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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Would you recognize them without makeup?

Today in Music History: September 18

There are some strange, actually bizarre, performers within the music world. Sometimes the make-up and the nature of the performances have to simply be overlooked with emphasis being placed solely on the music. Even the tunes must be in one's repertoire of genres. Music is so-o-o-o versatile and not everyone is 'turned on' or 'turned off' by the same kind.

 KISS Each member represents a character. Simmons is The Demon, Frehley is The Spaceman, Stanley is The Star Child, Criss is The Cat, and Carr was The Fox. Vincent briefly wore makeup with an Ankh design in his early concerts with the group. The band name made for lots of speculation, the most popular being "Knights In Satan's Service." The truth is much more mundane: Paul Stanley came up with the name and the others loved it. Peter Criss explained in a 1977 Marvel profile, "It really means a lot. It's the first thing you do to a chick or anybody. It could also be the kiss of death. It's a strong word. It's easy to remember." 

Most music critics hated the band. They are not considered great musicians, but are known for their live performances, which their core fans, The KISS Army, loves. In 1977, Kiss was named the most popular band in America in a Gallup Poll. Go figure! Kiss was eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 15 years before they finally were inducted in 2014.

KISS in 1973 as a club band. Paul still had the old make-up

 KISS in 1983 without the make-up.

1983 Kiss appeared without their 'make-up' for the first time during an interview on MTV, promoting the release of their newest album, 'Lick It Up'.
What happened to this great band? Well, that my friends would take a team of psychologists and a novel to explain. So, I will try and simplify. KISS got caught up in their mega-success and every decision was based around how to maintain and expand that success. KISS tried disco, pop, whatever was hip at the time, in order to stay on the charts. The problem, in a nutshell, is that KISS started as a band that defied the trends, ignored fashion, ignored critics, and succeeded on their own terms. They made their name on constant touring, not on getting Top 40 radio airplay. KISS got lost. They forgot what made them. Read this and MORE...

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

We the People

This Day in History: September 17, 1787

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Yesterday marked 227 years since 39 people gathered in a room and signed the United States Constitution, which is the supreme law of the United States of America. It is the oldest written national constitution still in force anywhere in the world. While it is not a "perfect" document, set your mind to the possibility of it not being set in place and by the way, vanquish the Bill of Rights at the same time.

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We the People. . .

of the United States,
in Order to form a more perfect Union,
establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,
provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare,
and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,
do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

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Try This: Whether yesterday, today, or tomorrow, celebration of the signing of the United States Constitution is still prevalent. Stop anyone on the street, preferably one of our nation's youth, and ask him or her to name one thing they know about the US Constitution. What about asking someone to name any of the amendments in the Bill of Rights? Hope you won't be disappointed! 

Historic Visions of the Future

Amazement sets in when we see images of the past depicting the future, especially when some of the ideas aren't too far off the mark. A set of 19th century postcards has revealed what French artists thought would be happening at the turn of the 21st century. The set of postcards, produced between 1899 and 1910, predict what life might be like in Paris in the year 2000. The year 2000 may now be history (hard to believe it has already been 14 years since the initial celebration of the new millennium) but stepping back in time is always fascinating. There are some fairly bizarre scenes that have not come to fruitionno one has yet invented a flying fireman, or started playing croquet underwaterbut whose to say they are not on someone's drawing board somewhere


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

True to His Own Spirit

Today in Music History: September 17

Each day leads to a step back in time as witness to the changes in music through the decades. The lyrics. The melodies. The harmony. The rhythm. The beat. The instruments. But, that's not all. Let's not forget the devices that provide the ability to listen to the songs, any genre, for it is not possible to attend every performance of every performer around the world. The journey on this day begins at the beginning...way before iTunes!

