Archive for Bob Segarini

Montreuil – Peter Montreuil

Posted in life, Opinion, Work with tags , , , on July 22, 2021 by segarini

Last week’s column inadvertently underscored the fact that working as a records clerk was a mundane experience, After all, it’s impossible to animate paper, unless you are Stephen King or a Disney artist  😉 .

However, the tedious nature of the job did not diminish its impact on the circumstances of the individual who had made the application. If anything, it underscored the importance of matching correspondence to the correct file. My exposure to this process made me acutely aware of how “all the parts fit together” to allow the system to work.

This week, I am writing about something more personal, and what could be more personal than your name, or to be pedantic, your identity.

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Pat Blythe – Boom boom tsst – Part 3….Come Ride with Me….and music

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2021 by segarini

…..and the cymbal saga continues. Here’s an interesting little tidbit. Ever heard of the bock-a-da-bock? Me either. Say it really fast though and it begins to sound familiar. Now Google it and there’s a whole history behind this fascinating little number…..introducing the hand cymbal commonly known as the Bock-A-Da-Bock.

Originally designed by Billy Gladstone, one of the most significant and finest percussionists of his time, Gladstone was continually inventing, building and perfecting instruments. “Gladstone’s ‘Device for Operating Cymbals’ comprised a pair of spring-loaded scissor tongs bearing two small, heavy cymbals facing each other; when the player squeezed the tongs, the cymbals closed together. A range of interesting sounds were made possible as the player held the device in one hand, opening and closing the cymbals whilst striking them with a stick held in their other hand. Its creator having received a patent, the ‘Ludwig Gladstone Cymbal’ appeared in the drum company’s 1927 catalogue.” (Drums in the Twenties)

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Darrell Vickers – Graham Haley Part One – Regret-O-Grams, I’ve Had A Few

Posted in Humour, life, Opinion, Review, Work with tags , , , , , on July 20, 2021 by segarini

Preface:

Right off the top, I’d like to state that Graham Haley is a confrere of the highest standing. Besides being a talented actor and voiceover specialist, Mr. Haley possesses a heart and soul that are thoroughly imbued with the entrepreneurial spirit. In the grand tradition of Ford, Carnegie and Edison before him, a passel of his epiphanies were absolute corkers, like his massively successful series of Haley’s Handy Hints books but some of the money-making seeds he enthusiastically planted fell well short of a bumper harvest. In this column, I shall be recounting our involvement in some of his lesser endeavors. 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH from GARY PIG GOLD  To Both ROGER AND JIM McGUINN

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2021 by segarini

It’s becoming increasingly obvious, with every passing year and with every passing trend, that The Byrds were just about the greatest rock’n’roll band America ever produced. Sure, I bet lots of other musicians in 1964 were inspired enough after first viewing A Hard Day’s Night to want to throw together their very own guitar gangs. and Yes, from a half-century-plus perspective the bridging of Dylan’s words with the Beatles’ licks and hair-do’s was a hybrid just itching to happen. But it took a pack of visionary crazies like The Byrds to not only pull it off, but actually shove it right up to the top of the charts for all to hear, see, and forever be amazed by. Hard to believe that within a year of that first Beatle movie, Messrs. McGuinn, Clark, Crosby, Hillman and Clarke had the Number One record on the planet with the still contemporary-sounding “Mr. Tambourine Man.”

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Roxanne Tellier – Up Up and Away

Posted in COVID 19, Health, life, Opinion, politics with tags , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2021 by segarini

There was an interesting article in the New York Times last week that talked about a phenomenon known as ‘collective effervescence.’ This term describes the sense of energy and harmony people feel when they come together in a group in a shared experience. That could be anything from a gathering of friends in a restaurant, to the frenzy of wedding guests doing a line dance in synchrony, to the sort of nationalistic madness seen in Little Italy or Little Portugal when their country’s team wins the World Cup.

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Segarini – The Birth of The BobCast

Posted in Canadian Music, Interview, life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , on July 16, 2021 by segarini

It was the best of times, it was the worst of …no …wait …that’s either the opening line to a classic story or how I would feel if I won the Lottery and then had to sit through a Billie Eilish concert.

Let me start over.

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Pat Blythe – Boom boom tsst…..Part One……and music

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2021 by segarini

Why not?! I’ve covered the guitar, the violin, drums, the cowbell, all things keyboard and synthesizer….so why not the cymbal? There’s nary a drum kit or a percussion setup without them. From marching bands to the person in the back of the orchestra who sits patiently, waiting for the build-up and that one moment when they can leap to their feet to crash those two giant cymbals together for that dramatic crescendo……and then (like Christmas) it’s suddenly over. I can’t think of one child who doesn’t love banging and clanging those noisemakers together. So let’s delve right in, shall we.

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Segarini: Remembering My Dad – Father’s Day June 20th 2021

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , on June 18, 2021 by segarini
Seg My Dad and I

 I miss my parents a lot, and I never got to thank my dad for all he tried to teach me, all he tried to instill in me. If your parents are still alive, your grandparents, even your aunts and uncles. call them up today, tell them you love them, and cherish the ability you have to tell them first hand. Someday, they will all be gone, and even though you will hear their voices and feel their presence for the rest of your life, there will be times when you experience a longing, and an ache so profound, that you will wish with all your heart you could see them again and let them know how much they meant to you. Family is more important than any other aspect of your life…don’t ever forget it.

Happy Fathers Day, Pop…I miss you…and I love you.

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Pat Blythe – Busy busy…..and just a few tunes

Posted in life, music, Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2021 by segarini

It’s Tuesday…..writing day. Today’s column is short…..very short. I’m taking my writing time to cogitate, reflect and sort. I’m excited to have just published my 20th episode of The Pandemic Interviews. I’m teaching, designing, programming, writing, editing and now podcasting. I’m considering bringing back the Back Deck Concert Series, am in the process of having my front lawn dug up and “converted” into a garden, and waiting for travel to open up so I can begin to plan (and book) my trip back to England this year. Sorting out the house lurks in the background. I have no shortage of projects…..things to do. All self-imposed (well except for the telecom work) including most deadlines…..I do like to be busy, but it’s getting a bit crazy busy.

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Chef Tom – AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , on June 5, 2021 by segarini

Food related news recently came across my feed (no pun intended), so I thought it might be interesting to share a couple of stories. The first is about the Zuni Café in San Francisco. Long-time dining destination for the well-heeled, as well as the hoi polloi, or in this case, the gay polloi. Who knew it was one of the first gay-friendly restaurants, with a mostly gay staff, with large picture windows for full visibility.

This is a fascinating read. 

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