YOU KNOW, CONTRARY TO WHAT SOME FOLKS BELIEVE, I DIDN'T MENTION LEAVING AS A WAY TO EVOKE ALL THIS OUTPOURING OF RESPONSE AND EMOTION. EVEN SAYING THAT, I HAVE TO BE MORE CAREFUL. I THINK I'VE POSTED ENOUGH PAGES ON LINE OVER THE LAST FOUR OR FIVE YEARS TO PROVE THAT I HAVE NO "AGENDA" AS SUCH. BUT I'VE BEEN REPEATEDLY ACCUSED OF "WHINING FOR SYMPATHY" TO GET TONS OF PEOPLE TO BEG ME NOT TO LEAVE. HOW INCREDIBLY CONVOLUTED AND TWISTED IS THAT ? I DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW SOMEONE COULD THINK THAT ABOUT ME, BUT THEN AGAIN, THERE'S A HELL OF A LOT I DON'T UNDERSTAND. MY LAST LITTLE POST GARNERED 500 LIKES AND HALF AS MANY POSTS. THAT'S A LOT OF PEOPLE TAKING THE TIME TO INVOLVE THEMSELVES IN MY PERSONAL MINUTIA. AND I DON'T TAKE THAT LIGHTLY, OR FOR GRANTED. I SEE SO MANY PERFORMERS WITH PUBLIC PERSONAE WHO DON'T EVER GIVE THEIR SUPPORTERS A SECOND THOUGHT. I SEE EQUALLY AS MANY PERFORMERS, BOTH SUCCESSFUL STARS AND FAILURES, THAT ACTUALLY FEEL THAT THE WORLD AND LIFE ITSELF OWE THEM SOMETHING. HERE'S WHERE I DIFFER FROM THOSE PEOPLE. I TREAT LIFE AS AN ADVENTURE, AND NOT ALWAYS ONE WITHOUT DANGER...PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DANGER. I'VE LIVED THE EQUIVALENT OF FIFTY LIFETIMES COMPARED TO MANY, AND COMPARED TO OTHERS I'VE DONE NOTHING. ONE OF THE GREAT STEPS TOWARD INNER PEACE, I THINK, IS BECOMING RELATIVELY COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN. ONLY DURING THE LAST SIX OR SEVEN YEARS OF MY LIFE CAN I SAY I'VE ACTUALLY MADE HUGE STRIDES TOWARD THAT VERY THING. WHEN I FIRST WENT ON MYSPACE YEARS AGO, I WAS MET WITH THIS INCREDIBLE WARMTH AND OUTPOURING OF EMOTION FROM PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY SAID I HAD MADE PART OF THE SOUNDTRACK OF THEIR LIVES. IT WAS A TYPE OF EPIPHANY FOR ME AT THAT POINT IN LIFE. I WAS APPROACHING SIXTY, THE MUSIC BUSINESS HAD EVOLVED INTO SOMETHING ENTIRELY DIFFERENT THAN THE ONE I HAD COME UP WITH AND FOR A LONG TIME I ACTUALLY THOUGHT ABOUT "WHERE I STOOD"...I'D DONE OVER THIRTY ALBUMS, BUT IN SOME WAYS HAD NEVER REACHED THE SAME DIZZYING HEIGHTS THAT OTHER PERFORMERS HAD. I NEVER LIKED THE PHRASE "ROCK STAR", OR EVEN THE WORD "STAR"...I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE CALLED AN ARTIST..."PERFORMER" IS NICE, BUT IT DOESN'T COVER THE WRITING AND MUCH OF THE CREATIVE AREA..."ARTIST" IS WHAT I STILL ASPIRE TO BE. I WORK VERY HARD ON STAGE. I HONESTLY DO. THE ROAD IS TOUGH FOR A 64 YEAR OLD, WHETHER YOU'RE FLYING IN A PRIVATE JET, FLYING FIRST CLASS COMMERCIALLY OR RIDING IN A TWO MILLION DOLLAR BUS WITH ALL THE COMFORTS OF A HOTEL ON WHEELS. IT'S STILL A BITCH TO PLAY AND SING AND DRY THE SWEAT OFF AND CHANGE THE DRIPPING WET CLOTHES AND TRAVEL OFF INTO THE NIGHT TO ANOTHER CITY TO DO IT ALL AGAIN THE NEXT NIGHT. GLAMOUROUS...? DON'T KID YOURSELVES...IT'S ANYTHING BUT. IT'S SHOW BUSINESS...WE ALL PUT ON THE "SHOW" ON STAGE...BUT IT'S NOT WHAT IT APPEARS, NOT BY A LONG SHOT. ON THE OTHER HAND, I WATCH PEOPLE'S FACES AT OUR