Monday, October 29, 2007

Timlin and Wakefield

Hey, what can I say? Us old guys are getting more sntimental:

Wake and Timlin


Also, an exemplary post from old friend Bill Simmons

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Believe

Just in time for th World Series:

Bill Janovitz & Crown Victoria's "Believe" used for WEEI 2004 post-season re-cap:



Or just the song itself:

Powells Bookstore Blog

Hey, the piece I contributed as part of the 33 1/3 guest series at Powells is up:

Jano entry on Powells blog.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Keeping the Faith

Yeah, not looking great for the Sox. But one game at a time and we have Beckett going and then back to Fenway. Better than we had in 2004 when they came back against the Yanks and had to run 4 straight, 2 at Yanks Stadium.

Words of encouragement from Mike O'Malley:

Mike's blog for Yahoo Sports

Sunday, October 14, 2007

October Music

Yeah, the Sox got blown away in extra innings, so I'm biding my time on an off-day with actual inspiration, work, creativity, etc. Or trying. It is disconcerting how much time I spend watching, even passively, Red Sox games throughout the season -- which, for those of you unfamiliar with the details, lasts for 6 months.

I don't know how much more productive I would be with music, but I know I would read more. Right now, I am reading and re-reading some John Cheever stories. I read and appreciated them as a much younger fellow, but nothing can prepare you for their impact until you start hitting the same age as most of his characters. Some devastating stories. I left it home by mistake when we went to the Cape for Labor Day last month, so I picked up Lolita to read again. Also have Ian McEwan's Atonement to star again. It was one I put down without getting too far, not due to a judgment on my part; just got distracted by something.

Speaking of books, keep an eye on the Powell's book store blog at Powells.com (one of the great independent book stores in the world, based in Portland, OR). They will be having a guest series by authors from Continuum Books' 33 1/3 series, to which I contributed the book on Exile on Main St. I have a blog entry that will be posted there, music-related.

Here is some music I am listening to lately:

This is a song called "First Night" by a band I have finally gotten into after hearing friends recommend them for the better part of the last year or two, the Hold Steady. Look them up. Great record called Boys and Girls in America



Here is another great one, a bit more wistful:



Speaking of wistful, I will shout about these guys out of Iowa City, a band called Deathships, until everyone buys their records and makes the millions. This is one of the year's great rock records. Check out "Little Mystery." I was going to stream it here, but Divshare does not stream Mp4 files, made when you load CDs into or buy from iTunes and i am not about to start converting files and all that. If you care about me, you will seek the tunes out:

Deathships

I was riding my bike and, as often happens, the iPod gave me a great random mix, including Nina Simone's "No Opportunity Necessary"

That went into the Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray"



And on into the Faces' blistering version of "I'm Losing You"


I highly suggest Ian MacLagen's book about those years called All the Rage.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Stevie Wonder show

I can't tell you how great the Stevie Wonder show was last week at the Bank of Whatever Pavilion in Boston. Words can simply not do justice to the almost 3 hours of incredible songs, performances, singing, emotional drama, sound, etc. I have never seen anything so thoroughly and intensely entertaining, soul-satisfying, and artful. I have been a fan since childhood, Songs in the Key of Life being the first LP I actually went to the store to purchase. I have seen him in concert once before, at the Wang Center. And that was fine, but it is as if he is now performing with heightened inspiration, which he is, apparently. In a moving introduction, accompanied by his daughter Aisha, Stevie dedicated the show to his recently deceased mother, who basically told him to get off his ass and go do what he was put on earth to do.

And there is no doubt that no one else in the world was more clearly intended to write and perform music than Wonder. I left the show absolutely stunned, gobstruck by the utter genius and mastery effortlessly demonstrated by Wonder that night. The man just exudes music. He sings as fabulously as ever. He seems to be missing zero in terms of range. And the songs -- hits and deep album track alike -- were an embarrassment of riches. I am unlikely to see anyone else that approaches this level of musical genius in my lifetime -- an expert multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer, improviser, performer. It has started a mini debate amongst my music buddies and so far no one has come up with any other figure in pop music that has accomplished all that Wonder has in all of those categories. I challenge you all, but perhaps not until you get to witness the man soon (hopefully he tours again soon) to remind you of just how much of a force this man is.

Rock studio

Above is the link for my real estate blog, featuring a post about my listing of the former Fort Apache Studio. The irony.

GO SOX!