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Guns in America

I started putting this music video together and it became disturbing. Looking all these murderers in the face, editing there expressions. But even though this project gave me the creeps I felt it was important. In light of all the gun violence currently going on in America, people need to stand up and demand better gun control.

So why does someone need to carry around a loaded, concealed weapon? Is it there god given right?

The only reason to carry a loaded gun is to shoot, and possibly kill someone.
And I don’t think God wanted people to take matters in there own hands…

We need to learn from all this violence that guns have a place in society, but not on the chest of anyone who wants one.

That’s my opinion.. Give peace a chance.

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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Music & Entertainment

 

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Van Halen….Divide and Conquer

Diver Down

Van Halen is back and, some would say, better than ever. They have rejuvenated a dead hard rock scene…pumped life into a morbid tour circuit and given me and many millions of others hope that rock and roll will not die…nor fade away.

Gone are the days when relevant rock and roll bands would visit your hometown in a monthly procession. This week Ozzy, next week BOC, next month Iron Maiden!!!!!! It used to be that way. Now all the bands sound the same, and have about as much energy as a new episode of Glee! I love American Idol, but is it a good thing they are suggesting one contestant could be the next Justin Beiber??? Do we need that? No, we do not. We also need no more rock bands who viciously bang there heads while playing music fit for the daily elevator ride to your cubicle!! But if Van Halen is poised to save rock and roll and inspire a new generation of rockers, did it have a hand in the current downturn and are they cleaning up a mess they helped create, so to speak?

The Van Hagar Legacy

Overtime I became a Van Hagar fan. During the late 80’s till mid 90’s he was a good fit. Van Halen went from raw dream metal to polished hit song writers. Hagar had the pipes to hang with Eddie….if not the song writting creativity, even so, all us fans still clamored for the day Diamond Dave would return. That would be the day VH would start playing the songs it left behind…and the energy would return.

I browsed through the Van Hagar albums the other night, and to my surprise I found that although it was good music it didnt do it for me anymore. What it had in polish and pop, it lacked in energy and fun. Van Halen was a super pop band at that time and Hagars clean powerful lyrics hit the spot, but left one feeling empty and looking for more. So it may be that Van Halen helped commercialize hard rock.

We must sell our souls to save rock and roll

Now it is up to a group of 50 year old men to save rock and roll from the tasteless misery it has become. A sludge of formula driven bands with no messages and good haircuts. Young rockers should watch Van Halen kick ass across America and then the World…they should learn from them because VH did it there way, they took risks. That’s what being a true artist is. Stand up for something and be yourself. The formula does not work anymore. Rock and roll is not about playing it safe and being part of the crowd, that is pop music. Rock and roll is about breaking the rules, and having attitude and the goods to back it up. It is time to save rock and roll and fuck the formula. Van Halen will lead the way…..please stand up!

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Music & Entertainment

 

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Top Kat: new video with old twist

Ok, I made a music video about my cat….but the song was originally written by Crash Palace way back in 1989…Chris Hickman wrote the words. I changed it quite a bit, but the inspiration was from my past….hope you enjoy it, and hope it makes you smile!

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Music & Entertainment

 

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Van Halen is back; old but as bad as ever!

I have not kept up with the news of VH. So many disappointments over the years. I actually stumbled on their new video, was stunned they played at Cafe Wha?, and couldn’t believe they have a new album on the way.

As I wrote about in an earlier blog, VH was my favorite band growing up, they where bigger than life. They was the end all in hard rock….but they ended…so to speak

But now they are back…and who was I to doubt how good they could be. There new song “Tattoo” shows that they are still the best in the biz. It is a great song, and the video is great as well. What makes this song so good is the pre-chorus, one of the best I have ever heard…

Whats more the dynamic duo of Eddie Van Halen and Diamond Dave is back together….it’s like a high powered version of Mick and Keith…..it’s good to have them back!

