Archive for June, 2018


 

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It’s the weekend!

It’s also Mel Brooks’ birthday.  Even if I’m not terribly focused on comedy in my art right now, I am focused on the world I live in.  Mel Brooks remains one of the best to have done it.

My personal favorite of his will always be ‘Blazing Saddles’ (of course), but this week I was reminded of ‘The Producers’, and this particular number.

No particular reason…

Have a good one gang…

 

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‘Cutie Pie’ came on this morning while I was sitting in traffic, and that always takes me back to this.

And I know more than a few people I care about need a laugh so hopefully this helps.

Enjoy!

 

 

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So, these guys (justifiably) paid the price when they were busted.  The comeback was maybe a little too harsh when they were found it.

But just from an audio standpoint…this is still a good song right?  Just sung by studio musicians with that 80s synth going…

Enjoy the pretty boys dancing to it…

 

 

kiss

I had some thoughts about starting this week talking about ‘This Week’s Atrocity’.  But…

We’re about to head into July.  I think it’s time to clock the outrage, and focus on November.

So let’s get into some music to start the week.

Always loved the simplicity of this video.  Pretty girl, Wendy(?) on guitar, shirtless lead vocals.

BAM.

Enjoy!

 

 

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The weekend is upon us.  Most of us need it a little more after this week…

I see this has been made an ‘official’ video, and I always that the animation here is fairly clever.  Easy choice.

Have a good one gang.

 

 

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And you know I yelled when I saw the Ali tribute shot…

 

 

Photo of Sammy Davis Jr.

Today’s video is one of my theme songs, performed by one of the show biz greats.

I’ve auditioned to play Sammy once; it’s still a dream part for me.  May realistically be a little too far removed at the moment for what Paramount is setting up, but you never know…

Enjoy!

 

 

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Well, this is a nice way to get back into the music.

Art, ladies and gentlemen…

 

 

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My Ramadan goal this year wasn’t as dramatic as the past few.  I didn’t focus hard on improving my Arabic; I didn’t donate all my excess material stuff to Goodwill.

I came into the holy month in awe that I’ve been able to live my life without destroying ‘my life.’  I’ve also been aware, for quite awhile, that there’s still a lot of middle ground between the ‘highlight reel’ (social media), and my private relationships with family and close friends.  One of the many things I’ve admired about Kaepernick is he recognized quickly that while people mostly respect ‘quiet and serious’, if you allow the vacuum between your words and your deeds grow too large, you risk your message getting flipped into something completely different (looking at you, league I don’t plan to give any more of my money too for the time being).

I wish I had a better term than this, but I adopted a ‘Plus One’ attitude the past few weeks.  Without being phony about it, I made myself more accessible to my neighbors, I hung out with my co workers a little more off the clock, things like that.  There’s really no grand scheme here beyond being more consciously proactive that the person I want the world to see my as is in line with how I treat everyone around me.  Changing the world is cool, changing the world around me feels right, right now.

I appreciate the calls and texts from everyone who didn’t ‘see’ me the past month.  I’m looking forward to what comes next.

Onward.