Tuesday, May 31, 2022
CD: The Story Never Ends
Artist: Rob Benson
Producer: Peter Calo
We are going Track by Track with Rob Benson on
all new, original compositions by Rob
1)A Way About Her (3:35)
An uptempo country song is an interesting opener for
The Story Never Ends CD - what inspired this tune,
Rob, and why the choice for first song?
RB:I wanted to start the album with a rocker, start off strong.
2)Hey There Moonlight (4:07)
With elements of blues, and subtle influences
from Eric Clapton's rendition of J.J. Cale's "After
Midnight," even referencing the Cale title, a bit
more upbeat, we wonder what the lyrical inspiration
RB: I wrote this song as a sort of symbolic reference to one's life.
3)Don't Get Me Started (3:09)
With a re-focused direction from the previous
Under The Whispering Tree, and crystal-clear
sound from producer Peter Calo, it sounds
like the artist is painting the story of some
kind of conflict. The music is beautiful,
Rob, how did this song come to be?
RB: I was having a bad day at work one day,
4)A Child's Hero (3:35)
This song would be perfect for James Taylor,
especially how it goes back to Taylor's initial
days on the scene as a songwriter/singer. Did
you have James in mind?
RB: James Taylor was one of my heroes growing up. I wanted to be him so bad when I began writing songs. This is a tribute song from me to JT.
5)Top of the Hill (3:46)
Rock, pure original country, and a drive
that is direct, a natural. Who came up with
the diverse instrumentation and how did the
RB: This is a song I wrote as part of a story I'm writing. I wanted to make it a country rock song, with a lot of lead guitar, for a dramatic effect. The musicians on this one did a great job, Jonny Dinklage on fiddle, Peter Calo on lead guitar and Jerry Marotta on drums. As usual Peter's production was amazing.
6)Girl I Love Your Smile (3:12)
The pop that we heard on Under The Whispering Tree
is back in a big way. It's glorious and memorable.
Who inspired this track, Rob?
RB: I wrote this for my girl Cheryl. I had the melody years ago and never was able to put it in song, but I finally found it. Powerful guitar by Peter, and Jerry Marotta on drums.
Mellow folk veering on pop ballad,
are there Gospel elements here or are
we made to feel Gospel as an undercurrent?
And what is the song's intent?
RB: This is just a simple love song, no religious undertones, just a big amen as a thank you. Jon Cobert on accordion and Jonny Dinklage on fiddle.
8)For Himself 3:23
Love the use of the instrumentation
and drum shuffle. Feels like a modernization
of Rick Nelson's successful singles from the 1960's
RB: This was a fun "sixties-ish" melody. Peter Calo did amazing guitar work as usual. Just a song about inner conflict and figuring things out on one's own.
9)Ballad of Johnny and Mary (4:32)
The music again shines, in a different way from "For Himself,"
but with the same authority. The guitar sound is mesmerizing.
Did you and Peter Calo come up with these musical themes?
RB: Thanks! I presented the song to Peter and he developed the great guitar sound and melody. And when Jerry added his drums and Mark added the horn sections it all came together in a great way. There is no Johnny And Mary, but I've known many "Johhny and Marys" if that makes any sense!
10)This Time (2:05)
Though country at heart, the genres slightly
move from folk to rock to neo-jazz on this
collection. Was this intentional at the songwriting
stage or did it develop as the album was tracked?
RB: This song was a straightforward and short song, as a follow up to an old song of mine. Peter added his touch to the song to finish it off nicely.
11)Lost in Nashville 4:13
What a terrific track to conclude the disc.
Did you write the first and eleventh tracks
with their placement in mind? And what
is the heart of this song about?
Rob: After a trip to Nashville, I decided to write a song about my experience there, walking around the city. I wanted to end the album with a ballad, come in strong with A Way About Her and end on the soft side.
Thanks again, Rob, for participating in our
Going Track by Track
* I enjoyed watching this album come together with all these amazing musicians and of course Peter's superb production. Thank you for listening and for the interview!
Interview with Rob Benson here:
Monday, May 30, 2022
Transporter (Can't Wait to See You Smile" on The Spin Room / #Memorial Day Forever's Our Tomorrow #CarolynLee and #DaveGodbey
"Gorgeous tune, great chords coming in" Lou Spinnazola 9:30 pm #MemorialDay #May 30 2022 Transporter (Can't Wait to See You Smile) #JoeViglioneMedia @lspinna @TheSpinRoom00 @RadioRaccoon @TomMichJR1 @3dJt3 @bjplattner @joeviglione @SoulHeritage1 @gregpaquette5 #TheSpinRoom #pop
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Updated: 5:31 PM EDT May 30, 2022
These types of drugs and substances can cause disorientation, confusion, temporary paralysis or unconsciousness, along with a host of other symptoms — leaving the potential victim vulnerable to the intentions of the perpetrator, according to police.
It's Monday and we're back in a new place! Catch our Mixcloud debut at 8:00pm ET. @DaveRagin @lspinna @RadioRaccoon @gregpaquette5 @RobBens19461538 @PeterCalo1 @TheSpinRoom00 @DaliaDavisMusic @BirdMancini
Sunday, May 29, 2022
Maverick: Don't Let the Girlfriend Fool Ya, Tom Cruise is Back, and he's looking for a new wing man!
Don't Let the Girlfriend Fool Ya, Tom Cruise is Back, and he's looking for a new wing man!
