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Friday, December 30, 2011

A Path to Victory for Rick Santorum?

As you may have heard, Rick Santorum is surging in Iowa less than a week before the caucuses are held. At this point, there's a very real chance he could win Iowa, and thus gain momentium in the Southern primaries(most notably, South Carolina). That said, I don't really expect him to play well outside of the aforementioned states/regions. This post clearly agrees with my thoughts on his chances in Iowa:

The fact is that born-again Christians in Iowa – or their close equivalent, evangelical Christians – remain hesitant to embrace the unorthodox candidacy of Paul or the Mormon faith of Romney. And that could leave an opening for someone like Santorum to rally.

To this point, there hasn’t been a singular and obvious third option for this key constituency, which comprises up to half or more of the caucus electorate, depending on whom you believe, and delivered the state to Mike Huckabee in 2008

But that might be changing.

The poll showed Santorum taking 22 percent of born-again Christians, moving him into first place among that group. And if he can make other born-agains believe that he’s the one viable alternative to Romney and Paul, then maybe he can create enough of a rallying effect to unite evangelicals behind his campaign.

“That bandwagon effect at the end can be very powerful in moving numbers dramatically in the last five days,” said former Iowa Republican Party chairman Steve Grubbs, pointing to Huckabee’s win.

There’s also the fact that many voters are receptive to Santorum; other polling has suggested he is a popular second-choice pick.

That suggests voters want to vote for Santorum, but perhaps didn’t see him as someone who could actually win. But if they now see him as a viable option, maybe they move into his camp.

“So it means he still has upside — beyond evangelicals but certainly including them,” said Nick Ryan, the founder of the pro-Santorum super PAC that is current running a quarter-million dollars worth of ads in the Hawkeye State.

The problem, though, is that Santorum is running against two other lower-tier candidates — Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann — who have significant appeal to evangelicals as well. And they aren’t so far behind Santorum (they take 11 percent and 9 percent, respectively) that they wouldn’t also appear to be viable options.

Perry, in particular, has made a pretty overt effort to play up his Christian faith, including running a TV ad that suggested children aren’t allowed to pray in schools and holding a huge gathering of Christians in Houston before launching his campaign.

It will certainly be interesting to see how he performs in 4 days, and how much momentium he gains from what will undoubtedly be a strong finish.

New Years Message From Glenn Beck

When I came back from my vacation last year, I laid out several plans for 2011. Over the past year, you have seen many of these plans come to fruition. I told you that I would no longer be looking towards elected officials for solutions and instead would look to individuals to chart the course and create real change in the world.

It all started in June when I left Fox News to launch my own independent network, GBTV. The network has been dedicated to bringing you the truth that you can’t get anywhere else - whether it be news stories ignored by the mainstream media, commentary on what is really going on in the world, or even comedy that seeks to appeal to people of all political viewpoints and break away from the traditional liberal entertainment industry.

In 2012, you will see GBTV continue to grow as a network. We’re adding new shows like Independence USA, a reality program that shows a real family finding out what life “off the grid” might be like. There are some other big announcements coming, but there are people in my office who would be pretty mad if I let the cat out of the bag this early (and yes, I’ve hired so many people in 2011 that when enough of them yell at me I listen. Sometimes.)

But aside from great programming on GBTV, I’ve made a lot of personal changes in 2011 as well. I traveled to Israel for the Restoring Courage events to stand with Israel and the Jewish people in one of the most defining moments of my life so far. Next year, I’ll be bringing people from around the country to my new home of Dallas, TX for “Restoring Love” - a three day event where thousands will gather and perform acts of service and charity across the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. We’ll also have an amazing evening of celebration, inspiration, and reflection on July 28th at Cowboys Stadium. This is something you will NOT want to miss as individuals stand together and fundamentally transform the country like never before.

I also launched Mercury One at the end of 2011, and this non-profit initiative will be a big part of my life going into 2012 and beyond. The organization will not only help me organize the “Restoring Love” event, but it will carry that spirit of service into places across the country and the globe. It will give you the chance to roll up your sleeves and get involved, as well as a chance to support others who are looking to make a difference. This is something I have been actively working on for over a year and an idea I have had for a very, very long time. You’ve been telling me “Ok, Glenn. I get it! I know the problems - but what can I do?” Mercury One is the answer. Stay tuned because there are some big things coming in 2012.

I’d like to leave you with a story I read on radio when I came back after the holidays last January. Read it and look at all the things we have done together over the past two years. I hope you can see how everything we have been working towards is about solutions born in the individual.


A man decided that he would change the world.
But, he wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change the country.
But, he wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change his community.
But, he wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change his street.
But, be wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change his family.
But, he wasn’t successful.
So he decided to change himself.
AND HE WAS SUCCESSFUL.
AND HIS FAMILY CHANGED AND THEY AFFECTED THEIR STREET.
AND THE PEOPLE ON THE STREET AFFECTED THEIR COMMUNITY.
AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY AFFECTED THEIR COUNTRY.
AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COUNTRY AFFECTED THE WORLD.

