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The Highest Peaks on RockPeaks

June 30th, 2011 · 20 Comments · Music, Poetry, Weird Things About Me

Here’s the (Route) 66 greatest musical performances ever captured on film — after watching thousands of clips and reviewing hundreds of them for RockPeaks, this is the best of the best . . . And it tells a story, one complete show of shows, in a sequence of greatness . . . Blessing the blast is Johnny Clegg bringing Nelson […]

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50th Birthday — A half-century of peaking and playing

May 31st, 2011 · 27 Comments · Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

The Half-Centennial Celebrations   Saturday June 18th on the Caddy patty-o    (also Sir Paul McCartney’s birthday!  😉 6:00 dinner — the food’s tasty and diverse with a great new chef doin’ mmm duck quesadilla … southern pulled-pork … New York Strip … ginger salmon . . . here’s the menu — All-night  come-as-you-may  hang […]

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John Lennon — In the Night, and in the Light

December 7th, 2010 · 44 Comments · Music, New York City, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

. NYC, Dec. 8th, 1980 . . . the 3rd month and 3rd day in New York City, America, for this 19 year old kid.  My first week in town I went to the free Elton John concert in Central Park.  He played Imagine, and introduced it with, “He can probably hear us right now,” referring […]

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Smokin’ Charlie’s Saxophone

September 5th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Music, New York City, Poetry, Weird Things About Me

Here’s a poem I wrote about the eternal spirit of New York City . . . including the ever-present ghosts of Charlie Parker, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady . . . turned into a jazzy song by Will Hodgson and The Mighty Manatees, and played here with special guests Walter Tate Jr. on sax and Jason […]

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Be The Invincible Spirit You Are (Levi’s Jeans ads)

July 15th, 2010 · 13 Comments · Kerouac and The Beats, New York City, Poetry, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

. {the piece painted onto the wall of the Artomatic+ Art Gallery in London} . Lights dimmed, room hushed, MC in silhouette at center stage blessing the packed room of book-reading edge-cutting hipsters from all over the world thanks to email and web sites and a collective unconscious that keeps them striving for the new, […]

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Some famous people who didn’t have kids . . .

June 2nd, 2010 · 32 Comments · Poetry, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

Sans Sons — a Song in Names Only . .   If you speak each name aloud or to yourself (rather than scan) it takes you on much more of a journey.  It starts in triplet, then opens up . . .   Jesus Christ  Isaac Newton Plato. Mary Magdalene Mother Teresa Florence Nightingale; Joan […]

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Be Still Here — for Vern Victor Hassett

November 15th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

Be  Still  Here (Subtle Streaks of Light) for Vern Victor Hassett  (1912–2004) Just so ya know, dad passed away this week. He was a good guy. If you’re around, you’re invited to a natural joyous Irish wake for him at the townhouse in Oakville this Saturday, March 6th.  Not an obligation, just an invitation. He passed […]

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Barefoot In Babylon — autographed

June 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Music, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

I’m looking for an autographed copy of the book “Barefoot in Babylon” by Bob Spitz, about the Woodstock ’69 concert. It has all sorts of autographs in it of people who were at Woodtsock ’69, many of them “To Brian” I am that Brian, and have been looking for the book since it disappeared from […]

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“Great Americans” Not Born In America

December 12th, 2008 · 15 Comments · Movies, Politics, Weird Things About Me

. It’s funny when some Americans talk about who is an American and who isn’t . . . It made me think of some commonly-perceived “Great Americans” who weren’t born here, like  . . . Christopher Columbus (Italian)  (“discovered” America, and for whom cities & holidays, and circles & squares are named after) William Penn […]

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Brian’s Online Video Collection

September 28th, 2008 · 24 Comments · Brian on YouTube etc., Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac, Kerouac and The Beats, Merry Pranksters, Movies, Music, New York City, Poetry, Politics, Weird Things About Me

Here’s a bunch of online video clips   Here’s a full YouTube Playlist of all the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Jack Kerouac” excerpts performed live at 10 different shows, in the order they appear in the book . . .  . Here’s George Walker on How The Beats Begat The Pranksters and teaming up with Brian […]

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some over the transoms lately

February 9th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

. Brian is an undiscovered (or at least under-rated) genius, and I think I can say that with some authority — I’ve known a few. Ask him to tell you the story someday about when the two of us climbed the “Hollywood Sign” in LA in the ’90s with his ubiquitous Heinekens in tow, hilarious! […]

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Finding Casey

February 9th, 2008 · 7 Comments · Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

Finding Casey . So, mom & I are staying at this resort up on Georgian Bay.  We fall asleep around 11 that night — more of a late nap for us — and both woke up aboot 3 in the morning just rarin’ to go.   As a dedicated Niagara Escarpment explorer and veteran waterfall collector, […]

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