McCartney May: No More Lonely Nights Under Waterfalls


We’ve touched on just about every aspect of Paul McCartney’s life a bit; The Beatles, Wings, his solo songs, his personal life, etc. but there’s another huge aspect of his life we haven’t touched on just yet, his activism. Since we’re closing out McCartney May tomorrow, I did want to include more of this. While I do occasionally eat meat, Mr. Richard is a vegetarian and we both believe in rescuing abandoned animals, much like Dawson and Daria were and these values are in line with Paul’s.

Since 1975, McCartney has been a vegetarian; he and his wife Linda were vegetarians for most of their 30-year marriage. They decided to stop consuming meat after Paul saw lambs in a field as they were eating a meal of lamb. Soon after, the couple became outspoken animal rights activists. In his first interview after Linda’s death, he promised to continue working for animal rights, and in 1999 he spent £3,000,000 to ensure Linda McCartney Foods remained free of genetically engineered ingredients.

McCartney is a supporter of the animal-rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He has appeared in the group’s campaigns and, in 2009, he narrated a short factory farm exposé titled “Glass Walls” which was harshly critical of slaughterhouses, the meat industry, and their effect on animal welfare. McCartney has also supported campaigns headed by the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, World Animal Protection, and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

Following McCartney’s marriage to Heather Mills, he joined her in a campaign against land mines, becoming a patron of Adopt-A-Minefield. He wore an anti-landmines T-shirt during some of the Back in the World tour shows. In 2006, the McCartneys travelled to Prince Edward Island to raise international awareness of seal hunting. The couple debated with Danny Williams, Newfoundland’s then Premier, on Larry King Live, stating that fishermen should stop hunting seals and start seal-watching businesses instead.

McCartney has participated in several charity recordings and performances, including the Concerts for the People of Kampuchea, Ferry Aid, Band Aid, Live Aid, Live 8, and the recording of “Ferry Cross the Mersey”. In 2004, he donated a song to an album to aid the “US Campaign for Burma”, in support of Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. In 2008, he donated a song to Aid Still Required’s CD, organized as an effort to raise funds to assist with the recovery from the devastation caused in Southeast Asia by the 2004 tsunami.

In 2009, McCartney wrote to Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, asking him why he was not a vegetarian. As McCartney explained, “He wrote back very kindly, saying, ‘my doctors tell me that I must eat meat’. And I wrote back again, saying, you know, I don’t think that’s right … I think he’s now being told … that he can get his protein somewhere else … It just doesn’t seem right – the Dalai Lama, on the one hand, saying, ‘Hey guys, don’t harm sentient beings … Oh, and by the way, I’m having a steak‘”.

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Side One

Waterfalls

Side Two

Check My Machine

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Side One

No More Lonely Nights

Side Two

No More Lonely Nights (Playout Version)

Weekly Record Store Wrap Up (3/30 – 4/5)


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This last Friday I was wandering around, checking out the anime convention in Boston as you can see above, and I noticed Underground Hip Hop was packed up! There was a building custodian locking up the front so I asked if they had moved. He said yes, so I had Mr. Richard look into it, and they haven’t actually found a new location. The online shop is up an running if you need a fix in the meantime, but if you were hoping to do a little physical crate digging, you’ll have to wait.

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Saturday finally marked our return to Garnick’s. It felt like it had been forever! The stacks were still piled high, but I feel like that’s just a given here. Bobby had found some random albums that didn’t have covers and weren’t in 100% great condition, so he tossed those in for free this week. It definitely pays to be regulars in a local shop!

Since it’s baseball season and that is by far my favorite sport, we picked up a disc of the greatest sports moments. I forget which decade exactly, but it has some really historic moments on it and I’m really excited to enter it. The roomie and I have tickets to a Sox game at the end of the month so I might try to time it up with that. I consider Fenway holy ground and get a little teary eyed walking down the hall of old logos after all!

