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Trindy

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  1. I'm sorry I missed it, after all this great advance notice. Now now, people, what is it you guys are doing, knocking the fine j-school graduates of Kent State... Oh well, you know what they say around these parts: "Kent read, Kent write, Kent do arithmetic, Kent State."
  2. This is great news. Congratulations to Clayton...sounds like he has a great start on a road to a lifetime of musical enjoyment, whatever lies ahead! And who knows what could lie ahead??
  3. Have a wonderful day, Susan! Allow yourself to be spoiled to the hilt...that's what birthdays are for!
  4. Oh, come on, people. It's obvious why Eric got Kathryn a Mac. He wanted to bring her up in the ONE TRUE religion!!!!! And I'm glad he did it, too, because as long as he did, the chance remains that one day we'll bump into each other at the Apple Store at Legacy Village and I can just say "Hi...written any good songs lately?"
  5. I can honestly say that I was not made to read Gatsby in high school. I only did because of Eric and BATC! From then on I was a voracious Fitzgerald reader, and it was all due to Eric. It wasn't until I got to an American Lit class in college that I actually had to read Fitz as part of my classwork...we got assigned to read one of his short stories in an anthology. The story? "Winter Dreams." True!
  6. So, how was ABM used for the hockey? As a joke on the penalty box? And hey, if it gets used in the movie trailer alone, that's fine...in fact, that just proves how quickly it does its work in setting the tone it sets. Put a little snippet of it in there...you've said it all!
  7. The Raspberries display at the RRHOF consists of this: --A drumhead of Jim's from the quasi-reunion (sans Eric) earlier in their history --Wally's covered-with-patches jeans --Jim's jacket with a deer head embroidered on the back --A guitar of Eric's, I seem to recall from my last trip, but I think it was one he played on Ringo's tour. My memory is sketchy. I believe it was included as a replacement for Wally's Flying V, which used to be on display there pre-reunion. I've said before and I'll say it again, given the choice, I'd rather be listening to Wally's Flying V than looking at it in a display case. I seem to recall that years ago, they also had the original written lyrics for GATW on display, but they are no longer there. Even so, this is way more than the vast majority of bands of their achievement have in the Hall. And let's be honest, even this wouldn't be there if they were not from Ohio. Sad, but true.
  8. The more I think about it, the more I'm thinking the downtown central branch of the Cleveland Public Library should have a copy of both this AND "Raspberries Tonight!" if they don't already...
  9. You know, Clive may know a lot about hit records and hit artists but even he does not bat 1,000. What it comes down to is this: a guy on the BUSINESS end of the business is always going to see music as a BUSINESS, not an art form or a means of personal expression. He's always going to look at it in terms of sales, and the most efficient way of producing sales. And in his eyes, it's probably more efficient to try to hook up a great singer with a great songwriter than to try to encourage and cultivate a talented singer who wants to write his own material or a skilled songwriter who wants to perform the music he or she writes. After all, one can't count on finding a "two-in-one" player like that...and it may well be ego driving the songwriter to want to sing his/her own songs or the singer to perform songs written by him/her. No doubt, at times, it is--and the talent on one side of the ledger isn't equal to the talent on the other. It's true that for many decades the model of music-business success was for someone to write a great song and then find a great singer to record it. And if it became a hit for one singer, every singer would soon rush out their own version of it. It's only the rock era that changed that model, especially the Beatles. And it's a formula that doesn't always work. But that's no reason to chuck it altogether. Clive Davis may have decided he's had it with the singer-songwriter thing, and if so, so be it. But it's too bad he had to have such a discouraging effect on Eric. I'm grateful that we have this forum in which to say that for some of us, Clive Davis's viewpoint is full of horse hockey, and that BOATS will stand forever for us as a masterpiece of singing-songwriting synergy (now there's alliteration for you).... Dammit, Eric, I went out and got a babysitting job in the fall of 1977 just so I could afford the $4.98 at Record Theatre for the thing...and a few years ago I bought the Japanese import CD so I'd be able to listen to it again...it's NEVER left me and it NEVER will! And I can't tell you how cool it is (even if I do plan to get out of here in a few months) to know I'm living in the place where you wrote it! If you do ever begin actively writing and recording songs again, rest assured that this time, you will have another vehicle for determining whether or not it was "worth your while" than the fickle major record labels or those who seek out talent for them...lay out some money to record it in Beachwood, throw it up on iTunes, and see how many people are willing to pay 99 cents a pop for it. You just might be surprised!