And gang, I promise you, we are so close to seeing things turn around in this country and changing for the better. We just need to start with ourselves, then our families, and then our communities. If we can start at home, each and every one of us, we can change the world. We will change the world.

2012 is going to be an incredible journey.

Laos Deo,

Glenn Beck

Thursday, December 29, 2011

On the Threshold of a Dream: A History of the Moody Blues


Ray Thomas, vocalist and flautist for the Moody Blues, turns 70 today. This is a history of the band for which he is best known for, the Moody Blues.

May 4, 1964: The Moody Blues, consisting of Denny Laine(lead vocals, guitar), Ray Thomas(vocals, tambourine, flute), Mike Pinder(vocals, mellotron, piano), Clint Warwick(vocals, bass guitar), and Graeme Edge(vocals, drums), are formed in Erdington, Birmingham, England.
Spring, 1964: The single "Steal Your Heart Away/Lose Your Money(But Don't Lose Your Mind)" is released to commercial failure in the UK. The Moody Blues appeared on the UK TV series "Ready, Steady, Go" to promote the B side single.
October, 1964: The Moody Blues go into Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London, England, to record their debut album, entitled "The Magnificent Moodies."
October 30, 1964: The Moody Blues perform at the Crawdaddy Club in London, England.
November, 1964: The single "Go Now," backed up by the B side singles "It's Easy Child" in the UK, and "Lose Your Money(But Don't Lose Your Mind)" in the US, is released to critical and commercial success. The single peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart, and at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
Early 1965: A four track(Reel-to-Reel) Extended Play release, featuring all their released singles, is released.
February, 1965: The single "I Don't Want To Go On Without You" is released to regional commercial success. The single peaked at #33 on the UK Singles Chart.
May, 1965: The single "From The Bottom of My Heart (I Love You)" is released to commercial success. The single peaked at #22 on the UK Singles Chart, and at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
July 22, 1965: "The Magnificent Moodies," featuring the aforementioned single and the songs "Bye Bye Bird," "It Ain't Necessarily So," "I'll Go Grazy," "Stop," "I've Got A Dream," and "I Don't Mind," is released to regional critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #5 in the UK, but failed to chart in the US.
October, 1965: The single "Everyday" is released to regional commercial success. The single peaked at #44 on the UK Singles Chart.
June, 1966: Bassist Clint Warwick departs from the Moody Blues. He is replaced by Rod Clark.
October, 1966: Clark departs from the Moody Blues. Shortly thereafter, the Moody Blues disband for one month. Denny Laine departs as well.
November, 1966: The Moody Blues re-form, with John Lodge replacing Rod Clark on Bass Guitar and Justin Hayward replacing Denny Laine on lead vocals and guitar.
Late 1966: The single "This is My House(But Nobody Calls)/Boulevard de la Madeleine" is released to commercial failure. The single failed to chart in the UK, but charted at #119 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
January, 1967: The single "Life's Not Life/He Can Win" is released to commercial failure, failing to chart anywhere. It is the last release to feature Denny Laine on vocals.
May, 1967: The single "Fly Me High/Really Haven't Got the Time" is released to commercial failure, failing to chart anywhere. This is the first release to feature Hayward and Lodge. "Fly Me High" was utilized as a jingle on the BBC news network.
September, 1967: The single "Love and Beauty/Leave This Man Alone" is released to commercial failure, failing to chart anywhere.
October 8, 1967: The Moody Blues go into Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London, England, to record their second album, the concept album "Days of Future Passed." The concept of this album is a day in the life of everyman. This album featured backing from the London Festival Orchestra.
November 11, 1967: "Days of Future Passed," featuring the songs "Tuesday Afternoon," "(Evening)Time to Get Away," and "Nights in White Satin," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #27 on the UK Albums Chart, #3 in Canada,and at #3 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Tuesday Afternoon" peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100, while failing to chart in the UK, and "Nights in White Satin" peaked at #9 on the UK Singles Chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, respectively.
January, 1968: The Moody Blues go into Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London, England, to record their third album, the concept album "In Search of the Lost Chord." The concepts of this album are quest and discovery.
June, 1968: The single "Voices in the Sky" is released to regional commercial success.
July 26, 1968: "In Search of the Lost Chord," featuring the aforementioned single and the songs "Departure," "Ride My See-Saw," the two-parter "House of Four Doors," and "Legend of a Mind," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #5 on the UK Albums Chart and #23 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Ride My See-Saw" peaked at #42 on the UK Singles Chart, #37 in Canada, and #61 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. "Legend of a Mind," which was written about LSD guru Timothy Leary, became a live favorite, with the Moody Blues often protracting Ray Thomas' flute solo.
