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SUNNY DAYS: THE SKIP PROKOP STORY (PART 3) by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in music, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2020 by segarini

Skip Prokop (drums), Bill Misener (guitar vocals), Chuck Beal (guitar), and Denny Gerrard (bass)  formed The Paupers on December 10, 1964. Skip picks up the story from here.

Bill moved to our house in Alderwood (south of the QEW near Browns Line) to stay with us, and he went home on the weekends. We would drive from Alderwood, New Toronto, over to Scarborough and we would practice in Chuck Beal’s basement because we could set up our equipment there. That’s where we really began to put the band together.

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Peter Self Isolates and Shares His Thoughts

Posted in life, music, Opinion, politics, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2020 by segarini
I am sitting on my battered black Ikea couch, writing this week’s column a). Like so many of you, I am self isolating, driving the Cat nuts, but doing the right thing, at least in my mind. Very few people have any idea just how far this will go, but the ramifications are truly alarming, and only a complete fool would publicly voice their prediction (looking towards Washington D. C., I sadly shake my head.)

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SUNNY DAYS: THE SKIP PROKOP STORY (PART 2) by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in life, music, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2020 by segarini

In last week’s installment of “Sunny Days: The Skip Prokop Story” our young drummer, Ronn Prokop (he had yet to adopt his nickname), was heading to the Preston Scout House to hone his drum corps chops. Suffice to say Skip would not only become quite adept at marching band drum skills, but became a reigning SIX time champion in Canada and the United States with the Optimists Drum & Bugle Corp.

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A PIRATE’S TALE – Gary Pig Gold on launching his Favourite Conspiracy

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2020 by segarini

As hard as it may be for us to recall all these decades later, the extremely late Eighties somehow found Dave “Rave” DesRoches touring his home and native land alongside ol’ highschool buds Teenage Head, extolling the second-hand virtues of carpet kissin’ Hawaiian beer-drinking parties… as the remainder of the music biz moved uncaringly along to George Michael, Guns N’ Roses n’ other such comparative pleasures. However – and this is a big, all-important However however – Dave had spent most every down-hour he could during those distant days squirreled away within the nearest quiet zone, creating a veritable treasure trove of words and music which, while wholly incompatible with his Teenage night job would serve him more than well when, as 1988 became 89, he began seriously considering stepping out upon his very own.

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SUNNY DAYS: THE SKIP PROKOP STORY (PART 1) by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Interview, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2020 by segarini

In 2012 I took on the task of interviewing internationally renowned drummer Skip Prokop on what we thought would be a quick set of sessions to lay down the most interesting stories from his impressive career as drummer for The Paupers and Lighthouse with side projects involving Peter Paul & Mary, Janis Joplin, Mama Cass Elliot, and Mike Bloomfield’s ‘Supersession.’

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BINKIES, BLANKETS, AND TEDDY BEARS by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2020 by segarini


Hands up if the music you fell in love with and defined your teen musical awakening is still in your music rotation 40 years later? Hands up if the last piece of new music you acquired was in 1987? Hands up if you think all modern music sucks or that there’s no good music to be found out there?

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Two Wheeler Peter

Posted in Family, life, music, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2020 by segarini

Having progressed from crawling to walking to being regally conveyed in a carriage to riding a tricycle to running, I began to have to address new and more relevant ways of personal transportation as I grew older. I was able to occasionally borrow, however briefly, a bicycle from an understanding friend. Late in August one year, I was riding on the sidewalk in front of Robertson’s house, when I lost my balance and fell to my right. I threw my right arm out to “break” my fall.

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