Random photos in an envelope

I was looking through a box in the garage and I came across an envelope postmarked Feb. 19, 2001. It was from a friend I’d lost touch with years ago and inside were 8×10 photographs of Rick Springfield.

There was no note so I’m not sure what they are from. Only one of them, a picture of RS with former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, has information on the back (photo by Jeffrey Mayer/Rainbow Photography in 1982). The others look to be from some black-tie event.

I thought I post them here in case anybody has any other information they would want to share.

1982 Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/Rainbow Photography

Update (thanks, @RickNewsFlash):

 

Close to the one-year mark

In the last few days, I’ve received several notifications of upcoming Rick Springfield shows. There are full-band shows, Stripped Down shows, co-headlined acoustic shows with Richard Marx and co-headlined shows with Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo. One thing they have in common is that none are in Arizona.

Sure, I’m happy for fans in all those cities and am grateful for all the photos and videos they will hopefully share, but it’s getting very close to the year-mark of being at a RS show so I’m starting to feel the withdrawal. In fact, a year ago one month from tonight, was the last time he was town.

I already feel the virtual glare of fans in Australia or other places that may not have had a RS show in years or decades, and I know I’ve been spoiled (a total of five Arizona concerts in 2015 and 2016) but, c’mon, we’re neighbors (state neighbors). It’s just a one-hour flight for most of the band. You don’t even have to bring any equipment, we have some guitars and a keyboard you can use. Sorry, Siggy, you’d have to bring your own bass and Jorge, you may have to use the ottoman (think retro-style, like the demo of “Jessie’s Girl”). It can be a casual get-together with your Arizona fans (and if you want to make a road trip of it, there are probably some California fans who would charter a bus). Doesn’t that sound fun?

Anyway, fortunately shows seem to be added on a regular basis (like that time in 2015 when I broke down and bought tickets for a Vegas show only to find out a few days later that tickets were going to go on sale for a concert that same week only a few miles away.) So there’s still hope that there will be a nearby show in 2017.

Meanwhile, there has been news that RS and the band have been in the studio to work on the next album, which RS has said will be blues-y. So there’s a chance that he’ll play one of the new songs at one of these upcoming shows, which would be pretty cool, too, and if people share it online, that will help withdrawals – so thanks in advance.

Internal musical journey

My morning commute was physically the same as it usually is, but this morning, my mind took me on a completely different journey based on what played on the radio.

It started with “Don’t You Want Me” by the Human League, which was my favorite song in eighth grade and reminded me of the crush I had on a classmate’s older brother.

The reception on that station was a little fuzzy so I changed the channel and the next station was playing “Hungry Like the Wolf” by Duran Duran, which made me think of that time in high school when me and three of my close friends sat around in a circle singing “Hungry Like the Wolf” as part of a rehearsal of a band that we wanted to form but never did. We were HUGE Duran Duran fans in those days.

Then it was “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins – a song my kids like. My husband recently watched “Top Gun” with them so that scene recently played on the TV in our living room.

Next was “Jessie’s Girl” and you can probably tell that the musician who sings that is often on my mind.

Following that was “Rocket Man” by Elton John, which reminded me of all of RS’s connections to Elton John through the years, as mentioned in “Late, Late at Night.”

And right before I got to the office was “When Doves Cry” by Prince, which is one of my favorite Prince songs and of course it reminded me that he is no longer alive. : (

Then my internal musical journey ended because I got to the office.

Speaking of music, there’s another weekend of Rick and the NEWSflash Radio being planned for Memorial Day Weekend. Here’s the info:

This Memorial Weekend, Rick and the NEWSflash Radio is broadcasting non-stop the tunes of Rick Springfield & Friends starting this Friday 1200AM PST 5/26/17 to 9PM PST Sunday 5/29/17.

We will also feature the music of Jeff Silverman, Joe Taylor, Erick Baker, Jennifer Lynn Simpson, Drew Six, Dauzat St. Marie, Ken Sharp, Kenny Charles, Debra Lyn, Niclas Lundin, Shewolf, Michael Springthorpe and more!

SAVE the below link to enjoy online.
LISTEN: at http://bit.ly/2nlWcJ3

 

 

 

Get well wishes

This message was on RS’s Facebook page today:

​Really sorry about the cancelled gigs this week but a bad sinus infection got the best of me. Too many planes, airports and exposure to stuff I suppose. I’m resting up with my charming dog right now but hope to hang out with you soon at the upcoming shows 🙂

XO Rick

Posted with the message was a photo of his cute little dog Bindi curled up on the couch.

Aww, poor guy. He works so hard, the only time he seems to stop working is when his body forces him to rest.

So I hope he listens and gets some rest. According to his website, there are no concerts scheduled for another month (except maybe for some unposted performances for fundraisers like the one last week in Florida). So unlike his previous breaks, where a lull in concerts meant filming a movie or TV show or recording a CD, maybe he’ll just relax with his family and dog for a few weeks.

Sure, there’s also the “Magnificent Vibration” or autobiography sequels to work on, too, but those can also wait.

Get well soon, RS!

: )

Working Class Dog tumbler

My Mother’s Day gift to myself came in the mail today.

The tumbler celebrates the 35th anniversary of “Working Class Dog” and “Jessie’s Girl.” And the 35th anniversary of when I was 13, which I am totally embracing as I inch closer to 50.

As they say, “If you can’t face it, just embrace it.”

Well, nobody actually says that, I just made it up. But that’s what I am going to do.

Rock Nation

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I came across this today: “Rock Nation” from Rick Springfield and Friends – released April 1, 2017.

What?!  The digital download is a compilation of songs, but there’s only one written by RS: “Starlight, Starbright,” which was on “Mission Magic” (1974).

