Rockford Files

Over the past few years I have become a big fan of 60’s and 70’s movie stars. I’m not sure why, it probably has something to do with the childhood shows I grew up watching on Friday nights. Last year I focused on Steve McQueen and watched pretty much every movie he made. He is a fascinating star with both good and bad lessons to be learned from his short life.

One of Steve’s best friends and Hollywood neighbor was James Garner. For Christmas I asked for the Rockford Files, the complete collection and spent most of the holidays watching every episode of the first season. With five more sessons to go, I looking forward to the rest of the year.

What I like best about the James Garner and his show is how authentic he is. As a combat veteran of the Korean war, it is ironic that this private investigator is so non-violent in his style. I also like that fact that instead of playing a rich investigator like Magnum PI, James Rockford lived in a trailer, wore off the rack cloths and was always being stiffed by his clients after solving their cases. He was dead broke most of the series.

This show is also a fantastic time capsule of American life in the late 70’s in California. The cars, all American, the people and lifestyles of the rich folks he mostly worked for are fascinating to watch. James Garner is the real deal.

Rockford Files

Tenderness

On Friday Kathy got tickets to see The English Beat at the mountain winery. Fourteen years ago we met for the first time at an English Beat concert up in San Francisco. Actually it has been a while sense I have listened to the beat. I had forgotten that I knew most of the lyrics and how fun and uniquely positive Dave and Roger are. I am not sure if it was a great concert or a big sing along…I confess, I confess, I con—fesss…the years have passed by fast.


Tenderness

Tears for Fears

I think it was back in 1983 that I first listened to Tears for Fears. It was a song off their first album and I was in boarding school, sophomore…14 years old. New Wave was just starting then, and most of my dorm mates were heavy into metal rock (screaming and shouting) which I’ve never liked much.

Two years later…and two more high schools later, my senior year, Tears for Fears released their biggest hit, ‘Shout’, ironically. I remember the spring and summer of 1985 well. Spent mostly cutting lawns and hanging out in the bars of Georgetown, Washington DC. Though, I stopped listening to them then, because they had become too commercial, I still respected them as a band and great vocalists.

Friday night Kathy got tickets to see them at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA…some 3,000 miles from where I listed to them in my youth. For some strange reason,  I have always wanted to see them live. I wanted to see them perform their music outside of a studio. Was it going to be the same?

Well…they did not disappoint. I do not think I have ever heard two vocalists sing as strongly as Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. What impressed me more, was how basic that band was. Guitar, bass, keyboard and drums, I had thought they used a lot of techno tricks to pull off their sound but that is not the case.

Roland and Curt are the real deal. They are both remarkable musians and vocalists. Though their big chart days are over, their music has stayed relevant. I liked the fact that they only played their best songs and did not boor us with new music I have not heard and will likely not buy….what I wanted and did see and hear was a great band and to relive some distant memories of good times. Very cool.

Tears for Fears

The House of Flyod

Fred scored a couple of free tickets to the House of Floyd at Don Quixote’s last Saturday night. After having seen Roger Waters The Wall show a few months back it was great to see a full show featuring all of Floyds best jams including a few Sid Barret songs. The House of Floyd, the band, were incredible. In addition to all the band and backup singers being excellent musicians, the sound of the band was incredibly loud. So loud that my ears rang for two days afterwards. Next time I am going to bring ear plugs.

I’m definitely a groupie now and hope to catch a couple of local shows a year. I only wish Floyd were a more girl friendly band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The House of Flyod

Cinderella story

I was pretty happy that VCU even made it into the NCAA tournament much less made it to the final four!!! This has been an incredible team to watch. They are the utimate underdogs that nobody gave a chance much less bet money on – sorry for the upsets.

Thank you Rams for playing beyond your ability and for standing tall against a lot of taller guys. Everybody knows who VCU is now!!

Go RAMS!!!!

Cinderella story