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  1. I'm a native and have always been here other than during college, etc. She didn't live there too long as the relationship she was in ended. It is a neat place to live being between the falls, Ontario, and Buffalo.
  2. Hi Sue, I'm in Rochester--just so you know there is another "local" here on the site now and then. My sister once lived on Grand Island and she was quite afraid of the bridge(s) for several months at least! Mike
  3. Who cares what an irrelevant cabal associated with the HOF decides, anyways? I guarantee few music fans care or even know who is or isn't in the HOF. Halls of Fame are always political unless there is some objective criteria used. Grudges and intrigue rule. "Official" committees of the current time do not truly decide who created or did something of lasting importance or value.
  4. I was on some website the other day that was poking fun at a 1981 video of an ABC News report on the increasing popularity of rap. I'm sure you can find it through Google. The funniest part of it is where the reporter states, listing this genre's many qualities, that "you" don't even miss the fact there is no melody. Really, you don't?! Who is "you"? I would barely consider it music although the news report does allude to it being "street" poetry or something. It's hard to believe that younger people today think that stuff is edgy or new when Hugh Downs thought it was great in 1981. I'm not sure what some suburban kids think they are rebelling against with it. Eventually, many seem to grow out of it.
  5. "Some brilliance, somewhere, was going to be expressed, and now it won't..." It would seem to me that great artists create brilliant works because of his or her love for the craft. ("Well I know it sounds funny But I'm not in it for the money, no...") Think of the many writers, playwrights, composers, etc. that made very little money off of their masterpieces. Even artists today may write some of their best music at a point at which they don't necessarily expect riches from it. To say that it died only because Napster or other services arrived on the scene in the late 90's seems something of a tortured argument. The more unpleasant possibility is that the Top 40 is the Top 40 because that is what a certain demographic wants or, at least, accepts. Music's prior shifts in taste (or simply industry promotion and output) were not likely "natural" either. There is always a segment that appreciates good music though and that music may be rediscovered in the future. Anyways, I think the explanation is more complicated than what Gene said. Obviously, those silly music game ("reality") shows don't help. I find it impossible to suffer through most of what is blasted through television or radio currently, but I have always been a bit different! That's my devil's advocacy for today.
  6. Birdy, yes but it started raining steadily and it had to be cut a bit short. Despite living relatively close, I had only been to the Canadian side a few times previously.
  7. Thanks all. The birthday was great--spent the morning at Niagara Falls.
  8. Yes, it is very "80s" starting with the moves. That I could also imagine EC doing something similar in musical style was why I thought of it.
  9. I love this performance of I Can Dream About You on the Letterman Show. Hartman puts much more of an R&B interpretation into this than the track version had although I like that rendition as well.
  10. I was looking for some "Record Store Day" info online earlier and came across a station that had played Brand New Year on 4/18. http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/55303 With the vinyl release today, maybe the song will receive a bit more attention.
  11. Also, as someone who wasn't really aware of the Raspberries or EC when the reunion concerts were taking place, I think I would have been disappointed there wasn't more EC solo material in them. Perhaps that will be rectified someday.
  12. I never experienced 1974 to begin with and I'm thinking I didn't miss too much. Most (or at least many) bands seem to experience strife and I don't see how she can write that the Raspberries have developed an embarrassing reputation because of it. These argumemts are just "inside baseball" for most people. Despite the ongoing drama, I think most of us are more interested in what might be ahead of us in 2014 than a rescreening of 1974's Creature from the Black Lagoon.
  13. I was thinking of catching it this year especially since the first U.S. date is only a half-hour away from me--although I don't particularly care for the venue.
  14. Admittedly, somebody can be knowledgeable and not necessarily working in the industry but it is difficult to be impressed by this magazine which seems more intent on selling false hope to would-be songwriters. As for Hal (or Evan), even the use of snark was clumsy in his review. When done adroitly, an element of snark can be entertaining but this was ignorant snark. I don't think his stale "magazine" reviews are going to outlive him, by the way!
  15. The title of this thread may have been too harsh towards the other "critic"...but it's just that kind of night. One mediocre review is hardly a big deal and it means that even the critical types are noticing. The majority are positive and it isn't possible to please everyone. Remember, there are many people out there (who have never heard of the Raspberries, for example) just waiting to be impressed and energized by something from the "melody tank." (We know the critical reviewer is a closet Madonna and JT fan anyways.)
