Monday, July 8, 2019
friday 5 july 19. i must say cal cali had a
damn good bill at Koto again so like The Fantastiks,
let me "try to remember"....Kenne Highland Clan
did 1999 lineup; me, Mike Quirk on guitars rhythm
section Bruce Hamel (played with John Felice!)-bass
and Matt Burns-drums. Did Gemini on a Full
Moon cd (Dino records) and ended with MC5's "lookin
at you". We had SO much fun we decided we're back and looking
for gigs PLUS alter-ego for Halloween in MC5 cover band! Glider
followed with another tight 1977 punk set, GREATLY improved since
I joined on bass, I shall "humbly" tell you (it's also
"hard to be humble when you know you're the best", USMC
propaganda that I swallowed til I was "sick to my GUT of
the "american Ruse"; when I had the 8-track in '73,"guts"
was operative word; now, at 300 pounds, it's "still mean/not
so lean/US marine"). Sara and the Scaliwags
getting "most improved" award (from me, fuk everybody
else). Sara Billingsley has a husky voice that,
like John Fogerty, lent Creedance to Patti Smith's "walkin
barefoot". Schmel Herbie Hind on guitar
and Cal Cali drums have been playing together
since 1985 Jetset, but MJ Quirk on bass is solid
and MAKES NO MISTAKES. Thus Yardbirds "little games"
and Kinks "til end of the day" were a pleasure. Sara
also played bongos where i expected her to start tapping
"For Your Love" BUT what knocked my socks off (like
John D. Morton and Larry Lifeless;
X-X and Kill Slug, respectively,
I was wearing fucken CROCS! New fashion statement!!!! "dedicated
follower of!") was an original called "Fisherman"
about a guy taking Smokey Robinson and Miracle's advice on "too
many fish in the sea!" Sara-words; Al Schmel-music! My quote:
"Imagine Miss Brooklyn covering a slow ballad off Free's
Highway album; Paul Rodgers never sounded that good in the Firm!".
MORE ORIGINALS please! Closing song in sara set was stooges "loose"
which i saw DMZ do saturday 26 march 77. Cal was Iggy, Mike Quirk
held down a steady Dave Alexander bass but from stage left i saw
Schmel Herbie Hind totally channel Ron Asheton on guitar but real
surprise was Sara on drums! I'd seen the Stooges 31 dec 73 and
drumming in O. Rex I tried for that style (to wit: "Feel
My Love" april '74 on Gulcher) but Sara, being a Virgo, had
every Scott Asheton beat exact! Thoroughly enjoyed by I (Who have
Lastly, with 20 minutes left, Cal Cali Band maybe
did "postively fourth street","you're gonna miss
me" and "psycho" but after three sets Alice Highland
was reciting "Black juju" backwards! 'bodies need rest".......
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
saturday 6 july 19 cal cali and i left Salem and got to Ducky
Carlisle's studio to record GLiDER record.
Six tracks in six hours! I used a 1973 fender precision bass for
"a James Jamerson sound" (Ducky is a FONT of rock facts
and tales, REALLY knows his shit!). Ducky has got a mess of grammys
and Nora Jones even slept on studio couch!! Other star of day
was dog Ronson, as in Mick, so i sang "I'm
an alligator!" to him ("Moonage daydream"). I was
bushed after session but Ducky was drumming with
Nat Freeberg that night, Sally O' briens,
so cal cali checked it out! where the Grand Funk these guys get
their energy from".......
Ronson by Kenne
July 10, 2019
7 July 19, Ringo's birthday and A Hard Day's
Night BUT GLiDER album basics finished kinda
in a day ala first Black Sabbath record! "Everybody's Gonna
Be Happy" coz we worked the KINKS out of the arrangements!
(please gong me, the unknown KENNE!). A kinda-jam on Lou Reed's
"I cant stand it" meaning Linda Garreau Highland in
rocknroll heaven WILL approve of the record! (L. reed too!). Captain
Easychord dropped me to Mike's Diner, Somerville, some
kinda copa soccer final; Brasil 3-Peru 1; IF I knew this happenin'
woulda gone to any one of said South American eatin' places. (passionate
crowd and the ladies are all LINDA! Not name Linda but
are LINDA!). Next GLiDER gig, at The
Square Root roslindale with Thalia Zedek!"....
Thursday, July 11, 2019
day of WODIN 10 July 19. club linehan-a-go-go
practice. First off, upcoming gigs; Friday 2 August 19,
C-Note Hull then saturday 2 August 19, Geezer's
garage cookout. Highlights last night were jammin' on
ole '70s songs that we do like "chevy van" (Kevin
Linehan and Lady
Caroline really CAN harmonise) and now Association's
"Never My Love" (I do a Lynyrd Gyzmo solo stolen from
"Tuesday's Gone" off an album i used to get stoned to
with "Jailbait Janet"'s brother, noting there were TWO
members of the Blue Project as session men). Also Stones' "it's
only rocknroll" started by Mj Quirk, bassist
Joe Quinn and i followed in and guess what! I'd
already wrote "that's cool" nine months prior to Stones
release!(same week I met "winner by elimination"). Lastly,
Linda Rondstadt's "How do i make you" when Linda Rondstadt
Highland (in them Silk Purse Daisy Dukes? Shee-it, yes I WOULD
have married her, age 14,1970) went Newwave. a 45 I owned when
I lived in a South Carolina trailer park! A lot of good rockin'
fun with more to come! John Keegan, we miss you!
Friday, July 12, 2019
in the studio
"Friday 12 July 19. Thor's Day was a "Hard Day's Night"
listening to Armenian radio online; Montevideo, Uruguay! and Dad
DOES have a DNA match there! Flanders-Azores-Brazil-Uruguay; and
you wonder why I haunt Union Square, Somerville Brazialian buffets!
Jay Dobis, whom grew up next to Jon Richman
writes: "I was asked to write an obituary for Nejat
Toksoy by Ugly Things, my favourite rock magazine.
and Nejat was in Mavi Isiklar. Jay has turnt me onto Turkish psych
(lives now in Constaninople) plus Reptilians
from Andromeda (Turkish punk! they "signed"
the Stigmatics!) . In jay's article he mentions Andaolu Rock,
"mix traditional Turkish folk music with rock and roll".
sunday 4 august 19 when me, Schmel Herbie Hind (on oud!) and Gee
Julie record songs referencing the Armenian Stonehenge
and Greek mythology, this WILL be an influence! Better yet, Yardbirds-cum-Dick
Dale-cum Les variations; my Middle east riffs gonna be smokin'!
Til then, again, I play bass with GLiDER saturday
20 July, Square root, Roslindale with Talia Zedek
and Sara's Scalawags"....