Chuck Berry 1926 – 2017

Chuck Berry, legend who formed the bedrock of rock ’n’ roll, dies at 90

Chuck Berry was the father of rock-and-roll… period. He influenced millions of musicians including myself.

He was a great influence on me as a guitar player. I don’t think rock-and-roll will have started the way it did without him. Even most of my favorite guitarists like Rory Gallagher, Ace Frehley, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, etc, will not have sounded the way we know them today. He will be greatly missed. 😥

I learned how to play Johnny B. Goode from the Jimi Hendrix Plays Berkeley film. After that I started learning and buying many of Berry’s songs and albums.

You can see some Chuck Berry moves and playing style on this Jimi Hendrix video. 🙂

Chuck Berry 1926 – 2017 R.I.P. 😦

Star Trek 50th Anniversary

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Star Trek

As I said in earlier post, Star Trek is one of my favorite shows of all time. It influenced the way I live my life. 😎

The first version of Star Trek I saw as a kid was actually Star Trek: The Animated Series. I thought it was awesome as a kid. Eventually I found Star Trek: The Original Series and it became one of my favorite shows growing up. When the movies came, and I saw Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan I was hooked!😀

from my “Today is The 46th Anniversary of Star Trek” post.

When I was a kid I loved Star Trek, and Spock was a great influence on me growing up. I never wanted to be Kirk or Bones. They didn’t have the mental skill and control that Spock had. I was always attracted to characters that could carry out things by using mind over matter. This is the same reason I like Batman more than Superman or other superpower heroes.

from my “Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015” post.

Happy birthday Star Trek ❗ I can’t way for the next 50 years! 😀

Muhammad Ali 1942-2016

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My attention growing up was on music and playing the guitar and not really into sports like most of my friends. But Ali was one of those people you knew no matter what you were into or doing. 😐

I remember watching one of his last fights with Larry Holmes with my father, and witnessing the end of an incredible boxing career from a great man. 😮

Muhammad Ali 1942-2016

R.I.P. 😦

Gotham City for Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders: The Star-Spangled Man with a Plan

I’m just blown away by how the media and establishment have gone out of their ways to censor and smear Bernie Sanders. 😯

It is obvious they are not hiding their preference for Clinton since some of them like Time Warner/CNN, had contribute to the Clinton campaign. o_O

After losing seven states out eight by large margins, the Clinton campaign are planing to go really negative. :/

CNN reporting Hillary Clinton changing strategy – Instead of trying to unify party – will dismantle Bernie

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Jordan from TYT is reporting CNN’s reporting:

This lead Weaver to say:

I am really wondering how they will manage to go MORE negative, but on the bright side, it’s the side of Hillary that a lot of people detest, so it is nice of her to remind the country just how nasty she can be.

Edit: More reporting

Source: Reddit

The first bomb was sent from the New York Daily News, where they distorted and misguided Sanders to sound like he is confused or doesn’t know what he is talking about. 😡

The New York Daily News asked some of the same questions to Franklin D. Roosevelt back in the 1930s! 😯

It’s just starting to get out of control, and it is obvious that the New York Daily News like many others are contributing to the Clinton campaign. 👿

It looks like this might be the year that the silent majority have had enough from the corporations big money, and power-hungry abuse that it is destroying this country. 😎

At this point, it doesn’t matter if Sanders loses the election because the progressive movement have awaken, and the next election might bring the revolution and change to end the money in politics and bring down the corruption on this country. 😈

It is really hard not get sucked into this year political season. 😐 It is going to get ugly in both conventions with Cruz, Trump, Clinton and Sanders. 😮

Toxic Politics

I know it’s silly to say that the entire USA political system is corrupt, because we could say the same thing about politics everywhere in the world. :/ But this US election cycle might be one for the history books. 😮

I just can not believe that we are close to make Donald Trump the nominee for the general elections to be the next president of the USA. o_O

People like Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, have been dividing this country and spreading hatred and racism throughout their campaigns. 👿 As a result some people have been polarize and divided, with some having crimes and assaults committed against the poor, minorities and immigrants. 😡

We also have the establishment candidates like Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton. These candidates just want to maintain the status quo. They’ll say anything to get elected but in the end they wont make any changes, only to continue the money flow to the 1% and buy future politics. 🙄

