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Unhappy Day

Having one’s alarm clock programmed to awaken to international news, as I do, is like asking to be greeted by darkness and rain each morning. The first sounds wafting into your sleeping ears are not likely to be uplifting. Without having tested my theory (yet), I’m willing to bet small dollars that you’re twice as likely to hear Jack Speer of NPR utter the word “beheading” than “cease-fire.”

Still, getting wind of David Bowie’s death darkened the already dismal morning of news. Whenever my father used to hear of someone’s death, he’d joke, “Geez, I didn’t even know he was sick,” and in this case I didn’t know that the former Ziggy Stardust had been sick for about a year and a half with “cancer” (a vague term more suitable to 1916 than 2016).

I probably had a handful of chances to see Bowie perform live but only availed myself of the opportunity once. It was 1997 on his “Earthling” tour, and I almost didn’t get a ticket because I had misheard that it was David Byrne who’d be performing. I liked David Byrne, but I had already seen him at the Orpheum in Boston. Realizing that the old theater would be occupied by Bowie, an easy-to-love musical chameleon with huge live appeal (though an old guy at 50 years of age!), I couldn’t say no.

There is much to remember about that concert, but what has always stuck in my mind are the ovoid pods onto which faces were projected during the show. A simple bit of theatrical special-effects in which the faces were distorted by the incongruity of the egg-pods, the hugely entertaining evening of music was made even more interesting by the strange visuals.

When the show ended, I assumed that was the last I’d see of the Earthling tour, but thanks to YouTube there are plenty of opportunities to relive 1997. The sound of this particular video is only so-so, but you get a pretty good sense of the experience I was treated to nearly 20 years ago.

David Bowie R.I.P.

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Saturday, 06 June 2020

Trumpian Tweetage Haiku Continuum



It's unlimited
Presidential harrassment
Dems are going nuts!


Isn't it nice when
Countries help rebuild neighbors?
Thanks to Saudi A!


The Harvey Weinstein Story
Look at their license?


Republican Congressmen
Two wins now in doubt.


Dems love Sessions now
Same thing: lyin' James Comey
Saint-like. Really sick.


Russia: "nothing to
do with meddling." Why isn't
Hillary looked at?


The Special Counsel
I’ve done nothing wrong



The phony witch hunt

The soon to be released book
Looks like a big hit


Fake News Media

Together with the witch hunt:

My best poll numbers


“Caravans” coming

Must go nuclear option.



We don’t have a wall

Not going to have a country



Trade Wars are good and

Easy to win. They get cute?

Don't trade; we win big!


Gun-adept coaches

Weapons-talented teachers

Instantly Shooting


Promote the Fake Book

Mentally Deranged Author

False Information


Now that collusion

With Russia: a total hoax



Kim Jong Un, I too

Have a nuclear button.

And my button works.



Tax cut/Reform bill

Massive Alaska Drilling

Incredible Year



United Nations

Sanctions on North Korea

World wants Peace, not Death



False Accusations.

Women I don't know. FAKE NEWS!

Collusion. Russia.


Army Navy Game





He's bad on Crime, Life, Border.




Time Magazine Called

Prob'ly "Person of the Year"

I took a pass. Thanks!


The Christmas Story

Mother, Father, Baby Son

Jesus Christ. Bahrain.


Matt Lauer just fired

When will top executives

Be fired for Fake News? 

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