Eric Carmen

Eric's Book Club

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M.E., I was trying to quote a funny song we were working on for the Classic Carmen topic, but, I couldn't get it to budge out of the book club thread.  I'll try again later...

 

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Can't wait to get a little time to go through this one. I've been looking for a good book for a while now. The few posts I read look promising. 

Cheryl

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A new book I heard about, yesterday.

Sound Man, by Glyn Johns. 

I don't have it, yet

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He was partly known for doing things no other sound engineer did. He would put sound affects on drum sounds, etc. He didn't know whether or not that would be accepted, by record listeners.

It's a book about the friendships. he made with famous artists over the years He shares the  funny and interesting recording session stories. Its as if you were a fly on a wall, sitting and listening to what was being said. 

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Heard Don Henley last week on Howard Stern talking about the "Desperado" sessions with Glyn Johns in London. He said he was really unhappy with his vocals (as amazing as they are!) Because Glyn wanted to record it live with the London Symphony Orchestra, who had chess boards set up in the studio that they would play in between takes. He said he only did a few before "packing it in" thinking that he was doing a lackluster job because the musicians seemed bored during the recording. Howard (who many people have the wrong idea about) is one of the best interviewers in the world, and aways managed to get stories from celebrities and artists that have never been told before.

Bernie

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Agreed, Bernie.

Most people don't understand the difference between Howard's persona and Howard. 

He is a highly effective and intelligent interviewer. 

:)

 

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Howard's "trick" is that he relaxes guests to the point that they become more revealing than ever. He has quite a knack for it.

Bernie

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On the topic of books, I just finished - Reckless: My life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde.  

Recommended this one to birdy recently.  There are a few harsh passages and Chrissie has been bashed by a couple of interviewers, but it's her story.  I'm not all judgy in any case.  She seems to be one of those spirits who moves through the world not always connected to her body.  Drug addiction definitely aided the disconnection at times.

Ohio rock and roll types may enjoy some local references to Cleveland, Akron and local bands around those parts which even I recall.  Chrissie turns out to be a Londoner on a soul level in the end though.

Pretender, try this book. I think you'll like it.  ?

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Thanks to birdy for another great book recommendation.  ?

M Train by Patti Smith is her second memoir, following Just Kids.  

I was never a big fan of Patti's music except for "Because The Night" and sometimes "Gloria" but her writing is superb.

I can't do a better review than the Village Voice, so I'll leave you with an excerpt from theirs re M Train: "...performer, whose vision has only grown sharper over the decades. At a time when calling oneself an "artist" is almost always accompanied by an eye-roll, Smith eschews all titles, as she always has, and recognizes the urge to create as something deep and ancient."

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On 1/2/2007 at 11:11 PM, Eric Carmen said:

By the way, I can't say I think it's a great idea for the Israelis to absolutely, positively believe that God gave them that little patch of desert either. I studied the great monotheistic religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam and it seems to me there's been an awful lot of killin' in the name of God over there. 5000 years ago, you'd have to beat your enemy with a stick. It sickens me to think that one day soon, a martyr may decide to take a walk through New York City with a "dirty bomb" strapped to his back, because he "knows" that HIS God and HIS ancient book ar right and our God and our ancient books are wrong. ec

Wow, this post is old but sadly what you said came to pass many times over.  Scary times we are in right now - 

Your post earlier made me laugh though - getting raisins instead of virgins. 

Best to you!!

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Yes he did - 

I am doing a write in for Eric for President- he's definitely a better option than the ones our there! 

E.C in D.C.   The Raspberries can play at the inaugural ball.! 

Nice thought - 

 

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Eric Carmen,

In this thread back in 2007, you wrote "I just finished a brilliant book entitled "The End Of Faith"/ Religion, Terror And The Future Of Reason, by Sam Harris."
Sam Harris is a militant atheist and several of my acquaintances have successfully debated him. He is not "brilliant." https://jwwartick.com/2011/04/08/harris-craig/
Here is a better book for you to read on the subject of religion/theology: "The Case For Faith" by Lee Strobel. In this book, former atheist and journalist Lee Strobel examines the hard questions about God/Bible/Religion. This is a very popular, well researched, award winning book.

Are you an atheist like Sam Harris too, Eric? If so, what reason(s) do you have for holding that position?

