July 20, 2014

7 OF PENTACLES: THE SEEDS OF SUCCESS ARE PLANTED


The Seven of Pentacles portrays a young man taking a rest from the difficult work of harvesting his abundant crop. He has been labouring long and hard in his garden. The foliage is full and the blossoms are out. It seems that his work has paid off. He gazes meditatively at the pentacles hanging from the rich greenery of the thicket in which he works and seems to be contemplating the value of his efforts. He is finally taking a break to admire his handiwork and the benefits of his labour.

Seven of Pentacles
The Seven of Pentacles card suggests that my power today lies in timing. I have earned the payoff or rest or am aware that I can be more productive by taking a time-out. I don't interfere with the natural progression and development of things that out of my hands at the moment, but I know it is about time for a change. 'Give me a minute and it'll come to me.' I am empowered by preparation and my asset is using time wisely.

ACTIONS
assessing
evaluating the status
reflecting on progress to date
reviewing what's been done
pausing to check results
making sure you're on course
finding out where you stand
taking stock
reaping a reward
finally seeing some results
enjoying the first fruits
getting returns on investments
receiving payoffs
being able to let up a bit
reaching a milestone
considering a direction change
weighing a different approach
pondering alternatives
thinking about change
opening to a new strategy
questioning your choices
standing at a crossroads

NEW RELEASE: SUPER SESSION: BLOOMFIELD-KOOPER-STILLS

 

Audio Fidelity To Release 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid SACD of Mike Bloomfield - Al Kooper - Steve Stills 'Super Session' Album Mixed By Legendary Al Kooper!

"...one of those albums that seems to get better with age...a super session indeed!"

Camarillo, CA – Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing a limited numbered edition 5.1 Multichannel Hybrid SACD of the legendary Mike Bloomfield - Al Kooper - Steve Stills 'Super Session' album! Al Kooper was an A&R executive with Columbia Records in the early 1960's after leaving the group Blood, Sweat & Tears.

The Super Session album was conceived as a jam session with Kooper on keyboards and former Paul Butterfield Blues Band member Mike Bloomfield on lead guitar along with veteran studio musician and Wrecking Crew member "Fast" Eddie Hoh on drums and Barry Goldberg, also on keyboards. Bloomfield was available during the first day of recording for Side 1 of the LP (tracks 1-5).

 
For the second day of recording, Kooper brought in former Buffalo Springfield guitarist Steven Stills to perform on the music that became Side 2 of the LP (tracks 6-9). Recorded on a shoestring budget over a 2-day period in Los Angeles, Super Session went on to become a rock classic and earned the trio a gold record for sales of over one million copies.

"I always wanted to mix this in 5.1. I finished it in 2006, and it's been sitting there until Audio Fidelity released it from captivity. It's the first album I ever mixed in 5.1 I hope everyone enjoys it. Surround Sound allows the listener to get up close to each musician and hear details you can't hear in stereo. Hope ya like details - I DO!" - Al Kooper

The package includes new liner notes written by Al Kooper that tells the story of the Super Session album and the new 5.1 Multichannel mix. The 5.1 mix by Al Kooper with mastering by Bob Ludwig was never released and yet it has acquired some fame from industry insiders familiar with the Multichannel mix with comments like "excellent" and "it deserves to be heard." The new mastering of the Stereo layer of tracks for new SACD Stereo and CD Stereo audio are by mastering engineer Steve Hoffman.

"...some truly spectacular, not to mention, historical rock'n'roll moments."

Tracks:
1. Albert's Shuffle
2. Stop
3. Man's Temptation
4. His Holy Modal Majesty
5. Really
6. It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry
7. Season of the Witch
8. You Don't Love Me
9. Harvey's Tune

Produced by Al Kooper
Stereo CD and SACD mastering: Steve Hoffman at Stephen Marsh Mastering
Multichannel SACD 5.1 mix: Al Kooper at The Magic Shop, NYC
Multichannel SACD 5.1 mastering: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios

For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/bloomfield-kooper-stillssuper-session
Al Kooper official website: http://alkooper.com/

MOVIE LEGEND JAMES GARNER DIED AT 86

James Garner April 7, 1928 - July 19, 2014

One of my very favorite actors, James Garner, a master of light comedy who shot to fame in the 1950s as 'Maverick' and later won an Emmy as an unconventional L.A. private eye on 'The Rockford Files,' has died at 86 in L.A. One of the most popular guys in Hollywood, he was second to Jimmy Stewart in his all American, honest and friendly image. He had a good long run and we thank him for all the many years of great films and tv shows...



PEOPLE: Born James Scott Bumgarner in Norman, Okla., the future star had a childhood that played like a modern day Oliver Twist. He was only 5 when his mother died, and he and his two brothers were farmed out to various relatives.

