Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Beastie Boys “No Sleep till Brooklyn”

One of the original B-Boys, Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys died at the age of 47 today, May 4th, 2012. The Beastie Boys were recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and it’s about dam time too! But what I don’t get is why it takes so fucking long to get real musicians and pioneers of the music industry inducted into the Hall of Fame, especially while they’re still alive to see their accomplishments acknowledged and get the respect from their peers first hand. I will never understand.

Beastie Boys: An Open Letter To NYC

 

I have always loved and respected the Beastie Boys, especially their early stuff Licensed to Ill – what an album! “Brass Monkey”, “No Sleep till Brooklyn”, “Fight for Your Right.” I was a B-Boy back in the day when it was called RAP not Hip-Hop. Then Rock took over, but the early kick ass beats of Run-DMC and the other early RAP pioneers always got to my musical funny bone as a drummer, good times.

I got to see Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch in Bryant Park at Fashion Week back in the 90s, that was cool.

Much respect,
C.G.

 

Bust out your Adidas Shell Tops and your vintage Pumas and TURN IT UP LOUD!!!

“One Of These Days, D.
But I Can Stand My Ground And I Am Down To Wax An M.C.
Who Acts Like A Clown But For Now, I’d Like To Ask You
How You Like The Feel Of The Bass In Your Face In The Crowd”?

Thank You Girl, Happy Valentines Day!

Daniela, Thank You Girl! From your best friend and partner in crime.

Happy Valentines Day!
From you know who :)

Mack's custom made heart pizza :)

A custom heart shaped pizza courtesy of Mack’s Pizza in Wildwood, NJ by the sea.

 

The Beatles “Thank You Girl”

 

The Beatles “Thank You Girl”

Ah, ah, mm, you be good to me
you made me glad when I was blue
And eternally I’ll always be
in love with you
And all I gotta do is thank you girl
Thank you girl

I could tell the world
a think or two about love
I know little girl on ly a fool
would doubt our love
And all I gotta do is thank you girl
Thank you girl

Thank you girl for lovin’ me the way that you do
(way that you do)
That’s the kind of love that is too good to be true
Al all I gotta do is thank you girl
Thank you girl

Ah, ah, mm, you be good to me
you made me glad when I was blue
And eternally I’ll always be
in love with you
And all I gotta do is thank you girl
Thank you girl
Ah, ah, ah

Drummers Casey Gobbi and Gregg Bissonette hanging loose

On Saturday, February 4, 2012, I got to meet, hear and hang out with Gregg Bissonette, one of my drumming heroes. The experience totally kicked ass!!! Gregg showcased his drum clinic for the Day of Percussion 2012 held at the Sayville High School in Sayville, NY, by the Suffolk County Music Educators Association (SCMEA) and co-sponsored by The Original Long Island Drum Center.

Gregg rocked out his drumming styles for the intimate crowd. The kids totally dug it, and so did I as he explained his drumming techniques, the music business and how to earn a living with drumsticks. He mentioned that his father was a drummer as well. Gregg is a technically trained drummer and can play from his heart and soul, which I personally prefer. He reads and composes music for movie scores and television as well as playing with bands. He really enjoys making a living at playing the drums, and why wouldn’t you? What is super cool is that he still has and plays his old Pearl large drum kit in jet black finish with white hardware from the 80s. Gregg is an all-around great drummer and most importantly he is an all-around great guy. Thanks Gregg, you ROCK, literally!

Gregg played drums with one of the best front men in Rock ‘n’ Roll, David Lee Roth and the amazing guitarists Steve Vai, and is currently playing drums for Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band.

Casey Gobbi hanging with Gregg Bissonette

Drummers Casey Gobbi and Gregg Bissonette hanging loose

 

I have seen and most importantly heard all of my childhood favorite drummers and deejays play live and am very lucky to be able to say that. I am still waiting to see Bill Ward of Black Sabbath, Rick Allen (aka ‘The Thunder God’) of Def Leppard, Rikki Rockett of Poison and Roger Taylor of Duran Duran play live. I was also fortunate enough to personally meet my drumming heros, Tommy Lee of Mötley Crüe, along with Charles Benetti of Anthrax, Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction and Infectious Grooves, Omar Hakim of Sting and now the great Gregg Bissonette, and even Jam Master Jay of Run of Run-DMC; how cool is that kids!