Here are 20 arguments for the existence of God: http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics-more/20_arguments-gods-existence.htm

Evolution debunked: http://creation.com/15-questions-for-evolutionists

Fulfilled prophecies that prove the Bible to be reliable: http://www.accordingtothescriptures.org/prophecy/353prophecies.html

Biblical archeology that proves the Bible true: http://www.equip.org/article/biblical-archaeology-factual-evidence-to-support-the-historicity-of-the-bible/

How do we know which religion is the true one? Answer here: https://www.gotquestions.org/correct-religion.html

The failure of atheism to account for morality: http://carm.org/failure-of-atheism-to-account-for-morality

Does science disprove religion? The limitations of science: http://apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=9&article=315

The inerrancy of the Bible: http://www.theopedia.com/inerrancy

If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world?
(known philosophically as "The Problem Of Evil."): http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics/evil.htm

(Since you mentioned Islam) The errors of Islam: http://www.answering-islam.org/

So what are your thoughts about this, Eric? The links above should help you. If you have any questions, ask me. I'm a Christian Apologist and I'm not afraid of honest questions about God/Christianity.

NOTE: This is for Eric Carmen ONLY, in response to his previous comments about atheism. Let's see if he replies.

-Michele
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RE: Previously posted by Eric Carmen...
"Well, here we are, just beginning 2007, and I thought I'd throw out something new and different. I mean, Oprah's got a book club. Why shouldn't we?

I just finished a brilliant book entitled "The End Of Faith"/ Religion, Terror And The Future Of Reason, by Sam Harris.

I highly recommend it to anyone with an open mind. I must also warn anyone who is a devoutly religious that this may not be your cup of tea, as Mr Harris is most certainly not a fan of religion. For those of you concerned with the continuing spread of radical Islam and perhaps not altogether convinced that the Bible is the "inerrant word of God," this book is a tour de force! The clarity of Sam's thinking is awe-inspiring. I'd love to hear what you think about it. His website is samharris.org ec"

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I was educated in the bosom of a catholic family but when I grew up I started thinking for myself, I believe in a god in the form of energy and it does not interfere in the catastrophes of the world because then we would not make mistakes and we would not learn from them to grow and evolve . If he interfered in our decisions we would not have decision-making ability and we would only be puppets in his "hands". That's why I believe in a god in the form of energy and in Jesus but I do not believe in priests.

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On 2/1/2007 at 2:38 AM, Raspbernie said:

Okay, so, let's start out by saying that this book is definitely not for me :-) But I do find it amusing that a Ben-Stiller lookalike atheist who boasts of getting his first "Epiphany" on religion while high on Ecstasy as a 19-year-old would think that his word is somehow more correct, more believable, or more powerful than anyone who chooses to believe there may something more to this existence than this pile of dirt we live on.

 

Is Islamic fascism bad? Sure. But is it religion that is to blame, or man's natural bigotry and hatred that hides behind religion to take advantage of the weaker-willed masses? Hmmm. I'm no Philosphy Major, or armchair theologian, but I do understand why it's easy to asume there is no God when the world is in such a mess. I think Woody Allen said it best, "If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name in a Swiss bank."

 

Bernie

I was educated in the bosom of a catholic family but when I grew up I started thinking for myself, I believe in a god in the form of energy and it does not interfere in the catastrophes of the world because then we would not make mistakes and we would not learn from them to grow and evolve . If he interfered in our decisions we would not have decision-making ability and we would only be puppets in his "hands". That's why I believe in a god in the form of energy and in Jesus but I do not believe in priests.

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Oh, I believe in a God and Jesus. God gave us freedom of choice hoping we make the right choices, and that means being responsible for caring, sharing, loving, and looking after the world we were given.

I forgive my children for making the wrong choices and give them advice, They're not my puppets. I made mistakes, but my parents forgave me, and I have learned a lot.

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On ‎3‎/‎19‎/‎2017 at 8:11 AM, Chele said:

Eric Carmen,

In this thread back in 2007, you wrote "I just finished a brilliant book entitled "The End Of Faith"/ Religion, Terror And The Future Of Reason, by Sam Harris."
Sam Harris is a militant atheist and several of my acquaintances have successfully debated him. He is not "brilliant." https://jwwartick.com/2011/04/08/harris-craig/
Here is a better book for you to read on the subject of religion/theology: "The Case For Faith" by Lee Strobel. In this book, former atheist and journalist Lee Strobel examines the hard questions about God/Bible/Religion. This is a very popular, well researched, award winning book.

