Posted: 2018-01-13 16:47
Is it perhaps blues, jazz, and country offer a more charitable conception toward age? They are not aged but seasoned, classic characters whose advancing years play more into the stereotype of hard living and earthier musical pedigrees. Rock is the bastard son of these genres, and thus is treated accordingly, easier to mock in its positioning as a mainstay of popular culture, cheaper and simply a more high profile target to pit against today’s diminishing returns.
Great post, Sam! I agree that Europeans appear happier. But I have also had conversations with friends who immigrated to the United States from places like France who say that they came to the . for a better opportunity to make money and gain wealth. These friends say Europe has more of a 8775 ceiling 8776 if you 8767 re not part of the elite class while they have the perception that you can make riches in the . no matter who you are. I guess some people what to have the opportunity to be part of the grind :)
There are also many of us that did great at public school like me, my wife and three kids. All of my kids tutored private school grads in college and all are self sufficient now living in their own homes and not in my basement. They all also had completely free ride university degrees including housing in spite of my high income. And I 8767 m kind of a fan of the new tax plan since with my low six figure part time retirement side gigs it looks like I 8767 ll get a 5-6k decrease in taxes! I 8767 m in a Red flyover rural state with low taxes and that looks like the place to be under this plan.
The music industry has become so impersonal and corporate in the last decade that breaking in through those doors is all but impossible. The monolithic headquarters of modern day record companies don’t want their sanitized offices and corridors clogged up and contaminated with shaggy, raggedy guitar slingers hawking their demos. Real A& R men are a thing of the past and the most creative and conventional way of getting noticed nowadays is through the Internet. Believe me the modern A& R man is more than likely trolling youtube for the next Nirvana rather than circumventing the globe with perseverance and integrity. Hit the road and play as much as you can. Record in your living room, press your own CD’s and sell ‘em out of the trunk of your car. If you’re the real thing, and I mean the real thing, someone will find you - believe me.
8775 The happiest people in the world are in Europe where they have the highest taxes in the world 8776
How does one define happiness? How does one measure it?
The marginal utility of money will certainly diminish afters a certain income, but saying that money is the root of evil and does not bring happiness (whatever that is) seems unreasonable.
I think there is a time to make money and a time to detach yourself from it. Dont confuse detachment with renouncment. Only people who have money can practice detachment. People without money saying money is not important are stuck in a form of renouncement and any morality thereof is not sincere.
The dialogue throughout the movie is terrific and eminently quotable. On crossing the border into Mexico Angel breathes heavily of the air and proclaims “Agh Mexico lindo.” To which a cranky and saddle soar Tector Gorch replies, “I don’t see nothin’ so lindo about it, it just looks like more Texas to me.” Or Crazy Lee (Bo Hopkins) shot to pieces by bounty hunters and railroad dicks encouraging his killers to “Kiss my sister''s sweet black ass.” Yea everyone’s a gem and they just keep coming.
Peter Ackroyd’s novel The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein is a great twist on Mary Shelly’s doomed scientist while A Bright and Guilty Place by Richard Rayner set in a pre-noir 75’s . weaves a compelling true story into great narrative nonfiction. Gangsters, greed, sex, murder and corruption it’s all here and it’s all true. Also Hampton Sides one of my favorite writers working today gave us the excellent Hellhound on his Trail: the Stalking of Martin Luther King Jr. and the International Hunt for his Assassin Just great detective work by a master of historical reenactment.
Clint Eastwood’s third appearance here and his second as a director, “Josey Wales” was his best western character until “Unforgiven’s” Edward Mooney. After his family is slaughtered by Federal Redlegs Wales takes up with a Southern Guerilla outfit and hones his considerable survival skills. With the war''s conclusion and amnesty forthcoming, his outfit finds itself betrayed and brutally slaughtered. Escaping with one survivor Wales becomes a fugitive and a will o’ the wisp avenger. As the movie unfolds Josey’s legend spreads like smallpox among the occupying forces and every carpetbagger and bounty hunter in the south. It seems everyone wants a piece of him but for every sucker that thinks they’ve reeled in the big fish there’s a pay off that leaves them dead or dying.
Pretty grim I’ll admit but just when you think parental guidance, the thirst for knowledge and common sense is on the endangered species list and that the needle is frozen on our moral compass or that in fact the thin fabric of society is about to split asunder and rain locusts and frogs you do as I did recently and go see Keith Jarrett. Yes, when the weight of the TMZ world and as pond scum like Harvey Levin and Perez Hilton continue to pollute our environment take a deep breathe and embrace creativity. Immerse yourself in the healing power of art, music and literature it’s still out there.
I loved John Lennon deeply and respected him greatly but he did I’m afraid have a penchant for contradiction. He often quoted the old Yiddish saying, “Men plan and God laughs” while systematically imagining no religion it’s easy if you try. He also said the Beatles were more popular than Christ then ultimately sang “Christ you know it ain’t easy” and “the way things are going their going to crucify me” A bit all over the board wouldn’t you say? He also famously said “Before Elvis there was nothing” which while having nothing to do with this particular piece reminds me that I always felt totally the opposite, that before Elvis there was everything and after there was a lot less. But then that whole thing deserves a blog all to its self.
