One day, someone made the comment that preaching to people isn't really
all that hard. A real challenge would be to preach to a bear. One thing led to another and they decided to do an experiment. They would all go out into the woods, find a bear, preach to it, and attempt to convert it to their particular religion.

Seven days later, they're all together to discuss the experience. Father Flannery, who has his arm in a sling, is on crutches, and has various bandages, goes first. "Well," he says, "I went into the woods to find me a bear. And when I found him I began to read to him from the Catechism.

Well, that bear wanted nothing to do with me and began to slap me around.
So I quickly grabbed my holy water, sprinkled him and, Holy Mary Mother of God, he became as gentle a lamb. The bishop is coming out next week to give him
first communion and confirmation."

Reverend Billy Bob spoke next. He was in a wheelchair, with an arm and both legs in casts, and an IV drip. In his best fire and brimstone oratory he claimed, "WELL brothers, you KNOW that we don't sprinkle! I went out and I FOUND me a bear. And then I began to read to him from God's HOLY WORD! But that bear wanted nothing to do with me. So I took HOLD of him and we began to rassle. We rassled down one hill, UP another and DOWN another until we came to a crick. So I quick DUNKED him and BAPTIZED his hairy soul. And just like you said, he became as gentle as a lamb. We spent the rest of the week in fellowship, feasting on God's Holy Word, and praising Jesus."

They both looked down at the rabbi, who was lying in a hospital bed. He was in a body cast and traction with IV's and monitors running in and out of him. He was in bad shape. The rabbi looks up and says, "You fellows don't even know what trouble is until you try to circumcise a bear."

Saturday, March 18, 2006

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Friday, March 17, 2006

And they called it IraLand

Good to hear from ye, Lad! As work is going to keep me O.T. (especially Friday, possibly into Saturday), here are my Top Five Favorites on all things Irish:
1. And It Stoned Me - Van Morrison
2. Danny Boy - Sinead O'Connor's Version
3. Give Ireland Back To The Irish - Paul McCartney
4. Sunday, Bloody, Sunday - U2
5. Emerald - Thin Lizzy
Subject: Ireland reference songs

And it's a long way to Buffalo.It's a long way to
Belfast city too.And I'm hoping that Joyce won't blow the hoist'Cause this time, they bit off more than they can chew.


Down into the street below And you know you gotta go On that train from Dublin up to
Sandy Row Throwing pennies at the bridges down below And the rain, hail, sleet, and snow


Faraway, so close up with the static and the radio With satellite television you can go anywhere Miami, New Orleans, London, Belfast and Berlin


Great Britain, you are tremendous, And nobody knows like me.But really, what are you doing In the land across the sea? Tell me, how would you like it,If on your way to work,You were stopped by Irish soldiers?Would you lie down, do nothing,Would you give in, who can say?


Sister Mary Katherine entered the Monastery of Silence. The priest said, "Sister, this is a silent monastery. You are welcome here> as long as you like, but you may not speak until I direct you to do so".

Sister Mary Katherine lived in the monastery for 5 years before the Priest said to her, "Sister Mary Katherine, you have been here for 5 years You may speak two words." Sister Mary Katherine said, "Hard bed." "I'm sorry to hear that," the Priest said, "We will get you a better bed."

After another 5 years, Sister Mary Katherine was called by the Priest. "You may say another two words, Sister Mary Katherine. "Cold food," said Sister Mary Katherine, and the Priest assured her that the food would be better in the future.

On her 15th anniversary at the monastery, the Priest again called Sister Mary Katherine into his office. "You may say two words today." "I quit," said Sister Mary Katherine. "It's probably best", said the Priest, "You've done nothing but bitch since you got here." O'starriders


Janet & I just wanted to tell you that we enjoyed hanging out with you after rehearsal. It's always nice getting to talk to people outside of the studio environment. Next time, we should ask John to join us, if he's not busy.

I know that you can't make rehearsal next week. So, have a nice week, and let me know when I can schedule our next rehearsal. I consider you a partner in this deal. So, let me know what works best for you.

BTW, your playing has been excellent. We've really enjoyed playing with you since you signed up with us. You've made all the songs we play sound better. Thanks again, for being a part of things.

Looking forward to playing again soon.


