Saturday, June 18, 2016

WHY?



Bernie Taupin/Elton John (1974)
Ticking (from Caribou)
"An extremely quiet child" they called you in your school report
"He's always taken interest in the subjects that he's taught"
So what was it that brought the squad car screaming up your drive
To notify your parents of the manner in which you died
At St. Patricks every Sunday, Father Fletcher heard your sins
"Oh, he's unconcerned with competition he never cares to win"
But blood stained a young hand that never held a gun
And his parents never thought of him as their troubled son
"Now you'll never get to Heaven" Mama said
Remember Mama said
Ticking, ticking
"Grow up straight and true blue
Run along to bed"
Hear it, hear it, ticking, ticking
They had you holed up in a downtown bar screaming for a priest
Some gook said "His brain's just snapped" then someone called the police
You'd knifed a Negro waiter who had tried to calm you down
Oh you'd pulled a gun and told them all to lay still on the ground
Promising to hurt no one, providing they were still
A young man tried to make a break, with tear-filled eyes you killed
That gun butt felt so smooth and warm cradled in your palm
Oh your childhood cried out in your head "they mean to do you harm"
"Don't ever ride on the devil's knee" Mama said
Remember mama said
Ticking, ticking
"Pay your penance well, my child
Fear where angels tread"
Hear it, hear it, ticking, ticking
Within an hour the news had reached the media machine
A male caucasian with a gun had gone berserk in Queens
The area had been sealed off, the kids sent home from school
Fourteen people lying dead in a bar they called the Kicking Mule
Oh they pleaded to your sanity for the sake of those inside
"Throw out your gun, walk out slow just keep your hands held high"
But they pumped you full of rifle shells as you stepped out the door
Oh you danced in death like a marionette on the vengeance of the law
"You've slept too long in silence" Mama said
Remember Mama said
Ticking, ticking
"Crazy boy, you'll only wind up with strange notions in your head"
Hear it, hear it, ticking, ticking

Friday, March 25, 2016

Captain Fantastic on TIME






The Captain & The Kid






Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
Elton John and Bernie Taupin




3 shades of Elton...





Elton John





Elton  John dressed by Bob Mackie


Reg Dwight and Bernie Taupin





Reginald Dwight & Bernie Taupin


An advert on a wall called out to two kids...



An advertisement on a wall produced...


An extremely quiet child...






The future Elton John.


Belgium Strong




BELGIUM STRONG






Almost...

Help me out people. 
Almost at 10,000,000 blog views!!


Sunday, March 13, 2016

Trust is the #1 Killer of Dogs

Where's your leash?

Sorry folks. I fell behind a bit. Life got in the way, and frankly, I didn't have the energy to keep up this blog with everything going on in my life. My rescue greyhound, Legend, was hit by a car. It was the most horrible thing I've ever witnessed. And for a photographer, it's burned into my retina. The gal was going so fast when she hit him, she actually broke her bumper. Granted, I had just taken him off his leash right in front of our driveway, but he was trailing about 3' behind me. I heard the car, stood in the middle of the street waving my hands, and rather than stop, she passed me on my right, and hit Legend. So the policeman came, told me I was at fault, and cleared me so I could get the the SVU (Shelton Veterinary). I was very concerned about internal bleeding and things I couldn't see. He was bleeding profusely from his paws, but staples and sutures, medication and rest for ten days, with me as his nurse, got him back to normal. But no one should have to learn this lesson the hard way. TRUST is the #1 killer of dogs. 

Trust (i.e. NOT BEING LEASHED WHILE OUTSIDE AND NOT BEING IN A CLOSED IN AREA) can, and will, kill your dog.

What's wrong with this picture?


THE GREYHOUND IS OFF LEASH, 
AND I DON'T SEE A FENCE...

My Legend, off-leash.
My excuse? Time for a photo.
NO MORE!!!

Legend
12 February 2012 – ?




Monday, February 08, 2016

Apple Music | Streaming Music

Apple's new "Apple Music" (streaming anything you can wrap your ears around for $9.99 per month) and the whole concept of streaming music is another nail in the coffin of music itself.

I thought I'd stream, via Apple Music, Elton John and Bernie Taupin's latest (33rd!) WONDERFUL CRAZY WORLD. Back in the day, I would've run to the nearest store carrying the latest releases at my first opportunity and "just buy it." That's what we ALL did. We just BOUGHT it. No leaked tunes. No piracy. No teasers, and no videos either. Most of the time, we didn't even know what an artist looked like unless they were on AMERICAN BANDSTAND, SOUL TRAIN, or DON KIRSCHNER'S ROCK CONCERT (at midnight on Saturdays). If we were lucky, maybe we had a friend who let us hear the 45rpm of the first single, and we'd mutter that it wasn't as good as this or that, and just hope the album, for which the 45rpm set the tone, was better.

But when we bought the vinyl, cassette or 8-trak, we BOUGHT it and OWNED it. Couldn't say "I don't like this, please refund my money." It just collected dust very quickly, and after a summer, it was relegated to the back of the stacks.

And, sad to say, Apple Music nips that right in the bud. I'm listening to it, and probably the only good song is LOOKING UP, but it's got that carnival "write me a hit in five minutes" sound. And truly, Elton could write a brilliant song set to Bernie's lyrics in ten minutes, 15 minutes if it was complicated. But he wrote HARMONY in about 5 minutes. I'VE SEEN THAT MOVIE TOO in 10 minutes. Elton himself has said "if I had to spend more than 20 minutes working on it (music set to new lyrics), I would put it aside, and that was it." NOTE: I'd love to read Bernie's cast-off lyrics!

So now it's worse than internet porn. When I was studying for my Masters in e-media, porn was the first industry which could get the money out of the horny customers' pockets, and deliver AFTER it was paid for.

Now, we can find anything we want, anywhere, anytime. Missed that concert at Madison Square Garden? Don't worry. It'll be on YouTube before the next sunrise. Did you miss Grace Jones' last show at The Roseland before it was torn down? Most of it's on YouTube.

Did you see Depeche Mode's PLAYING THE ANGEL at Madison Square Garden? Aww. Shit. Had to go to work? Well, within the year, PLAYING THE ANGEL will be available in any number of formats: Super Deluxe Box, Super Deluxe, Digipak DVD/CD with Auto-Rip.

Don't want to pay? Scour the net, and you'll find it in five minutes. If you're slow.

So, I listened to Elton & Bernie's latest WONDERFUL, CRAZY WORLD, and guess what? I don't like it. So I'm not going to buy it. Apple's got the $9.99, but that's just one album they'll play, I won't buy, and DIEHARDS will get the Super Deluxe Box with VINYL....which is making a serious comeback. Strange. CDs killed VINYL and now streaming digital is killing actual in-store purchases, and we'll buy our favourite stuff on vinyl, and the REALLY good stuff in the Super Deluxe Box.

It really is a wonderful, crazy world, Elton.

I'm just not in the mood to pay for this one.

I'll take yet another trip down the Yellow Brick Road where people have knives in their eyes.