August 14th, 2022
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Men at Work & John Waite
@Smart Financial Center
Sunday 8/14/2022 7:00 PM
(From All Music.com - Steve Huey) Although Rick Springfield's music was frequently dismissed as vapid teen idol fare, his best moments have actually withstood the test of time far better than most critics would ever have imagined, emerging as some of the most well-crafted mainstream power pop of the 1980s. A singer-turned-soap opera star-turned-singer, Springfield was born Richard Springthorpe on August 23, 1949 in Sydney, Australia to a father in the military; the family moved around Australia and England a great deal during Springfield's childhood, and he sought his escape from the difficulty of making friends in books and music. He formed a band in high school and eventually joined a '50s revival group called Rock House, moving on from there to join the teeny bopper band Zoot in 1968. Zoot became one of the most popular groups in Australia until 1971, scoring several hits. Springfield went solo after the breakup and garnered his first U.S. success the following year with a re-recording of his Australian hit "Speak to the Sky"; the song reached number 14 in the U.S. but would prove to be his last major success for quite some time. Subsequent '70s albums stiffed, and record company difficulties prevented Springfield from recording after 1976. Read more @All Music.com (Click Here)
Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl
Men at Work
(From All Music.com - Stephen Thomas Erlewine) Men at Work were one of the more surprising success stories of the new wave era, rocketing out of Australia in 1982 to become the most successful artist of the year. With its Police-styled rhythms, catchy guitar hooks, wailing saxophones, and off-kilter sense of humor, the band's debut album, Business as Usual, became an international blockbuster, breaking the American record for the most weeks a debut spent at the top of the charts. Their funny, irreverent videos became MTV favorites, helping send "Who Can It Be Now?" and "Down Under" to number one. Men at Work's momentum sustained them through their second album, 1983's Cargo, before the bottom fell out of the band's popularity. After releasing Two Hearts in 1985, Men at Work broke up, becoming one of the better-remembered phenomena of new wave. Read more @All Music.com (Click Here)
Men At Work - Down Under
(From All Music.com - Stephen Thomas Erlewine) As a solo artist and as the lead singer of the Babys and Bad English, John Waite was a fixture of album-oriented rock radio stations during the '70s and '80s. Waite had a talent for power ballads and driving arena rock, occasionally touching on new wave-styled power pop as well. Though he didn't consistently have hits, several of his songs -- including "Missing You," the Babys' "Isn't It Time," and Bad English's "When I See You Smile" -- became radio staples.
John Waite formed the Babys in London, England in 1976 with Wally Stocker (guitar), Mike Corby (vocals, keyboards), and Tony Brock (drums). Initially conceived as a teen pop band, the Babys earned a record contract based on the strength of a video demo they constructed with producer Mike Mansfield. Chrysalis pushed the band heavily, resulting in "Isn't It Time" becoming a hit in the U.S. and U.K. in 1977. As their career progressed, the Babys began to experiment with synthesized, new wave-inspired power pop, which resulted in a handful of minor hits. Jonathan Cain became the band's keyboardist in 1978, and he and Waite developed a close relationship. When Cain left the Babys to join Journey in 1981, the group disbanded. Read more @ All Music.com (Click Here)
John Waite - Missing You
Doors Open 7:00PM
(From All Music.com-Tim Sendra) The Canadian trio Loving play sparse, intimate songs that rarely rise above a bedroom whisper while still containing enough pop hooks to lodge their deceptively slight songs deep in the listener's memory bank. The melancholy sweetness of their debut self-titled EP won them a devoted fan base, and their 2020 album If I Am Only My Thoughts built on that with fuller, warmer arrangements.
