I have a Dr. Appointment tomorrow that I'd forgotten to put in my personal calendar (glad they call and remind you!), so I have to bump my Floyd Follow-Up stream to Wednesday, same time. I genuinely apologize for that!
With the word yesterday that troubled Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBar passed away at 58, it seems a good time to point to their best album. While the debut, "Night Songs," was a hair metal album with blues-rock overtones, the follow-up and MUCH better album, "Long Cold Winter," is one hell of a blues-rock album with occasional hair-metal overtones. From the opening acoustic slide riffs of Bad Seamstress Blues, it's a different kind of album for the era, and as such it's held up a LOT better. Give it a listen and raise a glass for Jeff!
On CNN yesterday, talking about the "ring of fire" eclipse seen in the early morning hours yesterday, Neil deGrasse Tyson referred to it as "a cosmic ballet choreographed by the forces of gravity." Sound familiar? (as seen on the Colbert Late show replay)
I'll be gone for the next week. Wife & I - vaxxed & loaded - are going to Turks & Caicos for an anniversary trip. We're leaving the kids (1st time in 9 years & only the 3rd time in 21 years together). I won't have cell coverage, & I don't know how the Wifi will be, but aside from posting pics n stuff, I don't expect to be on my phone much. I'm excited for this, because it feels like MY first vacation as an adult - my fellow olds know that vacation means constantly being aware of how much $$ you have, what's worth doing, what you can't afford, etc. Well, we're going to Beaches, which is all-inclusive. I won't have to think about it, which is FUCKING GLORIOUS & why it feels like a vacation for ME TOO! Stay safe play hard & be awesome, you ragtag box of awesome motherfuckers! See you Sunday!
I changed the name of my YouTube channel. "Cooking with Captain Ed" lacks punch and could be confusing. I took Jak's other part of her name for me and just changed the spelling of my last name, so it's "Captain Ed Scythe." Years ago, one of my bands actually wanted to call our band "Scythe" and have me use that spelling as a stage name. Decades later, eh, why the fuck not, right?
Thirty years ago, a good friend begged me to paint the front of his brand new Marshall 4x12 cabinet. He still has it and still plays it, and now my artistry has come full circle to @Syn Gates with the amp-naming contest header. I had no idea how far ahead of his time Pete would become.
I started doing physical therapy today, on my left arm shoulder, which has been problematic since January, and on my left knee, which has been problematic since before you were born, but got especially ornery when I tried to start running a month or so ago. I'll be good as used in eight weeks!
The SECOND Bill Hudson Masterclass is in the books, and folks, this one was a fucking monster. Nearly three hours on the center of the music theory universe - the Major Scale. Bill connected a lot of dots for me about how theory really applies to the shapes and patterns long since burned into my memory but not really understood. His approach is genius, and I have a lot of study to do before the NEXT Masterclass down the road on beginning modes. Thanks again to the inimitable @Jak Angelescu for pulling it together and MCing. What a day!
I just watched @Aileé Guerra Aréizaga 's video on making videos. She shares a LOT of great info in there. Every time I watch one of her videos, though, I feel bad. She's always so meticulous - her hair, makeup, dress, lighting. Even her words are as if she's memorized a script. I look to make sure there isn't cheese dripping down my shirt and hit record. I have huge respect for the effort she puts in!