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I knew that one day I would eventually get around to creating a podcast. It’s the first step toward getting my TV show out of the notebook and into something real. But that’ll be done another day. Right now, podcast.  Why now? I had a close encounter with a seemingly closed mind on twitter.  Someone I had thought was level headed, fair, balanced and all that.

Someone whom I now see as perhaps overly sensitive, quick to judge and possibly paranoid.

I wonder ((?)) what would she think of Alyssa Milano’s “Evolution” video posted on my tumblr at

iAuthor Tom Hobbs ‏@Kindlemojo has written an e-book he often promotes with the tweet “The Novel that proves: You can’t cure stupid!”

Perhaps that’s applicable here.

It all started with a pop music video.

Below you’ll find the link to my podcast which details the events and my stance.

UPDATE January 6, 2016 ::: Just got this email —> “Since you are on the FREE Buzzsprout plan, episodes older than 90 days will be deleted. The following episodes are scheduled for deletion before the end of your current cycle on February 5th.” So if it is past that date and you are reading this, you’re out of luck. If I re-post the podcast elsewhere, I’ll link to it here.



There’s panic across America. Demons sprouting up here, there and everywhere. Among them are recurring attention-stealers like #Kardashian butt, #Ferguson, #CosbyMeme, Buffalo’s Snowmageddon, Hillary Clinton and of course, Middle East conflicts.

Closer to the mortal plane and to the minds of those who once were young: the ongoing skit pitting Led Zeppelin against Spirit. Battle lines were drawn in May 2014. The final outcome will be verrrry interesting, I see it dynamically impacting future copyright claims.

To keep the ship right, one must look back to the mid-1960s, a time when it was common for bands to “borrow and re-work,” essentially re-imagine and re-design older tunes – especially blues numbers, something the pre-Zep Yardbirds and the very early Rolling Stones specialized in. Even the Beatles dabbled in old songs, like “My Bonnie”…

In the interest of stirring up some trouble of my own, I turn your attention toward our beloved ancient rock icons The Rolling Stones. Let’s admit we creative types all beg, borrow and steal, albeit much of the time unintentionally and unconsciously.

Keith Richards says he envisioned “Satisfaction” as a country song before he chanced upon the Fuzzbox. With such a distinctive opening, there was nothing like it back in ’65.

Richards himself THOUGHT he got the idea Martha & the Vandellas’ “Dancing in the Street.” At times, the Stones fretted over music that others might interpret as “borrowed” – k d Lang received a writing credit for “Anybody Seen My Baby?”, whose chorus sounds strikingly similar to “Constant Craving”. The story goes Mick Jagger discovered his daughter listening to a recording of “Constant Craving” on her stereo and realized he had heard the song before many times but only subliminally.

I’ve always suspected he got the spark for the classic opening riff of “Satisfaction” from hearing the guitar lick within “Since You Broke My Heart.” What do YOU think?

Starting out in life and building a career is easier for some of us, but not so much for others. Years ago my best friend’s brother had his heart set on becoming a trucker – driving those ‘big rigs’ cross-country. He went to a special school to learn how to drive the behemoths. But he couldn’t get work. I asked him why and he said “because every place I apply, they want someone with a minimum one year experience.” That was the last time I saw him, he even had a belt on that had a little tractor-trailer buckle on it. I don’t know if his dream ever came true or not. One of my favorite twitterers, Roslynn Cobarrubias, has a great presentation relating to starting out. Although her piece is directed toward the music industry, the parallel lines run deep and you can apply the thoughtstream here to any career choice. The most important thing: never give up, and don’t listen when people tell you you CAN’T do something. You can do it! Thanks Ros, for this article. I hope it helps others who are coming up!


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Had a blast returning to Cal State Fullerton to join fellow Walnut High School alum (Class of 2012) Christianne Holly Santiago on her Wednesday morning radio show called, “Your Morning Poison.” Walking thru campus down under the library where Titan Internet Radio still operates several years later with old rugs STILL on the wall gave me a sense of familiarity and comfortability before the interview. It was a humbling experience to return back to the place where working in the music industry was a developing dream after years as a working professional and now business owner. Holly and I discussed topics that came directly from CSUF students about the value of internships, how to network properly and developing your personal brand. I hope that anyone listens to it HERE or reads the interview below is inspired in whatever field they are in to continue to stay focused on…

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“Old age ain’t what it used to be,” quipped a friend of mine as we discussed a post I published on my blogspot about author Elizabeth Wurtzel. The more I thought about it, the truer it rang.

When I was a kid, old people were not only out of it, but many were “hollow” in that they had no concept or relation to modern society, at least when viewed through my young eyes!  Jump to 2013, when “old’ no longer means that – just look at some of the cultural icons – Madonna, Woody Allen, Tony Bennett***, Willie Nelson, The Rolling Stones, Karl Lagerfeld… To be so “old” but maintain “coolness” and relevancy means that the 25-year old mind occupying the 45-year old brain of Lizzie Wurtzel is probably more the rule than the exception in today’s world. So if you thought the boomers were acting young, living life like they’d never get old, wait ’til the next generations reach elderly status…

***Bennett, at age 86, will venture online Tuesday to mark the release of “Tony Bennett Live at the Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964.” His entire Columbia Records catalog will become available for the first time in digital form on Tuesday. The crooner will take part in an open forum Q-and-A on Twitter, take questions from fans via Facebook and participate in a live video chat on HuffPo.

Yuja Wang at my desk, watching Harpo Marx play piano, when we met at the WAMC studios in August ’08!

Some people are born with talent. It seems to ooze out of their pores. They travel under lucky stars while the rest of us wait and hope that someday our ships will come in. The most lucky are the ones remembered down thru the ages. Homer. DaVinci. The great statesmen, composers and musicians of centuries past.

The Marx Brothers were incredibly talented. Even today, more than 70 years after their run of fame, Groucho, Harpo, Chico (and to a lesser extent Zeppo) will make you laugh (just watch any of their early classic movies).

There’s an old saying “everything that comes around, goes around” — in doing a little net-based research for an interview with gifted (and extremely talented) Chinese pianist Yuja Wang, I bumped into YouTube video of Harpo Marx at the keyboard. Yes, Harpo, not Chico… I’m totally convinced that Harpo’s “performance” must be what inspired The Who early on in the band’s career… What do YOU think?

After I wrapped up the interview with Yuja, she took a brief look at two videos I found on YouTube: the one of Harpo, referenced above, the other of Chico doing one of his little fancy comical piano ditties. She loved them! She laughed out loud, same way I hear others laugh the first time they see the Marx Brothers perform. My personal favorite of all the MXBros movies is “A Night At The Opera” with Kitty Carlisle. Classic. Hilarious. Like I posted recently somewhere here, they just don’t make movies like they used to, except on rare occasions, like “Batman”…

I’ll betcha 100 dollars if Harpo were around today he’d be writing a blog…

“Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.”-Kahil Gibran

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Yuja’s Next concert:28/30 July & 1/3 August Verbier, Switzerland
Recital & Chamber programs
30 July Recital with Gautier Capuçon
1 August Recital with Leonidas Kavakos

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