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Chef Tom – On That Note…Everybody Dance!

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2018 by segarini


Dance is the Siamese twin of music. They’re connected at the beat.

I have always loved dancing, starting with doing the twist with my mom in my PJ’s in my living room listening to Elvis Presley.  American Bandstand, high school square dancing, sock hops, the crawl, the hustle, the jerk, the bump, disco, the electric slide (man was that fun getting the whole dance floor going), the carlton (which is how you danced all the way through the 80’s) and finally, yes, I did my share of slam dancing in the punk clubs (although in those days I was skinny as a rail and it was fun the first dozen times, then it just hurt).

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Bob Breaks a Promise for Reasons….

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2018 by segarini

Once again, I have been reminded that Life, that Wacky lottery win we are currently sharing with 7 Billion or so other lucky human beings (Lucky, because we are not currently alive as slugs, bugs, skunks, mold, or the NRA’s current yeast infection, Dana Loesch), and have been detoured from my original plan, the Alphabet Soup – Food Edition that everyone is just sooo excited about. I am afraid I must disappoint…again.

I am not going to make excuses or whine, or lie, or simply hide under the bed with a stack of comic books and a bottle of Mr. Happy’s Bonafide Bourbon like I used to, but I will tell you this….

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Peter introduces You to some of the Women of War

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2018 by segarini

Since the invention of beer, anecdotal bar talk has been the bedrock of perception formulation for many people. This is why some of the personnel of a Royal Air Force squadron awaited the arrival of their first 3 De Havilland Mosquitos, to which type the unit was converting from less capable aircraft, with some trepidation.  Based on conversations with others, they knew that the Mosquito, a two seat aircraft, was the “hottest ship” in the R.A.F., but that it could be a handful to fly.

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Pat Blythe – Women of The “Traps” – Part Two

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2018 by segarini

Let’s just dig right in shall we. Female drummers, and I’ll add percussionists, span the globe.  From Israel to Iran, from China to Europe and back to North America. Although it’s the guys who seem to be in the forefront, drumming is not a just a “manly” profession (and neither is electric guitar but that’s for another discussion). Women have been drumming since…..well….. the very beginning.

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Frank Gutch Jr: Scott Boyer: A Message In the Wind; A Repeat About Vinyl; and Them Tasty Notes

Posted in Interview, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2018 by segarini

Scott Boyer has died.  Since the summer of 1971 I have been spouting his name— his and Tommy Talton‘s and Bill Pillmore‘s and Tom Wynn‘s and George Clark‘s and Pete Kowalke‘s (now living and still playing music under his not-so-new moniker, Peter Giri). They called themselves Cowboy and were a six-pronged country rock outfit out of Jacksonville who signed with Capricorn Records right after The Allman Brothers Band— indeed, signed because of The Allmans.  I say Jacksonville because that is where they settled as the band was forming.

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Roxanne Tellier – Britney Spears Scares Pirates

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2018 by segarini


“If music be the food of love, play on!”  Like food, music can be comforting. It can also be stimulating, annoying, or cloying. Music releases dopamine, the ‘feel good’ hormone, just like sex and actual food. Music can arouse feelings of euphoria and craving. Dopamine release is at “peak emotional arousal” during music listening, so you really ARE getting a bang for your musical buck.

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Chef Tom – It’s What’s for Lunch

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2018 by segarini

I’ve cooked a couple hundred lunches already in my just-over-a-year stint as Resident Chef at Couchsurfing. That’s a lot of recipes.  I try and switch it up, keep it fresh and interesting, and only repeat once in a while.

Before Couchsurfing, I was a personal chef for 11 years, and my specialty during that time was cooking for people with food allergies and sensitivities. I know my way around gluten, dairy, soy, shellfish and peanuts (the five most pernicious) and dozens more pesky ingredients. My current customers are millennial techies, and only a few have food concerns, so this gig has been a piece of cake.

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