Sunday, March 12, 2006

Az es vert nit besser, vert memaileh erger. Posted by Picasa

Jeeze, Tone, you expect me to cook up something with all this Sopranosense stuff again ? Kreplach essen vert oich nimis.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Howdy Ira

Thanks for suggesting me for playing with you guys; Jeff's been very
welcoming, particularly when he didn¹t really know whether or not I could
actually play. You all are rather accomplished players so it¹s good for me,
in the same way that one raises his game when playing tennis against a
better player; and yet in another sense it¹s easier since you all already
have a good time sense and play solidly. Thanks again!
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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Happy Birthday, Mickey Dolenz, once and future Monkee and former (Pre-Jack) WCBS-FM DJ. Here are My Top Five Favorite Monkees (either written or sung):

1. Goin' Down (James Brown would be proud)
2. Randy Scouse Git (written by Mickey about a party he attended with the "four kings of EMI")
3. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
4. For Pete's Sake
5. Pleasant Valley Sunday
1) I'm a Believer
2) Last Train to Clarksville
3) Stepping Stone
4) Take a Giant Step
5) What Am I Doing Hanging 'Round?
6) Daydream Believer
7) Pleasant Valley Sunday
8) Saturday's Child
9) Papa Blues Jeans
10) Words
11) Shades of Gray
12) Sometime in the Morning - Starriders

Home at Last, at The Beacon.

Detailed account by Buddy Lions: The band came on at 8:15. They all came out to their spots first and to great applause. Then Donald came out to a long ovation and sat in front of the keyboard, which he took time to adjust, that was located at the front center of the stage. He is all in black. He is wearing a black casual jacket, open, over what appears to be a black turtleneck. His hair is mostly gray, closely cropped, thinning as a bald spot is starting to peek through.

1. Here at the Western World (Greatest Hits)

Background went bright red. Completely reworked. Keyboard intro, then turned into an upbeat song with a Latin flair. Herington played some rock solos, punctuated by horns. Then Krantz played a fast lead at the end. DF very into it. Excellent start.

2. The Nightfly (The Nightfly)

Very true to album version. Keyboard driven.

“Independent Station WJAZ” background vocal sung by Cindy Mizelle and Carolyn Leonhart. Krantz got the guitar solo.

Says hello. Says he’s going to play songs from his three “bold” albums. Crowd laughs. Also add in some songs from the Steely Dan file, and some surprises. Mentions his new album, Morph the Cat.

Says next song is from The Nightfly.

3. Green Flower Street (The Nightfly)

Carlock very fast on drums. Keyboard driven. Heavy on backing vocals, which are excellent. Michael Leonhart and Wayne Krantz trade lead licks, Leonhart playing the synth lead from the album. Tight and very good.

Talks about records, remember them? This is from the same album. Mentions when you dropped the stylus on the first song on side two this was the song you heard.

4. New Frontier (The Nightfly)

Fast drums, synth shimmering just like on album. Good bass line. Driving song. Herington has the solos, and he handles them tastefully.

Introduces the band.

Far left – in black, he teases him about it, Jon Herington on guitar. Curly hair, tall. Looks the same.
Nearer left – also in black, Wayne Krantz on guitar. Hair parted down middle, glasses
Rear far left – also in black, Walt Weiskopf on saxophone. Bald. Looked the same.
Rear nearer left – black short sleeve t-shirt, Michael Leonhart on trumpet. Sideburns, youthful.
Far right – Cindy Mizelle and Carolyn Leonhart on backing vocals.
Rear far right – sitting on keyboards, Jeffrey Young. From Jackson Browne’s band. Fagen says he used to be local, now L.A.
Right side, slight rear in front of Carlock – on bass Freddy Washington.
Rear center – Keith Carlock on drums

5. Third World Man (Gaucho)

Right after intros, soft keyboards, then somebody counts 1-2-3-4 and they break into it. Song is soft but intense and poignant. Herington’s solos are urgent and screeching and true to the LPs. “Bye and bye when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.” Carolyn and Cindy very good on background vocals. Carlock excellent on the drum fills.

“We’ve been having some trouble with them lately. And the second and first as well.”

6. Home At Last (Aja)

Piano beginning. Michael has what was the synth solo on the album. Herington has the classic solo. Taut song, horn-driven. Excellent.

Talks about the release of his new album on the 13th. Somebody in the audience corrects him, says the 14th. “Whatever,” he says. Morph the Cat. Talks about having read the bio of W.C. Fields, describes death as “a fellow in a bright nightgown”. Each verse of the song is an encounter with death.

7. Brite Nightgown (Morph the Cat)

Spooky keyboards, white lights illuminate the stage like a ghost is present. Song is very Steely-esque, keyboard driven. Krantz has the screeching solos. Bass and drums are funky. After song, he singled out both Herington and Krantz.

Introduces a surprise guest, a singer, a friend of mine. The beautiful, talented, and definitely dangerous Martha Wainwright. She is wearing a short black skirt, fashionable blondish hair, and big gold dangling earrings.