David Parry and brothers Jesse and Lucas Henderson started recording music together in 2015, sharing instrumental, singing, and writing duties and operating as a long-distance project since some of them were based in Victoria, British Columbia, and some were in Toronto. The sparse, gently psychedelic folk sounds they came up with were reminiscent of classic British folk, alternative singer/songwriters like Elliott Smith, and lo-fi bands like Smog from the '90s. Their initial sessions spawned a self-titled EP, which was issued in late 2016 by Human Sounds Records. The homemade, supremely relaxed sound of the EP proved to be very popular with patrons of various streaming services, racking up impressive numbers. Read more @All Music.com (Click Here)
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It's The Weekend
of "This N That"
Weekend Commentary for Weekend of June 24th-26th, 2022
This is weekend number 25 as we move into mid-summer with July 4th, 2022, around the corner. Houston is experiencing record temps this weekend of at least 99 degrees or more. That is hot everybody! Hey parents with infants and toddlers be especially careful not to get distracted and forget the little ones in the car. Its already happened in our Bayou City (Houston) to a five-year-old.
The big news this week was The Supreme Court on Friday overruled Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion after almost 50 years in a decision that will transform American life, reshape the nation’s politics and lead to all but total bans on the procedure in about half of the states. (More information click here)
We are big listeners to public media, back in the day we called them public radio or television, but since many public radio outlets operate more than one medium (radio, television, websites) many of them (if not all) opted to start calling themselves media.
Anyway, Friday the outlets seemed to accelerate their storytelling on LBGTQ now plus, news and storytelling. It's the end of the month with their community celebrating their recognition.
The University of Houston's station was no exception. So, this weekend its "Pride" parades all over the place. (Click here for KHOU TV's listings)
Is "that" our House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Ru Paul's "Drag Race" show promotion on Paramount plus? Is Pelosi after the LGBTQ plus voters? You bet she is, and her district is in San Francisco, CA.
WOW, how politics and entertainment blends so mush nowadays. It started with former President Bill Clinton appearing on the old "Arsino Hall Show" in 1992, not just being interviewed by Hall, but playing the alto sax on the show, like perhaps he did in high school. We were all so impressed because we had never seen a presidential candidate entertain us on television. It worked. It was reported Clinton's favor-ability scores jumped significantly.
Okay, it started before Clinton it was the corrupt President Richard M. Nixon in 1968, making a cameo on the popular television show "Laugh In", that started this in modern television times. See Republicans did it too.
Which leads me to say many are truly swayed by "political celebrity". No matter what the candidate "says".
The country's Electoral College was taken in by "political celebrity" personality that was famous for firing people. The producers of the show made firing someone entertaining.
Now come on, entrepreneurs and business people, we all know, when we fire someone we take the hit too. It tells everybody we have poor leadership judgement and had to change some of the team. But eventually it catches up with us. The boss is eventually "fired" when it is discovered they have poor judgement in hiring team members of the tribe.
Oh, that was entertainment. But he did it in government too. We all knew what the stakes were.
He said and demonstrated who he was. Look where that has gotten us.
Juneteenth is now a holiday and is part of America's lexicon as "apple pie". Right.
I have a buddy and many years ago I persuaded him to check-out with me the Juneteenth holiday celebration at Miller Outdoor Theatre. I was new to Houston and had only been to Miller a couple times. I admitted to him I was not a big Juneteenth fan, frankly, growing up in New Orleans, La. I didn't hear about it. It was not taught in history lessons in Louisiana. Let’s face it Juneteenth for a long time was celebrated only in Texas.
The concert featured Louisiana's Rockin' Dopsie. Dopsie plays music for dancing while assimilating R&B influences into zydeco and sometimes covering R&B hits in a zydeco style.
“I think it’s great that Juneteenth is now more familiar to most Americans and that it is a federal holiday,”
University of Houston’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)
This buddy who happened to be Latino who really liked old school R&B music, had never experienced zydeco and immediately fell for the performance of this zydeco singer and accordion player. I told him Dopsie was part of Louisiana's Creole French culture. He started calling his friends to tell them of his excitement for this music man. And since then every year this buddy usually calls to see if I am going to Juneteenth at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
On another note, I think the agony of this holiday, yes I said "agony" is "essential". Are African-Americans really "free"? Systemic racism has not been eradicated and when we think systemic racism has been resolved something else takes its place.
