Monday, December 23, 2013

Finding Another Skating Partner-Peanuts 1969

copyright of course Charles M. Schulz, apologies for the wonky scanning, click to enlarge!
Here's a bit of what is going on in my world as I'm sure all of you are dying to know- been reading The Complete Peanuts 1969-1970 and listening to Irma Thomas. I have a very happy home! Consider this post an approximation, a little taste of my world late December 2013. I knew a girl once who reminded me of Lucy, to clarify I thought that was kinda cute, course I was Charlie Brown to her Lucy and I told her as much. Not sure if she got the implication but in short she was always pulling the football away right before I was getting ready to kick it. Anyway she told me later that she thought of me more as Schroeder to her Lucy which I guess was nice, encouraging even, but it didn't stick, you know how whimsical women are, feel one way one day and another the next. Good grief.

Irma Thomas

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Future in Ladies' Garments

Dylan, a man of his word, was asked in 1965 "if you were gonna sell out to a commercial interest which would you choose" he replied "ladies' garments"and almost 40 years later in 2004, looking much like Vincent Price, he did just that! God bless him and a Merry Christmas to all!!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tell Me If She Laughs Or Cries

Cover Star-Geraldine Chaplin (in Cannes)
Geraldine Chaplin circa 1965-67 is one of my ultimate feminine ideals, good Lord, look at her! Such a delicate beauty, almost otherworldly- lithe, classy, sweet, stylish, graceful and intelligent. I knew a girl once who reminded me of her a bit.

As you might have guessed I re-watched Doctor Zhivago recently, it's a great winter time movie, beautifully shot and with an amazing cast -Rod Steiger, Julie Christie, Tom Courtney, Geraldine Chaplin, and Alec Guinness. But I have to say the purported romance of the movie is completely lost on me, I'm sure its partly because I dig Geraldine during this period so much, but even more because her character Tonya seems like the only person in the film who is truly acting out of a selfless love.

I can't help thinking while watching the film, what the hell is Yuri doing- he has this amazing wife, who is totally dedicated to him, supportive, loving and beautiful and he's spending all his time daydreaming and writing poetry about Lara with whom he has really only a passing and superficial familiarity, but then again I guess that's the deal with so much "romance"- it's really mutual delusion and projection. I've never read Pasternak's book but maybe Yuri and Lara's relationship is more fleshed out in the novel.

So here's to make believe love, yours and mine. Make believe, love.


1. Gabrielle- The Nips
2. Yesterday's Numbers- Flamin' Groovies
3. Frontwards- Pavement
4. Come On, Come On- Cheap Trick
5. Spanish Harlem Incident- The Byrds
6. Coz I Luv You- Slade
7. Secrets- Van Halen
8. Walk Away- James Gang
9. Here Comes The Night- The Them
10. I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying- The Miracles
11. I Remember  You- The Ramones
12. Sorrow- David Bowie
13. You're Breaking My Heart- Harry Nilsson
14. Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave-Dave Mason
15. Dead Flowers- Townes Van Zandt
16. Cried A Thousand Times- Liam Hayes
17. Love Makes You Feel Ten Feet Tall- The Velvet Underground
18. I'm Through With Love- Marilyn Monroe
19. Sitting In The Midday Sun- The Kinks
20. Fade Into Evening (instrumental)- William
21. Here I Go- Syd Barrett

Geraldine on the set of Doctor Zhivago-1965

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Montalban School of Fine Acting, Jes!

These past two weeks I've been watching episodes of the late 70's TV show The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew (more on this, perhaps, in another post) this show is very nostalgic for me as I remember fondly watching it as a child but it also holds up well as great goofy 70's feathered hair, bubble gum pop (the show starred David Cassidy's half brother Shaun) and cheese filled fun- lots of guest appearances, and bad guys who laugh too much at their own schemes, which are of course never funny and it seems like every episode there's at least one character with an outrageous usually indeterminate but decidedly "foreign" accent, so far Ricardo Montalban has not yet appeared as a guest star, though the likelihood of this happening remains high, and as George Harrison quipped in A Hard Day's Night "I'd be quite prepared for that eventuality", as all of these over the top foreign accents do put me in mind of Mr. Montalban who at roughly the same time (1977/78) was in regular rotation on Fantasy Island, all of which leads me to the following clip, one of SCTV's best -the Ricardo Montalban school of fine acting.

The Hardy Boys with Nancy Drew