  16. Eric Carmen – The Essential Eric Carmen (2014) BY NICK DERISO There is much to love, of course, about this double-disc 30-song collection of confectionary power-pop goodness. After all, it’s a first-time-ever grouping of both the best of his years with the Raspberries and as a solo artist. But The Essential Eric Carmen goes one step further, collecting Carmen’s first new song in some 18 years. That track, a determinedly hopeful ballad called “Brand New Year,” isn’t going to push “Go All The Way,” “Overnight Sensation,” “All By Myself” or even “Hungry Eyes” off your playlist. At the same time, though, it illustrates how Carmen — even while dashing off a song at a darkened piano during a power outage, as he did with “Brand New Year” in November 2013 — remains a well-spring of sun-filled joy, evocative of another time in American radio when it wasn’t uncool to be happy. Essential, due March 25, 2014 via Arista-Legacy, couldn’t be less hautily insouciant, less in the moment, less of its time. But, oh what a time it was: When Carmen, because he couched “Go All The Way” in a billowing pillow of radio-ready sweetness, could sing about propositioning somebody without the censors noticing. When a pop symphony like “Overnight Sensation” could take you on a magical ride, via a tinny transistor radio. When you could marry the inspirational underpinnings of the Beach Boys’ “Don’t Worry Baby” and Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and get “Let’s Pretend.” Or the melody from a piano concerto by Rachmininoff for “All By Myself” and “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.” Carmen was so good that he was giving deep cuts to teenyboppers like Shaun Cassidy, and they’d become huge hits — as with “That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Hey Deanie” from this set. So good that people like the Guess Who’s Burton Cummings wanted to sit in (“Marathon Man”), as did guys who’d work with Elton John and Vanilla Fudge. So good that his music impacted everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Kiss to Courtney Love. And yet, never quite given his due. Here’s hoping that The Essential Eric Carmen, which also includes some of his earliest recordings as well as previously released live material recorded at the Bottom Line in 1976, gives him another chance at being the overnight sensation he always should have been. —Something Else! Reviews, March 23, 2014 Nick DeRiso has explored music for USA Today, All About Jazz and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the nation by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
  17. Obviously, he doesn't like "melody" but I wonder why he even reviewed it. Presumably a melody tank means you have a reserve of talent to draw upon. The music this guy prefers probably doesn't require much.
  18. Evidently, music reviews are another activity that can be done from the parents' basement. Who would have thought!
  19. It is possible that this was already mentioned but I was on Youtube the other day and noticed there were new (and much better quality) uploads of Hungry Eyes and Make Me Lose Control. It seems that the Eric Carmen Vevo channel is new and I assume it is due to the upcoming Sony release.
  20. The fact that Eric retained a certain loyalty to his hometown is one of the attractive aspects of his career. It is interesting that he says that self-confidence played a role in it since I would have imagined him as fairly confident. I completely second the sentiment on Severance Hall. I would probably even adjust the timing of my usual trip to visit family in OH in order to be there. At times, I can see Eric as part of a jazz festival. (Obviously, the artists are not all jazz. Willie Nelson headlines the event here in Rochester this year.)
  21. Shouldn't Patrick Swayze have been 35, not 25? I know he wasn't younger than she was.
  22. I was considering going to the one in June in Cuyahoga Falls, OH that also has Foster the People but I haven't been able to pull the trigger yet.
  23. Ha! We'll see Tony. I would normally think of coming to a site like this as a break from that type of discussion but desperate times...I am doing some blogging now so maybe some argument would be good practice.
  24. Thank you all for the warm welcome! Hi Kim, I'm over the Rochester way but it's all familiar area to me.
  25. Hello All, I have been reading and looking through the site for awhile and finally made the jump. I have become more interested in different styles of music recently whereas I didn't have that much musical curiosity when I was very young. In exploring this, I discovered more of our host's music than I was ever previously aware. I played the piano for a short time but I'm now sorry I didn't stick with it! Anyways, I'm in western New York where we just enjoyed the best March in memory-Looking forward to getting to some concerts this summer/year. Mike
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