Rob Bond (Rob)
Post Number: 398
|Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2004 - 6:28 am: |
Here's a nice article published in the Yuma (AZ) Sun newspaper.
|Posted on Sunday, July 25, 2004 - 11:00 pm: |
THanks for posting the story from The Sun (Yuma, AZ) - we were certainly treated to a great show last Thursday. I was one of the 12 (see Ed's post under Gigs, Lutes' Casino Yuma) who was lucky enough to see GL in '99 when they came through our little oasis on the Colorado River.
So, you go see GL, it changes your life; you spend countless hours listening and re-listening to albums, reading lyrics, laughing; searching the web site, waiting for new releases; reading their tales from the road, looking for references to their stop in your humble part of the world.
Then, lo and behold, from across the continental US, a cry rises up, and GL is marching across country to visit you again! So you email everybody you can think of, and go grab yourself a chair in the front row for some great music, or hang in the the back and enjoy the surprise and awe in the faces of the unsuspecting (Ed, Perry, Jerry, Vicki, Bill, you know you you are).
Val & Brendan, it was great having you in Yuma, you are much adored here. Please come back soonest!
|Posted on Monday, August 09, 2004 - 4:24 pm: |
We need a decisive, President who doesn't read children's books when America is under attack, this flip-flopping bunk is a flop.
Bush was against campaign finance reform; now he's for it.
Bush was against a Homeland Security Department; now he's for it.
Bush was against a 9/11 commission; now he's for it.
Bush was against an Iraq WMD investigation; now he's for it.
Bush was against nation building; now he's for it.
Bush was against deficits; now he's for them.
Bush was for free trade; then he was for tariffs on steel, and now he's against them again.
Bush was against the U.S. taking a role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; now he pushes for a "road map" and a Palestinian State.
Bush was for states' rights to decide on gay marriage; now he is for changing the Constitution to outlaw gay marriage.
Bush said he would provide money for first responders (fire, police, emergency); then he doesn't.
Bush said that "help is on the way" to the military; then he cuts their benefits and health care.
Bush claimed to be in favor of environmental protection; then he secretly approved oil drilling on Padre Island in Texas and other places and took many more anti-environmental actions.
Bush said he is the "education president;" then he refused to fully fund key education programs and rarely does his homework, such as read position papers so he will be more knowledgeable on issues.
Bush said that him being governor of Texas for six years was enough political experience to be president of the U.S.; then he criticized Sen. John Edwards for not having enough experience after Edwards had served six years in the U.S. Senate.
During the 2000 campaign, Bush said there were too many lawsuits being filed; then during the Florida recount, he was the first to file a lawsuit to stop the legal counting of votes after Gore took advantage of Florida law to ask for a recount.
On Nov. 7, 2000, the Bush campaign supported Florida county officials drawing up new copies of some 10,000 spoiled absentee votes in 26 Republican-leaning counties that the machines did not read and marking them for the candidates when they showed "clear intent;" they opposed doing the same thing after Nov. 7 when Gore asked for such recounts. Bush dominated absentee balloting in Florida by a two-to-one margin.
Bush said during the 2000 campaign that he did not have a "litmus test" for judges he appointed to be against abortion; then he mostly appointed judges who were against abortion.
In the early 1990s, Bush led a campaign to raise taxes in Arlington, Texas, to build a new baseball stadium for the team he partly owned; he later criticized politicians for supporting tax increases ñ after he got rich by selling the team with the new stadium to a wealthy campaign contributor.
Bush opposed the U.S. negotiating with North Korea; now he supports it.
Bush went to the racist and segregationist Bob Jones University in South Carolina; then he said he shouldn't have.
Bush said he would demand a U.N. Security Council vote on whether to sanction military action against Iraq; later Bush announced he would not call for a vote.
Bush first said the "mission accomplished" Iraqi banner was put up by the sailors; he later admitted it was done by his advance team.
Bush was for fingerprinting and photographing Mexicans who enter the U.S.; after meeting with Mexican President Fox, he decided against it.
Bush was opposed to Rice testifying in front of the 9/11 commission citing "separation of powers;" then he was for it.
Bush was against Ba'ath party members holding office or government jobs in Iraq; now he's for it.
Bush said we must not appease terrorists; then he lifted trade sanctions on admitted terrorist Mohammar Quaddafi and Pakistan, which pardoned its official who sold nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya, and North Korea.
Bush said he would wait until after the Nov. election to ask for more money for the war effort; then he decided he needed it before the election, after all.
Bush said, "Leaving Iraq prematurely would only embolden the terrorists and increase the danger to America." His administration now says that U.S. troops will pull out of Iraq when the new provisional authority asks. Then he said they'll stay "as long as needed" again. Now he's saying that the Iraqis can ask the troops to leave, and they will. Or is he?
