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    My two daughters; visiting my family; writing and editing; photography and photographs; day-trip drives; baseball and football; playing golf (when I can find time); and antiques and collectibles, because they relate to my work. And... I love all kinds of music: Beatles, McCartney, Lennon, Harrison, Raspberries/Eric Carmen, Fleetwood Mac, John Stewart, Billy Joel, U2, Springsteen, 10,000 Maniacs, Buddy Guy, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, and classical and baroque masters, especially J.S. Bach and Vivaldi.
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  • Favorite Eric Carmen Album
    Boats Against the Current
  • Favorite Eric Carmen Song
    "Overnight Sensation" and "Boats Against the Current"

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  1. Sad, sad news. She was an integral part of Fleetwood Mac going back to 1970, when she was Christine Perfect. I know there are people who had to compare her to Stevie and Lindsey, but to me, that's just flat-out silly. Just as Lennon and McCartney were geniuses who made each other better, so too were McVie, Nicks, and Buckingham. Any Christine playlist reflects her pop songwriting brilliance: • pure pop classics like "Don't Stop," "Think About Me," and "Say You Love Me"; • beautiful and sometimes moody ballads like "Over My Head," "Warm Ways," "Songbird," and "Brown Eyes"; • and upbeat numbers like "You Make Loving Fun." And then there's the best of all her songs, "Over and Over" — such a killer track that Fleetwood Mac chose it to lead of the two-LP set Tusk. R.I.P. Christine. 😞
  2. Very entertaining, Lew. I love how you worked the “itinerant farm worker” quote in there… one of Eric’s classics.
  3. Bump. I was talking to Blackhawk Pat and he recommended I go to HBO and watch Howard Stern's interview with Springsteen. He said it's very moving, with both being moved to tears at one point while reminiscing. Pat said he's not a huge Bruce fan but the interview makes him wanna dig in a little. So... I said I'd revive this thread (even though it may draw some fire from Lew). Interestingly, as enthusiastic as I was when I wrote this (and I still love every song I plugged into my list), I haven't listened to much Bruce since this post. All that John Stewart—I'm telling you, JS accounts for 90% of my music time! But now I'm wanting to go through my Springsteen playlist.
  4. I gave 1970-74 extra love because all four Raspberries albums were there, and even though the Beatles splintered, my favorite Beatles album is Let It Be, which was released in May 1970. And, of course, there were solo Beatles records that helped fill the Fab Four void — I'm thinking especially of (from John, Paul, George, and Ringo) Plastic Ono Band and Imagine; Ram and Band on the Run; All Things Must Pass; and Goodnight Vienna. And as James mentioned: Elton! In something like a 42-month span starting in 1971, he released Madman, Honky Chateau, Don't Shoot Me, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Caribou, and Captain Fantastic. Now that's some good work....
  5. Lew, we can't let you off that easy. The category is... 5-year spans. Do you want a do-over?
  6. Happy b'day wishes, Kirk!
  7. A bit tricky, and a lot personal, right? 1965-1969 1970-1974 1975-1979 1980-1984 1985-1989 1960-1964 1955-1959 1990-1994 1995-1999 Bernie, our top three and bottom three match up — not surprising, given our similar ages and musical tastes. The middle three is where personal preferences come into play. I have 1980-1984 and 1985-1989 ranked higher because (you saw this coming) that span of 10 years found John Stewart going from merely great to otherworldly great. I was actually trying to slide 1955-59 up higher. It was before my time, but I have a lot of respect and love for what was happening, between the crooners (Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra), the bubbling-under rock'n'roll scene (Elvis, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Everly Brothers), and folk music (the Kingston Trio and John Stewart's Cumberland Three, not to mention a "folk revival" led by Bob Dylan).
  8. LC

    Our aging stars

    PS: Wiki actually has pages that track deaths of musical artists. Our R.I.P. editor Matthew Clark probably knows about the page. Associate R.I.P. editor Lew Bundles might take a look.... It's organized into decades: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_deaths_in_rock_and_roll#1950s Like The Righteous Brothers once sang, "If there's a rock'n'roll heaven, well you know they've got a hell of a band."
  9. LC

    Our aging stars

    Along with the idea of our aging music stars, let's not forget the talents we've already lost.... Like John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles.... And Elvis.... And Carl Wilson and Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys.... And multiple members of the Stones and The Who.... And Davy Jones, Peter Tork, and Mike Nesmith of the Monkees... And Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees.... And the original Kingston Trio—Bob Shane, Nick Reynolds, and Dave Guard. And Johnny Cash and Chuck Berry.... And James Brown and Marvin Gaye.... And Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the Everly Brothers.... And Marty Balin, Eddie Money, and Bob Welch.... And Glen Campbell, Leon Russell, and Nanci Griffith.... And Jack Bruce of Cream, Duane Allman, and Greg Allman.... And Brad Delp of Boston, Freddie Mercury of Queen, and Ric Ocasek and Ben Orr of the Cars.... And David Bowie, Jerry Garcia, and John Prine.... And John Denver, Jim Croce, Gram Parsons, and Kurt Cobain And Michael Jackson, LaMont Dozier, and Bill Withers.... And Barry Cowsill, David Cassidy, and Meat Loaf... And Wilson Pickett, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty.... And Ronnie Spector, Aretha, and Karen Carpenter.... And Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, and Olivia Newton-John.... And, of course, my favorite of them all, John Stewart. Not to mention all the big names of the 1980s we've lost, starting with George Michael and Prince. Not to get ya'll depressed or anything.... Rather, I'm just remembering creative and unique artists who made (as they always say) the soundtracks of a lot of lives. Some post-Thanksgiving thanks-giving.
  10. LC

    Our aging stars

    By the way, no one chimed in with the current ages of these musicians: Eric Carmen, 73 Wally Bryson, 73 Dave Smalley, 73 Jim Bonfanti, 73 Scott McCarl: Just try finding his age online! I'm guessing he's between 70 and 72. When you consider how many of the age 70-something artists at the top of this thread are still active, either recording or performing or both, it's sad that the first three Raspberries I listed here have (unofficially) retired. At least Jim is still out there drumming, and Scott had that reissued album this year (last year?) with new tracks on it. Maybe Jim and Scott should be forming a band.
  11. LC

    Our aging stars

    Well, I guess they don't make 'em like they used to. When crooners like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra and Perry Como were getting into their 70s, there was no doubt a fan club for one of them out there saying in some mimeographed newsletter that there were no great vocalists on the horizon. Generally, perhaps, they were right. Pop music trends changed, and when the Beatles opened the door for self-writing and -performing bands and artist, and we got an avalanche of great ones — all those listed at the top of this thread.
  12. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
  13. I know… but I was trying to downplay the exodus. I guarantee we’d see hundreds return if a guy with the initials EC would drop in once or twice as month… at least to revive “Ask Eric.” Or “Eric’s Book Club.” 🤣
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