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A Frank Gutch Jr. Flashback from April 25th 2012: Opportunities Missed (Damn It!) Makes For Tomorrow’s Treasures….

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2018 by segarini

I was digging through my tape drawer this week (yes, I still have cassettes) and while not bemoaning the death of tape, did bemoan the lack of success of a handful of incredible treasures which I have only on tape.  To my knowledge, they have never been available on any other format, though I am not sure.  Three of them— the only three commercially available— may have suffered because of that.  More than one person had made reference to cassette as a non-format in their world— to paraphrase them,“better to miss the music than have it on tape.”

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Segarini – I (Still Kinda) Like the Beatles and MacMillan Loves the Rolling Stones Part Three

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2018 by segarini

When adults started wearing Beatle Wigs at their cocktail parties and tried to dance to I Wanna Hold Your Hand, a lot of kids were so embarrassed and angry that Mom and Dad were attempting to join the club, I was surprised most of the parents were allowed to live.

How dare they love what we love, how can my stupid parents join the party and ruin our fun? Why are OUR Beatles sooo lovable that even OUR PARENTS approve of them?

…and in response, a benevolent and caring God created the Rolling Stones. From Part Two

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Frank Gutch Jr: The Future Takes Forever, The Past Is But a Click Away; Plus Notes

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2018 by segarini

One of the jobs I have laid out before me is writing reviews, not just of music I love but books and  other things which give me delight. It is fun most of the time but lately I am beginning to wonder if I have not taken on more than I can handle. Mentally, I find my self flagging, stacks of CDs and numerous digital files and the occasional vinyl LP/EP, ready to review when I first received them, still there, not reviewed. I want to get to them but for some the words don’t come and for others there is just not enough time. The problem is the listening. I have always prided myself on listening to each album numerous times before putting word to paper, as it were, but if I continue that I will eventually either quit out of frustration or guilt.

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Segarini: Raising Amy – The Annual Hippo Birdie Two Ewes 2018

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2018 by segarini

Editor’s Note – (Amy’s Birthday Week 2018!
My daughter celebrates a birthday next Tuesday, and to mark the event, I am posting a picture, and sometimes more than one every day. Those of you waiting for Part Three of “I (Still kinda) Like The Beatles, and MacMillan Loves the Rolling Stones” will have to wait until Monday or next Friday.
Even the Lords of Rock Music cannot…WILL not…take precedence over Ames’ Birthday!
This has now become a tradition….)

 

“Your Son is your Son ‘till he takes a wife, but your Daughter is your Daughter for the rest of your life”

No one seems to know who first uttered this quote, but it has definitely stood the test of time. The first time I ever heard it was from my mother when my wife and I had our one and only child. At first I thought my mother was just being (as always) supportive, because, being Italian, it is assumed I wanted a boy child to carry on the family name and be a ‘chip off the old block’. The truth of the matter is that I prayed for a little girl…and we were blessed with one of the best.

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Frank Gutch Jr: Gypsy: Rock and Roll Nomads – The Documentary; Steve Lalor R.I.P.; Plus a Few Delicate Little Notes

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2018 by segarini

Back in the days when music ruled the world, we all had our benchmarks. The night The Beatles played Ed Sullivan. That day at Altamont. The many deaths of greats and those who would have been greats, from Buddy Holly to Duane Allman and too many others. Musical moments which marked where you were in your life and how important music was. Because music used to be that important.

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Segarini – I (Still Kinda) Like the Beatles and MacMillan Loves the Rolling Stones Part Two

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2018 by segarini

Rock and Roll, that most American hybrid of Country and Blues had come along and dethroned the OTHER American music, Jazz, and looked to be numero uno for many years. The burgeoning generation that became known as Baby Boomers were reaching puberty and beyond, and they were the largest segment of the population. Rock and Roll DID have a good run…but it wasn’t the Americans who took it to prominence the world over…it was those fucking kids who looked like girls and could barely play. – From Part One

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Segarini – I (Still Kinda) Like the Beatles and MacMillan Loves the Rolling Stones Part One

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

By the time The Beatles hit the stage on Ed Sullivan on February 9th 1964, I already had long hair and was in my second band. A clip featuring the then teenage mop tops had been featured on a Jack Paar television special after his daughter had succumbed to them on a visit to England with the family in September of 1963. It was fascination at first sight and, like so many others around the world, I was instantly converted. So long Chuck, Richard, and Motown…It was love at first yeah yeah yeah.

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