Sunday, July 10, 2005

England...where my heart lies...

God Bless England in the aftermath of recent terrorist attacks in London. Islamofascist terrorists are aimed ultimately at destroying all of western civilization, so I think we are likely to see a more resolute determination emerge from the English populace now in terms of their collective will to continue to fight tyranny while defending freedom at home and abroad in keeping with their history. The English are proud and tough people and they know there is no substitute for victory. For objective journalism and indepth insights regarding important issues, check out blog masters Hugh Hewitt and the braintrust at Powerline.

As regards our much less important personal concerns here at FRANKtalk blog, it would appear that LycosTripod has finally worked out their bugs and restored our guestbook which was completely inaccessible for three weeks. Three weeks which just happened to coincide with our recent official website launch promotional outreach inviting everyone to sign our guestbook....oh well, it didn't stop you all from sending warm personal e-mails and multiple orders for my CD's, so again, my sincere thanks for your kind reception and support.

On a much sadder note, I've just recently been made aware of the passing of a dear friend of mine from Nashville. Betty Swink worked at Combine Music during my time there as a songwriter. Betty was a terrific friend and a true supporter of mine and I will miss her greatly. She had been retired from Warner/Chappell Music in Nashville, TN. Betty Swink died in Knoxville, TN on May 23, 2005.

My youngest brother, Aaron, who lives and works in Hollywood, has just returned from a whirlwind trip around the continent. His last stop before heading home to LA was New York City. While there he visited the Dakota building and memorial tributes around Central Park commemorating the tragic death of John Lennon which occurred in 1980. In noting the recent 65th birthday of fellow former Beatle, Ringo Starr on July 7th, it registered that since it's been 25 years [!!] since John Lennon was killed at the age of 40 and since he and Ringo were both born in 1940, it would mean that Lennon's own 65th birthday will be this October 9th. Mere trivia perhaps, but life is fleeting.

Now, I promised more concert memories awhile back and I will fulfill on one here today...this one is again from was hot and humid and very "hazy" in Ypsilanti, Michigan when I took my seat at the small auditorium where I'd come to hear the great B.B. King and his main guitar squeeze, "Lucille" play the blues in the summer of 72. I don't know how I always managed to get great tickets for these shows, but I had the best seat in the house and I was diggin' it big time...this was a Blues show as could only be performed by true masters of the form. So, B.B. had it all goin' on with his great band and singers...and oh yes, he also had a very special guest artist join him on stage that night who had just gotten out of hospital and who showed up to sing wearing a huge sheepskin coat. Once he got rollin' however he finally got warmed up enough to shed the sheepskin...then he truly hit his groove...and what a great soulful blues singer he was too....a real legend in fact. His name...? ...oh yes, his name was Howlin' Wolf...! Talk about a wolf in sheeps clothing!

One last thing. The recent Live 8 heist was predictable and not in the least profound. Just an early summer distraction with more vacuous socialist sloganeering and a lot of empty headed rhetoric. But there were some music moments from the televised Canadian portion of the event that I happened to catch that were at least interesting to hear and observe. Deep Purple performing "Hush" for example was great. I never got to hear Deep Purple "live" in the past but I loved their sound and their songs and to hear Ian Gillan still singing so powerfully after all these years was simply fantastic. We used to play "Hush" in an old band...but the funniest moment for me was hearing Neil Young blurting out backstage in a post performance interview that he thought the event was called "Live Bait" because, after all, as he pointed out, this Canadian event portion was being staged in Barrie, Ontario. I laughed right out loud. I used to live near Barrie at one time after living for years just south of there along the 400 in the city of Toronto.

Enjoy your life. Pray for peace. Love your enemy. Never surrender. The spiritual war has been won. But the battles continue...fight hard.

We'll meet again soon!

Frank Trainor


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