A day in Boston. An evening in Gloucester

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At the Causeway restaurant….

  ….in Gloucester, MA, this is a CUP of clam chowder. 

A BOWL is about the size of a Jacuzzi……

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I think I might be back in the USA….

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Stunning

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Top of their game….

You might like the Eagles.

You might not.

I did for the longest time until they started taking 2 years to produce a record and DAYS to get a single drum pattern right.

(Read “Is it rolling, Bob?” to get an insight into how it used to be done. And listen to “Like a Rolling Stone” – done in a single take.

I saw the Eagles at Carlaw Park in Auckland in 1975 – just after Joe Walsh had joined the band – and listened to a pirated cassette of the 1980 release of “Eagles Live” and was stunned (“delighted”-stunned…) by the hard edge that Joe brought to the band.

These clips are a snapshot of a band at the top of its game.

But the stand-out has to be Randy Meisner’s “Take it to the limit”- the quiet Mid-Western kid, son of share-croppers, the walking definition of stage-fright hitting the falsetto notes with perfection

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My friend used to say….

IMG_5394“America is run by 100,000 really smart people. The rest are just sheep”

This stamp is a classic:

Round, because even your dimmest employees will recognise that it’s for international mail. And doesn’t need an airmail sticker.

Undenominated, because it costs what it costs.

Unless, of course, you think it’s worthwhile to stockpile stamps in case the Post Office will keep increases lower than inflation.

Thinks: If the USPS is so smart, how come they’re almost bankrupt…?

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“Is it rolling, Bob?”

This July 1973 photo shows Nashville music producer Bob Johnston. Johnston, who played a key role in landmark recordings of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, is being remembered as a maverick who helped bring folk rock to Nashville. He died Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 at the age of 83. (Joe Rudis/The Tennessean via AP)

This July 1973 photo shows Nashville music producer Bob Johnston. Johnston, who played a key role in landmark recordings of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, is being remembered as a maverick who helped bring folk rock to Nashville. He died Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 at the age of 83. (Joe Rudis/The Tennessean via AP)

Bob Johnston, record producer to Bob Dylan and others, died the other day at 83.

He replaced Tom Wilson on “Highway 61” (but not before the latter produced “Like a Rolling Stone)

From the Telegraph’s obituary:

Despite being told by Dylan’s managers that he would be sacked if he raised the idea again, it was Johnston – a country-music-loving Texan – who persuaded Dylan to re-locate to Nashville to work with session musicians there. The outcome was Blonde on Blonde (1966), often voted the best rock album ever made, not least because it captured the spontaneous ferment of Dylan’s talent. Johnston facilitated that.

(I love this movie – I watched it 3 times back-to-back on a flight home from Singapore)

But he’s best known for the lead in to “To be alone with you” as Dylan asks his producer whether they’re recording

“Is it rolling, Bob?”

Here’s the Telegraph’s obituary – behind a paywall, but you’re good for 10 articles a month

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