Archive for July, 2012

Five Songs, Part 89

July 20, 2012

Stories: Their singer (second from right) looked British, sounded British with that Rod Stewart rasp, and was named Ian Lloyd. But they weren’t from the land of the Queen — they were from the borough of Queens.

Well, this week’s Five Songs comes straight from the mixdisc that’s been in the car stereo the past week.I could’ve included many more of the 22 songs, but let’s keep it to five for simplicity’s sake, okay?

Besides, I’ve been running around trying to get things tied down for my big move home in 3 1/2 weeks. BTW: If you care to lend or donate to my kickstarterish-type fundraising to get my rental truck across the country (hopefully in one piece), click on the button below, and thanks in advance. Enjoy the weekend …

Stoned Soul Picnic — The Fifth Dimension

Brother Louie — Stories

A Girl Like You — Edwyn Collins

Village of Love — Nathaniel Mayer & the Fabulous Twilights

Fox on the Run — Sweet

Five Songs, Part 88

July 13, 2012

So, Jimi … we have a soiree for the top brass this Saturday. You think you can get down “Never on Sunday” by then?

Hey. Starting to make heads or tails of the things I have to move home in a few weeks, and sorting out things here and there — plus starting to catch up with friends before the move home — so all I’ve had time to write this week is the latest installment of Five Songs.

It was an interesting Hendrix week; someone posted a photo of Jimi backstage before one of his shows opening for The Monkees; someone posted a photo of Jimi in his uniform playing guitar (a Danelectro! And no fringes on his jacket!) with the 82nd Airborne in 1962; someone else posted a radio aircheck from WKNR (Keener Radio) in Detroit in 1967 promoting the Experience’s first show in America opening for The Monkees; and a friend had surgery on one of her little wings this week. Add in temperatures in the upper 100s and a random song popping up on my laptop Wednesday night when it was still nearly 90 outside, and you have a weirder-than-usual Five Songs.

Anyway, here you go. And if you can either contribute to my mini-kickstarter of sorts to help me get home (by hitting that yellow button below), or steer me to a whom-you-know job lead, that would be wonderful. Hope you enjoy it:

Little Wing — Jimi Hendrix

The Jimi Hendrix Experience opens for The Monkees — WKNR aircheck (Scott Regan)

Jingle Bell Rock — Bobby Helms

Nothing Happens Here but You (live from The Infernal Racket Show, Feb. 18, 2008) — Tracie Young

I Should Have Known Better — The Beatles

Desiree — Hoodoo Gurus

Five Songs, Part 87

July 6, 2012

It’s Friday — time again for Five Songs, and I guess the saying “Free your mind and your ass will follow” applies this week. It’s been a very liberating week, and the wind is gonna take me in some unexpectedly good directions — and, well, same with this humble weekly post. I assure you that you’ll never hear these five songs in the same place again. Enjoy them …

Mama Used to Say — Junior

Look at Me (When I Rock Wichoo) — Black Kids

Shoot You Down — APB

Laugh or Cry — The Vagabonds

The Kids Are Alright — The Who

Well, here comes my next step, ready or not — help!

July 2, 2012

The exit off 84 in Waterbury that will get me home.

This is something I just posted on my Facebook wall …

Monday, July 2, 2012, 3:30 a.m. PDT

Well, friends, friendly faces and kinfolk …

I don’t know how I’m gonna do this, but just past halftime of 2012 — this year of great change — great change is finally hitting me. And, ready or not, I have no choice.

I’ve pondered this the last two days — told my mother and a handful of friends — and up until this past evening, I wasn’t 100 percent sure. And even now, as I polish and finish this letter I started two days ago, it feels somewhat surreal. But after recording my lead vocals last night for “Out of Step” with The Backstabbers for the forthcoming Reducers tribute album, I feel I’ve done the last thing I’ve needed to finish here in Fresno.

Drazzle drazzle, drazzle drone — time for this one to come home.