CONCERTS AND WHEN I SING CERTAIN TUNES THAT HAVE LIVED IN THEIR BRAINS FOR DECADES, I SEE EXTREME, GENUINE EMOTION...PEOPLE CRY...PEOPLE HUG...AND MANY SING ALONG WITH ME, SONG AFTER SONG... AND UNLESS YOU COULD SIT INSIDE MY SHOES AND MY SPIRIT AT THOSE MOMENTS, YOU COULD NEVER KNOW JUST HOW WONDERFULLY SPECIAL THAT MAKES ME FEEL. NO, FRIENDS, I'VE NEVER TAKEN THAT FOR GRANTED...NOT FOR A DAMNED SECOND. I KNOW HOW LUCKY I'VE BEEN. I LIVE WITH AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE. AND DESPITE WHAT MANY DARK MINDS HAVE SAID ABOUT ME, I DO CARE ABOUT FRIENDS AND "FANS"...IN MANY CASES I HAVE BECOME GOOD FRIENDS WITH "FANS"...I REALIZE THAT WITHOUT FANS AND AN AUDIENCE, A PERFORMER HAS NOTHING. WITHOUT PEOPLE THERE LISTENING AND APPRECIATING, A PERFORMER HAS NOTHING. NO ONE ASPIRES TO PLAY TO EMPTY SEATS...PLAYING TO EMPTY HOUSES ON THE WAY UP IS WHAT TOUGHENED ME UP FOR SOME OF THE FAILURES IN LATER LIFE. I WORKED LONG AND HARD WHEN I WAS STILL A TEENAGER. GREW UP FAST FROM ABOUT SIXTEEN OR SEVENTEEN ON...HAD A CERTAIN LEVEL OF STARDOM QUITE EARLY IN LIFE. I WAS A KID BLOWN AWAY BY ELVIS AND THE BEATLES AND FATS DOMINO AND LITTLE RICHARD AND BOBBY RYDELL AND BOBBY DARIN AND GUYS LIKE THAT AND NOT TOO MANY YEARS LATER I WAS GETTING MY OWN GOLD RECORDS FOR "THESE EYES" AND "LAUGHING / UNDUN" AND "NO TIME" AND "AMERICAN WOMAN" AND "SHARE THE LAND" AND "STAND TALL" AND "DREAM OF A CHILD" AND ON AND ON AND ON AND ON.......... WHEN I CAN ACTUALLY SEPARATE MYSELF FROM ALL OF IT SOMETIMES FOR A MOMENT, I CAN SEE THAT I'VE HAD A PRETTY SERIOUS CAREER... UNLIKE SOME PEOPLE I'VE ACTUALLY PLAYED AND RECORDED WITH (NO NAMES, BUT ONE IN PARTICULAR IS TO BE PITIED), I DO RELATE TO "POSTERITY"...AND "LEGACY"...THOSE WERE NOT THE REASONS THAT DROVE ME TO MAKE ALL THOSE RECORDS, BUT I'M DAMNED PROUD OF SOME OF THEM, AND UNLIKE A CERTAIN GUY I KNOW, I THINK ABOUT WHAT THE RECORDS WILL MEAN SOMEDAY, LONG AFTER I'M GONE. AND I THINK A LOT OF WHAT I RECORDED WILL STAND UP REASONABLY...NOT ALL OF IT, BUT I'VE HAD MY MOMENTS. ON ANOTHER SUBJECT, AN OLD FRIEND OF MINE JUST GOT SOME HORRID NEWS ABOUT HER HEALTH. THIS IS SOMEONE WHOM I'VE KNOWN FOR YEARS AND SHE HAS LIVED A PRETTY LUXURIOUS LIFE FOR SOME TIME. THEN THIS DEVASTATING NEWS INVOLVING HORRID PROCEDURES AND PAIN AND FEAR. MY HEART ACHES FOR HER AND HER HUSBAND. IT HAS REALLY AFFECTED MY THOUGHTS IN ALMOST EVERYTHING OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. AND I MYSELF WENT THROUGH A SERIES OF HEALTH TESTS EARLIER IN JANUARY...VERY UNPLEASANT PHYSICALLY...INTIMIDATING AND SCARY AND PAINFUL...BUT ABSOLUTELY NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT MY FRIEND IS BATTLING NOW. I HAVE TO FACE ANOTHER TEST AFTER THE TOUR, BUT THE DOCTORS HAVE BEEN PRETTY REASSURING THAT I'M OKAY...BETTE DAVIS WAS RIGHT ON THE MONEY WHEN SHE SAID "GETTIN' OLD AIN'T FOR SISSIES"...EVERY LITTLE PAIN TERRIFIES ME NOW...I'LL BE 65 NEXT BIRTHDAY........... REMINDS ME OF THE LYRICS IN "EDIBLE FLOWERS" BY THE FINN