Thursday, August 25, 2005

Hey, Canadians love the Rock School soundtrack

In yesterday's Calgary Sun:

Teach us
Darryl Sterdan
Sun Media
August 24, 2005

No, this is not the soundtrack to the Jack Black comedy School of Rock.

Instead, it's the soundtrack to a documentary about a real-life music academy which pairs budding rockers with stars like Alice Cooper, Dave Mustaine, Billy Idol, Ian Gillan and Ann Wilson.

All of whom appear here, recreating their hits with a crew of youthful proteges.

Most versions — from the Latino rock of Gregg Rolie's Black Magic Woman to the power-chord punk of Marky Ramone's I Wanna be Sedated — are strikingly proficient, but none more so than the precise recreation of Yes's prog epic Heart of the Sunrise.

And none is more fun than the air-punching cover of Rebel Yell. More, more, more.

Track Listing:

• 1. "Black Magic Woman" - Gregg Rolie
• 2. "I Wanna Be Sedated" - Marky Ramone/Tyson Ritter of the All-American Rejects
• 3. "School's Out" - Alice Cooper
• 4. "Barracuda" - Ann Wilson
• 5. "Highway Star" - Ian Gillan
• 6. "L.A. Woman" - The Paul Green School of Rock Music
• 7. "Heart Of The Sunrise" - Jon Anderson
• 8. "Rebel Yell" - Billy Idol
• 9. "Don't Stand So Close To Me" - Stewart Copeland
• 10. "Iron Man" - The Paul Green School of Rock Music
• 11. "Peace Sells" - Dave Mustaine
• 12. "Hocus Pocus" - The Paul Green School of Rock Music
Since Julie and Eric are the rhythm section in Heart of the Sunrise and Eric is on drums in Rebel Yell, I'm having an extreme proud mother moment here, and yes, yes, once again wishing Julie and Eric will reform another band sooner rather than later as they've discussed because they have a certain magic when they play together and every single person who has heard them perform says the same -- most importantly, professional musicians and critics.
In other news, Eric did a practice session with his new project, Shannon Penn and her band on Tuesday and these guys are all heavy hitters in the music industry and they are thrilled to have Eric as their drummer so good on him! This is his year to explore every option available and he's taking advantage of it. He's got a few other things up his sleeve as well. Julie is my little workaholic; she's just set the world record for getting a promotion at work. Having been hired to be a hostess at Rembrandt's Restaurant two weeks ago, she graduated to server yesterday and today will be training her replacement hostess. She's going to double shift for a while; hostessing, waitressing...she also works ten hours a week at Rock School, a few evenings a week with Phil Nicolo at Studio 4, is recording two bands and is working on other projects where she's playing bass with singer/songwriter Matt Duke as previously mentioned here.

I continue to plug away at my novels and am enjoying some free time as well. Yesterday before she had to be at work, Julie and I walked to the Italian Market and had breakfast at our beloved Fitzwater Cafe. This time I had the lemon muffin. It was to die for -- every bite brought the taste of fresh lemons; not some weak lemon extract flavor. I also nominate them for the best home fries, though it's a tie between them, 10th Street Pour House, and Jack's in the Reading Terminal Market. I'm such a potato freak; I'm forever on a search for the best home fries and hand cut french fries. I still stand by Loie as the best french fries because of the awesome dipping sauces which accompany them but Brasserie Perrier is pretty good as well...same reason...wasabi mayo dipping sauce, etc. Julie bought fresh made, not frozen, cheese ravioli from the Fitzwater Cafe (they are owned by the same people who own the Saloon, a pricey restaurant down the street, and the Cafe was originally set up to be their bakery since they make all of their pasta, desserts, and bread in house, but then they opened this wonderful, inexpensive restaurant on the premises and you can even get lunch and dinner there now for under $10). Julie also bought a baguette from Sarcone's Bakery, which, if you don't already know, has the best Italian bread in the City of Philadelphia. Oh my god, it was hot out of the oven and we both had to restrain ourselves from breaking pieces off on the way home. Next time, we'll buy two loaves so we can do just that. Anyway, Julie went up to Matt's last night to make him a special dinner - the ravioli in a sauce she planned to make with two pounds of fresh tomatoes, heavy cream, home grown basil and parmesan cheese. I'm so jealous! I can't wait to hear how it turned out. Matt is housesitting for his father so they had the place to themselves and his dad has a deck. It was so freaking gorgeous out yesterday that she planned dinner outside...oh, and for dessert she's serving toasted coconut layer cake.

Yep, I'm really enjoying this summer. Julie will be home early this morning and then she's off to work; Eric is spending the day/evening with his girlfriend, the lovely Carolyn, and I'm going to write, write, write.