Maybe this day should be celebrated, besides with a party, be a day when America's businesses put Blacks first. Discounts on affordable housing, free educational opportunities or seed monies to start businesses. WOW, would that be a freedom celebration! And this would be done every June 19 . . .humm
I 'm part African American I'll take that win, but with all that is going on right now, we still have a way to go.
Okay besides all the entertainment of this national holiday (President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law last year) recognizing America freeing its Black slaves, let’s turn to academia.
This year, the University of Houston’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) will begin its Juneteenth celebration a few days early in the Student Center. A gallery with historical facts and information on Juneteenth will be set up just outside of CDI (Suite B12 in the Student Center) starting June 16 and will remain on display through June 19. Commemorative Juneteenth shirts also will be handed out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 16.
For Varselles Cummings, director of CDI, Juneteenth has always been a special day. As a child growing up in Fresno, California, he remembers the numerous events honoring this day. The upcoming gallery hosted by CDI will provide a platform to help members of the Cougar Community recognize the significance of this special day.
“I think it’s great that Juneteenth is now more familiar to most Americans and that it is a federal holiday,” he said. “It’s also important to talk about this day and to understand that while Juneteenth is symbolic of the end of slavery, there were many challenges ahead for enslaved populations.”
Linda Reed, director of UH’s African American Studies Program, agrees. She added that Juneteenth offers an opportunity to pause and contemplate the concept of freedom. Just as important, the day should also be observed with a festive spirit.
“Just because we still have work to do with regard to race and other issues, doesn’t mean we should not celebrate,” she said. “We, as a University community, celebrate diversity and each other. Juneteenth is an extension of that. It offers an opportunity to truly recognize and appreciate this moment in history and its impact on African Americans in our country.”
Reed, who also serves an associate professor of history, recommended a few ways to become more familiar with the story of Juneteenth. The book “On Juneteenth” by Annette Gordon-Reed is a must-read, she said. A number of books on the topic also are available through UH Libraries.
Finally, for all my non-Black readers and followers, Juneteenth a national holiday is American as President's Day or Memorial Day. It is American history, please try not to feel any other way.
Race Is A "Bitch"
It is obvious in this 24-hour news cycle business the obsession with stories about “race and racism" are at top of the list for television producers and their assignment editors .
It was the murder of ten Black people for being Black in the Niagara-Buffalo area of New York state that has us all thinking. What the “#!*%”?
It’s still being determined if this young man was deranged or just a hate monger that wanted to be a catalyst for social unrest regarding race.
I have to note here, the planning guide is curated over a two-to-three-day period most of the time by me sitting in a Chic-fil-a, Starbucks or sometimes a Popeyes. (I grew up in New Orleans, La)
I review what is happening in the four-county area, check e-mails for event submissions and just curate and re-write.
During this process I occasionally talk to people at these locations about current events. I’m usually in Houston's “East End” of town a Latino section of our Bayou City.
If you haven't noticed yet, I put my picture at the end of the Home page (scroll down) of (Weekend Houston) Houston’s Weekend Planning Guide. I say this to tell you, I am "Black,” no not Latino with a name like Menendez---Black. Okay my grandfather’s dad was from Cuba.
My dad’s mother was “Black” from the Louisiana delta of Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana. I mean she had a very dark complexion. His dad, my grandfather was from a “creole” neighborhood of New Orleans, La. He looked “White.” They married.
I remember times complaining to my dad about being “Black” working in radio and television. He would say, “What you’re wining about? I had a Black and White one (his parents) and in school we (his three brothers) were teased about their mother and father many times. This was pre-WWII . The 40’s and 50’s. This was when it was illegal for “White people” and Black people” to marry in Louisiana. But was grandfather “White,” no he just looked it.
Race is a “bitch” huh!
