Rock & Roll All Night

Apr 14 2014
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I’d like to thank KISS’ recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for reminding me of my babysitter Traci. I first laid eyes on her when my parents hired her to watch me while they went to see Elton John in concert. I was 7 years old and pissed they weren’t taking me with them. Then the doorbell rang and in walked a beautiful 14 year-old with a stack of records by a band I had never heard before. I said Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, secretly forgave my parents and she spent the rest of the night, rocking me to sleep. I can confirm that the saying is true, “You never forget your first KISS!”

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Live From Tio Leo’s

Apr 14 2014
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Oh my! There’s nothing sweeter than sharing the stage with talented people, who are also your friends and collaborate with you on a song by a super-talented, tortured artist you equally love.

Last week’s special guests Podunk Nowhere and I celebrate such a thing as this, with a FREE Download of our Live From Tio Leo’s performance of Ryan Adam’s “Oh My Sweet Carolina”. Cheers to friend Dan De La Isla of DLI Productions for helping us out with the recording!

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Oooh That Smell

Apr 7 2014
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When I was 5 years old, Loudon Wainwright III had a song that was all over the radio called “Dead Skunk”. The tag at the end of the chorus went, “Dead skunk in the middle of the road, stinking to high heaven!” I must’ve drove my parents crazy singing that song over and over again. Every time I see a skunk I think of that song (and cartoon character Pepe Le Pew of course). You never forget that smell, especially when your dog gets sprayed. REDFORD!!!! Funny how sometimes I’ll be standing in a crowd somewhere, and I start to get a whiff of that familiar scent and think to myself, “I smell a skunk……..wait a minute………skunks don’t go to concerts!”

The Sound Of Breakfast

Apr 1 2014
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I love how songs can trigger past memories. I find this to be one of the prime examples of the power of music. People, places and things can come rushing back to your consciousness, the moment you hear that familiar opening lick or lyric.

One such musical memory has me forever pairing canned meat with a Hall & Oats song and my friends Ian & Cameron Gary. The Garys lived a few streets down from me and the elementary school we attended. I would especially look forward to the periodic sleep overs at their place because they had the Hall & Oats record with the song “Rich Girl” and they introduced me to Spam & eggs for breakfast. No matter how much I begged my mom, she wouldn’t stock Spam in the house. But she would let me spend the night at the Garys, where I got to eat Spam and sing the lyrical line “It’s a bitch girl…..”. Hall & Oats with Spam, not just for breakfast anymore!

SpamHall-and-Oates

Checklist

Mar 24 2014
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Been listening to mixes of the first 5 songs that will ultimately become part of the next CD. So far, so good. Song about being in love (Restless Heart), check. Song about love being a home invasion (Used To Be My Place), check. Song about rekindling love (Middle Of Nowhere), check. Song about unconditional love (Do No Wrong), check. Song that mentions my dog licking his balls (Dog Gone), CHECK! 4 more written and ready to record. Now if I could just finish the song about the lovable singer/songwriter with writers block, who fell asleep in a bar during karaoke last Sat night.

Back To School

Mar 18 2014
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High school never scared me as a student. I ruled the school! Returning to my alma mater Clairemont High, which inspired the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” for the first time as an adult, made me a little nervous though. I was pretty sure my usual repertoire of “Sesame Street” & “I’m A Believer” wasn’t going to go over as well as it does with the elementary school kids I’m used to playing for. High school kids think they’re the coolest and KNOW EVERYTHING! Knowing I was up against the scrutiny of these future rulers who were thinking to themselves, “What do these old people got?!”, we cut them off at the pass with a blazing set from the full band and a “Dog Gone” country song with a lyrical line in it that states, “I bet you still find time to stop and lick your balls.” They clapped and cheered. We packed up our gear and went around the corner for some BBQ and beer! Everything cool? Cool.

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Matt & I about to unleash the band @ Clairemont High School 3-14-14

Kids Rock

Mar 11 2014
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Nothing makes you feel more like a BIG ROCK STAR, than a room full of kids demanding their favorite C. Dale songs at 7:30pm on a Monday (school) night! Throw in some pizza, 4 service dogs, a slew of crazy dance moves, thunderous applause, the theme song to my favorite show, Sesame Street, and I had to wonder, up to this point, what have I been doing with my life?! Now, I can’t wait for my next bar gig and the drunk guy who shouts out “Free Bird”, so I can tell him to bring his kids next time.

CD BC kids 3-10-14

Roast & Mash

Mar 4 2014
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Today’s special is a hearty serving of Roasted C. Dale with a side of Mashed Songs from my self-titled CD, brought to you by sometime funny man, I’d have to admit, this is one of the times, Mr. JD Boucharde. His use of salt & pepper brings out the true flavor of friendship during this audio recording taken from a private concert atop the 10-story Imperial Towers over looking Downtown San Diego. I’d tell JD he really out did himself this time but, he’d just smile, give me a vegemite sandwich and expect to be tipped.

It’s FREE and at my expense! Available in 2 Parts.
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C. Dale Roast – Comedic Intro

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C. Dale Mash – JD mashes together all the songs from my self-titled CD.

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My First Band

Feb 18 2014
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I was in 4th grade. My classmate Kelly tells me he plays piano. COOL, let’s put a band together! One day he brought me a cassette tape that had him playing this short and sweet, boogie woogie solo thing and I was like, this is gonna ROCK! By the end of the day, the whole school knew about our Rock & Roll dream. Days later he came over for our first rehearsal, ’cause we had a piano at our house. All the anticipation and excitement had been building up. THIS IS IT! He stands in front of the piano, reaches for the keys, then pulls back and says, “I don’t really play piano.” I’m like “WHAT?! Well who was that on the tape?” Apparently, it was part of an Elvis record. You can totally imagine the look on my face. The same one you had when your friend told you that Santa wasn’t real. I was in 4th grade for Christ sake! I took everything at face value. I also punched Kelly in the face! Needless to say, the band broke up, I drowned my sorrow in a bowl of Spaghetti O’s, then did my math homework.

Counting Stars

Feb 11 2014
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My mom is so cute. For several years now, she has been volunteering at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. She loves movies! And me, of course. So towards the end of January, I start getting texts and emails from her documenting her star sightings and encounters. First it was “AARON PAUL (Jessie Pinkman) from Breaking Bad just walk by. He’s much cuter in person and seems so down to earth.” Next, it’s William H. Macy (Fargo, Shameless). “We are BFFs! He talked to me about films for 5 minutes. I can die and go to Heaven now.” She graciously informed him that the infamous woodchipper, from the movie Fargo, was on display at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention & Visitors Bureau. He did not know that. Points for mom!

Upon her return, she sent out an email (which she called a blog) to all her family and friends titled “Cathy’s Sundance Film Review”, containing critiques of the 15 movies she had seen. HELLO! I think we just found Roger Ebert’s replacement! Based on her giddiness, I’m going to suggest she calls her blog, “Ants In The Pants At Sundance”. Look at her go……:-)

Me & Mom