Thursday, April 21, 2016


Just showing off a purple binder.

And most of my purple Dodger cards.

No reason.


I hope he enjoys the world of never-ending happiness.

I hear it's a place you can always see the sun, day or night.


  1. Color-coded parallel binders - I love this idea.

    Also, this has truly just been a terrible year for music.

  2. Yes, that is a fantastic idea for parallels! And Tony is right, it has been a rough year for music lovers.

  3. I was just thinking a few weeks ago (after David Bowie and Glen Frey died): "It won't be too many years into the future when a lot of old-school musicians will depart us. Who are some whose passing will have the biggest impact on us?"

    IMO, Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson will be at the top. They have had such longevity, such fame, and such an influence on fans, other musicians, and music in general.

    "Who else", I thought:

    Mick Jagger? Not as much as those first two. Sure he's popular and is still at it after all these years, but is he really "beloved" like some others?

    Keith Richards? Nah, I think most people are surprised that he's made it this far.

    Ringo? No doubt he's beloved, and seems to be a more selfless person than McCartney, but again, not at the impact level of Paul & Brian, IMO.

    Jimmy Page? Yes!

    Eric Clapton? A notch below Page perhaps, but he seems like he has a lot of mileage left.

    Pete Townshend & Roger Daltrey? Great musicians, and I am a Who fan, but they resonate less than Jagger.

    My sleeper candidate: Graham Nash. He seems like such a good and thoughtful person (on the PBS pledge drives anyway), and has brought joy to millions with his Hollies and CS&N work.

    1. Lot of those iconic musicians with super long carrers are getting up there in age.

      Bob Segar
      John Fogerty
      Tony Bennett
      Don Henley
      Bob Dylan
      Simon & Garfunkel
      Crosby, Stills, & Nash

      Heck, basically anyone that was at Woodstock.

    2. Good lists, especially McCartney, Wilson, Dylan, and Simon. I'm also a big Graham Nash/Hollies fan (and in fact I'm listening to a CSNY concert right now).

      Biggest omission: Stevie Wonder. He's right up there with the biggest of them. (I contribute to a music site, digitaldreamdoor, and Wonder and Brian Wilson are the only people who are ahead of Prince on our lists of Greatest Artists, Greatest Songwriters, AND Greatest Producers--and of course Wilson is on Greatest Artists as one of the Beach Boys, not as an individual.)

      Also, Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, and Bruce Springsteen. Although they're older and less active, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and Little Richard have to be mentioned as icons who were hugely important in the development of rock as we know it.

    3. Whoops--James Brown is also ahead of Prince on all three lists.

  4. Awesome tribute post. This one hits me harder than Bowie...I feel like Bowie had his niches but Prince was someone almost everyone could get into on some level, whether you saw Purple Rain in theaters or just watched a lot of Chapelle Show. Definitely a crappy year for music.

  5. I think it depends on when you grew up. Bowie meant more to people who grew up in the 60s and 70s. Prince meant more to people who grew up in the 70s and 80s. When I was in college, Bowie was everything and Prince had yet to cut a record. Don't get me wrong. I had a Blues show on the radio back when the "1999" album came out and did roughly the first half-hour of the show in tribute to Prince and his musical brilliance, including a very long monologue on why a Blues show would pay tribute to a Dance/Rock/Funk artist in the first place. But I was a little surprised to see his passing get the kind of coverage usually reserved for former Presidents. Bowie didn't get that (not saying there wasn't a lot of coverage, but...). Whitney Houston did. Could just be the unexpected nature, I suppose. But it made me think about the fact that I'm really old, now, and Prince and Whitney were of the generation of the people in the newsrooms while Bowie really wasn't. Glen Frey didn't get as much coverage either. Hardly any, really. Did MTV stop all other programming to play Eagles videos when Glen died? Or Bowie? I felt a great loss, personally, by the deaths of Black, Ernestine Anderson, and Joey Feek and they got almost no mention at all. I cried when Joey Feek died and I haven't done that for a musical artist since Jim Croce I don't think. I know they weren't as big or influential as Prince. But Bowie was. Just sayin'.

    1. CNN has apparently stopped all political primary coverage for wall-to-wall talk about Prince. (?!?!?) CNN! (not TMZ)

      That was the case when I tuned in last night several times to get the latest dope (pun intended) on what Trump, Clinton, and Sanders said, and again this afternoon. So I hear you.

  6. A terrible time indeed. He was a great musician and I loved his guitar playing.

    For a few years now I've wondered how I will react to the passing of Paul McCartney. If at work, will I be able to continue? What if I'm driving?

    I don't like to dwell on such negative thoughts but the Beatles' music and energy still resonates in me and has helped me through my entire living memory. I recall as a child hearing so many songs that I really enjoyed, which had something special for me, but it was not until junior high in the late 70's that I started to discover the Beatles and I realized the songs I loved where by the same group.

    As George Harrison let us know in 1970 "All things must pass." True, but the music will continue to live.