Thursday, April 23, 2015

As promised, here are DETAILS! RE: the absolute !PARTY! we had at Melange on 2015-04-22!

...including TWO Birthday celebrants (one 40 and one 60)
plus the Glorious Return of our dear friend, bassist Wayne Munzy!
A more-or-less
regular at Melange named John celebrated his 40th B'day with us. Soul
Instigators band members and many other folks signed the Card that his lady brought around.
   Fine vocalist Bridget Taylor celebrated her 60th Birthday with us, singing lead and backup with a number of other performers. Bridget brought her British-born friend Adrian, who's indeed an outstanding performer, singing and playing guitar and bass
and generating a great energy level! ~ It was a joyous surprise for us all when
our dear friend and bassist Wayne Munzy walked in the door, as normally a
family commitment prevents Wayne from joining us on Wednesday evenings.
  It was a treat to be able to perform the Soul Ballad "A Love To Last A Lifetime
Long" which appears on both my CDs, thanks to Rob Ross providing his Fender
Jazz Bass for Wayne to play, and Rob found it very inspiring to see a real rock-
solid pro playing bass after hearing so much about him from myself and others.
  With the many and varied guests plus host Scar-Bro Pete and myself doing
covers and originals, the music went on 'non-stop' and except for a very brief break, I was on-stage for four hours "plus", yet was not tired, even at 'tear-down'
time and afterwards conversing with Bridget and Wayne -- it was all GREAT FUN!  Wednesday's TapinJam at Melange just keeps getting 'bigger and better'!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bassist Rob Ross: what Rob's Band Member Bio DOESN'T tell you

On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, Lee Van Leer invited Rob to join "a Lee Van Leer band" and MAYBE also "Lee Van Leer's Fab Grablins", the latter conditional upon
"mini-hearsals" taking place at Rob's or Lee's residences or at an Undisclosed Location in central Toronto, ON.*  ~~  Like the firefly who backed into an electric fan, we're !DELIGHTED!, hehe, that Rob accepted the offer!
*LVLFG was ALWAYS a well-rehearsed band, even under its previous name, "Van
Leer-the-band" which is why it sounded SO GOOD!

Friday, April 10, 2015

HTTP and HTML: Hardtop and Hate Mail!

The pic  (thank you, Carol Cain!) shows one of Lee Van Leer's two Roland JX3P synths. ~~ Though they're over 30 yers old, both are in Excellent condition and
are still classified as Serious Professional Gear!

Sid Stern, who had owned a TV rcvr. manufacturing co. ...

in his home town Windsor, ON back from, uh, 1952 (the TV sets were called "Venus") began to hang around Rochdale College in the '70s, maybe even LIVED there , I don't remember... well, he bought a (new?) gold-top Gibson Les Paul
Standard gtr. for us all to jam on at the 2nd Floor Lounge jam sessions that
happened 1 or more? nights per week. ~ now, there was this African-Canadian
Sheldon "Shelly" Miller,(a drummer) from Montreal, I guess, who began wearing
a sash or call-it-what-u-will, a headband, u could say, Which made him look kinda like Jimi Hendrix, but shorter, who after the gtr. had been around 'Rochtown, The Vertical Village', as I liked to call it, for about a month, STOLE it and vanished.
Everyone thought, "Shelly Miller is the biggest f-cking asshole we've seen this year!" ~ However, 3 weeks later, Shelly Miller RETURNED (from Mtl., apparently) with... A WHITE  FENDER STRATOCASTER, new-looking, and
handed it to Sid Stern, so that he, Shelly, could strap it on @ the jams,
and look "very Hendrix" with his headband and all. It seemed that drummer
Shelly could play SOME guitar, rhythm and some simple leads, so WAO, WHAT A TALE, HEY? ~ When I lived in Rochdale with
my Rochester, N.Y.-born lady Sandie Bishop in the "14th-floor commune"
then later by myself on the 4th flr., rent discounted or FREE, I 4get which,
I owned a biz there which I called "CJ's Videoland" (I was known as "CJ"
back then until June '84 when I 4ever DIVORCED MYSELF from the
nickname and became "Lee" John Feeny. ~ In CJ's Videoland I sold used
TV sets for $30 - $40 each. They cost me $7 ea.! ~ I bought them from out of the bsmt. of Len Weinberg's TV and stereo store on Dundas St. W. near Keele St. ~
I had 2 techs who worked waay affordably on a piecework basis if the sets needed fixing. FACT: most problems w/ old tube-type TV sets were usually just
a matter of replacing a tube or tubes.  I knew a guy w/ a electronic repair shop who had a "tube tester" machine, who sold me used tubes for a buck apiece.
Ah, those were the days, my friend! ~ Now a funny story about Len Weinberg
and I.  I wasn't supposed to test the basement TV's, just "take my chances", BUT
I always arrived @ Len's with a 9-ft. extension cord wrapped around my waist
under my sweatshirt, and a 'thang' that could screw into any light bulb socket
that one could plug any 2-prong plug into. In Len's bsmt. there were 2 basic light
fixtures hanging from the ceiling -- I'd remove the lt. bulb from one, screw my
'thang' into it, plug in my xtn. cord and if a TV set showed a "raster" (which
means that the screen lights up), I would buy it! SO, I was never caught w/ a set
that had a burned-out picture tube. Yay, CJ! ~ By the way, Sandie Bishop Ashley
and I are still great friends as is her longtime husband Ross Ashley. Some day
I'll invite the Ashleys to a TapinJam night @ Melange, and they WILL come
if its the 1st 5-6 days of a month. ~ Footnote: Sandie's the only T.O.-based
friend of mine who's on good terms with, and socializes with, my lady from
Thornhill ON, Sherri Rhodes. ~ Sandie's 5'2" as is my 1st wife Donna, mother
of my daughter Debbie (Donna and I are still great friends, too!). After Sandie, I made myself a RULE: I will not date any woman under 5'6" . My 2nd wife Patti,
(may she RIP) was 5'7" and DEAR Sherri is 5'9". ~~  Next topic: IF ONLY
back in '84 I knew of performers who used their middle name as a 'stage'
surname, like Vince Neil or Robert John, I NEVER would have adopted
Van Leer as a stage surname! I would have been "Lee John" --
Rock on, Lee John! A month ago I thought of a name: Johnny Joy.
If I'd have thought of THAT one in '84, the nom d'etage of Lee John Feeny
MIGHT have been !JOHNNY JOY! ~ 
Tall-ish, aren't we?

 TTFN, y'all!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A paean to Ms. Isabel Stark (Blue Rodeo fans, PLEASE smile!

Strange n beautiful 'Izzy' Stark tonight
Hottest-looking in our class.
Brains n beauty; !perfect! breasts, ALRIGHT!
(with) an oh, so sweetly rounded ass.

All that I'd ne-e-eed...
  ~~~~~~~~~~    Happy Easter. Pleasant April.