Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
I figured I'd do a monthly 'what I'm listening to' kind of thing. This could be viewed as a lame placeholder kind of post. And probably it is. But it's my blog! So there!
Since drummer Paul Hester's suicide, the band has struggled with it's identity - members coming and going, and none of them memorable. CH went from being a band to Neil Finn's back-up band in a way. I loved the disk Time on Earth, but have struggled to sit through 2010's Intriguer.
They are now back with a different band, and a new disk.
Crowded House now has Finn's two grown sons, Liam and Elroy and Mitchell Froom who produced the band's first three disks. As always, Nick Seymour is the other original member, remains.
Dreamers are Waiting (horrible font on that cover, no?) is fair to middling.
I've accepted long ago nothing is going to be as good as Together Alone. And it's better than Intriguer. But as of now, it's not better than Time on Earth.
There are just no WOW factors that Finn always slips in his songs. Some of Finn's writing subversive the way the showing of his talent just sneaks in - it is usually not overt, though there were moments of stopping anything I was doing to listen.
They might come closest in the opening track "Bad Times Good", which oddly is (mostly) a band composition. Though for the six songs Finn wrote by himself, "Show Me the Way", "To the Island" (a very strong track with some non-traditional backing vocals - with a little Beach Boys vibe) and "Real Live Woman", shine over the material - though the song he wrong with brother Tim (always a welcome addition), "Too Good For This World" is different and good. A shame his brother didn't sing on it - as their disks together are great.
Liam Finn's solo writing credit, "Goodnight Everyone" shows his writing talents don't fall far from his father's apple tree........or some mixed metaphor like that.
Dreamers are Waiting is a nice effort. It's not Time on Earth, and it's not as strong as Finn's last solo disk (which I came to adore!). I think Hester is missed more than I anticipated. I don't think the nepotism of his sons playing hampers this - they are clearly talented musicians.
I hope like some of later Crowded House and Finn disks this grows on me more. It has the potential, but a month in - it's just not there. Yet.
Monday, June 28, 2021
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021
Thursday, June 24, 2021
......I got nothing.
Muses have abandoned me. As has time. And interest.
I do not care enough about Brittney Spears or Warren Buffet to write about either of them. When they are the headlines, you know it's a slow news day.
Perhaps something will pique my interest tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Monday, June 21, 2021
Sunday, June 20, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Here we go. Dogs and cat. Singular. I only have one of Sophie this week, so apologies to you feline folks.
Song by: Miles Davis
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
While his Broadway production of In the Heights came years before the way more popular Hamilton, clearly he just continued on with his style from one to the next.
The rhythm, the patter, the pattern, the notes don't really vary that much. The words do, but......that's about it.
If you want to put too fine a look upon it, both plays are about men who came from the Caribbean to New York looking to find their place along with love.
I don't know that In the Heights would have made the leap from Broadway to film had Hamilton not been such a mega-success. Yet, here we are, as it appeared on HBO (and in cinemas?) this last weekend.
For a guy who doesn't really care for musicals, I certainly see more than my fair share. Of course, I blame my mother. Nurture will tell you that you cant' be raised in a house that watches every Rodgers & Hammerstein move repeatedly and not pick up something.
Yet we watched.
Anthony Ramos, who was also in Hamilton, stars in the role that Miranda has on stage. Luckily (?) he is bit player in the movie version as is Chris Jackson (swoon!) who was George Washington in Hamilton and a secondary lead in Heights stage version.
I think Latin culture is woefully under represented in movies, and when it is, it's things like Scarface, Sicario, and West Side Story (the latter has a Spielberg version coming out..............where Tony is an alien!!!........just kidding on the alien part).
So I will take any positive story about the culture, even if if means enduring mostly sub-par songs.
The stories themselves are ok, if not predictable (and they are!) and a lot of the acting plays to the back of the room. That could be Latin culture or just Broadway holdovers. Or both.
Ramos does a good job. The kid who plays Sonny is great for a teen - or an adult. And then there is Jimmy Smits. I LOVE Smits, but he's 'eh' in this............and for the 4 seconds you see him in a dance scene it. is. painful.
Smits is to dancing what Pierce Brosnan is to singing. Or acting, when you really come to think about it.
In the Heights is long - over 2.5 hours and flashy / stagey, but the shots and filming are well done (directed by the guy who did Crazy Rich Asians). It gets a B. I saw it.........I don't think I need to revisit it though.
2021 Movie Count / Goal: 12 of 15
Song by: Kate Bush
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Sophie turns 15 today.
Hard to believe. She's been with us more than half the time we've been in Cleveland.
Soph has been a mean girl to her big sister and "accommodating" of her two brothers over that decade and a half. But he's been a full time love to her two dads.
There is no aloofness with her, as she is very much a pack animal in this house - and we wouldn't have it any other way.
She is 15, so she has slowed down. There are no longer leaps from place to place and we have Kitty Kat Staircases® in a few rooms, which she uses expertly. The ottoman's magically move if she wants to from chair to sofa - as long as one of us are in the room with her.
And she is a talker - always has been. We call her Yellie.
I'd say she'll get extra love from us today, but I'm not sure that is humanly possible.
Song by: Rilo Kiley
Monday, June 14, 2021
Sunday, June 13, 2021
So I'm doing my 134th 12 of 12.
Normally it is 12 pictures taken on the 12th of the month. Since I only post once per day, you get my images the following day. All pictures taken with my iPhone. Click images to enlarge, if you choose.
Created by Chad Darnell and picked up from, what I can tell, any number of random bloggers who then link back to him and vice versa. Chad is no longer doing this, nor is successor coordinating the linking of other 12 of 12'ers anymore. Erik is back and I think he's picking up 12 of 12 again.