Giving Life (or Death) to Rock n’ Roll

Since the advent of modern Rock n’ Roll in the mid 20th century, many artists have lyricized about its life, death, personification, or living/dying attributes. Like any living being, Rock has evolved (or devolved) over the course of its existence, however, as Mark Twain once quipped, rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Here’s a quick survey of popular music referencing the life, death, or personification of Rock n’ Roll.

Rock n’ Roll is Dead – Lenny Kravitz (1995)
Heart of Rock n’ Roll (is still beating) – Huey Lewis & the News (1983)
You Can’t Kill Rock n’ Roll – Ozzy Osbourne (1982)
Long Live Rock n’ Roll – Rainbow (1978)
Rock is Dead – Long Live Rock – The Who (1974)
Rock is Dead – Marilyn Manson (1999)

“Hey, hey. My, my. Rock and Roll will never die.” ~ Hey hey. My my (Out of the blue) – Neal Young (1979)

How to Stand in Line in a Manner That Advances Civilized Society

Example 1:

Quite frequently, I visit a certain Dunkin Donuts location and a certain TD Bank branch. Neither of them have chosen to use ropes and posts to guide people into an orderly line. The result is quite confusing.

While the person in front of me is fiddling on their smart phone, comfortably out of body odor range of the person ahead of them, I am usually standing with my heels touching the barely closed door of the establishment.

If someone comes in behind me, it makes me look like the obstruction.

If only we, as humans, were able to stand within 1 foot of each other in such lines, we could avoid this scenario and all fit indoors in an orderly fashion.line spacing people

 

Prescribed remedy: Unless the person in front of you is farting or visibly intoxicated, stand no more than an arms length away.

 


 

Example 2:

This happens frequently in Concord. I’ll be at a stop light or stop sign – or even a drive through – and the person in front of me leaves and excessive gap between their car and the car in front of them, quite frequently causing some unnecessary blocking of traffic, intersections, or preventing me from reaching the drive through ordering menu.line spacing cars

 

Prescribed remedy: Unless the vehicle in front of you is giving off excessive emissions or the driver visibly intoxicated, stop no more than 1/2 car length behind them.

Potato Salad Kickstarter Shows the Power, Ridiculousness of Virality

As of the time this post is published, the Potato Salad Kickstarter campaign has $58,970 in pledges from nearly 5000 backers.

We can only assume that this whole thing was started as a joke. Why would anyone take the time to go online to raise $10 (or whatever it was) to solicit crowdfunds to  make potato salad?

As with any shock/funny/unusual thing on the internet, media interest ensued. Now from coast to coast, this guy is getting free advertising, which in turn is increasing the number of backers and the amount of pledges.

There are now entire television shows devoted to showcasing the strange (and free) content on the web, including stories like this, but also encompassing what public figures are saying on twitter about it.

Are we that fickle that we care more about the unusualness of a potato salad crowfunding campaign than raising $50k for a local food bank? Yes. But for the marketeers of America, this is a valuable lesson. If you can figure out the formula for getting this type of unpaid media attention, you deserve every dollar your clients are willing to pay. If you are an average joe with a unique idea, you’ve just got to cross your fingers that your idea takes off. Having a dumb/intriguing internet video/post might just be your key to success, whether you deserve it or not.

Songs I Owned On Cassingle: Digable Planets

In this series, I will revisit and explore songs I once owned on the long forgotten Cassingle (Cassette Single) format. Just like 45′s of the 1950′s-1980′s, the cassingle made it possible for kids like me to purchase one hit song off of an album, rather than the whole album… much like digital downloads do today. Growing up in the heyday of Cassette Singles, I had (and probably still do have) a fair amount of long lost one-hit-wonders from the late 1980′s and 1990′s.

Wow. I must have been really hip in 1993 to have invested in this gem. Listening to it today, this Digable Planets’ hit could be released as a single today and not sound old.

“Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”, in 1993 became a crossover hit, peaking at #15 on Billboard magazine’s singles chart, earning gold certification by the RIAA, and winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

Digable Planets never charted again and broke up in 1995.

Superfood Meat Pie

French Canadians rejoice. I’ve found a way to transform the Québécois staple comfort food into health food by adding/substituting some highly nutritious ingredients. Kale haters, you won’t even notice.

For the record, your Memere’s meat pie will alway be the best ever.

Superfood Meat Pie

image2lbs ground pork*
1 bunch of kale (super food)
3 large sweet potatoes (super food)
2 cloves garlic (super food)
1 medium onion
1 tablespoon ground cloves* (or more if you’re a clove fan)
Sea salt & ground black pepper (to taste)
1 Ready-to-bake pie crust

Peel and boil sweet potatoes until soft. Mash to smooth consistency. Add butter or margarine if you like.

In a food processor, finely chop the kale, onion and garlic.

In a large sauce pan, begin cooking the ground pork.

Gradually add seasoning (clove, etc) and chopped kale mix.

Cook until pork is thoroughly cooked. Stir often to avoid clumping and ensure ingredients spread evenly.

Add mashed sweet potatoes. Stir to ensure they are spread evenly with the meat and kale mix.

In a pie pan, prepare your crust. Spoon in your meat/potato/veg filling. Apply top crust, pressing to join bottom crust around the edges, cutting off the excess.

Bake according to the directions on your rady-to-bake pie crust.

*substitutions: Some families use half ground pork, half ground beef. Use whatever you’d like. Some families use different spices. Try what you’d like.

That one time I witnessed a fatal air show crash…

I’ve lived a pretty sheltered life. I grew up in a quiet, somewhat isolated part of the county, with low crime and friendly neighbors. Nothing big usually happens there. And likewise, despite the professional and travel experiences I’ve been privileged to have, I’ve stayed out of the way of major events. They say we remember bad/intense experiences better than most because the adrenaline burns them into our memory. 28 years later, I can still remember this very vividly.

Flash back to May 25th, 1986. Every year, the local airport, Berlin Municipal Airport (KBML) had an airshow. The runway way long enough that they could host some fairly large and interesting planes, military and private.

That year, one of the performers was the Flying Farmer – Bob Weymouth of Dresden, ME (pictured above). Typical stunt pilot in an older model fixed wing, single prop plane. In this case it was a 1946 Piper J3C-65, doing the typical dips, climbs, rolls and other common maneuvers. Weymouth was apparently a very experienced pilot with decades of stunt shows in this plane on his resume. (more…)

Songs I Owned on Cassignle: Michael Damian – Rock on

Michael+Damian+-+Rock+On+-+Snapped+-+3-+CD+SINGLE-448258In this series, I will revisit and explore songs I once owned on the long forgotten Cassingle (Cassette Single) format. Just like 45′s of the 1950′s-1980′s, the cassingle made it possible for kids like me to purchase one hit song off of an album, rather than the whole album… much like digital downloads do today. Growing up in the heyday of Cassette Singles, I had (and probably still do have) a fair amount of long lost one-hit-wonders from the late 1980′s and 1990′s. 

In 1989, Young & the Restless star Michael Damian rocked out with this Billboard #1 signle, Rock On. It’s actually a cover of a 1973 song by David Essex, which was much cooler.

For some reason, I bought this garbage.