November 8, 1968: The Moody Blues perform at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
November 24, 1968: The Moody Blues perform at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.
January 12, 1969: The Moody Blues go into Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London, England, to record their fourth album, the concept album "On the Threshold of a Dream." The concept of this album is dreams.
April 25, 1969: "On the Threshold of a Dream," featuring the songs "In the Beginning," "Lovely to See You," "Dear Diary," "Never Comes the Day," and "The Voyage," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #5 on the UK Albums Chart, #26 in Canada, and #23 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Never Comes the Day" peaked at #74 in Canada and #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The single failed to chart in he UK. Though not released as a single, "Lovely to See You" is the most well known and recognizable track off of this album. Shortly after the release of this album, the Moody Blues formed "Threshold Records," a subsidiary of Decca Records.
May, 1969: The Moody Blues go into Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London, England, to record their fifth album, the concept album "To Our Children's Children's Children." The concepts of this album are space travel and children.
October, 1969: The single "Watching and Waiting" is released to commercial failure, selling about ten copies(half of which were purchased by the Moody Blues themselves). This single marks their first release under Threshold Records.
October 21, 1969: The Moody Blues performed on BBC TV’s "Monster Music Mash."
November 21, 1969: "To Our Children's Children's Children," featuring the aforementioned single and the songs "Higher and Higher," "I Never Thought I'd Live to be a Hundred," "Out and In," "Gypsy(Of a Strange and Distant Time)," "Candle of Life," and "I Never Thought I'd Live to be a Million," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #2 on the UK Albums Chart, #11 in Canada, and #14 on the Billboard 200 in the US. Though not released as a single, "Gypsy(Of a Strange and Distant Time)" is the most well known and recognizable track off this album.
November 28, 1969: The Moody Blues perform in Detroit, Michigan.
November 29, 1969: The Moody Blues perform in Toronto, Ontario.
November 30, 1969: The Moody Blues perform in Chicago, Illinois.
December 12, 1969: The Moody Blues perform at the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, London, England. Performances from this show were featured on the "Caught Live +5" album.
December 14, 1969: The Moody Blues perform in Odeon, Birmingham, England.
January 17, 1970: The Moody Blues go into Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London, England, to record their sixth album, entitled "A Question of Balance."
April, 1970: The single "Question" is released to critical and commercial success. The single peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart, #8 in Canada, and #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The song is the first of the Moody Blues' to feature the subject of political strife, in particular the ongoing Vietnam War.
August 7, 1970: "A Question of Balance," featuring the aforementioned single and the songs "How is it(We are Here)," "And the Tide Rushes in," "Minstrel's Song," "Melancholy Man," and "The Balance," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart, #3 in Canada, and #3 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Melancholy Man" peaked at #1 in France.
August 30, 1970: The Moody Blues perform at the Isle of Wight festival in Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight, England. The recordings for this performance were not released for 38 years.
November, 1970: The Moody Blues go into Wessex Studios in London, England, to record their seventh album, entitled "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour."
July 23, 1971: "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour," featuring the songs "Procession," "The Story in Your Eyes," "Emily's Song," and "After You Came," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #1 on the UK Albums Chart, #2 in Canada, and #2 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "The Story in Your Eyes" peaked at #7 in Canada and #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
January, 1972: The Moody Blues go into Decca Tollington Park Studios in London, England, to record their eighth album, entitled "Seventh Sojurn."
April, 1972: The single "Isn't Life Strange" is released to critical and commercial success. The single peaked at #13 on the UK Singles Chart, #9 in Canada, and #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
October 31, 1972: The Moody Blues perform at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah.
November 17, 1972: "Seventh Sojurn," featuring the aforementioned single and the songs "Lost in a Lost World," You and Me," "When You're a Free Man," and "I'm Just a Singer(In a Rock and Roll Band)," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #5 on the UK Albums Chart, #1 in Canada, and #1 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "I'm Just a Singer(In a Rock and Roll Band)" peaked at #36 on the UK Singles Chart, #172 in Canada, and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. "You and Me," though not released as a single, is a fan favorite and still receives modest airplay on hard-core rock channels.
October 5, 1973: The Moody Blues perform at the New Theater in Oxford, England.
