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Segarini on The Father of the Teen Age

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2017 by segarini

I was originally going to call this column “The Father of Teenage America”, but Chuck Berry’s influence on and understanding of that awkward stretch of road between 12 and 20 not only heralded America’s shift from buttoned-down conformity to unbuttoned rebellion, spread far past the borders of his home and native land and spilled out across the globe on the wings of three chords and poetic genius.

Fueled by unbridled energy, and embraced by a post war population of disenfranchised kids with No Particular Place to Go, Chuck Berry’s legacy continues unabated 50 years later.
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Pat Blythe – SOUSATZKA

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2017 by segarini

 

I woke up this morning (Sunday) thinking about music and the play I attended at The Elgin Theatre on Friday night. SOUSATZKA. In preview mode at the moment before heading to Broadway, I have every expectation it will be successful if the audience that night was any indicator. The play, based on the Bernice Ruben novel, Madame Sousatzka, evokes and elicits many feelings and mixed emotions. Love, pain, anger, hope, despair, disgust, fear, hate, family….and it is all tied together by music.

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Segarini – The Difference Between Women Artists and “Women” Artists

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 6, 2017 by segarini

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Today the Intertoobz are all a-flutter with praise and pronouncements concerning the performance of a Lady named Ga Ga, seen and heard during the pee break in America’s biggest Sportsball Event of the Year.

Back before decorum was even a word, this Event would not be the attraction it has become, but because of civilization’s sloooowly advancing maturity, there came a modicum of sense and reason that resulted in the feeding of the less fortunate (called “Christians” by those in the know), to lions, tigers, and bears (oh my) and the odd angry horde of hostile gibbons, becoming unacceptable, much to the chagrin of the elite classes and Ruling Kings, Emperors, and Early Republicans….

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Segarini: Award Shows, Van Gogh, the Day I Was Born, and Some Birthdays

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2017 by segarini

A Message from Bob –Yet another rerun, but this one has been heavily updated. The reason I am having trouble writing new ones, stems back to December 15th when many of us lost an old friend and good man, Dave Bailey. The tentative date for the Celebration of Dave’s life is Sunday May 14th. The Carpet Frogs (who are also Burton Cummings touring band) are the house band for the event, which will feature other artists that Dave worked with in the past. The date may change a week in either direction, and as details are finalized, I will be updating the information. …and now…on with the show…or your shoes, whichever you prefer. ..and put on some pants.

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Segarini Rerun: Music or Nostalgia…Which is It? – Going Back to Find the Future. Sons, Bones, and Loops….

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2017 by segarini

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Editor’s Note – Originally posted on January 21st 2015, this column bears repeating. Proud to say our track record is pretty good for sniffing out greatness in a sea of popular, financially successful mediocrity, but the continued confusion regarding the differences in worthiness and rose-coloured glasses steeped in nostalgia,  needs to be addressed. When it comes to Greatness, consider the majority of what you hear on terrestrial radio as nothing more than Alternative Fact.

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Segarini – 2016: Year of the Faceplant or We’re All Bozos On This (Short) Bus

Posted in Opinion, Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2017 by segarini

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We have swallowed the Kool-Aid, jumped the shark, and lifted the horse’s tail.

…and in so doing, created a world imagined by Phillip K. Dick, Hunter Thompson, Mike Judge, and Stephen King.  Curated by Gary Larson, Louie CK, and Rod Serling…and now occupied by even our Brightest Lights, who have been sucked into this Black Hole along with the rest of us. That annoying sound you hear are millions of knuckles, dragging across the Linoleum Floor of Destiny…and the wailing of the still upright Brain Trust that allowed this to happen….

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