GOULD (cont'd from jimi page)...I
could list all his achievements but
that would only reveal that I read his bio in the program. I
want to write about what I heard from this genius ivory tickler.
I know I will probably sound so cliché, he was a virtuoso
boy, do I need piano lessons.....The less said of this man the
more. When the string quartet, which was made up of Erika Raum
(violin), Aisslinn Nosky (violin), Steven Dann (viola), and David
Hetherington (cello), joined Mr. La Plante I was taken to a mystic
place feeling the passion of each string as it resonated through
my head. How wonderful to be treated to a natural high. If the
CBC continues to display this kind of adventure I will stop saying
they are a foo foo organization. BUBBLEGUM HERO.
BLACK ON BLACK: The legendary Johnny Cash was much more than a mere
country crooner. He was as innovative as such artists like The
Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra and others that helped pave the way to
a musical spectrum of change. For over 50 years he entertained
is with his black persona, but underneath that dark fashion was
a gentle and caring man. His music represents the simple individual
coping with life's everyday struggles to maintain a sane existence.
Despite his compassion for the ordinary man, he will always remain
elevated, at least in the sense of musical history. Receiving 11 Grammys
and writing 48 single records to reach the American Top100, he
created a perfect blend of country, folk and pop styles. Each
of his five children have performed on stage with him at one
point or another during the 38 years he spent touring the globe.
His talents as an entertainer go beyond music; he collaborated
on several films over the course of his life, as well. His voracious
spirit and strong influence will not go unfelt after his passing
from this world.
by Mary Frampton
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Masters Workshop Producer Jimi B Engineers Steve Vaughn, Paul
Massey - Jimi B's self titled disc comes as a breath of fresh
air to Toronto's new wave scene. It's well produced and contains
some excellent playing. BN's singing and writing are great. He
punks out successfully on the first-rate new wave songs
and also shows that he sing a moving ballad. Jimi B has a lot
of fun with the new wavish material like "Shake" "Red
White and Blue" and "Touch Me". The bouncing rhythms,
weird vocals and strange metallic sounds make the songs terrific.
Perhaps The oddest song is "ODee" which is reminscent
of the spoons or Talking Heads. B. shows his other side in songs
like the pop-ish "All American Boy" and "Unit
#1980". Two ballads have been included in the album: "Strange
Feeling" and "Wickless Dynamite" B. sings with
conviction on "Strange Feeling" but he sounds a bit
strained on the other. They're strong tunes nevertheless and
round out the album well.
Yo Joe whaja got happin . This is how I envision
my relationship with Mr. Pantoliano had we been good paisanos
growing up together in Hoboken, playing ball hockey in the streets
or splashing one another in the Hudson River on those hot summer
days. Dreaming was a big part of our m.o. Yeah we would be buds
for sure, popular with the girls and hanging out at the local
joint. One day youre punching each other in the arm and
I dont know if Joe is a vegetarian or likes peanuts, yeah
google this. What I do know is he is one of the best actors out
there. In a complex industry that recognizes your accomplishments
by your current or last project, one can sometimes be intimidated
pondering one's future.
Not Mr. Pantoliano. Hes solid. This is a face that TV wants
and for which the screen cries out. He acts, writes, produces,
directs and finds time for Broadway
bada bing. This attractive
Italo-American player has more than just cliché acting
appeal. He commands. He feeds you with emotional powder that
keeps you high during his performance. This is more than acting.
This is an individual who draws from his inner soul with precise
delivery. Perhaps his own personal struggles have helped fuel
his determination to have a better understanding of his disorder,
which in turn has led him to a path of recovery. The founder
of No Kidding, Me Too (www.nkm2org), a project which is very
dear, gives him purpose in helping others understand and recognize
the symptoms of mental illness. Mr. Pantoliano has come full
circle. Artists have a certain need for controllable pain. That
can be a good thing, if its controlled. Joe uses it all
to get to the best possible results whether in film or in life.
