Happy birthday Martha Reeves

18 07 2012

She’s 71 today.



The messenger god

6 09 2011

The Roman god, Mercury, was believed to be the patron of travelers, merchant (god of commerce), rogues and thieves, as well as the wind deity.  He was the messenger god, moving swiftly from place to place.  To be “mercurial” is to be volatile, unstable, fickle, flighty and erratic.

Today is the 65th birthday of one of rock and roll’s most beloved performers, the former Farrokh Bulsara, who took the stage name Freddie Mercury.  He helped form the mold of the rock and roll frontman of the 70’s and 80’s, and wrote some of rock and roll’s classic hits of Queen’s era.

In thinking about his life and impact, I wondered if there was a connection between his stage name and his personality, at least as he saw it.  Maybe it was as simple as picking a cool name.  There is certainly evidence that his personal life had its fair share of volatility and instability.  To those fans that loved his music most, he was certainly a rock god.

I don’t consider myself much of a Queen fan.  I have an album or two.  I like a lot of their songs; hardly listen them, though.

But, as real guitar-driven rock and roll seems to continue its steady decline toward extinction, the appeal of bands like Queen (along with AC/DC and the mammoth Led Zeppelin) becomes more and more apparent.  If you’re a rock fan, you can’t help but notice the absence of guys like Freddie Mercury.  It’s hard to beat songs like this.


Happy Birthday Pete Townshend

19 05 2011

I dedicate to you what might be the best song you ever wrote and performed.

Paul’s birthday tribute to Ringo

9 07 2010

Paul McCartney and band joined Ringo on stage in New York City, on Ringo’s 70th birthday.  Not surprisingly, they played “Birthday.”

The first Beatle septuagenerian

6 07 2010

Richard Starkey a/k/a Ringo Starr turns 70 tomorrow.  Happy birthday, Ringo!

Thank God he didn’t pull the trigger.


8 10 2009

lennon #9 dream

If he were alive today, 10/9/09, John Lennon would be 69.  He was born in Liverpool England on October 9, 1940.

The number 9 turns up in a lot of things related to John, some of that, of course, was intentional on his part.  But the recurrence of the number as it relates to him is interesting. His second son, Sean Lennon, was born on his 35th birthday, 10/9/75 (happy birthday to him as well.)  His first wife, Cynthia, was born on 10/9/39.

Then there are the songs: “Revolution 9,” “One after 909,” “#9 Dream.”  John “divorced” the Beatles in September 1969.  09/09/09, of course, was the release date of Beatles Rock Band and the remastered album catalog, a happy coincidence.

Be all that as it may, today is his birthday.  I will remember this flawed but brilliant man and express my gratitude for all the wonderful music he gave us.

You say it’s his birthday

18 06 2009

Sir Paul McCartney was born on this day in 1942.  Happy birthday, Macca!

Here’s your famous birthday song, from you, to you.