The Bush administration officials said that the Geneva Conventions don't apply to "enemy combatants." Now they claims they do.
Bush officials said before the Iraq invasion that Iraq posed an "imminent threat" to U.S. security and that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and even nuclear weapons; after the invasion, they denied saying the word "imminent" and saying that Iraq had WMDs and nuclear weapons, even though they were caught on tape making such statements.
"The most important thing is for us to find Osama Bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." - George W. Bush, Sept. 13, 2001
"I don't know where he is. I have no idea, and I really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." - George W. Bush, March 13, 2002
"For us to get bogged down in the quagmire of an Iraqi civil war would be the height of foolishness."
---Defense Secretary Dick Cheney, 1991
Are you getting tired of this? Well, some in the American military are getting tired of this, too: "The (Bush) administration has an overly simplistic view of how and when to use our military. By not bringing in our friends and allies, they have created a mess in Iraq and are crippling our forces around the world." -Retired Admiral William Crowe, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs under Ronald Reagan
|Posted on Monday, August 09, 2004 - 7:25 pm: |
Gee, I didn't know Michael Moore was a GrooveLily fan.
And your point is? Are you not voting for BUSH in the Fall.
Perhaps you seen Fahrenheit 9/11 one to many times?
Put on some GrooveLily and chlll-out.
Post Number: 64
|Posted on Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - 4:35 pm: |
Jeeves, I believe we've been spammed!
(in my best hoity toity English butler accent)
This list does just fine without having politics involved. We're all about the music and comraderie, the lyrics and friendship.
So bug off, jerk!
(Bless your heart)
Rob Bond (Rob)
Post Number: 402
|Posted on Friday, August 13, 2004 - 6:06 am: |
GrooveLily and the Petal Pushers in the UK press!
Barry Newton (Barry)
Post Number: 50
|Posted on Friday, August 13, 2004 - 6:29 am: |
Not bad at all! They seemed to have most of the facts right. I think the fellow might gush a little less if he tried to figure out how many house concerts it takes to make a mortgage payment, but that's a quibble. Favorable and accurate coverage is good to have.
Ed Mettee (Ed_mettee)
Post Number: 66
|Posted on Friday, August 13, 2004 - 7:49 am: |
Very nice article! The only thing that upset me was the reference to "foldaway keyboard and electric violin; the effects and amp come courtesy of a Powerbook and a copy of Apple's GarageBand software." This gave me a very uneasy feeling about the specific equipment that the band lost when their van was broken into in AZ.
Val and Brendan are masters of perseverance, and seem to be holding up well, after that unfortunate event. My best wishes go with them!
Jim Greenlees (Jimgreenlees)
Post Number: 200
|Posted on Friday, August 13, 2004 - 9:07 am: |
Rob Bond, media star!
Seriously, there are a couple of other misinterpretations/whatever in the article:
-- GrooveLily is actually a trio (no mention of Gene? )
-- as mentioned above, house concerts are actually only a small part of their concert schedule
-- the article doesn't include costs of mastering and pressing CDs, so the $14 isn't real (would that it was!);
But I niggle at the details. Very nice publicity -- hope it's read and taken to heart!
(Message edited by JimGreenlees on August 13, 2004)
|Posted on Friday, August 13, 2004 - 1:26 pm: |
This was a great article in spite of a few inaccuracies. I argree with Barry that the reporter didn't do his math on the take at this house concert even though he mentions the size of the crowd and the cost per person. Overall still a positive article.
|Posted on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 4:16 pm: |
Barry - hope I wasn't gushing too much.
Jim - it was a bit hard to explain the MinimaLily/Groovelily dichotomy (Gene wasn't playing), so I had to elide over that. I hope I didn't imply that the concert schedule was *all* house tours, nor that they, on their own, pay the mortgage. On the other hand, a full house concert is still a $500 gig. To try and gauge how that fit the economics of routing, I checked out pages like: http://www.musicbizacademy.com/articles/collegegigs.htm
which gave nightclubs as under $500 for bands, and $750+ for college gigs (although that particular page dates from 2000), so those are a little low. The "almost as much as a college gig" came from my notes talking to Valerie, where she was quoting the folk musicians who originally pointed to her the possibilities of house concerts. It seemed to fit the facts (most of the people at the concert I saw paid more than the minimum; one person upped how much they were paying after seeing Valerie and Brendan perform!).
You're right about the mastering costs; I should have included that, or at least explicitly excluded it.
Anyway, glad you liked the piece!
|Posted on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 8:54 pm: |
Danny thanks for clarifying. Not being in the music business, it amazes me how relatively low paying singer songwriter gigs are when compared to the cost for disc jockeys and bands for events like bar/bat mitzvahs and weddings. The quality and the level of entertainment value is so much higher for the former especially our favorite trio (or sometimes duo).