So a few quick thoughts for today:
Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show” nail our politicians and pop culture figures so often it’s easy to take them for granted. Sometimes you just have to stop and marvel at them, like today with the above clip. Satire, when done right, is just so much better than calling someone a name, which is all the Republican right seem to be doing these days (Terrorist! Fascist! Socialist!)
**So ever since HBO aired the four-hour 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert from MSG a few weeks ago, I’ve been watching it little by little. A few acts here, 20 minutes there, and I’m almost finished with it.
If you haven’t seen it, it’s pretty freaking awesome. So many legends were on stage for at least a few songs each, and just about all of them sound so good.
Couple highlights for me so far:
–Simon and Garfunkel, looking happy to be together, performing “Sounds of Silence” and “The Boxer” in perfect harmony.
–U2, Mick Jagger and Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas doing a kick-ass version of “Gimme Shelter.”
–Bruce Springsteen and Patty Smith performing a great version of “Because The Night.”
– Stevie Wonder continuing to blow everyone away with his voice and his piano-playing.
Honestly, the whole thing is fantastic. Check it out if you have a chance.
**Finally, I know I’m late on this, too, but I saw Whitey Herzog got elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame this week. He was a great manager for the St. Louis Cardinals, but I remember two things very specifically about Whitey: He was the answer to a great trivia question (“Who was the first person to ever hit into an all-Cuban (player) triple play?” and 2, this great little story about him from SI in 1987.