Music
When I seek a respite from work mostly in and around politics (which I enjoy), I turn to sports and music.   I enjoy playing ball, with regular weekend and weeknight full court basketball “games” at my former elementary school gym.   Live music, especially from performers I’ve followed from back in the day who still got it, provides a real shot of adrenaline and more.   Occasionally, I get to enjoy both on the same day. Witness this weekend.   Almost a year ago I blogged ...
Let me start with best wishes for the new year. I hope I helped a bit to get you ready with last week’s blog highlighting my song list to ring in the new year which also exists in a YouTube playlist. (If you tire of music since two weeks ago I covered my Holiday song playlist and last week I shared concerts I streamed driving to a Chanukag gathering, you better consider stopping now!)   For the past seven new year’s eves, I compose a different list.   A top ten list.   Al...
30 days ago 10 comments Categories: Music Tags: New Year's eve, New Year's songs
Two weeks back I shared my list Happy Holidays in songs to allow folks to enjoy musical cheer through the holiday season and that includes celebrations that continue today and tomorrow (and thereafter). Ahead of the new year we embrace, I offer an updated “Songs To Ring In The New Year.”   Please enjoy the new year. Ring it in loud and enjoy the playlist. And please share them.   Best wishes this holiday season and for the year....
37 days ago 6 comments Categories: Music Tags: POCO, Badfinger, Straight Up, Central Park
Last week’s blog “released” a list of holiday-themes tunes for the season we currently enjoy. Not sure everyone seeks to hear those themes but certainly they predominate on radio dials. My ears and sometimes my eyes focused elsewhere when I chose music. I stumbled on a concert film, “Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris - Real Live Roadrunning - Full Concert” a few days back and played it in spots. It runs one hour forty plus; still have about one half hour to enjoy. Ridin...
51 days ago 10 comments Categories: Music Tags: Leaves, Leaf Bags, Squeeze
  Today the City picks up the leaves. That meant I needed to place out the Leaf Bags. 10 of them. Knowing I had floor access (not seats) for Squeeze that eve and basketball to start my day, I started the day earlier to bag the leaves in the yard. I already had three bags out front filled over the two weeks since the first of City collections dates, November 19. I intended to rest my legs for the evening by filling the yard leaves; indeed I filled five more bags before ba...
Tempted   Out with friends for dinner with more than a few couples before a charity function sponsored by my Knights of Pythias (FDR) Lodge, the ladies evidently were discussing plans ahead and my wife shared our plans for next weekend. Our friend Abby asked how many times Shelly and I attended a Squeeze show. I responded at least four.   That answer was correct only to how many shows we attended together through the summer of 2008. Since that time, we we experienced lead...
86 days ago 8 comments Categories: Music Tags: Lists
This (as in today’s) blog found its voice or muse while reading my friend’s “Fridays with Fred” blog. I did a number of blogs around likes and more recently dislikes. My post comment raised lists as natural provocateurs of conversation. Recall all those top ten lists on late night show. Indeed Fred and I share a secret list aptly named and only we know who gains placement and why (See his reply to my comment on his blog. Some lists I maintain remain personal: Concerts a...
233 days ago 6 comments Categories: Music Tags: Concerts, Summer
It’s Summertime and for this correspondent, it often means politics and anyone who checked out my Friday Promo via Gotham’s Promolistserve; but even more so it involves music; live music.   Summer nights in the park, and when the music would start Ooh what a time and then some [from When It All Began (POCO)]   Most years after Memorial Day I compile and share a list of FREE concerts, often in parks, by original artists. Sometimes I sprinkle in concert I secure tickets four w...
240 days ago 16 comments Categories: Music Tags: Gregg Allman
I was at the pool when I peaked at my emails. My good friend Paul (the one married to Victoria) posted an alert from FOX News to Gotham RockRap listerve:   I knew Gregg was ill, had canceled his tour plans this year and was unable to play at his Laid Back Festival stop at Red Rocks in Colorado last fall (because Richie Furay played it and mentioned Gregg did not play as planned).   I included the Jones Beach stop on that “festival” tour headlined by Gregg and his band last ...
247 days ago 6 comments Categories: Music Tags: Richie Furay, Timothy B. Schmit, Poco, Eagles, Buffalo Springfield
Some people can boast of attending Woodstock or Monterrey Pop some renowned concert like George Harrison’s Bengla Desh shows at Madison Square Garden or the Allmans at the Fillmore East or The Band at the Academy of Music (Rock of Ages) or their Last Waltz, or No Nukes also at the Garden. Indeed movies chronicles many of the shows and most of the great performance (though not all). You may suggest other shows. Myself I attended more than 400 and probably some I forgot to d...
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