Been there, seen it, read it, heard it, done that

HEARD AND SEEN IT

Rick Springfield

Twin River Casino

May 12, 2018

On tour to promote his latest release “The Snake King”, singer, songwriter, author and actor Rick Springfield showed off his chops to a nearly sold out crowd at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI Saturday night.

Springfield dazzled the audience in a two-hour set that not only included classics such as “I’ve Done Everything For You”, “Souls” and “Bop Till You Drop”, but also portrayed brief covers such as “867-5309 (Jenny)” and “Wild Thing”, as well as “The VooDoo House”, a song from his latest CD.

Memorable moments included the constant handing-off of flower bouquets to Springfield who would then promptly use them (and destroy them) by strumming them with his guitar and an impromptu bluesy guitar solo.  Springfield played up to the audience with an interactive ten minute stint of his hit “Don’t Talk To Strangers”, including participation from two little girls who joined him on stage for a sing-along.

The show concluded with the 1984 smash “Love Somebody”, the lesser-known “Kristina” as well as the highly anticipated 1981 number one Grammy-winning classic “Jessie’s Girl”.

As a performer Rick Springfield will always hold a special place in my heart.  His was the first concert I ever attended back in September 1984.  I again got to see him in 2004.  Saturday night marked fourteen years since I last experienced his energetic and entertaining show.  Even at nearly 70 years old Rick Springfield hasn’t changed much, still can rock it and shows no signs of slowing down.

And that’s a good thing.

 

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BEEN THERE

  Museum of the Moving Image

Address:  36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street), Astoria, NY  11106

web:  movingimage.us

 

There is a great little museum located in Astoria, NY, just outside the heart of Manhattan.

It’s called the Museum of the Moving Image and it’s dedicated to just that:  celebrating the moving image.  Mainly movies, and what goes into creating a movie, as well as video games.

The museum’s main exhibit is called Behind the Screen and it takes the visitor behind the scenes of movie making, from the history of movie making to the production of movies.

However, our main reason for visiting the Museum of the Moving Image was to experience the Jim Henson Exhibition.

This exhibit is dedicated to the legacy of Muppets creator Jim Henson.  Visitors are exposed to various audio and video segments featuring parts of Jim’s life, from his early years right up to the time of his death and even beyond.

Segments include early commercials featuring some of Jim’s less familiar early puppets (a very early Rowlf and Kermit are one of them), “Time Piece”, a short film written, produced and starting Henson, which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1966, clips from Henson’s appearance on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson”, as well as memorable video clips from “Sesame Street”.  Some of the artifacts on display are notes from the “Muppet Show” days, storyboards and scripts.  You can even view parts of the films “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth”.

Jim with an early version of Rowlf and a later version of Rowlf

Among the 500 artifacts, 47 are puppets, ranging in characters from “Sesame Street”, “The Muppet Show” and “Fraggle Rock”.

Gobo, Cantus and Uncle Matt from “Fraggle Rock”

 

Big Bird and Cookie Monster from “Sesame Street”

 

 

 

 

 

Miss Piggy from “The Muppets”

 

Zoot from “The Muppets”

 

 

 

 

The Swedish Chef from “The Muppets”

 

Kermit

MISC INFO:  There is a cafe on the first floor of the museum which sells a small selection of sandwiches and treats.  There is also a small gift shop.  It may not look like much at first, but when looking around, you may find some real gems.  We found a rare vinyl “Fraggle Rock” album, one of only 500 printed.

IF YOU GO:  as anywhere in or around New York City, parking is at a premium.  There is a parking garage nearby the museum but on our day visiting, it was full at 10:00 a.m.  Fortunately there was another parking lot about five blocks away, not full.  There is a lot of residential parking in this area so meters are hard to come by as well.

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HEARD IT

“Diamond Sun”

Originally released April 13, 1988

 

How do you know a band has advanced artistically? When their sophomore album musically supersedes their freshman album.  To me that was the case for Glass Tiger’s 1988 album Diamond Sun.

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the album’s release.  With that here is a brief reflection on what I feel is still a great piece of ear-pleasing culture.

Growing up this album was a staple in my cassette deck because by 1988 I couldn’t get my hands on a vinyl copy.  Whether it be on cassette, vinyl or CD, the title track has a resonating sound that remains with you long after listening.  The song is memorable and the chorus makes it a great sing-a-long in concert.

Having charted at number 31 on Billboard, I’ve always felt the single “I’m Still Searching” did not get the attention it should have in the United States.  With its hard rock sound, sassy lyrics and flashy video shot at Toronto’s Casa Loma, it’s my favorite from the album.  I can understand why it peaked at number two on the Canadian charts.

Other standouts for me from Diamond Sun are “My Song”, with its Celtic feel, much in thanks to the Chieftains, the moving rock ballad “(Watching) Worlds Crumble”, the poetic and prophetic “This Island Earth” and lyrical “Far Away From Here”.

Although Diamond Sun deserved so much more attention from America than it received, thirty years later the Canadian certified double platinum album remains an enjoyable classic on both sides of the border.

 

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