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Meat Loaf

RIP Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell album was required listening when I was a teenager. It was like they handed it out when you turned 12 or 13. However, it holds up today. He was sort of an overblown Springsteen, w/ members of the E Street Band backing him on Bat Out of Hell with production by Todd Rundgren. But there was more to Meat than just that album. Check out his excellent performance in David Fincher’s Fight Club – and let’s not forget him in Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Meat Loaf’s songwriter & frequent sparring partner, Jim Steinman, passed away 9 months ago.

Ronnie Spector

RIP Ronnie Spector

 

It was that voice, the vibrato that could be joyful and sorrowful in the same song, sometimes in the same verse. My favorite song of all time is the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” a song where the pounding drums of the intro belie the tenderness and the need of Ronnie Spector’s vocals. Framed by Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound, Ronnie’s voice fought against it until the chorus, where she gives into the excess that she so clearly doesn’t need and implores you to “be my little baby.” Watch the opening of Martin Scorsese’s film Mean Streets and suddenly Ronnie is struggling to be heard, much like Harvey Keitel’s low level mobster, Charlie, and her voice appears to take on some grit, even danger.

If Ronnie had only sung “Be My Baby,” she’d be revered. But there was “Walking in the Rain,” “(The Best Part of) Breakin’ Up,” “Baby I Love You,” and more. The Ronettes were probably the greatest of the girl groups (only the Supremes climbed to such heights), and Ronnie Spector was a true American voice, shouting to us and reminding us of a time when music could be both sweet and startling.

Peter Bogdanovich

 
RIP Peter Bogdanovich
 


January 6

April 12, 1861
December 8, 1941
September 11, 2001
January 6, 2021
These are the dates that traitors or bullies or cowards or homegrown terrorists attacked our country. (Thank you, VP Harris for reminding me of some of those dates.)
President Biden, you inspired me today.
While I worry about what the guy who LOST the election & his followers will do in the future, I have no doubt that this administration will take the appropriate steps to counter them.
Our democratic republic must live on – and they don’t want it to.
So they whine about masks, scream that the election was stolen (with ZERO proof), argue about Critical Race Theory (which will be in every public school in a generation’s time, if not sooner), roar about Black Lives Matter, scream about their assault rifles, vilify the LGBTQ community, put down the Me Too movement, and claim that their religion is under attack (which is weird, since their behavior is decidedly NOT Christian; also odd because almost everyone I know is a Christian). True political debate is dead. It’s all about Trump’s ego and some clown (or clowns) named Q
Thank you again, President Biden, for reminding me that we must never forget January 6. We must learn from it and make sure it NEVER can happen again.