Yo Adrian… Belew

Adrian Belew is one of the most inventive guitarists ever. Don’t take my word for it, just ask anyone who has ever seen him play. Way back when, he toured with Frank Zappa and David Bowie. He was a member of King Crimson. He’s also played with everyone from Talking Heads to Nine Inch Nails to Paul Simon, and put out several solo albums, as well as albums with the brilliant but overlooked power-pop group The Bears.

Adrian Belew is also one of the nicest rock stars I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. He’s from Covington, Kentucky, just across the river from Cincinnati, and back in the early 90s when I worked at 97X in Oxford, Ohio, our paths crossed quite a bit. My friends and fellow DJs Ric and Dave agreed that his nickname should be “The Nicest Guy in Rock.”

Last night, Pixar’s Piper won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short (it really won, there was no confusion), and Adrian Belew did the score for it… his first movie score ever. Nice to see a nice guy finish first for a change.

You can read more about Adrian’s work on the movie, as well as his contributions to Bowie and Zappa tributes, here. Another interesting interview is here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signs o’ the times


Three of my four kids have a weekly paper route, and the routes aren’t close enough to our house to be walkable. So my wife and I get to play (uncompensated) Uber drivers every Wednesday. My daughter has one newspaper delivery on a street that obviously has been forgotten by the City of Cincinnati road repair crews. It’s so bumpy, pothole-riddled and eroded that it practically qualifies as a gravel road:

What the name of this crumbling street?

Yep, Sturdy Avenue. Not because the street is sturdy, but because your car’s suspension needs to be to drive it.

 

There’s a cafe downtown that closed several months ago, allegedly “temporarily”, due to “renovation.”

Someone took a Sharpie and called B.S. on their signage:

 

There’s a FastSigns location downtown.

Here’s their corporate tagline in the window:

A. If they are “more than fast” and “more than signs” then maybe it’s time to consider a company name change.

B. Also, you’d think a sign company would be able to print a sign that could fit into a single window pane.

 

Looks like the Convent of The Good Shepherd isn’t accepting any visitors at this time. Maybe it’s temporarily closed due to renovation.

Hot. Water.

Yesterday was the warmest winter day ever in Cincinnati. 78 degrees.

Most of last week was unseasonably warm, with highs in the 60s. And here’s today’s temp:

These sort of rapid swings are happening far too often to be called flukes. Not just in Ohio, but all over (e.g. California going from drought to flooding). It’s global climate change, plain and simple. And it’s not going away if we ignore it.

The New York Times has a great article about how climate change is affecting Mexico City. Read it and you’ll start to realize that the next world war may not be over political or religious ideologies, but over access to water and food.

 

Instead of building yet another oil pipeline, we should be hanging solar panels. Instead of watering the lawn, we should be installing rain barrels. Heck, for $5 you can install a shower interrupter valve – push a button and the shower flow slows to a trickle while you lather up, saving a lot of water from being wasted every day.

 

It’s a small price to pay today… to help avoid paying a much steeper price in the future:

 

Intimate dinner conversation

Today is Valentine’s Day, but it’s also Taco Tuesday. So light some candles, turn on some Barry White and serve this for your sweetie:

I call ’em VD tacos. But perhaps another name might be more appealing.

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