Boston at 40 and rockin’ the Joint!

Boston at 40 and rockin’ the Joint!

From the first time I heard More Than A Feeling play on KMOD in early 1977 the signature sound of Boston has been an integral part of the musical tapestry that is the backdrop of my life.  At a stop on their 40th Anniversary Tour, Boston wowed a full house at The Joint of Tulsa’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this past Thursday evening.  From my own anecdotal observation, the median age of this particular audience was well over fifty. One thing that stood out to me from the first note blasting through the state of the art sound system was the authenticity of a band whose signature lead singer has been gone for nearly a decade.  Brad Delp was a tough loss to replace and classic rock purists will insist he can never be adequately equaled in talent.  That said,...

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The enduring body of work of David Bowie

The enduring body of work of David Bowie

Music forms a tapestry that serves as a backdrop of life.  Of all the minutia that composes the composite of modern human identity, music often reveals much regarding a person’s history, character and personal disposition.  Music has a unique way of touching the human soul, imprinting on the psyche association with other people, places, times and circumstances.  Two weeks ago when I learned of the sad news of the death of the entertainer David Bowie, I noticed I still had The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars loaded in my CD player.  When I thought about how long I had been a fan of David Bowie, a musician I saw as the embodiment of the consummate rock star, I felt like I had lost part my own history.  That is the beautiful thing...

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Pride is alive along the Mother Road!

Pride is alive along the Mother Road!

One of the community celebrations that make this the most conservative segment of Old Route 66 habitable took place this past weekend.  Yes, the 33rd annual Tulsa Pride celebration attracted thousands to Downtown Tulsa on Saturday afternoon and evening culminating in the Pride Parade.  This is an annual festival sponsored by Oklahomans for Equality. Yours truly was on hand to staff the Tulsa County Democratic Party tent where we were able to register a few dozen new voters and hand out Hillary and Bernie Sanders buttons for a small donation. No, I am not gay but like everyone who may be reading this blog post I have a gay family member and know several people who identify as LGBT, some of whom I consider personal friends.  Like most of the rest of America that...

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RUSH rocks the BOK!

RUSH rocks the BOK!

Tulsa’s BOK Center was the venue for the opening show of Rush’s 2015 R40 Live tour.  Rush, a three-member hard rock band from Toronto, Ontario, can still pack a stadium sized concert hall with all manner of fans and devotees that hang on every note and stay lost in the sound until the final curtain drops.  This tour, which will likely be their final one, commemorates the 40th anniversary of drummer/lyricist Neil Peart’s permanent addition to the group and will visit some 34 cities in the U.S. and Canada between last night and early August. There were many fans and followers who were counting the days waiting for this show from the minute the tickets went on sale in February.  As it turns out, you didn’t have to be a stoner (active or...

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