“I’ll carry on doing this until I drop”…
Of the many marvellous aphorisms ascribed to Oscar Wilde there’s one which rings particularly true. “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all”. As ever with this kind of thing Oscar nailed it and when I’m at a loose end it leads me to the bookcase to shake the dust off some volume hitherto untouched since, well, since the last century in some cases. Last month it was “Tomorrow is too late”, Ray Moore’s autobiography. I bought it and first read it back in April 1989, I know this because I’d scribbled the date inside the front cover.Read
Season’s Greetings one and all!
A couple of months back I was considering ideas for this, the December blog. Something suitably yule-themed was the obvious line to pursue and what better way to do it than to write about Christmas songs we have known and loved. Easiest assignment ever I thought. It’s the blog that writes itself, and so it proved too as I set off at a whirlwind pace. So far so good then, that is until I reached what I would consider the half-way point. The “obvious line” it seemed to me was straying ever wider of the mark to the extent that I was well on the way to writing an Anthony Beevor sized tome, more or less starting with “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (still the greatest, folks!) and getting to 1973 and Slade’s blockbusting “Merry Xmas Everybody” before the realisation dawned that Slade’s song alone is worthy of a blog or book in its own right….Read
Plane Sailing? The Unfortunate Five
Croce self produced his first album ‘Facets’ in 1966 with $500 that was a wedding gift from his parents. The Louisiana native came into his own in the early seventies. ‘Time in a Bottle’ topped the Billboard charts, a feat he equalled with the Worldwide smash ‘Bad Bad Leroy Brown’. It automatically thrust Croce into the limelight, something the singer was ill-prepared for. However his blend of Folk Rock was perfect tonic for the excess swinging sixties and Croce found himself a champion of the folk scene.Read
“Dear God Just Release The Box Already”
The above quote is from one of the forums on Backstreets.com, the premier Bruce Springsteen fan site and it very well sums up the plight of us die-hard Bruce devotees, which is that once you’re in you’d better be ready to endure exasperation the like of which you previously couldn’t have imagined. You don’t like The Boss? I understand, but bear with me, there’s a point to all of this.
Here’s the deal – two years or so ago rumours began to circulate of a box set containing multiple CDs and DVDs specifically dealing with “The River” album. Now everybody knows the song of course but might not be aware that the album itself is superlative, one of his best.
Famous & Faceless
How do you sell 110 million records yet remain anonymous. How do you have a career spanning album 50 years, multiple chart toppers and a Grammy, yet still walk about in your home town with the mass public oblivious to you.
Well if you’re Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, Walt Parazaider, Jason Scheff, James Pankow, Trish Imboden & Keith Howland, collectively know as CHICAGO, you probably can.Read