Three years later the family was reunited when their father, Weldon (who subsequently married four times), introduced them to their first stepmother, a mean-spirited woman who regularly beat them.


"Mostly me," Garner told PEOPLE in 1985 – the same year he received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for Murphy's Romance, with Sally Field.

"My dad worked hard as an upholsterer and carpet layer," said Garner, "but he was a rake and he drank a lot. He'd come home bombed and make us sing to him or get a whipping."

From that experience, Garner developed a lifelong sympathy for the underdog. "I cannot stand to see little people picked on by big people," he said. "If a director starts abusing people, I'll just jump in."


At 14, he left home and did odd jobs. Two years later he lied about his age and joined the merchant marine, but left in less than a year.

Drifting to L.A., Garner attended Hollywood High, where he developed into a football hero – only to prove shy off the field.

"All the girls liked him," said a childhood friend, "but Jim hardly dated."

 Gigi, James and Lois Garner

On a happier note, in 1956 he met aspiring actress Lois Clarke at a Democratic rally, and, he said, "She just knocked me out." Two weeks later they were married.

Already the mother of a daughter, Kim, by a former marriage, Lois had another daughter with Garner, Gigi. All three survive.

July 19, 2014

FABULOUSLY RETRO: LONDON'S SI CRANSTOUN SIGNS WITH WARNERS!


After nearly 20 years of performing on the streets of London, Si Cranstoun was recently picked up by WARNER BROTHERS! Huge record deal for the very talented bloke! 

Si  has been performing with his big band across the UK as one of the top names on the underground vintage scene, headlining at Twinwood through to the Rivolli Rooms and Secret Gardens.

In 2013 he was invited to perform with Little Richard in Las Vegas and came to the attention of Warner Music and saw him signed by A’n’R President Conrad Whitey who was captivated by Si’s voice and music creativity.


Working with Ivor Novello award winners, being compared to legends like Jackie Wilson, named 'Britains Bublé', and a recent tour with the Overtones that saw him sell thousands of albums a night that venues had never seen before. 

Listen to Si's new single coming out in August

I really love Si's energetic style and of course his choice of tunes is perfect! I really enjoyed this video I found of Si performing Coupe De Ville! (LOVE)

Dates:
12/07/14 YEOVIL ROCK’N'ROLL JIVETIME
13/07/14 PRESTWOLD AMERICANA INTERNATIONAL SHOW
17/07/14 LONDON CITY OF LONDON FESTIVAL
18/07/14 LONDON THE CAT’S MEOW SPECIAL
25/07/14 HUNTINGDON, CAMBRIDGESHIRE SECRET GARDEN PARTY
01/08/14 PORTSMOUTHTHE SOUTHSEA SHOW
02/08/14 CANTERBURY LOUNGE ON THE FARM
23/08/14 VERSMOLDSTADTFESTIVAL
24/08/14 CLAPHAM, BEDFORDSHIRE TWINWOOD FESTIVAL
Please visit the website for all dates - http://www.sicranstoun.com/



KING OF CUPS: BALANCE AND TOLERANT


The King of Cups sits on his throne on a grey stone block, calmly in the midst of a turbulent sea and wears a necklace with a fish amulet. The fish is the symbol of spirit and creativity and represents the balance of the unconscious with the conscious. Behind him on his right, another fish jumps wildly from the tumultuous ocean, and, on his left, a ship sails steadily in the choppy ocean.

These images are a sign that the unconscious has been allowed to break through and has been recognised by the King, yet it remains within his power and does not overwhelm him. The King of Cups does not repress his emotions and unconscious impulses but has learned to accept and deal with them in a mature and balanced manner.


The King of Chalices card suggests that my power today lies in emotional availability. I inspire, protect and nurture with reliable compassion, respect, and affection. I am a master in the art and am secure enough in my role to connect to, express and pursue my hearts desire while defending the greater good of those who rely on me. I am empowered by consistency and patience while trust is my gift or Holy Grail.

 ACTIONS
Wise
gives good advice
has a deep grasp of human nature
teaches through loving attention
knows what others need for growth
sees right to the heart of the matter
understands many levels of experience
Calm
maintains his or her composure
has a quieting influence on others
is emotionally stable and secure
keeps his or her head in a crisis
never seems nervous or tense
Diplomatic
can balance the needs of many people
keeps everyone working together happily
can diffuse a tense situation
achieves goals through subtle influence
says just the right word at the right time
Caring
responds to emotional needs
is a natural healer and therapist
takes action to help those in need
feels compassion for the less fortunate
does volunteer and charity work
Tolerant
has open and broad-minded views
accepts the limitations of others
is comfortable with all types of people
allows others their freedom
is patient in trying circumstances

July 18, 2014

BRIAN BEGDORIAN HAS PASSED AWAY

Kimmer and Brian

Sadly our dear friend Brian Begdorian, died July 17 at 12:47 pm. He had a sudden heart attack which caught his wife, family, and legions of friends reeling with shock. Funeral arrangements are still pending....Rest in Music my friend...loved you so...


