Freddie Vett and The Flames play nothing but the music of the late 50s and early 60s, but it's still energizing and fun. We may be getting older, but the classic rock of yesterday certainly keeps us with a youthful attitude.
Of course, the group played a great deal of heavy rock from the first decade which included "Rock Around The Clock", "Oh Boy" "Hound Dog" and "Great Balls of Fire". The girls sang numbers like "Mister Postman", "He's a Rebel" and "My Boyfriend's Back".
Added to the above were songs that you rarely hear anymore like The Monotone's, "Book of Love"(A dowop classic), The Coaster's "Charlie Brown"(A novelty song) and Santo and Johnny's "Sleepwalk"(an instrumental classic). Incredibly, the lead singer Freddie Vett was able to play Sleepwalk in the same way it was recorded.
There's a great deal of youthful teenage energy and feeling in these songs. I've tried to make my own classic R & R collection on this Youtube website.
Rock and Roll is a very diversified music genre. It didn't take the Beatles to prove this to me.
Back in the good old days, if I listened to a song once or twice and if it left an impression, I would remember it many years later. This happened with Cliff Richard's "Please Don't Tease" and Eddie Holland's "Jamie".
There's something about the timelessness of a song that can stick with you. It's like it came from another world where time stands still and no one ages.
I hope you or your family never need a disability lawyer, but if you do there are two in the Toronto area that could help you out. The first one is David Share Associates and the second one is Aaron Lang. David specializes in insurance company disability claims and Aaron specializes in accident claims and CPP disability.
Both of these lawyers have a great deal of experience in the areas they specialize in. They have helped a few friends settle their claims.
I would only promote someone on my blog who I felt was exceptional at what they did.
I also want to point out that the above lawyers take a 30% commission on any lump sum payment. Part of this fee is tax deductible.
Remembrance Day touches more Canadians than ever because of the war in Afghanistan.
Since 2002, every Canadian war casualty has made front page news. Their coffins were followed from Afghanistan to "The Highway of Heroes" in Ontario. This has happened 152 times. Death and scarifice doesn't just effect the dead soldiers' friends and family, but the whole country. Tonight on CBC television, there is a documentary on the fallen in Afghanistan. It's called "We Will Remember Them".
In the second World War, over 100 million people died on both sides. In today's battles a lot fewer people die, but it still hurts.
Discoverying our common humanity is one way to bring peace into the world. Do you remember the World War One Christmas miracle? Check out the song "Christmas in Trenches".
It may come as a suprise to you but the first two episodes of "The Walking Dead" draw more than 10 million viewers.
From what I've read on the internet, the reviews for this TV series have been very good.
Zombies seem to touch a sensitive part of our subconscious. There's something very evil and mysterious about this phenomena, but we can't get to the bottom of it. It's like a recurring nightmare that haunts many of us. We want it to go away, but it just keeps coming back like the zombies themselves.
I've watched both episodes and the emphasis was on shock and gore rather than story-line and zombie mysteries.
I have many questions about how the zombie apocalpse got started and why the government or military didn't crush it at the beginning. Was there a conspiracy of silence on this threat? Did the military fail in their counter attack against the zombies? Were the zombies created by supernatural means or by super science gone wrong? Who did it? Aliens? Mad scientists? The Devil?
Are the zombies real or are the human survivors' brains plugged into a virtual-reality zombie game? (Something like the Matrix)
In developing the story-line of "The Walking Dead", surely some of the living characters would be interested in what makes zombies tick and what evil lies behind them.
I'd like to see how this plays out.
Another person's view on the top ten zombie movies of all time.
We managed to see one Grand Ole Opry show which featured "Connie Smith" and "Little Jimmy Dickens". Little Jimmy may be 89 years old, but he still has a quick wit which is reflected in his dry "over the hill humor". Without a doubt, he was the real star of this show.
We went on several tours where we took many pictures, the best of which can be found on my facebook page.
I'd give this vacation a four star rating.
One of the staples in country music is nostagia. "The Grand Ole Opry" has been playing for almost 90 years and it shows no signs of disappearing.
There have been so many good singers that have sung country, Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Johnny Horton, Mary Robbins, Patsy Cline, Conway Twitty, Eddy Arnold, Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash etc. etc. Most died relatively young, but others passed away at a ripe old age.
I remember those entertainers not because they were country singers or part of the Grand Ole Opry, but because they were artists and songwriters that told stories that related to the human condition.
George Jones can communicate it much better than I can communicate it in a blog entry.
It's refreshing to discover that a woman can be successful at musical entertainment without being young, sexy or scantily clad.
I saw "The Susan Boyle Story" for the first time tonight and I was impressed and moved to tears several times. "Cry Me A River" did just that to me. It was an old standard from the 1940s, but it seemed like it was was written with Susan in mind.
I find it great that someone could express themselves with superb music rather than formula MTV rock songs of the 21st century. Susan's first album went platinum faster than any other first album without the help of a"Big Sexy MTV Music Video".
Susan Boyle's story shows that artisic and personal success can come at any time or any age if a person follows his/her dreams.
In some ways, she is similar to Canada's Rita MacNeil.
Sooner or later the internet would create stars of its own. This has happened with Ray William Johnson who gets million of hits on his podcasts.
The above podcast is probably, the best of his many entries which can be found on Facebook and Youtube. "The Sony D and Rum Video" is really a celebration of creative uploading and mixing. I found it both compelling and very funny.
Please be advised that Ray's humor is mature and risqué and some may find it offensive. Three Stars.
I checked out another internet spoof show: Websoup and it doesn't cut it. Two thumbs down.
There comes a time in every driver's life when you don't want to put any more money into the old wheels. This is certainly true about about the 2005 Uplander that I had for five years. Sure it looked good with a remote starter and a DVD player, but the reliability record left something to be desired. I wished I'd read a few comsumer reviews before I bought it.
I looked into other vehicles and I was impress by the 2010 Hyundai Santa's price, warranty (five years bumper to bumper) and reviews. While not at the top of its class, it did rate at 8.2 with Car Connection.
I was impressed by different things. To begin with, this new auto was $26.00 cheaper a month to insure than my old Chevy. The safety rating for the 2010 Santa Fe was and still is 9.9.
The heat and air conditioning was far superior than my Uplander. It heated up fast and cooled down fast.
The ride and ease of handling was definitely better than the Chev.
There's an MP3 player and USB port for an Ipod/Flashdrive with thousand of songs. That's a terrific upgrade over something in 2005.
The mileage is an improvement over the Uplander.
All dealerships should have a sweetheart deal for its customers beyond what is advertised. We got winter tires on rims with our package.
We're not going to set any speed records with this four cylinder vehicle, but we should enjoy the next five years worry free.