Long Train Runnin’ Doobie Brothers, Just Keep On Pushing Straight Ahead

I caught The Doobie Brothers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the other night. They were reunited once more with Michael McDonald and performed an extended “Long Train Runnin” which included “Takin It to the Streets”.

They were also joined on keyboards by Bill Payne, co-founder of Little Feat (upper right hand corner). Bill Payne has recorded on several Doobie Brothers albums. Its unfortunate he wasn’t mentioned on the broadcast. I have seen Bill Payne perform four times with Little Feat live and twice with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. He’s a versatile keyboardist and articulate lyricist.

All in all, it’s great to reconnect with The Doobie Brothers. I bought the Pono edition of The Captain and Me which sounds fantastic for a 42 year old album! I have also been savoring the Southbound  “duets” guest star recording done in Nashville.

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Doobie Brothers – Long Train Running Indeed

There are several classic rock bands from the 70’s still actively touring today. The Doobie Brothers have been performing live for five decades, which is pretty incredible. I recall playing their music in strong rotation when I was a college disk jockey on WNHU-FM 88.7 in 1973/1974.

They are one of this bands that rock steady and have a strong, dedicated fan base. The Doobie Brothers are coming to New Haven, CT on Sunday May 24th to play at the College Street Music Hall. I’d love to see them there, its adjacent and just the right size hall for music.

The College Street Music Hall opens in April. It’s great to have the old Palace Theater restored and back in business as an entertainment venue. I hope it thrives and I plan to support it as a concert goer.

Premier Concerts is the promoter behind the College Street Music Hall venture. I have attended their concerts over the years. It’s not easy making a living in 2015 as a concert promoter. I have to hand it to Premier Concerts, they book some excellent shows in my market.


Taking It To The Streets

I followed through on the first of my 2013 New Years Resolutions. I am branding MusicOfOurHeart as my second line of business. This is an evolutionary step to form a later stage secondary career as a digital music journalist. Technically I have been a music writer since 1975 (38 years) My primary career continues to be in education as an information technology professor and instructional technologist (29 years).

I will be leveraging my long-term music interests to produce a secondary revenue stream to help offset my costs as a dedicated music fan.  It’s always been an active pursuit of mine to find a creative way for my music  hobby to help pay for itself.

By the way how do you like my new business card? 😉


Several recent accomplishments with the music industry have boosted my confidence to step up.

1. Just like the brand new deli or convenience store on the corner where you live, I can proudly hang the first $100 bill earned with this business. Thanks to WordPress WordAds I received that $100 via PayPal last month! Monetizing a blog without diluting your content is doable. I am convinced I will see a five fold increase in monetization revenue in 2013.

2. I am being requested to write more music blog posts for leading companies. Through my journalism connection with Ti.dal I have become the top professional music blogger with SONY Popmarket Backstage. This is the official Blog for Sony Music‘s Legacy Recording Division. I will soon hit 200 blog posts online with that strategic music business partner.

I have also been asked to write music blog posts for Pepsi. I wrote a music blog post about Justin Timberlake‘s “Suit and Tie” recording that he featured last night on the Grammy Awards with Jay-Z. I have written for the Pepsi SuperBowl Halftime events that featured Beyonce. I was also asked over the weekend to write a blog post for last night’s CBS Grammy Awards event. You can find those blog posts elsewhere on this blog.

The challenge for me is to keep up my existing professional music contacts that I have written proudly with for free for all these years yet find a way to begin to charge reasonable fees for my writing.

3. I have also been requested to write an article about two upcoming related events the launch of Talent Army and The Big Apple Indie Music Series . I am developing greater recognition through LinkedIn for my increased music journalism skills.

4. I have started writing a book about live music performance. The recent series about music journalism is helping  actualize that I can become a recognized digital music journalist in the sea of music bloggers.

5. I still plan to have 1-2 major music magazine articles published in 2013. The year is still young 😉

So that is why I am Taking It To The Streets, no make that Taking It To The Web.

Micheal McDonald echoes my sentiment: You Don’t Know Me, But I’m Your Brother

That’s what I plan to do 😉

Let me know your thoughts below. As always thanks for reading and believing.

The Doobie Brothers – Listen to the Music

The Doobie Brothers are my chosen topic for the Music of Our Heart 400th post. Their song, “Listen to the Music“, from has been my earworm today. I love how the Donn Landee engineered the sonics on the Doobie Brothers first hit. Donn utilized the sounds he invented on Eric Burdon and the Animals’ hit, “Sky Pilot“. What really grabs the listener’s attention in “Listen to the Music” are the stratosphere guitar riffs which are strongly accented by the syncopation of the two Doobie Brothers drummers.

Listen to the Music

The Doobie Brothers had 9 Top 20 singles in the Hot 100 from 1972-1989. They are a venerable American Rock & Roll institution for more than 40+ years.

There have been different eras of The Doobie Brothers starting with the first hit making group in 1972 with Tolouse Street.

Two of the most recognizable foundation members who still play with steadfast conviction in 2011 are guitarist/vocalist/songwriters Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons.

Doobie Brothers 1971

  • Tom Johnston – guitars, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
  • Patrick Simmons – guitars, banjo, flute, vocals
  • Dave Shogren – bass, guitar, backing vocals
  • Michael Hossack – drums, percussion
  • John Hartman – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Then there was the period from 1974-1979 with Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, (infamous session guitarist who also played with Steely Dan). This period was then overlapped with the  Michael McDonald  era (1975-1987). Michael served as an identifiable vocalist and keyboards player.

The Doobie Brothers still tour strongly each year and give their fans lots of love coupled with enthusiasm.