Fellow musicians... be mindful of mic stands, cymbal stands, and cameras when jumping on the drum riser... it could be bad for everyone.🥁🌎😉
Hal Blaine and The Wrecking Crew were the architects of popular music during the 60's and 70's having played on thousands of thousands of tracks. No doubt his drumming influenced a generation of players and will continue to heard for years to come.
If you have a favorite musician or creator, take the time to tell them how much their art has meant to you... most can even be reached through social media. Just a simple 'thank you' is good enough while they're still around versus waiting until it's too late.
I'm glad I reached out to Hal many many years ago and was so grateful when he took the time to respond... R.I.P Hal.
I’m a fan of early Hollywood-era comedians and comedy teams so I couldn’t wait to see the new bio pic, “Stan and Ollie”.
Written by Jeff Pope, directed by Jon S. Baird, and stars Steve Coogan (Stan Laurel) and John C. Reilly (Oliver Hardy) who took such care in their roles that you forget you’re not watching the actual duo. It's a really charming movie about friendship with plenty of nods to their career including a not so subtle one to “The Music Box.” It has an outstanding cast overall but I can't say enough about the two leads... they went way deeper than imitating the head scratch and tie twirl... will probably be my favorite movie of 2019.
Remind me to tell you the story of when I joined the short lived Sons of the Desert Nashville chapter in the late 90's and why I stopped going...
Just heard about the passing of R&B vocalist, James Ingram... he had such a rich full voice. "Baby, Come To Me" with Patti Austin and "I Don't Have the Heart" were usually playing as I awkwardly slow danced at my junior high functions. "Just Once", "One Hundred Ways", "Baby Come To Me", are on my 'Sing Full Blast In The Car' Spotify list and you haven't lived until you've heard me horribly cover Patti Austin's part :)
His compilation, The Greatest Hits: The Power of Great Music was one of the albums I brought with me on my move to Nashville and it stayed in heavy rotation. He was a great vocalist but you may not know the he was a co-writer on Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" from Thriller.
Here's footage of him in 2013 just to show that he was still giving it his all...
Marvel's The Punisher drops some truth by suggesting a one-night-stand with a vigilante is preferable than dating a drummer...
Well, that's a tough one to dispute.
From The Punisher Season 2 Episode 1
Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels from Run DMC talks about today's Hip Hop...
Stan had the gift of making readers feel like they were part of a community and there was never a better ambassador for the entire comics industry.
Any writer would love to have the amount of hits he had... Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, and the X-Men (co-created with artists Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Gene Colan and John Romita)
Stan’s presence has been in my life since the mid-70’s... he was a true legend.
Throwback to January 5th, 2012...
Before I clicked off "Rock and Roll", the bassist turns to me and says, "Not too fast, stupid."
I should mention that I sometimes have a problem with authority... :)