Wednesday, March 4, 2009

21-blogs, bruce, lefsetz, ratones paranoicos

a couple of weeks ago the champion blogger bob lefsetz drew his fans, of which i am one, to a bruce springsteen blog about getting ready for his and the e street band's recent half-time performance at the super bowl.


i clicked onto bruce's blog and i was very impressed for many reasons; here was the john garfield of american music sharing with his fans the difficult choices he had to make about wearing new-ish boots or old faithful round toe'd boots, describing his dilemma with relish and detail that for sure would have elton john curling up on a las vegas couch calling out, "david, see, bruce has the same problem i have," or perhaps have sharon osbourne yelling lovingly to ozzy across the mansion, “see i told you to stuff the boots, to stop you falling over, you daft c___," or some other midland english term of endearment.

i was also impressed with the fact that bruce wrote this blog and that he continues to do so consistently. mr. lefsetz pointed out that the duty of the blogger is to write continually. this is something i have not been doing, and i apologize to both you and my work ethic.


Ratones Paranoicos-Rolling Stone Magazine Medium

i could tell you that i have been traveling to buenos aires and recording the ratones paranoicos. here are some pictures from those sessions:





also here are a couple pictures that were on the wall of the studio i was recording at with the ratones. they are of the rolling stones having a night off being silly the last time they were in south america:





i have also been to los angeles to see if my two books, stoned and 2stoned, might make it to a screen in your cabled home.

i’ve been wrapping up the umpteenth edit on my third book; walking my dogs and spending a whole lot of time in my new internet-less jungle abode; recording a fine young colombian writer named juan galeano here in bogota; being with you daily on my shows for little steven's underground garage sirius xm; reading every book written by gay talese ; reading "the women" by t.c. boyle and danny goldberg's terrific book on his life in our biz called "bumping into geniuses" ; and finally, working on the rough sketches of a latin-influenced rolling stones songbook with master guitarist gary lucas.

but even all that will not set the record straight. i think bruce works harder, yet he still manages to bring his sleigh to blogsville on a regular basis.

i'm thus inclined to resign, because if you ain't hacking it you should have the decency to fess up and let thy people go.

perhaps it's because of the growing level of communication this recent sirius/xm merger has brought to everybody who works at the underground garage; perhaps my blogging was just a one night stand. we'll see....

in the meanwhile, candles lit and prayers said for the souls of two great dames of music who passed in recent weeks: estelle bennett of the ronettes, and the jazz diva blossom dearie.

hopefully this little spurt will get me hooked again. if not, over to the boss......


GoonrGrrl said...

I'd be very sad indeed if this blog went away. I don't always get to listen to the show and would miss your insights! A little "O" is better than no "O" at all...

rap said...

So nice to see you back at it, ALO.

RichardS said...

Hey ALO...nice to read you, even if I do hear you everyday. either way it keeps us tuned in and turned on...
Nice pics of the Mick goin' pimpin' afterward? egads.

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