Live or Studio?

Generally speaking, I prefer studio-recorded music to live performances. Sorry, but there’s a lot of talent that just isn’t worth a damn at performing live.

There are exceptions to this and furthermore there are performers that are actually better live.

I thought of this on my way home from work. Cheap Trick’s Aint that a shame came on the radio. The live at Budokan version.

Here ….

This one is actually so good live that I can’t find a youtube version of the studio recording. Google around and maybe you’ll find it.

Again …

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Now this got me remembering another artist that was so much better live than in the studio. A more modern and completely different genre …

Roger Creager.

Compare.

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And like Cheap Trick, this is not a fluke.

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And … well, I’m going to just throw these in too cause this dude rocks.

And finally, the love song …

As a side note … The Everclear Song. And really most of the others, but obviously this one. The way the crowd is singing along every word. It really has to be a kick for an artist to do a show where the crowd knows your songs as well as you do.

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Capital in the Capitol

Last month, I took a trip out to Washington, D.C. It was fun though brief, but at least I got to see some of the area. I must admit some of the stuff threw me for a loop. Instead of high school football practice, I saw lacrosse practice. Instead of enforced zoning, I saw a mix of commercial and residential. The iced tea was unsweetened.

UNSWEETENED!!!!

Anyway, I did notice something that struck me as a bit odd.

DC-LICENSE-PLATE

You read that right: taxation without representation. Now, some of us who are A) aware of how History works, and 2) refuse to revise it understand why Washington, D.C. operates differently than the rest of the country. Firstly, DC is a federal district under the control of Congress, not a state. Secondly, representation is limited to a voice delegate in the House, but none in the Senate (for obvious reasons). Thirdly, though part of the land was ceded back to Virginia in 1847, the rest of it has not been ceded to Maryland. DC has a duly elected mayor and council, however. There have been many attempts to rectify the representation issue, but all have stagnated or met with little success. One of the more successful was the compromise on the 23rd Amendment that allowed for three electoral votes in presidential elections. After all the failed proposals and bills and petitions, it boils down to the fact that it is NOT a state and can’t be treated as such.

It has been argued that the best way to remedy the situation is to cede back to Maryland through retrocession. That way, residents would enjoy representation and all that that implies. Of course, the rumor goes that Maryland does NOT want the land ceded back, because with it come the headaches of representation. Most “experts” agree the only solution is through a Constitutional amendment, since the 23rd Amendment exists to give some representation and would have to be superseded. Another option is to make DC a state in itself, but that would violate the District Clause. In short, part of DC would have to remain a Federal District, and no one knows where to draw that line.

Frankly, I think the whole situation is not just bizarre, but also myopic. For one thing, though the residents of DC pay federal taxes, those taxes go to the city itself, to include maintenance of the national parks (which include the monuments and memorials), roads, public transit, etc., since it is a federal district and not a state that can generate its own revenue. For another, they do choose their city representation and can decide on city issues. And the biggest issue? Voting is not a right. It is a privilege. If you wish to exercise the privilege, move out of DC. No one is forcing you to live there. With all the public transportation around the area, commuting is not an issue. Well, unless Metro is on fire or there’s a shooting. But that is rare…ish. Vice President Biden had no issues taking the Metro into DC when he was a Senator. If you choose to live in DC, you must be willing to compromise and deal with the perks and the drawbacks of a federal district.

This isn’t Burger King™, and you can’t have it your way without a Constitutional amendment.

Girlie Drink of the Week

Yes, a girlie drink, because after the month I had I needed it.

Twitter friend @hboulware provided the hat tip, inspiration, photo…pretty much everything.

corpse reviver cocktail

Corpse Reviver

  • 1 part gin
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • 1 part Cointreau
  • 1 part Lillet
  • dash of absinthe (fake stuff is fine)

Pour all ingredients into an ice-filler shaker, mixing well. Strain into a cocktail glass of choice. Now sit back, and let it revive you 😉

Drink of the Week

Sorry I have been so remiss in writing. March completely took over and decided to make my life its own. But rejoice, for Lent is over and I can go back to posting completely inappropriate things around here.

Today’s offering is a drink that hails from Kansas City, Missouri. It was named in honor of Boss Tom Pendergast, who controlled the Democratic Party, circumvented Prohibition, and was partly responsible for Harry S. Truman’s rise in politics.

That’s right: he kept Kansas City flowing in booze and there was nothing the feds could do about it.

pendergast cocktail

Pendergast

  • 1½ oz. bourbon
  • ¾ oz. sweet vermouth
  • ½ oz. Benedictine
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • lemon twist, for garnishing

Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice, and gently swirl until mixed. Strain into a chilled old fashioned glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Then sip and be thankful Prohibition was repealed long before you were born 😉