BROTHERS. "EVERYBODY WANTS THE SAME THING, EVERYBODY WANTS THE SAME THING, TO SEE ANOTHER BIRTHDAY..." I KNOW IT'S ANOTHER YEAR AND HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH THE TOURING AND THE MASSEY HALL ALBUM AND MY BOOK OF POEMS...I'M FINDING MYSELF PRETTY ACTIVE FOR MY AGE, AND ONCE AGAIN IT REINFORCES MY ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE. I SEE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME WHO REMIND ME HOW LUCKY I AM...JUST WATCHING WHAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO DO TO GET BY MAKES ME ALMOST GUILTY ABOUT THE WAY I MAKE A LIVING. BUT THEN ON THE OTHER HAND, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS TELLING ME THAT I'VE GIVEN THEM SOME GOOD MOMENTS THROUGH THE SINGING AND WRITING. AND THAT WARMS ME. TRULY....... I MADE SOME STUPID REMARKS ABOUT ANDREW BYNUM THAT WERE TAKEN THE WRONG WAY AND I LASHED OUT AT ALISON ABOUT THINGS AND I MADE SOME JACKASS STATEMENTS AND DUMB MOVES IN 2011...GOT INTO A BIT OF A JAM FOR A WHILE ON LINE, I WAS EVEN BEING CALLED RACIST...NOW THAT WAS THE STRAW THAT BROKE THE CAMEL'S BACK. I MAY BE SOME PRETTY LOUSY THINGS, BUT RACIST IS NOT ONE OF THEM. GOOD GOD, THAT'S PATHETIC, THAT EVEN ONE PERSON ON EARTH WOULD SAY THAT TO ME...IT'S FAR FROM A PERFECT WORLD. I KNOW THAT ONLY TOO WELL. AND SOMETIMES I MOAN ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE PLANET, ONLY TO GET VERBALLY PISSED ON BY PEOPLE WHO THINK THERE'S NOTHING WRONG AND THAT I'M A DORK THAT'S OVER REACTING AND LOVES TO STIR THINGS UP...YEAH RIGHT... OH BROTHER... I'M UP TOO LATE, CONSIDERING I'VE GOT SHOWS THE NEXT TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW. BUT I WANT TO SEND OUT HEARTFELT THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO RESPONDED SO QUICKLY AND EMOTIONALLY ABOUT MY SMALL POST OF A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO. I THINK MOST OF YOU KNOW BY NOW THAT I DON'T "SAY I'M LEAVING SO I'LL GET TONS OF PEOPLE BEGGING ME NOT TO..." CAN ANYONE REALLY THINK THAT SOMEONE WHO HAS WORKED AS LONG AND HARD AS I HAVE, HAS READ AS MUCH AND STUDIED AS MUCH AS I HAVE COULD BE SHALLOW ENOUGH TO "THREATEN" TO LEAVE FB JUST TO GET PEOPLE TO BEG ME NO TO...? THOSE WHO THINK THAT, REALLY THINK THAT, WILL NEVER KNOW A DAMNED THING ABOUT ME...OR WHAT MAKES ME DO ANYTHING I DO... AND YOU KNOW WHAT...? THAT SUITS ME JUST FINE... LIVE IN THE MOMENT... PEACE AND HEALTH... SAFETY, CALM, AND WARMTH............... IF YOU'VE READ THIS FAR, THANKS FOR YOUR TIME... BLC
Live at Massey Hall Track Listing No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature Albert Flasher Clap for the Wolfman Laughing Guns Guns Guns Stand Tall Hand Me Down World Above The Ground Runnin’ Back to Saskatoon Undun I’m Scared We Just Came From The USA These Eyes American Woman Timeless Love Star Baby No Time Share The Land
