It’s hard to describe just how unstoppable Burt Reynolds was at his peak in the late 70s, but here’s a quick (if somewhat disconnected) example: I had a babysitter when I was in elementary school whose dad was a Burt Reynolds impersonator. And he was good. He was a dead ringer and he’d even borrow … Continue reading Godspeed, Bandit
A lot of people died this year. This happens every year, and we’re all gonna die someday, of course, but it’s still a drag that we’re no longer inhabiting the same plane of existence as Chuck Berry and Fats Domino. We also lost Glen Campbell, Tom Petty, Walter Becker, Grant Hart, Clyde the Funky Drummer … Continue reading Wrapping up a lousy year: 2017
Everybody has a “coming of age to Prince” story. Here’s mine. What’s yours?
This video has long been my go-to mood enhancer. Of the many, many amazing performances Prince has recorded over the years, this is the one I go back to again and again. There are so many reason why, but a few that come to mind are: If I could play guitar like anyone it would … Continue reading Prince Dead at 57
There were sweaty summer days in the late 80s where we’d sit around the house watching TV and chugging Mello Yello. We were American teens with a thing for British culture and in addition to the NME and Melody Maker, most of our understanding of Arcadia came from The Young Ones. This passage from one … Continue reading The Peoples Poet is Dead: Rik Mayall Dead at 56
I knew this day was coming. When the Beastie Boys announced that Adam Yauch would be to unable attend the group’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame my first thought was, Oh shit. Three weeks later, my fears proved correct. I loved the Beastie Boys the first time I heard them. A … Continue reading Adam Yauch is Dead
Davy Jones caused my first midlife crisis. I was 15 years old and MTV had been broadcasting “The Monkees” TV show. I was a burgeoning sixties buff, already into the Beatles and Donovan. This was 1986, and I got into the TV series. I had seen A Hard Day’s Night and Help, but the slapstick … Continue reading Davy Is Dead and I’m Freaking Out
Let me start with the prerequisites: 1. It’s sad when people die 2. As music fans, we often attach personal feelings to people we’ve never met but who created something that touched us deeply 3. Whitney Houston was very talented and inspiring to a lot of people That said, I have to be honest: I … Continue reading Dropping the Whitney Bomb
Jack and Meg break up band “to preserve what is beautiful and special.”
<Read the second installment of “The Captain’s Beefs” from Grand Royal #2.