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Sunday Serenades

Posted by Artster63

Man has it been a while or what? Too long since I've had a chance to hit the keys and share some of my favorite tunes, albums and artists with you all. Hope you diehards are doing well. Thanks for keeping 70's Classic Rock alive.

As I sit here on a Sunday reviewing resumes of folks I'm looking to hire, I've got a plethora of classic tunes playing on my iPod in the background. This is one of the songs that sticks out. Skynyrd's "Simple Man". Real basic, down-to-earth lyrics with a great tempo. The rest of the album, One More From The Road, is a must have for any Skynyrd fan. Of course if you're a fan you've probably already worn the grooves off of several of these albums.

Up next is Neil Young's "Rust Never Sleeps". I actually won this album from a Chicago radio station back in the very early 80's. Great mix of moods and styles from Neil. "Hey, Hey, My, My (Into the Black)" is my favorite with the raspy, Big Muff effects.

Hey guys, by no means are these album reviews. I just wanted to drop a few lines from the ole' Artster and share a little something, something with you. Hopefully I'll be back writing regularly real soon. Oh before I forget, keep your eyes open for the Brunette and my Winter Concert Series we'll have coming up soon.

Peace.





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Remembering Michael Jackson

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Hey guys I hope all have been doing good. Well I'm sitting here watching the Michael Jackson Memorial Celebration live on CNN, a tear drop racing down my cheek followed by another. The tears and lump in my throat aren't from sadness, but rather the incredible respect I have for this artist. I can't help but appreciate the impact that his music has had in my life. His songs remind me of first loves, Saturday morning smiles, summer breezes, growing up and venturing into the world, starting a family, raising my boys and cross country road trips with the family. Songs like I Want You Back, I'll Be There and Got To Be There are all associated to an episode or occurrence in my life. The magic of a song like Ben. A song about a rodent. Go figure this would wind up being one of my favorites. Jermaine is now singing Smile, another great song and there goes another tear.

It's been awhile since I've written a post from the heart so I've got a lot to share. I hope you bare with me as I try to put into words my thoughts from a 40 plus year observation of an incredible entertainer. You know back in the days of the variety shows like Ed Sullivan, Flip Wilson, Sonny and Cher and of course The Carol Burnett Show, I would determine which show I would watch based on the special guests they would have on. If the Jackson 5 were in the TV Guide, I guarantee I'd be watching that show. Saturday Morning cartoons? The Jackson 5ive was the bomb for me (hey, remember I was like 8 or 9 at the time). But honestly, from the early Jackson 5 songs and the later Michael Jackson songs spark both great and not so great memories for me.

In one of the interviews preceding this special I'm watching, a fan said, "Michael Jackson has written the songbook of my life". What an incredible gift to have such an affect on another's life and in such a selfless way. Songs that parallel the events in one's life. Music that can be related from the earliest days to the current. I know exactly what the guy was talking about. Here's my little association list of Michael Jackson songs:

Dancing Machine - In front of the mirror in the basement trying to do the robot. I think I was half decent because I tried it at a grammar school dance and that's when I found out the ladies like a dude that can dance.

Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) - Mom thinking that she's going to show me some new moves with this song. I broke into the robot and she went upstairs all mad and what not. It was hilarious.

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Fake ID and a dance club a short drive away. Need I say more.

Rock With You - A cold winter in Chicago, taking my girlfriend home in a nice toasty car. We wound up staying together through high school and shortly after.

Billie Jean - Reminds me of falling in love with an older woman and eventually marrying her. It lasted 15 years and she wound up being 2 years younger than me. But we sure wore out some rugs to this song.

Wanna Be Startin' Something - Trying to get my wife (9 months pregnant at the time) to dance and swing and work up a sweat. Not one of our more special moments. I don't recommend pushing the issue with your expectant wife guys.

Thriller - The moves were awesome and they make for a great group dance but my lasting memory is of watching MTV on my new Curtis Mathis console tv set. The first couple of nights I'd stay up watching music videos all night.

The Way You Make Me Feel
- This song reminds me of taking a new position and moving back to Chicago. Wife and kids in tow, man was I nervous. Not sure why but this song and a couple of others were an escape from the day-in, day-out grind. I think it was the percussions.