QUITE THE BATCH OF RESPONSES SINCE LAST NIGHT. WELL, FIRSTLY, I DIDN'T REALLY SAY I WOULDN'T BE HERE AT ALL ANYMORE...PERHAPS JUST NOT AS MUCH OR AS OFTEN. YES, I DO LIKE TYPING HERE TO THE REAL FRIENDS. IT'S RATHER CATHARTIC AT TIMES. I REALLY DIDN'T EXPECT THIS OUTPOURING IN RESPONSE TO LAST NIGHT'S POST. I'VE GOTTEN TO KNOW MANY NEW FRIENDS HERE, AND THAT'S NOT SO COMMON ONCE YOU'RE PAST A CERTAIN AGE. I WOULD NEVER JUST WALK AWAY FROM ALL THE INTERACTION HERE...I'M JUST GOING TO BE A BIT MORE CAUTIOUS AND PERHAPS SELECTIVE FROM NOW ON. THERE'S NO SENSE DWELLING ON THE DOWN SIDE OF THE INTERNET. IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE THERE, AN OPEN FORUM FOR ANONYMOUS (AND SOMETIMES NOT SO ANONYMOUS) HATERS AND DISTURBERS. BUT AS MARILYN MENTIONED ON THE LAST POST RESPONSES, THE RATIO BETWEEN THE BAD AND THE GOOD SERIOUSLY FAVOURS THE GOOD...I'M A BIG BELIEVER IN LIGHT OVER DARK, SO I DON'T PLAN TO DISAPPEAR ENTIRELY...SORRY FOR WHINING SO MUCH...IT'S JUST THAT SOME NIGHTS ARE SO MUCH BETTER THAN OTHERS... PEACE TO ALL WHO DESERVE IT... BLC
one more time...maybe the thousandth...I type in all caps because many who visit here regularly are past a certain age, and many have some type of macular degeneration. I have been thanked repeatedly for typing in upper case, as these people all find it easier on the eyes, and much easier to read and grasp. Discussing this repeatedly is boring and tiresome. If the caps bother you that much, please go somewhere else and leave us alone. If "NET-IQUETTE" bullshit is more important to you than what I'm typing, then I don't want you here in the first place. And if you just can't convince yourself that I'm "NOT YELLING", there are plenty of other places you can go...so please do. and now...on to a blog done entirely in capital letters... blc HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH ? LARGELY A RHETORICAL QUESTION I WOULD THINK. WHEN TIGER WOODS HAD A VERY PUBLIC CHANGE IN HIS LIFE, I HEARD MORE THAN ONE PERSON SAY "WELL, HE HAD EVERYTHING AND MORE...HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH...?" I DON'T THINK PERSONALLY IT'S A QUESTION OF "ENOUGH"...AND OBVIOUSLY, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND TOP LEVEL FAME WREN'T ENOUGH TO KEEP CHARLIE SHEEN FROM ENDING UP FAR, FAR AWAY FROM TWO AND A HALF MEN... PERHAPS THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS "ENOUGH"...I HONESTLY DON'T KNOW. HOW MUCH FAME IS ENOUGH? AT WHAT PARTICULAR POINT IS SOMEBODY "FAMOUS"...? AND TO WHAT DEGREE ? BOY, WHEN YOU GET INTO THAT OLD "TOTEM POLE" THING AGAIN, IT MAKES LESS AND LESS SENSE ALL THE TIME. ONE THING THAT'S PAINFULLY OBVIOUS TO US ALL THESE DAYS IS THE DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF "SUPER NOVA" STARS THAT MEET WITH AN EARLY END...IMMEDIATELY TO MIND SPRING MARILYN MONROE, ELVIS PRESLEY, MICHAEL JACKSON, AND NOW WHITNEY HOUSTON. THESE FOUR WEREN'T JUST FAMOUS...THEY WERE SUPER NOVA STARS. AND JOHN LENNON... ALTHOUGH HIS CASE WAS SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT...WHY, I ASK MYSELF, DO SO MANY "SUPER-NOVA-MORE-THAN-STARS" PEOPLE DIE SO YOUNG ? IT'S A PERPLEXING THOUGHT...A GOOD