Gregg Bissonette: Game-Changing Moment

Congratulations Sir Paul McCartney!

Sir James Paul McCartney finally received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday 2/9/2012. Congratulations Paul; about time I say! Thank you for you and your mates incredible contributions to Rock ‘n’ Roll over the years. It definitely would not have progressed if it wasn’t for you four Beatles. You and your band mates music and progressive attitudes have brought a lot of joy to a lot of people, including me. I hope there is a kid right now listing to your music on his iPod and he and his friends maybe the next mega rock band, because god knows we need some real good quality rock band to pass the torch to.

What a cool guy, Paul you Fucking ROCK!

Nirvana & Paul McCartney “Cut Me Some Slack” [Live]

 

Nirvana & Paul McCartney “Cut Me Some Slack” [Live]
Girl, I gotta have you, gotta get you where I want you
Know exactly what you’re doin’, don’t you?
Treat me like you like me, like you don’t like me back

I wish you’d give me the green light, give me just one night,
Girl, if you don’t like how I roll
You can say, no thanks, don’t ever call me
Forget you ever saw me, forget my name
Girl, you might just like some country road moonlight
Dancing in the lights of my headache rack,
Think about that, yeah think about that
Is there any chance
You could cut me some slack

I know I got a wild side, wilder than a country mile ride
I got a name around this town
And girl, I don’t really blame you for the things you might be thinkin’
They’re probably true but that ain’t me now

Give me the green light, give me just one night,
Girl, if you don’t like how I roll
You can say, no thanks, don’t ever call me
Forget you ever saw me, forget my name
Girl, you might just like some country road moonlight
Dancing in the lights of my headache rack,
Think about that, think about that
Is there any chance
You could cut me some slack

Take me by the hand, believe me when I tell you
That I never ever felt like this, girl
And that’s the truth

Give me the green light, give me just one night,
Girl, if you don’t like how I roll
You can say, no thanks, don’t ever call me
Forget you ever saw me, forget my name
Girl, you might just like some country road moonlight
Dancing in the lights of my headache rack,
Think about that, yeah think about that
Is there any chance
That you could cut me some slack

Oh oh oh, yeah
Cut me some slack
Oh oh oh, yeah

Slow My Roll

A song that caught my feelings today was Kid Rock’s “Slow My Roll”. The lyrics spoke to me, it is time to not always be ware the action is but to seek out quality over quantity, instead of just skimming over the surface. Sometimes taking on other peoples issues, and trying to better your community may need to take a backseat no matter how passionate or helpful your intentions are. That time may be better served tending to yourself; it may be time to just – slow your roll.

 

Kid Rock “Slow My Roll” | 2011, Live in Graceland, Memphis, TN

 

Kid Rock “Slow My Roll”
There’s a new day on the horizon
There’s a rising in the air
Somewhere somebody’s tryin’ to tell me they care
So I’m a lift my head to a new day
Plant my feet on the ground
Look at life in a new way and what’s goin’ down
Cuz today’s the day, I’m gonna take things slow
Try and change my ways, forgive and let all that go
Tell the ones I love, what they need to know
I’m gonna turn around, settle down
And slow my roll
Mixin’ lonliness and whiskey
Heartache and cocaine
Livin’ life like a gypsy, lost and ashamed
So I’m a look to the Lord as my witness
Rest my hat on a shelf
Trade these boots for forgiveness and find myself
Cuz today’s the day, I’m gonna take things slow
Try to change my ways forgive and let all that go
Tell the ones I love, cuz they need to know
I’m gonna turn around, settle down
And I can’t believe 16 has long since past
Ciz I’m tired of runnin’, and never looking back
And I won’t survive if I live this life this fast, no, no
And today’s the day, I’m gonna take things slow
Change my ways, forgive and let all that go
Tell the ones I love, what they need to know
I’m gonna turn around, settle down
And slow my roll
Slow my roll, slow my roll