# CCCXC (390)…”Cult of Personality”…

As this date hasn’t been covered, I will just leave this here…

xvi…”Cult of Personality”…

Oddly enough, the only reason that this song fits for the title is because today, January 30, marks the birthday of one of America’s greatest Presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945).  His voice is the last voice heard on the song, with his famous quote, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”

His legendary political career is well-documented and his name will forever be linked to music for the reason stated above.  Also, his record four elections to the highest office in the country is unmatched since (and the reason that Presidents are now subjected to term limits.)

Also born on this date are; late comedian and co-star of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”, Mr. Dick Martin (1922-2008), veteran actor Gene Hackman (1930), actress Vanessa Redgrave (1937), Vice President Dick Cheney (1941), former New York Mets’ manager Davey Johnson (1943) and Genesis frontman Phil Collins and actor Charles S. Dutton were both born in 1951.

Golf pro Curtis Strange (1955), as well as late golfer Payne Stewart (1957-1999), singer Jody Watley (1959), former “Batman” Christian Bale (1974), Japanese star Yumi Yoshimura (reason she’s here:  my youngest daughter and I used to watch her cartoon “HiHi Puffy AmiYumi” when she was a little girl, okay?) was born in 1975, actor Wilder Valderrama (1980) and current TNA personality Rockstar Spud was born in 1983.

More from the left, probably next month…

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

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# CCCLXXXIX…Rock Spotlight, Vol. II…”Dystopia”, Megadeth (January 2016)…

I would like you all to take notice; this is the brand-new release from a band that has been ruling the metal community since 1983…Megadeth.  Their fifteenth album release, “Dystopia”, is not your “bubblegum” music by any means…Dave Mustaine’s unmistakable voice runs this album from hardcore beginning to short, in-your-face end, with his band’s unique musical compositions (the notes, on the whole) and anti-establishment lyrics that make up this latest gem.

From the opening track, “The Threat is Real”, to the end of the thirteenth track, “Foreign Policy”, Dave and the boys take us on a dystopian look into the future that this great nation will arrive at, with the lyrical wonderment that only Mr. Mustaine’s gravelly voice can allude to.  Combining his mastery of the guitar and composing some of the most brilliant time-signature changes is something that he’s perfected over the years.

This is an almost-five-star album from beginning to end (the only four-star track is the last one, as it’s too short to be totally enjoyed)…and it proves that, after 30-plus years in the industry, if you weren’t told about this band, then the band’s music is topical…as the “bubblegum” media is winning!

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

 

# CCCLXXXVIII…Nine Months Strong…

As today, January 21st, marks my 270th consecutive non-gambling day, and a date on this blog that hasn’t been covered…I now present today’s birthday twins, direct from my “project”…

xi…Howlin’ Birthday in Heaven…

Today, January 21st, would have been the birthday of one of the greatest DJ’s you’ve probably never heard of…the iconic, raspy-voiced icon known as Wolfman Jack (1938-1995).  As a child of the 80’s, I mostly remember this multi-talented icon for his cartoon show, “Wolf Rock TV”, from when I was a teenager in 1984.  Being that I was brought up in a household of children of the 40’s and 50’s, however, I was aware of Wolfman Jack long before that Saturday morning respite.

His voice was so suited for his stellar career and, maybe in another lifetime (as I’ve had experience with homemade “radio” recordings), I might have emulated him just because of his distinct personality.  His nocturnal broadcasts will forever live in the archives of radio and his style was one-of-a-kind…RIP in Heaven to Wolfman Jack…HOWLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!

Also born on this howling date are; late acrobat Karl Wallenda (1905-1978), the bald star of the hit 60’s show, “Kojak”, the late Telly Savalas (1922-1994), late brilliant British comedian Benny Hill (1924-1992), late “Superman” Steve Reeves (who was mentioned in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, as well) {1926-2000}, golf legend Jack Nicklaus (1940) and opera star Placido Domingo was born in 1941.

