hydria entangledAnyone close to me will attest to the fact that I’m a huge fan of the progressive rock band Genesis. Although old school fans may shutter at this fact, “Invisible Touch” was my introduction to the band. However in my defense, I was only 16 at the time and had yet to understand the overall historical perspective. A few trips to the record store (actually at that time it was mostly cassette tapes) taught me the history of Genesis. What a shocking revelation to learn that Phil Collins was not only a drummer but wasn’t even an original member of the band! Determined to understand the history, the next cassette tape I purchased was “From Genesis To Revelation”. Working my way backwards it took me a year or so to get to “A Trick Of The Tail”. To this day it’s still one of my favorite Genesis albums.

This is a long winded way of introducing today’s Tim’s Show & Tell posts! A few years ago the Brazilian band Hydria recorded a cover of “Entangled”. See the video below:

I personally love the distorted guitar during the “B” part of the song (Well if we can help you we will…) It adds an interesting dynamic element while still holding true to the original intent of the song. Unfortunately since this recording the band has decided to part ways.  It’s too bad because I really enjoyed their music. Hopefully there will be solo projects coming out soon. I’ll make sure to post an update if that happens.

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I’ve been a Muppets fan my entire life. Perhaps it’s the fond memories of a simpler time watching The Muppet Show with my mom, dad & brother. Although at the time my brother & I didn’t understand all the musical theatre songs or completely get every joke… all we knew was that “Pigs In Space” was darn funny! As an adult I watch the old shows (I currently have seasons 1 & 2 on DVD) with my daughter. Even though many of the jokes are dated, I still giggle. I’m touched by the musical theatre songs & (along with my daughter) I still think “Pigs In Space” is funny!

When I saw Kermit the Frog’s ALS ice bucket challenge I had to check it out via the link below:

Kermit the Frog’s ALS ice bucket challenge

Good memories and a great cause to boot. Now I just need to see if Tina Fay answered Kermit’s challenge!

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victoria smith musicVictoria Smith is an independent singer/songwriter hailing from the great state of Massachusetts. We met on Twitter of all places; social media is a wonderful way to bring people together from all over the world. One of the many philosophies we share is the idea that indie artists need to support each other (Artists Supporting Artists), both in terms of encouragement as well as promotion. Basically I’ll promote your work to my fans & you do the same for me… or in other worlds scratch my back & I’ll scratch yours. Competing against the big boys is tough enough. Independent artists need to stick together.

That said – Victoria’s song “Bad Boy” was a recent finalist in the Annual Great American Song Contest (Pop category).

For more info on Victoria Smith & her music check out the link below:

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Brian Dawkins is by far my favorite Philadelphia Eagle of all time. When Dawk was on the field you just knew something exciting was going to happen. Drafted in 1996 it took a few years & the arrival of defensive coordinator Jim Johnson for him to take his game to the next level. It begs the question does the player make the coach or the coach make the player? Either way it sure was fun to watch.

Below are some highlights of Brian Dawkins’ brilliant career in Philadelphia.

Who remembers the 1991 Eagles Defense? I was a junior in collage & remember the “House of Pain” Monday Night Football game against the Houston Oilers well! Without a doubt the ’91 Eagles had one of the greatest defenses in NFL history. If it wasn’t for Randall Cunningham’s season ending ACL injury in week 1 we would have made a serious Super Bowl run. Led by the likes of Jerome Brown, Seth Joyner & Reggie White they ranked #1 against the run and the pass. The tragic death of Jerome Brown in June of the following year ultimately signaled the beginning of the end. It would be another 10 years, the drafting of Brian Dawkins & arrival of Jim Johnson as defensive coordinator until the Eagles would become a defensive force once more.

Below is a video highlighting the great 1991 Eagles defense

For today’s Tim’s Show & Tell post I’m very please to introduce Melanie Dekker.

Melanie Dekker Distant StarThe story: It was June 2012. At the time I was living in Seattle WA however on this particular Sunday afternoon I was in the middle of a day trip to Port Townsend WA. On the way home we passed the Port Townsend Brewery and being a sucker for small independent breweries we decided to stop & check it out. We were surprised to learn on that day they happened to be featuring live music in there outdoor beer garden. As we sat down Melanie was just starting her set. I remember it being a perfect afternoon… gorgeous weather, good beer, great company and live original music. What more could I possibility ask for? After an hour we finished our beers & decided to head for home.

Fast forward 5 months… I’m cleaning off my desk & come across Melanie’s card that I happened to pick up at the brewery in Port Townsend. Thinking back to that summer day I remembered 1 song in particular she played I really liked… well sort of! I couldn’t quite remember the name of it. A quick visit to Melanie’s website proved inconclusive. None of the song clips listed were it. Out of desperation I sent her a quick email explaining my dilemma. To my pleasant surprise I receive a response within 30 minutes!! After several email exchanges back & forth we finally figured it out…. “Stare at The Rain”.

After asking where I could purchase a download of the song, she simply just sent me 2 copies (studio & live) then thanked me for my support.

This is one of the many reason I love supporting independent artist. There’s nothing that compares to a 1 on 1 conversation & simple “thank you”. I urge everyone to check out Melanie Dekker’s music via the link below:

melaniedekker.com

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