☛Rolling Stone confirms that the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, is “finally happening.” (Were I forced to use one of their songs for a title, I might have preferred We Will Rock You.) Am I the only person who was unaware this movie was ever supposed to happen? Is this flick a good idea? An actor named Rami Malek who stars on a show called Mr. Robot will play Freddie Mercury. Look for this epic sometime in 2018.
☛Speaking of Rolling Stone, Rickie Lee Jones wrote a nice tribute to Walter Becker in its pages shortly after his death. He produced her excellent album Flying Cowboys. As much as I enjoyed her tribute, I hope she never writes one for me. Several times she refers to the guys as “homely” and says, “they made being cool more important than being handsome.” Ouch.
☛In chatting with fellow blogger Hackseptic, he reminded me of what a great album Steely Dan’s Katy Lied is. And while much of the later guitar solos were played by session guys, Becker was a fine, underrated guitarist. The solo from “Bad Sneakers” is exquisite and it’s all Walter. And in tribute to him, it’s the next solo I’m learning.
☛I’m hardly a Deadhead but I did kinda get into their tunes in the last few years and came to appreciate them more as a result of my series. A month or so ago, we went to see a band called Deadhead who did all covers of their tunes. They were pretty good but after two hours I’d had enough Dead music. But I do have their channel on pre-set on satellite and they make for good driving music.
☛When the Beatles station was announced on Sirius, I wondered how they’d fill up the time. I certainly don’t listen to it 24/7. But based on what I’ve heard thus far, they accomplish that reasonably well with guest DJ’s (e.g Peter Asher), songs, outtakes, countdowns and what seems like a decided McCartney leaning.
☛Paul McCartney lived at the Ashers’ house in London for a time when he was dating Peter’s sister Jane. While introducing songs on his Beatles segment, Peter reminisced about how he’d be hanging around the house while John and Paul sometimes wrote songs there. They played both “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “I’ve Just Seen a Face” for him and asked him what he thought. Consider that.
☛Dunkirk, the event, started out with the possibility of complete disaster and turned out to be yet another in the endless series of personal triumphs by the Brits. Dunkirk the movie conveyed that well, tried valiantly to be great, had to settle (IMHO) for being good. But I’m glad I saw it, gladder still it got made.
☛A couple of music magazines had Gregg Allman on the cover. Interestingly, the September issue of the British magazine Mojo did that. My observation has always been that the Brits, despite being great blues lovers, never had quite the enthusiasm for the Allmans as us Yanks. For one example, I read Elvis Costello’s autobio and he never once mentioned them. Yet he liked The Dead. Maybe I’m wrong on this. I’d like to think I am.
☛Some guy from a Ukulele site (!) posted a comment on my “What I Talk About on This Blog” page advising me I had made his Top 20 music blogs 2017. I thought that was really cool but chose not to single it out in a dedicated post. You can see that list here if you’re so inclined.
☛Bloggers are well aware that spammers try to use their comments sections to sell their products, lure you to a porn site or whatever. So typically they post a URL and make some random comment. One guy’s comment last week was, “I Let Myself Become A Fool,” and I thought, damn, what a great blues song title. Billie Holiday could have killed that.
☛It’s interesting – to me anyway – that Ireland hardly ever shows up in my statistics as a country where my blog is read. U2 couldn’t even get them interested. Probably have better things to do.