OL' CONUNDRUM. SO MANY SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT ABOUT DESTINY AND PRE ORDAINED EVENT POSSIBILITIES. IS THE SHORT LIFE THE PRICE TO PAY FOR THE STELLAR HEIGHTS ? IT JUST VERY WELL COULD BE...OH BROTHER. SO HOW MUCH FAME IS DESIRABLE ? DEPENDS...SUBJECTIVE...COMPLETELY SUBJECTIVE. TOM PETTY HAS A PHRASE FOR THAT SUPER NOVA FAME...HE CALLS IT "ELVIS-BEATLES FAME"...THE KIND WHERE YOU JUST CAN'T GO ANYWHERE ANYMORE. THERE HAVE BEEN CERTAIN FACES THROUGH THE YEARS THAT WORE THAT LEVEL OF FAME..."CAN'T GO ANYWHERE" FAME...ROBERT REDFORD FOUND FOR YEARS THAT HE COULDN'T GO ANYWHERE IN PUBLIC. WOMEN JUST WENT TOO NUTTY. AND ELVIS...WELL...HE'D JUST RENT AMUSEMENT PARKS AND THEATRES FOR HIMSELF AND HIS BAND OF SCOUNDRELS. FAME IS A STRANGE PHENOMENON. SOME CHASE IT. SOME WORSHIP IT. WHAT MAKES IT TRICKY IS THAT THE FAMOUS PERSON CANNOT TURN THE FAME ON AND OFF LIKE A LIGHT SWITCH. EVERYONE HAS THOSE MORNINGS WHERE THEY DON'T EXACTLY "FEEL THEIR BEST"...MORNINGS WHEN YOU JUST DON'T WANT ANYONE EVEN CASUALLY GLANCING AT YOU IN THE SAFEWAY DOING A BIT OF SHOPPING. FOR SOMEONE OF NOTORIETY THOSE TIMES CAN BE HORRIFIC. PEOPLE INVARIABLY HAVE PHONES NOW WITH CAMERAS IN THEM AND BEFORE SOME POOR SHLUB WITH A BIT OF FAME KNOWS IT, HE'S POSING FOR PICTURES WITH A GIDDY MOTHER AND DAUGHTER, REALIZING ALL THE WHILE THAT HE LOOKS LIKE A CATCHER'S MITT...OH BROTHER...THIS SORT OF THING CAN HAPPEN...AND SOMETIMES IT CAN UNDERMINE YOUR ENTIRE DAY TO FOLLOW. TRICK IS, NOT TO LET IT BOTHER YOU...THAT'S "SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF" IF YOU HARVEST THE DOWNSIDE OF THAT ENCOUNTER...IF THOSE OF US IN SHOW BUSINESS EVER COMPLAIN ABOUT BEING FAMOUS WE DESERVE A GOOD BOP INNA JOP... NO ONE ENTERS SHOW BUSINESS WITHOUT KNOWING THAT FAME IS INVOLVED...YOU DON'T WANNA BE FAMOUS...? THEN DON'T GET UP IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE, EINSTEIN !!! TODAY, I'M LOADING SOME RECENTLY ACQUIRED GOODIES INTO MY MOST RECENT iPOD, AND SITTING IN THE WARM CALIFORNIA SUN LISTENING TO MANY THINGS IN MY NEW BOSE PHONES...LOST MY GOOD SONYS...ANOTHER ROAD TRAGEDY...CLOTHES, JEWELLERY, BOOKS, DISCS, AND GOOD SONY EARPHONES...SOMONE SOMEWHERE IN THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES HAS WHAT USED TO BE MY GREAT NOISE CANCELING SONYS NOW...AND I HOPE THEY'RE PUT TO GOOD USE. WHEN I WENT TO REPLACE THEM, I FOUND TO MY HAPLESS CHAGRIN THAT SONY NO LONGER MADE THAT MODEL...AND THE NEW SONY NOISE CANCELING PHONES, DIDN'T REALLY CANCEL ALL THE NOISE...OH BROTHER...THERE I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF CENTURY CITY, STANDING RIGHT ON THE HALLOWED GROUND WHERE PERHAPS EDWARD G. ROBINSON HAD DONE SOME OF HIS MOST FAMOUS GANGSTER PICTURES, SADDENED BY THE FACT THAT I WAS NOW SANS PHONES...WHEN WHAT DID I SPY A MERE HUNDRED YARDS OR SO DOWN THE WAY FROM THE SONY STORE ? THE BOSE STORE...SIDLED IN, GOT GREETED BY TWO VERY YOUNG SALES PERSONS, ONE MALE, ONE FEMALE, AND I INQUIRED AS TO THEIR NOISE CANCELING