The Sequel to Top Gun
An Evaluation by Joe Viglione
Tom Cruise, the film-making businessman, plays to his strengths in what is a quasi-Mission Impossible saga. This critic has no idea who the enemy is that has some nuclear something somewhere that now-teacher Maverick (Tom Cruise) has to train his children to blast into oblivion. Vladmir Putin and Osama Bin Laden are not blamed for this, and it could be an alien entity taking over Iraq for all we know: the plot doesn’t depend on a known enemy…how strange is that?
The original Top Gun was much too cutesy for me to ever sit through, and to this day I haven’t seen it beyond maybe ten minutes. Unlike the Firm or A Few Good Men, which I watch repeatedly (great scripts, great direction) there’s always some mis-step in Cruise’s acting that drives me bonkers, you know, the cringe factor. The good news? Maverick gets down to business so there are only a few blips of that (CF, cringe factor) in this, and that is probably due to Cruise’s maturity and how many films he’s actually appeared in…somewhere around 60 if you want to count all the credits on IMDB. Older and wiser, Tommy boy delivers a solid performance as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, indeed, Cruise’s aging works to his benefit.
Here’s the thing….what I took away from this film was how loud the fighter jets were and how old your great, great, great, great grandpa Ed Harris looks. If Harris’ appearance was a screentest for Grandpa Munster he wins, hands down. Chilling in that it tells the older members of the audience (raising my hand now) how mortal we all are. Jon Hamm looks every bit his 51 years in 2022 (but the film was probably made as far back as 2019, so he’d be 48 during the moviemaking)…and Hamm used to be a head-turner.
Where the hoopla over the original May 1986 release put images in your head even if you didn’t see the original Top Gun, which I sub-title Risky Business Goes to the Sky, this thirty-six year later sequel works best when the gang is intent on finding a solution to the problem of that nuclear arena some unknown entity is developing. Do we really need to see Tom Cruise in a mindless love relationship? It’s so pathetic and a distraction from a film’s true elements which are drawing massive crowds to opening Memorial Day weekend: the fighter jets and the drama.
Now sixty-three year old Val Kilmer looks like half-way to Ed Harris, and the good-looking young student men learning from Maverick might as well be a bunch of Ken and Barbie dolls, their performances and their presence are nondescript, probably to keep Mr. Cruise front and center. Maverick takes his students to volley-ball or something on the beach so they can get their shirts off, but Baywatch it is not. Tom Cruise, get a clue, after jumping on Oprah’s couch declaring your alleged love for one of your alleged wives, your romantic scenes in ALL your motion pictures have taken a hit. Shirt off in the water, the image you still project is that of a jumping jack on Oprah’s couch. Stick to the airplanes, please.
Seventy-two year old Ed Harris was so cool as Wayne Tarrance in The Firm a mere twenty-nine years ago, but as an old fossil in this, he’s there more for curiosity sake. The Mitch McDeere (Cruise) Wayne Torrance (Harris) mind-games were a key part of The Firm’s fun. At least they get to reunite here.
For all his work in film Cruise is “only” worth about $600 million dollars…this critic thought it would be a billion by now! Get the guy a good accountant. But fear not, Maverick is already breaking records and will bring in a new haul for this quirky, head-scratching anomaly of a movie icon.
The end result is that Maverick is a lot of entertainment with director Joseph Kosinski delivering exactly what movie-goers want in 2022.
Found on the web: Tom Cruise is reportedly earning $13 million upfront for the new 'Top Gun' sequel, but he could get tens of millions of dollars more in box office bonuses for meeting certain milestones
Rear Admiral: The end is inevitable, Maverick. Your kind is headed for extinction.
Maverick: Maybe so, sir. But not today.
He got that right when it comes to the box office. Pete "Mave
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Sunny Song of the Day for May 26 2022 Hiphop Head Reaction... the Ron Carter Bobby Hebb live video https://youtu.be/vMyzycTxpzE
Mary Margaret Moore writes: Hey Abracadabra, missed you! This is such a great old song; one of my favorites; have the '45 of it somewhere. Excellent performance. Goosebumps. Great reaction. _______________________________
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Sunny Song of the Day May 25 2022, Gerardo Somodevilla Posted May 23 2022
at 3:45 this instrumental rendition of the Bobby Hebb classic has a charging guitar juxtaposed with smooth, mellow keys. It is both inspiring and entertaining. Joe Viglione 10:15 pm
A Del Fuegos reunion rewinds to the 1980s and the heyday of the Channel By James Sullivan Globe Correspondent
A Del Fuegos reunion rewinds to the 1980s and the heyday of the Channel
“Part of it all was the idea of a community, that music is a galvanizing force,” says Dan Zanes, speaking in a separate phone conversation from his current home in Baltimore. “That’s the way it was in Boston.”
At a time when a terrible period of racial strife still lingered in Boston, the Channel was notable for its diverse programming, he says.
its own quiet way, it did a lot to build bridges. Like, yes, Roy
Orbison and King Sunny [Adé] should be on the same stage in the same
The Hard Rock Cafe brand was founded in 1971 in London, and become a global hospitality giant, with more than 250 locations, including hotels and casinos. The company is known more for decorating its venues with rock music memorabilia ― including musicians’ guitars and clothing ― than its food. Hard Rock claims to own “the world’s largest and most valuable collection of authentic music memorabilia,” with more than 86,000 items. Many of its locations also feature live music performances.
opening its 16,000-square-foot space on Clinton Street in 2007, the
Hard Rock Cafe operated a restaurant in the Back Bay for 17 years. A
the Boston Business Journal at the time that it wanted to move closer
Faneuil Hall because the area drew more foot traffic and tourists. https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/05/24/business/hard-rock-cafe-near-faneuil-hall-close-june/
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
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