October 6, 1973: The Moody Blues perform at Leeds University in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
October 24, 1973: The Moody Blues perform at the Forum in Montreal, Quebec.
November 3, 1973: The Moody Blues perform at the Tarrant County Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.
1974: Citing exhaustion after 7 years of touring and recording, the Moody Blues split up.
October 8, 1974: The compilation album "This is the Moody Blues" is released in the UK to critical and commercial success, peaking at #14 on the UK Albums Chart.
November 23, 1974: The compilation album "This is the Moody Blues" is released in the US and Canada to critical and commercial success, peaking at #2 in Canada and #11 on the Billboard 200 in the US.
March 14, 1975: The album "Blue Jays," a collaboration between Justin Hayward and John Lodge, is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #4 on the UK Albums Chart and #16 on the Billboard 200. The album's sole single and most recognizable song, "I Dreamed Last Night," peaked at #47 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, while failing to chart in the UK.
September, 1975: The single "Blue Guitar," featuring Hayward with backing from 10cc, is released to critical and commercial success. The single peaked at #8 on the UK Singles Chart and #94 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. This song is often credited to either the Moody Blues(as it was on "The Best of the Moody Blues") or Hayward & Lodge(Lodge was not present for the "Blue Guitar" sessions).
1977: After a three year hiatus, the Moody Blues re-form.
April 23, 1977: The aforementioned "Caught Live +5" is released to commercial failure in the UK.
June 4, 1977: "Caught Live +5" is released to critical and commercial success in the US. peaking at #26 on the Billboard 200.
October, 1977: The Moody Blues go into Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California, to record their eleventh album, entitled "Octave." Founding member and Mellotronist Mike Pinder left the group during these sessions. He was replaced by Patrick Moraz.
1978: The compilation album "The Great Moody Blues" is released to commercial failure.
May, 1978: The single "Stepping in a Slide Zone" is released to critical and commercial success. The single peaked at #41 in Canada and #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, while failing to chart in the UK.
June 9, 1978: 1. "Octave," featuring the aforementioned single and the songs "Under Moonshine," "Had to Fall in Love," "Driftwood," "I'm Your Man," and "One Step Into the Light," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #6 on the UK Albums Chart, #9 in Canada, and #13 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Had to Fall in Love" peaked at #18 on the Dutch charts. "Driftwiid peaked at #60 in Canada and #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, while failing to chart in the UK.
2. "Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds," featuring Justin Hayward's "Forever Autumn," is released to critical and commercial success, peaking at #1 on both the Australian and Dutch charts. It is considered the 40th best selling album of all time in the UK. "Forever Autumn" is often credited to the Moody Blues(as it was on "The Best of the Moody Blues).
November 5, 1978: The Moody Blues perform at the Dane County Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin.
November 18, 1978: The Moody Blues perform at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.
November 23, 1978: The Moody Blues perform at the Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
November 27, 1978: The Moody Blues perform at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
December 3, 1978: The Moody Blues perform at the Checker Dome in Saint Louis, Missouri.
December 4, 1978: The Moody Blues perform in Kansas City, Missouri.
December 5, 1978: The Moody Blues perform in Fort Worth, Texas.
October 22, 1979: The compilation album "Out of This World" is released to regional commercial success, peaking at #15 on the UK Albums Chart.
February 19, 1980: The Moody Blues go into Threshold Studios in London, England, to record their thirteenth album, entitled "Long Distance Voyager." This would be the first release to feature Patrick Moraz on Keyboards, and featured contributions from the New World Philharmonic Orchestra.
May 15, 1981: "Long Distance Voyager," featuring the songs "Gemini Dream," "The Voice," "Talking Out of Turn," "Painted Smile," and "Veteran Cosmic Rocker," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #7 on the UK Albums Chart, #1 in Canada, and #1 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Gemini Dream" peaked at #1 in Canada and at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. "The Voice" peaked at #9 in Canada and #15 On the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. "Talking Out of Turn" peaked at #27 in Canada and #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. All three singles failed to chart in the UK.
November 20, 1981: The Moody Blues perform at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
November 22, 1981: The Moody Blues perform at the Forum in Montreal, Quebec.
March 8, 1982: The Moody Blues go into Strawberry Studio South in Stockport, England, to record their fourteenth album, entitled "The Present."
August 28, 1983: "The Present," featuring the songs "Blue World," "Meet Me Helfway," "Sitting at the Wheel," "Hole in the World," "It's Cold Outside Your Heart," and "Running Water," is released in the UK to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #15 on the UK Album Chart. "Blue World" peaked at #35 on the UK Singles Chart, while "Sitting at the Wheel" and "Running Water" both failed to chart.