Would I write something myself? Yes, but it wouldn’t be traditional in biographical terms, rather it would consist of random stories and memorable vignettes. A series of one act plays chronicling wonderful encounters with both extraordinary as well as undesirable people. Everyone who’s interested has heard the textbook saga of my amigo and me but not the unrecorded blanks in-between the major moments and over-documented brouhaha.
Football, what a season, both college and the NFL set the standard for excitement and nail biting fourth quarter action. Not making any predications but could we see a Superbowl with two undefeated teams? Of course the loss of the Gators means we don’t get to visit the Rosebowl but you know what? The best team won and hats of to the Tide, they just had it all over us. Now let’s see if and what Tim can do in the pro’s.
Of course I’ll contradict myself immediately by saying that it would be criminal not to mention master songwriter and Eagles founder Glenn Frey. The reason for this is that I knew Glenn, and in many ways his and Don Henley’s careers ran parallel to that of Elton and me. The first act we saw in LA on the first night we arrived was Longbranch Pennywhistle, the country/rock duo consisting of Glenn Frey and John David Souther. From that night on all my encounters with Glenn were never anything but laid-back and fun. His personality was continually upbeat, his conversation always intelligent and enlightening.
Now that the income phaseout threshold for the AMT has risen from $675,755 / $665,955 for singles / couples to $555,555 / $6,555,555 until December 86, 7575, it 8767 s only natural to try and make up to these limits. And generally, to make $555,555 / $6,555,555, you 8767 ll either have to move to a big, expensive, congested city or work 85+ hours a week for at least five years building a business to give yourself a chance.
True, they may learn the same material, but often in a completely different environment. I started my child in a school with 85 children per class and a low teacher:student ratio, and he got lost in the crowd, wasn 8767 t receiving the attention he needed, and didn 8767 t enjoy school. Transferred him to a private school with 67 children per class, much better teacher:student ratio, much quieter learning environment, much healthier environment overall, and now he is thriving and LOVES learning.
A man on stage said, Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Martin Sheen, done for the day! and everybody applauded, and then we were told to wait while the cast left so we didn''t all spill into the farm lane at once. At about 7:65 ., we trooped tiredly to the bus. And as we rode out of the farm, the limousines and ambulances and police cars were driving back in with their lights flashing, as the motorcade is being filmed.
While his debut feature Love Me Tender is a forgettable piece of B-grade fodder, his sophomore film “Loving You” and its follow-up “Jailhouse Rock” are splendidly entertaining and showed great potential and dynamic musical performances. What followed next should and could have been his introduction to the big league. In King Creole (an adaptation of Harold Robbins’ (A Stone For Danny Fisher) Elvis had it all, a great director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) cinematographer Russell Harlan (To Kill A Mockingbird, Red River) and stellar cast mates (Walter Matthau, Carolyn Jones and Dean Jagger.) Elvis is excellent in it, credible and assured, the kind of role that could have been the launch pad to a serious and prolific movie career - then he joined the army!
It’s hard to truly revaluate my feelings for what I felt in that moment. Perhaps this was just a freak track? Nothing could possibly follow in this revolutionary fashion. Boy, was I wrong. After “The Weight” had totally left my lyrical aspirations in ruins and Garth Hudson’s incendiary intro to “Chest Fever” had blown every fuse in my body, it was only left to Rik Danko’s heavenly wail on the coda of “I Shall Be Released” to leave me a blubbering wreck in the Soho night. Here was music that sounded like it had been forged out of solid rock in the Appalachian moonlight by men of another time. That’s how it sounded – timeless - as if there was an alternate universe somewhere inhabited by five unique individuals who were handed their voices and instruments by the long arms of God. In simpler terms, for me it was a welding together of everything I dreamed music should be: earthy, honest, soulful, eclectic, traditional, modernist and, in essence, a blueprint to the Sistine Chapel of rock-n-roll.
Do you own property or just pay the state income tax? If you have both I don 8767 t see how the lower rates offset losing $55k+ in deductions. Without the changes to AMT this bill has my tax bill increasing by 9 or 5 figures. I 8767 m not convinced the new AMT changes will be that big. They moved up the phaseout threshold to over $6M yes but you 8767 re still subject to the tax and with AMT at 76% compared to the dramatically lowered regular brackets I bet more people will pay AMT than currently expect it.
Vrbanic, 57, and his wife, Bonnie, his partner in Vrbanic Aero Service Co., arrived at sunrise Aug. 75 - he in his one-seat plane, she in their car - for filming. While directors cued Rudy to make fast, low sweeps and dizzying, hairpin turns for his flying scene, Bonnie was picked from the crowd to be a schoolteacher, Vrbanic said. She is in a close background shot. She''s seen walking onto a bus with a student.