Public radio’s “Sound Opinions”

30 04 2010

I’m probably really late to the party on this one, but I just learned today that there is a “rock and roll talk show” (which is how it was described on local public radio) called Sound Opinions. The website makes it look like quite a good show, but I’ve not had a chance to hear it.


Thanks Chris!

27 04 2010

An acquaintance of mine at my gym talks to me every morning, often about music.  He’s in his 50’s, which might be in the older side for this kind of music, but is quite the Alice in Chains fan.  For reasons I don’t quite understand he assumed I would really like watching the Alice in Chains DVD, Music Bank, so he brought it in for me to borrow.

It took me the better part of two weeks but I finally got around to watching it.  I couldn’t tell you why, but I couldn’t get their songs out of my head for the next week after that.  “Man in the Box,” “Rooster,” “Them Bones,” and “Down In a Hole” cycled through my mind endlessly for days.

I think back in the early 90’s I liked AIC well enough but I’d hardly call myself a fan.  I saw them open for Van Halen on the Carnal Knowledge tour and was impressed.  But to listen to them off the radio is something I’ve never done.

I think what draw me most to the music was the horrific accounts of Layne Staley’s drug addiction and final days on earth.  The songs made me do some reading on the ‘net about his life and what I found was so tragic — I could somewhat identify having known friends and family with drug problems — that I couldn’t get it out of my mind.  Haunting.  Like the creepiest parts of Trainspotting, Layne’s story was hard to block out.

I say thanks to Chris for exposing me to the music which I had forgotten was often quite good.  But I also “thank” him for the funk that reading about AIC and Layne Staley put me in, emotionally, for a few days.

Earth below us, drifting, falling

19 04 2010

One of my favorite 80’s songs is “Major Tom” by Peter Schilling.  I saw the video at my gym yesterday and it inspired me to share it here.

And the Pulitzer Prize goes to…(drumroll)….

14 04 2010

Hank Williams, Sr.!  Nearly 60 years after his death, the Pulitzer Prize Board has acknowledged his incredible contributions to popular music:

The late country music icon Hank Williams was among the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winners announced Monday.

The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded a posthumous special award to Williams, who died in 1953 at 29, for his lifetime achievement as a musician, praising the country legend for “his craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life.

Hank is one of my favorites and one of the few country artists I love.   Too bad he didn’t live long enough to see his impact on American (and western) music.

Malcolm McLaren dead at age 64

9 04 2010

The self-proclaimed founder of Punk died of cancer in Switzerland yesterday.

A tear to my eye

6 04 2010

I’m a sentimental guy but not in ways that most would expect.  I have yet to shed a tear for my mom’s dog, who was basically our second dog, who was put to sleep yesterday.  But sometimes I get choked up over a really good rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

So I was surprised to see how moved I was by this song.  I got a lump in my throat listening to this in the book store today.  Now I feel like I must get Johnny’s album Ain’t No Grave.  This song, alone, makes it worth the purchase price.

Writer’s block

5 04 2010

This is the longest stretch I’ve had as a “blogger” (the title is annoying, I know) without having something to say. I fee like an athlete in a slump. Hopefully the inspiration will strike…soon.