(Joe and Jimi goofing off. Joe received a star on the walk of
fame and a Common Spirit Award. Jimi presented the bad boy with
(cont'd from AC-now) That same day he informed
me that he was being interviewed by entertainment editor Robert
Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times and that a photographer was
coming to take some pictures. He said I should hang out and watch
the session. I agreed. The photographer arrived and I let her
in. She introduced herself as Mary Frampton from the Los Angeles
Times and I gave her my name. She needed a few minutes to set
up her equipment and we began talking. She noticed that I was
looking through the classified ads of the Times and inquired
what I was looking for. I explained that I had just moved here
from Canada and was looking for a permanent place to live, by
the beach, and that I didn't have a lot of money. She inquired
what line of work I was in and I explained that I had just released
an album on A&M Records and was down here promoting it. She
asked if David was working with me and I said yes. Our conversation
went well and I could see that she liked me. At the end of the
shoot she gave me her phone number and told me she lived in Malibu
and could possibly accommodate me with a room....I was so overjoyed.
I called her the next day and arranged to go and see the place.
When I arrived at her home I knew it was perfect and the bonus
was she had an old white piano. We agreed on the rent and I moved
in. This was one of the most prolific times of my writing career.(more
of Mary's photos coming soon)
Scott Carpenter - ICON
DJ (cont'd from Bubblegum)
onto the scene and never looked back. "We have come full
circle in many ways," added the Boogieman.
As a touring musician I enjoyed visiting radio stations in small
towns, hanging out with their crew and experiencing that personal
touch that was part of the romance of radio. The impersonal times
we have now hurts the artist in many ways. Who really suffers
from this cyber environment?...Bands and artists who at one time
depended on airplay royalties are now required to be creative
and resort to live tours more often to make a decent living.
There is no accountability, or very little, for internet royalties
at present. This is a mission that would require a budget of
millions of dollars to track downloads, streaming, looping etc.,
a challenging task that will no doubt happen in time. Scott went
on to say that music and radio have become distant relatives.
"Some of the top air talents have gone back to the smaller
and medium markets and they tend to like it there, so I think
that's going be the breeding ground for whatever happens in the
next phase of radio. I was a musician too and I was on the road
before you were. I spent a couple of summers touring with the
Dick Clark caravan and I couldn't wait to get the hell out of
that and get back into doing smaller clubs and things of that
nature back in Flint, Michigan...that's where the creativity
was." He added with a little chuckle in his voice, "You
know Jimi, when I was a kid I used to make as much money going
out to the Detroit recording studios and only doing demos."
Over the years he has often told his two sons, who are professional
musicians in a smoking hot band called The Sandbox Kings, "
just get the music out there and forget about record companies
as they don't exist in the same fashion anymore. Build your audience,
create a following and follow up with your fans." These
ceaseless efforts to find one's vocal platform reinforce the
very essence of what live performances are all about. Our society
is a reflection of its creative domain, and the artistic messages
abound with colourful splendor. The reverse is also true, as
we reflect society and our humanness through all conduits of
Scott Carpenter is a realist. He left radio in 1999 to explore
the IT field and feels very comfortable in his new-found career.
His days at CHUM and WPGC are now memories of a glorious past
that allowed him to be a part of radio and music history. JB
watch the video http://youtu.be/DRgTftj0nNc
BASEMENT - The musty smell was enough to send
anyone running, but not us. We were self-made inventors and champions
of keeping ourselves occupied. The old noisy furnace was like
some creature out of a bad B movie and the paneling on the wall
there wasn't any. This was our crib. If we wanted to share our
thoughts, our pleasures, or just get away from the big folks
we could. The basement, a word synonymous to the Italian culture
with cantina and serious family gatherings was our club med.
We ruled this archaic dungeon and what we lacked in design and
modern comforts we made up with ball hockey and pretend theatre.
Mike, Sam and I were the three amigos. A weekend never went by
without a visit from the dapper compari Brunino and the gang.
