Who doesn’t love The Stones? You've got Mick, prancing around like a crazy rooster and doing his thing, which gets annoying, but you forgive him because he co-wrote so many freaking great songs. You had Brian Jones – nutty, Mohair hipster who was rad, but a little too preened up for my tastes, but he made some valid contributions until he crapped out creatively and psychologically at the end of the 60s. Bummer. Lesson learned, dude. Note to self: don't do all the drugs, then go swimming. Charlie Watts = total class act. Period. Thumping it. Bill Wyman was like a freaky pokerfaced mannequin, playing those nutty bass lines that actually worked. Then you’ve got Keith Richards – a total mess, but the living embodiment of rock & roll at its most creative. Great rock & roll – and great art for that matter – isn’t made by bank tellers (unless they are TS Eliot - he’s the exception to the rule); they’re made by confused, sloppy nut jobs who have a lot of problems, occassionally do a lot of drugs, write a lot of riffs, find a song to put them in and then live to play them regardless of whether or not anyone is listening.
The amount of great Stones tunes out there is baffling – even their disco stuff in the 70s in great. What current band can bust moves like that? They haven’t released a great album since 1981’s Tattoo You, but who cares? They’re still great. The legend is already set in stone. If there’s one lesson to be gleaned from the Stones, it’s the necessity of writing exceptional songs. It’s not about the haircut. It ain’t about the jeans. It’s not about the distortion or the volume or how much it annoys parents. It’s about writing timeless songs. If you can do that, you don’t worry so much about the rest.
Musician Kevin Sekhani hosts a Rolling Stones Hoot Night at the Blue Moon Saloon on March 31. Expect every killer Stones song to be played in some form by hoot night participants like Dickey Landry, The Brian Marshall Band, Craig Futch, Kelly Keeling, Freetown Hounds, Ken Veron, Primo, Diego Martin- Perez & 80 Proof, Jake Stephens & Back Bone Stew, Julian Primeaux & band, Trouble With Lefty, Bret Vidrine and the host Kevin Sekani.
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MAR 7 Here's a great read on Mother Jones about Bobby Jindal and how his personal history has shaped the candidate. Again, the concept of personality and charisma (or a lack thereof) is raised, when Tim Murphy writes that Jindal has tried very hard but has "been eclipsed by a succession of shinier objects" like Rubio, Cruz and Christie. His real problem, former Gov. Buddy Roemer is quoted here as saying, is his ambition.
MAR 7 A Baton Rouge legislator is trying again to put the famous (or infamous) red light cameras to a public vote, this WBRZ story reports. One bill prefiled by Jeff Arnold would require voters to approve the money-making operations. Another would require that each ticket be served, instead of mailed, on the alleged violator.
MAR 7 Columnist Mark Moseley writes about "commentgate" in this post on the Lens, mostly to remind us that "we don't know jack squat" about what really happened. Sure, the scandal of federal prosecutors anonymously commenting on the Picayune's website about cases in their office brought down Jim Letten and all of his buds, but we still know virtually nothing about what really happened, and all the perpetrators have not been identified, Moseley argues.
MAR 7 Blogger Rod Dreher examines a recent poll that found Catholics sure like the new pope, but it's not having any effect on their behavior. He's a good guy and represents a positive change in their church, but it doesn't mean they're going to Mass more than they used to, Dreher tells us. Why is that? Dreher thinks it is because most American Catholics are just going to do what they want, regardless of who the pope is.
MAR 7 First it was a bunch of federal prosecutors, now an Arkansas judge. A political blogger outed a circuit judge as the same guy making nasty (and possibly racist, sexist and homophobic) comments on an LSU sports message board, the Picayune reports here. The judge, who was running for an appeals court seat up there, has ended his campaign and apologized. Not a good move for someone whose judgment affects people's lives.
MAR 7 To follow up on dad Don Briggs' recent splash in the headlines, here's a story that reads more like a letter to the editor by Gifford Briggs, vice president of LOGA, the group his dad heads up. It's time to stand up and support the poor, defenseless oil and gas industry, we're told. The "greedy trial lawyers" are trotted out, and we're urged to help him "change Louisiana."
MAR 7 Blogger Stephen Sabludowsky writes about the upcoming political spring in this post on Bayou Buzz. He's covering Jindal's agenda, education, this year's attempt to repeal creationism in public schools, and Bill Cassidy's Tea Party alignment, among other things.
MAR 7 Don't look for Bobby "I've got the job I want" Jindal to be in Louisiana this weekend. As this story in the Los Angeles Times reports, he'll be on the East Coast kissing bu--- er, pressing flesh at CPAC. If you want to see his speech, click here. The conservative love-fest will feature speeches from all the (current) 2016 GOP contenders, with Ted Cruz kicking it off and Sarah Palin wrapping it up. In between, the most anticipated speech is probably that of Chris Christie, the story reports. There's also a straw poll (Rand Paul won last year).
MAR 6 Here's some more new info on the continuing controversy at Louisiana College, this time posted on the Tennessean (so maybe this story is pretty interesting outside of Louisiana, too). The story, originally written by Town Talk reporters, tells us about a document with allegedly forged signatures which was sent to SACS, the organization which issues accreditation for southern universities and colleges. The plot thickens?
MAR 6 If you're on the Facebook, you've seen this video of two NOLA police officers line dancing with some Mardi Gras revelers. But this one is even better: it's a NOLA police horse line dancing on Bourbon Street. Hey -- this is Louisiana. We all can get down, if the situation calls for it.
MAR 6 In this week's post, Jim Brown is remembering former Gov. Jimmie Davis, who was sworn in 70 years ago this week. Included in here is the governor's recipe for raccoon, which was his favorite dish, Brown says. He also tells us who "Sunshine" was - Jimmie's palomino. She's buried at the late governor's farm, Brown says.
MAR 6 Columnist James Gill applies his special combination of wit and sarcasm to our friend Don Briggs in this post. Gill read the oil and gas leader's deposition and almost felt sorry for him -- almost. The problem seems to be related to Mr. Brigg's "stupendous ignorance of his purported area of expertise," Gill writes. He also credits Briggs with doing more for the environmental cause in a couple hours than tree-huggers can accomplish in years.
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