The Friday Fives

1. What has been the greatest concert you’ve been to?

Springsteen at the Pepsi Center. We were in the pit, about the fourth or fifth row or so.

2. What’s in your pockets right now?

Wallet and favoritist ink pen.

3. What was normal when you were a teenager but rare or nonexistent now?

That telephone in the kitchen with that long twist corded handset that moms could rule the roost from their kitchen realm.

4. What’s the biggest band or artist you’ve seen in a small venue?

Lou Reed in a tiny cafe in Stuttgart.

5. Do you still have any old mix tapes lying around?

I don’t think so. I have a few mix CDs lying around I think, though.

The Friday Fives

1. What was normal in the 1990s but rare or nonexistent now?

Those little white caller id boxes that we attached to our home landline phones.

2. What food do most people think is healthy but is actually unhealthy?

Bagels. They are huge carb bombs – there are actually fewer calories and carbs in a donut.

3. What is something that is “not a cult” but seems like a cult?


4. How would you hide a body from the FBI ?

Bury in a library.

5. What modern-day practice/ belief is most likely to be considered barbaric and outdated in the future?

Male circumcision.

The Friday Fives

1.  What is a good Rock and Roll themed novel? 

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.

The Friday Fives


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.

The Friday Fives

1. What is your favorite rap/hip-hop performance?

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.