‘Santa is an Anagram’

What a nice first night of Hanukkah surprise – the next song off of “The Snake King”: The debut of a lyric video of “Santa is an Anagram.”

This popped up on Twitter tonight:

It sounds like the song was written by his Supernatural character channeling Chuck Berry and the lyrics reveal his dark sense of humor. The lyric video is fun to watch and it’s good to know there’s some humor, albeit dark, on the new CD, mixed in with songs with titles like “Suicide Manifesto” and “Blues for the Disillusioned.”

Definitely will be interesting to see what the rest of “The Snake King” is like!

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Song source for ‘I Know What You Want’

For several weeks, guitar pics with the text “I Know What You Want” have been thrown into the audience during concerts and those words were also spotted on RS’s sling after his surgery and on a leather jacket. The other side of the pic said “The Snake King” so it was assumed that would be a song on the new album. But there wasn’t any “I Know What You Want” on the list of songs.

But now, thanks to a new mug on the Rick Springfield merchandise site, now we know that it’s a line from “The Devil That You Know.”

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That’s a little fix of “The Snake King” information while we’re waiting for another song to be released. (Because there’s going to be another one released soon, right? Jan. 26 feels like a long way off.  Hanukkah starts tonight, how about sometime in the next eight days?)

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 Meanwhile, while we are waiting for another song, here’s a little something to enjoy, “Rickie’s Toys” by Leigh Roberts, a new “Jessie’s Girl” parody about Rick Springfield’s “Star Wars” toy collection:

Rambling thoughts on the new album ‘rising’

The publicity so far for “The Snake King” has said that the album will be “rising” on Jan. 26. I haven’t heard that wording before as it pertains to an album, and because Rick Springfield is a writer who seems to select his words carefully (at least in his writing), I am thinking that the word was chosen for this album for a specific reason.

First I Googled “album rising” to see if that wording was music industry terminology that I wasn’t familiar with. All that came up was a “Rising” album by a band called Rainbow (Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Ronnie James Dio of Black Sabbath and Dio) and “The Rising” by Bruce Springsteen. Although RS’s life seems to have been involuntary intertwined with Springsteen’s, I’m pretty sure that there’s no connection here. (For anyone who still gets them confused, read this post.)

So, why the use of “rising” for “The Snake King” instead of”drops” or “will be released”? Since we still have some time before the album “rises,” I thought I’d explore possible reasons.DOO-b7SW0AA2Fmn

  1. Religious implications: Judging from the song titles, there seems to be some religious elements so the “rising” can relate to Christianity.
  2. Political implication or world events: I don’t want to get political but so much has happened this past year that could provide inspiration to sing the blues. Maybe “The Snake King” rising refers to a change in leadership?
  3. Rising definition: ‘coming to the surface’ ‘appearing above the horizon’: Could refer to RS releasing some of his thoughts about things that he previously kept suppressed.
  4. Rising definitions: ‘reaching a higher position,’ ‘moving to higher ground’: Could refer to RS adding new heights to his career by publicizing his incredible guitar playing more than ever before.
  5. Rising definition: ‘reacting with annoyance or argument to’: A combination of #2 and #3, with RS not holding back on how he feels about things.

Maybe the use of the word “rising” will be clear once we hear the whole album or maybe somebody can ask about it during the Q&A at an upcoming Stripped Down show. (If you find out, please share!) Or maybe we’ll never find out. But by then we’ll be so busy listening to the new songs, that we may forget about it anyway.

Nov. 29: ‘Little Demon’ Day

Since first waking up this morning and seeing that the audio for Rick Springfield’s newest song, “Little Demon” was available, I’ve already listened to it countless times and am pretty sure these are the lyrics:

Little Demon, did we go south
I was sure I could haunt you
Skin to skin, we were mouth to mouth
Little Demon, I want you

Little Demon, you’re in my head
I keep trying to replace you
Still burning for you in bed
Hoping time will erase you

Little Demon she slept with God
And he sent me a warning
Stay away from my girl, Nimrod
Or you won’t see the morning

(Woman’s voice at the end:) Hey! Guess who’s got a new boyfriend!

Like I mentioned in the previous post, it seems like a story will unravel as we hear more songs. The use of the word “Nimrod” set me off on a little biblical research since I’ve heard the name but wasn’t that familiar with who he was. In case anyone is interested, he was a great-grandson of Noah and was the king who was responsible for the Tower of Babel. Interestingly enough, according to one source (Rashi), Nimrod was a manipulator who ensnared people with his words. The reason this is interesting, of course, is because in the song, it appears that the narrator, whom we can assume is RS, is called “Nimrod” and in real life, RS’s lyrics have “ensnared” (but in a good way) many fans. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but it’s keeping me busy until the next song is released.

There was also news posted today about “The Snake King” being available for pre-order on red vinyl LP and in regular black vinyl, RS’s first vinyl release since “Rock of Life” in 1988.

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There was also an article about the album on Billboard.com: “Rick Springfield explores his blues side on new album “The Snake King.”

Or course the article mentions “Jessie’s Girl” in the first line, but RS seems to have accepted that eternal connection so I guess I should just get over it, too. Other than that, it’s a nice little article and it’s great to see that the album is already getting some recognition.

