Looks like this week’s show schedule will still have me hippin’ & hoppin’ all over the place! And based on a recurring conversation that has evolved into a running joke between my Grandpa Art and myself, I should move into Wesley Palms when I retire because they serve carrots, with EVERY MEAL!
Archive for April, 2014
I’d like to thank KISS’ recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for reminding me of my babysitter Traci. I first laid eyes on her when my parents hired her to watch me while they went to see Elton John in concert. I was 7 years old and pissed they weren’t taking me with them. Then the doorbell rang and in walked a beautiful 14 year-old with a stack of records by a band I had never heard before. I said Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, secretly forgave my parents and she spent the rest of the night, rocking me to sleep. I can confirm that the saying is true, “You never forget your first KISS!”
Oh my! There’s nothing sweeter than sharing the stage with talented people, who are also your friends and collaborate with you on a song by a super-talented, tortured artist you equally love.
Last week’s special guests Podunk Nowhere and I celebrate such a thing as this, with a FREE Download of our Live From Tio Leo’s performance of Ryan Adam’s “Oh My Sweet Carolina”. Cheers to friend Dan De La Isla of DLI Productions for helping us out with the recording!
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When I was 5 years old, Loudon Wainwright III had a song that was all over the radio called “Dead Skunk”. The tag at the end of the chorus went, “Dead skunk in the middle of the road, stinking to high heaven!” I must’ve drove my parents crazy singing that song over and over again. Every time I see a skunk I think of that song (and cartoon character Pepe Le Pew of course). You never forget that smell, especially when your dog gets sprayed. REDFORD!!!! Funny how sometimes I’ll be standing in a crowd somewhere, and I start to get a whiff of that familiar scent and think to myself, “I smell a skunk……..wait a minute………skunks don’t go to concerts!”
I love how songs can trigger past memories. I find this to be one of the prime examples of the power of music. People, places and things can come rushing back to your consciousness, the moment you hear that familiar opening lick or lyric.
One such musical memory has me forever pairing canned meat with a Hall & Oats song and my friends Ian & Cameron Gary. The Garys lived a few streets down from me and the elementary school we attended. I would especially look forward to the periodic sleep overs at their place because they had the Hall & Oats record with the song “Rich Girl” and they introduced me to Spam & eggs for breakfast. No matter how much I begged my mom, she wouldn’t stock Spam in the house. But she would let me spend the night at the Garys, where I got to eat Spam and sing the lyrical line “It’s a bitch girl…..”. Hall & Oats with Spam, not just for breakfast anymore!