Shmed- First, congratulations to you and your family for "making it" in a very competitive business. I am no musician and I do not clam to be one. With the research that I have compiled it is obvious that your have earned your success.
I do have an issue with you claiming to be Denis's "best friend". I knew Denis well. I worked with Denis every day for 2 years up until he died. He worked around children and loved them. He coached a girls basketball team won a championship, something he was very proud of. He shared his music with the students at the school and saw the "other side of life". The same one you seem to be enjoying with your wife and children.
Did you know any of this?
The day Denis died I knocked on his sister's door and watched her screaming in the horror that comes with suicide. To this day we still share a friendship that started with her brother Denis. Each person is different and I will not pass judgement on you in the same way that you seem to have on Denis and his family.
Denis died 10 years ago. He was talented, just like you. He was human and had issues, just like all of us. Please don't use your success as a forum to make judgements on people that you claim to know. In the two years that I worked with Denis I never met you. I was at his funeral (you may have been there, maybe not). I've visited his grave. I cry when I hear his music.
I believe that you did not mean to spark the emotions that you did but there are people that loved Denis and are still on this earth that take offense to some of that comments that you have made. A simple apology would go a long way.
You are the man Dave! Lots of love.
Is this the best we can report on? Lame!
Duane was one of my best students. He made everybody else look bad. Great interview! I wish I'd thought of it.
Duane , has always been super talented and has amazed us all since he was a little boy this summer I was able to watch him perform on the base and a comedy show all in one night . I love him and am very very proud of him
I might take a small chance to point out he was a legal adult when he flopped and got a apartment lol love you Duane Keep rocking the world you have came a long long ways Congrats
The man, the myth, the legend, Duane has so many talents, he is truly a gifted young man. If you have the time to see him perform do it!Bring your friends and loved ones.I was blessed to stay a couple days with him this past summer and just hang out with him,never a dull moment.I dont know how he does it all,but he does,and I hope he keeps doing it.Looking forward to seeing you again this spring till then Rock-On Brudda..
This guy is my new Missoula hero. He does radio, plays metal punk, listens to hip-hop, but most importantly: has the balls to do stand-up comedy. Amateur comedians can be a cringe-fest of bad puns and improperly told stories, but I'm curious to see what Missoula has to offer at The Union...
Well, I for one, must applaud you for your love of the arts and its practitioners in Missoula. We are a very lucky community to have so much on the theatre/music/dance/fine arts scene(s). However, I WOULD like to point out that The University of Montana was BRIEFLY mentioned, nothing about the Downtown Dance Collective or the Ballet Arts Academy, neglected the On Center Performing Art Academy's kids and their arts contributions, and there was NIL about either the Missoula Children's Theatre or the Missoula Community Theatre. I can guarantee you that the arts community in Missoula would be far less than what it is without the amazing contributions of these incredible organizations. You recognized people who should have been, true. However, you should have tried harder to recognize more.
This book is a definite buy on my list. It sounds like Patrick Lee knows what really went on in this horrific loss to the city of Butte MT. I have read the other two books and am looking forward to reading this latest novel. Excellent write up - interesting read!!
I like the bold primary color palette of the current show. good work tim.
excellent review about an excellent woman.
i used to defend dylan against those who said they liked his lyrics, but just couldn't handle his voice. i loved the mumbled masters of war he did at the grammys in 1991 or so. all the vocal variations he's been through over the years - i've dug them. but now - his voice bugs me. this article nails it. when dylan comes to my town, i don't know whether i'm going to the show....and i've seen him about 16 times since 1995. wtf, indeed.
I agree with some mixture of all of these posts. Much of the time he does spit out lyrics too fast-lots of pauses between phrases, then rushing through the next phrase. Since nearly everything he does is deliberate, I wonder what his purpose is? I remember thinking his voice was worn out when I heard it in 1994, then again in 1999, but now I find his vocals from those years vibrant and expressive. Maybe eventually I'll appreciate his post-2004 vocals, but it's a bit hard to imagine, as the original post said. As for off-tune, I think the note he can't reach in I Believe in You qualifies as off key. Other than that, I'd agree that it's inaccurate to call him off-key. Oh, for a few tender-voiced ballads sung solo on stage with just his acoustic guitar. That would be a treat, raspy voice or not.
Admittedly Old Dylan's voice is ragged. It is easy to argue, for at least most of the past decade, that it has grown too ragged. But, I disagree with the author's asessment "Enough instances of off Key" . One thing Dylan has never been is Off Key. he may sing it ugly, but, he always hits the note. I don't recall ever hearing a single off pitch note from Dylan, having listened to everything he ever released and listening to hundreds of Bootlegs and seeing him live at least 50 times, I can't point to a single instance where he was off key. I've heard his blistered croak of a voice fail the song, I've heard his phrasing turn the corner to unintenionally comical "Clouds so swift.........ranfalinin" ( you aint going nowhere) but 've never heard him sing off key.
I thought Bob rocked the Big Sky Brewery venue. The sound was great, Bob's harmonica playing was exquisite, and his band is monster.
I like that Bob can show case his harmonica, and pull it off really well.
Bob is using some Baby Gramps style and technique in his vocals, which works ok. He's 71 so that is what it is.
I'd pay to see the same thing again, it was that good. Missoula is lucky to get him.
I had a similar impression when I saw his show at the Wilma a few years ago. After that I vowed never to pay to see Dylan again. He should record what he is doing just to see how awful
it is. He will always be an icon and legend, but like Gordon
Lightfoot, his best days are long gone....
There are so many new and interesting bands to see at this thing. Last year, I saw 'Shilpa Ray and the Happy Hookers' on the last night of TotalFest and was completely blown away. It's well worth the price. Highly recommend going.
Thank you for acknowledging my "large-presence." I've tried many of the fad art diets, but none of them ever seemed to stick.
Ok I just found a business card from Roger Shack in my 1963 Cadillac's ashtray in like new condition. I'm now trying to research more on him and how his card got into my hearse. I knew my car was from Montana but this narrows it down. His phone number on the card is still the old two letters then numbers.
Your review of the CD was spot on. Great job Erika, I hope to see you at the next show! Cathrine
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