Sunday, February 1, 2015

Mad Season~ The Story of the Lifeless Dead with Music Tribute to Mad Seasons 'Above' & Temple of the Dog with Seattle Symphony Orchestra Featuring Jefferson Angell, Kim Virant, Skerik, Sean Kinney, Tim DeJulio , Chris Cornell, Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Barrett Martin, Mike McCready & Duff McKagan



Lifeless dead, that unclean bed 
Till or when, her hunger's fed
How he'd wished that they would wed 
"I promise on our love" she said 
Promises were never kept 
Alone on a dirty floor he slept 
And although, he'd not accept
She was gone and so he wept 
Then a demon came to him 
"You must know, I'm going to win" 


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sonic Highways~Another Chapter In The Amazing Story of Dave Grohl & The Foo Fighters




Seattle, being (in my eyes) the most deserving city of an amazing Foo Fighters concert, was not disappointed on Friday night when the 'Sonic Highways' tour hit Seattle's historic Showbox Theater. There are very few shows in Seattle that actually bring tears to my eyes, and if you asked anyone, I looked like Alice Cooper by the end of the night. Yeah, laugh it up, fuzzballs and whippersnappers. One of these days you'll find yourself crying outside of a concert and your life will be summed up in one song. All the good and bad you've experienced will hit you at once, and hopefully you'll be as grateful as I am when it does. Please believe, like I have, that you are alive to bear witness to one of the last good things humanity has to offer the universe:  words and music -- performed live.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Before There Was Grunge, There Was Joshua ~20 Questions with Joshua Pierce


Photo by Deborah Spencer 

Normally, we publish our questionnaires for musicians on our main blog. But anyone who knows Seattle rock music knows that Joshua, the dynamic and dangerously good-looking front man of First Thought, was there at the beginning of what's known now as 'The Grunge Scene.'  Some people think that the less hard rock bands from that era got pushed aside for bands like Alice in Chains. And while that might be true for some, if anything Joshua was protected by the higher-ups of the management teams known almost as well as the bands they have managed. I can't blame them for not wanting him to hang out with the likes of Kurt Cobain and, well, even me!  But for First Thought's career as a band, perhaps the overprotectiveness went too far; nevertheless, Joshua is well known as one of Seattle's best and well-seasoned singers, and will always be a big part of the city's music history.


Photo by Durkan Photography 

~Some classic solo music of Joshua's can be heard in the links at the bottom of the blog, and he has a  brand new CD coming out soon as well! In playing it for a friend, he commented, "I always loved that Middle Eastern feeling some of his songs have...."   I have to agree, and say I hope the new music still has that  dark-exotic feeling to it that's become part of his style...not many guys can pull that off and when it's done well it's really beautiful.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

While Xana's Guitar Gently Weeps~The Story of the Fender La Brea & the Dead Man's Hat



Years ago, you experienced an event that was 
so overwhelming, you could not fully deal with 
it, let alone understand it.  At this time it has been
simmering and smoldering in the depths of 
your unconscious mind, emitting ghostly 
steam and smoke, even as it has remained
difficult for you to integrate. But I predict this 
will change in the coming months.  You will 
finally find a way to bring it into your conscious 
awareness and explore it with courage 
and grace. Of course it will be scary for you to 
do so.  But I assure you that the fear is a residue 
from your old confusion, not a sign of real 
danger. To achieve maximum liberation...
begin your quest soon. 

Capricorn horoscope for October 2014 

Friday, July 4, 2014

They're an American Band~The Story of Seattle's Hartwood by Cheryl Rolcik-Wilcox



Hartwood

If you’ve been to a live music show in Seattle at some point over the last 30 years, it’s almost a statistical impossibility that you haven’t seen at least one Hartwood member performing live.   If you’re a fan of Pacific NW metal, punk, grunge, rock, disco, or country, you’ll undoubtedly recognize the names of the musicians who make up the foundation of Hartwood.


Hartwood’s roots began under a blue tarp in the rain on a group camping trip in 1991, as the two founding members of the band and their co-campers chopped through a large tree for firewood.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

What Happened in Vegas? I Met a Great Girl From Seattle~ A Grunge Story by Christopher Blake



My name is Chris and this is my Grunge Story-


I was 23 and I had gone to Las Vegas at the time because it's a family tradition and I needed it because I was going through a hard time in my life. I was trying to turn over a new leaf in my life and I was letting go of people that were dragging me down with them.

It Don't Come Easy~The Art of Grunge Storytelling~ Turning Your Grungy Memories into Great Stories



As I somewhat grappled about what to publish this month, I came across a quote I had forgotten about. It became famous by TV's beloved children's show host and creator Mr. Rogers.  He used to carry a quote he got from a social worker that said, " There's no one you couldn't learn to love once you've heard their story." I always thought that was a great and beautiful quote.



Let's start by looking at an important question. Would Layne Staley, Kurt Cobain, Andrew Wood, Mike Starr and the other fallen musicians of Seattle want their stories told? And what stories would they want shared? Who would want the good times only shared and who would say, "I want stories to be told that will help young addicts make better choices?"


You gotta pay the dues if you wana sing the blues
And you know it dont' come easy 

Ringo Starr