I still need to pay for some more work on my car, but we managed to come out with a decent haul. On top of the two free discs and sporting one, we grabbed:

Before Dark (I’ll likely be posting this soon for Rainbow Week – a week focused on colored vinyl)

Marcia Griffiths single

Changing Faces feat. Jay Z

Sam Mangwana

And lastly, a various artists reggae LP

You may have noticed that some of my posts now have a footer with a little mention of my Over the Edge rappel in Boston for the Special Olympics. I’m my company’s tem leader and due to my extreme competitiveness, I want to raise more money than last year and be the top team for the event. I rappelled the 22 stories last year and it was one of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences that I’ve ever had.

The Special Olympics were my first volunteering experience when I was a crappy, spoiled teenager and all of these years later, it’s nice to fully commit. I need YOUR help to do this though so I’m calling on my followers! Donate just $10.00 HERE to help out!! Imagine if just five of my followers donated ten dollars, that would be a quick $50!! What if ten people donated $10?! Mind blowing what just a few people can do!!

Every $500 we raise helps an athlete for a year. That covers transportation, securing locations, equipment, everything they need. When you think of it, it’s really not that much to cover an athlete so lets do it people!!

On that note, even though I’ll be celebrating next week with the Greek side of my family, Happy Easter everyone! Dawson wasn’t a fan of playing bunny and delivering baskets to the girls downstairs…

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Weekly Record Store Wrap Up (3/2 – 3/8)


I really didn’t do much this week, just spent the time wishing it felt like spring. I sent the roomie to RRRecords when he was downtown on Wednesday and we were supposed to meet up at Underground Hip Hop in Boston on Friday but that was about it.

Mid week, the roomie scooped up two various artists disc and an album of cat sounds, which drives our cats absolutely nuts. Dawson stands in front of the TV and tries to catch invisible birds coming out of the speakers. He’s not the brightest bulb…

The various artists discs included The Roots, Young Jeezy, Big K.R.I.T., The Dream, KRS-1, Shaggy, Jermaine Dupri and more. One is a Record Store Day release and is on clear vinyl!

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I say we should have met at UGHH because he took a wrong turn off the subway. I was flipping through some stacks and it felt like he should have been there so I called. “Um, I’m by Tremont, where are you” he said so I ran out to find him knowing he was a few blocks away now. We had to get to one of my work things so we didn’t head back in. I guess its good for my wallet that way since there was at least four albums I wanted.

That night, I had a work POD outing, which is when the company pays for a team to go out and get silly together. I dragged Mr. Richard along and am now worried that my co-workers like him more than me. I suppose the margaritas and beers were a bit too much for us to get an early start on the weekend so we skipped the normal Saturday crate digging experience. Always worth it to switch it up and hang with good people.

 

A Mid-Week, Random, Snow-pocolypse Update


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Have you seen the news reports about Boston lately? The whole state, really. According to NECN, my little ol’ town of Lowell is holding it down record wise for snow right now. Oh, and there’s more on the way. To get a glimpse of how insane it is, check out this Buzzfeed link HERE. The above picture is of some of the relief my street finally got today. They started early and are still going strong. It’s been bitterly cold and windy on top of the mountains of unprecedented snowfall. So, what’s me in a cat onesie trying to stay warm and the snow have to do with this blog?

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 Well, as you may have noticed, I’ve found this groove. Posts go off every five hours and Mr. Richard does a review everyday, with a day off every four or five days. This system goes pretty well with my 40 hour work week (+ like, 15 hours commuting) usually. I’ve been stuck working from home a lot and when I do get into the office, my commute takes about three times as long. When I’m home, he can’t get on the computer to write reviews and when I’m gone, I lose valuable daylight to take pictures and post.

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You would think we’d be able to find a balance and catch up since we’ve both been pretty snowbound, but we’ve both fallen into the winter slump. Does that happen to you? Maybe the roomie and I are both part plant as we tend to thrive more in the summer months. It doesn’t help that the cats just want to snuggle all day and are so damn cute! When we can, we’re trying to use any spare time and decent conditions to get out of the house so look for a fun wrap up at the end of this month.