Are you an atheist like Sam Harris too, Eric? If so, what reason(s) do you have for holding that position?

Here are 20 arguments for the existence of God: http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics-more/20_arguments-gods-existence.htm

Evolution debunked: http://creation.com/15-questions-for-evolutionists

Fulfilled prophecies that prove the Bible to be reliable: http://www.accordingtothescriptures.org/prophecy/353prophecies.html

Biblical archeology that proves the Bible true: http://www.equip.org/article/biblical-archaeology-factual-evidence-to-support-the-historicity-of-the-bible/

How do we know which religion is the true one? Answer here: https://www.gotquestions.org/correct-religion.html

The failure of atheism to account for morality: http://carm.org/failure-of-atheism-to-account-for-morality

Does science disprove religion? The limitations of science: http://apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=9&article=315

The inerrancy of the Bible: http://www.theopedia.com/inerrancy

If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world?
(known philosophically as "The Problem Of Evil."): http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics/evil.htm

(Since you mentioned Islam) The errors of Islam: http://www.answering-islam.org/

So what are your thoughts about this, Eric? The links above should help you. If you have any questions, ask me. I'm a Christian Apologist and I'm not afraid of honest questions about God/Christianity.

NOTE: This is for Eric Carmen ONLY, in response to his previous comments about atheism. Let's see if he replies.

-Michele
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RE: Previously posted by Eric Carmen...
"Well, here we are, just beginning 2007, and I thought I'd throw out something new and different. I mean, Oprah's got a book club. Why shouldn't we?

I just finished a brilliant book entitled "The End Of Faith"/ Religion, Terror And The Future Of Reason, by Sam Harris.

I highly recommend it to anyone with an open mind. I must also warn anyone who is a devoutly religious that this may not be your cup of tea, as Mr Harris is most certainly not a fan of religion. For those of you concerned with the continuing spread of radical Islam and perhaps not altogether convinced that the Bible is the "inerrant word of God," this book is a tour de force! The clarity of Sam's thinking is awe-inspiring. I'd love to hear what you think about it. His website is samharris.org ec"

I'm also adding this article to my previous post to Eric Carmen, in reply to his post from 2007 in this thread about religion, in which he also raised the question, "where was God in the Holocaust" (among other questions about religion and atheism):  Here is the answer  http://www.equip.org/article/holocaust-apologetics/

Bernie, here is the answer to your previous comment: "but I do understand why it's easy to assume there is no God when the world is in such a mess. I think Woody Allen said it best, "If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name in a Swiss bank", which someone quoted above:

God wants us to know him by experience, not by merely being able to say, hey, there's God standing over there, because he wants a RELATIONSHIP with us. He wants us to seek him.
Here's the answer again in more detail, and also remember that there are many types of evidence, not just what we can know by our senses:
 



http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2011/11/23/must-we-see-to-believe/

-Michele

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I believe God is pure energy, in every atom, molecule, ion.

Remembering my learnings, He's omnipotent, ever seeing and everywhere.

Nice meeting you virtually, Michelle! :)

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@prettymom777  God is transcendent spirit. https://www.gotquestions.org/God-transcendent.html
He is the uncaused first cause of the universe (see “The Cosmological Argument” https://www.gotquestions.org/cosmological-argument.html . The things you described in your comment (atom, molecule) are CREATED finite things, created by God, but are not God. God is uncreated, eternal, and self-existent, they are not. https://www.gotquestions.org/who-created-God.html

-Michele :)

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God is, was and evermore shall be.

Now if only he had helped me with finite math, meaning statistics and probabilities, I would have been to university with a good job, money, and helping other people learn how to care about people. In my residence and country, there is no respect for the elderly and disabled. I can cook, clean, raised four children, and the owners of "care homes" just want money and cannot buy good, real food.

I do not care what these people who own my current residence try, legally I will move any time I want to. No notice, and then publish everything and all evidence I have on them!

My Dad worked until 79, second job working with judges and lawyers.

 

 

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Is Eric reading "How to Be Famous and Happy At the Same Time"?  I thinks he's writing it. Great idea for a wonderful song! (Not a hint, a HUUUUGE request). :lol:

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