Mar 032019

Those that know me well know I love to listen to music. Always have, always will.

Most music today is unlistenable to me but then I feel lucky to have grown up with some of the best music ever written and played. I base what I like around what is known as ‘Progressive Rock’. And 3 albums that helped launch this sound are what I still consider some of the best ever made. I call them the power trio.

The year 1969 and Led Zeppelin released their first album. My brother Dan bought it and found he didn’t like it. He then traded it to me for a couple of Sir Beef sandwiches (typical Dan). This would the first of many albums I collected over the years. I played this on my sister Debby’s hand me down tabletop record player. Bluesy rock with heavy loud guitar and I was hooked even with a mono speaker. Led Zeppelin launched a whole new version of music that annoyed many a parent in that day.

In 1973 a band with a weird name came out with one of the most unique albums up to that point that some say launched ‘Progressive Rock’ into the mainstream. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon was one of the coolest things I’d ever heard and once again I was hooked. This time the product I purchased was the album upgrade known as the 8 Track Tape. This was hooked to my fathers ‘hand me down’ vacuum tube Heathkit amp. All the bells ringing on ‘Time’ cranked up on that old amp I’m sure always irritated the neighbors. But nothing is a better ‘headtrip’ than a pair of headphones and listening to DSM from beginning to end.

In the summer of 1976 I rode my 10 speed up to the mall and purchased an album (8 tracks were out by then) by a band I’d only heard a little bit. The album cover looked cool and I went home and put the album on my dad’s system, slipped on the headphones and well, once again was hooked. It’s amazing how a 3 piece band can put out such unique sound and jam like they do. My dad walked in about the 3rd time I flipped the album and I slipped off the headphones. He said “Your going to go deaf!” I nodded and slipped the headphones back on. (and yes, I’m a little deaf these days).

Feb 212017

“The Storm Inside Me”

My brother Dan was into photography in the early ’70’s. I was his easy model so we often did shots like this one. I cleaned it up a bit and added a ‘dry brush’ effect in Photoshop elements. Turned out pretty good for old a photo found in a box.

Feb 212017

Back in the day I carried my high school ID like any nerd would. Gave myself the first number too….

The always fabulous Senior picture for the Yearbook

5 year reunion I think… (find me if you can)

20 year reunion (find be me if you can)

Senior yearbook cover (I didn’t have anything to do with this one)

I seemed to have kept several of these ‘Booster Tags’ for some reason (never went to games)

5 year (from above)

On the way there, wasn’t that a cool outfit???

The complete suit, before I made it cool (sans tie and jacket)

20 year (still no beard)

For those following along at home, a more recent portrait (2014)

Jan 282017

Class Photo

Where Am I?

Yearbook Cover

So I was recruited by the school art teacher to do the yearbook cover. And there’s a bit of a story behind all of it:

I really wasn’t that comfortable with the task at hand and let’s say, wasn’t to inspired on the design part. But Mr Wilson, the art teacher encouraged me to continue and thus the rather lame cougar sitting on the block letters CAZE. I don’t take credit for the ‘Remember Me in ’73’ thing.

Unlike today publishing back then was mostly done on mimeograph for small runs like our yearbook. The problem is I did everything on the cover by hand and had to trace my work onto the stencil with an ink pen while not pressing on it or it would smear. I did this sitting in the printing room so the teacher could check and make sure the stencil was good. While sitting there, breathing in large amounts of duplicating fluid vapors (kids from that era know that smell) which is a mix of methanol and isopropanol along with cleaning fluids used to clean the mimeograph machine, I pretty much was high as a kite. I vaguely remember walking out of the room not really sure what I was doing in there. So if you think it looks a little wobbly, that’s why.

Undefeated basketball team (no I was not part of it, you kidding?)

Here I Am!