And on a personal note, and funny coincidence, my one order from Cyber Monday was delivered today, which seemed like an appropriate “Little Demon” Day delivery:

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First song from ‘The Snake King’ released: ‘Little Demon’

Incredible! It gave me chills. Wondering what the story behind this is, especially that part at the end. Amazing guitar playing – there aren’t many lyrics, but it’s almost like the music is telling its own story. So exciting to hear the new music, can’t wait to hear more.

The CD is listed as “hard rock” on iTunes and there’s also now a song list available, making it clear that “The Snake King” will be VERY different from “Rocket Science“:

Land of the Blind
The Devil That You Know
Little Demon
Judas Tree
Jesus was an Atheist
The Snake King
God Don’t Care
The Voodoo House
Suicide Manifesto
Blues for the Disillusioned
Santa is an Anagram
Orpheus in the Underworld (a 10-minute song!)

It feels like some big story is about to unravel… And maybe some insight into RS’s soul. Are you ready for it?

‘The Snake King,’ ‘Little Demon’ and ‘In the Land of the Blind’

DOO-b7SW0AA2FmnHaving a lazy Saturday afternoon and thought I’d do a Google search to see if there’s any more information out there on “The Snake King.” He recently announced at a concert that the first single will be “Little Demon” and then this European website announced another one of the songs, “In the Land of the Blind” and the title track, “The Snake King”:

Here’s what the website said about “The Snake King”:

“Rick Springfield’s resume as a successful musician and actor need not be repeated here as it has been well documented many times over the years. What needs to be discussed here is that The Snake King will NOT be the Rick Springfield album you or anyone else was expecting. Rick, not for the first time in his career, has thrown a curveball that surprises and absolutely delights at the same time.

The Snake King finds Rick travelling down a dusty dirt road to explore the blues side of his rock ‘n roll. All you have to do is check out two of the first couple cuts on the album, “In The Land Of The Blind” and “Little Demon” or also the title-track to get an understanding of the blues laden journey Rick had decided to allow us to join him on.

And of the many delights on this album, Rick’s grossly underrated guitar playing really shines here, perhaps moreso than on any album in his storied catalog. As for the lyrics? Not what you’d expect either, but we’ll leave it up to the listener to decide what’s being relayed there.”

Sounds intriguing – now we just have to wait two months and a day until we can listen to it. (Unless some songs will be released earlier like in the past. Hope so!)

The Snake King to be released Jan. 26

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Yesterday there were shots of a desert photo shoot  and today the first glimpse of “The Snake King” cover! (No snakes…) And the announcement that the release date of Rick Springfield’s new blues album is Jan. 26, 2018, about  two months earlier than originally anticipated!

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Andrew McNeice is the owner of melodicrock.com and a journalist/promoter in Australia and he shared some of the earliest information on “Rocket Science” back in 2016 (wow, was that only last year – how lucky are RS fans that we get two albums in two years?!) so you may want to keep an eye on his Twitter page.

And MAYBE RS and the boys have been practicing a song or two from “The Snake King” and plan to play one at an upcoming show? Or, if like “Light This Party Up” and “Down” from “Rocket Science,” we’ll get to hear a song or two a little earlier?

The day after the AZ State Fair

He’s probably long gone by now, but RS was only a few miles away this weekend.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I wasn’t able to go to his concert at the fair last night, which I was really sad about, but I was there in spirit. Can’t get a guitar pic or human touch when you’re there in spirit, but some people shared videos that I watched afterward, so that helped. (Thank you to those who shared your videos and pictures!)

I ended up giving my tickets to a friend (it’s difficult to sell tickets to a free show) so she got to see him for the first time and in exchange,  she sent me a photo so I could see what the view would have been from my seat in the fifth row:

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As you can see, he is back to playing guitar in concert – the first time in several weeks after his surgery. Whoo-hoo! (Though sorry I missed the big comeback.)

It was also his and his wife’s 33rd wedding anniversary – so Happy Anniversary to the two of them.  And more family trivia – today is his oldest son’s birthday – so happy birthday to Liam.

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Birth announcement in a 1985 fan club newsletter.

And since we’re on the subject of trivia, here’s an interview with a local radio station before the AZ State Fair, where we learn a little more about RS besides that he loves cotton candy. I’ve never been to Australia, but I did watch “Jaws” at a young age so I feel exactly the same way about sharks.

 

So that’s that, nothing else to report. There are no RS concerts that I have tickets for, there’s no word on “Magnificent Vibration” or “Late, Late at Night” sequels, there’s no updates on a release date for “Traces” and “The Snake King” isn’t scheduled to come out until March 2018. Maybe we’ll get a sneak peek soon at a song from “The Snake King”? One of the pics say “I Know What You Want” so maybe that will be the first one we hear?

Oct. 29 update: 

Click here for a fan review from somebody who actually was at the concert.

Saturday Night Springfield Special 2017

Hours and hours of Rick Springfield music – with no song repeated. How great is that?

Thanks, Rowdy Ron, for another Saturday Night Springfield Special!

