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by Peter T.
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: We Are Our Only Saviors...
Replies: 0
Views: 495

We Are Our Only Saviors...

Love that end line from The Hold Steady's brilliant anthem, "Constructive Summer". And it reminds me of this 3 minutes of brilliance from the late astronomer, Carl Sagan. His Pale Blue Dot video on Youtube packs a contemplative punch in slightly more time than the average Ramones tune! Check it out,...
by Peter T.
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Ask Me
Topic: Brits Who Ask Uneasy Questions
Replies: 0
Views: 6374

Brits Who Ask Uneasy Questions

Hey Frank, Lately I've found myself drawn to British authors, commentators, and academics who truly ask "uneasy questions". Douglas Murray's "The Strange Death of Europe" and "The Madness of Crowds" were thought-provoking reads. Similarly, Maajid Nawaz's collaboration with American Sam Harris, "Isla...
by Peter T.
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Music
Topic: A Song That Will Grab You By Your Throat...
Replies: 0
Views: 6995

A Song That Will Grab You By Your Throat...

and demand that you dance dammit! The lead singer of Spirit of the West just died, at 57, of early onset Alzheimers. Raise a toast to this ridiculously awesome song. I've never met anyone who didn't dig it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crIk87-mPzY

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by Peter T.
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Important Question Totally Unrelated to Frank
Replies: 0
Views: 7127

An Important Question Totally Unrelated to Frank

Hello Fellow Frank Fans, This is my first non-music post, and it's dear to my heart. I have a close friend who is 66 years old, semi-disabled (she would have to work from home) who is seeking a remote job. She wouldn't require healthcare so she could be hired as a contractor. She's bright, articulat...
by Peter T.
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Music
Topic: Top 10 Favorite Songs
Replies: 7
Views: 11480

Re: Top 10 Favorite Songs

They’re not in any particular order, and I stopped at around 30 but I surely could have continued. One per artist, in no particular order. David Baerwald-Born For Love The Jam-Going Underground Springsteen-Rosalita Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers-Roadrunner The Kinks-Waterloo Sunset The Beach...
by Peter T.
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Music
Topic: Songwriting 101
Replies: 1
Views: 6992

Re: Songwriting 101 (If That One Intrigued You...)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPSFr4h56iM This brilliant reminiscence of childhood, social class, wonder, and friendship should also. I don't want these two Paul Kelly tunes to give a false sense of the expansive song catalogue that he's compiled since the mid-80s, he also rocks with authority (To...
by Peter T.
Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Music
Topic: Songwriting 101
Replies: 1
Views: 6992

Songwriting 101

from a tenured professor. Frank's songs are remarkable for many reasons. His keen sense of "place" and "time" are often on display and they take you to places you wouldn't have even considered venturing to. Bathhazar Impresario, Rivers, and English Curse all exemplify this. Here's another guy whom I...
by Peter T.
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tales from No Man's Land
Replies: 4
Views: 9212

Woody Guthrie's Ode To An Obscure Woman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHKjOl9ocR0

This Soviet sniper killed over 300 German soldiers during WW2! Talk about a machine that killed fascists!

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by Peter T.
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Ask Me
Topic: Western Stars
Replies: 5
Views: 8525

Re: Western Stars

I'll always love Bruce (saw him 40 times), and along with The Clash, the greatest concerts I've ever experienced, but looking at his career, from 1973 to the present, it's been a long slide into mediocrity! Is it too little time in the studio? An inner circle who can't speak the truth to him? An ove...
by Peter T.
Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Ask Me
Topic: Must-See Documentaries
Replies: 2
Views: 8073

Must-See Documentaries

Hey Frank, Have you had time to see these two documentaries: Free Solo" is in the theaters and on the National Geographic Channel. It recounts the fanatic devotion of free solo rock climber, Alex Honnold. This is a ridiculously compelling film. "They Shall Not Grow Old" by New Zealand filmmaker, Pet...
by Peter T.
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Music
Topic: New Band Suggestions
Replies: 2
Views: 7725

New Band Suggestions

Does anyone have any suggestions for new bands to try? I'm looking for bands with energy, intelligent lyrics, melodies, and a strong point of view. They would have songs that simply HAD to be written and DEMAND to be heard. No insipid tunes! Obviously, Frank's music embodies these qualities, as did,...
by Peter T.
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Music
Topic: The Thinking Person's Hillbilly Bar Band!
Replies: 0
Views: 7412

The Thinking Person's Hillbilly Bar Band!

Rolling Stone Magazine once dubbed the Bottle Rockets the thinking person's hillbilly bar band! Think of them as The Hold Steady's midwest cousins without the references to drugs and religion. They've got a rocking new tune that details the challenges faced by the over 40 (or perhaps over 30) set as...
by Peter T.
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Value of Knowing The Clock is Ticking
Replies: 0
Views: 7289

The Value of Knowing The Clock is Ticking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3JzcCviNDk Frank's lyrics often make reference to our limited time on Earth, and of the pressing need to make the best use of it. The above link contains a 5 minute talk (with powerfully related images) that touches on these issues and it may well have a profound eff...
by Peter T.
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Biology of Good and Evil (another podcast recommendation)
Replies: 2
Views: 7040

The Biology of Good and Evil (another podcast recommendation)

https://samharris.org/podcasts/the-biology-of-good-and-evil/ This may well change your perception of why we do the things we do. You might even view Trump a bit differently. Turns out he, like the rest of us, are victims of our biology, genes, and hormone levels, our culture, our evolutionary past, ...
by Peter T.
Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1933 (The History)
Replies: 0
Views: 7623

1933 (The History)

Frank's songs serve many purposes and I often appreciate the historical references that they sometimes provide. Here's a riveting book review that's especially timely, not your usual summertime, beach-reading fare, but this is unfortunately no ordinary time. https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/06/...