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Gwen Sciora
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December 10, 2018
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Somewhere, along my musical timeline I decided, mentally, that  I had enough MUSIC…..meaning that I was “good” on my steady diet of Prog, punk, * 80 ’s and all sorts of JUNK. ( I mean that with affection)

I love so much music that I feared I was just about “FULL” and if I crammed anymore into my cerebellum that it would start to spill over and out.. and, well. Out of my head…it has been accumulating for quite some time..

“oh oh I’m over my head!” – Toni Basil 1984  

I do not want to forget about all the bands I grew up listening to from Saga. Rush, YES. From Asia .. to Zebra..
A to Z… They are all in my head..
Abc  to Waitresses, Xtc, Yazoo and Vitamin Z… ( uh  oh – here comes a song!)

From Van Halen to Vival- di.. I try to know it all – Dee! Dee Ramone-y Blond-ie Cbgb(eeeeeeeeeee) s Do you need me to Break it down to you? I’m like an encyclopedia Does that rhyme  with onomatopoeia From Joy Division To Steve Wilson!

Sccccccccccccccccrrrrrrrrratch.. Like a record skipping .Now rewind it back…say what?

I was given a set of tickets so I took to the book of face and  posted .. WHO WANTS TO GO? And like an episode of Family Feud .. the NUMBER ONE ANSWER : .  WHO is that? In short , and in a way of sorts, he is the love child of Donna Summer and Pink Floyd.
NO . I’m not kidding..

Lao Tzu  said something like,”  Even the most epic of journeys starts with the first step.”

Steven Wilson’s started with 2 records.. One  Christmas . ” Remember when you were young?? …You were caught on the crossfire of childhood and stardom…”

No , it’s not my friend’s band playing locally. I don’t have time to explain that this show is the  25th Anniversary of when Porcupine Tree first played… and all that about Yes Remixes.. BLAH BLAH BLAH!! ( that’s rockchat.  Just ask genius Alex Lifeson…)

The short version is that if you grew up on Joy Division and the Cure, or Tull or King Crimson or XTC,or a band called MINDF*CK… well,   I can TELL you all about it but I think you should give it a listen. I did and I liked it.

Give “Pariah” a spin and take it from there.  You might love to love it Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaabbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbayyyyyyyyyyyy.. and/or get brain damage… the lunatic.is on the grass….

THIS  LUNATIC has a record player.. And a radio show.. TUNE IN to WUSB.fm NY .. Join my social media and I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon.
And on the book of face  : WAXX TRAXX TO THE MAXX..
someone is  in my head but it’s not me on TWITTER : #LegendSciora

Until next time -Shine on you crazy diamonds… .

The Steven Wilson show came to THE PARAMOUNT on DEC 4th…TO THE BONE TOUR.  Here’s some photos ( yes that is Nick Beggs of Kajagoogoo , Kaja and Lifesigns! )

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Soothing the Savage Soul
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November 28, 2018
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Soothing the Savage Soul

 

Are you or do you know a musician with dyslexia? If so, you might find that in the music field it is a gift, not a curse. Please check out what Sandy Emmerson, my friend, colleague and dyslexia specialist has to say…


Dyslexia is a form of neurodiversity which is neurological in origin and manifests itself with difficulty in learning to read, write, and spell. Consequences of these difficulties, which occur in a continuum from very mild to very severe, can include problems with reading fluency and comprehension, aversion to the printed word, issues with school socialization and self-esteem to name a few. However, judging by the number of extraordinary musical achievers who are dyslexic such as John Lennon and Cher, there are many potential silver linings that accompany the identification of dyslexia in a budding musician.

Researchers Kent Peter Nelson and Ryan Hourigan recently studied the effect of dyslexia on young musicians. They found that their ability to read the notes and symbols of sheet music was sometimes impacted by dyslexia. The researchers also determined that small group and one-on-one instruction by an empathetic teacher, multisensory instruction, the isolation of musical components, and private lessons could be extremely helpful in unlocking musical talent and ability in these musicians (Nelson and Hourican, 2016).


