Posts Tagged ‘music’

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LOOK OUT OF ANY WINDOW

January 4, 2009

Dedicated to the memory of Frank Peteani – January 4, 1925 to  August 31, 1995

Look out of any window any morning, any evening, any day.
Maybe the sun is shining birds are winging or
rain is falling from a heavy sky…
What do you want me to do,
to do for you, to see you through?
This is all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago.

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Look into any eyes you find by you, you can see clear through to another day. I know it’s been seen before, through other eyes on other days while going home —    What do you want me to do, to do for you to see you through?   It’s all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago.

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Walk into splintered sunlight.  Inch your way through dead dreams to another land.  Maybe you’re tired and broken. Your tongue is twisted with words half spoken and thoughts unclear. What do you want me to do… to do for you to see you through?  A box of rain will ease the pain and love will see you through.

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Just a box of rain….wind and water.  Believe it if you need it, if you don’t just pass it on… Sun and shower… Wind and rain… in and out the window, like a moth before a flame.

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It’s just a box of rain, I don’t know who put it there. Believe it if you need it or leave it if you dare… But it’s just a box of rain, or a ribbon for your hair.  Such a long, long time to be gone, and a short time to be there………

Photos by Nick Oliva (looking out my window) 

Lyrics by Robert Hunter-1971

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Jimmy Castor in Las Vegas

April 29, 2008

Jimmy Castor appeared at an out-of-the-way local bar in west side of Las Vegas this past weekend complete with a horn section and backup singers.  For those of you who don’t know who this man is he is a songwriter, singer, saxophonist, percussionist, producer, arranger, etc and is known as The E-Man,  “The Everything Man.”

Jimmy Castor, who grew up in Harlem, wrote his first million seller for Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers called, “I Promise To Remember,” while still in junior high school.  He later put together his own band and then wrote his second million seller, “Hey Leroy Your Mama’s Calling You,” on the legendary label, Mercury Records in 1966.

“Troglodyte (the cave man)” and “Luther the Anthropoid,” were hits and a title cut from the “It’s Just Begun” album was featured in the movie “Flashdance.”  His album “Butt of Course,”  featured the infamous “The Bertha Butt Boogie” that everyone sang in jest whenever a woman of substance walked by for many years after.  And from the same record, there was also the disco hit “E-Man Boogie.” His song “Space Age” blazed a trail of jazz fusion into the era of disco and will be long remembered.  His songs have been sampled by many in contemporary pop music today. Christine Aguilera, Ice Cube, The Beastie Boys, and many others have used his tracks in their music, an outstanding tribute to this man’s writing skills and their subsequent longevity.

The great thing about Las Vegas is the outstandingly talented people that not only live here, but visit and make appearances all over this town, just to have fun and join with old friends.  Los Angeles may have a bit of that, and New York’s Harlem days are all but gone, so it is truly a special place at times to be able to hear and see legends of the entertainment business.

He seems ageless while performing his hits and the energy he exudes is carefully paced-but plentiful to carry the load of yesteryear for the audience’s enjoyment as much as his own.  His perfectly centered pitch on the saxes is precise and his delivery that of a man many years younger than his age.  The entire show was peppered with his yore of goodtimes and his interactions with Sammy Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Frankie Lymon and lesser celebrities along with the origin of Bertha Butt (and the Butt Sisters).  He’s funny and charming and the 90 minute show was well worth the jaunt to Sonny’s Tavern, a “mobbishly yesteryear” decorated speakeasy, outside of town.  Mariano Longo, a longtime Vegas very fine bandleader, pianist/keyboardist, guitarist, arranger, and all-around musician convinced Mr. Castor to “reinvent himself” and recreate for a new generation the glory days of a time long past but instrumental  (pardon the pun) in our pop musical history.  To take a line from a television series that debuted in 1966, “Live long and (keep) prospering” Jimmy.  You still have what it takes.