the ann wilson thing! #1

the ann wilson thing ep #1

1.) for what it’s worth
2.) fool no more
3.) ain’t no way
4.) danger zone

ann wilson, lead-singer of the renowned rock group, heart, returns with her first ever solo ep, entitled the ann wilson thing! – #1.

the project features covers of such legendary artists as aretha franklin, ray charles and buffalo springfield. wilson also co-wrote an all-new original track for the ep, “fool no more”, which she describes as “a heavy blues song about bad love and the fleeting of time.”

in 2007, she released her first solo full length lp through rounder records, hope & glory, which saw her covering some of rock and roll’s greatest heroes. this new ep sees the celebrated rock & roll hall of fame inductee exploring new creative and vocal territories by using her amazing gift in passionate interpretations of blues, soul and more.

Gail Zappa, January 1, 1945 – October 7, 2015

From the Zappa Family Trust Web Site

I am sad to share that….

Gail Zappa, nee Adelaide Gail Sloatman, age 70, departed this earth peacefully at her home on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, surrounded by her children.

Married to Frank Zappa at age 22, Gail was a doe-eyed, barefooted trailblazer, giving equal value to her domestic and professional responsibilities as matriarch of the family and overseer of all Zappa enterprises. She devoted herself to partnering with her husband in the music business and raising their children, Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva.

Gail enthusiastically executed her role as guardian of her husband’s creative life and, with his passing, strove to ensure his legacy as one of the leading American composers and musicians of the 20th century. In this and all business endeavors, Gail passionately advocated to establish clear definitions of intellectual property and copyright laws on behalf of not just her husband, but all artists. While she conducted intricate legal negotiations with corporations as grande dame of the Zappa Family Trust, she never failed to impart the sense of humor that was part and parcel of her indomitable and formidable personality. Gail, self-described as a pagan absurdist, was motivated by love in all aspects of her life, kept her authenticity intact, unbowed and, simply put, was one bad ass in the music business and political world.

Gail will forever be identified as a key figure in the creative renaissance that is Laurel Canyon. But more than any singular accomplishment, she defined herself in her personal relationships, happiest when surrounded by loved ones and artists, often one and the same. The memories she leaves behind are indeed her own art form. Her searing intelligence, unforgettable smile, wild thicket of hair and trailing black velvets leave a blur in her wake.

There is no further information to report. This is the only statement that will be released by the family.

Fortunate Son, My Life, My Music

When I hear the burly voice of John Fogerty I drift back in the music of our heart to the year 1969 and the song, “Proud Mary”. Rolling on a river…..

John Fogerty is on a publicity swing for his new book, Fortunate Son, My Life, My Music published by Little, Brown and Company. He visited the Howard Stern Show at the SiriusXM Studio this morning to talk about his new book, perform and more.

Stern fans are ecstatic about the quality of the interview and loved the John Forgerty’s live performance. His early life, career and various mishaps were out in the open for fans to hear. – See more at:

Congratulations Dennis McNally, Winner: ASCAP Music Writing Award, 2015

Congratulations Dennis McNally! I am elated for you that you received the ASCAP Music Writing Award, 2015.

Your book, On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom offers us an invaluable historic music perspective.

I’m adding your book to my purchase list. When the time comes I look forward to arranging for an autographed copy from you :)

Zenyatta Mondatta

35 Years Ago….

The Police released their third album, Zenyatta Mondatta. It features the two hit singles: “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da“. It reached number one on the UK Albums Chart.[1]

The album won The Police two Grammy Awards including Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and The Police’s second consecutive win for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Behind My Camel“.[2]

The cover art copyright is believed to belong to the label, A&M -, or the graphic artist(s)

Patti Smith – SVA Theatre, New Yorker Festival

Last night we attended the New Yorker Festival to see Patti Smith interviewed by David Remnick (Magazine, Editor-In-Chief).

We lined up early at the School of Visual Arts Theater on West 23rd Street in the Chelsea section of New York City. We watched as Norman Lear, sporting his classic straw hat was assisted to his SUV (he was interviewed prior to Patti).

Our seats turned out fantastic as we ended up sitting fourth row center.

Patti Smith lovingly read us a chapter “Clock with No Hands” about her adventures with Fred Sonic Smith. It was her first public reading from M Train her latest book (out on 10/6/15).

The Guardian covered the event. I refer you to their synopsis here. I found it very representative of how we felt about the event.

The special surprise was when David Remnick stepped out of character and performed on electric guitar to back Patti Smith on “Because The Night”. Our favorite song :)


Have I doubt when I’m alone
Love is a ring, the telephone


Cradle to the Grave – Squeeze

The band, Squeeze released their first studio album in 17 years, Cradle to the Grave in the UK on October 2nd. According to The Guardian, the reaction the band is getting live is, “Play more new material!”. That is quite an acknowledgement for the songwriting duo of Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford. They have built an enviable reputation with their classic hits (Up The Junction, Tempted, and Black Coffee  in Bed just to name a few ditties).


The Zombies – Still Got That Hunger

Reunited, The Zombies are back with a U.S. tour underway and a new album, Still Got That Hunger that drops next Friday October 9th.  Still Got That Hunger features a new version of their 1965 single “I Want You Back Again” along with nine brand new songs!

A centerpiece of The Zombies tour is the performance of the superlative album, Odessey and Oracle in its entirety. I’ve seen The Zombies play pieces of this cult classic live in concert before but not with the four original members and a backing band.

Enthusiastic to see them live on Oct 13th, in Ridgefield, CT at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Hopefully I will be able to buy a couple of autographed recordings that night for my collection ;)