But this is the rub everybody White and non-White, I am "Jeffery" first. Always Jeffery first. When I wake up in the morning and look in the mirror. I see Jeffery looking back at me. Oh, Jeffery is “Black.” Okay. I like that too.
Interestingly, when I was a talk radio producer I was “Jeffery” too. This was during the late 70’s and throughout the 80’s, being the only Black (Oh Jeffery) in charge of radio broadcasts was impressive.
Hell. I attended the University of New Orleans they well prepared me to take on the responsibilities as a producer. Thank you May Jones, PhD in the Mass Communications Department UNO!
Let me explain here. It was my co-workers who would remind me I was "Black". I would say in my head “okay.” I would also think sometimes. What does that mean when they would say this to me? Oh, it meant I was in the tribe, you know . . .”Black”, if I was with Black co-workers. If I were with White co-workers. I would think. Are they trying to complement me, since there were so few “Black” talk radio producer? Hmm…. It was exhausting. I “Jeffery”, just wanted to do good talk radio.
Let me move on to how exhausting it was to be “Jeffery.” Oh. “Black Jeffery.”
It was over 35-years ago I use to produce a popular talk magazine show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. "Mid-Day Magazine with Don Grady". I had to know everything to make this show work every weekday.
So, as we head into this weekend think about it everybody. Are we headed back to the 60's?
I used my mom's birth name during that time, "Jeff White" as the producer of the show. The Program Director, Dave Prince insisted the host of the show acknowledged on-air “Jeff White” produced the program. So, at the end of the two-hour broadcast every day the host of the show, would say, "Mid-Day Magazine is produced by Jeff White, Thank you Jeffery.” The host would occasionally talk to me in the control room, but like many producers, I would say "we" (producers) are not part of the on-air banter. As talk radio matured that changed. Every talk show host was talking to their producer on air with the producer responding.
This was around 1985 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana the audience of this news/talk radio station assumed I was "White". Let me say why. One day I was encouraged to join the show from a remote broadcast I had set up with an audience. Dave Prince, Program Director who hired me insisted I produce the show from the remote location instead from the station’s control room.
So, as we head into this weekend think about it everybody. Are we headed back to the 60's?
He also insisted on introducing me to our listeners. He started before the "live" broadcast introducing the host with applause, then he said this is our show producer “Jeff White.” The audience all “White” just stop applauding. I don’t think they were being disrespect full; they were surprised I was a “Black” man. Hell, I most likely spoke to some of them on the phone when they called went I had to screen possible air calls. They were shocked not because I was Jeff White, because I was Black. But I have to say I was still Jeffery.
Race is a “bitch” huh!
When are some White people going to stop all this nonsense? We are all Americans. Lincoln said the south would never accept Black (slaves) people as equals. But have we not progressed since 1865? We have progressed since the 60's, remember the city's burning north and south of the Mason Dixon Line.
Why is it some White people think they are being discriminated? Why do some White people think they are going to be replaced?
So, as we head into this weekend think about it everybody. Are we headed back to the 60's? When George Floyd was killed two years ago I thought we were. Now ten Black people are dead because they were Black.
Is this a slow burning pot?
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Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers—Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.
Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they’re also building a new future—one neither of them could have anticipated.
As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss, as a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared.
by Barack Obama (Author)
Bruce Springsteen (Author)
Renegades: Born in the USA is a candid, revealing, and entertaining dialogue between President Barack Obama and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen that explores everything from their origin stories and career-defining moments to our country’s polarized politics and the growing distance between the American Dream and the American reality.
Filled with full-color photographs and rare archival material, it is a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders—one Black and one white—looking for a way to connect their unconventional searches for meaning, identity, and community with the American story itself.
• Original introductions by President Obama and Bruce Springsteen
• Exclusive new material from the Renegades podcast recording sessions
• Obama’s never-before-seen annotated speeches, including his “Remarks at the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches”
• Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics for songs spanning his 50-year-long career
• Rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal archives
• Historical photographs and documents that provide rich visual context for their conversation
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