Sanders for President 2016

Then there is Bernie Sanders; he actually makes people like me stop and take a good look at politics. ❗

His plans of change government, regulate Wall-Street, break the big banks, end of citizen united, health care for all as a right, are not really big news on other parts of the world. But here in the US sounds like radical and extreme plans. 😯

He is not only fighting against the Republicans, he is fighting the DNC Democrats and the Establishment. Also the main stream media like CNN, MSNBC, FOX, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, and other big corporate networks. Because they know if Sanders wins, their money free ride will be over. :/

But all the odds right now are against him unless people can truly see how they have been had by the establishment. 😐

So far there are a good number of people that understand this and are fighting against these powers. But even, if he loses the primary elections, his mark will make a change on the future of this country and on elections to come. Probably Sanders will inspire a grassroots movement with the likes of Elizabeth Warren and fight the corruption and money that had taken the political process of this country hostage. 😈

I just worry about what a president Trump or even Clinton will do to this country future. o_O

Falling Legends

We have lost two great music legends that influence generations of people and musicians. 😦

David Bowie

The British musician David Bowie died after an 18-month battle with cancer, two days after his 69th birthday.

David Bowie had a unique and special way of making music. He was like a chameleon, every album was different from the one before. He really was into visual and music experimentation. In every album he had a different face. 😎

I used to play Ziggy Stardust with my band back in the 90s. But my favorite Bowie song always been Space Oddity. 😀

David Bowie 1947 – 2016 😦

 


 

Lemmy Kilmister

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, founding member and singer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead, died at the age of 70 shortly after learning he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Lemmy Kilmister was Lemmy! 😉 A bad-ass metal in your face icon. His music was an influence to me. He had a fast and heavy sound that also influence many other bands. I used to jam on Ace Of Spades back in the day! 😎

I saw Motörhead, Dio, and Iron Maiden on tour at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2003, and Lemmy was awesome on stage! :mrgreen:

Lemmy Kilmister 1945 – 2015 😦

 


 

P.S.

I really love this version of Space Oddity by astronaut Chris Hadfield and his great YouTube page. ❗

R.I.P. 😦

Paris Attacks

The attacks on Paris were shocking all around the world. 😦

Here in the USA some people are starting to blame the Muslim community without a single thought or understanding that these attacks were made by terrorist. 🙄

I never understood why some people are so quick to judge other groups of people or countries base on the actions of some, or their governments. o_O

My thoughts and good wishes goes out to the French people after this horrible tragedy. 😦

Volkswagen Emission Scandal

Volkswagen LogoVolkswagen rocked by emissions scandal as prosecutors come calling.

This is a big black eye to the Volkswagen diesel lineup. 😯 But, I don’t think VW is the only car company doing things like this. 🙄

I remember reading an article a couple of years ago about another car company cheating the emissions by swapping engines on their vehicles. o_O

Nevertheless, Volkswagen should have caught the people involved in this scandal and issue a recall, before some third-party organization have discovered. 😡

I currently own a gas engine Volkswagen, and I have never had problems with any of the VW I had own in the past. I never had a diesel car engine, though. But this news will not affect, or stop me from buying another VW in the future. 😈

Update!

It’s Not Just VW: A Robust Market For Reprogramming Vehicles

As pointed out by Klaus, emission cheating it’s been going on for a long time. 😐

Chris Squire 1948-2015

1970s, USA --- Chris Squire Playing the Bass --- Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS

1970s, USA — Chris Squire Playing the Bass — Image by © Neal Preston/CORBIS

Chris Squire was one of the founding members of the band YES. I am really shocked to hear the news about his death. 😯 This was really unexpected. Just last week, I was just watching an interview about his gear on YouTube. 😦

Chris Squire

Chris was a unique bass player and vocalist. He shared vocal harmonies with Jon Anderson and had great chemistry singing. He will be missed. 😦

I can’t believe all my favorite musicians and heroes are passing away so soon. 😥 I guess we as fans expect them to live forever.

YES is one of those progressive bands that influenced me greatly. Steve Howe is one of my many heroes in the guitar.

One of my favorite Squire’s songs is Heart Of The Sunrise

Also from his solo album Hold out Your Hand/You by My Side

R.I.P. 😦