RIP, Lou Reed

Posted by The G on October 27, 2013 under Celebrities | Read the First Comment

Photo by G.

Lou Reed and Moby on stage in 2007

Lou Reed and Moby on stage in 2007

Horrible news in the music world.  Rock god Lou Reed has died at age 71.  I’m a huge Velvet Underground fan as well as also having loved Lou’s solo career, so I am not doing so well as I write this.  Lou opened the door for all musicians to come after him by being one of the first art rockers.  Songs like “Heroin” and “Walk on the Wild Side” took you on the trip without getting your hands dirty and songs like “Perfect Day” and “Sunday Morning” are amongst the prettiest tracks ever recorded.  I saw Lou Reed out and about in New York many times and for the two good experiences I had with him, I had probably 5 times as many bad ones.  But that was Lou Reed and I will miss seeing him.  I wish peace and blessings to his partner Laurie Anderson at this difficult time.  Happy trails, Lou.  Thanks for a lifetime of amazing music.  Rest in peace!

RIP, Gary David Goldberg

Posted by The G on June 24, 2013 under Celebrities | Read the First Comment

Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.

Gary David Goldberg

Gary David Goldberg

If you grew up in the 1980s as I did, you are going to be extra sad when you read on.  “Family Ties” series creator Gary David Goldberg has died.  He was a few days short of his 69th birthday, succumbing to brain cancer.  He also wrote episodes for “The  Bob Newhart Show” and also produced “Lou Grant.”  He won two Emmys, a Peabody award and two Golden Globes for his work.  I had the occasion of meeting Gary David Goldberg several times and he was always super friendly.  Of course, I gushed to him my love for “Family Ties,” and he thanked me for my support!  What a class act.  RIP, Gary David Goldberg!  🙁

RIP, Jean Stapleton

Posted by The G on June 2, 2013 under Celebrities | Read the First Comment

Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.

Jean Stapleton

Jean Stapleton

Sad news out of Hollywood via NYC.  Actress Jean Stapleton has died at the age of 90.  She will be best remembered for her bubble headded role as Edith Bunker, the wife of lovable bigot Archie Bunker on the hit show “All In The Family.”  With everything being so politically correct now, it’s a wonder if a show like that could exist today?  It matters not because Jean was part of a ground breaking show decades ago that talked about the elephant in the room and now, like so many other legends, she is gone.  RIP Jean!

RIP, Stuart Wilde

Posted by The G on May 9, 2013 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

Photo of Infinite Self by G.

Infinite Self by Stuart Wilde

Infinite Self by Stuart Wilde

Death is a part of life and yet, I am having a hard time believing that spiritual guru Stuart Wilde has departed from this earth.  Several websites have confirmed the news, so I know it to be true.  On May 1, 2013, Stuart Wilde suffered a fatal heart attack in Ireland.  While I never met Stuart Wilde, I have been a fan and admirer of his teachings for a very long time and his wisdom has made such a difference in my life, I am forever grateful to him.  Whereas so many spiritual teachings make you feel like you would have to live in seclusion for the rest of your life to achieve inner peace, Wilde’s teachings were the exact opposite.  When reading one of his books or listening to one of his lectures, you felt as if you were at a pub with your good mate, who just happened to know a TON about the way the universe works and the true laws of nature.  He broke things down in a way that made it simple to understand, a way in which so many spiritual teachings lack.

Stuart Wilde wrote over 20 books and ALL of them are essential reading.  There have been so many times where I pick up a Stuie book, open it at random and the advice on those pages seems to be exactly what I need in my life at that moment.  His books such as “Infinite Self,” and “Silent Power,” have inspired me and changed the direction of my life as his words taught me to better empower myself.  He encouraged being an outsider (or “fringe dweller” as he put it) and most importantly, he always infused humor into serious subjects.  Stuart Wilde’s teachings always came with the warning – don’t just read these words, TEST THEM and if they turn out not to work for you, throw them out and find what does work for you.  However, time and time again, Stuart’s teachings proved to be right on.

I’m very sad that I will not get to learn from him in person, but his books and DVDs will be essential to my life for as long as I inhabit this planet.  Stuart, all I can say to you is THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the invaluable teachings you have left behind for not just me, but for all of us.  May you rest in peace!  Namaste.

RIP, Richie Havens

Posted by The G on April 22, 2013 under GNN | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.

Richie Havens

Richie Havens

Sad news in the music world.  First we learned that Christina Amphlett of The Divinyls passed on this morning and in the evening, we learned that folk singer Richie Havens has died.  I saw Richie perform once as part of a birthday tribute to Pete Seeger, which is where the above photo was taken.  I hoped when they announced his name that he would perform “Freedom,” which was one of my favorite performances from Woodstock.  I got my wish and as Richie tore into the song, I was so overcome with emotion, I literally burst into tears.  It was a very powerful moment and one that I will not be forgetting.  It’s such a great song, and such a great anthem!  Thanks for the great music Richie.  Rest in peace.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...