Valet Confidential

Find out what I've been keeping under my hat

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You’re Welcome!

thank-o-lantern w bowtie

As a “thank you” for donating to the band’s Pledge Music campaign to help fund their album, Shawn from Golden Bloom created this Valet-icized “Thank-o-Lantern” and posted it on Instagram.

There’s still plenty of time to donate to their project – check out the campaign and consider giving – who knows, maybe you’ll get a “Thanks(for)giving Turkey” next month!

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Ice Cream Man

The Jonathan Richman song.

I love it.

A whole lot.

Way way back, probably 20 years or so ago, I heard DJ Greg Reibman play it on his WMBR radio “Rockin’ With Greg” (one of my favorite Boston radio shows of all time). At the end of the song Greg came on the air and said “well, I got 4 calls from people who loved the song and 4 from people who hated it, so let’s play it again!” And then the song played again.

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Singing with Ray Mason

Just weeks after getting a chance to sing with the fabulous Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby at a house party concert in Woods Hole (they asked me to sing some harmony vocals on “Goin’ Back” to close the evening’s entertainment), I got to sing with another great songwriter & performer, Ray Mason.  My friend Belinda of Bubbles in the Think Tank captured us on video:

If you get a chance to see any of these fabulous performers in concert or buy their albums … DO IT!

Oh, and please invite me along.

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Speaking of being ’bout stinkin’ time …

Yet another way over-due appreciation of one of the greats is the announcement that Wanda Jackson has been elected to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I got to see Wanda play 12 or so years ago on a tour she did with Rosie Flores for Rosie’s album “Rockabilly Flores”. Wanda is still singing these days, belting out her old hits.

Wanda’s one of the true great voices of real Rock & Roll – it’s great to see her finally recognized for it by the Hall of Fame. It’s a semi-dubious recognition, given that their definition of “Rock & Roll” has turned into “post-Elvis dance pop” … it includes heavy metal, funk, disco, etc … this year’s other inductees are Jeff Beck, Chic, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Metalicca, Run-DMC, The Stooges, War, and Bobby Womack. All of which had their impact on the music scene, certainly, but I sure wouldn’t call some of ’em “rock & roll”. That argument aside, every once in a while they do the right thing and give props to someone who truly deserves it and isn’t so well known by modern music fans.

Let’s Have a Party!

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’bout stinkin’ time!

Just heard that Jim Rice was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his last year of eligibility. I’m so glad he finally got in.


There are a few baseball games I remember fairly clearly, here’s an example of one that sticks in my memory purely because of Jim Rice.

My first game at Fenway Park was in the fall of 1980. I went with some MIT fraternity and a group of freshman during MIT’s “rush week”. We sat way in the back of the bleachers section, on honest-to-goodness real bleachers, if I remember correctly (I think that was the last year of real bleachers in the bleachers section at Fenway). I think we were just underneath the front of the centerfield video scoreboard (back then it was still black & white, and if you were looking straight up at it, it was basically unwatchable). The Red Sox were playing the Billy Martin-managed Oakland A’s (this was the height of “Billyball”). The Sox were down in the 9th inning and Jim Rice hit a home run to start a game-tying rally, then another home run in the 10th to win the game.

Here’s a box score of the game.

That second home run was one of the longest I’ve ever seen hit at Fenway. The back of the centerfield bleachers is FAR away from home plate, and I swear it landed just a few rows in front of where I was sitting.

Congrats, Jim-Ed! You deserve it.

Oh, and congrats to Rickey “Hot Dog” Henderson, too – no doubt he deserves it, too. Hell, I half expect him to come out of retirement and play in the majors again after being elected to the Hall of Fame.

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The power of Christmas compels you!

I just got back from a Wassail party/Christmas sing at Trout Towers. This has become a great annual tradition for this amazing circle of friends we have here on the cape. We eat, drink, sing – it’s really a fantastic time – thanks, Trouts!

But here’s the really, really cool thing about it … we’re in the house, singing along to the music played by Skip Winter, BerkeMac, Thurston Kelp, and another fellow whom I didn’t get a chance to meet, and we ended the evening with Lady Trout’s favorite ending song “Let There Be Peace on Earth”. At the end of the song, someone yelled out “it’s snowing!”

And so it was – such a wonderful end to a great evening.

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that’ll do, pig

Earlier today, I emailed the following to a couple of baseball buddies of mine:

I think the Sox bats are awake now, and tonight they’ll get more than the two runs they got off of Shields in game 1. If Beckett can pitch well (admittedly, that’s a big if in this post season), I think the Sox take tonight’s game. I bet Beckett is on a short leash tonight – maybe they go to Wake if things get tough? His knuckleball can be pretty magical inside a dome.

I like their chances with Lester on the mound for game 7.

Final score tonight, Red Sox 4, Tampa Bay 2. I thought the Sox would score a few more runs than that, but they did just fine, and it was great to see Veritek contribute to the cause, since he’s been in a mostly year-long slump. Beckett allowed 2 runs on 4 hits (2 solo homers), a walk, and 3 strikeouts over 5 innings – not dominating, but damn good enough to get the job done tonight.

Oh, and check out this blog post about Game 5 by one of the all-time masters in writing, Roger Angell. As my buddy Joe commented, “Damn– who else actively writing these days can mention something that happened in 1929 and then say, in all seriousness, that he remembers it well? I guess we should treasure Angell while we have him.” Really, folks – read all the Roger Angell you can – there’s an amazing collection of his baseball writing that came out maybe 7 or 8 years ago, called “Once More Around the Park: A Baseball Reader” … Joe-Bob says check it out.

And yes, I still like the Sox’ chances with Lester going on the mound for game 7.