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“Whip it to Shreds” The Blondie & Devo Review

Last night my husband and I went to see the musical show of Blondie and Devo courtesy of WXRT at the Chicago Theater.  My lucky hubby won the tickets from the radio station.  The tour is called “The Whip it to Shreds” and features  Debbie Harry, Clem Burke and Chris Stein, along with newer Blondie band members Leigh Foxx, Tommy Kessler and Matt Katz-Bohen and the original members  of Devo, Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale who took the stage with tour drummer Jeff Friedl rounding out the line-up.

Debbie Harry blasted on stage wearing her hair bleached blond and wild.  Her golden, glittering outfit was covered by a silvery overcoat.  Blondie played many fan favorites, but by the end of the night, Debbie was losing her stamina and her voice. The one song that I wanted to hear, “The Tide is High” never made the set list.  At one point, while she was singing “Heart of Glass”, it looked as if she had a crick in her side for she kept holding it as she sang.  Even though the crowd stood the whole time she was playing, there was not much dancing or jumping around.  I sat through most of it and caught myself up on emails.  Her performance was a yawn.

After an extra long intermission between Blondie going away and Devo coming on, the lights went down and the members of Devo walked one at a time on to the stage amid loud roars.  The crowd was still standing and moving to the punk rock music.  The spectacle reminded me of something from the Blue Man GroupIt crossed my mind that maybe the Blue Man Group copied from Devo to create their show. 

Devo’s pinnacle was when they performed “Whip it” and “Satisfaction” back to back.  The crowd was revved up and enjoying the show.  When the band threw “energy hats” to the audience, the fans went wild, jumping and grabbing to get the free hat.  Those hats, priced at $40, were on sale in the lobby.  Devo was definitely the hit for the night and made it worth the price of admission.  I enjoyed the Devo show.  The rocking de-revolutionists made me want to put my phone away, and never looked at it again.  Good going, Devo!

 

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Daddy’s Little Girl

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Daddy’s Little Girl by Al Martino     Listen by clicking the link.

I listened to the song “Daddy’s Little Girl” on 45 rpm record when I was a little girl repeatedly, every day.  I drove my mother crazy with the song and the inevitable tears that would fall with each new play.  I do not know if it was Al Martino’s voice or simply the lyrics of the song that touched some emotional switch in me to make me cry, however, sob I did.

I guess I played it so much that I cracked the record.  I still put it on the record player, crack and all.  It would skip, I would cry, and my mother would moan.  Finally, the record cracked so badly that I just had to throw it away.  It broke my heart to do it, but my mom, with her never-ending wisdom, said it would be best.

She was right, of course, because moms are always right.  I grew up and listened to other songs that made my  heart cry.  However, whenever I get a yearning, I will pull it up on my Mp3 player and give it a quick listen and a good cry.

 

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Taking It To The Streets

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Rock and Roll concerts bring all sorts of people together to share in good music and good times. 

Last night my husband and I went to see a free concert courtesy of “The Drive” 97.1 FM radio station for their 11th Anniversary.  On the venue were Dave Mason and The Doobie Brothers.  

Dave Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 and he played his familiar songs like “Dear Mr. Fantasy”, “Along the Watch Tower”, and “Feeling Alright”.  He is 66 years old and played his guitar like he was 20. 

The Doobie Brothers who have toured since the 70’s, played old and new hits.  They opened with “Jesus is Just Alright”   They played other songs like “Takin it to the Streets”, “China Grove”, and “Black Water” bringing back memories of my teenage years.  A few of their new hits were a little too country for me, but overall I enjoyed the music.

I felt the concert to be more laid back than other Rock and Roll concerts I have attended. It could be that the crowd was older.  However, there were two guys in front of us, who were not more than twenty-five, having a good time.  They knew all the songs, and at one point, blew up a beach ball and threw it into the audience. 

Watching as the ball went up into the crowd, reminded me of pictures I’ve seen of Woodstock and Altamont where sweaty and high concert-goers stood, swayed, and jammed to the music.  The two in front of us were jumping up and down excited to see the crowd responding to the ball, and it was a priceless moment.  There were high fives and yelling when the ball made it to the stage and the guitarist from the Doobie Brothers kicked it back into the audience.  I thought the two guys were going to wet their pants! 

Thank you to Chicago’s The Drive for allowing us the opportunity to share in a great musical moment.  Classic Rock is still attracting music lovers both young and old.  Long Live Rock!!

