Sunday, October 17, 2010

Table Mountain Casino - Friant, CA - September 29, 2010

Daryl Hall - Table Mountain Casino

The pictures are up so I thought I'd write a few words about this particular show.  It was an interesting venue to say the least.  As Jim and I were staying just outside of San Francisco it was about a 3 hour drive to the small town of Friant.  Friant is seriously in the middle of nowhere.  Along the way we passed a lot of fields, cows and the ranches that went along with them.  After about 3 hours and 15 minutes on the road we finally came upon the appropriate exit for the casino.  There was a moderately sized gas station and food mart which looked as though it were built quite recently.  We decided to pull in for gas as we were unsure if they'd be open when we were on our way back down the mountain.  Once the tank was filled we were off to see Daryl Hall and John Oates!!

John Oates - Table Mountain Casino
We finally made it up to the casino.  A sterile looking building upon first glance...and it felt the same once we got inside.  The playing area is quite small.  We were able to walk across in about 2 minutes.  There was a VERY small cafe serving snacks and beverages as well as a sit-down restaurant and the obligatory buffet.  I should also mention that this was a DRY casino.....yes DRY!!!  Ugh!  I mean I am no boozer but when I go to a show I like to have a drink or two...oh well.

 Anyhow, we needed to eat something so we opted for the buffet.  It was a good price at only $12 a person.  The price did make us a little leery...but, we went for it.  Oddly enough it was really good!  Our waitress was very pleasant and consistently brought us drink refills and removed the used plates from our table.  Jim and I both thought the salad buffet was great.  Everything was really fresh and plentiful.  They were also serving New England Clam Chowder as the soup of the day...being from New England and having a husband that makes THE BEST NECC I always give others a try to see how they measure up.  This one wasn't half bad.  We sampled the other offerings including mashed potatoes, baked chicken, pasta salad...all the traditional buffet standards.  Everything was well prepared and fresh.  We tried their Asian buffet and it was a poor excuse for Asian cuisine...the Orange Chicken tasted like it had been soaked in Tang....remember Tang??  UGH!  For dessert we each had a small dish of soft serve chocolate ice cream...tasty enough...pretty hard to mess that up.

Eliot Lewis - Table Mountain

During our meal we happened to run into Everett Bradley at the buffet.  He's always so sweet to the fans.  Big hugs all around and then off to finish our meals.

Like I mentioned before...this was a really small casino.  After we ate we took the 60 second stroll over to "Will Call" to pick up our tickets.  We had to wait another 30 minutes or so before we could take our seats.  So we sat at the penny slots for a few minutes and ultimately got in line. 

Once allowed into the Event Center I was truly underwhelmed.  I've been to enough trade shows and meetings at hotels and civic centers in my day.  So I knew that there was a good possibility that the California Chapter of Retired Knitters could have held their convention in the same room a week prior.  The room screamed annual conference not rock show with it's floral carpeted floors and drop ceilings.  Not impressed.  Anyhow...the stage crew were diligently making final adjustments to instruments and mics.  Jim spotted our pal Andrea Muraglia, she's the gal that handles the teleprompter for D among other things.  He told her that I had a press photo with me (I always travel with things to have signed) of Daryl & John with David Ruffin and Eddie Kendrick...she offered to have it signed by D and J and scurried away with it.  About 20 minutes later Road Manager - Rick Rosabella brought it out to us and said how Daryl was glad to see that picture and started telling stories of that night with the Temptations. COOL!!

Paul Pesco & Daryl Hall
We got the skinny about cameras and such from Rick and the security folks.....only small point & shoot cameras would be allowed.  Rats!!  I knew the lighting was going to be total poop...and I was right!  Soon the guys took the stage and all was right with the world!  The guys played Method Of Modern Love which is one of my fav's....they don't play it often enough in my opinion.  About midway through the show this older couple comes and stands next to me all gyrating on one another....the woman was trying to get up to the stage.  Security wouldn't allow it and she took it upon herself to make their home next to me in the aisle.  If looks could kill....she would have been dead...she got the point...

Me & Paul
Encore time!  So I'm all ready to skedaddle to the stage....DENIED!  This security dude was denying me my pleasure...folks on the other side of the stage got right up there...finally the weenie gave in and let me through.  I took my spot right in front of Paul!  YAY!  I will give this security dude credit though....there were two "fine young things" with their hoo haas hanging out and he held fast and would not let them get their way earlier in the show.  Oftentimes I've seen their kind get MORE than their that made me happy.

And then the show came to an end....but it was okay!  I knew I had 2 more shows to go!!  Ooh I should also mention that on our way out we stopped at the little cafe and got a GIANT chocolate chip cookie to was great...all warm and gooey.  And off we went, back down the mountain!