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I hope if you’re living in the north east of North America right now, you’re safe, warm and your backs haven’t gone out. I have shoveling arm from heaving the snow back and over our trash cans in the driveway but hopefully spring is on it’s way soon! I’m not a fan of needing to ice my elbow after being out in feet of snow…

I do plan on getting back on track before this weekend, I even have tomorrow completely off! Thanks for staying tuned everyone, much love.

Somebody To Love


I figured “Somebody to Love” would be a somewhat bittersweet way to end the Queen week on Valentine’s Day. Not a love song, but I posted enough early, but a song for those single folks out there that are perhaps curled up with their cats. Named Dawson and Daria. Me, okay, it’s me! It’s me, curled up eating chocolates I made Mr. Richard buy me on the couch with Dawson and Daria. It may not be the most upbeat singles anthem, but hey, it deserves a spot on the playlist.

I hope you have all enjoyed this week of Queen! I’m not sure who the next artist will be to deserve a full week of attention, but I’m sure somebody will be popping up soon. In the meantime, get the cats glammed up and spend the night rocking out to some Queen in your living room. Or cuddled with your loved one. Whatever fits your situation!

Somebody find me, somebody find me
Somebody to love, anybody find me
Can you find me? Can, can you find me?
Some, some, somebody, somebody to love, ya

(Find me somebody to love)
(Find me somebody to love)
Some, some, somebody to love me
Can you love me? Can you love me?
Oh, give love, give love, give love
Give love, somebody to love

Can anybody fine me?
Can anybody find me?
Find me, find me, find me, find, ooh ya
Some, yeah, somebody
Oh, oh somebody to love

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Side One

Somebody to Love

Side Two

White Man

End Of The Month Wrap Up: November 2014


November was more of a laid back month for me, at least when it comes to music. With the holidays coming up, I’ve been a bit more focused on friends and family (and shopping!). I did pick up tickets to the Boston Music Awards and the Ladies of Boston Rock (with Shea Rose and Dutch ReBelle – my hip hop goddesses from the city) for December and January!

I’m really excited to see the BMA’s. It’ll be my first time there and there’s a fantastic mix of musicians, some new and some I’ve seen like STL GLD. They’re nominated for an award as well as Dutch and Shea. Oh, and Keytar Bear is performing!!

Although, not completely music related, the roommate and I stumbled upon the TedX Talk in Brookline. I had heard about the Ted talks but had never attended one before. If you’re not familiar either, please, check it out! Shea Rose was speaking so it was obvious we were going once we found out about it. I don’t even know where to begin writing about the experience though! It was so inspiring and heartwarming.

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Shea Rose took the stage to discuss losing her voice, both literally and figuratively. She had a polyp on her vocal cords and had to remain speechless until after surgery. The roommate could relate as he lost his “voice” by being unable to make art during the time he was bedridden. I can’t imagine never hearing her sing and am so thankful she pushed through after surgery and is here today.

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She also spoke of the pressures within the music industry to be “urban” or to be “blacker” or she’d never get a record deal. Upon actually being offered that record deal with a major label, she decided no, she didn’t want to lose her voice again and turned them down. It takes true strength to stand up for yourself like that and I was moved to tears at this point. Who would want to change Shea Rose to be anything but herself? That’s what I love most about her!

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We didn’t really intend on staying too long, as I was sick leading up to the talk and needed to work the next day but we caught the next speaker, David Sengeh. You can check out some more information on him HERE. A mutli-talented man from Sierra Leone, he works to better fit people in prosthetic limbs. He could very well just focus on his work at MIT, but instead continues to work with the youth to inspire and push them towards their dreams. Oh, and he also raps!

November also brought us the Aaliyah movie on Lifetime. The hour long documentary prior to the movie had me choking back tears at the funeral footage. We lost that star far, far too young. As for the movie itself, well, the costume department did pretty well. Casting, acting, overall storytelling of Aaliyah’s life and music catalog were all pretty terrible. Let’s just say, if the family doesn’t support it, it’s probably for a reason. It was a huge disappointment and certainly did no justice to the legend that is Aaliyah.

