Sunday, October 30, 2011


Confession? No, not me. But I did read John Grisham's last novel, The Confession.  Now I do must admit, this book has been out for a while and I've left it on my shelf. A story about a potential innocent man's stay on death row with the clock ticking. 

Speaking of ticking, time is ticking away on 2011 and I'm confessing to my weak pace of reading. Thirty-nine books have been read this year as opposed to a total of 101 last year. But, this year was about quality and not quantity and I've read some great books this year, with many more to go as we start the holiday season.

Grisham's facebook page recently had a contest, asking which is your favorite Grisham's book, mine? The Firm.  What is yours? (The Litigators was released just last week.)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wouldn't It Be Nice?

If Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Al Jardine and Brian Wilson, the surviving founders of the Beach Boys got back together for some new music and a reunion tour? Well, hold on to your surf boards, Rolling Stone magazine is reporting that the Masters of  Good Vibrations are in the studio and cutting a 5-CD set and subsequent tour as they celebrate their fifty, yes thats 50 years in music. Although Love quips five CD's may be too much and Wilson isn't quite on board with playing with the band again as he states, " I don't really like working with the guys." Read more...

Holy Hang Ten, what a great experience that show would be?

For those few NBA fans still out there, who is Mike Love's nephew?  Hint: He plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In other Music news:

 Neil Young and Rod Stewart are joining the likes of Stephen Tyler (Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?), Sammy Hagar (Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock), Eric Clapton (Clapton: The Autobiography) Keith Richards (Life), Ronnie: The Autobiography, Don Felder (Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)), David Crosby (Since Then: How I Survived Everything and Lived to Tell About it) and Pat Benetar (Between a Heart and a Rock Place: A Memoir) and publishing their memoirs.  Must be the going thing.

Young's Waging Heavy Peace and Stewart's, yet to be titled "hold nothing back" memoir are due out in 2012.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bryan Adams Concert Review: Getting Re-acquainted

As we so often discover, we go our separate ways and  lose touch with those that we were once close to. Five years, ten years, sometimes decades go by until our paths cross again. Such was the case at the Bryan Adams concert at the Minneapolis State Theater last Thursday night.

Loved his tunes in the 80's but then lost touch with his music a few years after graduating college. Reckless was the last album back in '84 that I best recall. That along with the Cuts Like a Knife in '80 had great hits such as Cuts Like a Knife, Straight From the Heart, Heaven and Summer of 69.  Little did I know that he's released 11 albums after that and a bit of a maniac following internationally. Music isn't Adams' only passion, he's become an accomplished  photographer too, his works appearing in Vogue,Harper's BAZAAR, Esquireand Interviewamong others. His current Editor in Large for Zoomer Magazine;

He played hits from days gone by and several more as part of his Bare Bones tour, just him, an acoustic guitar and a piano, played by Gary Breit.

With two seats left vacant in the front row, Adams called out to the balcony and picked two fans to come down and sit for the last third of the show.  Not to anyones surprise a few other fans took advantage, but alas, security escorted them away so the two lucky audience members could sit and enjoy the rest of the performance.

A smaller venue provides such a greater experience as it allows the audience to be part of the show, whether calling out requests or actually hearing the artist chat, laugh and tease the audience, oh and sing too on a more personal level - friends getting together for a little reminiscing, sharing memories and learning what's new.

If you don't get a chance to see his show, pick up his Bare BonesTour CD, it's memorable!

Track List:

You've Been a Friend to Me/ Here I Am/ I'm Ready/ Let's Make a Night to Remember/ It Ain't a Party (If You Can't Come 'Round) /(Everything I Do) I Do It For You/ Cuts Like a Knife /Please Forgive Me / Summer of '69/ Walk On By / Cloud Number Nine / It's Only Love / Heaven / The Right Place/ The Way You Make Me Feel / The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me Is You/ You're Still Beautiful to Me / Straight From the Heart / I Still Miss You...a Little Bit / All for Love