The Hays house is still under siege. I have the door to the dining room cracked slightly, watching the Alien Attack Dog (AAD) with its front paws on the desk watching the computer screen. What is it doing? I open the door a bit more to get a better look. Hey! That dog is on my iTunes account! It’s downloading off my money! It’s downloading Barry Manilow! Barry Manilow? Alien dogs like Barry Manilow? I feel around the dark floor, find a basket and pull out the first thing I grab, a tennis ball. Jumping into the dining room, screaming like Scarface, I fire the tennis ball at the AAD. I miss, the ball bounces off the wall and rolls harmlessly into the living room. The AAD bounds across the floor after the ball completely mesmerized by the little yellow-green friend. My iTunes is safe. And maybe, just maybe, we are on to something with this tennis ball thing…
Daily Archives: January 16, 2010
Dick Dale Live in Studio from KEXP Seattle
Life is full of beautiful little nuggets. Sometimes you create them, sometime you have to dig for them, but most of the time they just fall into your lap. Here is an example I tripped onto the other day while going to listen to one of my favorite internet radio stations:
Take ten minutes or so of your busy life, sit down and watch what a musical legend, two-time cancer survivor, rock and roll hall of famer, guitar master hall of famer, drug free/alcohol free musical innovator can do with a guitar. Oh yeah, did I mention that he is 72 years old! Seventy freaking two! And still touring! I put this into perspective for Frick and Frack as such, DD is only 4 years younger than their Grandfather.
The final song in the set, Amazing Grace, will blow your socks off. You will never hear that song again without thinking of Dick Dale, kind of like Jimi Hendrix’s Star Spangled Banner from Woodstock. Dick Dale just plain, straight out rocks. For Christ’s sake, they had to invent higher tech, higher power amplifier and speaker technologies in the 1960’s just for him. He always pushed (and still pushes) the envelope.