Thursday, September 13, 2007

Now, That's One Hell of A Fish

Reminds me of an old girlfriend. Sorry.
It's an African Tiger fish. Here is the link with more information


NEW YORK - New England coach Bill Belichick was fined the NFL maximum of $500,000 Thursday and the Patriots were ordered to pay $250,000 for videotaping an opponent’s offensive and defensive signals.
Commissioner Roger Goodell also ordered the team to give up next year’s first-round draft choice if it reaches the playoffs and second- and third-round picks if it doesn’t.
Another cheater. It ain't enough that baseball has a closet full, now football does too. Makes you wonder how they won all of those Superbowls huh? He should be fired and the team should be ashamed of itself. But, listening to the Patriots fanatics, it's OK becasue all of the other teams are doing it too. Really?

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Newspaper Article circa 1981

That's me lower right. Looks like I lost the "arms" race doesn't it? Who cut your hair? Hey, farmer? That was an awesome studio, my favorite ever.
Phil Witt looks the same.

Another Cover Song That Does NOT Suck

I really thought this was one of the classiest, most talented men on the planet. I have followed his career from Vinegar Joe "Never Met A Dog" through "Sneakin Sally Through The Alley" to this. He performed in a suit every time I saw him. A Suit! I never saw him sweat either. I got to interview him about six weeks before he died. I had the great opportunity to tell him how much "Every Kinda People" meant to me. I think he was touched. He covers two of my favorite Marvin Gaye songs with passion and the way I think Marvin would have liked. Class. Class. Class. RIP Robert, you are truly missed by me and thousands of others.

God The Painter Volume 9

R I P Joe Zawinul

VIENNA, Austria - Joe Zawinul, who soared to fame as one of the creators of jazz fusion and performed and recorded with Miles Davis, died early Tuesday, a hospital official said. He was 75.
Zawinul had been hospitalized since last month. A spokeswoman for Vienna's Wilhelmina Clinic confirmed his death without giving details. His manager, Risa Zincke, said Zawinul suffered from a rare form of skin cancer, according to the Austria Press Agency.
Zawinul won widespread acclaim for his keyboard work on chart-topping Davis albums such as "In A Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew," and was a leading force behind the so-called "Electric Jazz" movement.
In 1970, Zawinul founded the band Weather Report and produced a series of albums including "Heavy Weather," "Black Market" and "I Sing the Body Electric." After that band's breakup, he founded the Zawinul Syndicate in 1987.
Zawinul, who was born in the Austrian capital, Vienna, and emigrated to the United States in 1959, is credited with bringing the electric piano and synthesizer into the jazz mainstream.
This past spring, he toured Europe to mark the 20th anniversary of the Zawinul Syndicate. He sought medical attention when the tour ended, the Viennese Hospital Association said in a statement last month.
Austrian President Heinz Fischer said Zawinul's death meant the loss of a "music ambassador" who was known and cherished around the world. "As a person and through his music, Joe Zawinul will remain unforgettable for us all," Fischer said in a statement.
Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer praised Zawinul's "unpretentious way of dealing with listeners" and said he wasn't "blinded by superficialities."
"Wherever he performed, he impressed with his playing," Gusenbauer said in a statement.
Zawinul's son, Erich, said his father would not be forgotten. "He lives on," Erich Zawinul was quoted as saying by APA.
Zawinul played with Maynard Ferguson and Dinah Washington before joining alto saxophonist great Cannonball Adderley in 1961 for nine years, according to a biography on his Web site. With Adderley, Zawinul wrote several important songs, among them the slow and funky hit "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."
Zawinul then moved on to a brief collaboration with Miles Davis, at the time Davis was moving into the electric arena. It was Zawinul's tune "In a Silent Way" that served as the title track of Davis' first electric foray.
Funeral plans were not immediately released, but Vienna Mayor Michael Haeupl told reporters he would be given an honorary grave in the capital.
Another record store in play got me hooked on Weather Reaport. "Mysterious Traveller" was the album that was playing on the stereo in the record store and I couldn't believe the nasty funky shit that was being played at ear splitting volume. Who was in Weather Report? Only these guys: Miroslav Vitouš (1970–74)Airto Moreira (1970–71)Alphonse Mouzon (1970–71)75)Leon 'Ndugu' Chancler (1975)Chester Thompson (1976)Jaco Pastorius (1976–82)Michael Walden (1976)Omar Hakim (1983–85)Victor Bailey (1983-86)Jose Rossy (1983–84)Mino Cinelu (1984-86) and more. What a talent, what a musician. Pick up a copy of "Mysterious Traveller" and tell me that ain't great!!!

Beautiful Day Junk

Spending my lunch hour (and in between writing two presentations) taking a break and blogging. I haven't felt very creative lately, so thought I would share my own very pretentious view of the world.

Rams suck, Chiefs suck, Cardinals done, Tony done.

So help me out. I heard that MYV held their annual Video Music Awards the other night. Will someone please tell me the day that MTV started playing music again? I haven't seen a video on there in ages, although I haven't checked lately. VH1 doesn't show music anymore either. So, should MTV take the M out of their name? How about VH1? The "V" needs to go..and the H, too.

My daughter called to inform that she got really bored at school last Saturday night. All of the other kids on her floor went out drinking and she didn't want any part of it. She has seen what drinking does to a person and she doesn't want to do that. God, thank you so much.

The longer he is dead, the more I appreciate the kind gentle soul that was George Harrison.
Of all the musicians that have passed, I truly miss him the most.

Beautiful day here in St. Louis.

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