To see photos of this show CLICK HERE!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

HALL-o-ween Is Around The Corner - PLAYLIST

Halloween is riding up our coattails!!  I drove by a house in my neighborhood earlier today and they had no less than 25 carved jack-o-lantern's on their porch....a little too much time on their hands but, hey, to each their own!  I prefer to celebrate Halloween, or, HALL-o-ween as I prefer to call it, with music.  There's nothing like a special spooky Hall & Oates playlist to get your blood boiling. 

Now you might say "Kerri, H&O don't have any Halloween songs!".  And I would respond by saying "Why yes they most certainly do!" 

Maneater - A grotesque theme with a focus cannibalism.

Do What You Want, Be What You Are - A timeless anthem for boys and ghouls alike!

Dance On Your Knees - ....when an axe murderer has chopped off your feet...

Crazy Eyes - In my punch bowl!

When The Morning Comes - You will have a belly ache from all this candy!

Running From Paradise - Because it's infested with zombies these days...

Screaming Through December - A frightful ballad to say the least.

Head Above Water - That is of course when we are done bobbing for apples.

I'm In Pieces - Another reference to the above mentioned axe murderer?...I'd say so!

Your Imagination - Seeing things again or was that a ghost floating down the hall?

Fall In Philadelphia - can be pretty frightening at any time of year...

No Brain No Pain - A traditional zombie folk song.

Better Watch Your Back - Good advice for All Hallows Eve.

So get these tracks together and burn 'em to a CD to get you in the mood for a Happy HALL-o-ween!!!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Birthday to My Idol & My Inspiration!

Sixty-four years ago my most favorite musician and lyricist was born into this world.  Can anyone guess who that is?  Yeah, I thought you could!  There really is not much else to say...he truly is an icon to me.  His music has been a constant in my life for a long time.  His lyrics lend advice to most any situation.  And more importantly, they tell a story and transport you to another place.  

So rather than bore you all with my sentiments I will share with you a bit of a video/pictorial tribute I conjured up a few months ago.  With that said..I wish the Happiest of Birthdays to my idol & my inspiration.....Daryl Hall....


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Daryl Hall Solo....Soon....

Sometimes a thought or idea for a blog article just hits me...from out of the blue.  For days now I've been trying to think up a clever way to segue into my reviews of the Hall & Oates shows last week in California.  To be honest, I've got nothing.  I mean, I know what I want to wonderful they were and how great it was to see fans from the west coast, etc etc.....but the delivery...that's what I am undecided on.

So I was reading one of my favorite publications a few moments ago (Goldmine for inquiring minds) and I decided that what I was really itching and longing to discuss is Daryl's upcoming solo album.  While there is still no solid information available out there right now regarding title, track list, special guest appearances...yada, yada, yada.  I simply cannot wait to hear this thing!  What we DO know is that it will be released in the first quarter of 2011 and that it will be on the Verve label.  Everything else is pure speculation.  And I say speculation is GOOD!!  It gets the blood pumping and the mind moving.  I mean, seriously, how awesome would it be to get a Daryl album picking up where Can't Stop Dreaming left off.  A full size serving of soulful, jazzy smoothness from the golden voice himself.  I swoon at the thought!  

It's been 15 years since Can't Stop Dreaming was released to Japanese audiences.  Hmmm...coincidence that H&O are headed to Japan in early 2011??  A lot has happened in Daryl's creative world since then.  And that's to be expected of course.  We'd be fools to think he was in the same creative place or working with the same producers and writers for that matter.  I can't help but thinking this album will take on a "rock-ier" feel given the direction of Live From Daryl's House and it's appeal to the younger crowd.  

And now to tie in one of my experiences from last weeks H&O shows in CA.  The set's from the first two shows included a song which is in my "Top 5" Hall & Oates tracks.  D & J cracked "Method of Modern Love" out of the cedar chest and played that sucker as if it were 1985.  Pure bliss ran through me and the track sounded better than ever!  You could see the elation on D's face.  I've always thought that "Method" was the quintessential Daryl song...even though it was written by he and Jana Allen...I think the thoughts and lyrics scream Daryl.  If someone were to ask me to name a song that defines Daryl and speaks to what he is's this one, hands down.  Now, if he'd only lose the guitar....


Friday, September 24, 2010

Live in JAPAN!!!! Part 1

John Oates - Big Bam Boom Tour
2011 is bringing along with it some great news for Japanese Hall & Oates fans!  Daryl & John will be heading to Japan for a 5 date tour at the beginning of the year.  They'll be making stops in Osaka, Aichi and Tokyo after a 5 year absence.  Although John has had solo gigs in Japan as recently as 2009 it's obviously been quite some time since the fellas have performed there as a duo. 

