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  1. Good topic. My wife thinks people who collect things are extremely smart, etc, etc. Last night we saw the movie Wall Street. There was a line in the movie about collectors being insecure and obsessive compulsive.

    I went to an art show recently. One of the featured artists took pictures reflecting peoples obsessions with collecting (and the negative toll it took on their well being). One photo showed a pile of fortune cookies on one side of a table. On the other side of the table was a pile of the actual fortunes.

  2. I'll never get over the fact that John Lennon was shot to death. Who would want to do that? What kind of evil mindset would drive a person to want to shoot John Lennon??

    Never ever will I remotely grasp the concept of why this happened.

    Happy Birthday John.

    Well said. Not only am I'm convinced that Lennon was a musician in is own league, but I think the world would be a different and better place had he not been murdered. I'm interested in learning more about his life during the mid to late 50's and very early 60's, so I'm looking forward to seeing the movie Nowhere Boy.

  3. She is playing at Jammin' Java in Vienna, VA on 10/10/10. This is from the email I received........

    This show will be seated on a first come, first served basis.

    "Foul Deeds seemed like a good album title, because this record definitely has its share of dark themes... divorce, debauchery, disillusionment and despair," Pegi Young says of her second album and first for Vapor Records. "But I'm not trying to be a bummer. I'm just trying to tell some stories and make music that I can get behind."

    Foul Deeds, which Young co-produced, overflows with the same richly evocative songcraft that made her self-titled 2007 debut a revelation. That album exposed the late-blooming artist as both an affecting singer and a songwriter of rare eloquence and insight. The new disc finds Young continuing to make music of uncommon warmth and gravity, delivering her lyrics of heartbreak and hard-won wisdom in understated, quietly powerful musical settings whose hushed, haunted beauty underlines the material's emotional immediacy.

    "I don't write happy songs, and the songs I'm attracted to tend to be kind of melancholy," Young observes. "I don't really know why that is, but that's just how they come to me, and I have to let 'em come on through."

    Pegi initially came to the public's attention through her longstanding role as backup singer with Neil Young, her husband of three decades. But Foul Deeds -- whose first 5000 copies will also include the bonus live DVD Love Like Water, directed by noted filmmaker Jonathan Demme at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia -- makes it clear that Pegi's iconoclastic creative voice is very much her own. Her uncanny knack for cutting to the heart of thorny emotional issues drives such indelible originals as "Broken Vows," "Starting Over," "Who Knew" and the rueful title track. Another highlight is the dusky, lilting "Traveling," which appears on the album in two versions, one spare and dreamy, and the other performed with a full band.

    In addition to Young's own compositions, Foul Deeds features the artist's personalized interpretations of a quartet of songs by other writers. Her compelling readings of Will Jennings' "Pleasing to Me," Lucinda Williams' "Side of the Road," Devendra Banhart's "Body Breaks" and B. Boatman's "Blue Sunday" imbue those already-distinctive songs with additional depth and color.

    "I'm still a big believer in the old idea of a record being a complete experience," Young asserts. "So it matters to me that the songs have thematic relevance, and that somehow it tells some kind of story. Maybe people don't really listen to records as a whole anymore, and you can work on the sequencing till the cows come home but they'll still put it on shuffle and it doesn't matter. But it matters to me, and this group of songs just seem to make sense together."

    Foul Deeds reteams Young with the group of veteran musicians and longtime friends whose sensitivity and rapport helped to distinguish her debut effort. Multi-instrumentalist Ben Keith (who co-produced the album with Young), guitarist/harmony singer Anthony Crawford and bassist Rick Rosas, who comprised Young's live band while touring behind her debut, were joined on the sessions by drummer Phil Jones, whose resume includes work with Tom Petty and Bob Dylan. Elsewhere on Foul Deeds, Neil Young plays guitar on three tracks, which also feature legendary keyboardist Spooner Oldham and noted session drummer Karl Himmel.