Bad - Job turned out good. Now my little family had to hear me sing this every time I closed a big deal. (Sorry guys)

Dirty Diana - I'd always play this at Mother's when I'd stop for a drink after work before heading home. It sure got the girls to start dancing. I personally just liked the guitar riffs. (wink wink)

Smooth Criminal - Trying to match the steps and moves, whilst my two sons cracked up in the background saying dad you stink! Awesome beat in this song.

You Rock My World - Living in Tenn. trying to take a break from all the country and bluegrass tunes on the radio.

Well enough for this post. There's way too many hits to list all at once. I'm sure I'll revisit this soon. Thanks for stopping by and letting me share some great videos with you.

After all is said and done in this blogger's opinion, Michael Jackson will always be The King of Pop. What was my favorite song you ask? Human Nature. Surprised? Listen to the arrangement and the instruments. His voice is used as one and blends incredibly with the sounds.

I'm interested. What's your favorite?

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* As always, if you enjoy the artist and their music, help support their work by purchasing the album.

Weekend Concert Series - Rainbow

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Hey Guys. How's everyone doin'? We're setting up for this week's show and we've got Rainbow on the big IMAX screen Live from Melbourne, Australia. Ritchie Blackmore and gang performed this show in 1975, while on the last leg of their European Tour.

It's going to be a great weekend weather-wise. Bring the sunblock and your favorite blanket to lay out. The Brunette has us stocked up with both domestic and import brews. The backyard gate opens at 6:00 PM Friday and won't close 'til the last fan leaves on Sunday. We look forward to seeing you there.

For you first timers, here's the ground rules...

- Glass containers ARE allowed
- Everyone has General Admission lawn seats... so no need to try and sneak in
- Tailgating ALLOWED in the concert
- Respect the space of others. If their blanket is laid out, DON'T step on it
- A fully staffed playground area will be available so that mom and dad can enjoy the concert


Weekend Concerts - Rainbow

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Weekend Cruise

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Hey guys, the Brunette and I are hitting the road, headed for the coast. That's the destination us South Texans hit for a quick weekend getaway. Beaches, fishing, tubing, seafood and bars. Oh and did I mention BARS.

We look forward to hanging with you next weekend at the concert. Rainbow will featured.

I hope you all have a great safe weekend and we'll catch up to you on Monday.

Be safe. Later.

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* As always, if you enjoy the artist and their music, help support their work by purchasing the album.

Weekend Concert Series: Thin Lizzy

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We're off to a late start with this week's line up. We've got Thin Lizzy on tap and they're setting up as we speak. Some overcast clouds here in South Texas have kept a lot of folks from joining us, but the hardcore rockers are in da' house. Or I guess better said, in da' yard.

This is a compilation of two live performances from Dublin and Toronto in 1977. For you trivia buffs, John Earle plays the sax on Dancing in the Moonlight and Huey Lewis shows his harmonica skills on Baby Drives Me Crazy.

The Brunette and I want to say thanks for coming and we're sure you'll enjoy the concert. Here are the ground rules for you first timers.

Concert Rules:

- Glass containers ARE allowed
- Everyone has General Admission lawn seats... so no need to try and sneak in
- Tailgating ALLOWED in the concert
- Respect the space of others. If their blanket is laid out, DON'T step on it
- A fully staffed playground area will be available so that mom and dad can enjoy the concert




Weekend Concerts - Thin Lizzy



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Weekend Concert Series: Led Zeppelin

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Hey guys. Well here we are again with another weekend party under way. The Brunette was nice enough to restock the fridge, so we're ready for another great turn out.

This week we're sharing Led Zeppelin's original 1976 release of their July 1973 Madison Square Garden show "The Song Remains The Same". An awesome sampling, at that time, of some of their hits as well as some new tunes off of the Houses of the Holy album which had just been released a few months earlier in '73. Alright, alright enough of the chit-chat. In case you guys forgot the ground rules I've posted them below. Move your chairs closer to the stage. Remember everyone has front row seats at this concert. And now on with the show.

Concert Rules:

- Glass containers ARE allowed
- Everyone has General Admission lawn seats... so no need to try and sneak in
- Tailgating ALLOWED in the concert
- Respect the space of others. If their blanket is laid out, DON'T step on it
- A fully staffed playground area will be available so that mom and dad can enjoy the concert


Weekend Concerts - Led Zeppelin

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Classic Rock Weekend Trip

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Man I hope you guys had a chance to kick back this weekend and catch the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert here at 70's Classic Rock. The Brunette and I thank all of you who showed up and look forward to next week's show. But before I head out to the yard and start cleaning up here's a few stops you can make on your drive back home.





