Wow. When I disappear from the blog, I really disappear, eh? I just have to plead "busy". When I haven't been working or slaving over essay questions, I've been... well.... digging holes in my yard. Photos will follow. In the meantime, I've finally finished another project, related to this. I was elected/selected/volunteered ---probably due to the fact that I had the biggest, bulkiest camera--- to gather up all of the photos the gang took of our little jaunt, burn them all to CD, and redistribute them. I did that, going through well over a thousand pictures, and had a grand old time doing it. *So* much fun, in fact, that I went ahead and created a little video from the best photos for the two members of the gang who don't have computers (can you believe it? There are people in this day and age who aren't wired up???). The hardest part was learning to burn a DVD playable on a television. My incredible and extensive computer skills didn't prepare me for the amount of cussing needed to make DVD's that work on *all* players. For some reason, my DVD's will not play on my fancy machine in the living room, but work just great on the $5 garage sale machine in the bedroom. Go figure. The full video on DVD is about a half hour long, but here is just a short selection. Hope you enjoy.
I used to love this old Kansas tune. So does this young girl, judging from the way she rocks out. I love the feather boa. And since right now we have MINUS 45 degree windchills outside, order me up a dozen. Winter storm warnings and wind chill advisories galore; quite a change from the 40+ degrees yesterday. I'm guessing that tomorrow will be a stay-at-home day.
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Dan Fogelberg ~ News
May we all find someone to believe in.
Sunday, December 16 Dear friends, Dan left us this morning at 6:00am. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side. His strength, dignity, and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him.I had read awhile back that Fogelberg was ill with prostate cancer, facing a poor prognosis. Still, it was hard to read this news on his website. Although a friend of mine once joked that "the wussification of America began with Dan Fogelberg", I always loved the guy's music after I discovered him in college. I loved the songs of the Midwestern boy who sang so well of the places he'd gone and the people he'd met. I even remember playing "Face the Fire" at our wedding kegger and seeing 20 or 30 hard-core party animals fall silent to listen to the song-- and seeing the shock on their faces to find out who the singer was. This was the song that always got me, though:
If I could ever say it right And reach your hostage heart Despite the doubts you harbor then you might Come to believe in me The life I lead is not the kind That gives a woman peace of mind I only hope someday you'll find That you can believe in me Those other loves that came before Mean nothing to me anymore But you can never be quite sure And will not believe in me Too many hearts have been broken Failing to trust what they feel But trust isn't something that's spoken And love's never wrong when it's real If I could only do one thing Then I would try to write and sing A song that ends your questioning And makes you believe in me Too many hearts have been broken Failing to trust what they feel But trust isn't something that's spoken And love's never wrong when it's real If I could do one thing Then I would try to write and sing A song that ends your questioning And makes you believe in me And makes you believe in me oh, you can believe in me
I am watching David Letterman right now and I have just seen the most bizarre thing in my entire life. Paul Anka doing Nirvana's "Smells like Teen Spirit" with a swing beat in front of a big band. I think the end of the world is nigh.
Wausau Daily Herald - Bruce Springsteen to perform in Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE AP — Bruce Springsteen is returning to Milwaukee. The musician and the E Street Band will be playing at the Bradley Center on March 17th.The Journal Sentinel reports this morning that tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. November 26th. Tickets will cost $65 or $95, and that doesn’t include service charges. They’ll be available at the box office or at Ticketmaster outlets.$95 also doesn't include parking. Now ask me if I care. Brooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooce is coming to town!
I've been listening to the new album since last night, when it first was available for download. Go here for samples. Even better, go buy the thing--it's his best since 2002,and very possibly one of his best ever. I mean that, and I've been a fan since a million years ago. At first listen, there are a half-dozen classics on this album--you will be hearing the songs "Girls in their Summer Clothes" and "Gypsy Biker" quite a bit in the next few months, I think. But this is the one that left me shaking. "Devil's Arcade". What a song. Dear Lord, to be able to write like that.... "A voice says "don't worry, I'm here Just whisper the word "tomorrow" in my ear A house on a quiet street, a home for the brave The glorious kingdom of the sun on your face Rising from a long night as dark as the grave On a thin chain of next moments and something like faith"
'Magic,' Bruce Springsteen's new studio recording and his first with the E Street Band in five years, is has been released by Columbia Records. Produced and mixed by Brendan O'Brien, the album features eleven new Springsteen songs and was recorded at Southern Tracks Recording Studio in Atlanta, GA."And of course, there's always this news. St. Paul, anyone???
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND ANNOUNCE FIRST FULL SCALE TOUR OF US & EUROPE SINCE 2003 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have announced their first full scale tour of the US and Europe since 2002-03, starting in Hartford, CT on October 2, the release date for the new Springsteen album 'Magic.'
Name every band in this video. The clock is ticking. GO.
I heard this tune awhile back on XM, but it came across the local "pretty music for old farts" radio station last night while I was at work. It's a new-ish song by REOSpeedwagon. Now it's stuck. I always was a sucker for a good old Midwestern-roots rock band, even if Kevin Cronin is doing the go-blonde-instead-of-going-gray thing. Wonder where he might have gotten *that* idea? :-? Okay, I know, mushy ballads and all, but what the hey? Qwitcherbitchen' back there, or I'll post "Keep on Lovin' You". You all know that one --the song to which 90% of babies in the US were conceived in the early 80's?
No, Shawny, I'm *not* going to say if YOU were. ;-)
A co-worker of mine is the mother of Jasin Todd, the lead guitarist for the band Shine down. They recently returned from Iraq where they did a concert for our men and women in the military. I really like seeing these guys go out of their way to do this. They certainly don't do it for the money and there is risk involved for them. They have a youtube video of their trip thats pretty neat to watch. Jasin Todds brother is a Marine serving in Afganistan who's wife just had a baby. He was able to come home for the birth but had return overseas days later. Its a tough life for these guys. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oohiRrpgN7k