    Pegi Young began writing songs and playing guitar while still in high school, but eventually put her creative instincts on hold to attend to the demands of family life. Pegi and Neil's experiences caring for their son Ben, who was born with cerebral palsy, led Pegi to co-found the non-profit Bridge School, whose innovative methods of aiding children with severe speech and physical impairments have established the school as a leader in its field over the past 25 years. Pegi and Neil have also been the forces behind the annual all-star Bridge School Benefit concerts, and Pegi continues to serve as president of the school's Board of Directors.

    Pegi found herself drawn towards music again after she began touring as backup singer with her husband's band beginning in 2000. With her kids grown and the confidence gained from performing numerous live shows, she finally had the time and focus to begin recording her own songs.

    "When I was younger, I was way, way too shy to do anything but very amateur performing," Young states. "But it eventually became a matter of having these opportunities and building some confidence and thinking, do I really want to be on my deathbed going 'Damn, I wish I'd made some records'? So I did it, and I loved it. And then I had more songs, so I did it again."

    Having gained further experience from making her first album and touring extensively to support it, she took a more hands-on role in Foul Deeds' recording process.

    "I did end up taking more of a leadership role this time," Young notes. "The whole project felt a lot less tentative and more focused, just because I'd done it already. It all came together very quickly. We'd been on the road so much that we were all pretty in sync, and adding Phil on drums had really opened things up, so I just thought, we had to get some of this on tape. We pulled it together very spontaneously, and recorded for three or four days, and everything kind of came together."

    With a pair of personally charged, deeply felt albums under her belt, Pegi Young is embracing music-making with passion and pragmatism.

    "I'm 57, so I'm never gonna be the next big thing, but I'm cool with that," she concludes. "If I was younger, I might be more focused on the commerce part of it. But I'm not a 20-year-old trying to make a living, so I don't have to conform to some record company's idea of whatever they're looking for that week. In that way, I guess I can be truly independent and focus on the creative part. I have no idea where it will go from here, but I'm having fun and I feel really, really good about what I've done so far."

  4. I was poking around Tower Records.com for a Sabbath collection. Here is part of the Tower description about the band...

    "Known worldwide as the embodiment of heavy metal, England's Black Sabbath enveloped the 1970s in a dense fog of apocalyptic imagery, monolithic guitar riffs, and horror-movie lyrics."

  5. You're a brave man, Jethro. But before you get too far into this malarkey, I'd check that your professional indemnity insurance covers you.

    As a Chartered Accountant, I'm fairly self-sufficient in financial matters, but I see you also dabble in computers. Mine's overheating at the moment. I've tried replacing the fan, but no joy. What would you suggest? For example, would a strawberry milkshake poured into the vent be any help, do you think? Careful now. One wrong move and I'll sue the pants off you.

    I would never tell anybody in a chat room to invest in a specific stock, bond, etc. Accountants in America are notorious for having carryforward capital loses on their tax returns.

    My computer experience is more supporting corporate applications via software that is used for running a big business. I don't work in PC support. The computer profession is highly specialized. I've tried telling that to my father-in-law, but he still expects me to fix all of his idiotic PC problems. (Which I can do, but it's not my specialty.)

  6. I would be interested on your opinion of day trading, and maybe a detailed, yet simple explanation of it for those of us who are not knowledgeable with the financial area.

    My opinion would be to stay away from it, UNLESS you have "play money" that would not make a difference to your financial situation if you were to lose all of it.

    I'm a long term investor who uses an asset allocation model. A simple explanation...The act of buying and selling stocks utilizing a very short holding period.

  7. thinking of investing in gold..................is now the time?

    Gold is an extremely volatile investment. Unless you already have substantial assets in stocks, bonds and cash AND follow an asset allocation model, I would stay away from gold.

    Precious metals should take up no more than 5% of your total investment portfolio.

  8. I'd like to start a website or newspaper column offering financial advice. Ask me your questions and I'll provide you with practical, common sense answers for free.

