Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
What can I say?
If you were gay and in the clubs in 1977 and 1978, most likely the most productive and explosive years for disco music, every guy dancing to RUMOUR HAS IT backed with I LOVE YOU really thought it was about them.
And if they were there and deny it? They're liars.
And Donna Summer was the Queen of the Dancefloor.
You never know just what you've won until you lose (people talking...)
(rumour, have you heard? rumour has it)
Again, music videos, which were, in essence "invented" by Queen (with the promotional video for their iconic BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY) didn't yet have the reach, the penetration, beyond DON KIRSCHNER'S ROCK CONCERTs which were broadcast at midnight, predating, even, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.
Being an outcast in a group of outcasts in high school, there was some alignment of the universe which secured me a ticket to see Queen, and Freddie Mercury, from front row, center, in November 1977.
I haven't been the same since.
I didn't know it at the time, but this double album, four sides of vinyl, taught me how to see more than any photograph I have been exposed to since.
There's a magic to the lyrics of Bernie Taupin which haven't been "ruined" by the advent of the "music video."
Posted by B.man at 7/29/2010 09:47:00 PM
Elton John's record-breaking 60th sellout performance at Madison Square Garden on his 60th birthday, recorded on March 25th, 2007 and televised worldwide is the setting for his DVD, Elton 60: Live at Madison Square Garden.
Sixty Years On
Madman Across the water
Where to Now St. Peter?
Ballad of a Well Known Gun
Take Me to the Pilot
High Flying Bird
Burn Down the Mission
Better Off Dead
I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues
Mona Lisa's and Mad Hatters
Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word
Bennie and the Jets
All the Girls Love Alice
Something About the Way You Look Tonight
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
I'm Still Standing
The Bitch is Back
Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding
Posted by B.man at 7/29/2010 09:07:00 PM
Monday, July 26, 2010
My dear, I wonder if before the endYou ever thought about a children’s game—I’m sure you must have played it too—in which You ran along a narrow garden wall Pretending it to be a mountain ledge So steep a snowy darkness fell away On either side to deeps invisible;And when you felt your balance being lostYou jumped because you feared to fall, and thought For only an instant: That was when I died.
That was a life ago. And now you’ve gone,Who would no longer play the grown-ups’ game Where, balanced on the ledge above the dark, You go on running and you don’t look down, Nor ever jump because you fear to fall.
Diane Arbus died on July 26th 1971 by committing suicide, taking an overdose of barbiturates and slashing her wrists. Arbus had suffered with depression during her life, which had been exacerbated by symptoms of hepatitis. She was found in her bathtub two days after her death.