Sonic Saturday – Little Richard: Tutti Frutti

Little Richard is one of the fathers of Rock and Roll. He passed away on May 9, 2020. Born Richard Wayne Penniman, Little Richard had a stellar career in music and lived a very full and colorful life. He influenced many artists whose work we are all familiar with. He leaves behind a legacy of music that we will remember for years to come.

Rush – Tom Sawyer – In Memory of Neal Peart #nealpeart #peart #rush #canada

Neal Peart who was one of the greatest drummers ever to pick up sticks passed away on January 10, 2020. Peart along with Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson made up the legendary Canadian rock band Rush. Peart’s play is other-worldly. His drums are silent and he will be very much missed. Rock on with the Saints good sir.

Dad Rock

A person I work with made me aware of a term for the music of my generation, “Dad Rock”. Music from people like Huey Lewis and the News, Boston, Phil Collins, Genesis, Kansas, Supertramp, Cheap Trick, Steely Dan, Heart, Foreigner, Jefferson Starship, Rick Springfield, Styx, Toto, Chicago, Van Halen, Peter Frampton, and the list goes on. All of these artists are important to my generation.

I am not a dad but I won’t shy away from embracing the term. Friends I am a middle-aged person who came of age in the 1980’s.

As the scene is dominated by Taylor Swift, Jay Z, Beyonce’, Fall Out Boy, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Megan Trainor, Katy Perry, etc. today its safe to say that “Dad Rock” in some way influenced today’s talent in much the same way my father’s “Dad Rock” inspired the music of my generation.

It is interesting that music of my generation is being used in commercials to appeal to my age range. The nostalgic angle is a good one to sell goods and services. It’s all good though.

Remembering David Bowie

I was surprised and saddened to hear of the death of David Bowie this morning. He was 69 years old but a very young 69. He gave the world some amazing music and entertained millions over his legendary career. His performance of “Heroes” at Live Aid back in 1985 remains my favorite performance of his. Bowie was one of my sisters favorite performers. May we all be heroes today and remember the Man who Fell To Earth. Rest in peace Ziggy Stardust.

Music Monday: “That Thing You Do”

Title song from the film That Thing You Do!, as performed by The Wonders.

This is one of my favorite Tom Hanks movies. Set in the era of early rock and roll this movie is stylish and fun.

Meryl Streep and Rick Springfield In A Movie, Yes Please!

I am looking very much forward to this movie. The greatest actor of our lifetime with an iconic rock star / soap actor. It’s rom com meets rock. There is much to like about this flick.