  9. You have it all wrong. Chowder brought up the band Tull. 'And Chowder is not Joel. Take my word for it. And you know Im not and if you think I am go ask the mods. You are always way off. What is your problem? You always accuse people of being who they are not. That is why I had to take you off ignore to read your silly post

    You have me on your ignore list? Jesus Crackers!! I would never put ANYBODY on my ignore list.

  10. Wow, it seems you're actually being serious here, danelectro. I really thought you were kidding. Ok then, FWIW, here's my assessment:

    PARANOID: With the exception of Planet Caravan, which is a pleasant enough but essentially one-dimensional and repetitive groovy magic carpet ride, the whole album boils down to simple, heads-down-no-nonsense-mindless-boogie. The only variation within or between the songs is provided by jarring time-changes and the Frankenstein-esque welding together of incongruous segments. Admittedly, this was one of the Sabs' trademarks, but in their early days it made for frankly comical listening at times, and it took them until SBS to master the art of linking the disparate passages to create a flowing, cohesive whole. Iommi's soloing is repetitive and generally directionless, somewhat akin to a cat chasing its tail, and is widely accepted as not being his strongest suit. Ozzy's vocals are strong but one-dimensional, and he was and remains incapable of carrying a ballad, or emoting anything other than anger or insanity.

    LZII: Whilst still principally founded on basic blues structures, the song construction and balance was a vast progression from LZI, which I have always seen as a fairly grey, almost dismal album. But by LZII, their construction of segmental songs was vastly superior to that of the Sabs. WLL and BIOH, for example, move through various differing sections, but those sections form a pleasing and logical coalescence. Plant's deftness of touch on WIAWSNB, Thank You and Ramble On were a joy to behold, and something Ozzy could only dream of achieving. Page's riffing was considered, varied and sensibly paced. The expressiveness and variety of his soloing is evident and undeniable throughout, but peaks on Ramble On and WIAWSNB. The balance, poise and elegance of his slide solo in the latter is one of his high-water marks IMO, and that song alone is an object lesson in the 'light and shade' for which LZ are rightly revered, and which the Sabs almost totally lacked.

    As for the rhythm sections, whenever the going gets tough, Ward and Butler are all over the place, but JPJ and Bonzo stay tight as a gnat's chuff throughout. And Moby Dick OWNS Rat Salad.

    You have waaaaaay too much time on your hands.

  11. Hey there SM, sorry about that, I think I got you confused with your good friend 'Jethro Tull'. But it's an easy mistake to make - you two are alike in so many ways.

    Not really. Joel has had dozens of identities here. I've only had one.

  12. This is something my buddy pulled off back in the early 80's. My buddy used to cash his weekly pay-check at his bank's drive-up teller lane. There was a cute teller who used to cash his check every week. She paid him no mind. One night, my buddy was in the local rock/disco club. Across the way, he observed the cute teller. At a certain point she started really getting into a particular song. Let's call the song Billy Idol's "Dancing with Myself". She didn't notice my buddy in the club. Couple of weeks later my buddy is approaching the teller at the drive-up lane and guess what song comes on the radio - Billy Idol's "Dancing with Myself". My buddy cranked the song on his radio and was boogying to it as he handed his check over to the teller. They got to talking and discovered both hang out at the same club. BINGO!!

    Any others out there?

  13. Doesn't seem to be much interest in Ray's music here, but now that I've had a chance to digest the new collection of songs, I thought I would offer the following. The guy has really unique, soulful voice. For that alone, he is worth checking out. Since I enjoy pedal steel, lap steel and a lot of acoustic type instrumentation, Ray has assembled a stellar band. To my ears, the weak link of this release are some of the lyrics. At times a bit too simple. Ray also uses various cliches in his lyric writing that becomes downright irritating. Things like "while the cat's away" just don't cut it and I would say there are about 3-5 songs that have a cliche thrown in. Ray's wikipedia page mentions fights with people with whom he went to high school. A couple of songs seems like throw "digs" at various people from Ray's high school past.

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