Saturday, April 28, 2007

David Craig Bradley

(there is no corrolation between david craig and this picture, it's just the first one I found on google when I put in David's name)

David Craig was let go from Clear Channel the other day. I swear it's their mission to fire everyone. I first met David when I was doing mornings at smooth jazz and he had an office right next to mine. David is from Birmingham Alabama and, like most of us, has done the ol' see the USA tour. I really like David, his family are friends with my family. Day after day, show after show, David would get to the station just about the time I did, 4:15 am. One day, while working next to David, the staff at WIL where he worked got him a birthday cake. Nice touch. He cut the cake and said something like.."the last time someone did this was in the Quad Cities." Well, that piqued (nice word) my attention since that is where I am from.
I asked him, "when were you in the Quad Cities?"
He said, "1971-73".
"So, who were you then?", I asked.
"David Bradley", he replied.

Holy shit! David Bradley did afternoons at KSTT and when I would get out of high school, HE would be the cat on the air. I thought David Bradley was a GREAT jock, and come to find out after all this time, he sat next to me every day. I haven't been able to think of David Craig in any other light than David Bradley after that and to this day...I still do.

Good luck, David, I hope you find something soon.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Oops! I Did It Again

I went to see my friend Tom from "Now Hear This" in downtown Kirkwood the other day. I have been shopping at Tom's since I found out about 20 years ago that the guy could get anything from anywhwre. I think my first purchase was a "Barclay James Harvest" release. We have developed a great friendship, too. I told him th eother day that his record store had become the old town barbershop; where guys when they have a break in their day, go looking in his store for something cool.

Anyway, he turned me on to the newest stuff which included the 5.1 Surround Sound version of two of the top ten albums that got me through high school. That would be "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" and "Seventh Sojourn" by the Moody Blues. So, I have purchased the album, eight track, cassette, CD, MFSL version CD, and now the 5.1 surround sound version. Enough! I am waiting for the brain chip. It's gotta be coming soon. It does sound glorious.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Old Man? Me?

The other day a young person asked me how I felt about being old. I was taken aback, for I do not think of myself as old. Upon seeing my reaction, he was immediately embarrassed, but I explained that it was an interesting question, and I would ponder it, and let him know.

Growing Older, I decided, is a gift. I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Oh, not my body! I sometime despair over my body ... the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the age spots on my face. And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror, but I don't agonize over those things for long. I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray(or any)hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become more kind to myself, and less critical of myself, although I still try to fight the aging process gracefully.

I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio or buying that 5.1 surround sound CD from the original master tapes from a band no one has heard of. I am entitled to be messy, to be extravagant, to smell the flowers. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 a.m, and then sleep until -- ? on a Saturday morning. I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50's & 60's and 70s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love .. I will and have. I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a body that's no longer seventeen, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the bikini set. They, too, will get old. (if they're lucky)

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But then again, some of life is just as well forgotten and I eventually remember the important things. Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a your parents, or older siblings that you worshipped, or when a child suffers, or even when a beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. I can say "no," and mean it. I can say "yes." and mean it.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being older. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day... (if I want).

Today, I wish you a day of ordinary miracles.

Love simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and leave the rest to God.



Wednesday, April 25, 2007

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I do NOT Suck....

I hit the ball game with my friend Jay last night and he asked me how the sales gig was. He reminded me of the legendary "Glengarry Glen Ross" scene...
Here it is.

Oh yeah, can't beat the Simpson's version...

Monday, April 23, 2007

Backstage Pass Number Two

Dave Edmunds, Uptown Theatre 1982 Kansas City. One of the ten best shows I have ever seen. I did the stage announcements. It was a pleasure to introduce him. He and his band absolutely burned a hole in the stage.

Post 687 Quote

"...sometimes you wonder, I mean really wonder. I know we make our own reality and we always have a choice, but how much is pre-ordained?"-John Lennon

Not To Be Construed...Musical Mulligan #4

The previous post means nothing more than a song I heard on the Ipod today. It was kindof a gray Monday moring and I thought there was some kind of harmonic convergence going on with the song coming on the ol' Ipod. Yes, I have The Carpenters on there. 11 of them to be exact, including a nice version of "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft". Loved Karen Carpenter's voice the first time I heard "Close To You". Thought they were great pop songs, nothing more, but then I had an affinity for "pop songs". Great hooks, good production, first rate writing. Yep, another one of those "bottom of the pile" artists.
Back when they were popular, I'd go to the record shop and pick up Deep Purple, Zeppelin, Sabbath etc, and stuck on the bottom of he pile so my friends couldn't see...

With that in mind, my five favorite Carpenters songs....SHADDUP!!!

1. "Close To You"-fourteen and madly in love. 'nuff said
2. "Goodbye To Love"-nasty guitar solo at the end by Joey Paluso
3. "Hurting Each Other"-seventeen and fighting with the first wife
4. "Superstar"-most "purists" hate this version. Only Bonnie's version is better.
5. "Rainy Days and Mondays"-great pop song

So, there it is, I am really baring my soul now. And yes, I even have the box set.

Blah, blaher, blahest

Talking to myself and feeling old
Sometimes Id like to quit
Nothing ever seems to fit
Hangin around, nothing to do but frown
What Ive got they used to call the blues
Nothing is really wrong
Feeling like I dont belong
Walking around some kind of lonely clown.....

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