My Motown Experience

The recent death of homicidal maniac/musical genius Phil Spector reminded me of my own Motown experience. It’s difficult to reconcile those two descriptors of Spector, but he clearly showed traits of both throughout his life. My experience had nothing whatsoever to do with music. I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket as the oldContinue reading “My Motown Experience”

Surviving In A COVID Red Zone: Montreal’s Wheel Club

Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my fondness for bars. During this time of COVID-19 bars in Montreal are closed. Not open with limited seating and social-distancing. But closed completely. In a business that can be brutally competitive at the best of times, this forced loss of revenue will have dire consequencesContinue reading “Surviving In A COVID Red Zone: Montreal’s Wheel Club”

Those Lonely Old Self-Quarantine Blues

I’ve got those lonely old self-quarantine blues. I can’t remember when I last wore shoes. I sure am glad the local dep will deliver, But I’m pretty sure it’s not so good for my liver I went to the clinic concerned for my health, Sneezed once and had the waiting room to myself. The doctorContinue reading “Those Lonely Old Self-Quarantine Blues”

Glow Worms and Glimmer Twins

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is Glimmer.  According to Merriam Webster glimmer means: a : to shine faintly or unsteadily b : to give off a subdued unsteady reflection  But when I think of the word glimmer it brings to mind a musical theme. First, there was that good old glow worm the Mills Brothers sang about in the 1950s:Continue reading “Glow Worms and Glimmer Twins”

B.B. King: Dee Trill Is Gone

I recall the date: May 14, 2015. That was the day B.B. King passed away at the age of 89. I remember having a discussion about King with an acquaintance of mine, a Montrealer of Bajan origin who has managed to retain his lovely accent. We chatted about the impact King had on so manyContinue reading “B.B. King: Dee Trill Is Gone”

Roll Over Beethoven’s Classic Riff

There are probably as many famous riffs in the history of rock ‘n’ roll as there are fans. But perhaps the best known is the opening riff of Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven. Chuck’s classic has been covered by just about everyone over the years. But the version by Jeff Lynne and the Electric LightContinue reading “Roll Over Beethoven’s Classic Riff”

The Rolling Stones, Commas, and Painting Things Black

In 1966 the Rolling Stones released Paint It, Black – the comma being an error by Decca Records, but, nonetheless, stirred controversy among fans over its racial interpretation. In later issues, it was titled Paint It Black. The importance of commas … DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised whoContinue reading “The Rolling Stones, Commas, and Painting Things Black”

Mungo Jerry And The Summer Solstice

When I was growing up I listened to Montreal’s rock radio station CKGM FM which morphed into CHOM.  Almost without fail whenever there was a thunderstorm, or even just the sound of distant thunder, the station would play the 1971 classic Riders on the Storm by The Doors. What a great marketing ploy, almost guaranteeingContinue reading “Mungo Jerry And The Summer Solstice”

Leonard Cohen Memorial Grows

While out doing some shopping this weekend we happened upon 30 Vallieres Street, the home of recently departed Montreal artist Leonard Cohen.  Cohen passed away in Los Angeles last November 7 but word of his death was not made public until a few days later. Since that time a memorial has been growing outside the smallContinue reading “Leonard Cohen Memorial Grows”