EARPHONES. I SAID "WHADDYA GOT IN THE WAY OF NOISE CANCELING EARPHONES...?" THE GUY SAID "NOTHING IN THE WAY OF NOISE CANCELING EARPHONES...YOU CAN GET RIGHT AT 'EM..." I HAPPENED TO HAVE TWO OF MY iPODS WITH ME FOR "REFERENCE" AND I PLUGGED IN...BINGO...LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE HAVED A WINNER... SO NOW I'VE GOT BOSE...STILL WOULD RATHER HAVE THE OLD SONY'S, BUT THESE ARE PRETTY GOOD. ONE THING I DO NOTICE IS THAT THE THINGS THAT ARE MIXED STRAIGHT UP AT 90 DEGREES IN THE ARC, ARE PRETTY TRUE TO 90 IN THESE...EITHER THEY'RE SLIGHTLY MORE ACCURATE THAN THE SONYS WERE, OR MY EARS HAVE IMPROVED A TINY BIT...COULD BE BOTH. TIME TO LISTEN RIGHT THROUGH YET ONE MORE TIME TO "LIVE AT MASSEY HALL"...18 TRACKS....77 MINUTES...STILL SOME MINOR CHANGES TO MAKE, BUT WE'RE SEEING THE END IN SIGHT NOW...GONNA BE A VERY GOOD LIVE ALBUM...REALLY. BUNCH OF GOOD SONGS REPRESENTED WELL LIVE MANY YEARS LATER. NO GIMMICKS...JUST THE SONGS...THAT'S WHAT'S ALWAYS MEANT THE MOST TO ME...AND NO ONE CAN EVER SAY ANY DIFFERENTLY. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, FOLKS... THE BEST OF THOUGHTS AND VIBES TO ALL WHO COME HERE WITH MALICE TOWARD NONE... BLC
More great finds since the last post this afternoon. Found a couple of love letters I wrote to Beverley P. , my first serious girlfriend at St. John's. Read them today and now I'm glad I never mailed them. Endless, endless, endless piles and envelopes and albums of photos...sometimes it seems as though most of my life has been captured in photos, videos, film, etc. One thing I'd forgotten about...in 1977 I was on the Dinah Shore show twice. The first time Ray Charles was one of the other guests. I found two beautiful photos of Mr. Charles and me together. Soon as I get to a scanner, I'll post them. Looks like about two more full days of packing, sorting and jettisoning...all the "decisions" about what to keep and what to trash and what to give to those in need have been made now. It was tough throwing some stuff away, but Hell...there are only so many hours in a lifetime to sit and gaze at things. The really important and emotional stuff I kept. Had to trash my mom's beautiful collection of 78's today...water damage. I even found the 78 of Ricky Lane and Vel Vel doing Doris Day's "Everybody Loves a Lover" but it was cracked. No sense keeping it just to look at the label in the middle. I found at least fifty magazines with me on the cover. I don't keep everything, but anytime you make the cover of a publication it's worth hanging on to a copy. Also found some wonderful shots of my dear friend the late Gary MaClean which I'm giving to his three sons. Found piles and piles of Guess Who 45's, most of which are from foreign countries. I can honestly say that at the time in 69, 70, 71, 72, and 73 I didn't fully realize how famous we were getting internationally. I was very young and it was a different world then, but something made me hang on to all this stuff...and my mother too...she saved absolutely