Yep, shutting it down. I am doing a terrible job maintaining this and for me, blogging isn’t about trying to find time to do it. The whole purpose of The Musings when I started this years ago was writing about my passion for music. That still exists but the passion to write about it doesn’t really exist anymore. Nowadays I have to schedule time and to me that takes away the fun. I love the new theme, my favorite one actually and already created playlists on my iTunes for XTC, Nada Surf and X, so the intention was to keep rolling. My heart just isn’t into it anymore. However, there is one last thing I want to put out there.
September 1983 I started high school at Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix, AZ. My freshman P.E. teacher was a gentleman by the name of Brian Metheny. Some of you will know the name and may have even met the man. Coach Metheny became my wrestling coach that year as well. That decision to try a sport that I had never competed in before became one of the best decisions of my life. I learned what true hard work is, what a will to win is, what personal accountability is and what having to rely on yourself in athletic competition is. Team sports were something I had participated in since grade school, this was a new ballgame. Continue reading →
My sister was visiting friends in California back in the early nineties and came home with a t-shirt for me from a concert she was it. Wish I still had it, it was the pic to the left, the album cover of the second release from Tooting, England’s Kitchens of Distinction. Continue reading →
So what sucks here is I have no right even posting this because the Gang of Four have been here TWICE in the past two years and I have missed both shows. Therefore I cannot whine anymore about the festival at Comprade Stadium in the 1990s when Gang of 4, Public Enemy and Sisters of Mercy were supposed to play before the event was cancelled. I’ve had my opportunities. Work was the reason both times and yes, in my forties it is a lot harder to go to a weeknight show because I am worthless the next day. Just an excuse though because the fact is the original four of singer Jon King, guitarist Andy Gill, bass guitarist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham created two great albums and the exceptional 1981 Another Day/Another Dollar EP with their 1981 sophomore effort Solid Gold still in my all-time Top Ten for albums. I NEED to see this band live! Continue reading →
I have to confess … I’m kind of chumping out with this post. The Damned are playing in Tempe TONIGHT and I’m being a little sissy and not going. I know the “work” excuse wears thin after a while but it truly is the case and even with abstaining from the alcohol I still suck the next day at the office if I go to a show the night before. If I had never gone to a Damned concert in the past I would suck it up but since I have … Continue reading →
300! November 11, 2009 was the date of the first post on this blog. I never anticipated doing it for this long, although as years have passed different jobs with different responsibilities have come my way and there has been less motivation to keep writing in a casual manner like this. 7 1/2 years ago the inspiration was to write a blog separate from the two I was responsible for at the time with my job. Today I teach classes and have been doing so for the past two years in a corporate environment so it is tougher to find the time. Plus my brain is usually fried at the end of the day and on the weekends I use some of that time to still update the Silver Platter. Continue reading →
So who can name a bigger rock band today that is still able to effectively cling to the DIY aesthetic and non-mainstream attitude that I love? Nirvana may have had more an immediate impact but the fact remains that The Foo Fighters have been doing this 1994. Hard to believe that it has been 23 years now, nearly three times as long as Nirvana. I will admit, when the news broke on April 8, 1994 that Cobain was dead I was devastated. Some people think it’s stupid to be affected by the death of a celebrity. I don’t wallow in the grief but the fact remains that music speaks to me in ways mere words cannot, so losing that band, especially in the manner it happened, just flat-out sucked. I was convinced no music from the other two guys would ever happen again. Continue reading →