We would eat, drink the fruits of our fathers labors, laugh and
eat some more at a table that always seemed brimming. Then we
would retreat to the old couch, undo a few belt knotches and
chill while we digested the never ending meal. Those days were
filled with imagination and creativity that far surpassed the
mindless techno environment we face today. Mike and Sam were
like brothers to me. We shared many curious thoughts and when
we weren't bouncing off the walls or playing floor hockey in
the basement, we were busy manufacturing wooden hockey games
that kept us occupied for hours. My memories of Mike are filled
with the youthful adventures of inquisitive boys who were determined
to explore life and whatever it threw at us. The basement was
our world, defined by the many hours we invested in developing
our characters that we would carry us into adulthood. We embarked
on our journeys, destined to taste the victories and challenges,
knowing that we would meet once again in the basement of Heaven.
OIL (cont'd from the store)...in the Middle East? My best guess would be to
subsidize more alternative energy research and development, something
on the public agenda that took a serious dive during the Reagan
administration, and has never fully recovered its significance.
Finding ways to harness hydrogen would likely be more profitable
than drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
But then again, advancements bin technology do tend to be surrounded
by potential controversy. We return to the idea of people on
the extremes too often dominating the conversations with their
blatant, unbudging opinions and presuppositions. Nothing in turn
gets done, as with Congressional gridlock we've faced on and
off over the years. When environmental concerns were first brought
to the forefront of the country's political agenda, back in the
1970's, legislators were more than willing to cooperate without
burden of bi-partisan split, especially in regards to issues
that directly affected the health and safety of human communities.
I mean how obvious must the evidence be to induce change. Does
a piece of smog have to hit you in the head before you realize
the damage being inflicted by our common actions? We, the constituents,
all share the responsibility and the consequences of of the American
Dream, and could definitely be putting more concentrated
efforts towards stopping dependence upon foreign oil. Can you
imagine if this supermarket strike had been about gasoline? That's
what it will take to make a significant change and halt in the
increasing pollution trend that began in the days of Model T
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Is that I can't
believe it's not butter "Fabio" and the fabulous looking
Ms. Marisa Lang.
Posing for the camera.
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Paul Gross is doing a session
with John Moran and Peter Rochon- he's currently on the chart
with Abraham's Children's "Goodbye Farewell."
Goodbye Farewell was
the first Buddah Records release. Followed by "Gypsy"
and "Thank You" which Dick Clark played on American
Bandstands rate a record. Did we win...We asked Jimi and his
memory seemed a bit in the clouds.
I feel so blessed to be able
to make music. Jimi
Capital has no loyalty. Capital
creates jobs, not people. Capital follows demand levels based
on highest return on investment to supply demand. I suggest being
cautious about labeling individuals as workers or managers based
on their reluctance to get out of bed in the morning; I personally
know two very prosperous night owls.
Capital creates jobs not people
Are we talking about the capital that grows on the vines of illusions?
I think perhaps your demand theory is compacted by loose leaves
of hemp. And who makes investments? Mr. And Mrs. Supply. I commend
your two prosperous night owls and hope they are not blinded
by the light, as you appear to be. (get
it now a good read)
Our friend Carlo Coppola who had
the balls to over-throw our soldiers and plott himself on a red
Baldwin grand piano seduced the black tie crowd.He entertained
the audience like a pro and received thunderous applause. The
celebrities in attendance were quite impressed. Thanks Carlo...
all you had to do was ask.
Ethan Bortnik was recently
certified a Guinness World Records title-holder as The Worlds
Youngest Solo Musician to Headline his own Tour. We are so happy
for Ethan. His performance at the 2010 Italian Walk Of Fame was
awesome a true entertainer. He received 3 standing ovations...way
to go Ethan definitely a BUBBLEGUM
Hi I saw Abraham's
Children in Winnipeg in 1974 and got to meet them. I thought
they were the nicest guys ever and very sexy. They signed my
lp which I still have. Any chance the band will be performing
anytime. Gail H. Winnipeg, Man.