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  Ode to a shirt

I miss my Keith Richards Relief for Japan Shirt. I had plans for this shirt…like being able to KEEP it for as long as I kept my pair of favorite jeans (long enough that they became unwearable). Last year,after only having this shirt for a few months,I discovered that it had been take from the dryer in my apartment building’s laundry room. That was not the only article that was taken,but my work pants could be replaced. Socks replaced. If it had been my Keith shirt from, that even,for a region converted price, could have been replaced. This…

…cannot be replaced. The response to these shirts which were only on -not and not a Rolling Stones fund raiser-was unprecedented. The shirts had to be back ordered and if I remember correctly they were printed by order to begin with.
I lounged in this shirt,lived in this shirt (although away from bleaching materials) and went out in this shirt. My shirt from djtees is cool but, it didn’t have Keith’s input or approval, and the money spent on it didn’t go to a cause he deemed important. It’s also not all that comfortable.
I waited for several weeks hoping that there was some mistake and a distracted tenant had accidentally opened the wrong dryer, taking what just looked like a bunch of black clothing. I hoped that once the error of their ways was found they would bring my clothes to the office so that the rightful owner could pick them up. This didn’t happen,even after I left a note in the laundry room. At first I was only concerned with getting my work clothes back-because I had to…you know…go to work. It was only later in the week,when after a long day at work, I was looking for Keith and….then I remembered. The memory slowly and coolly rippled from the top of my head and the effects hit all my nerves… “Oh somebody is gonna die”. I remembered every persons face on my elevator who had said “oh cool shirt” and then after my thankful response asking “who is that”. Someone who does not care who Keith Richards is has my shirt. Someone ho probably only has “Satisfaction” in their mental “Rolling Stones” song arsenal…probably has my shirt.

Maybe not. Maybe worse. Maybe someone did realize they had the wrong clothes..and just  didn’t bring them back. maybe Keith is being used to wipe off someones kitchen counter…or polish their furniture. maybe he got sold for a few bucks to buy a pack of cigarettes. Maybe he got sold on E-bay. I have even looked on E-bay. Yes. The thought that some spineless jerk somewhere,bought multiple shirts off the Keith Richards website and then sold them for triple price makes me sick (but it has been known to happen with rock memorabilia). Thankfully, a spineless jerk has not done that…but I would have bought it since I already made the contributing purchase for Japan’s benefit. I emailed to see if by chance they had some left over-like in a warehouse or something. They actually replied telling me they did not.

It is the Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary this year. There is Anniversary merchandise all over their website. Some shirts with cool Keith pictures…overpriced at $40.00 for a tee shirt. I could and probably will eventually get one but it wont be the same. When Keith Richards dies, as we ALL will one day, there will probably be Japan Relief shirts all over ebay for upwards of $200.00. In fact they are probably put up in closets, in plastic, awaiting the very day of the event. I wont buy those. It wouldn’t be the same it would be a replica,representing a memory of the year that I read Keith Richards biography and joined his email list and in turn bought the shirt. Right now it is a gamble whether the Stones will even embark on Anniversary tour-as Keith has planned. Charlie’s health has not been good and all though we hate to whisper it, neither has Keith’s. For the record,before I get any annoying comments, Keith didn’t fall out of a tree-he slipped after water skiing and hit his head on the back of a tree. No drugs or alcohol were involved and the man nearly died. So I miss my shirt. It represented a time capsule, and it cannot be replaced, just like Steven Tyler and Johnny Depp (though he may try) cannot replace Keith Richards.

I hope if a homeless person has it, they appreciate. I hope if someone ignorantly is using it to polish furniture, that maintenance finds it after those people leave the building. I hope if someone sold it for cigarettes,that a Keith fan bought it.If someone has it put up, awaiting the death of Keith Richards, may that person be cursed with a rare form of leprosy.

To the worlds original pirate of the rock and roll sea, I miss wearing your face and guitar on my chest, and your health is in my prayers 😉


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August 15, 2012 · 12:08 am

The thing that is lacking

 It all started with Susan Boyle. Well that was a one time event that will never happen again and I wish veryone would not act like everytime someone can sing that they are the most talented thing to interpret music since Elvis and The Rolling Stones (yes I said The Stones and not The Beatles).

 Every new season of Idol,or Americas Got Talent,Britains Got Talent or Tokyo Idol the best performance of that first episode publicizes it subject to the masses for dayyyyysssss. Thats alright,and I am sure if I were the performer I would be happy…..or maybe not. I am not sure I would want to be thrown out and exalted for the amount of time that is truly spent on these little replays. Everyone talks about them,they are the real thing,the true talent lost in a world of teen pop (which is a subject being saved) and then there is the group calling the performer anointed or blessed…even if it was a “spiritual” song but not neccessarily a “gospel song”.

   I saw many last year and dont remember their names and which shows they represented. The latest is guy who is bald like Chris Daughtery and has a voice like David Cook excpet a little bit more soulful. He is good…maybe even great…but is it so differant that is the  ” VIDEO THAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT”?


I have more cds that anyone should be allowed to have…really. I am an album collector soon to be collecting vinyl…..again.

 Some people have “the thing”….like in a relationship that is perfect but is lacking “the spark-the thing-“. Well some artists,performers and musicians sound perfect. They sound soulful. They sound hardcore. But they do not have “the thing”. Granted, Boyle very much did have “the thing” but it did not return in her recording…she conveys more emotion live. But the words used by people with short attentions spans and more technical information than any true artist or appreciator for rock music  should ever have is, “phenomanal” and “amazing” and “incredible”…..I have not heard anyone come across the idol stage that was incredible since …well a long time ago. I loved Scotty McCreery -I will buy his album,but he sounds like Josh Turner so that would make Turner incredible. Many people were amazed by the James Durbin…well his story was a amzing but I muted all his performances. The “most talked about” of any talent show has been great,but phenomanal?…..not so much. There always is a first and everything after is just replicationg the first. Artist go find yoursleves and be that.

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Anticipating Shania

   Shania Twain was my favorite female artist as a young teenager,and the only country artist I listened to at that youn and very limited scope of music interest. I loved her sassy lyrics,style and boldness in the face of musical critics who absolutely  believed she was single handedly destroying country music. On the conterary,the reason I listen to country music today may be because of Shania Twain. I waited for years to hear that she would be coming out with new music. I heard false starts and rumors. Celine Dion came back after her Striesand like “retirement”. Whitney had the most overrated and unsuccessful “comeback” in all of pop music history,and still no Shania.

   When it came across my newsfeed on Facebook that she had published her memoirs “From this Moment On”,I went like a faithful fan and bought the book brand new. There is a slow brewing comeback in the works,with her new television show that thank heavens,is not a reality series for voyouristic drama feeders but instead an inspiring series much like the one Michael J. Fox had a few years ago,her memoirs and numerous spaced out television appearances.

  I have been made laughed at for believing Shania can come back. The midriff baring pop pricess of country is now divorced and healing from emotional battering,how could it ever be the same? Well I dont think it will be,but I do think it will be a success,and it will be much more successful then Whitney and even Celine Dions. Country music fans are pretty faithful and we recognize what is real. Shania,for all the glamour poppy lyrics,has always been real and made us believe that any dream is attainable…and now she is showing that even when our personal worlds fall apart we can pick up the peices and make a new picture. I dont know what the new album will sound like but I’m backing her as I know all of her fans are.

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