December 13th, 2013


Friday fanfare: "Locomotive Breath/Teacher"

I'm a sucker for a good dueling guitar piece -- whether it's Bruce Springsteen, Nils Lofgren, and Steve Van Zandt trading riffs with the E Street Band, Eric Clapton joining Mark Knopfler on stage (or vice versa), Buddy Guy coming on stage with the Rolling Stones to riff with Keith Richards and Ron Wood -- that sort of thing just sends me into musicgasms.

This is another one, found for me by the mighty Deborah Grabien (debg), as great blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa joins Jethro Tull on stage for a rendition of "Locomotive Breath" (with a bit of "Teacher" thrown in for good measure) that includes a great deal of magnificent riff-trading between Bonamassa and Martin Barre -- plus a killer extended flute solo by Ian Anderson. Check this puppy out....

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    "I'm Still Standing" by Elton John
ds9 rewatch

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Prophet Motive"

Grand Nagus Zek gets an Orb, meets the Prophet, and gets turned into a philanthropist, to the abject horror of Quark, Rom, and Maihar'du. The DS9 Rewatch has a "Prophet Motive."

An excerpt:
Think about this for a second. These aliens barely even know what corporeal life is. Their interactions with linear time prior to this have been sending out Orbs that can tie into someone’s own mind and past and future, but that’s a far cry from specifically rewiring a corporeal being’s entire identity. And it’s not at all clear what the aliens gain from this mental rape of a person (and that’s what we’re talking about here, because no matter how much of a comic relief figure Zek is, he was still psychologically raped), nor why they thought it was a good idea. The aliens will, in the future, do other things that are pretty ethically dodgy to say the least, but all those other things will, to some degree, fall into the purview of what is believed possible by them.

This? Not so much. And it proves both anti-climactic and really really creepy all at the same time.
  • Current Music
    "The Gower Wassail" from The Christmas Revels