everything that I or the record companies ever sent her. And all this was well over a decade before the Net came into being. The pleasant irony is that now I can show all these memorabila items to all those who are really interested. Those who have liked my recordings through the years are really going to enjoy seeing some of these visuals. I don't remember seeing tons of this stuff, so the average fan has probably never seen any of it. Well, we're breaking open the vaults and letting it all flow out now...and it doesn't matter about the nay sayers, cause the bunch of us that are true cyber friends are all of one mindset. I don't come here to rag on people, but lots of people sure come here to rag on me...it's very obvious that many of these people live in towns or cities where the LIFE STORE hasn't opened a franchise yet...such a pity... Gotta try and sleep...one Tranquil Sleep pill left and I don't think it's gonna knock me out by itself, but perhaps along with Mrs. Green the elusive goal of sleep will be accomplished... White light, longevity, good health, and inner peace all around...Oh, that it were that easy...well, I'm trying to think good thoughts anyhow...the mean people can do whatever they want, cause they don't really get to me anymore...they just don't mean enough to accomplish that these days... On a final note tonight, sadly, Scott McKenzie passed away on August 18. This guy was one of my favourite five or ten singers of ALL TIME. He's best known for "San Francisco" which became the flower power anthem of the Summer of Love, but aything he sang was absolutely wonderful. I was thrilled when he responded to my friend request on FB just last year. We typed back and forth several times and it always made me feel good that he thought I was a good singer...I was such a fan of his vocals. He made millions of people feel better with his incredible vocals, both in the Journeymen with Johh Phillips and on all his solo recordings. Rest in peace, Scott...you were one of a kind...you made other singers stop in their tracks if they had any ears at all...you were truly a Singer's Singer... Be well, all who come here without swords drawn... BLC
AND STILL IT CONTINUES...ALREADY USED "DELETE AND BAN USER" 7 TIMES SINCE I CAME ON LINE TODAY. I'VE EXPLAINED THE CAPS LOCK ABOUT A THOUSAND FUCKING TIMES ALREADY, AND STILL THE DONKEYS ARE BRAYING. THERE WAS ONE GIRL WHO WAS NICE ABOUT IT, SO I DIDN'T BAN HER, BUT THE REST ARE GONE. YES, I DO READ EACH AND EVERY POST FROM EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU, SO DON'T THINK I GLOSS OVER THESE PAGES. BUT I'VE HAD IT WITH THE CAPS THING. WANNA GET DELETED AND BANNED ? JUST BRAY SOME MORE ABOUT THE CAPS... (oh brother...I can hear it already in my mind's eye..."Fuck he's arrogant...to think he's that important that we actually give a shit that we're banned"...honest to God, Abe Lincoln and Rick Nelson were right on the money...) CAN'T GO TO THE MMM SITE ANYMORE...MAYBE THIS ONE'S GETTIN' A LITTLE TOO DITZY TOO...