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Sunday, July 02, 2006
 
Sunday morning ennatainment -- Barney Hoskyns continues to make ripples with Hotel California, and Walker's Laurel Canyon is often cited as well. One of those curly cue twists of humor: "... and, bizarre as it now seems, the phenomenal success of disco music. 'Stayin' Alive' was the final musical death knell for the Laurel Canyon set."

(just a reminder to any Ottawa citizen: Frank Zappa didn't use drugs and was genuinely opposed to drug use, enough so he made an anti-drug public service announcement for television in the early '70s. 'member? Guilt by association or propinquity can lead to shaky, false assumptions. And it's disrespectful to his memory.

And as to this sentence placed near the end of the article: "And then, of course, there is CSN&Y who are back in each other's company for reasons that aren't totally clear and perform in Ottawa next Saturday at Scotiabank Place."

Beats me, too, but Canada is Neil Young's hometown, so to speak. Because of that alone, they're sure to have a ready made audience there. And certainly not because Americans fed-up with the current administration are expatriating themselves en masse to Canada, because your country would be full to bulging in no time if that were the case. Nor is Canada the great sanctuary for war resisters it once was in recent modern history , nobody's in a hurry to go there, either. No. It's a high-ticket show on a stage that sounds for all the world like a financial institution, and Neil's going back to that place he once sang about, in North Ontario, because "all my changes are there".

[7/3/06 update Back to the Future Thrillseekers are given the tour of coming attractions with explanation why these different acts might find resonance within the community, and draws a simple fiscal conclusion:

"Without question, the biggest coup for Bluesfest this year is landing a couple of music legends. Monahan says the festival has been chasing the Grammy-winning slide-guitar queen Bonnie Raitt for several years. She's booked for July 8. Same with seasoned blues and soul survivor Etta James, who performs July 13.

For the loyal blues crowd, those two acts alone make it worth the passport price of just over 100 bills. (At twice the price, a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young ticket doesn't seem like such good value in the music-per-dollar ratio ... maybe that's why CSNY's July 8 show at Scotiabank Place, the same night as Raitt, is not yet sold out.)"

Easy to see sometimes, yes?
 




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