# CCLXVII…For “Lana Lang”…

This post, on the penultimate day of 2014, is to celebrate the 32nd birthday of vivacious actress Kristin Kreuk (1982), the talented and brilliant actress who graced our small screens for ten years as Lana Lang on the hit TV series, Smallville.  Her style of acting is sort of reminiscent of a lot of comic book actresses…damsel-in-distress to start but, when it comes down to brass tax, she can believably hold her own without a knight in shining armor.

Although she was virtually unknown when she was cast as “Lana”, she has had a couple of movie roles since Smallville finished its decade-long run.  She is also currently starring in the series Beauty and the Beast (although, to be honest, I haven’t watched it, as I cannot picture her seriously as anyone else!)

Also, born on this date, are; late actor Jack Lord from the original “Hawaii Five-O” (1920-1998), late blues great Bo Diddley (1928-2008), late rocker Del Shannon (1934-1990), former MLB great Sandy Koufax (1935), The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith (1942) AND frontman Davy Jones (1945), veteran actor Fred Ward (1942), and ELO frontman (and Traveling Wilbury) Jeff Lynne, who also produced a couple of albums by the previously mentioned Del Shannon, was born in 1947.

Also celebrating today are TV host Meredith Vieira (1957), journalist Matt Laurer (1957), comedian Tracey Ullman (1959), professional golf icon Tiger Woods (1975), baseball star (and actor and sometime wrestler) A.J. Pierzynski (1976), boxer and famous child Leila Ali (1977) and egocentric NBA star Lebron James was born in 1984.

As this is my last post for this exceptional year for my view counter, I will relate to you that I will be posting for the foreseeable future…unless a paying writing job can surface (either by my own hands or if someone asks)…Thank you all for a wonderful and surprising year!!!

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

# CCLXV…Christmas Blessings, 2014!

When I was growing up in the late 70s and early 80s, I never really comprehended how much of a hassle this festive of all holidays would become.   For me (and I’m sure, many other kids), it was about the joy of receiving something that my parents and/or other family members had taken the time out of their lives to give to me.

Now, having two beautiful children of my own and, contrary to the commercialist society that we have become, this holiday is that much more special, as I am not only the recipient of gifts but it is a wonderful feeling when reciprocating the feelings of anticipation to my daughters…no better feeling in the world…and their faces and emotions of opening said gifts is truly the best present that I can receive!

I am here today, as I am on every Christmas, to relay Birthday Greetings to my brother-in-law, who had given my late mother-in-law the BEST Christmas gift ever, on this, his 44th birthday (1970)…and to the others who were (un)fortunate enough to “present” themselves (through the Lord’s blessings) on this festive occasion…

Late acting superstar Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957), jazz legend Cab Calloway (1907-1994), former Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat (whose assassination was big news) {1918-1981}, “Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling (1924-1975), actress Mabel King, from the hit show “What’s Happening!” (1932-1999), former Saints’ quarterback Ken Stabler (1945) and singer Jimmy Buffett (“Margaritaville”, etc.) and footballer Larry Csonka were born in 1946.

Continuing the expansive list are; country sensation Barbara Mandrell (1948), “Carrie” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” star Sissy Spacek (1949), veteran actress C.C.H. Pounder {“NCIS: New Orleans”} was born in 1952, singers Annie Lennox and Steve Wariner (1954), former baseball speedster Rickey Henderson (1958), “Black Velvet” songstress Alannah Myles (1958) and NHL journeyman Jim Dowd (a New Jersey native that won a Stanley Cup with his home team, the Devils) was born in 1968.

In an odd finish, pop singer Dido, who was sampled in Eminem’s hit “Stan”, was born in 1971, former TNA tag team champion Chris Harris (1973) and keyboardist of the symphonic metal masters Nightwish, Mr. Tuomas Holopainen, was born in 1976.

In closing, I hope that all of your blessings come true this holiday season…and a shout-out and Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to our men/women in the Armed Forces, who may not be fortunate enough to be stateside…we salute you!!!

/,,,/ MERRY CHRISTMAS DUDEZ \,,,\

# CCLXIII…Second Year Anniversary!!!!

In 2012, after five months of blogging at “thelefthandedviewofmusicbydal”, I decided that the title of the blog prompted a change.  So, two days after my post about my nephew (which was updated on the current blog), I decided to change the name to something a little easier to remember.  Thus, it was on this date, December 20, 2012, that “Dal’s Music Note$” was created.

In the two years since the change was made, I have made countless attempts to expand the viewership…I have a ton of “business cards”, which I hand out every chance I get, I am available on most social media, and word-of-mouth from my current “fan base” is going extremely well.  Over the past year, though, this blog has exceeded even my expectations, which keeps growing as my view counter climbs to new heights.

Although I have increased the number of posts per month (compared to the beginning), I still haven’t reached my full potential, but, with a little bit more time and some patience to delve into more posting options (pictures, videos, etc.), I am sure that it will become better.  The only reason that I haven’t done that (in case you are just jumping on and are unaware) is because of my “career”; almost 26 years of working in the import/export community, which takes up chunks of my time!

Highlights from this past year include; Posts #s CLIX, CCL, and CCLVIII (my trifecta about the awesome band The Birthday Massacre); Post # CCXXX (the Sonata Arctica/Delain show from September, where I got the headliners’ autographs); Post # CCXXVIII (my coverage of Alice Cooper/Motley Crüe); and, of course, Post # CCXVI, which was the post after RockStar Mayhem concert in August.

