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Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Happy Caturday, GN!

Thread pic guy’s got some major wood.

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Another one bites the dust: Keith Emerson dead at 71.

No official cause of death was listed for Emerson, but police sources told Billboard the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head. Apparently, Emerson was depressed over a worsening — and irreversible — neurological condition that was costing him the use of his hands.

It’s terribly sad that he -- apparently -- didn’t have enough non musical things in his life to be able to cope better.

While I grew disenchanted with Emerson, Lake & Palmer after “Brain Salad Surgery” (mostly found their later stuff too gimmicky), he was an inspiration to a 13-year-old me. He wrote and performed some technically amazing stuff.

I was never interested in being a “rock star”, but I thought it was pretty damned cool that a keyboard player achieved that status.

And ELP exposed a lot of young listeners to classical compositions, which was certainly a positive thing, IMHO. (Including exposing me to Bartok, which you might or might not think is a “net good”.) 🙂

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
4 years ago

They seem to be dropping like flies lately, Fatwa. Trilogy and Brain Salad Surgery were classic 70’s albums with some good tunes.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
4 years ago

Prediction: Trump will soar in the polls and win larger than ever next Tuesday.

Cruz made a mistake in blaming this on Trump last night.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Hai, Sven!

I suspect you’re correct about Herr Drumpf’s Tuesday prospects.

Cruz was partially right in blaming Trump -- given what comes out of his mouth -- but IMHO more of the fault attaches to the lefty goons and outfits like MoveOn.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
4 years ago

Happy Caturday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa and Sven!

Bummer about Emerson. A group of friends and I loved to crank up Brain Salad Surgery and Welcome Back My Friends… -- I know we wore out more than one copy of each.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
4 years ago

On the news last night, I saw a protester in Chicago holding a large, 3′ x 5′ poster of Trump. Across the top it read “Stop the Hate”; scrawled across the face was “Chinga el Pelo”. I think that pretty much sums up the Left these days.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Hai, Paddy!

I was barely 14 when I heard “Tarkus”; the first side blew my little teenaged mind. (And made me want a Hammond even moar than my like for Jimmy Smith’s playing had already inflamed my “gear lust” for one.)

Seems unfair that Emerson’s gone, yet Richards lives.

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I find it hard to disagree with the sentiment on the poster you quoted; that’s pretty much how I feel about all of the major party candidates…to an unfortunately equal degree.

(I still feel dirty from having pulled the lever for McCain eight years ago.)

*Runs to sink to compulsively scrub hands*

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
4 years ago

Stop the hate or I will kill you. That seems to be the Left’s mantra.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
4 years ago

Mac summed it up well: I don’t want Trump either, but I’m tired of the Left’s tactics and hypocrisy.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Sorry, Mac…manners! (Didn’t see you’d left a comment while I was slow-typing mine.)

I, too, concur with your comment.

Thinks are getting mighty ugly; I’m not much looking forward to watching how it develops.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
4 years ago

Perhaps better now than later?

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Yup; I’d rather it happened before I’m older and more infirm than I am at present.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
4 years ago

I’m thinking the same thing, Fatwa.