Japanese die-hard fans are already chomping at the bit for the opportunity to purchase tickets to these shows.  Daryl & John have long been a popular band in Japan.  Their introduction to this country and it's pop-loving culture was via a 5-date tour in February of 1980.  Hall & Oates travelled to the east numerous times in the 1980's including a 7-date tour in 1982, a 9-date tour in 1984, 8 dates in 1985 and perhaps most well known, the 9-date ooh yeah! tour in 1988.  The band continued to tour there through the 90's and early 2000's.  Both Daryl and John have toured there numerous times on a solo basis as well.  

Tour book from the 1980 Japan Tour.
 One of H&O's frequently played venues happens to be the Nippon Budokan Arena, better known more simply as "Budokan".  This arena is located in the center of Tokyo and was originally built in the 1960's for use in the 1964 Summer Olympics. I should also mention that in 1966 the Beatles were the first music act/concert to appear at this arena.   

Back to the 80's...Daryl and John spent a slew of time there and also appeared in countless Japanese magazines and television specials.  They were on the cover of the popular Music Life magazine 3 times and were featured in many issues.  United States magazines typically used official press photos and tended to recycle the same images over and over.  The photo spreads found in these Japanese magazines are unparalleled.  You seriously can't find anything even remotely close to this in the US.   

A Day With Hall & Oates

One interesting spread published by Music Life was entitled "A Day With Hall & Oates".  It featured numerous photos and comments from the band backstage prior to one of the gigs while on the Big Bam Boom tour.  The pictorial gives fans a rare glimpse as to what happened behind the scenes back in those days.  Of course, these pics were taken prior to the concert....there really is no telling what went on after the show!  Even still....these types of shots are not even remotely like anything ever printed in the least not that I have found. 

The photos show band members chatting before the show, John Oates stretches and checks his appearance in the mirror, and Daryl sips on a beverage while relaxing on the sofa.  Check out Daryl's perfectly coiffed hair, Charlie De Chant's wild suit and John's painted-on leather pants! 

John & GE check out an acoustic guitar.

Daryl signs autographs as John checks
himself out in the mirror.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Live Updates From The Road!

6 days to go and all the bags are packed!!!  I think this is the first time I have ever been this prepared for a trip...and quite frankly it's a little scary!  Still tweaking our itinerary on a daily basis to maximise our time on the west coast.  Pretty sure everything is narrowed down at this point.  Some of our stops include Hearst Castle, Pier 39 in San Francisco, walking the Golden Gate Bridge, Disneyland, and a whole bunch more!!!

I've decided that I am going to post video updates from the road at every chance I get.  I'll include the whole trip...not just H&O moments...although those are the best!!  I'll post the videos here and on my Facebook page so they'll be easy to find and follow.  Videos will begin next Sunday AM so stay tuned!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

9 Day Countdown to Cali BEGINS!

Steve & Darren in front of Artisan.

I am officially on the 9 Day Countdown to my trip to CA for
the H&O west coast tour.  I am really starting to get excited now.  I've had so much going on at home that I haven't had too much time to think about it.  Realizing today that I am 9 days out has really made the buzzer go off in my head.  So YEA for that!!! 

Jimmy and I have pretty much decided on all of our of right now that is.  One stop on our agenda is a shop in Venice Beach called Artisan.  This particular outlet is ripe with the fruit of local Venice artists.  And by fruit I, of course, mean ART!!  Artisan is owned and operated by none other than Darren Hall and his business partner Steve Avila.  Their shop boasts a wide array of paintings, drawings, photography, jewelry and glass sculpture.  On select evenings you can even enjoy local musicians including the owners...after all, they are artist's too!

Artisan has a website which will be expanded in the coming months.  Visit to sample some of the gorgeous pieces that are currently available.  According to Darren Hall, the shop will soon be moving to a larger space that will include a coffee shop and cafe!  Hoping to catch one of Darren's gigs while we are in town...and at the very least I hope they are not moving while we are there.  Now check out Darren and this acoustic ditty!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Album From Eliot Lewis - Keyboardist w/ H&O

Eliot has a really great new album out called 6 & One!  I do hope that you folks will check it out!  I swear you won't be disappointed! 

Here's a sneak peek at one of the tracks on the album called "Lost"! 

Friday, September 10, 2010

Hall Had A Hold On Smokey

Photo Courtesy
If you are a current H&O fan you are familiar with Live From Daryl's House...and you also know that Smokey Robinson was a guest on LFDH a few months back.   Smokey Robinson and The Miracles  brought us such tracks as "Tracks of My Tears", "Ooo Baby Baby" and "Tears of a Clown". 

