He is risen

phi-zappa-krappaWell, maybe not quite yet.

Happy birthday, Frank. Let’s play him out with “Happy Together,” from the Fillmore in 1971, and his Last Imaginary Guitar Solo. That’s all from here for Zappadan 2014.

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11 Responses to “He is risen”

  1. Marc Greene Says:

    Dear PO’G,
    Your “devotionals” over the last seventeen days have brought tears and smiles to this disciple.
    Yesterday, I was chatting with a musician friend with whom I share an enthusiasm for the jazz age (1905?-1935).
    Although we prefer the smaller ensembles, we spoke about the big bands, especially Henderson and Goldkette, and now Vince Giordano.
    We agreed that the big bands got sucked into popularity with Goodman’s danceable arrangements, and lost their “edge.”
    At that point, my friend remarked: “At least rock did not go to big band status and thus lose its edge.”
    “Sloooly I turned” (“Niagara Falls!”), and, with hand on heart, arose and informed him that big band rock does exist, and is the “edgiest.”
    He got my point after “Gumbo Variations.”
    I reminded him how the big-name crooners killed the market for the pap our parents danced to. (no great loss) One of these was a Frank some call “Old Blue Eyes.”

    Bless you for celebrating the Frank I like to call “Old Brown Eyes.”

    ——–Marc

  2. khal spencer Says:

    He may not have risen yet, but from the picture, he is definitely about to move.

    May Frank’s Peace be with you!

  3. khal spencer Says:

    By the way, I’ve lost track, but has anyone posted this one yet?

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    He rose up and then got down in a little 12 bar blues in the key of A. Happy solstice!

  5. khal spencer Says:

    Some full albums online. I originally put Sheik Yerbouti on my web site in celebration, but wondered whether a PG rated web site would be appropriate without a disclaimer, so swapped it out with Apostrophe. I do like Sheik…..and broken hearts are, after all, for assholes…

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Speaking of the solstice and dark skies, this aired on NPR’s Morning Edition this morning. Imagine, Tucson and Ireland in the same news item. In case you missed it, with apologies to Patrick for diverting from Frank’s resurrection, here is the link.

    http://www.npr.org/2014/12/22/372409572/stars-shine-bright-in-ireland-s-dark-sky-reserve

  7. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Hey Joe, please say hi to Frank for us. If you need some directions on the way to the source, get a little help from your friends. “Returning to the source is serenity.”

  8. Say it ain’t so, Joe | Mad Blog Media Says:

    […] too much to do before he died, and thank whatever gods there are that we got to watch, and listen. As Pat noted in comments, give our best to Frank, […]

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