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Happy Father’s Day

Posted in family, Music with tags , , on June 16, 2019 by kozmicdogz

This is a photo of my father probably taken in 1963 in front of the stereo with his tenor saxophone hanging around his neck.

This is how I remember him from my childhood, with his saxophone, in his tuxedo and smiling. My father was probably not quite 50 years old in this photo.

I remember my father saying that he needed to buy a good stereo before my little brother was born because once he was born (Nov. 64) my father would not have the money.

In the photo you can see a reel to reel tape recorder, probably a wollensack with boxed tapes on the shelf below. A sculpture of a twin engine airplane made from used artillery shells by a friend of my father’s while in Australia during WWII. A bowling trophy that my mother earned during the brief two years that she bowled. Bongos, LP’s and the Fisher amp my son-in-law has repaired and is using now in his new house. The viking ship on the top shelf was an Aurora model that I believe me and my brother collaborated on and was one of our favorites.

My father left this life in June 2003.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there and to all those who father the ones who have none.

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Grace Street Seven

Posted in Art, Music with tags , , , , , , on May 8, 2019 by kozmicdogz

 

Last Thursday we spent a delightful evening at the VMFA listening to the Grace Street Seven. A seven piece band playing songs from the 1920s and 30s. Led by crooner Jay Brown, the band brought back memories and visions from the past.

They played 3 sets and opened with a ragtime song by Scott Joplin. Brown sang and alternately played banjo, slide kazoo, and tenor sax. The other members were: piano, drums, bass, trumpet, clarinet and an amazing alto sax player who occasionally would bring out his soprano sax. All great musicians.

What a wonderful surprise to find this band that appears to have been around for quite a while. I am glad we finally got a chance to travel with them to another era.

More photos from May 2nd.

Indigenous Gourd Orchestra

Posted in Art, Music, Richmond with tags , , , on March 3, 2019 by kozmicdogz

The Indigenous Gourd Orchestra plays for a benefit to raise money to eradicate invasive species from the James River Park System.

March 1, 2019 – Westower Station on Forest Hill Avenue in Southside Richmond.

For more photos go HERE!

Icepick to the Moon

Posted in Art, Film, Music on October 4, 2018 by kozmicdogz

Friday September 28th director Skizz Cyzyk brought his film “Icepick to the Moon” to Richmond, VA. The film, investigates the mysterious Reverend Fred Lane and his relationship to the Raudelunas arts collective in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The film showing was at Sound of Music in Scott’s edition. Before the film the ragtag improve group, Waiting for Ladonna played. This onetime musical group featured: Paul Watson (electric guitar & his secret effects) , Danny Finney (ripped paper & water falls), Fred McGann, Rebby Sharp (on the phone, fiddle, and keyboard), Pippin Barnett (percussion & record player), Tom Campagnoli (sticks & soprano sax), and LaDonna Smith (violin).

The film played to a full house and afterwards, more music with LaDonna, George Lowe and others.

For more information on this film and Skizz: Fred Lane

Aaron Neville

Posted in Music, Photography, Richmond with tags , on August 11, 2018 by kozmicdogz

Aaron Neville (b.1941) of the Neville Brothers at the Tin Pan in Richmond, VA – August 10, 2018.

Singing ballads from Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Sam Cooke and original material. Even a rendition of “Love Potion No. 9”

Neville was contemplative and took his audience on a private trip down memory lane, mentioning his recently deceased brother, Linda Ronstdat, and growing up as a child singing for free admission to the movie theater.

An intimate setting with only piano accompaniment, Neville mesmerized the mostly white and over 50 crowd.

Tom & Marty Band

Posted in Art, Film, Music with tags , , , on July 11, 2017 by kozmicdogz

In the winter of 2002 the Tom and Marty Band played live at the Firehouse Theatre in Richmond Va to silent films by Georges Melies & Zecca. As of today, this was the last time they played publicly.

The Man Who Fell To Earth [videorecording]

Posted in Film, Music with tags , , , on September 12, 2016 by kozmicdogz

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Working in a library we have these catalog cards that once were used to find books, videos, or just about anything in a library. Mostly they are no longer used. They were arranged in wooden drawers by subject, title, and author.

Most of us in the library who have been there for a while still have a few, some of us have hundreds of these cards in their desk drawers or on a shelf in their office using the blank back sides of the cards for making notes, holding places in books, or labeling library carts.  I had pulled the top card of my deck hidden away behind some books to make myself a reminder and looked at the title of the item that was cataloged. It was the cataloging card for the 1980 video cassette release of  the 1976 movie “The Man Who Fell to Earth” directed by Nicholas Roeg and starring David Bowie.  It was cataloged by lw on July 27, 1982. It is still in the collection.

Bowie died January 10, 2016, this year at 69 years of age. He inspired generations with his music and his art and this movie was one of the many projects he is associated with and a part of his life’s work.

I did not use the card for my note. I put it in a safe place with all the other cards of special interest I find, at least interesting to me.

Interestingly at the top of the card is a name, Houtsnede Maatchappij. A name I had not remember seeing before. A google search revealed that one, it may be spelled wrong on the card, it should be Houtsnede Maatschappij and two it is probably a production company or copyright holder that is also associated with “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Won Ton Ton: The dog Who Saved Hollywood,” and “Killer Force” all which came out in 1975-76. Who was Houtsnede Maatschappij? A mystery that needs further investigation. Stop back later.

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