One Year Anniversary … Crivens! (originally on OpenSalon.com)

One Year Anniversary Sex Pistols Cover blog“You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?”

From Once In A Lifetime” by the Talking Heads. (This piece originally published on Open Salon on June 3, 2011)

NOTE TO READERS: Owing to the March 2015 closure of opensalon.com — which was my primary publishing platform, where I initiated this blog and concert series project, and was where most of my pieces were accessed — I need to plug up a few blog-holes (i.e., post up here a clutch of early Open Salon blog entries that I never transferred over to this WordPress version). 
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Also note that the OS closing also affected some of the cross-linked images here across entries which I will also be fixing piecemeal.  Finally, I am also going to try and transport all OS user comments over here to be amalgamated for posterity.
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Join me over the next few months on a journey into the Ghost of Blogging Past as those missing posts, covering a variety of topics and years, re-debut over here.  Meanwhile, new entries of past gigs are on their way as well.
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This month marks my 5th blogging anniversary.  I am going to be republishing my previous anniversary posts which never made it over here, one per day, with this year’s (delayed) celebratory post appearing on Friday.

It’s one year after my first posting on Open Salon and, as unfashionable as this is to say right now, I’m rather happy I stumbled into the joint and that it continues to exist.

As for how I discovered it, here’s a funny thing Read the rest of this entry »

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VA-Tel presents 20 OUTTASIGHT XMAS SENSATIONS! (Xmas #8)

VA-Tel presents 20 Outtasight Xmas Sensations(Cover by VariousArtists; Pics grabbed from ye olde Internet)

20 Sensational Hits! 20 Sensational Stars!

Here’s some fun’n’hip shakin’ musical accompaniment for the annual Santafest.  This splendiferous list mostly avoids the obvious or overly solemn, and should get the gang groovin’ at your seasonal shindig while helping to mask the sound of partygoers vomiting in the bathroom after too many Baileys … or drive everyone swiftly out the door, depending on the circles you run in.  (A playlist of this terrific 20 can be found over on my YouTube channel, VATV). Read the rest of this entry »


An Important Open Salon Anniversary Is Imminent …

(NOTE: This entry pertains specifically to Open Salon (now closed), my blog’s more visible home, but I am posting it here too.  On November 27, 2013, the last update was made to the site’s main page: it has remained frozen in time ever since.  This entry “celebrates” this anniversary.)

OPEN SALON FULL PAGE BEST

Look familiar?

An important OS anniversary beckons, one that deserves our attention and commemoration.  I am of course referring to November 27, 2014: one year to the day when the OS front page became frozen in time.

But how to mark the occasion? Read the rest of this entry »


VariousArtists’ 13 Halloween Viewing Recommendations

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VA’s 13 Viewing Possibilities for the Halloween Season

Here is another VA seasonal viewing guide for you, dear readers, following my Easter and Xmas recommendations.  And, as with those previous lists, I am taking my own idiosyncratic liberties as to what could be seen as relevant to the festival of candy’n’costumes. Read the rest of this entry »


VA’s KARAOKE: Proceed With Caution!

  VA Karaoke Cover

“Fasten your seatbelts.  It’s going to be a bumpy night.” Bette Davis as Margo Channing in All About Eve.

NOTE: Image repairs underway (images linked over to my opensalon.com page disappeared when the site closed).  Eventually all images will be restored.  Thanks for your visual patience. 

YOURS, THE MANAGEMENT

 

NOTE: I’ve been off the blog for another periodic pause.  More is coming, but in the interim I’m throwing this silly quickie out there.  Mind you, it does explore a fantasy I’ve long had …

I hate Karaoke.  Passionately.  Singularly.  I have friends who simply love it, and bless ‘em … but I Do Not Get It.  When I’ve been at Karaoke nights, my experience has been that of tunes I mostly can’t stand in the first place being murdered.  Hell ya, I’ll have some of that.

Of course, the right kind of badness can be fun.  However, as a self-appointed connoisseur and enthusiast of Great Badness, I gotta say that most Karaoke for me is not within Badness’ positive spectrum.

But what if it was?  Rather than being a “Shoot me now!” experience, what if it instead was a “WTF?  WTH? ???? Has David Lynch or John Waters shown up?” kind of a time? Why does Karaoke have to be all Ishtar or From Justin To Kelly when it could be Valley of the Dolls, Glen or Glenda?, or Showgirls?

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VariousArtists’ 12 Days of Christmas Viewing (Xmas #7)

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NOTE: Image repairs underway (images linked over to my opensalon.com page disappeared when the site closed).  Eventually all images will be restored.  Thanks for your visual patience.  YOURS, THE MANAGEMENT

My final of three new Xmas entries for this year, following my pieces on Xmas Advertising from LIFE Nov. 30 1959 and on how I discovered the truth about Santa Claus.

Turn on, tune in, and drop … onto the sofa in front of that TV: the annual Clausfest is upon us on a midnight clear, meaning that it’s time once again to celebrate the season via reconnecting with the annual viewing of beloved Christmas TV specials or movies.

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Picture This: VA Poster Collection Highlights

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Howdy to those of you on both Open Salon and WordPress … I’ve had another OS/WP absence owing to a few reasons: life stuff, some needed household re-arranging, and a spell of writer’s block.  I was also having too much damn hot fun in the summertime as of late, seeing a slew of great gigs over the past two months.

Well … that fun seems to have unblocked things. Read the rest of this entry »