September 2, 1983: "The Present" is released to critical and commercial success in the US and Canada. The album peaked at #11 in Canada and at #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. "Blue World" peaked at #40 in Canada and at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. "Sitting at the Wheel" peaked at #18 in Canada and #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. "Running Water" missed both charts entirely.
October 17, 1983: The Moody Blues perform in Hartford, Connecticut.
October 22, 1983: The Moody Blues perform at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ.
October 25, 1983: The Moody Blues perform at the Baltimore Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland.
November 25, 1983: The Moody Blues perform in Calgary, Alberta.
December 1, 1983: The Moody Blues perform in Los Angeles, California.
1984: The compilation album "Voices in the Sky: The Best of the Moody Blues" is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #91 in Canada and #132 on the Billboard 200 in the US, while failing to chart in the UK.
Late 1985: The Moody Blues go into Good Earth Studios in Soho, London, England, to record their sixteenth album, entitled "The Other Side of Life." The album marked a temporary transition from their signature symphonic sound to more of a synth-pop feel to their music.
April 9, 1986: "The Other Side of Life," featuring the songs "Your Wildest Dreams," "The Other Side of Life," "The Spirit," and "Slings and Arrows," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #24 on the UK Album Chart, #46 in Canada, and #9 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Your Wildest Dreams" peaked at #55 in Canada and #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, while failing to chart in the UK. "The Other Side of Life" peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, while failing to chart in Canada and the UK.
November 16, 1986: The Moody Blues perform at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado.
October 12, 1987: The Moody Blues go into Good Earth Studios in Soho, London, England, to record what will be their eighteenth album, entitled "Sur la Mer."
October 26, 1987: The compilation album "Prelude," which features all of the Moody Blues' rarities and non-album singles, is released to commercial failure.
May 23, 1988: The Single "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" is released to critical and commercial success, becoming their biggest hit of the 1980's. The single peaked at #52 on the UK Singles Chart, #15 in Canada, and #30 on the Billboard 200 in the US.
June 6, 1988: "Sur la Mer," featuring the aforementioned single and the songs "River of Endless Love," "No More Lies," and "Love is on the Run," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #21 on the UK Albums Chart, #35 in Canada, and #38 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "No More Lies" peaked at #15 on the Adult Contemporary charts in the US.
November 10, 1988: The Moody Blues perform at the Lee County Arena in Fort Myers, Florida.
November 21, 1989: The compilation album "Greatest Hits" is released to commercial success. The album peaked at #71 on the UK Albums Chart, and #113 on the Billboard 200 in the US.
1990: The Moody Blues go to record their twentieth album, entitled "Keys of the Kingdom." This album incorporates usage of the drum machine on just north of half the tracks on the album. Keyboardist Patrick Moraz has a falling out with, and departs from, the Moody Blues during these recording sessions. The Moody Blues never again hired a full-time Keyboardist, and instead utilize session musicians.
June 25, 1991: "Keys of the Kingdom," featuring the songs "Say it With Love," "Bless the Wings(That Bring You Back),"Is This Heaven?," "Lean on Me(Tonight)," "Shadows on the Wall," and "Celtic Sonat," is released in the US and Canada to commercial success, but critical failure. The album peaked at #29 in Canada and #94 on the Billboard 200 in the US. "Say it With Love" peaked at #36 in Canada and #22 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks charts in the US. "Bless the Wings(That Bring You Back)" failed to chart.
July 1, 1991: "Keys of the Kingdom" is released to commercial succes, but critical failure, in the UK. The Album peaked at #54 on the UK Album Charts. "Say it With Love" and "Bless the Wings(That Bring You Back)" miss the charts entirely.
October 16, 1991: The Moody Blues perform at the Stadthalle Offenbach in Offenbach am Main, Germany.
December 15, 1991: The Moody Blues perform at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville, Florida.
September 9, 1992: The Moody Blues perform at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. Performances from this show were featured on the "A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra" album and DVD.
March 9, 1993: "A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra" is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #93 on the Billboard 200 in the US.
March 16, 1993: "A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra" is released as a DVD to critical and commercial success. The DVD was certified Gold in the US.
October 9, 1993: The Moody Blues perform at the Target Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
December 17, 1993: The Moody Blues perform at the Wembley Arena in Wembley, London, England.