  10. OK, for all of you who think it's a crime and a sin that our boys are not yet in the Rock Hall, let me give you a list of some other acts or individuals not yet in the Hall, to provide you with some perspective. I'll just throw a few names out that I don't see how anyone can disagree with as belonging there. (I got these names from Roger Friedman of Fox News--it may be the first and last time I trust them as a news source. Anyway.) Neil Sedaka--How many of the early '60s rock hits did HE write, including his own? Chicago--You can say "They're not 'rock,'" but you can also say Madonna is not "rock." Neil Diamond--Same principle as the other Neil. Wrote scads of rock hits in addition to his successful solo career. I don't care what you say, "Cherry Cherry" rocks. Laura Nyro--Again, how many rock hits did SHE write? The Moody Blues--Legendary band, not yet in. Ben E. King--Both solo and with the Drifters, a classic artist of the early rock era. Billy Preston--If for no other reason than being the fifth Beatle, y'all! Todd Rundgren--He writes, he performs, he produces, he does pioneering stuff with technology. Should've been in long ago. Besides, he knows who to steal from--right, Eric? :-) Carole King--If I have to convince you based on the number of hit songs SHE wrote, you're just not paying attention. Hall & Oates--Laugh if you will. These guys had more permutations of style than you can count before they became consistent hitmakers, and they have held up, too. Classic fusers of white rock and Philly soul. Iggy Pop--Not always my cup of tea, but I don't see how he can be denied. Sonny & Cher--Sheesh, Sonny alone deserves it based on the hits he wrote. Cher alone deserves it if you're going to induct the likes of Madonna. Together, they had plenty enough hits to deserve it. Leon Russell--I don't think a huge argument needs to be made for him either. Ringo Starr (as a solo artist)--Why is he the only single Beatle not in? It can't be on the basis of not having enough hits (quality of some of them be damned). Lesley Gore--It's time to invite her to this party. Phil Ramone--But one of many overlooked producers. Cousin Brucie--But one of many overlooked DJs. Wolfman Jack--Ditto. Little Anthony and the Imperials--Classic '60s act. Quincy Jones--Again, a no-brainer. So, you see, you can argue for the Raspberries all you want, but one thing you have to admit, they have some damn good company.
  11. I hate to sound pessimistic, but "early detection" is not possible in pancreatic cancer (even if "early detection" was all it's cracked up to be, which it's not)...by the time it's found, it's pretty far gone...that's its nature. Pancreatic cancer is so cruel and so swift. I've heard of at least one case where a man lasted a year or two after diagnosis, but in most cases it's a matter of months. Just awful. My heart goes out to him and his family.
  12. I third it, fourth it and fifth it...
  13. Anniek, I think when you wrote of Barbie and Ken engaging in "public displays of affection," you could have dropped one of the L's and been just as accurate!
  14. Oh wow, I'd love to have just one original of anything Eric wrote during his "living in the Watergate years"...especially one with Coke-ring stains from the drinks he picked up at the Willoughby Mickey D's...that would be heaven!
  15. Personally, I love it that Eric is forced like all other parents to listen to what his kids think is great music. Maybe because my nieces (at 13 and 10) are as crazy about Hannah Montana and High School Musical as his daughter is. And they're related to Danny Klawon, so...! I look on the bright side...at least they don't listen to Barney and the Wiggles anymore!!!!
  16. I'm not surprised. ABM has become sort of the "Cliched Loneliness Song of the Movies." In much the same way that certain other songs or musical pieces have become cliched pieces to use to highlight certain events in movies. You know...a man and woman see each other across a crowded room, their eyes glaze over, and that climactic Tchaikovsky theme from "Romeo and Juliet" plays. Everyone laughs because it's a cliche of the romantic scene. Or...and this is a real cliche of the movies lately...there's a scene in which a bunch of women are together having a good time, and they're singing or lip-syncing or whatever, to a song. Which song is it? You guessed it. Aretha Franklin's "Respect." That's the point I think we're at with "All By Myself." It's the go-to song for when a character is feeling rejected, alone, bitter, mopey, depressed. That's why it worked so well in the GM robot ad. It was the instantly recognizable Abandonment Song. Just as Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet" is the instantly recognizable Song of Overwhelming Passionate Love and "Respect" is the instantly recognizable Song of Powerful Chicks Havin' Fun Together. You have to hand it to Eric for having achieved this. And it's his unique achievement, because I don't think it would ever have happened to the Rach 2 on its own. It needed pop familiarity, it needed LYRICS. Eric gave it that. And now, as a result, whenever a character in a movie or on TV is rejected and feeling bitter and depressed, what you hear is that big *ba-da-ba-BOOM!* "All by myseeeeeelf..."