Without further ado, I would like to thank ALL of the people who take the time to read these little snippets of my insanity…hopefully, with a little perseverance, I can continue and upgrade this blog.  Aside from my two beautiful children, this blog is one of the very few bright spots in my life and, in the future, could become my legacy!

As always, I thank all of my “fans”…without you, I would still be languishing in darkness…as a writer, it continues to be a humbling experience!

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

 

 

# CCLXI…Chocobos and Cactaurs…

In case you’re wondering, the title of this post is because, on this date in 1987, an almost-bankrupt Nintendo Corporation released “Final Fantasy”, a role-playing video game which, aside from saving the company’s financial distress, gave the world one of the biggest RPG franchises to date.  Spawning countless amounts of offshoots and sequels, the game continues to interest fans to this date (myself included).

After almost twenty years on the market, the first game (which was re-released with better graphics) is still a classic but, compared to the previews that I’ve seen for the fifteenth installment (due on next-gen PS4 machines soon), is just too linear in its story to keep my attention, as the later installments had players doing a lot more stuff in order to complete the game.

If you haven’t played any of the Final Fantasy games, be warned…some are so expansive (like the online fourteenth installment that I just weaned myself away from) that perfectionists should really shy away from…but that’s my opinion…

In the human world, however, today is the birthday of Penthouse magazine founder Bob Guccione (1930-2010), “Ghostbusters” alum Ernie Hudson (1945), journalist Chris Matthews (1945), comedian Eugene Levy (1946), singer Paul Rodgers (1949), “Independence Day” and “Spaceballs” star Bill Pullman (1953), and singer Tracy Byrd was born in 1966.

Also celebrating today are former Sharks (and other teams) center Vincent Damphousse (1967), MMA star Chuck Liddell (1969), actress Milla Jovavich (1975), pugilist Manny Pacquiao (1978) and Three Days Grace drummer Neil Sanderson (1978).

Now, if only I could bake a cactaur-style cake…

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

# CCLX…”That’s Incredible!”…

Today’s entry into my psyche is not only due to the fact that the date itself (12/13/14) is the last time that the date will appear in this century but also because the title refers to an old TV show hosted by John Davidson (1941), who also hosted an incarnation of “Hollywood Squares” back in the day.

As the host of “That’s Incredible” (a reality show which paved the way for shows like “American Idol”), he and his co-hosts, former NFL quarterback Fran Tarkenton and actress Cathy Lee Crosby, were tasked with witnessing feats from extraordinary people, like the world’s fastest talker, John Moschitta, and showcased various people performing various stunts (knife-juggling, staying in a small box for hours, etc.).  Oddly enough, however, one of the shows that aired in the early 80s had Earl Woods bringing his son, Eldrick, to show his “putting skills with a golf ball”…suffice it to say, we were all “Tiger” hunters that day.

Sharing December 13 as a birthday are; actor Dick Van Dyke (1925), actor Christopher Plummer (“The Sound of Music”, among others) was born in 1929, veteran rocker and survivalist Ted Nugent (1948), lead singer of country greats Alabama, Mr. Randy Owen (1949), late WWF/E (although he wasn’t in WWE) superstar Junkyard Dog (1952-1998), and country star John Anderson, who had hits like “Swingin'” and “Straight Tequila Night”, was born in 1954.

Also, veteran actor/comedian Steve Buscemi (1957), singer/actor Morris Day (1957), the NFL’s famous twins Rob (Saints’ defensive coordinator) and Rex (Jets’ head coach) Ryan were born in 1962, actor Jamie Foxx (1967), and, for the youngsters, singers Amy Lee of Evanescence (1981) and the ubiquitous Taylor Swift was born in 1989.

On a personal note, as well, I would like to wish a happy birthday to an old friend, Bobby A. (sorry, don’t know if he wants his last name posted so we’ll leave it like that), who I haven’t spoken to in a while but I still give props to people because it’s part of who I am now.

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

 

# CXXXIX…December 8th and its’ significance…

Since you shouldn’t mess with perfection…

Dal's Music Note$

For those of the uninitiated, December 8th will never be forgotten in the rock music industry, as it just happens to hold the distinction of being one of the truly dark days, as two of the most prominent members of the community were killed on this day.  The deaths of both former Beatle legend John Lennon (1980) and iconic Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell (2004) make this date the equivalent of the “Day of Infamy” for rock-n-roll music.

As I mentioned on last year’s post (on “thelefthandedviewofmusicbydal”, December 6th), their deaths will forever be remembered because of the way their deaths were played out; assassin Mark David Chapman was a man who had a lot of disdain for John Lennon, due to Mr. Chapman’s religious views which played a pivotal role in his decision to murder him and Dimebag’s assailant, Nathan Gale, had a personal grudge against Dimebag, although we will…

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# CCLVIII…The Birthday Massacre, Part 3…

 

Autographed Postcard

 

As you can see, the final installment of this trilogy is showing you all the wonderful article that was mentioned previously in all its glory.  A beautiful rendering of the new album’s unique cover WITH the autographs of lead vocalist Chibi, guitarists Falcore and Rainbow, keyboardist Owen, bassist Nate Manor, and drummer Rhim.

Hopefully, by posting this trilogy of articles of this awesome Canadian sextet, it will open your eyes to some of the best music being currently overshadowed by “bubblegum radio”.  For you see, their entire catalogue (Nothing and Nowhere, Violet, Walking With Strangers, Pins and Needles, Hide and Seek and Superstition) is in my possession…it won’t be my ears that are empty to the brilliance of this band’s continued success!

/,,,/ ROCK ON TBM!!!! \,,,\