Oh bring back Martin

January 20, 2017

So right now it is snowing in Arizona (above from PrestonTVNews) and raining and misty in Manitoba (below) and Donald John Trump, my friends, is President. Them Russians are sure messing with our minds huh!


Meanwhile, let us get back to the music. Its all about the music.

This guy, and he is some kind of special, is coming to play at Le Festival du Voyageur (one of 150 acts performing during the winter festival).

Bringin’ back the pride of Syracuse, Mr Martin Sexton to Steel Belted Radio:

Martin Sexton – “Freedom Of The Road” (eTown webisode #376)


saturday-postThis is the worn old copy of January 13, 1917 edition of the Saturday Evening Post that my daughter found in the walls of her century old house. One hundred years later and what have we learned?

WE, (some of) THE PEOPLE:

There are some interesting articles and ads in this 1917 magazine edition (one of Rockwell’s first assignments for the Post). There are ads for automobiles built by companies long since forgotten (hey stupid – obviously they moved their operations offshore to save money). There are ads for Columbia Records and Edison’s magic record player with boasts that the sound is so damn clear and real that it is impossible to tell if the singer is in your front room or not! Uh huh. And there are ads for that miracle substance known as asbestos (makes great brake lining for your automobile’s hand brakes). There are even articles praising the glorious virtues of said asbestos.

It took us almost a hundred years to figure out that asbestos was causing nasty harm to humans not the least of which is mesothelioma.

Generally speaking, politicians steer clear of topics that reveal negative effects caused by industries/products that make allies or friends at the country club a boat load of money. President Trump prides himself for telling it like it is. He shoots from the lip. Usually at 3 a.m. on Twitter (which he dislikes doing but has to in order to quash the rampant fake news that has plagued us since…Trump became a businessman I guess.)

So what does the President think of a known carcinogen we call asbestos. He thinks its fine of course, because people that make a lot of money from the product told him so. If you don’t believe it you’re a loser. Probably an ugly one. Sad. Oh, and then there’s his opinion on coal, and climate change and Putin and women and trade agreements and Mexicans and “the disadvantaged” and Hispanics and organized crime (what’s wrong with being organized?) and anyone who has never played 18 holes at one of his golf courses or stayed in one of his hotels and….disagree? Snowflakes*.

Of course anyone who says negative things about him is only doing so because they are sore losers or have something to gain by sharing opinions about his core beliefs. Such as this quote from a mesothelioma article (link). (I’m repeating it because I think it reveals slight (multiple) character flaws in the president).

Although the writer of this quote is just an average American trying to help people, I think it is quite obvious that they are in the group of voters who voted for the winner of the popular vote in November. Losers.

“(Donald Trump) has consistently shown himself to be abusive, obtuse, and ignorant. Over and over again, (he) has displayed a penchant to not only misunderstand the issues, but to back his own arguments with demonstrably false information and convoluted, often irrational, logic.”

Again, nothing we didn’t know. But now we have an American President who exhibits all those nasty qualities and side affects. But knowing this to be true and unhealthy (even deadly) we will choose to ignore it. Nothing wrong with that. Shows strength. Believe me.

Bonne chance tout le monde! Oh….almost forgot. Here’s the good news: Trump may prove to be more capable and good for (some of) the people than that eerily quiet and opportunistic vice-president of his (who is next in line of course). Live and learn…you can’t go back(wards) or can you?

*(Get it? Snowflakes melt – even faster in a warming planet- although each one is unique and beautiful but that quality is conveniently overlooked…in fact, we all melt eventually).

I’d like to see Sam (minus Dave) or Toby Keith cover this song:

Every day’s a new day
Fifteen there’s still time for you
Time to buy and time to choose
Hey fifteen, there’s never a wish better than this
When you only got hundred years to live

Five for Fighting – 100 Years

And…all the people who wrote those Post articles in 1917, the people who made the automobiles, and records and inventions and miracle products are dead and gone. Hope they, and the people who read this hundred year old edition of the magazine, used their short time here wisely.

Is Everybody Happy?

January 19, 2017


If you play this song backwards at 78 speed it’ll be November 2020.

Les enfants gâté

January 19, 2017

Related imageSorry for the above cartoon: Harmony or dischord?

Gateau gâté? = sick of you, and you, and you.

I hate to say it, but kids born after the internet explosion (circa 1997) just don’t get it. They stay up all night gaming on Skype and sleep all day. School, goals and desire to do something good is way off their radar. As John McCrae says, these people choose personal freedom over civic responsibility. And then there are those who are more Trump styled: the blameless, hostile, scavengers…”. And you wanna be my latex salesman”. I don’t think so.

This performance is sort of a Mountain inspired B52’s Rock Lobster: like many people, I am not a fan of organised audience participation. But this seemed to work:

And yet another Sacramento CA band. Sigh.

Cake – Sick of You (Live on Letterman)

from Cake vevo

Cake: official website

Sick of You – chords and lyrics


Out of Me Head

January 18, 2017

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Meanwhile, in the music world: You never know what that coveted, concealed, career launching magic spark will be. For these nasty boys, who introduced music to Blind Lemon Pie, it was their trousers. And those trousers lead to the magical mystical bandwagon.

Tight trousers of legends who lasted a lunchtime (all one hour and thirteen minutes of it):

The Rutles – All You Need Is Cash (Subtitulada en español)

YT post by Terry Graham


trump-timeoriginal image from holycool.net

If you think the present political leaders and the alt right are trying to herd us back along our evolutionary path from whence we came, you may be right.

But geez, its not like tripping to the past has never happened before.

Here is a video from the late seventies. In this post disco, pre popularized punk era there was an attempt to mirror the fifties music…kinda. But with sideburns and questionable clothing styles. Call it Al’s Drive-In music (if Al had a liquor licence).

Dave Edmunds and Rockpile – Trouble Boys


They keep goin’ for the bad boys huh! Or, as some would call it ‘teddy boys’.

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Rêver of Dreams

January 16, 2017

Image result for river of dreams dried upimage from Newsweek

Is the dream over?

Audience. MLK. I Had a Dream

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