Late music icon Richie Havens (1941-2013), former wrestling superstar Ivan Putski (who I grew up watching perform) was born in 1941, actress Jill Eikenberry (from “L.A. Law”) was born in 1947, Trinidadian singer (and 80’s icon) Billy Ocean was born in 1950 and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was born in 1953.

Finishing this long list are; “Beetlejuice” actress Geena Davis (1956), NBA star Hakeen Olajuwon (1963), late Rap pioneer Jam Master Jay (1965-2002), the actress portraying Mama Smoak on “Arrow”, Charlotte Ross (1968), Spice Girl Emma Bunton (1976) and Los Angeles Kings’ goalie (hisssssssss…sorry, Sharks fan, you know) Jonathan Quick was born in 1986.

/,,,/ ROCK ON WOLFMAN \,,,\

# CCCLXXXVII…Excerpt for a Perfect Day…

In a move that could be considered a “no-no”, I will now present to you this small little tidbit from my now-completed book…as it is a date that has never been touched, and that’s why I have chosen to have you all “enjoy” it…

viii…More Pride for My Sister City…

It gives me great pleasure in informing you that today, January 16th, is the birthday of New Orleans Saints’ Hall-of-Famer Joe Horn, who only played for the team from 2000 to 2006 but left an indelible mark on the city that I would love to call home.  Born in 1972 in nearby Tupelo, Mississippi, he quickly became an iconic member of the “community” because of his contributable work with the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

An icon that will forever be in my heart, Mr. Horn, I wish you many happy more…

Also celebrating today are; late baseball icon Dizzy Dean (1910-1974), race car icon A.J. Foyt (1935), country music icon Ronnie Milsap (1943), actress/dancer Debbie Allen (1950), late comedian Robert Schimmel (1950-2010) and pugilist/rapper/actor Roy Jones, Jr. was born in 1969.

Also, of note, it would have been Aaliyah’s birthday, too (1979-2001)…

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

I thank you for this opportunity to show you what it’s all become about…the chance to enlighten people’s minds and hearts…I will be back tomorrow (if you’re a “fan”, you will certainly know why)…as it’s already on the page…RoCk oN dUdEz!

# CCLXXIII…Saints’ # 9, aka Drew Brees…

On this date, in 1979, in Austin, Texas, a boy known as Drew Brees was born.  This normally doesn’t mean anything to anyone else but, to me (because of my being a New Orleans Saints fan since 1989), he became a shining star for the historic franchise.  A prolific gentleman with a heart of gold for the city that has adopted him, he continues his success with the football franchise…although not this season…and we hope that he will continue to do well.

Aside from the paragraph above, the kudos that this man has earned speak for themselves; seven-time Pro Bowler, Super Bowl MVP (for their Super Bowl XLIV win), 95.4 Passer Rating, 56033 passing yards, etc.  The only other information that you need is that, if you’re in New Orleans, you will not find a person that can speak ill of him, as he is also a big booster for the economy…as he does a lot of charitable work in the Crescent City.

Happy birthday, Drew, and many happy more!!!!

Some of his birthday twins include: actor Ernie Reyes, Jr. (1972), WWE scion Shane McMahon (1970), pop diva Lisa Lisa (1966), Tool guitarist Adam Jones (1965), actor Mario Van Peebles (1957), former New York Jet Marty Lyons (1957), former Dallas Cowboys’ linebacker Randy White (1953), late Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant (1948-1977), and, of course, late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), whose light will always be missed.

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

# CCCLXXXVI…Rock Spotlight, Vol. I…Stryper, “Fallen” (Oct. 2015)…

In this brand-new-for-2016 series, I bring you the first of the new Rock Spotlight subclass…as I, among with many of my “fans” may have noticed, am sick to death of the current state of the way music is run in this country.  In the matters of the “bubblegum” generation, where things are dumbed-down and “politically correct”, I find no other sickness that needs attention than that of music today.

With this first entry, it is with great pleasure that I “introduce” all of you to one of the most underrated bands in rock and metal history; Stryper.  This quartet of Christian metal pioneers (yes, I said it…Christian heavy metal) has been on the scene since…are you ready for it?…their 1984 release, “The Yellow and Black Attack” and has amazed this listener (who, personally, has very little relation with the Lord above) at their unique way of conveying their message in and around their awesome melodies!

