We are we are…

… the Saints of Los Angeles!

I know I used to be.

By the way, I just saw Motley Crue on Larry King an hour ago. Wow, that brought me back in time… back to the gutters of Sunset Strip. Good to know the boys are back in town doing what they do best… kickin’ teeth!

And that new song? Man, that got my foot stomping hard while doing my best air guitar in a long time. I love a good rock and roll anthem, I tell ya.

But the big news for me is seeing Tommy’s new kick drum. I thought, what in the world…

You gotta give it to the guy, though. He’s really good at topping himself every time.

Anyhow, ‘scuse me while I slip on the headphones.

Peggy Sued

Well, not quite. But, almost.

News came out yesterday regarding Buddy Holly‘s widow. Apparently, she is threatening to sue the woman, whose name was made famous by her late husband’s classic tune, “Peggy Sue,” from selling a book about her friendship with him.

This is so rock and roll! Buddy would be proud!

Hey, it even deserves a little tribute from one of the greatest bands of the 90’s, I think.

Remember Jellyfish?

This is just getting a bit frustrating to me already. I really want to get this CD done before the end of the year but it seems like I have been traveling on the slow side of musical creativity for a while now. Could it be that I’m getting a little old for this? Yikes! Hopefully I’ll get a song produced completely before the end of summer. That’s actually better than nothing at this point. So, here I am in the basement… and I couldn’t produce a decent note all morning. For some inspiration, I am now listening to my favorite Internet Radio Station while lifting some weights. Yep! And in between sets, I am scribbling a little something while waiting for a light bulb to pop over my head as I keep myself busy with other things. Hang tight, gotta do another set of curls.

Ahhh, cool! The radio just played Jellyfish. Remember Jellyfish? They’re one of my all-time favorite Indie Rock acts from the early nineties. I love the almost unique features of this hippie/glam/punk outfit, like the drummer/singer playing a stand-up drumkit and is in front with the band as opposed to being behind it like the usual setup. If you’re not familiar with them, their sound is a mixutre of A Day At The Races-era Queen, Magical Mystery Tour-era Beatles with retro as well as alternative sounding pop hooks. Their second release, Spilt Milk, was almost like a modern-day rock opera! Too bad they only put out two CDs before calling it quits. But it was enough to keep a cult following alive and well to this day. Okay, wait a sec, time for the bench press.

Let’s see, I’ve collected some youtube embed scripts from videos of Jellyfish that I’ve checked out just moments ago. It took me awhile as I was really enjoying these mightily. Oh alright, I guess I’ll share! These are some of my favorite ones. It’s a good time for you to check them out… as I do my crunches.

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Sebrina, Paste and Plato

This is one of my favorite songs. It’s got that With A Little Help From My Friends kinda vibe to it.

Bye, Bye, Bye

I love the folk sensibilities oozing off of this song. It’s done in an almost sarcastic manner. So punk, so beautiful!

The Ghost at Number One
Excellent bridge, in my opinion! Very classy! I’m a sucker for good bridges.

Joining a Fan Club

The first time I heard this song, I thought it was Queen. From the vocals to the bombastic drums and guitars, it will, uhmm… rock you.

The King is Half Undressed

Although it’s got a typical 90’s alternative sound, the chorus progression reminds me of a 60’s folk/rock song, like Jefferson Airplane or something like that. Really cool!

New Mistake

That is Why

He’s My Best Friend

Could this be a tribute to… the Bishop?

Jet/No Matter What

And lastly, a fun medley of a couple 70’s songs. There’s also an awful joke on Linda McCartney during the synth solo.

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I wish I could put more. But I’ve got to work on my own music now. Hopefully, I can get a song done today.

But wait… a couple more sit-ups! Sore muscles might just get me motivated and inspired. Ya think?


The other day, we were talking in the office about music as one of my co-workers had seen a Stevie Nicks show in upstate New York recently. She mentioned that Stevie, at one point, shocked everyone by doing a Led Zeppelin cover. That led our conversation to that CMT show called Crossroads. It’s a series of concerts where country artists would do a show alongside a favorite, or perhaps an influential artist or group that aren’t at all country. It’s interesting to note how cool it is when someone from a certain background in music goes to cover a tune from a different genre. It’s really nothing new, but it’s still a cool thing, I thought.

Now, I’m really not a big country fan, yet I appreciate quite a few, especially when it’s mixed with rock! He! And I actually like Crossroads for that reason. I’ve seen a bunch of them and, just in case you missed it, I’d like to share some snippets which I thought were awesome! Hope you enjoy these as I have.

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Bon Jovi/Sugarland

Pat Benatar/Martina McBride

Heart/Gretchen Wislon

I think Gretchen could very well be an heir to the Ann Wilson throne.

ZZ Top/Brooks & Dunn

Kiss/Garth Brooks

And of course, this is my favorite one, even though it’s not a Crossroads show but from an old Kiss concert.