Thursday, September 28, 2017

Glam Rock Party at T.R.A.C.S

T.R.A.C.S at Timothy Street on River Island


Glam rock (also known as glitter rock) is a style of rock and pop music that developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s performed by musicians who wore outrageous costumes, makeup, and hairstyles, particularly platform shoes and glitter. Glam artists drew on diverse sources across music and throwaway culture, ranging from bubblegum pop and '50s rock and roll to cabaret, science fiction, and complex art rock. The flamboyant clothing and visual styles of performers were often camp or androgynous, and have been described as playing with nontraditional gender roles.
The UK charts were inundated with glam rock acts from 1971 to 1975, with glam also manifesting in all areas of British popular culture during this period. The March 1971 appearance of T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan on the BBC's music show Top of the Pops, wearing glitter and satins, is often cited as the beginning of the movement. Other British glam rock artists include David Bowie, Sweet, Slade, Mud, Roxy Music and Gary Glitter. In the US the scene was much less prevalent, with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed the only American artists to score a hit. Other US glam artists include New York Dolls, Iggy Pop and Jobriath. It declined after the mid-1970s, but influenced other musical genres including punk rock, glam metal, New Romanticism, and gothic rock and has sporadically revived since the 1990s.


Here are the snapshots that were made during the party.
And after the guests left, we helped Cat cleaning the floor.

Bye Bye, Bock

On Monday, September 4, 2017, Bock McMillan  wrote on his his his BLOG.
I have been procrastinating about this decision for a while, but today I reached the conclusion that all good (or bad) things must come to an end sometime, and that there is no better time than right now. This blog is over and done with.

When I started eight years ago I had some hopes concerning what I could accomplish with blogging, none of them have really been realized. It has become a bit of silliness mostly for my own entertainment and I am, to be quite honest, no longer entertained. I am sorry for having failed.

Thank you, to those of you who have taken the time to read my meanderings once in a while.

I'll see you all in world!
The End
I'll leave the blog up for awhile and decide later if I should take it down completely or not.

P.P.S. 09/23/2017
I have now come to the conclusion that there is no harm done in leaving the blog up and public. So it will stay up until further notice. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 21, 2017


T.R.A.C.S at Timothy Street on River Island
(New Land Mark)


From album Night and Day

Music has charms they say 
But in some people's hands 
It becomes a savage beast 
Can't they control it 
Why don't they hold it back 

You see my friend and me 
Don't have an easy day 
And at night we dance not fight 
And we need the energy 
If not the sympathy 

But I'm brutalized by bass 
And terrorized by treble 
I'm open to change my mood but 
I always get caught in the middle 

And I get tired of dj's 
Why's it always what he plays 
I'm gonna push right through 
I'm gonna tell him too 
Tell him to 
Play us 
Play us a slow song 

It's late - I'm winding down 
Am I the only one 
To want a strong and silent sound 
To pick me up and undress me 
Lay me down and caress me 

I feel you touch my hand 
And whisper in my ear 
Ask me how I'm feeling now 
And I want to get near you 
But I can't even hear you 

But this is a fine romance 
If we have to be so demanding 
We need just one more dance to 
Leave here with an understanding 

And I get tired of dj's 
Why's it always what he plays 
I'm gonna push right through 
I'm gonna tell him too 
Tell him to 
Play us 
Play us a slow song


Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time. The common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics (loudness and softness), and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture (which are sometimes termed the "color" of a musical sound). Different styles or types of music may emphasize, de-emphasize or omit some of these elements. Music is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to rapping; there are solely instrumental pieces, solely vocal pieces (such as songs without instrumental accompaniment) and pieces that combine singing and instruments. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike; "art of the Muses").

In its most general form, the activities describing music as an art form or cultural activity include the creation of works of music (songs, tunes, symphonies, and so on), the criticism of music, the study of the history of music, and the aesthetic examination of music. Ancient Greek and Indian philosophers defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Common sayings such as "the harmony of the spheres" and "it is music to my ears" point to the notion that music is often ordered and pleasant to listen to. However, 20th-century composer John Cage thought that any sound can be music, saying, for example, "There is no noise, only sound."
The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music varies according to culture and social context. Indeed, throughout history, some new forms or styles of music have been criticized as "not being music", including Beethoven's Grosse Fuge string quartet in 1825, early jazz in the beginning of the 1900s and hardcore punk in the 1980s. There are many types of music, including popular music, traditional music, art music, music written for religious ceremonies and work songs such as chanteys. Music ranges from strictly organized compositions–such as Classical music symphonies from the 1700s and 1800s, through to spontaneously played improvisational music such as jazz, and avant-garde styles of chance-based contemporary music from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Music can be divided into genres (e.g., country music) and genres can be further divided into subgenres (e.g., country blues and pop country are two of the many country subgenres), although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, sometimes open to personal interpretation, and occasionally controversial. For example, it can be hard to draw the line between some early 1980s hard rock and heavy metal. Within the arts, music may be classified as a performing art, a fine art or as an auditory art. Music may be played or sung and heard live at a rock concert or orchestra performance, heard live as part of a dramatic work (a music theater show or opera), or it may be recorded and listened to on a radio, MP3 player, CD player, smartphone or as film score or TV show.
In many cultures, music is an important part of people's way of life, as it plays a key role in religious rituals, rite of passage ceremonies (e.g., graduation and marriage), social activities (e.g., dancing) and cultural activities ranging from amateur karaoke singing to playing in an amateur funk band or singing in a community choir. People may make music as a hobby, like a teen playing cello in a youth orchestra, or work as a professional musician or singer. The music industry includes the individuals who create new songs and musical pieces (such as songwriters and composers), individuals who perform music (which include orchestra, jazz band and rock band musicians, singers and conductors), individuals who record music (music producers and sound engineers), individuals who organize concert tours, and individuals who sell recordings and sheet music and scores to customers.