# CDXXX…Again, From the Book…for a Rock God…

As I have deemed this my final excerpt, I will now present to you, in my own unusual way, how passionate I am about this “hobby” of mine…four years is a long time and the book includes many new and unique posts, like what you’re about to witness…

# cxlviii…”Top Ten” Guitarist…

September 29th, for those of you who celebrate, is the birthdate of Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick (1968), who joined my Top Ten (# 6) group in 1983 and is the backbone behind Chuck Billy’s evil snarl, further cementing his place here…as they are one of my favorite metal acts of all time.

Also, garnished {decorated} with the fact that I’ve seen him perform live (at the closing of the esteemed Roseland Ballroom in New York 2013), his name will always be considered among the paramount names discussed, as his mastery of his craft is well-respected throughout his specific genre.

We wish him many happy more birthdays…and hopefully more albums…

Celebrating as well on this late September day are/were; late country star Gene Autry (1907-1998), late NFL coach Bum Phillips (1923-2013), late artist Stan Berenstain (1923-2005), rock-n-roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis (1935), late “M*A*S*H” co-star Larry Linville (1939-2000), late comedienne/actress (and Mel Brooks’ close friend) Madeline Kahn (1942-1999) and television journalist Bryan Gumbel was born in 1948.

Also born on your birthday are; comedian Andrew Dice Clay (1957), Primus vocalist/bassist Les Claypool (1963), English actress/entertainer Lauren Pope (1982) and NFL’s ‘Megatron’, Calvin Johnson was born in 1985.

Most likely, I will be back next month…but we’ll see…

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# CDXXIX…”Holy Cow!”…

If you are celebrating September 25th as your birthday, and if he were alive today, you share a birthday with one of the greatest New York Yankees to ever don a uniform; former shortstop and # 10, everyone’s favorite “huckleberry”, Phil Rizzuto (1917-2007).  The quotes around the above word refer to two things…in spite of being one of his favorite “catchphrases”, it was the name of a cow that he was presented with (date cited below) for the post covered in my book…

# cxlv…My Place in Yankee History…True Story…

In case you’re celebrating September 25th as your birthday, you also share it with late New York Yankees’ shortstop Phil Rizzuto (1917-2007), who, on August 6, 1984, was honored at the old Yankee Stadium for his career in pinstripes.  The reason that date resonates with me is because I was there to witness it…it was the date that former New York Met legend Tom Seaver won his 300th game!  Also, on a side note, former White Sox legend Ron Kittle hit a double to left field in the game…that bounced not too far from where I was sitting.

Although his playing career had ended way before I caught his name (he was a broadcaster for the team when I was a child), his years as a broadcaster, in an odd musical connection, can be found in the middle of the Meatloaf classic, “Paradise By the Dashboard Light”…I should know because, at one point, I had it memorized.  Although I could never really mimic his pizazz, I admire his contribution to my memories…and his place here.

Also born with whomever is celebrating are/were; late first Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Eric Williams (1911-1981), television journalist Barbara Walters (1929), “Fatal Attraction” (among others) co-star Michael Douglas (1944), model/actress Chery Tiegs (1947), ‘Luke Skywalker’ (and The Joker on the animated “Batman” series’) Mark Hamill (1951), NBA southpaw Bob McAdoo (1951) and late “Superman” Christopher Reeve (1952-2004).

Finishing today’s celebrity twins are; actress Heather Locklear (1961), former Chicago Bulls’ legend Scottie Pippen (1965), comedian Hal Sparks (1969), actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (1969) and former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was born in 1975.

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# CDXXVIII…Violinist Milestone…

Just a quick post about this being the 30th birthday of uber-violinist Lindsey Stirling (1986), as I have already covered her celebration in my book (as well as on this blog) and gave my review of her third album, “Brave Enough”, in my previous post.

Since most of your attention spans are lacking, that will be all for today…

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# CDXXVII…Rock Spotlight, Vol. VI…”Brave Enough”, Lindsey Stirling (8/19/2016)…

The post’s title is misleading…yes, I know…but since I don’t have an “EDM Spotlight” going, this is the best place to put this petite entertainer’s (as she both plays violin AND dances) latest release.  Being that her milestone 30th birthday is upcoming, as well (09-21-86), I figured that it was time to put my resources into procuring her third studio release, entitled “Brave Enough”.

The title of the album refers to her new-found joy in living her life and fulfilling the dreams that she’s had ever since she was little…I should know; I have an autographed copy of her book <“The Only Pirate at the Party”…great read, so far> and being that she went through some very emotionally-draining experiences (the loss of her good friend and keyboardist Jason Gaviati, aka Gavi, among others), this album was very reflective in spirit and a great addition to my eclectic collection.

The fact that 8 out of the 14 (the copy I have has two bonus tracks…more on that in a minute) are laden with guest vocals from the likes of Shiny Toy Guns vocalist Carah Faye, country duo Dan + Shay, Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo and Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness’ Andrew McMahon does not mean that our heroine is “second banana”…it just adds to the fact that she is becoming one of the hottest acts to grace a stage.  Her execution of her trademark “violin dancer” is just flawless and this album’s instrumentals which dot the other half of this release are the reason that she has earned this place on my blogroll.

Favorite tracks of this author include, but not limited to; the title track (featuring vocal of Christina Perri), the ever-haunting style of “The Arena”, “Where Do We Go” (Carah Faye), the bouncy “Mirage”, “Something Wild” (Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness) and the track that includes a snippet of her late friend…the tributary “Gavi’s Song”, which (in my own humble opinion) tells of his influence on the entertainer’s ever-growing success; a beautifully crafted song that is a testament to her mastery of her craft.

