Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday Night VIdeos

Friday Night Videos

It's Weezer's world. We're just living in it. Their cover of Ah-Ha's "Take On Me" proves it (as if their Weird Al/Africa cover didn't already do that. And by the by, shouldn't the kids from the video be playing the next prom in "Stranger Things"?

Previously on Friday Night Videos... Rodrigo y Gabriela.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Chicken Ranch redux, redux

I know what you're thinking: "Whoa, wait! Another Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch post? What's going on here?" I know, right? I've gone a long time without taking about that particular whorehouse, and now it seems like something's coming up every other week!

Today I'm heading back to Houston, where I'll be guest speaker for the Bellaire Historical Society's monthly meeting. I mean, what better way to spend Valentine's Day than learning all about the infamous Chicken Ranch? What could be more romantic? The presentation will be held in the CenterPoint Energy Community Room at 7001 5th Street in Bellaire. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7:00.

And while I have your attention, can I take a moment to point out what a fascinating character our host, Mister McKinney is? A major history buff with a passion for the story of Houston and its environs, people with this kind of passion are few and far between. If you're of a mind to, how about giving him a "Like" on Facebook? You'll be glad you did!

If you know of a civic or business group in need of a speaker who can entertain and enthrall audiences with tales of a popular, yet widely misunderstood episode of Texas history, I am accepting bookings for the remainder of 2019!

Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse is available from both and It's also available as an ebook in the following formats: Kindle, Nook, Google Play, iBooks and Kobo.

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Friday, February 01, 2019

Friday Night Videos

Friday Night Videos

I'm a huge Pink Floyd fan. And probably my favorite Pink Floyd album is Echoes. It's just terrific (except for "Seamus" but I pretend that track doesn't exist). I also love acoustic and flamenco guitar. Now, low and behold, the two have been married in an astonishing cover by a duo I've never heard of before, Rodrigo y Gabriela, who take Pink Floyd's sprawling, fascinating "Echoes" in unexpected, astonishing directions. This is how you cover iconic music, folks. I suspect David Gilmour would approve.

Previously on Friday Night Videos... Piper Jones Band.

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