Friday, August 28, 2009

A Review of Moody Blues at RCMH by The New York Post


By DAN AQUILANTE - The New York Post, August 22, 2009

The band might be up there in age, but they're still rocking. No, really. LET'S give a hand to the Moody Blues -- the Brit Invasion band's days of future have passed, but that doesn't stop them from delivering great rock shows. At Radio City Music Hall for a one-night stand Thursday, the rockers played a set that reminded the sold-out Music Hall why they're one of the most important rock acts to ever come out of the UK. The scope of the band's songs in this performance showcased their musicality (they've still got it), and that there's more to the Moody Blues than the movie soundtrack staple "Nights in White Satin," most recently borrowed by Rob Zombie for his horror flick "Halloween 2." The obvious fan favorites, most of which are still played daily on classic rock radio -- such as "Question," "Tuesday Afternoon" and "Your Wildest Dreams" -- peppered this concert, keeping the show's momentum going despite a few slow clunkers like "Are You Sitting Comfortably?" that weighed down the middle of the set.

More surprising than either the hits or the misses were the many forgotten gems like "Peak Hour" and "Higher and Higher," both of which still sounded very relevant. Considering the age of the band's principals -- drummer Graeme Edge is 68, bassist/singer John Lodge is 66 and guitarist/singer Justin Hayward is 62 -- it's shocking that these guys they can make anything rock beyond their chairs. The trio looked remarkably sound and sounded untouched by time. All that said, and since we're all in the mood to praise the past, why hasn't the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted the Moody Blues? It doesn't make sense given the band's contribution to rock and its continuing performance excellence. On second thought, forget the feeble Hall of Fame; the Moody Blues are still a rock band -- not a museum piece.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Edward Moore Kennedy (February 22, 1932-August 25, 2009)

Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy was a United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. In office since November 1962, Kennedy served nine terms in the Senate. At the time of his death, he was the second most senior member of the Senate, after Robert Byrd of West Virginia, and the third-longest-serving senator in U.S. history. He was best known as one of the most outspoken and effective Senate proponents of liberal causes and bills. For many years the most prominent living member of the Kennedy family, he was the youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, both victims of assassinations, and the father of Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy. He died of brain cancer.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

From the Moody Blues Concert at Radio City Music Hall

Please pause playlist at bottom of page to hear the video.

Just a preview of the concert. I hope to have more songs soon.

This is one of my favorite Moody Blues songs, The Story in Your Eyes.

Fantastic show!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

SUNDAY IS FOR POETRY: Recipe for a Miracle


  • 1 cup of Tension
  • 2 cups of Stress
  • 1 teaspoon of Guilt
  • 2 heaping cups of Limited Time
  • 3/4 tablespoons of Urgency
  • A dash of "No Other Choice"
  • 3 heaping cups of Faith

Fold in ingredients gently into a bowl. Mix vigorously and add a few tears. You'll sweat a little as you knead the dough.

Pack it firmly between your hopes and dreams and form into a perfect little ball.

Sprinkle it with a little faith, rolling the ball in the flour until fully covered.

Place it under a veil of belief and allow it to rise.

Put it in an oven that has been pre-set at the perfect temperature for the heat of trials and tribulations.

Allow it to brown under the warmth of God's love. Remove after due season and allow to cool in the confidence of His promise.

Garnish with your praises. Arrange neatly on a platter of thankfulness and serve to friends, families, and oh yes, strangers...invite them too!

Pass on the recipe to all who request it and let them know that with this recipe, they have the makings of a miracle!

~~ Author Unknown ~~

Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait Begins August 28th

Announcing the start of the largest Michael Jackson Tribute! The only Tribute created by the fans, for the fans, The Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait.

This Official Portrait of Michael Jackson will be created on canvas from hand-drawn dots by Celebrity Artist David Ilan. It will take one million dots to complete this interactive work of art. Fans around the world are invited to "be a dot" in Michael's Portrait. One Dot = One Fan

The first dots will be drawn at a ribbon cutting ceremony one day before Michael's Birthday, Friday, August 28, 2009, Noon at the EDGE Performing Arts Center, Hollywood, California.

