Shut up already! Thirty years ago today, Prince unleashed the funkiest, most amazing artistic statement of his career: the double album Sign 'O' The Times. Music does not get better than this. I still get chills spinning this. I remember buying Sign after school the day it came out and racing home to play it undisturbed in one sitting. Mesmerized. It contains Prince's utterly genius "Housequake" and "If I Was Your Girlfriend" and so much more. Go dig it.
Hey Soul Mates, just in from the Big Monday at the Joint. It was a good night for music. Blondie Chaplin was in great form on "Change Is Gonna Come." Keith Allison (of Paul Revere and the Raiders) did a nice take on "Parachute Woman." I also got a chance to chat with Richard Bosworth, our producer about our project and some other things he is working on. I also fliered the place. Hopefully a few of the folks will deem it worth their while to check us out next Friday. The sad news I got from Kim (one of the Big Monday regulars) was that Jeff Sessler, the quasi-manager of the Big Monday crew, passed away on the 22nd. Jeff was a scruffy, roly-poly guy with a great smile. He had been a roadie for the Stones and wrangled the band that made up Waddy's group. I had seen Jeff on the 20th at the Mint for Blondie's set. 2 days later... gone. Which made me a bit sad. Jeff was always welcoming and appreciative of my attendance at Big Monday. He constantly wanted to