On this, their 11th studio album, their songs about our Creator and their love of Him is clearly evident in songs like “King of Kings”, the epic, 4-minute finale, the opening track, the almost-hymnal “Yahweh” and the sixth track, “Love You Like I Do”, which, like many of their songs over their 30-plus year career, can be interchanged with everyday people.  Their biggest hit, in my opinion, on this album is the fourth track aptly titled “Big Screen Lies”…the reason this song is so different is because it was written based on our unfortunate society’s “bias” to religion.

As I mentioned, I’m not the world’s most devout person but, in terms of music and life in general, these four rockers should be among the upper echelon just for their sheer willpower in generating such love for “The Calling” (sorry, penultimate track title)…and, if it were up to me (which it is here, anyway), we should all be singing “To Hell with the Devil” (third album); I mean, we all say “In God We Trust” (fourth album, 1988)…

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

# CCCLXXXV…Banner Year 2015 Recap…

As the previous year, 2015, is now a (not-so-distant) memory, it has come to my attention that, even though this past year was one of the darkest in my recent life experience, it was {for this blog, anyway} a year that is deserving of informing you, my fans, that things are not always as dark as they seem.  As they say, sometimes the things that make you think are bad turn out to be blessings-in-disguise.

With the end of my side project clearly in my crosshairs, and as I presented last year, it makes me prouder than I’ve ever been that I’ve continued this blog for a little over three years…as most of my “fans” are aware, this almost didn’t see it’s first total year, as I mentioned (more than once) that I almost stopped writing when my view counter was stuck at zero for too long.  As with all things writing related, however, I am glad that I’ve continued here, due to the fact that, the more that I write, the happier I am personally!

Before presenting my little “insider stats” about this past year, I would like to thank everyone on this little blue marble that has made a ping on this site; as without you, my readers, I would probably be languishing in a dank, dark place that I really don’t want to go back to, as I use to spend more time “there” than was necessary.  In addition, to those that were lost in this past year, we will always have the memories of great times to keep us moving forward.

I am grateful to the record 70 viewers on August 9th’s post (# CCCXLVI, if you’d like to search); however, it pains my heart a bit that I barely break double digits on a post-by-post basis.  A total of 144 new posts, with a record-setting 1640 views (only 15 more than last year)…however, my number of visitors increased from 897 in 2014 to 1108…a jump of 211 total people that have come here.

In keeping with that motive, please note that I cannot write the entire 90 countries that have viewed my blog in the last three years…it would take up 1000 words alone.  I would like to note that the increase in the last year was up about 18…not too shabby for a guy that isn’t getting paid…yet!

On a personal side note, I need to mention that we’ve all lost very important people…aside from my brother and some very close personal friends who are too numerable to mention on this post at this time…they know who they are and so do the people that know and love them.  I need to personally thank you all for making 2015 the best year this hobby could have provided…I am happy beyond words!

For those celebrating today as your birthday, among your twins are/were; veteran superstar actor Frank Langella (1938), comedian Don Novello {“Father Guido Sarducci” in Saturday Night Live‘s early years} (1943), WWF/E manager Jimmy Hart (1944), former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine (1947), actress Dedee Pfeiffer (1964), late Kansas City Chiefs’ star Derrick Thomas (1967-2000), actor Verne Troyer (1969), former wrestling valet Kimberly Page (1970), NHL star Bobby Holik (1971) and Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner (1980).

I apologize for this 500-plus word debacle…wait a minute, not really…but, in closing, thank you all again for coming.  As a test, please note the following; I am on all sorts of social media (Facebook, Instagram {jamesa.johnson}, Twitter {@dalsharq2445}, and Tumblr {dalinar419])…it’s time for me to get to know the “whos” behind the numbers.  Let me know what you think and your opinions…it’s nice to talk to people once in a while!

/,,,/ ROCK ON DUDEZ \…\