1931 The first long-playing record, a 33 1/3 rpm recording, was demonstrated at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York by RCA-Victor. The venture was doomed to fail however due to the high price of the record players, which started around $95 (about $1140 in today's dollars) and wasn't revived until 1948.
Moving on down the road into the music of the day let's make a stop during the 60s Music Revolution. A tidbit of trivia adds a bit of spice to the music. The musician in the spotlight on this day definitely 'seasoned' his performances, not always in a fashionable manner.

Promotional photo of The Doors in late 1966
(l–r: Densmore, Krieger, Manzarek and Morrison)
Source: en.wikipedia.org

http://www.biography.com/people/jim-morrison-9415576 Jim Morrison A charismatic singer and songwriter, Jim Morrison, studied film at UCLA where he met the members who would become the 60s rock group The Doors: vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger

Jim Morrison remains one of the most legendary and mysterious rock and roll stars of all time. He was a gifted lyricist whose poetic odes to rebellion, set to the music of The Doors, inspired a generation of disaffected youth who found in his words an eloquent articulation of their own hopes and frustrations. His tragic early death at the hands of drugs and depression likely deprived the world of much more in the way of beautiful music and poetry. Morrison's goal as a lyricist and singer was to open the minds of those who listened to his words, to encourage them to leave behind the familiar in search of the new. As Morrison put it, paraphrasing Aldous Huxley who was himself paraphrasing William Blake, "There are things known, and there are things unknown, and in between are The Doors."  (Jim Morrison Bio)

1967 The Doors were banned from The Ed Sullivan Show after Jim Morrison broke his agreement with the show’s producers. Morrison said before the performance that he wouldn’t sing the words, ‘Girl, we couldn’t get much higher,’ from 'Light My Fire' but did anyway. The Doors also performed their new single 'People Are Strange'.
Known for his drinking, drug use and outrageous stage behavior, in 1971, Morrison left the Doors to write poetry and moved to Paris, where he died of heart failure. The epitaph on Morrison's headstone bears the Greek inscription "ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΝ ΔΑΙΜΟΝΑ ΕΑΥΤΟΥ", literally meaning "According to his own daimōn" and usually interpreted as "True to his own spirit". Morrison died at age 27, thus remaining "Forever 27", the same age as several other famous rock stars in the 27 Club. In 1974, Morrison's girlfriend Pamela Courson also died at the age of 27.
And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...

Burger, burger...this time with CHEESE!

WOW! What is it with all the burger days? Of course, the answer to that question is simple: because they are so-o-o-o-o-o-o-o good! During the month of May, you could have indulged on any day since it was National Hamburger Month. Then, you were encouraged on May 28th to Have it your way! on National Hamburger Day in National Hamburger Month. By the way, according to wikipedia, May 28th is International Hamburger Day and August 27th is National Burger Day. That gave you a choice or you could have simply celebrated on both days since you may have been eating burgers all month anyway. Whew! May 28th is also designated as National Burger Day in the UK, which was launched in 2013. 

Burger, burger...this time with CHEESE! Harumph, harumph! As though we left it off on the other days. Right! Of course, there are those of you out there in burger land that simply prefer the good ol' juicy plain burger. Nothing wrong with that! Now, let's get on with the celebration.

September 18 is not another burger day for you to Just Bite It! It's...

National Cheeseburger Day

Fire up the grill or head to your favorite restaurant on National Cheeseburger Day!
If it is still too hot to grill outside, simply pan fry.

Julia Child's Pan Fried Thin Burger

There are several theories about the origins of the cheeseburger. One story claims that the cheeseburger was created between 1924 and 1926 by a chef named Lionel Sternberger. As the story goes, a homeless man dining at Sternberger's restaurant in Pasadena, California, suggested the addition of a slice of cheese to his hamburger order. Sternberger complied, eventually added it to his menu, and the rest is history.
Photo courtesy Herman Schultheis/LAPL Photo Collection
Today cheeseburgers are a staple at restaurants and backyard celebrations all across the country. Hungry yet? Enjoy a delicious cheeseburger in honor of National Cheeseburger Day!

SMILE...Everybody likes a good deal!

 Is your mouth watering yet?