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Had a bit of a tiff with a former board member, who shall remain nameless, about how often we listen to the band. I can honestly say that since 1972, there has not been one week I have not either listened to at least one recording of the band or at the very minimum play some songs on the piano by them. There’s definitely days I haven’t listened to them, but weeks? Never. Not even close. it’s not like I sit there and go OK it’s Tuesday, time to play Raspberries, I just love listening to them. He claims I’m short changing myself by not expanding my horizons of listening to more broader music, but to me, the best is the best and I never get tired of their songs. 

So I ask you, how often do you listen to Raspberries?

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Um, am I the “nameless” one? Oh wait, I couldn’t be, because I’m not a “former“ board member. Plus, I’m not one who would be urging you to expand your musical horizons.
 

In fact, I’m going the opposite direction. As I’ve noted here in a post or two, I don’t spin Raspberries music anywhere near what I used to. It’s not that I dislike it… I just have other preferences.

Because you’re making me think about it now, I can say there are probably two reasons:

1) Because Raspberries and EC have such a small catalog. 

2) Because I became so engrossed in a deep dive into John Stewart’s music. His rich and deep catalog numbers over 600 songs on 50+ albums. It’s music that really speaks to me. It’s intelligent, poetic, spiritual, uplifting, thought-provoking, melodic, lyrical, haunting, wide-ranging, and, quite simply, beautiful. (In February, Rhonda asked me to share my favorite JS songs, because she saw a comment where I estimated that about 90% of what I listen to is John Stewart. Eight months later, I’m still sending songs — we’re up to 125, which shocks even me, because the quality level has been so consistent the whole way.   

Craig or James asked me to post my John Stewart rankings a while back, and I promise I will do that soon. I don’t know how I will keep it under 50!

All that said, I do occasionally take a break from John Stewart. And when I do, it’s almost always a Beatles, Raspberries, Fleetwood Mac, ELO, Elton, or World Party playlist I have on. Or some Baroque music. 

 

 

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Stick to your guns Pat,....also it's crazy what - in 2022 and the social media age - people will criticize you about. It's almost a sickness.  Who needs a wife to harangue you when you have the internet !!! ( I'm joking, ladies ).

I personally don't listen often to the Raspberries as I think I'm still a little hungover from overplaying them back in the day. But inspired by my listen to Geffen and TYM yesterday, and by Pat's post, I'm going to start listening to Eric/Raspberries a bunch more in the upcoming weeks.

PS LC, based on your strong evangelization of John Stewart, I need to try out his music. I want to buy 2 cds of his, which 2 should I buy?

PPS I find myself these days exploring / learning a lot of music I have not been familiar with ( much of it from back in the day )....but at the same time listening even more to stuff / hits I love and that I feel close to.

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Pat, I don't think you are in the minority, here. I listen to Eric/'berries every day unless I'm in a coma. It's not that I have to listen to them, but I'm always on Youtube or some other lead looking for anything new that might be interesting to the members here. It's inherent in my searches that I will listen to their music some every day. I take joy in being able to find something that nobody has posted before:)

It might be time to re-visit my "Eric, how bad have you got it" thread...

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I couldn't find this thread with the search function so I'm going to try copy and pasting it here from my files:

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Posted June 24, 2006

Now that you're one of the 'regulars' on EC.com, I have a little quiz for you. The quiz consists of four scenarios, with 3 possible answers to each. Give yourself 1 point for 'A', 2 points for 'B' and 3 points for 'C'. Ready?

In the morning:

A- You turn on the computer after your coffee to check the message board.
B- You turn on the computer before your coffee so you can check the message board while drinking your coffee.
C- If you're short on time in the morning, you skip the coffee so you can check in on the message board.

Daily:

A- You check the message board at least once a day.
B- You check in so often you're looking over your shoulder to see if your spouse is watching.
C- You leave your spouse waiting in bed so you can check in 'just one more time' before turning in for the night.

If you miss a day on the message board:

A- You wonder what you have been missing while you were away.
B- You not only wonder what you've been missing, but wonder if anybody missed you.
C- You develop facial tics.

If you have to be away:

A- You can't wait to get home and check in on the message board.
B- You check it while on vacation.
C- You search for 'hot spots' if there is no internet available.

Scoring:

5 or less- Life is still fairly normal
6 to 8- Friends and family are starting to wonder.
9 or more- You are as addicted to EC.com as I am!

So, how'd you do? Kirk.

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Damn you Kirk! I got a 9! 

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Posted June 25, 2006

A great post Kirk....thanks for the chuckle!

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kirk,u could be a subject of a "eric strangling" ala tony on this one!!!!lol,chris

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I scored a 4. ec

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1)B,

2)B,

3)N/A,

4)N/A

Does that give me a 4 or a 6?

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Posted June 25, 2006

Tommy, that's a four. I could give you a 6, but then you'd owe me one on your 'Tunes' game  Kirk.

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Posted June 26, 2006

A shameful 8 for me. 

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Kia ora Kirk,Great thread. Like Tony I scored an 8.Nothing shameful about that Tony. 

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I scored an 8, which is pretty bad, considering how much time I also spend on the Raspberries Baseball League.

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I scored a 5, only because I don't have time to check in the morning, and don't drink coffee. 

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I substituted coffee for whatever booze I mix with my orange juice that particular morning 

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I scored 8 also! Should I feel guilty about Herman finally going to sleep while I'm navigating the board at 2 AM?!

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Ha, only 4. It's definitely one of my daily routines to check the board though.

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I got a 5.

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Yes, but you got a 10 on horsefreak.com addiction survey. 

