Monday, October 3, 2011

Loose Notes from The Desk ...

Y'know, ever since the beginnin' (when all was dark, and the rock planet was still in disarray from prior civilililizations), I asked readers to email rather than do those "comments" below (though I do welcome those!), 'cause I'd rather do some one-on-one with my fans and readers or both or either.
So I set up the RelicMail. And, believe me, the RM's been filled most days with threats ... er, nice stuff from readers. In fact, some of the ideas I've had for material have come from you!
But I'm often asked, "Where do you get all your information and stuff for your blogs?" Geez ... givin' away my sources is like KFC® givin' away its recipe for fried chicken! There are some things that are still sacred in this world ...
so shhhh! It's a seeee-cret!! 

But lemme say that the sources I have are the best in the biz (many times, from the acts themselves!). And I can tell ya this: on occasion, knowledgeable superstars like Ron Ryan (Riot Squad), "Moulty" Moulton (Barbarians), Mike Tinsley (Hedgehoppers Anonymous), Frank Allen (Searchers), Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), Phil Volk (Paul Revere and the Raiders), Spencer Hannabuss/Nathan Persad (The Fore, The 286), Matt Hardy (The Fore, PaperFaces) and others offer their input, and I'm obviously glad to give credit (no checks or cash, though).

But, without a doubt, the one man who had the most impact on this RockLife (hmmm ... sounds like a good name for a webside new Spaper, doesn't it?? Stay tuned ...) was the Chief himself, Lloyd Eugene Thaxton (three "e"s in "Eugene". None in "Lloyd").
In fact, a coupla nights ago, I found most of the emails and communiques we shared during our all-too-brief friendship -- and started reading. When LL spoke or wrote, he did so from his heart, to your heart -- and in a one-on-one, personal way that made you remember every word that he said.
As I read, I thought about my favourite flavour of people on FB -- those of the F.A.N.G. group (fans of the legendary bassist for Paul Revere and the Raiders, Phil "Fang" Volk) -- and how Uncle LL would've loved to be part of them.  He and they (we) would've had a field day talking and reminiscing ...

But, most of all, I realised how much I not only miss the Head Cheese (his words, btw) of the Clique, but how I have been so influenced by him!  I mean, this cat actually made rock-n-roll happen in the mid-Sixties by giving exposure to acts like the Raiders, Sonny and Cher, The Byrds and James Brown (see above pic, where Lloyd is trying to teach Mr. Brown how to add dance to his routine [or do I have that backward?]).

Now, I've gotta figure how to get all these printouts, mags, DVDs and more back into their special, hermetically-sealed-box-that-won't-be-on-Funk-and-Wagnall's-porch, without feeling a whole lotta sadness over our fave Uncle's passing.
But I can hear Lloyd saying: Look, don't be sad about this.  I'm up here on cloud nine (literally), and okay.  But what I want you to do is to rock like you've never rocked before!  Enjoy the party ... and never lose sight of whoever brought you to it, okay?? Don't worry about me ... we'll meet up again someday.



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