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Bob – Common Sense and Clarity in Troubled Times

Posted in Family, life, Opinion, politics with tags , , , , , , , on March 27, 2020 by segarini

Interesting times, these.

Unlike any I can remember. Oddly enough, it is now, when we are all so far apart, that we are united and closer than we have ever been. The whole mudball in the same boat. Proof we are ALL brothers and sisters with the exception of the few who cannot and will not embrace what their eyes, and surely their subconcious, inform them of what is happening all around them. There is little talk of war. Less hate. More understanding. As though we have all been handed a pair of glasses that corrects our sight and headphones that make the voices loud and clear.

This is a moment of spiritual awakening and clarity that needs to be embraced and acted upon.

This column has been cobbled together from previous articles written in 2015 and 2016, with current additional material. It is long and it is (for me, anyway) so on point to our current situation that I find it almost eerie.

My lovely GF speaks often of going with her feelings, of spiritual moments she has experienced that seem out of place or out of the ordinary, and I must admit I have made fun of her in regards to those moments, but I can honestly say I now understand what she means.

Take your time, but PLEASE read this through when you can and add your thoughts in the ‘Reply’ section at the bottom of the column.

Let’s do our best to get to the other side of this problem with new knowledge and respect for one another. In the meantime, Be Well, Stay Safe, and Have Hope.

Much love to all of you …even those who still cannot see clearly.

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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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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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Bob – *Cough* Wheeeze *Cough* (Choke) Gasp! *Cough* *Cough* *Cough* Wheeze (Choke) *Cough* Gasp!

Posted in music, Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , on February 21, 2020 by segarini

I have a Cold

I Cannot Lie

It’s 10 Times Worse

Cause I’m a Guy

I Cough and Cough

And Cough Again

Just Shoot Me Now

And Make it End

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NEW ROCKERS OF THE PEERLESS AGE by JAIMIE VERNON

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2020 by segarini

I’m updating the Canadian Pop Music Encyclopedia once again. This time it has a global purpose and will soon be available to music researchers via a data base known as Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale worldwide to Colleges, Universities, and libraries. It is literally my life’s work and is expected to remain available in perpetuity. To that end I’ve been tasked with updating annually until, well, I’m dead. I can just see me now in a senior’s home skipping Bingo and sing-a-long nights while I sit by the glow of the Google engine looking for the elusive catalog number of Whaleman’s 1991 “Sings!” album and gumming a soft-bun and apple sauce for 4.30 dinner.

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