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Tony, when you and Popdude start the band "Horse Freak Mother," can I be in it? Can't do much more than Tracy Partridge, but I really need to be part of it!

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Tony, when you and Popdude start the band "Horse Freak Mother," can I be in it? Can't do much more than Tracy Partridge, but I really need to be part of it!

Jennifer, there's a tambourine waiting with your name on it! 

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She can alternate that with the triangle on our death-metal covers... 

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She can alternate that with the triangle on our death-metal covers... 

The triangle is a must when performing the Anthrax catalog, I must say....

Tony, start working up that version of "A Horse With No Name," will ya?

Some other covers we'll be horsing around with:

"Philly-delphia Freedom" (Elton John)

"A Quarter (Horse) to Three" (Gary U.S. Bonds)

"Pony Boy" - Bruce Springsteen

Maybe we can tour with the Ad Horse Band...

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"And it's Run For The Roses as LOUD as we can..."

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Posted July 3, 2006

It's not exactly death-metal, but there's always "Wildfire," too.

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With our arrangement (Scream all lyrics, speed up everything), we can give Michael Martin Murphy a heart attack and Wildfire will actually hear us in that damn blizzard!

Butcher a song, save a dumb horse... <img border="0" alt="[Rant]" title="" src="graemlins/rant.gif" />

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If you guys need a roadie (road-apple clean up), I'm available. One time my wife was running an equestrian center, and some guy asked what I did. I told him I was a pilot. I pile it here, I pile it there...  Kirk.

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With our arrangement (Scream all lyrics, speed up everything)

Sounds like a job for The Popdudes! 

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I'll get my "keytar."

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More of a chick "screamer"? In that case, just about any woman would do well in the audition.

John, Maybe we can have a "wall of screamers" for the big numbers! Kind of like those Robert Palmer videos, but they are also back-up screamers!

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Posted July 3, 2006

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I told him I was a pilot. I pile it here, I pile it there... 

Kirk, you're too funny !

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More of a chick "screamer"? In that case, just about any woman would do well in the audition.

Tony Cartmill .....the Socrates of 2006 America..

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I cant resist this one. Tony.. remind me again how this happens. A thread about"Eric- how bad have you got it?" moves to horses then to bands and then screaming chicks.

Man you guys are amazing 

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Ate...What a loser...Nice topic, Kirk...

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Nice gap between posts Lew

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It’s a trifecta...A very famous and integral part of EC.com’s halcyon days...

 

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I actually date back to 1998 on Eric's site.  .Slipping away a year later then re registering a few months ago

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I think that Carmen's head has been fried up because he cannot think of writing a brand new song anymore!!!  

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you want to be compensated for a well written new song but the only real way to make money s do go on the road which he may not want to do

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I think he has nothing left, creatively, as well...I don’t think songwriting is something you can just “shut” off...Ask the Dream Police...

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It´s just me, but if I was a musician, I´d want to create music, practice my art......regardless of the economics. In the end it´s about creating cool stuff, and sharing it with as many as possible, and hopefully making some (or a bunch of) money. Even without the $s, I´d think there´s probably not too many thrills greater than writing a song, and then constructing it into a  great recorded song, sharing it, and leaving it for posterity.

Having said that I do have musician friends, who have written great songs, but who also stay away from it when it´s just not in their gut to do it.  I completely understand that..

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I think that the alternative modern rock & the grunge rock took over in early 1992 & probably ruined rock & roll!!!  

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I think that Eric's brain has been fried up since alternative & grudge rock took over the 90's decade!!!  

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Posted April 17

Susie- did you take the test?

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Posted April 18

Ahhhh, the good ol' days of scoring a 9! Sadly, I'm a 4 now, too.

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Get it back, Bernie...

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"I'm In The Mood For Lew"

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Posted April 18

I re-took this myself...got an 8.

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1 hour ago, James said:

Pat if you are able to make it down the thread this far ( personally my fingers hurt from scrolling )...you'll know that your thread was not hijacked, but it WAS buried ..with honors given it was Kirk who did the dirty deed.

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Whew…. after scrolling through that,  I now have an urge to listen to Marathon Man!!!!

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A few times a month. I guess that can translate to once a week or so, though it's not like I'm on a schedule. Just when the mood strikes.

Not only do I not seem to ever get tired of it, I’m still noticing details that hadn’t previously emerged. Comparing and contrasting the subtle nuances in trills, frills, and ad-libs (and the occasional lyrical flub or bum note) among various live versions brings me so much delight I can hardly stand it. The boots are a finite resource of course, but I haven't tracked them all down yet, so there's something to look forward to.

But it's not all Razz all the time with me. I don't feel like they take any valuable attention away from the myriad of other bands and music genres I dig.

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18 hours ago, blackhawkpat said:

Had a bit of a tiff with a former board member, who shall remain nameless, about how often we listen to the band. I can honestly say that since 1972, there has not been one week I have not either listened to at least one recording of the band or at the very minimum play some songs on the piano by them. There’s definitely days I haven’t listened to them, but weeks? Never. Not even close. it’s not like I sit there and go OK it’s Tuesday, time to play Raspberries, I just love listening to them. He claims I’m short changing myself by not expanding my horizons of listening to more broader music, but to me, the best is the best and I never get tired of their songs. 

So I ask you, how often do you listen to Raspberries?

 

Thought I'd quote Pat's original question. By the time I finished scrolling, I forgot what he asked. 

Kirk, I think you're now the record-holder for "Longest Post in EC.com History" (in the category "Cut and Paste"). 😂

Just teasing, my friend.

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