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The Proverbial Room Where It Happens – Part Two

A couple years ago we saw “Hamilton” in Los Angeles at the legendary Pantages Theater. Then we had tickets to see it again last year, but there was that whole pandemic, quarantine thing

Now we’re all vaxxed and masked (to their credit, they seem to be very aggressive about enforcing that at the Pantages) and the touring cast is back, so it’s our turn to see it again.

The first time we saw it I knew of the hype and the awards and the hubbub – but I had not yet ever listened to the music or gotten caught up in the mania. I had doubts…

Then I saw it.

Oh!! My!! God!! (As they say.)

Now, having seen the Disney production of the live version a dozen or so times, not to mention having listened to the album AT LEAST 100-200 times (no BS, at least once a week for a couple of years), I’m anxious to see how different the viewing experience is this time.

Damn, forgot tissues! We’ll see how absorbent this sweater is, I guess.

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The Beatles

I have a confession to make, brought about by several Beatles songs popping up on my random playlist tonight.

I’m not a fan of The Beatles.

That might be sacrilege and cause some of you to flee in horror, fearing that any exposure to me or my thoughts might be contagious. No worries, via con Dios.

So while I have pretty much all of the standard Beatles catalogue in my music library (I’m a completist and have LOTS of music that I’ll never listen to but have it because there was one song I wanted on the album), there are only eight in my “Favorites” playlist.

  • Yesterday.
  • Eleanor Rigby
  • Penny Lane
  • Lady Madonna
  • Hey Jude
  • The Ballad Of John & Yoko
  • Let It Be
  • The Long & Winding Road

Maybe it was a matter of timing. They were huge in the early and mid 60’s when I was still a pre-teen. I was also in a somewhat conservative family and didn’t discover rock & roll until we moved to the Chicago area in 1967. WLS! WCFL! Top 40 AM radio! I was more likely to be listening to Chicago, Simon & Garfunkel, Grand Funk Railroad, The Doors, or Steppenwolf.

Not much of a Rolling Stones fan either. Just one song, but how could I not have “Sympathy For The Devil” in there?

So sue me.

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As The Grateful Dead Said…

“What a long, strange trip it’s been.”

Indeed.

Part of last night’s last minute primal scream was in fact caused directly the the fact that I deliberately set aside a number of tasks that really, really needed to be done no desperately I needed a short break so that I could, in fact, take a short break. The first episode of “Foundation” was streaming on Amazon+ (I enjoyed it, wasn’t absolutely 100% gobsmacked by it as I was hoping, but I’ll be watching more), followed by catching up on the last three or four episodes of “Ted Lasso” (a show that I have grown to truly love dearly).

Friday nights are going to be certifiably odd for the next two weeks as the two continue to get watched back-to-back. I’m not sure it matters which I watch first and which second.

Given the incredible latest episode of “Ted Lasso” I find it beyond sheer coincidence that this morning I heard a discussion about this breaking story out of England.

I love the bizarre, the whimsical, the just old fashioned odd, and I also love the Smiths and Morrisey. (Probably because their songs are bizarre, whimsical, and odd, no matter how old or how fashioned.)

But seriously – Rick Astley doing a tour where he just does covers of Smiths songs?

Well done, September 25th! Well done!!

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They Just Don’t Write Them Like THAT Anymore

I listen a LOT to Sirius/XM Channel 33, “1st Wave,” both online and in the car. It’s the 80’s “alternative” music – Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, Smiths, Police, Violent Femmes, Talking Heads, New Order, Oingo Boingo, Erasure, Ramonex, Fixx, Cult, B-52s, Billy Idol, and so on. While they have an extensive playlist, it’s not infinite. It’s hundreds of songs long, unlike some of the BPM channels that are literally a dozen or so songs long, but there are things I remember from that era which don’t get played regularly.

But there are a couple of shows that get a bit more eclectic, like the Friday night “Party 360” show with Dave Kendall. Which just played…

Indeed, they don’t write them like THAT anymore!

Now if I could get them to play some TonioK…

Does anyone but me remember “Life In The Foodchain”? Anyone? Bueller?

There was some really weird stuff back in the late 70’s, and I wasn’t even on drugs…

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No Context For You – January 02nd

It was a GREAT song!

 

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A Recommendation For You To Watch

Lots of music. Dance. Theater. Philosophy. Performance art. Comedy.

I had heard a growing murmur about a new HBO special, “David Byrne’s American Utopia.” One of the DJ’s on my favorite 80’s “alternative music” station on SirusXM was talking about it. The New York Times mentioned it. I was more than a bit curious.

It. Is. Wonderful!!

Apparently (I’m going from memory of some of the comments and NYT article and I’m too lazy to look it up right at this second because it’s on and I’m watching again) it’s done by Spike Lee, filmed during live performances on Broadway. As was done with the filming of “Hamilton,” this isn’t just a concert film, it’s filmed inside the action, above it, behind it, from the audience…

It. Is. Spectacular.

