I was already in bed last night when this Adam West tribute was taking place on the West Coast. A touching and fitting tribute by the Los Angeles mayor as they lit up City Hall with the famed “Bat Signal” to honor the late “Batman” actor who died at 88 years of age last Friday (6/9).
Earlier in the month, (after checking it was a month ago today), I mentioned season 3 of “Bosch” debuting on Netflix. I probably watched it in 3 days. I simply forgot to come back write a bit of a summary.
The series is based on the Michael Connelly “Bosch” series of books which is currently let’s call it 30 deep since he has appearances in other Connelly novels set in the same universe. The first was created in 1992 and is still alive and well.
Each season seems to concentrate on one novel(they aren’t going in order), and borrows snippets and pieces from others. Initially, I preferred that it follow the novels, same time-line. Bosch in the books is a Vietnam Vet, on the show he’s Desert Storm/Desert Shield. Odds are there would be more far more expenses into turning modern day Los Angeles into the early 90s, so I get that part of it. After 3 seasons, I think I like the borrow/combine concepts from various story lines a bit better because it would likely be impossible to have 25 seasons.
It was renewed for season 4 in 2016, long before the season 3 release, so hopefully they will announce they will be adding season 5/6/35 shortly.
Warren Zevon opened the music on this hump day with “Carmelita”. A dark song about someone struggling with a heroin addiction.
In this early/original version he sings. “I pawned my Smith & Wesson”, and it was changed to “I pawned my Smith Corona” in most of the other versions. I wonder if the recording label forced that change.
What do they think he meant by “pearl handled deck”, he wasn’t playing cards, he was either playing or contemplating playing russian roulette. “Smith Corona” works for the 70′s/80′s, but the firearm reference fits the song so much better. It sounds to me like Warren encountered a couple of those record people Tom Petty has ranted about here and there.
I hear Mariachi static on my radio And the tubes they glow in the dark And I’m there with her in Ensenada And I’m here in Echo Park
Today’s installment of my “Adding video’s to my top 100 song list”, includes two that deserve tiny little stories.
Folsom Prison Blues
Evidently as a kid(I still do at times), I would play a song over and over, just stick it in on repeat and let it go, it was harder to do on a walkman/cassette but I did it so much I could time it. This was also a song as a kid I would sing for whoever wanted to hear or didn’t want to hear it. I’m torn about the fact that there is no such video of it. Part of me me is glad that it doesn’t exist, but part of me wishes it did just so I could see the other people in the video.
At times it’s my favorite Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers song and others it passes that crown on to “You Don’t Know How it Feels”. With that said there is nothing I dislike about this song. I liked it the first time I heard it. It stuck. It hit. I mean it’s just one of those that is with you forever. I take that back. I hate the John Mayer covered and idiots attribute it to him, otherwise it’s damn near flawless.
Then after hearing the story about how it was basically created on a whim with Petty trying out a new keyboard, and it just appeared out of nowhere, it makes it a bit more magical. Then when you learn that “Full Moon Fever” as a whole was turned down by MCA to start with makes you wonder “what the hell they were thinking”.
We can’t forget the video with that angel skateboarding on the half pipe. It never made me want to skateboard, but I sure as hell would watch her.
I think this song helped manufacture my infatuation with the Hollywood Hills and Mulholland Drive. In the least it helped cement it. The seed was planted back in ‘84 out in Los Angeles during the Olympics while stopping off on an overlook and just taking in the sights of Los Angeles. If I ever were to sky-dive, I would want it to be out over Mulholland or at least where I could view the Hollywood Hills as i fell from the sky.