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Everybody Knew – He Was Our Man

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Leonard Cohen

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my relationship with Leonard Cohen began with a 1990 film that left quite an impression on me then, and forever – Pump Up The Volume.  Within the opening minute of the film, a young and super cool Christian Slater leans into a microphone and says…

Down to business. I got my Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi, and uh, I got my Black Jack gum here! And I got that feeling. Mmm, yeah that familiar feeling? That something rank is going on out there

Slater then applies a needle to a record, and my ears would never be the same…

WHO IS THAT GUY SINGING THIS SONG???  WHY IS HIS VOICE SO DEEP, SO HUSKY, SO RESONATE, SO UNIQUE AND AMAZING???

oh wait, here’s another song by this guy in the movie!  this song and that voice are JUST AS INCREDIBLE!!!!

I ran out and bought the soundtrack – and yet NEITHER song was on the album.  my heart sank.  sure, there was a Concrete Blonde cover of ‘Everybody Knows’ on the disc, but that was no consolation to me.  I NEEDED those two songs, but this was a pre-internet time – with no easy mp3ing as an option, and for some reason, I was stifled in finding a CD that contained both of these songs.   ARRRRGH!!!

Four years later, in 1994, I found myself in a Tower Records in Tel Aviv, Israel, and there was a Leonard Cohen CD containing both songs!!  FINALLY!!!  Alas, they were live concert versions, but they would do.  Anything would do in order to get my ears back to those songs, without having to hire Christian Slater as my personal DJ

And that’s when my Leonard Cohen loved blossomed even more, and has never stopped blossoming.  I even nudged my parents into the grip that Leonard can wean on any ears he enters.  This was an odd twist – as my parents’ love of 50s and 60s music greatly influenced my musical upbringing and tastes, and here I am, influencing them on something they probably should have known about well before I was even on this earth, but better late than never, for all of us.  And mom has always been appreciative of the introduction, and as a Leonard convert, she would try to influence others to fall under his spell too

Now if only the guy who hadn’t been on tour since 1993 would tour…

AND HE DID!

And of course I had to be there – May 16th, 2009 at Radio City Music Hall – and of course it was amazing, BUT, when it was time for ‘If It Be Your Will’ – he let his backing singers sing the lead, and I was thighly disappointed – cause I NEEDED to hear him sing it live, but hey, I at least heard him sing ‘Everybody Knows’ live, and many many other of his great songs!

And of course my mom (and dad) needed to see him, and so I gladly saw him again with them – December 18th, 2012 at Madison Square Garden – and of course it was amazing again, and of course he let his backing singers sing lead on ‘If It Be Your Will’

I guess it was his will for me to never hear him sing it live, but I can hardly complain – as Leonard Cohen and his music was a part of my life, and even after he lost his life, he and his music will remain with me, and us all

I think it’s time for me to watch Pump Up The Volume again.  It will be my will

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Wilder At Heart

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Gene Wilder

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There’s no denying the incredible and indelible talent and humor that Gene Wilder gave the world, starting for most with 1967’s Bonnie & Clyde (a not so funny subjected movie that felt really fun), and further excelled in the hands of Mel Brooks (The Producers, Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles), or anyone who was wise to put him in their films (even Sidney Poitier!).  But what made Gene so great is how unhinged, and nervous and nutty he came across.  We like our movie stars to put us at ease, but Gene kept us on our toes – seizing us in a worrying state of panic from frame 1 to frame done.  Boy did he make us laugh, but uncomfortably, and thankfully – uncontrollably.  Thank you Gene.  You are the DNA of modern American humor

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Mr Fuji

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John McLaughlin
and his Group

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carvey!

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The Tree From
Shawshank Redemption

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Dennis Green

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directed the love story to end all love stories – Love Story!

the voice of ‘Top Cat’s Choo Choo

the dude who harmonicaed on the ‘Sesame Street’ theme!!!

ESPN’s John Saunders

ghost singer to the stars

some Mexican singer

Backstreet N’SYNC maestro

‘Law & Order’ DA

THE Big Lebowski

huddleston lebowski

tops in labs

C-SPAN’s daddy

gone Elsewhere

Mars candy man

Fyvush Finkel!!!!

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some American spy

some designer

some Children’s author

some Romanian actor

some guy from ‘Family Matters’ and ‘Star Trek Deep Space Nine’

some Jewish lady

some jazzy clarinetist 

some guy on ‘Babylon 5’

that guy!!

3 Doors down axeman

Chef Michel Richard

he talked hostages

he was a hostage

Mrs Mangel

Steinbeck’s son

Dean Martin’s wife

Dean Martin’s son

Marion Barry’s son

Vikings owner’s dad

Miss Cleo

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Hollywood guy

Hollywood musical gal

Broadway guy

Fred the Furrier

‘Postman Pat’s voice

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mad mag

Mad Magazine’s Jack Davis

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Laverne & Shirley You Can’t Be Serious?

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Garry Marshall

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gary marshall

garrys shows

garry penny

garry matt dillion

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The Hunter of Deer

deer hunter

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Elie Wiesel

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Mr Killing Fields

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Abbas Kiarostami

the DB Cooper investigation

Nate Thurmond

he kissed spider women

the boss of bosses

Warhol factory photog

straight up punk

the first Lois Lane

Mr Nine West

THE GUY WHO GAVE US THE WICKER MAN!

robin hardy wicker man

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he was ENTERPRISE-ing

a Prime Minister of France

Pakistan’s Mother Teresa

Eagles player and coach

he was straight up Loonie

Minni miracle man

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Elvis Presley guitarist

he swam in gene pools

he messed with Howe

he was in The Mummy

Tom Hanks’ mom

Mickey Rooney’s son

she wrote Rebecca 2

she helped books

he owned Baltimore’s Studio 54

NYU’s 13th prez

Spumoni Gardens owner

he raced with Newman’s own

some film processing guy

some country singer

some SNL director

some DJ

some lawyer

some British comedienne

some historian

some actor

some other actor

some other other actor

some other other other actor

some other other other other actor

some Romanian actor

some Senator

some SoCal writer

some Hungarian writer

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Chief Zee

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - DECEMBER 27: Washington Redskins fan "Chief Zee" watches the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 27, 2003 at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Jerry Driendl/Getty Images)

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MIAMI - DECEMBER 03: Washington Redskins "unofficial" mascot Zema Williams known as Chief Zee wipes his face as he arrives for the funeral of Redskins football player, Sean Taylor, at the Pharmed Arena at Florida International University December 3, 2007 in Miami, Florida. Taylor died November 27, one day after being shot at his home in Miami. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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