Most highly recommended.

Treat yourself.

Especially this weekend, where we have the blue moon, Halloween, THE FREAKIN’ ELECTION, we turn back the clocks in the US…

It’s too much. Be kind to yourself. Take a couple hours. Watch.

You won’t regret it.

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Payroll Playlist

One of my major tasks for the day was spending several hours reviewing, coding, and then doing data entry for our payroll. It’s not rocket science, and it’s critical to get it right, but it’s pretty routine and a bit boring, which is a deadly combination. I find that having a good set of tunes helps.

I hit “Shuffle” on my “Favorites” list, and was well rewarded. I do love, love, love me some eclectic music mixes!

Amanda Palmer & Grand Theft Orchestra Want It Back
Paul Simon American Tune
Yes Owner Of A Lonely Heart
Huey Lewis & The News I Want A New Drug
Lee Ann Womack I Hope You Dance
Supertramp Gone Hollywood
Brad Paisley The World
Taylor Swift Teardrops On My Guitar
Loggins & Messina House At Pooh Corner
Stan Rogers Barrett’s Privateers
Jimi Hendrix All Along The Watchtower
Amanda Palmer & Grand Theft Orchestra Do It With A Rockstar
Travis Tritt Ten Feet Tall & Bulletproof
Brad Paisley Sleeping On The Foldout
Big & Rich 8th Of November
Genesis Anything She Does
Garth Brooks The Cowboy Song
Toby Keith A Little Too Late
George Strait I Can Still Make Cheyenne
Toby Keith I Love This Bar
U2 Bullet The Blue Sky
The Chicks Let ‘Er Rip
Kenny Chesney She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy
Gretchen Wilson Redneck Woman
Depeche Mode Master & Servant
They Might Be Giants Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
Elton John Indian Sunset
Rascal Flatts Oklahoma-Texas Line
Rascal Flatts Skin (Sarabeth) [Hidden Track]
Keith Urban Sweet Thing
“Chicago” Soundtrack Cell Block Tango
Rascal Flatts Fast Cars & Freedom
Collin Raye I Think About You
Billy Idol Dancing With Myself
Garth Brooks If Tomorrow Never Comes
Garth Brooks Much To Young (To Feel This Damn Old)
Jackson Browne Running On Empty
The Chicks Some Days You Gotta Dance
Queen Sombody To Love
Paul Simon Homeless
Linkin Park One Step Closer
The Pretenders Back On The Chain Gang (Live)
Garth Brooks Unanswered Prayers (Live)
Journey Open Arms
Pat Benetar Love Is A Battlefield
Martina McBride My Baby Loves Me
Oingo Boingo Dead Man’s Party
The Nails 88 Lines About 44 Women

For an added bonus, who can ID the six songs of these forty-eight had me turning the headphones up to ELEVEN?

 

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Bizarro

That’s the word of the day. It fits.

My phone started nagging me this evening because it can tell that I wasn’t on my way to downtown LA to see “Hamilton” at the Pantages.

It can tell that because it can read my email, but apparently it’s not smart enough to read the news and understand that “Hamilton” has been cancelled due to the 128,000 dead Americans and total lack of any sort of sane response by the excuse that passes for the US government right now.

But that’s not what I came here to talk about.

That’s a somewhat… “disturbing?” image that was on my screen when that nagging message showed up, wouldn’t you say?

Actually, it’s quite wonderful, in a disturbing sort of way. It’s what I was watching, while waiting at a great BBQ restaurant pickup lot, waiting for a birthday dinner. (The birthday, not mine, was a high point of the day, BTW.) I was watching it because one of the folks I follow religiously on FaceBook and Twitter recommended it:

On FaceBook, he said, “Trust me.” Yes, you should. This is truly fucking awesome. And bizarro.

 

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No Context For You – June 18th

The clouds of Jupiter? The surface of Venus? A brake rotor on a ’35 Duesenberg?

Thank god for Weird Al Yankovic and Warren Zevon. That’s all I’ve got to say.

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I’m Still A Monster

Apparently I’m also a slow learner, in addition to being a monster.

FWIW, the headphones and iPhone are taking their revenge on me. Today I’m busy fielding a dozen different information requests from various folks, trying to keep up on data entry with deadlines coming at me like a freight train, listening to my “upbeat” and “favorites” playlist for the energy when all of a sudden I got multiple songs from the “I’m a single dad and no one is ever going to love me again” playlist. With no warning we went straight from “Crazy On You” by Heart to “Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg to “Postmarked Birmingham” by Blackhawk to “You’re Gone” by Diamond Rio to “Anything But Mine” by Kenny Chesney and then right back into “Workin’ For A Living” by Huey Lewis & The News.

If that isn’t a sign that there’s a malevolent AI being carried around in my pocket, I don’t know what is.

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