# CCCXCV…A Leapling Celebration…

For only the fourth time this millennium (and the first time on this blog), I am finally able to relate to you, my fans, of the rarity of this date.  As it appears only every four years, you may wonder what happens in non-leap years…so it stands to reason that, depending on what time of day you’re born, it will differ when a calendar doesn’t comply.

For the most part, people celebrate on Febrary 28 or March 1…but you do have people that will only celebrate their birthday on the true date…as a lot of 72 year olds are celebrating their “18th” today…but those are the rare ones.

As for the list of twins…late bandleader Tommy Dorsey (1904-1957), late actress Dinah Shore (1916-1994), late soap opera star James Mitchell (1920-2010), late “Crime Story” star Dennis Farina (1944-2013), former motivational speaker Tony Robbins (1960), actor Antonio Sabato, Jr. (1972), late Drowning Pool singer Dave Williams (1972-2002), rapper Ja Rule was born in 1976 and NHL goalie Cam Ward was born in 1984.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this monumental post…see you next month!!!

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# CCCXCIV…Rock Spotlight, Vol. III…Anthrax, “For All Gods”…2016…

In an album released only yesterday, February 26, the latest release from the Big Four of heavy metal, Anthrax, has released their latest CD, entitled “For All Gods”…and, typical of an album from a metal band that has been around since 1981 (not bubblegum, people), it is reminiscent of my teenage years…back when headbanging ruled the world.  It is a gritty, no nonsense, kick your head in with melodies that will send you to places you’ve never seen before musically…every note with precision after all this time.

The band’s eleventh studio release is nothing short of phenomenal…from the opening track, a seven minute plus epic called “You Gotta Believe”…which starts off almost symphonic in nature, grabs you by your face and thrashes you in to hits like the third and title track, which, in itself, is five minutes of pure metal genius.  Another five-star romp into metal mastery with hits like “Blood Eagle Wings”, a seven-minute plus epic in thrashing insanity and vocal genius unlike most of these so-called pop stars.

Also of note, the ninth track, “All of The Thieves”, spins a web of melodic intricacies that will not let go, and the final two tracks, “This Battle Chose Us” (itself a wonderful tune, in the style that it was written) and “Zero Tolerance”, which explains what you would experience upon leaving this mortal plane…it just grabbed me from beginning to end as a fan of this band (and every other one in the Big Four {Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer}).

Hopefully, you will find it as enjoyable as I did…until the historic Monday post…

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# CCLXXXVIII…”Here Comes the Sun”…

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If you weren’t aware, as I’m sure most of you aren’t, the title refers to one of the most popular songs fronted by the late, great Beatles guitarist George Harrison (1943-2001), who was born in Liverpool on this date in 1943.  Sitting at Number 11 of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists, he stayed out of the spotlight (for the most part) until his 1970 release, All Things Must Pass, which included the plagiarism-accused song “My Sweet Lord”, which was too close to The Chiffons’ song “He’s So Fine” that it was brought to court, which he was found guilty of “subconscious” plagiarism.

Also, his works with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne, as a member of The Traveling Wilburys, is forever cemented in music history and should definitely be in everyone’s collection, as that work is something magical.

Today is also the birthday of “Mr…

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# CCLXXXVII…Happy ‘Wolves Day…

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The title for this unusual post is due to the fact that my favorite basketball team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, has two people that are celebrating today; head coach Flip Saunders was born in 1955 and current rookie phenom Andrew Wiggins was born in 1995.  I know that it means very little to anyone else but, if you’re also celebrating today, and you happen to live near there, you know of at least two more people that celebrate today.

Also, today is also the birthday of; late actress Majel Barrett (from a multitude of “Star Trek” appearances) [1932-2008], actor Peter Fonda (1940), late guitarist Johnny Winter (1944-2014), comedian Aziz Ansari (1983), actress Emily Blunt (1983), and actress Dakota Fanning was born in 1994.

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# CCCXCIII…Ten Months Free…and More…

The title just refers to the fact that, at this time, I have kept myself far away from the gambling bug that had a hold on me most of my adult life.  As I mentioned before, it’s been hard enough to keep myself on this path but, for the most part in my old age, I seem to have enough willpower to negate any thoughts that I might have on reverting to my addiction.

Some might say that I shouldn’t be making these monthly announcements…just because of the sheer fact that it may send me back on the downward spiral…but, as long as I maintain my current course, I see no reason NOT to, as it does (you wouldn’t understand unless you’ve been there) apply to my self-imposed “therapy”.  As most recovering addicts (of anything) will tell you, it’s “one day at a time”…as long as I remember that, getting up every morning and telling myself not to gamble seems easier and easier with every passing day (now at Number 300).