My buddy, Davek, a press photographer from L.A., has a pretty cool new blog called "Vintage Tour Jackets". He's got plenty of images and quite the collection of classic rock tour jackets from the 70's and 80's. He's also thrown in some concert images he's taken from his "in the crowd" vantage point. You can check out tour jacks from The Eagles - Long Run Tour (my personal favorite) to The Stones, Fleetwood Mac and Boston just to mention a few.

Davek also shares a little history and/or story behind each jacket. You can really appreciate the special place these items hold in his heart and memories. If your an all things classic rock fan like me you definitely need to do a stop by to Davek's site.





Are you an artist as in to draw or paint and looking to showcase your work? Are you a musician with your own compositions looking for an audience? Or a budding Steven Spielberg with some projects that are ready for the public? If you fall into any of these categories you need to check out this website. Sarah at PutItOn.com is doing some serious PR work for their new website. Here's her pitch - "Hello! I wanted to write and tell you about a new website for artists, musicians, fashion designers, and filmmakers: www.PutItOn.com. I've been using the site as an artist and have my work there, and am trying to support it because I believe in it. Basically, the site allows artists from all over the world to connect, display their portfolios, and sell their work (with NO commission taken!). The site gives artists a FREE gigabyte of space to showcase their portfolios, allows you to stream audio and video works, lets you create live personal broadcasts, and translates any writing into ten different languages. If you could take the time to visit the site, and let your readers know about it, it would be greatly appreciated! We are trying to make a go of helping out artists everywhere and are trying to get the word out. Thank you!" -Sarah at PutItOn.com

Hey guys I couldn't have said it better myself. What's really cool about this is that for any creative need an individual or company may have they can find it centrally located at this site. Looking for a new jingle? Check it out. Need some new artwork for the new home? Check it out. Just interested in some new Indie tunes? Check it out. It's a great concept so please check it out and see if we can't support these artists. Like their tag line says, "Home to the world's undiscovered artists".



Roger Campo: What's Your Addiction This is an interesting one. A few Sundays ago (that's usually when I clean out my inbox) I came across an email from one of our listeners at 70's Classic Rock Radio on Live365.com. The message simply said, "Check out "What’s Your Addiction” & “Spiritual Detective”and consider adding this singer/songwriter to your station". Now I've received several of these requests before and I listen to the music and I'm sorry but I can be somewhat critical. A Simon Cowell complex comes to mind, but as requested I went to Roger Campo's MySpace page and checked out some of the tunes. Man, the more I listened the more i liked. Within 5 minutes of hearing the last song I had purchased and downloaded the album onto my iPod.

Usually when I'm approached regarding suggested selections for the radio station or my blog, I'm typically looking for a certain sound or rhythm that is distinctive of what I deem to be "classic rock". I'm usually disappointed by the result. With Roger's music though, I could pick up a definite influence of soft rock and some soul as well. It's worth checking out folks. Let me know what you think.


Well that's it for this weekend guys. Uh-oh the Brunette is waving a huge garbage bag at me. Time to get started on the yard cleanup. Thanks again for coming by and let's all have a ROCKIN' week. Later.

Weekend Concerts: Lynyrd Skynyrd

Posted by Artster63

The Brunette and I want to invite you to enjoy the music we're listening to today. Every weekend we kickback and enjoy a live album from the past. This week we're hanging with Lynyrd Skynyrd and spinning their "One More From the Road" album. In my opinion the only way to really listen to Skynyrd is LIVE. So bring your lawn chairs and some extra SPF 30 protection. It's suppose to be sunny and 91 for a high all weekend. Oh, we always have something to drink on-hand, but depending on the turn out you may want to BYOB.



Concert Rules:

- Glass containers ARE allowed
- Everyone has General Admission lawn seats... so no need to try and sneak in
- Tailgating ALLOWED in the concert
- Respect the space of others. If their blanket is laid out, DON'T step on it
- A fully staffed playground area will be available so that mom and dad can enjoy the concert

That's it. Thanks for coming and hope you enjoy the show. Be sure to let us know who you'd like to hear at future concerts.


Sunday Concerts - Lynyrd Skynyrd