Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Youngest Zappa fan I know

My youngest son James has Autism. For several months I have been taking him every Saturday for one activity he particularly enjoys, horse riding lessons. Through a friend of our family we learned of this wonderful Therapeutic Horse Riding program TRRC which is designed specifically for children with special needs.. Recently our instructor mentioned the child before James, Michael, was at a similar skill level and perhaps in combining their lessons they may learn more effectively by watching each other. Upon meeting Michael the first thing he tells me is he likes music and his favorite artist is Frank Zappa. Well, this just blew me away coming from an 11 year old. I immediately liked him, anyone who realizes the creative genius of Frank Zappa is a friend of mine. He told me his favorite album is Weasels Ripped My Flesh. Obviously his parents have surrounded him with the correct influences. Coincidentally, as James and Michael were having their lesson we had a visit from a Pygmy Pony, just like the one the aspiring Dental Floss Tycoon wants to ride Along the Border Line in the song Montana. Below: Michael (w/Frank Zappa shirt) and his Mom, Chris. Also, the Pygmy Pony rides the border line.I told Michael I would post some photos for him that I took. These are a few from a show, I think in 1976 at University of Maryland. I saw so many shows in those days, prior to heavy security (and Clear Channel corporatizing and ruining concert venues). I was 16 and literally sitting on the edge of the stage with my trusty Cannon Ftb equipped only with a cheap 50mm 2.8.

4 comments:

Keith Barraclough said...

In my opinion Randy, Clear Channel has, or is, ruining radio. Did you know that 94.7 (a classic rock station) won't, and doesn't play Elton John, Now I know some don't like his music, but I find it interesting the relationship that they being a religious base organization and he is gay that they don't play his music. They won't even air a song with the word bitch, hell, or any other "bad" word - or they bleep it out of the song. Talk about controlled listening and censorship. Thank goodness I like all the other stuff they play (although the other stations suck)
Okay I'll get off my soap box...

Randy Santos said...

Clear Channel is the Devil Walking the Earth. Can I add to that list, Getty, Corbis, iStock and any other Microstock heathenry? I would rant about it but when I rant it is not pretty. You know I like to keep my mind working towards the positive end of the spectrum.

Al Romas said...

Will be on Mellor Ave with the wife and Max on 8/2...hope to see you.

-Al

Anonymous said...

Did you know that 94.7 (a classic rock station) won't, and doesn't play Elton John, Now I know some don't like his music, but I find it interesting the relationship that they being a religious base organization and he is gay that they don't play his music. They won't even air a song with the word bitch, hell, or any other "bad" word - or they bleep it out of the song.
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WHAT? Really?

JD