The first one I listened to was in December 2014, which was SEVEN hours of RS music, and there were many songs I hadn’t heard before because I was a little behind in my RS musical catalog.

This year, I was familiar with most of the songs, although there were still a handful that were new to me. Fun stuff, Rowdy Ron!

What was different about this year was that my family was more involved, at least in the earlier hours (it started at 6 p.m. in Arizona). We had promised one of our kids a visit to our family’s favorite Indian food restaurant tonight, which meant about a 20-minute drive so we were listening to the show on Bluetooth in the car. They were amazingly familiar with many of the songs this time around. My 9-year-old recognized “Mr. P.C.” and a few others and when “Light this Party Up” came on, he noted that right as RS sang “you better buckle up” we passed a sign over the freeway that said “Buckle up.”

The kids got a little star excitement of their own in the restaurant – during our meal, they kept looking at a table behind us, saying that two of the people look like two YouTubers on a web show they enjoy. At the end of the meal, the kids were getting restless so I went outside with them and we looked up the YouTubers’ pictures online. I didn’t recognize them at all, but the kids kept saying that they thought it was them. I told them it was OK to go up to them and say excuse me and ask them, but they were all too shy to do it. I kind of assumed they wouldn’t be the YouTubers – after all what was the chance of that? – so I went with them and said “Excuse me, my kids were wondering if you are on YouTube?” (which is probably not even the correct terminology) and sure enough, they were.

They were both so sweet to the kids (who were absolutely THRILLED to meet them and talked about it all night and I’m sure tomorrow and a long time to come). So thank you, Gabriella and Tylor Skory! (It occurred to me afterward that maybe we shouldn’t have interrupted their meal, but it was such a casual atmosphere and the kids were so excited to think that it might be them that I overlooked that fact. Both were so gracious and acted so happy to talk to the kids so I guess it was OK.)

OK, I digress, but I guess it’s relevant in a way because RS is always so kind and gracious to his fans so it fits that this would happen on a Springfield Special evening. It’s in the air.

Other highlights – the grand prize tonight for those who donate to the birthday campaign is the Rick Springfield-Jeff Silverman “From the Vault” CD, which I’ve never heard and is very rare so whoever gets that is super lucky. And it was also cool to hear from Jeff Silverman, who spoke about “The Snake King.” Well, he didn’t divulge too much about it, but just raised the anticipation even more. And as of right now, the birthday campaign is reported at $12,341, with more coming in tonight during the show. Funds are going to the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation to help rescued dogs. This year the campaign is in memory of RS’s mother Eileen Springthorpe, which is such a nice tribute.

Anyway, the show is almost five hours so far and Rowdy Ron just announced that it will go for six hours and eight minutes in honor or RS turning 68. Oh yay, “Souls,” one of my favorites, just started. I wanted to request it but wasn’t sure if it was played when we were at the restaurant . Whoo-hoo. OK, off to listen to the rest of the show.

California dreamin’

I’ve spent the last few days in Los Angeles about an hour or so away from RS. But despite what some of my post-concert blog posts may have indicated, I am not a stalker at heart and I haven’t spent any time in Malibu or Beverly Hills on the lookout for him (those tend to be the places he shows up in photos on social media when he’s not touring). But I’ll probably be keeping an eye out for him at LAX, just in case.

My kids and I are visiting relatives and as it has often happened in the nearly three years that I started this blog, RS seems to make an appearance in my mind during the ins and outs of daily life. For instance, when we were on the beach in Santa Monica, my mother-in-law pointed out the mountain in the distance to my kids and told them that behind that mountain is a place called Malibu. Of course I blurted out, “That’s where Rick Springfield lives,” then she gave me that look she gives me when I mention him. Another time she was telling the kids about low tide and high tide and  I wanted to say that RS was in a show called “High Tide,” but I kept my mouth shut that time.

I have a memory of visiting my cousins in Culver City back in the 1980s, when I tried to talk one of my cousins into driving me to Glendale because I had heard that’s where RS lived. She refused, telling me it was too far. I got really annoyed with her and threatened to walk there. (I had no idea where it was. It would have been a long walk.)

RS mentioned (in  a recent concert video posted on FB) that he’s finishing up the recording of his next CD, “The Snake King,” with plans to have it out later this year. Since he’s had a lull in his touring this week (which is why I’m assuming that he’s home nearly an hour away), that likely means that I’m about an hour (or so, it depends on traffic) away from where he’s recording the new CD. I thought that was pretty exciting. And – with my overactive imagination – I half-expected him to announce an impromptu appearance at a local blues bar where he’d be playing his new stuff. I’ve been on the lookout for it, but haven’t seen anything about it. But it would be cool though, right? Do you think if he just showed up at a blues bar jam night that he could play and be unrecognizable because nobody would be expecting him to be there playing the blues? If he  stayed away from singing “Jessie’s Girl,” maybe that would work.

OK, it’s after midnight so these are just late-night ramblings. Maybe I’ve had too much of the California sun – we had a beach day today. BUT – one other cool RS thing that happened this week – FINALLY news that he’s coming to Phoenix this year – and I got tickets!