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Gary Pig Gold – VERA RAMONE and her POISONED HEART

Posted in Interview, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2020 by segarini

Over-intellectualizing about a subject as pure and simple in its perfection as the Ramones sort of defeats their entire purpose, now doesn’t it? The proverbial “dancing about architecture,” as Steve Martin (by way of Frank Zappa) might well say.

Consequently, I’ve shied away from most books and studies concerning Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Co. that have appeared over the years. So when a copy of Vera Ramone King’s Poisoned Heart came my way, I cracked it open with a wee bit of trepidation, I do admit.

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Chef Tom – …and The Beet Goes On

Posted in Food, music, Opinion, Recipe, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2020 by segarini

The Beet goes on ….

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Gary Pig Gold got his Kicks with JOE STRUMMER

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2020 by segarini

While the Clash were hardly the only band that ever mattered to me, I personally sure owe a tip-o-the ol’ snout to the one, the only Joe Strummer for most vividly helping me see The Light back in that dark, dank cultural wasteland known as the mid-Seventies:

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Bob – Writer’s Block, and The Story of Malibu Bobby

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2020 by segarini

Dear Diary …

The current case of Writer’s Block continues well into its 2nd month. It is a horrible feeling, not being able to put words into sentences that tell a coherent story, staring at a blank monitor screen for hours on end, wondering if I will ever be able to write again.

It happens to writers on occasion. It is visual laryngitis , intellectual paralysis, which has no known cure. Like the common cold, all you can do is wait it out, taking steps suggested by friends that may have worked for them, but do not work for me. The words cannot be forced, bribed, or cajoled into forming sentences that eloquently, humourously, or intelligently convey what is on your mind.

It is like being trapped at the bottom of a well, unable to cry out for help.

…and rather than leave the page blank, I have, this week, decided to reprint a column from 2011, when the juice was flowing and I could write three of these a week. At least there are some new links and pictures for your dining and dancing pleasure.

There are still more stories to tell, laughs to share, and adventures and opinions to commit to paper …and as soon as I can …I will.

In the meantime ….

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Chef Tom, Cowboy Eats, A Short Story, Kempters and Sleepy Man

Posted in Fiction, Food, Recipe with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2020 by segarini

 

Saddle up, Pilgrim ….

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GREG SIMPSON – RADIO MAN EXTRAORDINAIRE by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in life, music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2020 by segarini

I type this through tears. At this moment my old pal Greg Simpson is on life support in a London hospital. And I fear for his life. Suddenly a flood of memories come back to a 20 year friendship all of which involved good times.

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Segarini’s Short but Sweet Scrapbook for Shut-Ins

Posted in COVID 19, life, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2020 by segarini

DAY 16, 281

The wolves are howling as they draw near. Betty and the baby are swaddled by the fire, the last of the cook books and furniture keeping them warm for the nonce. I ponder our future as the last of the Redenbachers pop in the microwave. Bingeing the final season of Match Game with Gene Rayburn and contemplating calling Innabuggy ….

After a 3 month-long self-imposed exile in Ottawa, my esteemed roommate is heading back here tomorrow to change his socks and justify paying half the rent. …and as happy as I will be to have someone to talk to besides my reflection in the ever-increasing collection of empty bourbon, wine, and vodka bottles, his return poses a problem. In his absence, I’m afraid I became derelict in the responsibility to keep the compound habitable for human beings. Before he arrives, I must turn this Frat House Dorm back into livable space, instead of the aftermath of a 3 month Toga Party. Still trying to figure out how I got spaghetti sauce and hot dog remnants on the ceiling of the bathroom and under the bed ….

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SUNNY DAYS: THE SKIP PROKOP STORY (PART 9) by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Interview, music, Opinion, Review, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2020 by segarini

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SUNNY DAYS: THE SKIP PROKOP STORY (PART 8) by Jaimie Vernon

Posted in Interview, music, Opinion, Serialized Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2020 by segarini

Through most of 1968, Skip Prokop’s band  The Paupers had been touring with new bass player Brad Campbell as they were making their way through recording and releasing their second album for MGM Records called “Ellis Island.” But Skip was getting a taste for session work and expanding his musical horizons beyond a 4-piece rock and roll ensemble.  It was leading him to decisions that would change his life and Canadian music forever…

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Gary Pig Gold has UNEARTHED MERSEYBEAT

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , on May 11, 2020 by segarini

It was exactly 56 (!) May birthdays ago that I received my very first “big record” …yes, just like the countless Count Basie and King and I albums in mom and dad’s big oak record cabinet. Needles to say, Capitol Canada T-6054 remained lodged on the Pig Player clear through Christmas ’64 …when I received my second big one.

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