No...not talking bed linens this week...though that might be something to consider with the right volunteer assistant for a future post... I was listening to the radio yesterday during my trek into the city of Toronto and at one point the talking heads took up the subject of all the recent remake of old Arnie Schwarzenegger films and how generally bad they have been doing. Bad of an actor as he was/is, there was something about him that just worked. This led to a further discussion of other film and television remakes...good, bad, or yet to be made. The general consensus was that the original is always better. In most cases, this is probably true...we all remember Dr. Johnny Fever from WKRP in Cincinnati, but how many recall Mona [Read more...]
Much as I am a fan of Gabriel...it is the Blind Boys of Alabama who kill this one...
Little known fact about the band, Genesis, was that after Phil Collins split from them in early to mid 1990s, they did try to make a go with a new lead singer. I know I have mentioned this before, but Ray Wilson may be the best vocalist Genesis has had...perhaps not the showman that Collins nor Peter Gabriel are, but a wonderful soulful voice that, given the chance, Genesis might have thrived with. "Calling All Stations", released in 1997, was the one release the band did with Wilson fronting them. Mike Rutherford (think Mike + the Mechanics) and Tony Banks were, of course, were still in place. In my opinion, it is quite possibly the best work the band produced since Gabriel's departure. This is not to say that the band did not do [Read more...]
Slipped into see the new film Apollo 18 during my lunch hour today. Brutal honesty, I was flying a bit blind and really had no idea what to expect...the idea of an 18th Apollo mission that was kept secret, however, fascinated me. The film is not for everyone. It is filmed to mimic the hand held and security cameras used on such a mission. My best reference is the Blair Witch Project in space. Do not get me wrong here, there were writers and actors...really a tiny cast compared to some films, with the three astronauts as the leads and a number of voices over the radio. This is a work of fiction... ...or is it? The film is, no question. It does, however, touch on something that has always nibbled just at the back of my brain for the [Read more...]
Have the newest release from Mike + the Mechanics playing in the car as I type this out. It is called The Road and was apparently released back in April, but I just got my hands on it last night. About two thirds through it and there is some good stuff here, but will probably take me a while to warm up to it. This is not the Mike + the Mechanics I grew up with. Like the original group, they have two singers now and one is too American Idol-ish for me. The other is not bad. The names I found are Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar. Again, I am in the car writing this, so I do not know which voice is which, or even song names yet. Other than Mike Rutherford, none of the original members seem to be back from when Rutherford put them together in [Read more...]
It would appear that the plug has finally been pulled on one of my favourite bands, Genesis. Due to a spine issue, Phil Collins officially announced his retirement a short time back, it throws any hope of a reunion into question. There had been talk of Mike Rutherford working on a new Mike + the Mechanics project. There was talk also that, at some point, Genesis would return with Phil behind the drum kit and Peter Gabriel returning as the front man for one final tour. I would like to see either of those. Gabriel has sung once with the band, that I am aware of, since his split from them back in the early 1970s. Was not long and Steve Hacket left as well. With the band as most of us know it...a trio with Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike [Read more...]
Vanilla - plain and without any extras or adornments; "the most common type of bond is the straight or plain vanilla bond"; "the basic car is known as the vanilla version" "Drink up dreamers...you're running dry..." - Peter Gabriel So many people have given up looking for the extraordinary in favour of the comfort of vanilla. We all save for tomorrow without knowing when the flood will come. We sit home and pay someone to entertain us by watching their product placements flash across a screen at a million miles per hour. We all wait for something...have been waiting a very long time rather than getting up and making our lives happen on our own. We sit back in our vegetable maker recliner chairs and watch the Sun and Moon chase each [Read more...]