September 27, 1994: The box-set compilation "Time Traveller" is released to critical success, but commercial failure. It failed to chart, but it was certified Gold in the US.
October 1-2, 1994: The Moody Blues perform at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California.
September 23, 1996: The compilation album "The Very Best of the Moody Blues" is released to regional critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #13 on the UK Albums Chart.
1997: The Moody Blues go into Studio Mulinetti in Recco, Italy, to record what will be their twenty-fifth album, entitled "Strange Times." The album features the Moody Blues going back to their Orchestral/Symphonic roots. This is the last studio release to feature Ray Thomas.
January 28, 1997: "The Very Best of the Moody Blues" is re-released as "The Best of the Moody Blues." It is one of their most prevalent compilation albums.
October 20: 1998: The compilation album "Anthology" is released to commercial failure.
August 17, 1999: "Strange Times," featuring the songs "English Sunset," "Love Don't Come Easy," "All That is Real," "Strange Times," and "Forever Now," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #19 on the UK Albums Charts and #93 on the Billboard 200 in the US, while failing to chart in Canada. "English Sunset" missed the charts entirely.
November 6, 1999: The Moody Blues perform at the Beacon Theater in New York City, New York.
December 27, 1999: The compilation album "Classic Moody Blues: The Universal Masters Collection" is released to commercial failure.
March 7, 2000: The compilation album "The Best of the Moody Blues: 20th Century Masters-The Millennium Collection" is released to commercial failure. In spite of this, it is one of their most prevalent compilation albums.
May 1, 2000: The Moody Blues perform at the Royal Albert Hall in South Kensington, London, England. Performances from this show were featured on the "Hall of Fame" album.
August 8, 2000: The aforementioned "Hall of Fame" is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #185 on the Billboard 200.
November 14, 2000: "Hall of Fame" is released as a DVD to critical and commercial success. The DVD was certified Platinum in Australia.
2001: The Moody Blues perform for the soundtrack to the IMAX film "Journey Into Amazing Caves."
2002: The Moody Blues go into Studio Mulinetti in Recco, Italy, to record what will be their thirtieth album, the concept album "December." The concept of this album is Christmastime.
Late 2002: Ray Thomas departs from the Moody Blues.
2003: The compilation album "Ballads" is released to commercial failure.
January 14, 2003: The compilation album "Say it With Love" is released to commercial failure.
October 28, 2003: "December," featuring the songs "December Snow," "In the Quiet of Christmas Morning (Bach 147)," "Happy X-Mas(War is Over)," "The Spirit of Christmas," "White Christmas," and "In the Bleak Mid-Winter," is released to worldwide commercial failure. "December Snow" also fails to chart.
May 15, 2004: Former Moody Blues Bassist Clint Warwick dies, aged 63, from Liver disease.
March 1, 2005: The compilation album "Gold" is released to commercial failure. In spite of this, it is one of their most prevalent compilation albums.
June 11, 2005: The Moody Blues perform at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. Performances from this show were featured on the "Lovely to See You: Live" album.
October 26, 2005: The Moody Blues perform in Waukegan, Illinois.
October 29, 2005: The Moody Blues perform at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
November 1, 2005: The Moody Blues perform at the Civic Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
November 15, 2005: The aforementioned "Lovely to See You: Live" is released to commercial failure.
March, 2006: "Days of Future Passed," "In Search of the Lost Chord," "On the Threshold of a Dream," "To Our Children's Children's Children," and "A Question of Balance" are remastered and re-released with bonus tracks.
August 29, 2006: The compilation album "An Introduction to the Moody Blues," chronicling their early days with Denny Laine and Clint Warwick, is released to commercial failure.
September 29, 2006: The Moody Blues perform at Colston Hall in Bristol, England.
October 3, 2006: The Moody Blues perform at Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, Scotland.
October 19, 2006: The Moody Blues perform at Amsterdam's Heinekin Music Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
February 27, 2007: The compilation album "Collected" is released to commercial failure.
March 26, 2007: The live album "Live at the BBC: 1967-1970" is released in the UK to commercial failure.
May 3, 2007: The live album "Live at the BBC: 1967-1970" is released in the US to commercial failure.
April 29, 2008: The compilation album "Playlist Plus" is released to commercial failure.
July 6, 2008: The aforementioned "Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970" is released in album and DVD format to critical success, but commercial failure. In spite of this, it is the most prevalent live DVD of the Moody Blues'.
October 20, 2008: The Moody Blues perform at the Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway.
Late 2008: "Octave," "Long Distance Voyager," and "The Present" are remastered and re-released with bonus tracks.
January 4, 2010: Former Moody Blues Producer and "sixth moody" Tony Clarke dies, aged 68.
October 13, 2010: The Moody Blues perform on the late night TV show "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

