Blondie, Club Nouveau, CSNY, David + David, Fleetwood Mac, Journey, Kim Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, Madonna, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Police, Rush, Simon & Garfunkel, Steely Dan, Steve Perry, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Beatles, The Forum, Willie Dixon, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sometimes people make me feel old. For example, I was in a writing lab the other day. I had a disc player with me and was jamming to Journey’s “Escape,” circa early 1980s. The gentleman sitting next to me asked what I was playing. When I told him, he had this blank stare as if I had mentioned something from an era unknown to him.
This kind of blew me away. I grew up listening to Steve Perry wail and tried to imitate him. It’s not the easiest thing to do as this man made his voice dance on top of the rain clouds. That someone might not know Journey is a shock to me. It would be like someone today not having a clue about Hootie and the Blowfish.
So, I’ve decided to make a primer of sorts for those people who like good music but don’t know what to get (I recommend going to a used CD store, it’s cheaper than most). These are the first albums I would replace if my discs were stolen as the entire albums are worth the listen.
- Journey “Escape” — This was Journey’s first album after the departure of keyboardist/singer Gregg Rollie. Steve Perry steps to the forefront with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain providing the foundation. This album features classics like “Who’s Crying Now” and “Open Arms,” and it also has one of my favorites, “Mother, Father.”
- Beatles “White Album” — I never liked the Beatles until I heard this album courtesy of a doctor. It features “Back in the USSR,” “Yer Birthday Blues,” “Revolution” and “Blackbird.” Continue reading
Clint Eastwood, Conan the Barbarian, Dune, Fantasia, Forum, Gone with the Wind, In the Name of the Father, James Dean, Koyaanisqatsi, Mindwalk, Movies, Perpetual Notions, Rebel Without a Cause, Richard Pryor, Southern Comfort, Star Wars, The Big Chill, The Forum, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Princess Bride, UALR, Walt Disney
A few weeks ago I mentioned the movie “Koyaanisqatsi” in my column. This raised a few eyebrows as people have not heard of it. First of all, the word Koyaanisqatsi is of Hopi Indian origin and means life out of balance. If you’ll watch the film, you’ll understand why the name is appropriate.
This gives me a chance to let you in on a few more movies that may be worth the watch. The following movies are some of my favorites — in no particular order — and can be found at most any video rental store.
- “The Princess Bride” — Okay, it’s not an Oscar winner, but it is a funny movie and good entertainment for the entire family. The basic story line has romance, action and adventure, pirates, monsters (in the fire swamp), a giant and a stupid prince named Humperdink. Just don’t watch it around me or you might get annoyed as I almost recite the entire script.
- “Mindwalk” — A friend turned me on to this movie about a month ago and it blew my mind. The story revolves around a poet, an ex-presidential candidate and a physicist. You learn about systems, Newtonian physics and how an atom isn’t everything they taught us in high school. This is definitely a must-see. Continue reading
Last week I watched the O.J. Simpson trial come to its denouement. It has been on the television since I was born, or so it seems. The networks just plug in a couple of new faces and have skirmishes between sex, race, political affiliation or creed in hopes of keeping the general public in a state of catharsis.
We learn a bit from this continual assault upon our senses. Those placed on a pedestal are not always good and those trampled underfoot are not always evil. The hue of one’s skin doesn’t determine superiority or ignorance. I know Einsteins and fools of many colors, regardless of what some people would have us think.
Those who do think and become educated are less likely to be prejudicial than those who don’t, yet education doesn’t guarantee an end to prejudice. It only gives us “politically correct” ways of hiding our prejudices.
The O.J. Simpson trial and the endless litany of talk shows, tabloids and “yellow” journalism it inspired are indicative of the world we’ve grown accustomed to. It’s a sad society in which we live that preaches rape, murder, incest, prejudice, treachery, war, adultery and thievery ALL DAY ALL NIGHT through the ministry of truth a.k.a. the television. Continue reading