I did manage to hit a pretty big milestone this month. My 1000th Single / EP was entered! It ended up being The Routers, check the post out HERE. You may remember that I made the decision to split the lists in Excel so it’s now three tabs; Full LPs, Singles / EPs (7″ and 12″) and then 10″ LPs, EPs and singles. It’s easier to find everything when I’m checking to see if we have a song or not. It’s also a lot easier to make note of these milestones. They push me to keep going.

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Don’t forget! If you want to see images of Dawson and Daria, the whole vinyl collection or local musicians, hop on over to the Instagram account for My Dad’s Albums. Hashtag your own vinyl pictures with #MyDadsAlbums so I can check them out too!

Nifty Links For November:

Be sure to follow My Dad’s Albums on Facebook for all the links I share. These are the best ones from the last month for you!

Do you ever get jealous of another person’s record collection? I do all the time! One collection I’m insanely jealous of is Questlove’s. I mean, it just makes me drool in envy! Check out Questlove’s (you know, from The Roots) record collection HERE.

Need some new jewelry and have an eclectic style, kind of like me? Check out THIS blog from Vinyl Expressionz. The blog is just starting out but I found it through Instagram and am planning on ordering my own necklace soon on their Etsy page! I have their Facebook and Etsy pages listed on my Great Links page too if you’re interested in getting a piece of your own.

As we enter December, there’s a lot of holidays coming up. I hope everyone, of every faith has a fantastic month! November, as relaxing as it was for me, was a month of turmoil for this country. I was very worked up by the events because I just want us to respect each other and treat every single person equally. You don’t need to like every person you meet but at least take a minute to hear their story. Much love to you all!

Where Have You Been All My Life?


I’m here, I swear! It’s been a busy month for me. I had a bunch of doctor’s appointments and have been going into the office alot. I’ll be back to regular daily updates this week. I do have a few little updates for y’all in the meantime:

I had to get rid of the image page in the interest of saving space. You of course, can still find the images on my Facebook page!

Also, in the interest of saving space, I’ll be creating a new blog soon for just the singles. Be on the look out for that!

Wear Your Music


Daria and I are still obsessing over the album purses I had previously posted, but now we’ve got some accessories and T-shirts to add to my “want it now” list. I think she’s been hiding in my drawers and shopping bags as a sign too.

You should make your way over to Vling! to check out their jewelry and more. I definitely want the artist palette necklace, but the bracelets are pretty neat too!

If you’re not really into jewelry, there’s always these T-shirts from Junior Massive in Austrailia. I definitely want the bird one! They do ship internationally as well.

Have you guys seen examples of albums used in fashion? Where’s the Project Runway challange for this?

Did You Miss Me?


I apologize for taking the last few days off from posting! I forgot my camera at my mom’s so I couldn’t take pictures of the albums then I got a bit lazy. The last week or so has been crazy though and I have some updates and links to share with all of you!

First, I’ve finally made a Facebook page so be sure to make your way on over there and give me a “Like”! I’ll be posting some YouTube videos there as well for a little something different.

Second, but perhaps the biggest, I MADE HUFFINGTON POST’S 7 SITES YOU SHOULD BE WASTING TIME ON! I pretty much freaked out when I saw because that slideshow is how I usually kill time at work mid-week. I just sat here watching the views go up by the hundreds. It was absolutely amazing so thank you all for stopping by! If I haven’t responded to a comment or made it back to your blog yet, I apologize but promise I’ll get on that right away!

Change: It’s A-Comin’


I’ve been thinking about switching up the appearance of the blog for a while now. Ya know, make it fresher, not so dark but I wanted a similar layout. Then, I happened across a theme called Yoko and figure it’s just as fitting as Piano Black for a music related blog! Dawson’s in shock as you can tell, but he’ll have to get over since I’m pretty happy with how everything will look.

In other randomly related to the collection news, I’m so close to having 500 albums entered!!! If I stay on track, I’ll easily surpass 500 by July. I’m trying to set tiny goals for each month so I don’t get overwhelmed or burn out. I’m proud of the progress so far, so on I go, song by song, day by day! At least I have Daria’s precious face to curl up at the end of the day.