The music of the Moody Blues is a reminder of happier times for me. This is my tribute to the Moody Blues:



And here's some matters of personal opinion, here. Someone needs to sit down and write a book on the Moody Blues. There's already one out there("The Moody Blues Companion"), but it is not reviewed well(lifetime rating of 2.5 stars). A book would be of real value to Moodies fans. "Question" is my favorite song by them.

And here's an example of fabulous video-making:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Life in the Fast Lane: A History of the Eagles


"Hotel California," the Eagles' fifth, and most well known, album, was released 35 years ago today, December 8, 1976. This is a history of the band behind this album, the Eagles.

Spring 1971: Session musicians Glenn Frey(vocals, guitar) and Don Henley(vocals, drums) are employed by Linda Ronstadt as part of her backing band.
Summer 1971: Randy Meisner(vocals, bass guitar) and Bernie Leadon(vocals, guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro) join up with Frey and Henley as Ronstadt's backing group.
July, 1971: The original Eagles, with Linda Ronstadt, perform at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.
September, 1971: The Eagles, with Ronstadt's approval, split off and became their own band.
February, 1972: The Eagles go into Olympic Studios in London, England, to record their self-titled debut album.
June 17, 1972: "Eagles," featuring the songs "Take it Easy," "Witchy Woman," "Chug All Night," and "Peaceful Easy Feeling," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #22 on the Billboard 200, and the singles "Take it Easy," "Witchy Woman," and "Peaceful Easy Feeling" peaked at #12, #9, and #22 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.
Early 1973: The Eagles go into Island Studios in London, England, to record their second album, entitled "Desperado," a concept album based on Old West Outlaws.
April 17, 1973: "Desperado," featuring the songs "Doolin-Dalton," "Out of Control," "Tequila Sunrise," "Desperado," and "Outlaw Man," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #41 on the Billboard 200, and the singles "Tequila Sunrise" and "Outlaw Man" peaked at #61 and #59 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. While never released as a single, the song "Desperado" would later become a big hit for the Eagles.
Late 1973: The Eagles go into Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, CA, to record their third album, entitled "On the Border."
March 22, 1974: "On the Border," featuring the songs "Already Gone," "On the Border," "James Dean," "Ol' 55,'' "Good Day in Hell,'' and ''Best of My Love,'' is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200, and the singles "Already Gone," "James Dean," and Best of My Love" peaked at #32, #77, and #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively.
April 6, 1974: The Eagles perform alongside Black Oak Arkansas, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Earth Wind & Fire, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Rare Earth, and Seals & Crofts at the California Jam Festival in Ontario, CA. The festival attracted over 200,000 fans.
Late 1974-Early 1975: The Eagles go to record their fourth album, entitled "One of These Nights," at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, and Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
June 10, 1975: "One of These Nights," featuring the songs "One of These Nights," "Journey to the Sorcerer," "Lyin' Eyes," "Take it to the Limit," "After the Thrill is Gone," and "I Wish You Peace(co-written by Bernie Leadon's then-girlfriend Patti Davis, daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan)," is released to much critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200, and the songs "One of These Nights," "Lyin' Eyes," and "Take it to the Limit'' peaked at #1, #2, and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. "After the Thrill is Gone" became a live staple. Shortly thereafter, Bernie Leadon, disillusioned with the path the Eagles' music was taking, left the Eagles. During his resignation speech, Leadon famously poured a beer over Glenn Frey's head. Leadon was replaced by James Gang and Barnstorm guitarist Joe Walsh, thus completing the Eagles' transition from Country-based music to Hard Rock.
February 17, 1976: The compilation album "Their Greatest Hits(1971-1975)" is released to critical and commercial success. The album is one of the best-selling albums of all time. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200.
March-October, 1976: The Eagles go to record their sixth album, entitled "Hotel California,"at Criteria Studios in Miami, FL, and Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
October 20-22, 1976: The Eagles perform a string of shows at the Forum in Los Angeles, CA. Performances from these shows were featured on "Eagles Live."
December 8, 1976: "Hotel California," featuring the songs "Hotel California," "New Kid in Town," "Life in the Fast Lane," "Victim of Love," "Pretty Maids All in a Row," and "The Last Resort," is released to much critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200, and the singles "New Kid in Town," "Hotel California," and "Life in the Fast Lane" peaked at #1, #1, and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. This is the last Eagles album to feature Randy Meisner on Bass Guitar.
September, 1977: Randy Meisner, citing exhaustion and family concerns, leaves the Eagles. He was replaced by Timothy Schmit, the same person who replaced him in Poco.
March, 1978-September, 1979: The Eagles go to record their seventh album, entitled "The Long Run," at Bayshore Recording Studios in Coconut Grove, FL, and One Step Up Recording Studio, Love 'n' Comfort Recording Studio, Britannia Recording Studio, and Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
November 27, 1978: The Eagles release "Please Come Home For Christmas/Funky New Year" as a holiday single. It peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, and featured the first contribution from then-new member Timothy Schmit.
September 24, 1979: "The Long Run," featuring the songs "The Long Run," "I Can't Tell You Why," "In the City," "Heartache Tonight," "Those Shoes," "The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks," and "The Sad Cafe," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200, and the singles "Heartache Tonight," "The Long Run," and "I Can't Tell You Why" peaked at #1, #8, and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. This is their last release before their breakup.
