Ricardo Esteban Valenzuela Reyes - better known as Ritchie Valens - was one of my earliest musical heroes, something I am reminded of every February 3, the anniversary of the plane crash that took his life, along with Buddy Holly and "The Big Bopper." Buddy gets most of the glory in the history books, and I suppose he should. His hits were bigger, his career (slightly) longer, his music more complex and innovative, his impact on pop culture undeniably greater. And I love Buddy Holly. I…Continue
Posted on February 3, 2012 at 10:00am — 4 Comments
Ray Price turns 86 today. In honor of his birthday, here is my review from 2009 of his appearance at the Galaxy Theater in Santa Ana, CA...
Hank Williams died on New Year's Day, 1953, and Ray Price has been around long enough to have roomed with the legend for a year before his death; yet somehow, inexplicable still to any sort of reason my mind can conceive, I stood with my dad a mere 15 feet from Ray Price last night at a club in Santa Ana (as my dad pointed out, we…Continue
Posted on January 11, 2012 at 7:39am — 3 Comments
The secret to happiness lies in the extent to which one can manage expectations. It's a delicate trick. Expect too much, and you will surely be disappointed. Trudge through life expecting nothing, and that is what you will find. The man who runs across the railroad tracks without looking may get flattened by a passing locomotive. The man too afraid to ever cross will never experience what is on the other side.
Any appearance by an ageing artist is always an exercise in managing…Continue
Posted on November 18, 2011 at 9:30am — 42 Comments