Walter Becker, Co-founder of Steely Dan

September 5, 2017

Walter Becker   1950-2017 Pop music had a void to be filled, so these two boys had a hunch: First, name their band after the dildo from William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch (some bands come apart right at the start before unpacking their guitars Some want bizarre, some want art Other just want “The Cars”) Second, make … Read More

Dr. Ruth Pfau

August 17, 2017

Dr. Ruth Pfau    1929-2017   I’m a pretty thoughtful guy Let me give you an example Recently a friend baked a pie And offered me a sample   The taste was gray and ghastly Pathetic and pernicious “How is it?” he asked me I said it was delicious   My integrity suffered I now labor … Read More

Glen Campbell

August 9, 2017

Glen Campbell 1936-2017 He said the secret is clear for an unhappy life: About every three years find a new wife Say “I do” to your honey and as she repeats it   Say adieu to your money, ‘cause she gonna keep it As foolish at romance as he was adept with frets He got … Read More

June Foray

August 1, 2017

  June Foray 1917-2017   “The First Lady of Animated Voicing” So termed by the entertainment world A life fading but Death rejoicing To have the company of Rocket J. Squirrel   (Rocky Squirrel predates Rocky Raccoon But in my mind they are close cousins With Gideon and Bullwinkle they got a room where there’s … Read More

Bill Collings

August 1, 2017

Bill Collings 1948-2017 Warm, crystalline tone, projection we’re talkin’ Bill Collings guitars “I could never reach perfection” and God could improve upon stars His dedication to function and form dictated their elegant construction Paul Simon could soothe, Keith Richards could storm and Hendrix would’ve fucked ’em They all have stories of how they found ’em … Read More

Martin Landau

July 18, 2017

Martin Landau 1928-2017 Johnny Depp was Ed Wood in all his neurosis But yet it was understood the film was Lugosi’s Martin Landau got a break with the part Past failures palled and got a stake in the heart He won an Oscar, should have had more Like for the Doctor who killed his paramour … Read More

The Night of the Living Dead

July 18, 2017

George Romero  1940-2017 An unthinking, unfeeling cast of caucasians In rural America pursue a black man It wasn’t his intention but it’s a temptation To see race in Romero’s zombie land Duane Jones (Ben) boards up the house As the living dead ramp up the drama He’d just been seven when the movie came out … Read More

Adam West 1928-2017

June 15, 2017

  On “Zombie Island” he began to blossom Developed a style that led him to Gotham His very first feature starred Boris Karloff But undead creatures soon were far off His Batman series was low-rent iconic A comic book clearly yet gently ironic A perfect response to world under siege “Holy Post Modern!” comes to … Read More