Another rare “five star” album on this blog…but definitely worth your time and better than most of the garbage currently polluting the airwaves!!!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

Track List:  1) Lost Girls; 2) Brave Enough (Christina Perri guest vox); 3) The Arena; 4) The Phoenix; 5) Where Do We Go (Carah Faye guest vox); 6) These Days (Dan + Shay guest vox); 7) Prism; 8) Hold My Heart (ZZ Ward guest vox); 9) Mirage (Raja Kumari guest vox); 10) Don’t Let This Feeling Fade (Rivers Cuomo/Lecrae guest vox); 11) First Light; 12) Love’s Just a Feeling (Rooty guest vox); 13) Something Wild (Andrew McMahon In the Wilderness); 14) Gavi’s Song; 15) Waltz; 16) Afterglow

RATING:  *****

# CDXXVI…Milestone Memories…

On this fifteenth anniversary of one of the darkest days in recent human history, I have an excerpt just in case some of you are celebrating your birthday today…although it will forever be linked to one of the worst tragedies of my generation, we also cannot forget that someone, somewhere was borne into this screwed-up crazy planet that WE ALL call home…

# xcccvi…Although We Will NEVER Forget…

Today, September 11th, as most of you are cognizant of, in 2001, our lives as a country were forever changed by the horrific act of some cowardly religious zealots who altered the New York skyline for their so-called beliefs…and we will never forget…However, it is also a date that people were born on…and for that reason alone, I will present the following list…in case you celebrate, there are celebrities that celebrate, as well.

The September 11th Birthday Twins list; late collegiate coach Bear Bryant (1913-1983), late Dallas Cowboys’ coach Tom Landry (1924-2000), veteran actor Earl Holliman (1928), directing guru Brian De Palma (1940), former Styx/Damn Yankees’ guitarist/singer Tommy Shaw (1953), actress Roxann Dawson (1958) and actress Christy McNichol was born in 1962.

Also celebrating are; musician Moby (1965), wrestling manager Paul Heyman (1965), crooner Harry Connick, Jr. (1965), Jamaican rapper Elephant Man (1976), rapper/actor Ludacris (1977) and former Boston Red Sox star-turned-Yankee Jacoby Ellsbury was born in 1983.

Thus concludes this post dedicated in case you happened to be born on the worst date in American history…not that we will ever forget the almost-3000 lost that day!

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# CDXXV…Uncovered Gem…for the “upcoming” “Holiday”…

September 10th, being that I hadn’t covered it before, turns into an earworm in my book…one that, don’t worry, you will be inundated with in the coming months; much to my (and probably others) disdain…as you’ll see from this final (?) excerpt…

# xcccv…”Feliz Navidad”…

Today, September 10th, for those celebrating, is also the birthday of “Feliz Navidad” singer Jose Feliciano (1945).  In case you’re too young to know who he is, Mr. Feliciano is a Puerto Rican guitarist; his abilities to play the guitar, as a blind man, are astonishing; he’s also covered The Doors’ hit “Light My Fire”…not too shabby, considering his career is well-known (since 1962!)

Of course, it is the titular song of this post that most of today’s generation will know him for…which is sad, considering the man’s amazing ability; admit it, if I hadn’t mentioned the fact that he was blind, you wouldn’t even know!  That’s why Mr. Feliciano, in my book anyways, rates as a true “celebrity twin” of noteworthiness.

As far as the other twins go, we have; golf legend Arnold Palmer (1929), late Yankees’ great Roger Maris (1935-1985), former basketball star Bob Lanier (1948), former wrestling star Don Muraco (1949), journalist Bill O’Reilly (1949), Aerosmith legend Joe Perry (1950), director Chris Columbus {“The X-Files”] (1958), former baseball fireballer Randy Johnson (1963), director/actor Guy Ritchie (1968) and wrestling star Matt Morgan (1976).

Sorry if I’ve taken up your valuable time…but thank you again for visiting!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \,,,\

# CDXXIV…(424)…Labor Day Excerpt…for an Icon…

Being that I mentioned our would-be celebrator in my last post (about a cover song by the group Delain on their new album), I figured that the short entry from my book {link is on the blog somewhere} would pretty much sum up what I feel about this artist.

I’m just gonna leave this here…hopefully, people will buy the book before I “excerpt” my way further into obscurity (I’m already obscure so it is unnoticeable)…

# xcccii…Iconic Entertainer Lost Too Soon…

Today, September 5th, is the birthday of late Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury (1946-1991), whose untimely death at the early spread of the deadly AIDS virus ultimately led to the current increase in the disease’s stunting (due to better preparedness).  His six-octave voice was among the most…if not THE MOST…prolific voices of my generation.

A constant bundle of energy, he formed the iconic rock group in 1970 and produced 15 albums and wrote a lot of the songs that he sang with angelic precision.  His death, which was during the years leading up to my impending fatherhood, was one of the biggest tragedies to strike music since, maybe, John Lennon’s.  It also, coincidentally, happened (I believe) the day after his announcement to the general public of his infection.

His energy and light will truly be missed…Rock in Peace, Mr. Mercury…

Also, celebrating with you are/were; late Old West outlaw Jesse James (1847-1882), late Motion Picture President Jack Valenti (1921-2007), actor/comedian Bob Newhart (1929), actress/bombshell Raquel Welch (1940), former “Batman” Michael Keaton (1951), Audioslave/Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk (1968), guitarist/actor Dweezil Zappa (1969) and actress Rose McGowan was born in 1973.

See you next time…and, as always, thank you for reading; it sincerely means a lot to me…

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