One of the best-known musicians of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven, is believed to have experienced hardships stemming from the learning differences common to dyslexia. He along with many other phenomenal musicians have more than overcome the difficulties and replaced them with unforgettable harmonies and lyrics. Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood claims that he would not be the drummer he is today were it not for his learning differences. Jewel asserts that her dyslexia drove her to work harder toward her goals and accomplishments. Dyslexia is credited to be the reason that award-winning singer and songwriter Carly Simon and her family have gravitated to music for expression. Founder of the Black Crowes Chris Robinson found a sense of consistency in music that was not present in the traditional classroom. Stewart Copeland, Tony Bennett, Noel Gallagher, Ozzy Osbourne, Lou Reed, and a host of many other musicians carry with them stories of the blessings of dyslexia on their lives and musical careers.

The silver linings of dyslexia cannot exist if there were no cloud in the first place. Dyslexia is never easy, but the advantages of alternative chords can be magnificent to the ears of the world.

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THE STRUTS!
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Gwen Sciora
November 24, 2018
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THE STRUTS!
Gwen Sciora Editor in Chief

“Don’t you know who I think I am ?!?!?”
Not only are these lyrics from “Primadonna like me” , this also describes the charismatic frontman of The Struts attitude. Luke Spiller is a non – stop singing , dancing, commanding presence.If he said “clap” , the audience obeyed. If he said “dance!’ I felt the floor move. Luke’s energy level did not decrease over 2 Hours and several costume changes.Whatever his secret is I want to know!

The band is comprised of lead vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and Gethin Davies on drums. Their resume is quite impressive !THE STRUTS opened for The Rolling Stones before their first album dropped, to a crowd of 80,000 in France. The Struts were also selected by Motley Crue to play with them on their last 4 tour dates. YOUNG & DANGEROUS .. indeed!

The band easily taps into the obvious adoration of the fans. One very lucky young lady got to sing and dance to “Dancing in the dark” a la Bruce and Courtney Cox. I saw families with young kids, lots of 20+ somethings and plenty of adults, many in the unaccompanied over 40 yr old +variety

It’s safe to say, if you enjoy artists from the 70’s, bands classified as glam rock from T-rex , The Stones, Queen, and Bowie through the late 80’s, toss in some influences like The CULT and the Darkness, then add sequins , leather and hit blend!! Voila! The Struts! You are gonna love these guys. I would like to make a new category for The Struts. I christen thee : Glamrageous!

Take it from me or Dave Grohl . If you were lucky enough to catch the FOO FIGHTERS this summer , The Struts were the openers. Taylor Hawkins and Dave Grohl switch places, then Taylor duets with Luke for a rendition of Under Pressure. I caught the show this past July at Northwell Health Jones Beach Theater and my seat was way up high in the still pricey uppermost balcony but I could tell there was something really cool going on and not just because Taylor was sporting a homemade RUSH tee shirt

IF you have not seen the induction speeches that Taylor and Dave gave as they welcomed RUSH to the RRHOF: go to the internet now. Thank me later. Make sure you check out The Struts videos . It is like Pringles!You can’t have just one.

Songs like “KISS THIS!” , ” BODY TALK “, “Dirty Sexy Money”, “In love with a camera” all grab you in the first few seconds and will get your toes tapping and you will be singing along in no time. Even when you are asleep! “oh yeah… ”

So “Put your money on me ” or rather, The Struts and take my advice .. Drop a few bucks on aticket . You won’t regret it , these guys are going to be huge! They may be flashy but they are noflash in the pan.

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THE SRTUTS PLAY THE PARAMOUNT NY 11/20
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Gwen Sciora
November 23, 2018
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https://docs.google.com/document/d/19X1cKa0kqoXkpX12NYIMQxhMiZuJOc8Pkd1DeeXXxW0/edit?usp=sharing

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