Archive for July, 2009
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
So here we are, just a few short days away from this year’s Mattawa Voyageur Days festival. Once again, organizers have put together a solid line-up.
Thursday, local performers will get the chance to shine on the stage at Explorer’s Point during the Evening With The Stars. Friday is reserved for country entertainers Terri Clark and Adam Gregory. Saturday night the Fox is on board for the 12 To 12 Rock Where The Rivers Meet, this year including prog-rockers Saga to kick it off, followed by 54-40, Haywire, then Sass Jordan, and to finish off the night, two of the all-time greatest Canadian bands, Trooper, then Loverboy. Sunday, the weekend is capped off by former Coney Hatch singer and guitarist Carl Dixon and former member of Stxy, Dennis DeYoung.
If you are without a weekend wristband, or could use a few more for your friends, The Fox has partnered up with Molson for your chance to win four weekend wristbands. Just grab your cell phone and text SUBZERO to 25858 and you’ll be entered into the contest. There is no texting fee and we’ll announce the winner Thursday morning on the Fox.
Of course, Fox Freeloader Rock Stars can also win four wristbands for the weekend. Keep at it getting your ballots in for the draw which ends Thursday night. Vicki and I will announce the winner on Friday morning, and since you stuck with me this far into the blog, log in with your Rock Star user name and password and go to Earn Points. Click on Bonus Codes and enter the word “loverboy” to get 500 Rock Star points, good for one more ballot and a chance to win the Rock Raffle for four Voyageur Days wristbands. Good Luck!
Thursday, July 16th, 2009
So last Saturday, I took part in a charity baseball game in Restoule. After much success in the first 3 innings as catcher, I agreed to take on first base…that’s right…what was she thinking?…
Obviously, I wasn’t. I was playing like a champ (so I thought) and figured how hard could it be? Well, the first throw (by my own player) clocked me right in the chin…nothing a little ice, a few drinks and some serious cover-up couldn’t fix.
But there is a lesson to be learned in all of this…I will never again play baseball.
The attached picture is my chin 5 days after taking a shot to the face.
Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
The Double Album. It’s a rarity. When it’s done right it can be a beautiful thing, but with so many albums these days made up of one or two good songs and a crapload of filler material, the double album has become virtually an extinct species.
Steve Downes spotlights the great Rock Double Albums this Sunday night at 6 on The Classics here on the Fox and it got me to thinking about my favourite dual platters.
This is a tough one for me. So many to choose from. If you’re talking great live albums it doesn’t get much better than “Frampton Comes Alive” – well unless you count “Kiss Alive”. Take your pick.
Some of the best songs ever written can be heard 0n Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde”, but if you want to talk pure genius and innovation, look no further than Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland”.
If you like a good concept album, perhaps Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” or “Tommy” by The Who are up your alley. I could not argue with either as a top choice.
For me, the best ever Elton John album is the double disc “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, and being the Led Zeppelin fan that I am I certainly have to put in a good word for “Physical Graffiti”. Of course, I recall the hairs standing on my neck the first time I heard “London Calling” by The Clash.
If I’m going to be honest though, my choice comes down to the two masterful British bands, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The “White Album” by The Beatles is brilliant, and even if it inspired a killing spree by The Manson Family I won’t hold it against John, Paul, George and Ringo. “Helter Skelter” and “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road” rock as hard as anything the band ever did, and “Rocky Raccoon” and “Birthday” still put a smile on my face when I hear them. And of course, what can you say about “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Blackbird” - both things of beauty.
“The White Album” is up there for me, surpassed only by The Stones’ masterpiece, “Exile On Main Street”. This album is not as well known to the casual fan as many of the group’s other works, but for my money it is the best double disc of all time. The band rips into “Rocks Off” right from the top and never let up, with some of the grittiest rhythm and blues tracks ever laid down. “Rip This Joint”, “Sweet Virginia” “Loving Cup” and “Ventilator Blues” are all highlights. No pretentious rhymes or flowery melodies here, just straight ahead rock that sounds like it evolved from an on stage jam session in some smoky juke joint. Toss in the closing tracks, “Shine A Light” and “Soul Survivor” and you have eighteen incredible tracks – all killer and no filler here.
This weekend, let’s take a moment to pay tribute to the Double Album!
Monday, July 6th, 2009
I had a man tell me the other morning that my heels looked rough…I kid you not. Now I don’t like to name names (MITCH BELANGER), but that same man looked like he had not been to bed the night before and had about a weeks worth of stubble. Later that evening at home, as I pumiced my heels, I began to ponder why women take so much longer to get ready than men.
Between make-up, blow-drying, curling and accessorizing, etc., etc…most women don’t just wake up looking good. These things take time and effort. So there is a reason that women take longer than men to get ready, women simply have more to do.
So the next time you want to complain that your wife is taking too long…just remember, she’s doing it for you.