Friday, May 08, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
He'll lose in...get this....55 days, 7.7 million dollars. That's $7,700,000 in about two months. Here's the worst of it, I just heard that no one in the Dodger organization is angry. I stand in wonder. What the hell would make them angry? He killed someone? Stupid, stupid, stupid. 6 of the top 17 all time home run hitters are under suspicion. What in the name of Bob Gibson and George Brett is going on here? I just can't get my arms around how massive this problem is. And no cares. Bud Selig doesn't acre. Joe Torre. Manny's team mates. His fans. Morality and integrity. I am stumped. help
From my friend Dan Durcholz:
For Immediate Release
May 7, 2009
POCO REUNION AT STAGECOACH HAS INDUSTRY BUZZING
Young, Furay, Messina, Schmitt, Cotton and Grantham Dazzle in CA
“What an extraordinary collection of Southern California music history backstage following Poco’s reunion performance tonight.”—Randy Lewis, LA Times
Nashville, TN—To say that country rock pioneers Poco are a footnote to a host of other musical acts would be like saying The Beatles are a footnote to Wings. After a stunning reunion two weekends ago at STAGECOACH, there are rumblings in the music industry that if all were right with the world, Poco would have its rightful place in the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.
The original members of Poco were all on hand to celebrate a reunion, as well as the return of drummer George Grantham after a stroke four years ago was a highlight. You want royalty? The lineup featured founding or long-time members Rusty Young, Paul Cotton, Grantham, Timothy B. Schmitt (Eagles), Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield) and Jim Messina (Loggins & Messina) to go along with current Poco members Jack Sundrud and George Lawrence. Whew.
“Having every significant member of Poco reunite for the Stagecoach Festival was an event that was very special to the fans and to all of us,” said Young. “It was a thrill to stand onstage again with Richie Furay, Jim Messina, Timothy B. Schmit and George Grantham after forty years of Poco music. I hope that we can do it again someday.”
Industry veteran Bob Lefsetz had this to say in his blog, after a reader sent him an e-mail wondering aloud why Madonna is being considered for the Rock Hall but not Poco: “This performance was not made for fame, not even that much cash. But in it beats the heart of rock and roll. An aged band reunites for the DVD, they bury old hurts for the revenue. But watching this performance, you think Poco just did it for the joy.”
That pretty much says it all.
Pioneers of the country-rock sound that soared out of California in the late sixties and early seventies, Poco was the inspiration for bands like The Eagles, Firefall, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Pure Prairie League, Little River Band and The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, as well as the new breed of country-rock acts. After Poco’s debut album in 1969, Pickin’ Up The Pieces, received a perfect rating from Rolling Stone Magazine, the band went through several personnel changes including the departure of Messina and Furay, as well as when bassist Randy Meisner left to join The Eagles. Poco went on to chart several times with hits like “Crazy Love” and “Heart of the Night” (both from the critically acclaimed Legend album), as well as “Rose of Cimarron,” “Good Feeling To Know” and “You’d Better Think Twice.” In 1989, the band brought back Messina, Furay and Meisner to record Legacy, which spawned a few more of the band’s Top 40 hits, “Call It Love” and “Nothing To Hide.”
The band’s most recent discs – 2002’s Running Horse, 2005’s Bareback At Big Sky and the 2004 live CD/DVD Keeping The Legend Alive – are among the best of their career. Poco’s plans for the future include more recording and touring, as well as Rusty’s long-awaited book about life in the music business. Jack and Rusty have also discovered a second career as award-winning composers for a line of children’s videos. In addition, readers of Guitar Player voted Rusty Young into their ‘Gallery of Greats’ beside musicians like Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. They received a Grammy nomination for ‘Instrumental of the Year’ and fans can find Poco memorabilia on display at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame. With forty years, twenty-five albums and thousands of fans behind them, Poco was, is and forever will be the defining voice of country/rock.
For more information about Poco, please visit www.poconut.com or www.rickalter.com
This one is about the happenstance of the universe and how one day, one call can change your life. Is there such a thing as coincidence? Are our plans laid out in front of us before we ever travel down the road? It seems strange to me that some things are lined up like the cosmic Masterlock, waiting for the tumblers to trip and fall into place. What happens when the lock opens? How can things you did years ago set up in the world of today and then hit you like a ton of bricks and render everything you knew not quite what you know? Had my world rocked today and I'm not sure what to think. It's a good thing, quite surprising and pleasant but then again it puts into play the battle between head and heart. Never ending cosmic drama that changes everything you know and feel. Tune in again in this place tomorrow for more incoherent babbling from yours truly.
"Oftentimes we say goodbye to the person we love without wanting to. Though that doesn’t mean that we've stopped loving them or we've stopped to care. Sometimes goodbye is a painful way to say I love you."
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
Sunday, May 03, 2009
God bless them all and their families.
It's the night before the first day of school, no sleep for me. I start in the old five day on air mode tomorrow. I could never sleep before the first day of school and I won't be getting much tonight. Springfield is a very cool town. People seem to be very nice and very real. Not much guessing or pretentiousness here. I haven't actually done a five day a week show since Nashville. Before then, it was 2004. It'll be like a bike. A bit shaky at first but then gaining speed and momentum.
We'll have some new folk on here tomorrow, so I may clean up the place a bit.
Woke up at 6:30 this morning to read at at church at 7:30. I love it when I read for that service. Crispness in the air, the day is fresh and clean. The service is basically older. After I read and during the "give your neighbor a sign of peace" part, two older women told me how much they enjoyed me reading. God didn't give me many talents but I constantly thank him for the one due south of my mouth.
Every once in a while, I'll hear a TV theme that will conjure up great memories from days long ago. Tonight, three examples of that on WGN TV. First, "WKRP in Cincinnati", then "Newhart" (the one from the late eighties) and to top at off was "The Honeymooners" theme with that great voice guy.
"If it didn't mean anything, you wouldn't be nervous." coach Truman Smith 1971
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Any and all good karma is appreciated and acknowledged.
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