Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Music Madness Tuesday

Out-to-breakfast is a vacation sacrament. It produces two things:
  1. a need for the Ritual Nap of 11:30
  2. creative bursts
The napping is now over. On with the burst.

We chose this very morn to turn from our dish-weary kitchen and sit on the holy vinyl at our local coney. The head priest of this rite went with the sausage-gravy-covered Southern omelet. I chose sourdough French toast. We began the ceremonial gorging, and found ourselves interrupted by a cry from the overhead speakers, a cry we had heard just the day before:

"You make me we-ee-eak," it said. "I want to die."

"I have surpassed my weekly quota of this song," replied the priest.

"Lovin', touchin', squeezin' ... each other," I sang to the syrup.

While we returned to our respective plates, my mind raced. Steve Perry of Journey. I speculated that he was, indeed, the most dramatic of all the dramatic rock singers of my lifetime.

I shared this theory with the my breakfast clergyman, and then we heard another voice. Dennis DeYoung of Styx.

A tough call. Steve is in agony. Dennis is doing that weird thing in between every line that makes him look a little like Dr. Smith from Lost in Space. Steve looks like he forgot his shirt and was dressed by a local harem. Dennis has that coat, plus that guy with those over-the-top Oakleys (we looked them up. Oakley called them over-the-tops. Really.).

We decided that we ought to put these two performances head-to-head and allow democracy to do her thing. The poll is in the top right corner of my blog. Please vote!

You may comment on your choice below. I've got some other fellas in mind and am considering a tournament format, but I'm open to your na-na-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na-na-nominations.


  1. Paul and I actually saw Styx in concert this past fall. There were with Kansas and Foreigner. We had front row seats and backstages passes. It was AWESOME! We got there late so we only got to meet Foreigner. Paul really wanted to meet Kansas 'cause he loves them. That's what happens when you don't read the time on your tickets correctly. It was the best "secular" experience of my life. I had only been to Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, etc. type concerts. Huge difference and I felt young again.

  2. Aww, bummer for Paul, but it sounds like a good time. Dennis DeYoung isn't singing with Styx anymore, is he?

  3. Dennis DeYoung hands down! Always a big drama queen! I think he made a play for a broadway career about a decade ago, including an album of broadway or american songbook standards (if I'm not mistaken). Styx was my first favorite rock band. Dennis had a good sense of concept and the dramatic and I think that's what pulled me toward Styx.

  4. Thx for playing, Uncle Chippy :). I didn't know about the covers, I'll have to look into that. We'll see if your horse prevails!