Category: Music


Chris Cornell

As the lead singer for Soundgarden and Audioslave, as well as releasing an album with a group (Temple of the Dog) that would later become Pearl Jam, Chris Cornell has always had a voice that was very distinct.  He’s also recorded songs with other bands as well as having his own solo career.  I was able to see him perform with Soundgarden at Lollapalooza in September 1992, on the soccer field of the University of New Orleans.

The following are examples of, not only his voice, but his ability to understand a great song is always worth singing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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R.I.P.

I was never a Whitney Houston person…that’s not to say that I did not appreciate how talented she was.  I just never found myself inclined to purchase a Whitney Houston CD.  Of course, if I was perusing someone else’s CD collection and they had one of her CDs with a particular song that I liked, I wouldn’t hesitate to throw it in the mix as I sat in front of their stereo,  listening to different CDs, playing DJ.

It’s actually really sad that often it isn’t until someone is gone that I find myself thinking about how talented they were in their particular field.  In Whitney Houston’s case, she had a true gift of a voice.  If you stop and think about it, it’s really something amazing…that someone is able to touch millions of people all around the world, with their voice.

 

 

 

 

 

Rest In Peace.

Last Thursday night we had a great time putting on the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Mixer…which we refer to as our Holiday Preview Party.  It gives us a chance to invite fellow local businesses, family, friends & customers for an evening of great food, drinks & music as we gear up for the coming holidays.  Everything is provided by Bear Moon Bakery & Cafe as a “Welcome To The Holiday Season” Party for the entire community.  There’s also an early visit by St. Nick!

We had great food, desserts, Real Ale beer on tap &  Sparkling Drunken Cranberry Cocktails.  We also had musician John Boyd provide an eclectic mix of great music for the event.

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Jenny & I attended Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas this past Sunday.  Wurstfest is a ten day celebration of German heritage, food, music and beer.

Wurstfest takes place every year in Landa Park in New Braunfels.  The grounds contain numerous halls and tents with entertainment stages as well as The Marktplatz, a large hall containing food, beer and merchandise booths.  Next to The Marktplatz is Wursthalle.  Spass Haus, described as a beer tavern, is located inside Wursthalle.  We wandered in and not only had a chance to “freshen up” our beer cups, but also spend some time viewing the extensive beer bottle collection lining the walls and windows.

The collection was started by James Nowotny, a New Braunfels native, and acquired by the Wurstfest Association in 1982.  Although over 3,000 bottles are on display in Spass Haus, the actual collection numbers somewhere around 17,000 bottles.

One of the bands that we saw was the very energetic Alex Meixner Band.  This band played some German festival staples, including the Chicken Dance, but their set also included a Bon Jovi cover.  All of this by a small band in which the three front members played everything from the accordion to the clarinet, trumpet and saxophone.  The lead man, Alex Meixner,  throws everything he has into his sets…complete with headbanging while playing the accordion.

I did not get a very good video of the band the night we were there, but this video was posted to youtube by idigpolka and it’s a great video of the band, although at 9 minutes, it’s a little long, but you’ll get the idea.

Then it was time for dessert….

Fried Oreos

Funnel Cake

Jenny with a Bear Claw - Wurstfest 2011

It was really a fun evening, but I think that after Oktoberfest and Wurstfest I’ve had enough beer for a little while…at least until Austin’s Beerfest!!!

They Built This City

Okay, so last week ABC  News published an article about Rolling Stone magazine’s online poll  that named “We Built This City” by Starship as the worst song of the 80’s.  There was a complete top ten list on their blog.

I wish to focus on their number one pick.


 I had the chance to see Starship (along with Night Ranger) on their 1985 tour.  This was when Night Ranger was promoting their new album 7 Wishes and singing their hits from, Midnight Madness and Dawn Patrol (“You Can Still Rock in America”,” When You Close Your Eyes”, among others and encoring with” Sister Christian” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”).   Starship was promoting Knee Deep In The Hoopla.

Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship have gone through band name changes and band member changes throughout their time together (mid 1960’s – present), but the band members in the 80’s were already in their mid 30’s to 40’s and were playing more pop, synthesizer based songs.  This was fine with me, because I wasn’t a big teen rocker anyway.  It was the 80’s remember.  Let’s just say that John Hughes had a lot to do with my music choices as a teen.

I couldn’t remember the exact date of the concert, but Stone City Attractions has it as Thursday, October 24, 1985.

Found a review of the concert from the Houston show at the Houston Chronicle archives.  I really don’t remember much of the concert (because I was so young) but I do remember that I was probably the only person in the Convention Center Arena that bought a Starship tshirt instead of a Night Ranger tshirt.  Um, yeah, told you I wasn’t much of a rocker in the 80’s.

Even though Rolling Stone’s online readers considered “We Built This City” as the worst song of the 80’s in their poll, I’ve come to realize that way back then, I experienced something pretty cool.

Check it out.  Starship (no longer able to call themselves “Jefferson” Anything due to a lawsuit by a former member) was an iconic band.  However, I was too young to appreciate it.  Also, they came into my consciousness after their psychedelic rock years,  when they were already playing more pop and had lost most of their original members.  But Grace Slick had such an intense voice, is a rock and roll icon and has been a trail blazer for modern rock women.  Check out White Rabbit or Somebody to Love if you don’t believe me.

You can watch Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane sing White Rabbit at Woodstock here.

Jefferson Airplane is a band that is thought of by many when they think about/remember/imagine “the summer of love”.  According to blogcritics.org, they played the three big music festivals of the 1960’s:  Monterey, Altamont, & Woodstock and they were on the June 28, 1968 cover of LIFE magazine.

AND they were eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

So I figure if they want to claim that they built this city…who am I to disagree?  Also, according to the information from the Houston Chronicle archives, Starship played White Rabbit during their encore during their 1985 tour.

Okay, so maybe I don’t remember much of that night all those years ago,  but I can say that I was there in the Convention Center Arena in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, October 24, 1985 listening to rock legend Grace Slick sing “White Rabbit”.

MY MIND IS OFFICIALLY BLOWN!