July 27-29, 1980: The Eagles perform a string of shows at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA. Performances from these shows were featured on "Eagles Live."
July 31, 1980: The Eagles perform their final concert at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, CA. Tensions boil over, with Don Felder and Glenn Frey hurling insults at each other, resulting in the group's unofficially disbanding that evening. The performance of "Life in the Fast Lane" is featured on "Eagles Live."
November 7, 1980: "Eagles Live" is released to commercial success, but lukewarm reviews. The album peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200, and its sole single, "Seven Bridges Road," peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album is considered one of the most heavily overdubbed in history.
November 13, 1982: The compilation album "Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2" is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #52 on the Billboard 200.
1985: The compilation album "The Best of the Eagles" is released. The album failed to chart in the US, but peaked at #26, #1, and #8 in Australia, New Zeland, and England, respectively.
1988: The compilation album "The Legend of Eagles" is released. The album failed to chart in the US, but peaked at #5 on the Dutch Top 40.
1994: The Eagles reunite and kick off a worldwide tour, entitled "Hell Freezes Over."
July 11, 1994: The compilation album "The Very Best of the Eagles" is released. The album failed to chart in the US, but peaked at #2, #3, #4, #4, #7, #9, #9, and #28 in/on Australia, New Zeland, England, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the Dutch Top 40, and Canada, respectively.
November 8, 1994: The part live, part studio album "Hell Freezes Over," named for the tour, is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200, and the studio singles "Get Over It," "Learn to Be Still," "The Girl From Yesterday," and "Love Will Keep us Alive" peaked at #31, #1, #58, and #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Contemporary("Love Will Keep us Alive" and "Learn to Be Still"), and US Country charts, respectively.
1998: The Eagles are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
December 31, 1999: The Eagles perform at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. This marks the last time Don Felder appeared on-stage with the other Eagles.
November 14, 2000: The compilation box-set "Selected Works: 1972-1999" is released. The set peaked at #109 on the Billboard 200. This is the last Eagles release released during Don Felder's tenure with the Eagles. Felder became infuriated when he saw that the proceeds were not being divided equally between the 5 band members, and which were, to a larger extent, going to Frey and Henley.
2001: The Eagles start work on their fourteenth album, entitled "Long Road Out of Eden."
February 6, 2001: Don Felder is fired from the Eagles. Felder immediately sued for breach of contract.
July 15, 2003: The 9/11 themed single "Hole in the World" is released. The single peaked at #69 on the Billboard Hot 100.
October 21, 2003: The compilation album "The Very Best of Eagles" is released. The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200.
March 15, 2005: The compilation box-set "Eagles" is released. The set contains their first 6 albums, the singles "Please Come Home For Christmas" and "Funky New Year," and "Eagles Live." The set failed to chart, and is very hard to find.
July 14, 2005: The Eagles' live DVD "Farewell 1 Tour-Live From Melbourne" is released. The DVD is certified 30X platinum in the US.
May 8, 2007: Don Felder's lawsuits against the Eagles and the Eagles' counter-suits are dismissed in the Los Angeles County Court.
October 30, 2007: "Long Road Out of Eden," featuring the songs "How Long," "No More Walks in the Wood," "No More Cloudy Days," "I Dreamed There Was No War," "Long Road Out of Eden," "Last Good Time in Town," "Center of the Universe," "It's Your World Now," "Busy Being Fabulous," "What Do I Do With My Heart?," and "I Don't Want To Hear Anymore," is released to critical and commercial success. The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200, and the singles "How Long," "Busy Being Fabulous," "What Do I Do With My Heart?," and "I Don't Want to Hear Any More" peaked at #101 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #12, #13, and #23 on the Adult Contemporary charts, respectively.
November 7, 2007: The Eagles perform "How Long" at the Country Music Association Awards.
2008: The Eagles receive a Grammy award for "How Long."
March 20, 2008: The Eagles kick off their tour promoting "Long Road Out of Eden" at the O2 Arena in London, England.
May 9, 2009: The Eagles' "Long Road Out of Eden" tour ends at the Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, UT, marking the first time a major rock act performed at the stadium.
July 22, 2009: The Eagles perform in Lisbon, Portugal.
April 16, 2010: The Eagles open their tour with the Dixie Chicks at the Hollywood Bowl.
July 1, 2011: The Eagles perform as the headline act at the Hop Farm Festival in East Peckham, Kent, England.

I consider the Eagles one of the best bands in the business. This is my tribute to them:

Monday, December 5, 2011

America the Thin-Skinned Whinybaby, Part 2

From CBS Boston:

BOSTON (CBS) – A 7-year-old boy accused of sexual harassment for kicking another student in the groin will be transferred to a new school in the city of Boston.

The first grader’s mother, Tasha Lynch, met with Tynan Elementary School officials for a disciplinary hearing on Monday. She had said her son, Mark Curran, was defending himself when he kicked an alleged bully in the crotch.

Lynch told WBZ-TV Monday that her two children will be transferred to a new school in the city. Lynch said she will keep her kids out of school until the transfer process, which can take up to 48 hours, is complete.

Lynch also told WBZ-TV that both of her sons are happy with the change.

No charges will be filed in the incident.

The school declined commenting on the hearing, calling it a “specific student disciplinary matter.”

Why aren't they transferring the bully? Come on, people! Where's the justice? This is what happens when government gets into Education. We all become thin-skinned whinybabies.