I've been a fan of TSO since their beginning, and have been amazed at how popular they have become. If you like them, and do not have it, they have a DVD from the early days that is well worth picking up. Their non-holiday discs are quite good, too, especially Beethoven's Last Night.
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL-OH HOLY NIGHT
Since I already had my Todd schtik going and could not do Christmas tunes in the Battle Of The Bands posts... ...and since I'm too lazy to actually come up with new material... I thought I'd spend the days leading up to Christmas sharing some Christmas tunes with you, albeit done in a less traditional style than you may be accustomed to.
I have been a stowaway on their journey, at least until I run out of covers of Todd Rundgren songs. For today's post, I am back to what should be more familiar territory, with another tune from what is often considered Todd's opus, Something/Anything?. "It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference" was the second track on the Something/Anything? album, although it was not released as a single. It was a catchy ballad that has remained a concert staple over the years, and was even covered by Rundgren himself on his bossa-nova album With A Twist. The song is another nod to 1960's pop songs. The song would later be covered by Alison Kraus on her album Forget About It.
TODD RUNDGREN- IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE
ALISON KRAUSS- IT WOULDN'T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE
Today is the day Arlee Bird gets roasted as this year's
On his main blog, “Tossing It Out,” Lee describes himself,
in part, “as a writer, speaker, entertainer, music lover, collector, husband,
father, grandfather, friend, traveler, seeker of truth and wisdom.”
It is a little known fact that the first prescription issued on Venice Beach for medicinal marijuana was given to Arlee Bird.
He majored in alternative uses for pipes...um..herbal
studies...er, that is, English while at
the University of Tennessee.
Arlee has blogged since 2008, and currently has six blogs that
delve into his diabolical...er...um...diverse mind.
Come on-you've read his blog about dreams-this guy is
further out there than Cheech and Chong!
Why do you think he lives in California and goes to a
pharmacy on Venice Beach?
I kid Lee, of course. Lee has the unfortunante (for him)
distinction of being the only person in the blog world I've met face-to-face
(besides Stephen T. McCarthy, and that doesn't really count since I'd known him
for a decade prior to blogging).
So enough with my introduction. There were some assignments
for this post, so let's get to them.
Why did Lee come up with the A-Z Challenge?
Were you not paying attention earlier when I made my Cheech
and Chong joke?
Obviously because he’d smoked some ganja and looked at a
How else would you come to the conclusion that if you
discounted Sundays, April would have the same number of days as letters of the
If someone dreams about being a juggler, what does it mean?
With six blogs, I think we are seeing the living embodiment
of what it means.
In fact, with six blogs, I think Mr. Bird may need to seek
out a support group.
"Hello,my name is Arlee, and I am a blogaholic."
The first step is admitting you have a problem...
Is a post by Mr. Bird worth two in the bush?
That’s just silly-how would you get two posts in the bush in
the first place?
A better question to ask is, what was he smoking before that last post and where can I get some?
Who could play Lee in a documentary? (Living or dead.)
If I were casting the Lee in the juggling picture, I am
thinking Rob Reiner back in the All In The Family days.
In +/- 100 words, (excluding the title) write flash fiction
all these prompts:
The chainsaw juggler took off his brown jacket and readied
himself for his act.
A crowd had started to gather on the Venice Beach
He grinned as he started up the power tools, enjoying the
challenge that this provided-anyone could juggle balls
safely, but one false move with a chainsaw and you’d be
called Lefty for the rest of your days.
Tossing the chainsaws in the air, he began to manipulate the
heavy objects to keep all three in the air while the onlookers dropped change
and small bills into the bucket he’d set out.
At one point, a seagull swooped down, one of the chainsaws
narrowly missing the bird.
He smiled to himself-today was looking like a profitable
It came to 123-I was too lazy to edit it down
In +/- 40 words, can you come up with a caption for Lee’s
Arch-why must you always call me Meathead?
Lee-here' to ya, my friend! Sorry about all the stoner jokes....but it is a roast!
On Boston's first album in 11 years, and the first since the
tragic death of legendary vocalist Brad Delp in 2007, the band sticks with its
tried-and-true sound, one that has come to nearly define the classic rock
Or, said another way, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
From the first time the world heard "More Than a
Feeling" in the 1970s, Boston burned its way into rock's DNA with an
identifiable sound: layer upon layer of angry guitars, harmonic solos and
angelic vocals backing Delp, who could hit notes only dogs could hear.
There are three tracks on the album that feature the late
Delp’s vocals. The unreleased song, "Sail Away," is about the
government's response to Hurricane Katrina (it HAS been a long time between
albums, right?), while the two others ("Someone" and "Didn't
Mean to Fall in Love") appeared on the band's Corporate
America album, but Scholz was never really happy with them and has
rebuilt them from top to bottom while keeping the original Delp vocals.
Or, said another way, Scholz was unable to come up with an album full of new material in more than a decade.
"Heaven on Earth," with David Victor singing lead
could be a hit single, if all the Boston fans who were "Smokin'" in
the '70s remain loyal to a group who helped define what rock 'n' roll sounded
like for many years.
Sadly, that audience is probably in the early stages of
dementia and may not remember the band.
Other songs don't fare as well, including "If You Were
in Love" with Kimberley Dahme's vocals coming off as nothing-special, and
Tom’s turn on lead vocals not even passing that bar.
Vocals by Tommy DeCarlo, the
Delp sound-alike found on You Tube, are not bad, but the songwriting does not
approach that of the first three Boston albums.
When you consider
that there are three re-records and one short instrumental, you’re left with
seven new songs in eleven years.
And only one is good enough to be lined up against that first album.
I would think with that much time on his hands, Scholz would have outdone the first album.
I like the album, don't get me wrong-the songs are ok, the performances good and the production slick (a little overdone, but that's Tom's production style). I'm just not sure that this is an album for everyone-it's a lot closer to the last two albums than the first three.
Overall, worth checking out for die-hard fans. Nostalgic fans looking
to revisit the stellar debut may want to just break that one out of mothballs.