I can’t think of a lot – the only one that really comes to mind is “Pinball” by Jerzy Kozinsky. A pop superstar lives a double life as some kind of classical musician and works hard to keep it secret. I read it decades ago so some of the details are fuzzy.
2. What is the weirdest Rock and Roll star story?
I just discovered this one yesterday – Jim Sullivan who mysteriously disappeared in the New Mexico desert at the age of 34.
3. When did Rock and Roll really feed your soul for the first time?
My childhood neighbor Paul was about seven or eight years older than me and I remember him playing me some Styxx back in the mid-1970s and realized that rock, rocked. We also had an album of 1950s-era rock and roll cover songs that I remember playing over and over and over again while a middle schooler.
4. What new music/musicians have you recently discovered?
Well, the musicians are new but the music is – I am really digging the new Wilco album. Very much a return to their alt-country kind of roots.
5. What is the best music-based movie montage?
The drugged-out scene in “The Big Lebowski where The Dude is a bowling ball flying down the lane with “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by the New Edition.
1. Your username is now a company, what do you sell?<
majikwah – I sell magic flying carpets. Really, why don’t we have more of these – just blissfully flying off to where we need to go. Landing then poof, folding up the magic rug and going on about business.
2, What are people stupidly proud of?
Voting for Trump.
3. What old game should be remade with 2022 graphics?
Atari’s Tempest – with that twisty knobs – it would rock in with high-tech 3D graphics.
4. What will lead to the downfall of humanity
Instant feedback via social media
5. What are you tired of?
Doomscrolling on instant feedback on social media annotating and documenting the downfall of society.
I still like “Rapper’s Delight” by the Sugar Hill Gang. It just has its own umami, unlike any other early rap.
2. What is your favorite soul performance?
“What’s Goin’ On” by Marvin Gaye
3. What is your favorite movie soundtrack song?
This one is so difficult and can change at any given mood. But I heard this yesterday and remembered how much I loved the entire soundtrack and listened to it over and over. “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis
4. What is your favorite country/western performance?
There is a long back story with this one around the time my father was dying of cancer and gathering with the support of friends and family and listened to a lot of music together. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones (plus that head of hair – man on man!)
5. What is your favorite rock anthem?
I listen to a lot of classic rock. BTW, Van Halen – is just ok. Van Hager – is way over-rated but I digress. My favorite rock anthem is a song I will always rewind and give another loud dancing relistne. Jeff Lynn needs some love. “Do Ya” by ELO.
1. Are you following the public hearings on January 6?
I wasn’t going to but I got sucked in and was riveting last night. That Lyn Cheney really doesn’t care for Donald Trump. And I am obsessed with stories like this. I have read a number of books about Watergate and have been sucked into Gaslit, the dramatized story of Watergate with Julia Roberts and Sean Penn – so great television and so the hearings are just the sequel really. To know how close the country came to a democratic collapse is still so baffling. I remember January 6. I was working from home that day and was gripped in front of the television watching this unfold and now knowing what is in the wrinkles is chilling.
2. Are US politics irrevocably broken?
As long as we remain wedded to the two-party system and first past the poll balloting, yes. And social media, reality TV, and the addiction to instant justice and impatience of modern society are part of the cause as well.
3. What’s a better way to elect a president?
A game of Twister – those fat old white men trying to get to Right Foot Blue would be solidly entertaining.
4. Should we instead be led by a queen?
Why not – all the pomp and ceremony and family drama. And tiaras. Everyone loves tiaras.
5. Should there be an age limit placed on the US presidency and US Federal judges and supreme court justices?
1. What would you do if your pet just said “go ahead tell someone no one is gonna believe you” and never talked again? “See, I told you were a good boy -but let’s just keep this to ourselves. People think we are nuts as it is.
2. Which cheap and mass-produced item is stupendously well-engineered? The potato masher is so practical. I use it all the time. Potatoes, pinto beans, mixing and kneading bread; a true kitchen multi-tasker.
3. What do you eat/cook/prepare for yourself when you’re off work and have the time? I have mastered the sourdough discard pancakes. A couple of cups of the sourdough discard (that part of the starter you would pour out before feeding a new batch) and then an egg and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil, some sugar, some salt, and some baking powder are all whipped up in a batter for the tangiest and fluffiest pancakes ever. They make great weekend breakfast or weeknight dinner.
4. What’s your go-to movie when you need a good cry? I cray at movies pretty easily but there are two that always do the trick: “It’s A Wonderful Life”, and “Finding Forester.”
5. What common thing would be designed completely differently if our current knowledge was applied when it was created. The typewriter keyboard. The layout is just nuts on the QWERTY keyboard and no real science or studies behind it. Created more to ensure the keys didn’t get stuck on old 1900s style manual keyboards rather than a focus on efficiency.