Last thing, sorry to Sammy, I liked you in the band, but you aint no Diamond Dave…..

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Music & Entertainment

 

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Crash Palace tribute Rock Video

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Music & Entertainment, Uncategorized

 

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Music & Lyrics…Hugh Grant I am not…

I recently started playing the drums again…while doing this I have become obsessed with Apple Garage Band. My own home studio!

This is my first attempt at a Music Video. With a little help from Garage Band, I added my drums, lyrics and photographs…OK, I am no Bob Marley or John Lennon, or even Hugh Grant from Music & Lyrics, but it is fun!

The montage is from Jakarta and Yogjakarta..Enjoy

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Music & Entertainment

 

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Iron Maiden, an old friend in a new place!

Maiden looking over Jakarta

I was walking the narrow, busy streets of Kemang South Jakarta a few days after our arrival. My main concern was for our personal safety: motorbikes whizzed close by, Bajaj’s puttered smoke in our face, foul smelling puddles awaited my footsteps. Jakarta is an amazing place, never boring, never asleep and full of surprises, and in this Brave New World …to my surprise, I found an old friend.

A Bajaj in Kemang

I couldn’t believe it….Iron Maiden in Jakarta!

It was like I ran into one of my old best buds on those crazy narrow streets. It was very comforting. My wife asked me if I wanted to go to the concert. Well, hell ya! It would be my 3rd Iron Maiden Show. But I didn’t know anyone who would go with me, and I really am not comfortable getting around this huge city yet. I have been a Maiden fan since junior high school. I am amazed that they are still one of the top touring rock bands in the world. I also am amazed that they are not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!! A true crime!

Maiden on Kemang street corner

In 1983, my obsession with Iron Maiden started with the video “Flight of Icarus” off the album Piece of Mind. My friend Franky had seen them a year before when they were touring with Judas Priest. Franky told me they were the shit, and now I was a believer. Flight of Icarus was the first song in my life I couldn’t get enough of. I bought the album and fully immersed myself in Maiden. Iron F@#*ing Maiden!

That August my best bud Doug and I got tickets to see Maiden at the Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. We met our other best bud Big Steve at the show. The Civic Center has one big open floor with bleachers in the back. Iron Maiden was probably one of the biggest shows that venue would ever host. The place was alive with electricity and busting at the seems. Amazingly, that night they had folding chairs set up on the floor. This would soon turn out to be a big mistake, as me, Big Steve, Doug and 5000 other fans would make sure of!

Big Steve was big, 6 foot 6 at age 15. So to make a long story short, Big Steve had a better view than everyone else. No worries, we all stood up as Maiden came on stage. Soon, people started to stand on the seats of the folding chairs…Big Steve was the last up. But that wasn’t good enough, next thing you know, people are straddling the tops of the chairs, one foot on the top of the backrest below and the other on the one behind. We actually had to hold each other up. As the band rocked the audience swayed and everyone went with the flow, screaming, head banging, all the time surfing 5 feet above the ground on the tip top of those cheap folding chairs. Every so often someone would fall off and take a tumble to the ground, quickly recover and get hoisted back up again…rock on! Needless to say it was one of the best Rock Concerts I had ever seen, and I have seen a few!

1983 Iron Maiden Tour

Big Steve, Doug and I where hooked. We decided to go see Maiden a month later at Madison Square Garden in NYC. I called my Mother and she picked up tickets for us (yes, that’s how I rolled back then, before the internet). We bought beer, had a great time, and went to the show. The funny thing is, Maiden’s Stage looked small in the cavernous Garden, even though it had seemed so massive back in Poughkeepsie. Fact of the matter is, Maiden was not yet the giant band they were to become. The show was good, but not great. Apparently we had witnessed something special back in August at the Civic Center. Something I will never forget.

That is why Iron Maiden made me feel more at home in Jakarta, some old friends made sure I didn’t feel like a ….Stranger in a Strange land.

RP

 

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