Friday, October 30, 2009

Christmas at Wikipedia

I will participate this year. Since I was 13 I loathed Christmas. It was that year on Christmas morning I woke up with the flu and a 102 temperature. Every Christmas after that I was not looking forward to. I usually drift away from people during Christmas and wait for December 26th to happen. And I could never afford Chrismas shopping as a starving musician.
This year I will try and be a part of it. Just for kicks. And to possibly enjoy a new novelty; resubmitting myself to the popular holiday celebration.
I am Buddhist. I don't know about Christmas that much, nor have I cared about the origin. So I did some reading on it. I found this article in Wikipedia.
Maybe it will help. Wish me luck. I think I can do it.
I'm gonna do Christmas this year...
And I might need some Mozart to help me out.

your friendly cyberhood
Uncle Samurai

Thursday, October 29, 2009

George Lopez Is Going To Host TV Talk Show!

George Lopez to host TV talk show

Comedian George Lopez is about to enter a world in turmoil by competing for American TV viewers against the...(continue article)

Good. The world needs more George Lopez!

your friendly cyberhood
Uncle Samurai

oh yeah...

Happy Halloween...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Cable Snaps: Bridge Closes Indefinitely

Wow! Now commuters are going to have to improvise tomorrow morning. Or take the day off. That's too bad, considering they just finished repairing it this past labor day.
Here is what they are saying at Sf Gate:

"Three pieces of an emergency repair to the Bay Bridge's cantilever section made over Labor Day weekend snapped and crashed onto the upper deck of the span late Tuesday afternoon, striking three vehicles and forcing the indefinite closure of the region's busiest bridge..." (Read more)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Halloween Costumes Are Music To My Ears

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

You Say You Want A Revolution Money Exchange?

"Steve Case’s startup Revolution Money announced a series C funding today of $42 million led by Goldman Sachs. Case and other existing investors (Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, former AOL vice chairman Ted Leonsis, former Charles Schwab CEO David Pottruck, and JP Morgan vie chairman David Golden). That is on top of $50 million the company raised is September, 2007..." (continue reading)

"Revolution Money is a financial services company with the goal of disrupting incumbent credit companies and PayPal. Revolution Money’s credit card, the RevolutionCard, differs from other credit cards by using PIN-activation, rather than signatures …"
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Hmmm...sounds interesting, yet fishy to me... I wonder what George and John would say to this...

your friendly cyberhood

Uncle Samurai

Monday, October 19, 2009

Dude...Where's my Weed?

"Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department..." (full story)

That's worth having a party!

your friendly cyberhood
Uncle Samurai

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

From Slavery To Noble Peace Award

I just want to take a deep breath and soak this in...
We've gone from slavery in America...

Gus Cannon – “Poor Boy A Long Way From Home” mp3

Gus Cannon’s story starts off the same way many other poor black aspiring musicians’ stories started off. At the turn of the century in the South, you had to escape the servitude of the share cropping system to pursue your dreams. Slaves ran away from their families and headed out on the road with little more than youthful optimism as their driving force. This mp3 is a tribute to all the revolutionary musicians of that time who refused to let their dismal socioeconomic status destroy their goal of enjoying a career playing music.

Gus Cannon – “Poor Boy A Long Way From Home” mp3 the first African/American President awarded the noble peace prize.

I love America...

your friendly cyberhood
Uncle Samurai

Friday, October 9, 2009

Musashi Trio at Cafe Van Kleef Oct 17th

If you like Hendrix,SRV,funk,blues...

..come on down...

Cafe Van Kleef
1621 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

The English Beat and The Uptones...again!

The English Beat
The Uptones

ska new wave
7:30 PM door • 8:00 PM show
cost is $20 advance / $25 day of show • 21+
buy tickets online, Last Day Saloon, Last Record Store, Back Door Disc

Saturday October 23rd, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Back in the 90's I used to...

Back in the 90's I used to play in the Steve Gannon Monday Night Blues Band. Every Monday night at Blake's on Telegraph. The line up was all pro.
I was actually doing security for a while before I signed up for a jam session with the band. It was an open Mic scenario. So the first few times I played, I was actually on my 15 minute break. But because I gad been a regular musician previously, Steve eventually said with that british accent, "Aye...why don't you bring your amp next time and play all night? "
I played the remaining few years of what would be the last of this infamous band's regular gig. 15 years total for them. Every Monday without fail. If you ever come across one of those bumper stickers that says, " I break for the blues at Larry Blake's," they're talking about this group. So it was an honor to play with such a well established band, if you can imagine what my shoes would say...

Steve Gannon- Rhythm and Lead Guitar/Vocals/Host
Chris Burns on Keyboard
Willie Riser on bass
Kelvin Dixon on Drums/vocals
Moose (That's me) on Rhythm and Lead Guitar
And the incredible Mz Dee on vocals

Steve Gannon- Rhythm and Lead Guitar/Vocals/Host
Chris Burns on Keyboard
Willie Riser on bass
Kelvin Dixon on Drums/vocals
Moose on Rhythm and Lead Guitar

Don't Forget To Remember...

Hey y''s the economic depression treating you these days? That bad? Yeah...this sucks.
I've never seen SO many people down and out about money. Thanks Cheney... Thanks Bush...

I remember when...

I used to feel "special" when I could tell people that I was a "starving musician." There was a uniqueness to it that allowed me to "stand out in a crowd." I was identified as a "muse" much quicker than these days, I tell you. There was always some empathetic sandwich nearby. The financially comfortable folks would often hear my version of the music with the pretty words and put bills in my empty cup. " Hear ya go dude...go get somethin' to eat. You're good! People like you should stay alive more often..."
And I would survive using that natural method. Back in those days people would give me other stuff, too. Like beer, which I'd hand to someone because I don't drink. Coffee, which I love. Weed, which I' I forgot. Oh well. They'd also offer me LSD, Coke, Speed and other toxic chemicals which everyone knows is no good. I never understood Coke, really. Coffee always worked better and was way cheaper. I always preferred coffee. It was enough.
And I would produce music for those wonderful, generous people in return. And we all seemed happier back then. Now, keep in mind, all those things can take it's toll on a person.

Now a days, I just drink coffee and medicate myself with herb.
Alcohol and synthetic drugs are bad for you and hard to moderate. There was even a study on it.
Check this video out:

Don't forget to remember:

-Keep yourself busy during these hard times.
-Listen to music.
Here are some free legal music sites I work for:
Super Fan 2009 - Public Domain 2ten - Ska 4U
( in no scam, fee, or know how I roll...)
-Enjoy your time with the people you love.
-Hard times exist temporarily.
-Don't do all the drugs.
-This is America...a land of opportunity. comes the weekend.
Have a good one...

your friendly cyberhood
Uncle Samurai