During this Media Event (by invitation only),the first dot will be drawn for Michael. The next dots will be for his children. Invited Guests, including some of those who were closest to Michael, will be honored on this occasion with their dots. The three contest winners will receive their dots as well. At the conclusion of this event, the new Tribute Website will be launched:

Here, fans around the world will be invited to get their FREE DOT to complete the portrait. You can also attach a message to your dot and "connect your dot" with other fans' dots by reading their messages and profiles. You will get your own dot number and a description of the location of your dot in his portrait. This is the only tribute that allows fans worldwide to participate and forever be connected to Michael Jackson's legacy. It is expected to take three months to complete Michael's Portrait. Following the World Tour of this work of art made from the dots of
one million Michael Jackson Fans, it will be permanently exhibited a prestigious location.
This location will be announced at Friday's ceremony by a surprise guest!

You Do Not Have Your Dot Yet!

As a special thank you to those who demonstrated their early support for this Tribute by voting "Yes," we are inviting only YOU to pre-register for your free dot on Thursday, August 27, one day before the public announcement. If you have already voted and given your e-mail address at the original website,, you are guaranteed to have your dot placed in Michael's face. However, you do not yet have your dot. You must go to the new website,, on Thursday, August 27 (or after) to get your dot. You will also be able to add your message.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Artist David Ilan Needs 250,000 Votes to Start a Portrait of Michael Jackson. Please vote on the supportjacksonportrait link below if interested.

David Ilan is a celebrity artist who uses only hand-drawn dots to create his portraits, a technique called pointillism. He has worked with some of the biggest celebrities in the world for over a decade. Millions of people will be getting a free dot in Michael Jackson's portrait on a first come, first served basis. But he will only begin drawing once he has received 250,000 votes.

Please go to for the necessary information.

If 250,000 fans vote in support of the Michael Jackson Portrait project here, the drawing will begin. A dedicated website will be created so people can sign up for their free dot. People will be able to attach a message to their dot if they choose. Every time someone signs up, a dot will be hand drawn in the work of art in their name. People will be able to go online to see the portrait as it evolves toward completion and read some of the messages. At least one million fans will be needed to complete the drawing, so it’s important to spread the word!
David Ilan hopes to receive the 250,000 by Michael Jackson's birthday, 8/29th.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Moody Blues at Radio City Music Hall 8/20/09

They have classics like Nights in White Satin, Tuesday Afternoon, and Isn't Life Strange. It was quite an experience having seen and heard them 10 years ago playing these classics with an orchestra.

This time there will be no orchestra. Rather, visuals of covers of their albums or holograms of images behind them. They're called the working man's band since they tour from coast to coast in the United States every year.

Tomorrow night THE MOODY BLUES will be at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. I can't wait to see them perform Your Wildest Dreams, Are You Sitting Comfortably, December, and so much more.

You see, they're my favorite band. And in the future, wouldn't it be nice to see them perform in England, their home country?

In the meantime, The Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan will do just fine!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Robert Novak (February 26, 1931-August 18, 2009)

Robert Novak was a celebrated journalist, syndicated columnist, and political commentator, as well as a television personality. He died of cancer.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Eunice Kennedy Shriver (July 10, 1921-August 11, 2009)

Born in Brookline, Massachusetts to Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. and Rose Kennedy (nee Fitzgerald), Eunice Kennedy Shriver championed handicapped children. She began the Special Olympics in her backyard in 1962 and has received numerous accolades for her lifelong dedication.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Mother Nature's Son -- John Denver

Pause playlist at bottom of page to hear video.

John Denver's music seemed to emanate everywhere this past weekend. Perhaps Mother Nature was feeling proud.

Friday, August 7, 2009

The Loyal Friend and Visitor Award

Thank you Tammy for the Loyal Friend and Visitor Award! It's lovely and means so much! What would drive us to blog without our loyal friends and visitors!

I would like to pass this award along to all of my loyal friends and visitors! Without you, blogging would have no meaning!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

John Hughes Jr. (February 18, 1950-August 6, 2009)

In addition to John Hughes Jr's famous 80's teen comedies such as Sixteen Candles; The Breakfast Club; Pretty in Pink; Weird Science; and Ferris Bueller's Day Off; he wrote National Lampoon's Vacation; Planes, Trains, and
Automobiles; Uncle Buck; and Home Alone; among many others.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Saturday, August 1, 2009


The noose dangles

The gun's cocked

The water's deep

The razor's sharp.

The speeding train heads towards me

while I hallucinate my way out.

Stunned at the impact of your saving tackle,

yet satisfied;

my face is where it belongs

in the now wet, red dirt.

These scrapes are nothing

to the scars

my psyche must bear.

Dear God, I'm scared.

I'm fading

in the growing dark.

The noose dangles

The gun's cocked

The water's deep

The razor's sharp.

Thank God!
I feel you beside me.

**written by petra michelle**