R.E.M. Tour 2004

I’ve been listening to R.EM.’s catalog these past few days. I’m reminded of their Around the Sun 2004 North American Tour. We saw them live at Mohegan Sun on November 5, 2004.

My one regret was not buying their tour t-shirt as it contained one of my favorite sayings about music, “music will provide the light you cannot resist”. I’ve been searching the Web for many years to find that shirt. Today I found one on eBay and purchased it in my size.

Can’t wait to wash and wear it soon!


  1. Finest Worksong
  2. Begin the Begin
  3. These Days
  4. Animal
  5. Boy in the Well
  6. Exhuming McCarthy
  7. The Outsiders
  8. Electrolite
  9. High Speed Train
  10. Imitation of Life
  11. Around the Sun
  12. Bad Day
  13. I Wanted to Be Wrong
  14. The One I Love Play
  15. Final Straw
  16. Losing My Religion
  17. Walk Unafraid
  18. Life and How to Live It
  19. Encore
  20. What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?
  21. Drive
  22. Leaving New York
  23. Permanent Vacation
  24. I’m Gonna DJ
  25. Man on the Moon

Invoking the Name of St. Jude Thaddeus, Our Patron Saint of Miracles and Hopeless Causes

I humbly invoke and praise thy holy name St. Jude Thaddeus. Your miraculous power has graced my life once more. I want everyone who believes in you or have yet to be graced by your saintly touch to be truly blessed and thankful of your sacred heart. I embrace your holy name.

St. Jude I am grateful for the your power and strength,

I want to pass along how the saying of your St. Jude Novena for 9 straight days, 9 times a day, has never been known to fail to be granted on the 8th day.

I am truly blessed to know and love thee St. Jude Thaddeus.

Here is thy novena for others to recite and share seeking a miracle in their lives.

Trust in St. Jude Thaddeus. He will not fail you.

Review: ‘Akhnaten’ Puts You on Philip Glass Time – The New York Times

A Philip Glass opera at the Metropolitan Opera House is an event to celebrate and savor. It has been on my bucket list for years to see a Philip Glass opera performed at the Met. One of my major live music regrets is never witnessing the lavish production of “Satyagraha”.

Good fortune shines upon those who wait because The Met: Live in HD broadcast of Philip Glass’s opera “Akhnaten” will be available at the local IMAX Cinema LIVE on November 23rd (Encore: December 3rd). This saves the trip into New York City and all the other related logistics and expenses.

A 1984 work has its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in a spellbinding production, starring Anthony Roth Costanzo.

Source: Review: ‘Akhnaten’ Puts You on Philip Glass Time – The New York Times

ECM Records at 50

The year 1969 continues to prove it is the foundation year for music in various genres. Jazz at Lincoln Center, the seat of jazz in the US is hosting a two day tribute to ECM Records 50th anniversary.

What To Expect•An all-star lineup of groundbreaking, award-winning artists in contemporary creative and improvised music.

Source: ECM Records at 50

‘The Apollo’: Pharrell, Paul McCartney Talk Famed Venue in Doc Trailer – Rolling Stone

I am truly looking forward to this HBO documentary as a patron of the arts.


Pharrell Williams, Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson and more talk one of music’s greatest landmarks in the new trailer for ‘The Apollo.’

Source: ‘The Apollo’: Pharrell, Paul McCartney Talk Famed Venue in Doc Trailer – Rolling Stone

Led Zeppelin – 50 Years Ago Today

The eponymous album Led Zeppelin was released in the United States on this day in rock history, 50 years ago, January 12th, 1969.

Picture courtesy of Led Zeppelin, Copyright 2018

I first learned of Led Zeppelin in the fall of 1968 from a friend in high school, Tom Stein. He had a friend or relative (can’t remember which) in England who shared the excitement Led Zeppelin was creating across the pond. Finally I heard the album in December on WNEW-FM New York City’s premier rock station. It was featured in heavy rotation on DJ Scott Muni‘s, “Things From England” show. I was hooked.

I bought this record straight away and took this 12″ LP everywhere I went for the next few months as you can see from the back cover.

I played Led Zeppelin again today through my iPhone XR via Apple Cloud Music and headphones on my morning walk. It still sounds fresh and brilliant as ever!

The Band’s With Me By Sally Mann Romano

Photo by Baron Wolman

Sally Mann Romano, an attorney in her native Texas, is the proprietor of an animal sanctuary and deep-pocket money pit known as Rockit Ranch Rescue. She came to the law after her marriage to Spencer Dryden, drummer for Jefferson Airplane, having also spent a number of years working for, traveling with, and tending to Frank Zappa, the Grateful Dead, Grace Slick, Ten Years After, Stephen Stills, The Band, and other characters of similarly dubious repute.

Sally has been featured in a number of photo essays of so-called “groupies” and women in rock by Baron Wolman, Henry Diltz, Jim Marshall, and other renowned rock-and-roll photographers. She is the subject of paintings by artists as diverse as Jim Bama and Alice McMahon, both of whom based their works on the iconic photo by Baron Wolman that originally appeared in Rolling Stone, and countless interviews and magazine articles.

Her memoir, The Band’s With Me, available on Blurb with a foreword by Grace Slick and photographs by Baron Wolman, Henry Diltz, Herb Greene, Rosie McGee, and others, chronicles her escapades in the kaleidoscopic world of music and entertainment in the late 1960s and 1970s, comes clean on affairs of the heart and otherwise, and offers a wry, unsparing take on some of the more unforgettable musicians who marked an equally unforgettable era. There are over 100 photos, many previously unpublished.

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