Here’s the list of songs:

01 – The Grass Roots – The River Is Wide
02 – Donovan – For Every Boy There Is a Girl
03 – Larry Hoppen – Still the One (Live)
04 – Jimi Jamison – Eye of the Tiger (Live)
05 – Mickey Thomas – We Built This City (Live)
06 – Rick Springfield – Starlight, Starbright
07 – Starbuck – Benny Bought the Big One
08 – Sneaux – Shakin Party
09 – Will Fletcher – Soft Blue Eyes
10 – Emergency Blanket – Careless Kenny

Not sure what the story behind this is or what the connection is between these songs – or if it’s even officially sanctioned by RS. The cover looks a little creepy and doesn’t really seem to fit the musical style of the songs (judging from the samples). 

Two lines

Two days and 17 years ago I was at a Rick Springfield concert but until today I hadn’t found my journal from that year so I had no memory of it; it wasn’t until I noticed the anniversary date on somebody’s Facebook post that I realized I had been at that particular concert.

Today I realized that my notebook from that year wasn’t with my earlier ones because I had recently moved so it was part of my current life (current at the time) rather than my past and was in a different place.

I found the notebook and since past RS shows had resulted in at least a page of details about the show (or long blog posts, after 2014), I couldn’t wait to see what I had written about it.

I quickly turned through the pages to find the date: 5/5. There were only two lines: a mention of the concert, who I went with and where it was. Two lines, no details.

The pages before and after were filled with heartbreak and dating drama, which reminded me of that relationship from so long ago that so consumed me. It also appears that I was recording my dreams that year, as many entries are fragments of dreams, probably written right after I woke up.

There were also lots of entries of  lyrics – some of them with melodies I remembered; the lyrics remind me how I was feeling at that time.

For instance, this one:
You climb into his car, you fly to the moon
You think it’s a brand new melody, but it’s just the same old tune
You smile at his stumbling, you’re touched by his thoughtful gaze
You think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime, but it’s just one of those days…

After that 5/5 concert in 2000 (my sixth RS show)  I wouldn’t see RS in concert again until 15 years later. And by the time that concert occurred, I had been writing this blog for eight months, after coming across a TV interview after his novel was released.

Why is it that back in 2000, a RS mention was two lines in a journal and now, in my 40s, I’ve written over 260 posts on a blog about him, a process that provided inspiration to start writing songs again? In this early months of this journey, my goal was to record some of my old songs so they’d exist outside of my head and I’ve only recorded a couple of them so far because I’ve been so busy writing new ones instead. If I would have been so inspired 17 years ago, who knows how many songs I’d have by now or what I would have done with them.

Maybe because sometimes when your head gets clouded with negative things, it’s more difficult to recognize hints of inspiration. Or maybe things are happening the way they are – when they are – for a reason and you can’t look backward, only forward.

RS GPS

“Jessie’s Girl” came on the radio yesterday and the woman next to me told me she was a big fan of Rick Springfield and has seen him in concert countless times since 1982. I told her I was a fan, too.

She said the last time she saw him was last year and she named a local casino. Um, no, I thought, he didn’t play there last year. I didn’t say that, of course, but I had seen him the last five times he performed in Arizona over the past two years and that wasn’t one of the places. I didn’t say that, either. Nor did I mention that it looked like it was a great show in Milwaukee the evening before nor ask if she also thought he looked good in red (which he wore at the Milwaukee show, as shown in video clips on FB the night before).

After that conversation, it dawned on me that for the past two years or so since starting this blog, I’ve been hyper aware about where in the world Rick Springfield is at any given time. (And I mean that in a general, non-stalker way during his touring/promoting his latest project time, NOT in his personal life time  – except for when photos appear on social media during those times.)

I’m not sure how I came to this point, from being completely oblivious about RS’s career to following it on pretty much a daily basis. Maybe because he’s been so busy these past couple of years that there’s lots to follow – new music, touring, acting, talk shows, etc. Then there’s also the airport/airplane or restaurant sightings that people post on social media.

If I ever had the opportunity to ask RS questions about his life, this topic would be one of them. Since his career has fluctuated so much, how has that affected his being recognized in public? During the 1980s, a RS sighting could have caused mass hysteria in certain crowds. Yet in the late 1980s/early 1990s when he wasn’t in the spotlight, was he still approached by fans when he was out and about? Could he eat with his family at a restaurant without being disturbed? Was he able to depart the Los Angeles airport without being accosted by TMZ reporters?

Some people are avid fans of sports teams and follow them religiously, others faithfully watch TV shows and then analyze the episodes with other fans afterward.  I suppose this is no different, although I often find myself metaphorically biting my tongue so I don’t talk about it too often. Thank goodness I can get it out of my system on this blog and if you’re reading this, maybe you can relate.

#TBT Where’s all the love?

Somebody posted on Facebook today that “Wait for Night” came out this month back in 1976. That made me nostalgic for that album so I did a little googling and came across this video. I thought I’d share it since I had never seen this before and thought others might enjoy it, too.

Such 70s delight, from the clothing to the hairdos. All those girls sitting right next to him in all his singing, unbuttoned-shirt glory. None of them, including RS himself, knowing who he would become. Singing about his desire for love only a few years before meeting the woman who would become his wife of more then 30 years and counting. So sweet. 

And here’s “Jessica,” before the loosening of the tie and unbuttoning of the shirt. Did that happen during the commercial break? There’s even a disco ball sighting. 

April 24

The date can’t go unacknowledged. Sending comforting thoughts through Cyberspace to RS and his brother. Hope you feel them coming your way from all your fans.