Wednesday, August 16, 2017

40 Years Ago Elvis died



Above was footage from his funeral and fans. 40 years ago today August 16, 1977 "The King" passed away.


"I forgot to remember to forget" a number one hit from 1956..


He knew woman... "Hard Headed Woman"


 
 Don't worry that Hard Headed Woman wasn't you. "She's Not You"


I celebrated the passing of Elvis five years ago by finding a concert my parents went to which unlike me was a rare thing for them You can revisit that post here. Well I am being like Elvis and leaving the building.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Battle of the Bands: Goes Political

I heard it said somewhere "everything is political." I read all the comments on my blog. I don't reply back to most of them. However, I do quote some of them or give a shout out here and there. Sometimes they inspire my Battle of the Bands battles. I wing out the posts on my blog anyway so ideas are always welcomed.

A strange comment I received was "Unfortunately BOTB is all about politics, with is why it was no fun for me."

So in response my song this go around is "Apolitical Blues" by Little Feat...

Contestant One : Little Feat




Contestant Two: Van Halen


Contestant Three: Phish


Forget the rules! Vote for the one you like the best. You can vote for the original one. Wasn't my plan to have three but to keep it fair. I wanted to keep at least two studio versions. Phish was live, but it was the only fairly big name I could find.

So you have Little Feat, Van Halen and Phish. Enjoy and shake out who else is participating. The master list can be found here.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

Monday's Music Moves Me: Songs with Male Names

Last week was so much fun! I'm back for more.



I'm stealing the above switch, because sometimes it is so true. Sometimes you just have to turn the switch on.




Today's theme is songs with male names. I'm not going to try to get them all. I will highlight a few and encourage you to visit the other participants for more.

"Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner" Warren Zevon


"Uncle John's Band" The Grateful Dead. So many from that band to use Tennessee Jed, Casey Jones, St. Stephen to name a few...


"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" Paul McCartney and Wings


Led Zeppelin "Boogie with Stu"


Led Zeppelin "Poor Tom"


Jimi Hendrix "Hey Joe"


Lynyrd Skynyrd "The Ballad of Curtis Loew" 


 

Eight is enough.."Buddy Holly" Weezer


Stay tunes for tomorrow's Battle of the Bands post for more music!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Baseball lost a Slugger and a Catcher

Don Baylor passed away this week at the age of 68. He started his baseball playing career with the Baltimore Orioles and ended with the Oakland A's.

1987 World Series game 6 with the Minnesota Twins...


A 5-RBI game in the American League Championship Series in 1982..


338 home runs, an All-star, a World Series Champion, an MVP, inducted to the Angels Hall of Fame, and a National League Manager of the Year Award highlight his career. He provided memories for baseball  fans and will be missed.


Best known for his years playing with the Philadelphia Phillies Darren Daulton also passed away this week. He was only 55. He is on the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame, a three time All-Star and a World Series Champion with the Miami Marlins.

Here is a home run in the 1993 World Series with the Phillies...


Here is a homerun with the Florida Marlins in the 1997 World Series..


He will be remembered by Philadelphia fans for years to come.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

R.I.P Glen Campbell


Above is reportedly Glen Campbell's last song. It was captured in 2014. He passed away at the age of 81.

Below is some vintage guitar fun...


Perhaps his biggest hit "Rhinestone Cowboy"..


Below he performs "Wichita Lineman"...


Another musical legend has passed away may he rest in peace.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Monday Music Moves Me: Hopping Aboard the Train (Freebie)

I'm new to this particular blog hop. I've joined one or two here and there so I get the idea. Still I am not exactly sure what I am doing or what I am getting into. However, that has never stopped me before.

I think I am suppose to share a series of songs sharing a common theme. This week being a freebie, I am assuming it could be anything. The host X-mas Dolly had a train theme going on the wording of her blog.

I am going to stick with a train theme, since I am just boarding this "Crazy Train"..



Ozzy Osbourne certainly  has this train rocking but "Casey Jones" is driving this train..


Another ode to Jerry Garcia in this time between his birthday and his death. 

Let's keep it rocking Southern style with this Blackfoot Classic "Train, Train"


                            Maybe this train I too Rocking, maybe I should have taken the "A Train" with Duke                              Ellington?

 
                             Let Steve Goodman sing about the ride on "The City of New Orleans"


                            It's just a "Runaway Train: with Soul Asylum..

