Monday, June 27, 2011
I am not generally a big fan of cover bands, Beatles cover bands, in particular. Last year The Fab Faux played a benefit show for my home school district (a fire destroyed one of the elementary schools) and my wife and I volunteered to help out with the show. Rich Pagano is the drummer of the Fab Faux as well as a classmate way back in the day and it was a wonderful gesture on his and the band's part to do the show. I have to say I was amazed at how good these guys are. It's truly a labor of love as the music is painstakingly re-created by top notch musicians. No silly costumes here. Just great music played and sung extremely well.
The Fab Faux will be at the Beacon Theater on October 29th performing Magical Mystery Tour and other classics. I never thought I would be going to the Beacon to see an act play Beatles songs, but the wife and I are going. Big time fun.
Well enough of that. It is summer and summer is the time for rest and relaxation. Time to re-charge the batteries and renew spirits before September rolls around. So this my wish that all of my teacher colleagues, known and unknown, have an enjoyable summer before we return to teach a new batch of children in the fall because no matter what the newspapers and our neighbors say that is why we do this job in the first place.
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Sunday, June 19, 2011
Clarence was a monster sax player. You just need to be there one time when he steps up to do the solo in Jungleland to understand that. But he was so much more than that to the band. He was the foil for Bruce. The King to his Boss. He was the soul to go with Bruce's heart.
As my musical heroes get older they are beginning to pass to their next gig. We all are getting up there and I miss so many that are gone. Clarence you were the shocker...a big part of my soundtrack is gone. Rest in Peace and God Bless Big Man.