If you’re still here, I might as well mention the birthdays…however, I am just going to copy my post from February 20, 2014 (Post # CLVI…titled “History Lessons, Musical and Otherwise”), as it was a beautiful post (although almost 500 words long) on two historical events on this date:

On this date, February 20, in the year 1933, the United States government proposed the Twenty-First Amendment to the Constitution, which, at the time, was the answer that they sought against the negative effects that Prohibition had on the country at that time.  When the country first entered the age of Prohibition (however good the idea seemed), it was wracked with more ill side effects than the act of drinking…we don’t need to be reminded of people like Al Capone and his role in the “glory” of the speakeasy.  Consequently, the 21st Amendment ended up being a godsend, for as soon as it was ratified, our country’s “health” was put back on track for the next seven decades…although, with the current “prohibition” issues, we could change this country in a heartbeat, if we dealt with “that” in a similar manner…

The other history lesson for all is an event that, as someone with an extensive behind-the-scenes background in music would know, further changed the way musicians perform live…for it is the 2003 concert at “The Station” in West Warwick, RI that marred this industry.  For those that don’t remember, it was during a concert by the now-infamous Great White, where a pyrotechnics display (which, common sense now dictates, should not have even been considered) erupted inside the venue and killed 100 people (including then-guitarist Ty Longley) and injured a couple hundred more.  As I stated earlier, given the size and outlay of the club, it is with that tragic hindsight that makes performers today really pay attention to their craft even further, with safety now paramount to their success.

I have also come here, obviously, to give you a few names for the birthday roll; fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt turns a young 90 today (1924), “To Sir With Love” star (among other films) Sidney Poitier was born in 1927, Hall of Fame race car driver Bobby Unser (1934), jazz great Nancy Wilson and auto racer/entrepreneur Roger Penske were born in 1937, former Boston Bruin/New York Ranger great Phil Esposito was born in 1942, multi-talented pixie Sandy Duncan (she played Peter Pan on Broadway, hence the pun) and the frontman for The J. Geils Band, Mr. J. Geils himself were born in 1946 and actor Anthony Head, who was Rupert Giles in the TV smash “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” turns 60 today (1954).

1963 gave way to NBA superstar/”mouth”piece Charles Barkley, “3rd Rock From the Sun” co-star French Stewart was born in 1964, supermodel Cindy Crawford came to us in 1966 and actor Andrew Shue, who many may remember from “Melrose Place” (boy, I really do show my age sometimes), was born in 1967, which was the same year that gave us southpaw pariah (and forever missed) Kurt Cobain…and I don’t really have anything bad to say about him or his influence on the musical world.

Having taken up just a little too much of your time (not that I’m apologizing…you people love “Harry Potter” and “50 Shades of Grey” so my blog is nothing in terms of “mind” space)…

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# CCLXXXVI…Tony Iommi, Southpaw Legend!

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This post is dedicated to the iconic southpaw that founded Black Sabbath, Mr. Tony Iommi, who is still an influential member of the rock-n-roll community, born on this date in 1948. Although Rolling Stone magazine listed him as Number 25 of their 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, he definitely belongs at least in the Top 10!

After 40 plus years in the business of playing heavy metal, the man still inspires me, due to the fact that, even though he lost the tips of two of his fingers as a teenager, he has gone on to become one of the elite members of the pantheon of heavy metal acts.  Working alongside such greats as Ozzy Osbourne (with Black Sabbath), Ian Gillian (from Deep Purple), and the late Ronnie James Dio (who joined Black Sabbath after Ozzy was fired in 1979), Mr. Iommi has cemented his legacy as one of…

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# CCCXCII…Yet Another Uncovered Day…

On this pre-Valentine’s Day edition (a holiday that really means nothing to me personally), I get to geek out with you, as today, February 13th, is a birthday that brings out the “inner fanboy” in me…

xxii…”Arrow” Significance and Talent…

Today, February 13th, is the birthdate of very talented and sultry actress Kelly Hu, who, if you didn’t follow the show, plays the villainous China White on the hit CW series.  She’s also appeared in such hits as “Nash Bridges” and “The Scorpion King”, among others.  It is her portrayal of the aforementioned villain that has placed her here in the upper echelon of my celebrity twins’ obsession.

A cold, calculating villainess with a penchant for over-dramatics, Ms. Hu plays her with such finesse that you can’t help but become mesmerized by her on-screen presence.  Her action-packed fight sequences, as well as her ability to really make you “feel” the previously mentioned presence, are truly nothing short of remarkable and truly show why she deserves to be here.

Many happy more, Ms. Hu…may your light shine forever…

Actor Bo Svenson (1941), The Monkees’ bassist Peter Tork (1942), “Grease” actress Stockard Channing and former talk show host/mayor of Cincinnati Jerry Springer (both 1944), basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (1947), singer Henry Rollins (1961) and former wide receiver Jerry Rice was born in 1977.

Sorry for the shortness…most of you have to get back to your Match 3 games…I understand and thank you for stopping by…

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