 

Dolly it's a "Love Train"

          

 I can't stop this Train..,The Train Kept A Rollin'


Well I hope you enjoyed the ride! I hope to be a regular commuter on this musical train. So stayed tuned. Please visit the others on this hop in the side bar!

R.I.P Daniel Licht

You might not recognize his name but if you watch movie, television, Showtime, or Netflix then you have probably heard Daniel Licht's music. He is best known for creating the score for the popular series "Dexter".

Here is an example of his work an extended version of Dexter's Blood Theme...



Live "Honor for All" from Dishonored video game..performed with his brother Jon..



a piece called "Hide Your Tears"..


"Dexter Suite" performed live..


Future movies and shows may not be complemented by his music. However he leaves behind a legacy found on soundtracks that enhanced the shows we watched.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Movie Review: Atomic Blonde



I will admit I do enjoy a majority of movies and shows created from comics and graphic novels. Some how I missed out on reading them, so the stories are fresh to me. I may need to add some to my reading list. Please feel free to leave me recommendations in the comments. This movie was based off Sam Hart and Antony Johnston's graphic novel The Coldest City.

I didn't know much about this movie before I went to see it. I caught a preview while watching another movie. It appealed to the I'm a guy part of me. Meaning it had me with an action thriller movie featuring an ass kicking blonde lead.

This movie had a lot of things that made James Bond and other spy films the hits they were. Car chases, difficult situations, a bit of humor, and even a signature drink. James Bond was always cool and in "Atomic Blonde" Lorraine Broughton matches the coolness.

While Bond flicks included violence. It was never this bloody nor graphic. James Bond had a way with woman and so does Lorraine. I can't imagine James Bond having a gay affair. It works in "Atomic Blonde" with the lesbian. I wonder why the male on male affair hasn't made it on a spy movie scene? That could be another blog post.

Another thing I enjoyed about this film was the soundtrack. The movie was set in the days right before the Berlin wall fell in Germany. They pull some great songs from that era that really fit with the film. David Bowie, Nena, Til Tuesday, George Michael, The Clash, Flock of Seaguls, and Siouxsie and the Banshees definitely highlight the album. There are some new songs and new takes as well.

The movie stars Charlize Theron and David Percival. The film is an action packed ride of car chases, violence, and double crosses. It is rated R for good reason, so if you are okay with that see the film if not stay home. The end result is a fun, summer spy movie.

Disclosure: I paid my own way for this movie, unbiased opinion.

Friday, August 4, 2017

R.I.P Robert Hardy


Opening my tribute post to actor Robert Hardy with a clip from "All Creatures Great and Small."

Robert Hardy passed away at the age of 91 earlier this week. He is best known for his role in the  Harry Potter movies and "All Creatures Great and Small." However he has appeared in over 30 movies, several television shows and many stage productions over his long career. A career highlighted by being appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

A clip from the Harry Potter series..



Here is a vintage clip of Robert Hardy performing in Shakespeare's Henry V on the BBC..


The entertainment world lost a great one. However, Robert Hardy left behind an amazing recorded legacy. May he Rest in Peace.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

R.I.P Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard was an actor, author and playwright. He was a Pulitzer Price winning playwright. He won that award once and was nominated on two other occasions. He has been inducted in the American Theater Hall of Fame and won a Drama Desk Award.

A Simple Tribute..


A clip from "The Right Stuff"


A reading from Patti Smith...


The entertainment world lost another treasure. Creating plays to staring on the Silver Screen. He leaves behind quite a legacy.

75 Years of Jerry Garcia

Today is Jerry Garcia's birthday. It marks 75 years since he was born.  He passed away at 53 and something beautiful has been missing ever since.

I'm going to share songs from throughout his career. Music talks better.

If you want more, I suggest going t o the movies today. They are bringing a vintage concert to the big screen. You can catch Jerry and the Grateful Dead one more time. Information here.


Jerry Garcia with Merl Saunders "Road Runner"..


Yes he was a road runner touring solo and with the Grateful Dead.

A happy Jerry does his take on a Beatles classic..


Here is early Jerry Garcia from 1962 performing some bluegrass. Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers is the group "Run Mountain" the song..


Here is Jerry Garcia performing with The Grateful Dead at the last show..


The Dead unplugged..Jerry Garcia with Bob Weir and Phil Lesh..


I could go on. Of course I will. I hope you enjoyed and come back soon!