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Hall and Oates, late 1970s Shown from left: Daryl Hall, John Oates

The weekend is upon us.

Vacation was good, but I’m happy to be back on my Mission. Still, have a little bit of a light mood about me.

And can you get any more light than Hall & Oates? I think not.

Enjoy. Movie review coming Sunday.



First song this week is a Hall of Famer.

A filmmaker friend is trying to recreate the sequence from ‘500 Days of Summer’ (what triggered the song in my mind).

But I’m old enough to be connected to this song to this cheesy ass video.  3 minutes of perfection here, I smile wide every time I hear this.





My Frat ‘DJ Joe Brooks’ sent me his Valentine’s Day mix last night.  It’s a nice blend of old school, blue eyed soul and reggae.  Good music choice to start this week.




Blue eyed souling into this weekend.

I saw these guys live years ago, so I know how well their catalog holds up live (and with choices like today’s song, maybe even better heard sung in person.)

Have a good one gang!




It’s the weekend.  Been a good run and good vibes.

Let’s blue eyed soul our way into it.

Have a good one everyone.




A Public Service Announcement for my fellow Angelenos:

Number one of my best concerts ever is Prince at the Forum.  Number two is Stevie at the Bowl.

These guys at the Bowl is number three.

And they’re playing there again next month.

Well worth the price of admission if you haven’t experienced them live.





I’m looking at a list of 25 songs I could have used for Valentine’s Day.  Since I’m in the mood, let’s choose two.

A while ago, my buddy requested I use this one for when me and the Mrs. walk into the wedding reception/after-party.  Of course, my naturally rebellious gut reaction was, ‘Yeahhhhhhh, sure.  If I marry Zooey Deschanel, consider it done.’

But you know what?  This might be, MIGHT BE the most infectious pop song of its time.  I’ve heard this in commercials, movies, everywhere.  I watched them play this live at the Hollywood Bowl a couple years ago.  So it should be ‘overdone’ for me by this point right?

Honestly, I still light up like a Christmas tree as soon as I hear the opening hook.

So I’m absolutely shimmying into my after-party to this if she’s down.




The best concert I’ve been to on the West Coast was Prince at the Great Western Forum a couple years back.  There’s no question about that.

Second on that list would be CougarFest, or as it was advertised, Hall & Oates at the Hollywood Bowl.  Glad I was able to clear that show off my bucket list, it was some of the best $20 I’ve ever spent.




While there are no shortage of good concert venues in the City of Angels, I’m especially partial to the Hollywood Bowl.  For one, like many of my favorite spots in this city, it’s meant to be enjoyed outdoors and takes full advantage of that.  Reason Number 2 is while its location has caused more than a few headaches on nights when I’m NOT trying to be caught on traffic, being nestled right up the road from Hollywood and Highland and off the 101 makes it a top 5 ‘You can not possibly miss it’ spot when you’re trying to give directions to someone who hasn’t gone.  The third reason is simply two of my favorite concerts since I’ve been in town have taken place at the Bowl.

I got to see Stevie Wonder there a couple years back.  Stevie in concert anywhere is a must see for a music lover, but that particular night at the Bowl felt really special.  The show started as the sun was setting; a few hours later with the moon shining and the lights on, everyone was still glued to their bench not ready to leave (having the catalog of classics Stevie has written certainly didn’t hurt). 

The show I’ll never forget was…wait for it…yes…Hall and Oates.  I gave my parents tickets to see them back when they played my hometown with Michael McDonald as the co-headliner (just imagining those two names on one bill makes me upset in retrospect I didn’t go).  Anyway, the Hall and Oates at the Bowl concert started as a running joke with me and a friend of mine, but the tickets were cheap, and truth be told, we had a blast.  There is no doubt in my mind the inspiration for the Courtney Cox show ‘Cougar Town’ came out of some exec who has sitting in the crowd that night.  My ace claims he has a blackmail photo of me dancing to ‘I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)’ that night, but he won’t confirm or deny that photo actually exists.  As a showman, I have to admit the best part of the show was Hall & Oates doing the “You’re a great crowd, good night!”  and walking off stage routine without playing a few of their all time jams; they knew good and damn well the crowd wasn’t going anywhere without hearing “You Make My Dreams Come True” (and this was before the song started popping up again in movies like 500 Days of Summer).

One of the annual shows at the Bowl is the Playboy Jazz Festival.  I’m still holding out hope at some point I’ll get to do that with my musically inclined brother, but we’ll see.  Either way, saying so and so is playing at the Bowl instantly puts a smile on my face at the thought of enjoying good music under the stars.