A few years ago a comedy called The School of Rock came out that starred Jack Black as a school teacher instructing young kids on how to be musicians and possibly, one day, Rock Stars.
It combined the teacher's love of Rock n Roll and his love for teaching kids.
Well now there's a new course that's being taught at one of the oldest colleges in the country, that combines Rock n Roll and education in a different way and is being taken very seriously.
According to Rolling Stone.com., Rutgers University in New Jersey, is now offering it's own version of the School of Rock with a course that examines the theology and philosophy of Bruce Springsteen.
The Rutgers course Professor Azzan Yadin-Israel, says it will cover The Boss' entire discography, from 1973's "Greetings From Asbury Park" to last year's "Wrecking Ball".
Yadin-Israel, the Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Classics, usually teaches early Rabbinic literature, but has been a huge Springsteen fan since he was in middle school.
He says that what makes this course legit is that The Boss' most common themes in his songs are those of redemption and the sanctitiy of everyday existence, as exemplified in songs like "Darkness On The Edge of Town" and "Born To Run".
Obviously most of the students who take the course are hoping for the ultimate Field Trip...ya know... going to an actual Springsteen concert for course credit.
Instead of posting a blog about music or sports today, I'm using this space to thank all of the military veterans that have served our country.
This day means a lot to me bcause my late father was a WWII Vet that served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific.
Even though he would never talk about his war time experiences, I could sense his pride on Veteran's Day and on Independence Day.
But our family had no idea what he experienced or how much of a true hero he was until after he died when we found an old family Bible that our Grandmother passed on to my mother.
In it we found a bunch of newspaper clippings of my Dad's heroism in WWII along with some rare memorabilia that Granny tucked away for us kids to discover all those years later.
He was a humble man that was raised dirt poor on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma, but used that as an inspiration to become the true hero he is.
I remember when I was a young kid my brother and I would watch those old John Wayne war movies on TV with my Dad and ask him "Daddy was that what it was like in the War?".
And all the Old Leatherneck would do in reply was silently shake his head no.
Semper Fi Sarge...
If you're heading to Vegas anytime soon, there's a new place to party Sunset Strip Style.
According to Vince Neils Party com., Crue frontman Vince Neil has teamed up the owners of Vegas mainstays Kahunaville and Treasue Island and have taken over the former Circus Circus Hotel Casino in Vegas to launch Vince Neil's Tatuado Eat-Drink-Party and Vince Neil's Party Bus and renamed the venue Rock n Ritas.
The new venue, which opens tomorrow, showcases Vince's affinity for Rock n Roll, Tattoos n Tequila and Gambling n Sports, with emphasis on a fun and exciting atmosphere in a party like environment.
Tatuado reflects the infamous vibe of the legendary Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Strip in Hollywood, where Vince and The Crue partied in the '80's.
It's decor features tattoo artwork and imagery along with Motley Crue memorabilia and huge video walls showing Rock videos, complete with a premium sound system featured in the restaurants, bars, casino and sports book.
Upstairs you can enjoy Vince Neil's Party Bus that features a full size bus with flair bartenders and party girls offering up shots and creative To Go drinks, in a post concert tailgate party like atmosphere.
And of course there will be plenty of Girls, Girls, Girls.
It's a NFL Week 10 Edition of MFFP!
Redskins vs Vikings: Redskins
Eagles vs Packers: Eagles
Jaguars vs Titans: Titans
Bills vs Steelers: Bills
Raiders vs Giants: Raiders
Rams vs Colts: Colts
Seahawks vs Falcons: Seahawks
Bengals vs Ravens: Bengals
Lions vs Bears: Lions
Panthers vs 49ers: 49ers
Texans vs Cardinals: Cardinals
Broncos vs Chargers: Broncos
Cowboys vs Saints: Saints
Dolphins vs Buccaneers: Dolphins
MFFP Last Week: 8-5
MFFP Season Total: 85-47
Just when you thought you knew everything about Jimi Hendrix, there's yet more to learn about the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame guitarist.
According to a new documentary on PBS called: "Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train a Comin" there are new factoids about Jimi that have just recently come to light.
Jimi Fact #1: Jimi didn't like his singing voice.
While Jimi was arguably the greatest guitarist to ever live, he was extremely self concious about his singing voice. So much so that he constantly told his producer Chas Chandler to bury his vocals in the mix of his albums because he thought it sounded horrible.
Jimi Fact #2: Jimi had his guitar with him at all times.
Although Jimi was naturaly gifted with his guitar prowess, he practiced every waking moment and took his guitar with him everywhere he went...literally. His many girlfriends often commented on the fact that after waking up in the morning, he would walk straight from his bedroom into the kitchen for breakfast with his guitar in hand.
Jimi Fact #3: Jimi was a Paratrooper in the US Army.
Even though Jimi was a symbol of the psychedelic '60's because of his liberal drug use and his participation in the Free Sex lifestyle, he originally was a Paratrooper in the US Army and honorably discharged. And he was patriotic as well as shown by his performance of The Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock.
Jimi Fact #4: Jimi was bigger in the UK than he was in the USA.
Before he became a Rock Superstar from his performance at Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival, Jimi built a loyal following and got his first show biz breaks in London. He was so famous across The Pond that Ringo Starr let him stay in his apartment when Ringo was with The Beatles in the USA.
Jimi Fact #5: Jimi got his break at the Monterey Pop Festival because of Paul McCartney.
Since Jimi was already famous in London, The Beatles used to drop by his club gigs to check him out and they all eventually became friends. So when promoters were trying to book The Beatles for the Monterey Pop Festival, Paul McCartney declined but did recommend a little known hot shot guitarist by the name of Jimi Hendrix.
And the rest as they say is history....