Brian and Kimmer

July 16, 2014

FIRST LOOK AT AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON!

Image Credit: © Marvel 2014

First look at Avengers 2 from the cover of Entertainment Weekly - Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Ultron and Ultron drones!

If you’re part of a group that has already saved the world nine times, eventually you can’t help but wonder: Isn’t it somebody else’s turn?

Unfortunately, that kind of thinking directly leads to the latest global threat in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Entertainment Weekly‘s Comic-Con 2014 preview gives you an exclusive First Look at the big, bad robot causing all the grief in next summer’s superhero team-up. FULL STORY HERE

**NEW** EARLY BEATLES DOCUMENTARY TO BE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD

 

The Early Beatles is an amazing story..we can't wait to see this film..what would be really great is to know the true story of the 5 guys who were the Beatles. Pete Best included with the Fab Four.


From the BBC

Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is to direct a documentary about the early years of the Beatles. The film, which is being made in co-operation with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, will focus on 1961 to 1966. It will follow the Fab Four's journey from Liverpool's Cavern Club to their last public concert in San Francisco. Howard called it an "astounding story" of "four young men who stormed the world in 1964".

Ron Howard will do a great job as the director and hopefully we will see new images and film clips. 


GIACOMO "BLACK JACK" TOCCO DEAD AT 87: LONGEST SERVING MOB BOSS


Jack William Tocco (1927 – July 14, 2014) died at home Monday July 14. Black Jack was a Sicilian-American businessman from Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, and alleged boss of the national organized crime organization known as The Detroit Partnership, based in Detroit, Michigan.

 
“He knew all the secrets and where the bodies were buried, including Hoffa’s,” said Dan Moldea, author of “The Hoffa Wars.” “Jack Tocco had to check off on this murder. It happened in his jurisdiction.”

 Jack and wife Toni Tocco

He is survived by his wife Toni; children, Vito (Kim), Dr. Angelo (Cheryl), Dr. Rosalie (Dr. Brian) Bradley, Jack (Teresa), Nino (Michele), Vinnie (Conrad) Klooster, Toni (Ralph) Dallier and the late Maria (Jon) Miller. Proud papa of 17 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.


Tocco and his wife Toni raised a large family in Grosse Pointe Park, spending the better part of their life together there. He attended the University of Detroit, where he earned a business degree, and he owned Melrose Linen Supply, Hazel Park Raceway and other enterprises, including extensive real estate holdings.

All the while, he presided over organized crime in the Detroit area, taking up the reins almost 40 years ago and following in the footsteps of his father, William "Black Bill" Tocco, who created the Detroit Mafia in the 1930s.

Courtesy of AP Images/Richard Sheinwald

Visitation is at the Sterling Heights chapel of Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home 13650 E. Fifteen Mile Road 2-9 p.m. Thursday. At 10 a.m. funeral will be held Friday at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church 1401 Whittier Road, Grosse Pointe Park. In lieu of flowers donations to St. Louis Center 16195 W Old US Highway 12, Chelsea, MI 48118.


Front row from Left to Right, unidentified child, Lena Tocco, Antonio Zerilli, Black Bill Tocco, Rosalia Zerilli, Rose Tocco-Zerilli 'mother of the bride,' Josephine Zerilli and another unidentified child.

Second row from Left to Right, Rose and Sam Serra, Joseph Tocco, Stephanie Tocco, Serafina Zerilli, Joe Zerilli and an unidentified young lady.

Third Row from Left to Right, Jack Tocco, Zina Morocco, Josephine and Massi Zito, Paul Moceri, Sam Tocco, Russell and Grace Cutino and Caesar Laura.


ABOUT THE DETROIT MAFIA

The Motor City is home to a small but tightly knit Mafia family that's still thriving. Gaspare Milazzo established the Detroit family in 1921. He was retired in a shower of bullets in a hostile takeover by a rival named Gaetano Gianolla in 1930. Gianolla remained in charge until 1944. Joe Vitale took over and had a twenty-year run as boss. He was followed by Joseph Zerilli and later by Jack Tocco.

Tocco often picketed city hall with the audacious charge that the persecution of the Mafia was based on anti-Italian prejudice. The hierarchy of the Detroit Mafia was ravaged by a series of indictments and convictions in the late 1990s. Despite the efforts of law enforcement, the family remains active..READ MORE ON RK

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