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  1. I'm surprised no one has mentioned "Step Into Christmas"......
  2. Interestingly enough, the "spaceship" is actually based on the matching speaker to the Wurlitzer 1015 "bubble" jukebox, from 1945. I have both the jukebox, and the speaker and, the speaker is very rare - worth more than the actual jukebox. I found it in Italy, at an Antique show, and thought " that's the ELO ship!!" anyway, this is a picture of it (need to hang it in its new room). I've only seen one other, and a couple on E-Bay over the years, but always all broken, or reproductions. This one is original. http://db.tt/ol1KJG8
  3. He was one of my favorite songwriters ... Did you know "Baker Street" was originally written for a film script that had been circling through London and Hollywood for years, called "Baker Street", and was never picked up until a couple of years ago, when it was made and released as "The Bank Job"? My friend owns the film, and was a close friend of Gerry, and actually has some alternate lyrics they wrote out. As well, the original version had the now famous sax intro as a guitar intro, and Raphael Ravenscroft happen to be recording in the next studio, heard the intro, and offered to play it on sax?
  4. If you just listen to the songs as songs, and not compare as "remakes", the (ones on the clifford record site) are done very well, really good power pop sounds ... the other label sample songs aren't so bad either ...
  5. My condolences, Jay - I also lost my mom in January. I know how you feel. You never get over it - you just have to get used to living with it .... it's really a strange feeling ...
  6. Well, these are great pictures - Craig and I were friends 32 years ago (!!), and, thanks to admiration for the 'Berries, (and others), we now just reconnected after all that time!
  7. For all you BlackBerry users, and music fans, that enjoy services like Pandora, and, Slacker, Slacker has released a client for BlackBerries. It's really nice ... you can type in any artist, say, RASPBERRIES, and, it will play a Berries tune, then songs similar in the genre - it started playing for me, Todd Rundgren, then Flamin Groovies, then XTC ... it's really good. And the sound quality is very good (with headphones) Go to slacker.com on your BlackBerry, and, you can download. The service is free, but, I suggest the $48 a year subscription, for unlimited skips (to next songs), and no commercials and ads.
  8. Again, thanks for the words. I didn't mean to downplay the Nursing Home. Mary Manning Walsh (the name of it), was a spectacular Home, with phenominal care, and all loving employees. But, as they are considered a sub-acute facility, they just aren't equipped to deal with the high level of care needed for this kind of pain and suffering when it arises as quickly as it did.
  9. By the way, if any good came from this situation, I learned a very important lesson, which, I probably (hopefully) won't have to address again, but, maybe others can learn from it ... My mom in fact, to the end, was a very vein woman, as she did obtain her greatest advantages of life based on her looks. That being said, she was very much in denial of her cancer and impending death, because that affected her vanity. She even rubbed face moisterizing cream every day, virtually to the end, with shaking hands. She even had told the guy she was seeing, she was 60, when in fact she was 76. When we spoke, he said, it's so sad she contracted this disease at such a young age of 60!! Anyway, that's who she was ... The way I dealt with it, was, I played into her denial, while, at the same time, making more pragmatic decisions for her, without consulting her. After she was in the Hospital, and it was obvious she couldn't be cared for properly at home any more, even with a private nurse, she was sent to a Nursing Home. I got her in the best one in Manhattan. It is also a physical rehabiliation facility, which, technically, was why she was admitted. Even to her friends, she wouldn't call the place a Nursing Home, she kept referring to it as a rehab center, because it sounded better. However, when it came time to deal with the fact that Chemotherapy was doing her no good, and things were bleak, they strongly suggested we put her in a Hospice. She vehemntly denied wanting to go to a Hospice, as, she kept feeling like something would turn around, and she would get better - and of course, Hospice means death. Of course, I too didn't want to throw in the towel, at least emotionally, and, I figured the Nursing Home has decent enough care, so, I repsected her wish. Long story short, 4 days before the end, in 5 minutes, she went from somewhat talkative and alert, to pretty much comatose. It was only then I realized that the Nursing Home did not have the proper facilities to attend to a comatose patient. They couldn't administer IV. They had no 24 hour on call Doctor, only one that came once a day. The nurses were limited in scope of knowledge. They said normally, in cases like this, they send the patient to the Hospital. However, because she was in such great, agonizing pain, comfort was paramount, as we knew she didn't have too much time left, and, to move her to a Hospital, would most likely cause her inhumane pain. Even with a huge amount of Morphine, she was still moaning in pain. It was a very difficult moment - I was stuck. I had no direction to go. Usually, I get what I want with money - money is not an object for me - but, no money could buy what I needed. I couldn't move her, yet, they didn't have the facilities, nor owuld they allow me to bring in a private Doctor or IV specialist, or anyone, as only one Doctor was authorized to give medical orders at that facility, and, no outside medical help could do anything in the home, for their insurance reasons. It took FIVE HOURS for the Doctor to get to the Nursing Home, to up her dosage of Morphine. So, whereas she only suffered for a few short days, she would have experienced far less pain in a Hospice. The lesson here? No matter how long before you feel your loved one will die from a painful disease like cancer, if its deemed terminal, make sure they go to a Hospice - whther they are at home, or a Nursing Home. They can do everything a Hospital can do, and more, in a much more comfy atmosphere. It really irked me to see that this Nursing Home, would not employ 2 or 3 full time Doctors, to have one on shift 24/7 - they contract the ones from NY Hospital, which is across the street. I know it's expensive to run a Home like this, but, this paticular Home takes in over $30 MILLION a year in revenue for their care. They couldn't spend $600,000 on 3 ultra competent Doctors?
  10. I remember as a kid, living in Manhattan, men just stopping my mom in the street to tell her how beautiful she was ... I guess I must have grabbed her genetic backwash when my egg was fertilized Thanks again for everybodys wishes ...
  11. Hey, of course I post there!! But, I do read more than I post ... Thanks a lot for all your kind words ... you guys are really great .... She was an amazing woman, and will be missed by many people. She passed from (the non smoking type) lung cancer - but only in the last 2 days did she suffer. And, it was incredibly heart wrentching for us - She's in peace now. She was a model and actress in Hollywood in the 50's. She did many bit parts, but, did a REALLY bad sci-fi film, a la Ed Wood, that was shelved in 1957, and only picked up and bought by the Sci Fi spoof show "Mystery Science Theater 3000" 35 years later. She had told me aobut this film all my life, but, only in 1993, did I get to see it. A clip from youtube is here (well, the whole film is, but, it's split up, since it's youtube) - she's the blonde ... I'm proud that IMDb rates it as one of the worst films ever !! (Hey, it's the best and worst that get noticed in life, right?? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q_TL02L_nE&feature=related G-d bless you all ....
  12. He actually released an album previous on his label, called "Copycat," which includes all the songs that's on the Beatles one (less "Happy Xmas"), plus lots others - and can be bought at the same price (and emusic is even less) http://www.amazon.com/Copy-Cat/dp/B001CVR2GG/ref=dm_ap_alb4 As well, if you look down the side of the Amazon site where Copycat is, you can see the artwork he cleverly did for the mp3 singles of some of the tunes. Without looking it up, is anyone familiar with Andrews' amazingly talented mom, and, what she did? His father was a prolific award winning film composer as well.
  13. Thanks for the heads up! I will go to his NYC show on the 12th.
  14. Has that collection of memories (reflections) that were on the old raspberries.net site disappeared, or, can they be found somewhere?
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