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Putter…Putter…Putter…

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I am a putterer.  A putterer, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary, is a person who regularly or occasionally engages in an activity as a pastime rather than as a profession.  I have named myself this because it is impossible to keep my mind from flitting from one subject to the next.  Where some people have the ability to focus on one thing exclusively and become good at it, I on the other hand, flit about, or putter with hundreds of things.  I guess I get bored or maybe I have adult ADHD and this is what it looks like.  Who knows?  All I know is that I cannot stick with any one thing so diligently, that I actually succeed at that one thing in a big way.  I guess I am the epitome of the quote, “Jack of all Trades; master of none”.

Here are some things that I have puttered with…

Singing.  I have always wanted to be a singer.  As a little girl, I stood in the bathroom mirror and sang to Donny Osmond and Michael Jackson songs.  At 17, I joined a band for about six months and lost my voice singing “Highway to Hell” by AC-DC.  I have sung at karaoke night, been in a talent show, and even tried out for “The Voice”.

At one point in my early years, I was not happy with myself; and I hated the way I spoke.  Following this further, I went to the library, picked up some English workbooks, and taught myself proper English.  It was not that hard, I had learned English in school. I just used too much slang when I spoke.  This helped me talk better and made me feel comfortable around others.

When my children were young, my family needed another income, but I did not want to get a job outside the home and leave my kids with strangers.  So I opened up my own daycare. It was a legitimate business with a license and a food program.  I had many clients with many babies who came and went through my home while my kids were growing up.  I even claimed it on my taxes.  Nevertheless, I got bored and it was hard always having your home as a place of business. Consequently, daycare led to going back to school full-time and working part-time to become a teacher.  After all, I still enjoyed kids; I just did not want to have them in my house.  With my own children older and in school all day, I could now focus on getting a BA in Education.

However, that still was not enough for me.  I then began reading about alternative medicine. No, I didn’t become a doctor! However, I did learn some interesting things about supplements, and ailments, and different cures for everyday things.  I also learned how eating affects your health, which lead to cooking!

Trying out different and healthy recipes became a new hobby of mine.  I took old recipes and adjusted them to the new and improved recipes.  I collected recipe books from garage sales and thrift stores.  I made some delicious meals and a few duds that even the dog would not eat.

I took up hobbies like sewing, woodworking, and gardening.  I collected books on each of those subjects, too.  I have made curtains for my whole house and for a few family members’ homes. One Easter Break, I decided to make a queen-sized bed out of pine. (I still sleep on this bed.) In addition, every spring I plant my garden of tomatoes, broccoli, and cucumbers.  I still have not perfected a good gardening technique.

When my bathroom desperately needed to be gutted and redone, I convinced my husband we could DIY it.  That too began on an Easter Break and lasted a few weeks after break to my husband’s dismay.  I have since, challenged myself to redo a room for under $500, laid two laminate floors, and painted every room in my house twice.

Then there is writing….  I have always, as long as I can remember, written: Diaries, journals, stories, jokes, articles, poems, and now, blogs.  I have tried to write novels, without much luck, because, I believe, I cannot stick with anything that long.  However, short blogs, short anything, I can do.

I am not sure if I will ever find one thing, I can stick with long enough to be good at it. I guess I really like to putter.  Oh, did I mention that I have been married 31 years?  Maybe I am a star at marriage.  Who knew???

Are you a putterer or dabbler like me?  Tell us about the puttering you do in your daily life.

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30 Days of Gratitude

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Day Fifteen:  Music.  Share a song that inspires you and lifts you up.

Rock Band for the Ages

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If I had Rock Band in my house when I was a teenager, I would have never left the house.  Seriously, I dreamed of having such a thing when I was growing up.  The closest I could come, was singing to 45’s and then albums in the living room mirror.  Often, the broom was my microphone, and the dog was my audience.  Sometimes, I sang in the bathroom mirror because the sound echoed better in the bathroom.  I sang “I’ll Be There” by Michael Jackson the best in the bathroom mirror.

I would have had great songs on my version of Rock Band.  My repertoire would have included songs by Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Donny Osmond, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and the Eagles.  I would have driven my mom crazy singing day and night while I imagined I was a star!

Luckily, I am not too old to still enjoy Rock Band in my living room.  Now, I have a real microphone and a kickin’ sound system to play it on.  And I don’t have to imagine I am a star….I am a rock star!!

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