  17. This guy "gets it." He understands that the old form of the pop music economy is gone. He also understands the "80-20 rule" and that selling a huge amount of product to your loyal fans, over a long period of time, and making THEIR satisfaction with you paramount, can be more profitable in the long run than trying to make everyone happy so you can be the Biggest Thing on Earth and sell to everybody on the planet, but only for a short time before they abandon you for "the next big thing." Musicians need to think of themselves as blue-chip stocks, not high-yield junk bonds. The high-yield junk bond makes you outrageously rich today and in the poorhouse tomorrow. The blue-chip stock may never make you outrageously rich, but (unless it's Enron, but then again there are exceptions to every rule) you won't end up in the poorhouse either.
  18. It's not even a "Cleveland" section, it's an "Ohio" section. But I look at it this way: Do the other states have sections? No. Only Ohio has a whole little display dedicated to its most commercially successful pop music acts. I don't expect the Rock Hall to be fair to the Respberries. It's the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, not the Cleveland Rock Hall of Fame or the Ohio Rock Hall of Fame. It's a product of out-of-towners and we are lucky to even have it here. The only "Cleveland" thing about it is its LOCATION. I would like to see our boys given their due in terms of what a big influence they have been on other acts, but unless they get a champion of their own on the induction board, it's never going to happen. They didn't have enough hit records, they never became mainstream popular, and they never became trend-setting icons of style and fashion that influenced the world. And while the kind of music they play has influenced many other bands, it's never been as popular or visible as other kinds that have been influences. I don't expect to ever see the day. I'd love to be proven wrong.
  19. And you know, come to think of it...it's genius in part because there's a little bit of Lorenz Hart in it...because part of the rhyme comes in at an odd place, but it works. Like he'd write "We'll take Manhattan/The Bronx and Staten/Island too..." The lyrics above, from the rhyme standpoint, really break at: "I know that you shouldn't be sharing All of those nights with your mother staring At you, staring at her Thinking of places you wish you were" It's not a natural phrase break, but Wally makes it work, the same way Lorenz Hart did. That's songwriting. And it's songwriting because Wally gets in the head of the girl to whom he is addressing the song and speaks to what she is experiencing, in order to win her heart. She's not sold on him, but he thinks she will be if he can just get her out of the house and away from Mama's watchful eye. Smart guy, that Wally. As for Eric's lyrics, I'll probably be fondest from now on of the one about "floating 'round like an old newspaper/Blowin' down some windy street," not only because it describes so perfectly the feeling that one has been discarded and no longer belongs to anything and is just blowing away, but because I now know that it was inspired by the sight of just such a newspaper blowing down the street in front of THE PLACE WHERE I LIVE RIGHT NOW.
  20. Chick-hunters or not...I'm gonna break into the Eric love-fest for a second (in part because so many of you have already mentioned lyrics that are my favorites) and give kudos to a classic Wally line: "I know that you shouldn't be sharing All of those nights with your mother Staring at you, staring at her Thinking of places you wish you were" There's not a teenage girl in the world who hasn't lived those lyrics. Pure genius.
  21. I like "Sparrow" basically as a song. Always have. Or, should I say, since I first heard it, on some "history of Cleveland rock" special being presented on some local radio station. By Carl Monday, I think...the guy who is now better known as the one who sneaks into suburban libraries and catches patrons using the computers to surf porn sites with their pants open...
  22. He also used to play a plumber on Liquid-Plumr ads during the '70s...isn't it funny what you remember?
  23. Wow. I hestiate to speak too soon, but it looks as if we may have finally found something on which all of us, regardless of our position on the political spectrum, can agree.
  24. Classy, powerful, funny woman...she will be missed.
  25. Go for it, Bernie...it will make a nice gift for one of my sisters who wishes she had my copy! (Just remember, it's LORAIN, Ohio...LOL.)
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