Right now on the 7stones player is Missing Persons - Destination Unknown, singing "Where do we go from here?" Great question.
Here it is, the last day of 2014. Right now, some place on this terrestrial ball it is already 2015. But one must remember it is all relative. After all, time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening all at once. Right? Reflecting on the past 12 months, there were good times and bad times, and times I cannot even recall (thankfully, maybe). Some of the best of times for me included discovering new artists and new music. Well, some of it included old artists and music I have known most of my life. It was not all acquiring recordings. It also included live performances by local artists - some of whom have become friends.
So, in this time of reflection and thoughtful cleveration, I shall attempt to list some of my favorite happenings and mappings as is in the nature of the vocation of this dignified blogatorium. Whatever the hell all that means.
Vinyl and CD Discoveries from the Past
I start out with the purchase of two pieces from my Pittsburgh past: Porky Chedwick - Porkology (1984), and Bill Cardille - Chilly Billy Goes on Record (1969). The former is an autographed 45 rpm, the latter is an autographed LP. Neither are musicians. Porky was a Pittsburgh DJ whose career spanned from the formative years of rock n' roll to his passing at age 96 in 2014. Bill Cardille was a famous local television personality that hosted Chiller Theater on Channel 11 in Pittsburgh in the early 60s through the mid-70s. On the single, Porky repeats many of his famous DJ phrases over mid-80s rock. The Chilly Billy LP is largely comedy skits, of which you would have to have been familiar with Chiller Theater to enjoy.
In the same vein, Block Busters - The Young Sound of Today (1968), ranks as one of the more interesting exploito psychedelic rock LPs I've acquired. The music selections are obviously performed by different artists but the only information we are given are the song titles, which include popular songs like "MacArthur Park" and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose" as well as original compositions by unknown songwriters. Interestingly, the same songs appear, in the same tracking order, on Young Sound of '68, but on that LP, performance credit is given to Strings For Young Lovers, Animated Egg, Donnie Burke, Little Joe Curtis, and The Mustang. Still no song credits, which is typical of these exploito albums that were usually found in the check out aisles in department and grocery stores in the mid-to-late 60s.
And here it ends. I had spent hours writing and uploading photos to this entry, only to have it disappear when I tried to save. So I started over without photos, thinking that was the problem, but yet again, I lost most of it when I wrote more than two paragraphs without saving. This site appears to be quite unstable. I have lost my writing in the past and had to recreate by memory. This time I've had it. I will be searching for a new blog site in the next few days.
I wish you all a happy new year! Be safe. I'll keep everyone posted as to where I end up. I'll keep this site open until I find a new home and will post how to find me right here. See ya!