8. ?????????, Martha Wainwright song

She has an acoustic guitar, plugged into get volume. Donald is standing for the one time in the night as she sings a song. At one point he is blowing into a crimson instrument that is box shaped and sounds like a harmonica. Like the rest of her family she has a folkie voice, and she wiggles her hips as she sings and plays guitar. Sexy girl, in spite of the song being very depressing. There is only light accompaniment from the drums, bass, and horns. Some backup vocals. No keys or guitar. Herington is actually off stage. Song ends, Martha waves and goes off to the left.

“What, what?” Donald asks the crowd as the momentum has changed and we wait as Donald regroups in his keyboard chair. Crowd does the usual yelling out requests, including some ninny who yelled for ‘Soul Ram’.

9. FM (film soundtrack)

Familiar two-tone lead in, Carlock tapping the high hat. Familiar guitar. Herington has the leads. Weiskopf has the sax solos.

10. H Gang (Morph the Cat)

Thumping, quick moving song heavy on drums. Weiskopf has an extended solo. Herington has the guitar solos. The first one is a rock solo. The latter is screechy. Lyrics about a female ex-con singer and her band. “Slammin’ into Hinktown”.

Introduces the next song as an imaginary conversation with the ghost of Ray Charles.

11. What I Do (Morph the Cat)

Soft, soulful, bluesy song with a punch. “It’s not what I know, what I think, or say. It’s what I do.” I liked it. Herington has the solo. Backing vocals very audible, and I think Young did the high backing vocals in addition to the gals.

12. The Goodbye Look (The Nightfly)

Latin flavor. Krantz did the leads. There were some funky staccato notes. DF shook his head to get his hair to be messy. It evolved into an extended jam with Donald getting very into it and pounding his keyboard like a mad professor.

He singled out Krantz after this song.
“All right. Take it easy.” Extended time between songs, he whispers in his bands’ ears. Krantz is smiling.

13. I.G.Y. (The Nightfly)

Spooky keys at startup. “What a wonderful world it would be?” Weiskopf has an extended solo. Krantz has the guitar solo at the end.

Good night. Waves and leaves. For about 3 minutes, applause and wait.

Comes back on. Soft keyboard intro for…

14. Pretzel Logic (Pretzel Logic)

Herington gets the solos. Crowd is loving it, singing along. Jeffrey Young sings “I stepped onto the platform. The man gave me the news. I said you must be joking, son. Where did you get those shoes?” Very bluesy. Blistering Herington leads. DF sings “Oh yeah” in the chorus with extreme definiteness like he is driving home the point of the song. Roar of applause afterwards.

15. Viva Viva Rock and Roll

Chuck Berry cover, good funky old school rock. Krantz has the lead. “Rock on, go 'head and shake it.
I can take it”.

He waves goodbye. They exit, this time for good. Lights on at 9:57.
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Monday, March 06, 2006

Broadcast Specialist, my left foot.

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Clown Time is Over

The Tears of A Clown-Smokey Robinson
Clown Time is Over-Elvis Costello
They Murdered The Clown-Graham Parker
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Friday, March 03, 2006

Nominees for best shared Film and Song Title

The Nominees for best shared Film and Song Title are: Chinatown- song by The Move, film by Roman Polanski, Pretty Woman, song by Roy Orbison, film by Gary Marshall, Walk The Line, song by, Johnny Cash, Film bu same name, Sweet Home Alabama- song by Lynyrd Skynrd, Film of same name,
Wild One-Iggy Pop, film nearly of the same name (The Wild Ones), La Bamba-Ritchie Valens, Film of same name.

1. Giant - Gentle Giant (James Dean)
2. Starship Trooper - Yes (Starship Troopers)
3. Walk On The Wild Side - Lou Reed
4. Walk, Don't Run - Ventures (Cary Grant)
5. Wild One - Bobby Rydell (The Wild Ones)

Honorable mention: "Take the Money and Run" - Steve Miller, Woody Allen.

Also (same title) by Crosby and Nash from the Album, Wind On The Water...and these Badlands, Airport, Annie Get Your Gun.
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Thursday, March 02, 2006


Happy Birthday, Lou Reed. Top Five Faves:

1. I'm Waiting For The Man
2. Sweet Jane
3. Walk On The Wild Side
4.. Rock and Roll
5. All Tomorrow's Parties


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Mike D'Abo Birthday

Happy 62nd Birthday to Mike D'Abo, IMHO, one of the most underrated vocalists and songwriters of the British Invasion. Six (for Sixty-Second) of my favorites as either vocalist or songwriter:

1. Handbags and Gladrags - Rod Stewart
2. My Name Is Jack - Manfred Mann
3. King Herod's Song - Jesus Christ Superstar
4. Build Me Up Buttercup - Foundations
5. The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) - Manfred Mann
6. Semi-Detached Suburban Mr. James - Manfred Mann