The LFDH appearance isn't the first time Daryl has chosen to feature Smokey's music in a show, however.  Hall & Oates fans will recognize a number of Smokey & The Miracles songs from H&O shows in the late 70's and early 80's!  Daryl and John used a couple tracks as segues into their own newly crafted songs and a funky band medley.

One of my favorite examples of this uber-cool tactic is the use of "You've Really Got a Hold On Me" to build up into "Ennui On The Mountain".  The arrangement works so well with these two songs you'd think they were from the same album!  Take a listen:

Daryl and John continued to pay homage to Smokey through the 80's as well!  If you were lucky enough to rock out at a show in 1982 you would have been treated to "Going To A Go-Go" as a lead in to an oldies medley.  That medley included Daryl on lead vocals for "Going To A Go-Go", T-Bone Wolk on bass and lead vocals for "I Like It Like That", G.E. Smith's lead guitar on an instrumental version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow", Mickey Curry's fierce drum solo on "Wipe Out" and last but not least, John Oates lead vocals on "Funky Broadway". 

For good measure I thought that I would add Daryl and Smokey singing "Sara Smile" and "Ooh Baby Baby".  I think Daryl's respect and admiration for Smokey are quite evident here.  This really puts the influence that Smokey had on Daryl's music into perspective. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Eliot Lewis - 6 & One

Just a quick note to let everyone know that Eliot's brand new CD is now available!!! You can snag 6 & One from Eliot's website.  CLICK HERE!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

H&O For A Hurricane!

Being that I live in Southeastern Massachusetts I am gearing up for this hurricane we have visiting tomorrow.  It's going to be a long 8-12 hour stretch while Earl kicks our butts!  So I'm getting ready with some Hall & Oates Music that will no doubt soothe anyone through any storm.

There are a few albums I would suggest polishing off for a good listen!  I think I'll start off with "Private Eyes".  It contains some very fitting song titles for the occasion.  Namely, Looking For A Good Sign, I Can't Go For That (No Can Do), Friday Let Me Down and Head Above Water.  This is totally a high energy album...perfect for listening while hauling in your boat or tying down your lawn furniture! 

The next one up on the list is "ooh yeah!".  Why are we listening to this, you ask?'s my favorite full H&O album and it always puts me in a super happy and upbeat mood!  It's the name of the blog after all!! 

As for later in the evening when the winds are really roaring outside and the rain is coming down in sheets and we lose power we'll turn it over to the solo vocal stylings of Daryl Hall.  I think the "Can't Stop Dreaming" album will fit in very nicely here...Cab Driver is the perfect track to listen to durning a rain storm in the dark.  It's so sultry and romantic...

Of course I have to have a H&O Hurricane Earl playlist on the iPod, too!!  Here's what I've rustled up!

Hurricane Earl H&O Playlist
Daryl & John - Ready to get wet!
Courtesy Hall & Oates Archives

Head Above Water
Running From Paradise
Heavy Rain
Open All Night
Storm Warning
Hold On To Yourself
Lady Rain
August Day
Friday Let Me Down 
Guessing Games
The Sky Is Falling
What's Gonna Happen To Us
When The Morning Comes
Pleasure Beach
Change of Season
Getaway Car
Right As Rain
At Tension
You're Much Too Soon
Intravino (I mean, come on, how else am I gonna get through this....I need a little vino!)
Say It Isn't So

I do hope that you take my advice and get your H&O music ready to go in case Earl is visiting your area.  And if not...hey, it's still a bunch of great music to rock out with on a Friday night!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

27 Days Until H&O @ Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA

Located high atop a hill at a location called La Cresta in Saratoga, CA the Mountain Winery sits in it's understated glory.  It's centerpiece is a "Spanish portal" erected there circa 1907.  This portal, which could easily pass for the door medieval castle, is actually the remnant of what was the St. Patrick's Cathedral in San Jose after the San Francisco earthquake. 

The amphitheater was built at the winery in 1958 and thus began the annual Summer Concert Series.  Daryl Hall & John Oates have of course played this venue many times.  I was lucky enough to see both shows here in September of 2009.  This venue is a perfect setting for a Hall & Oates concert.  The amazing views, fantastic wine and remote location make this place seem as though you are in another world. 

I, for one, can't wait to take that long and winding drive back up that hill in late September.  It's worth it to mention that security is very tight at this venue and they are SERIOUS about keeping cameras OUT!  Which begs the question, where will Jimmy hide the camera this year?  You'll have to tune in to find out!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

UK Tour 1976

H&O 1976 UK Tour Book
Thought I might chat a little today about the 1976 UK Tour which included a recorded performance on BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test.  In September of 1975, H&O released the "Silver Album", so dubbed by fans.  The actual title of the record is "Daryl Hall & John Oates"....I am sure that you are all familiar with the over the top glam look that D & J rocked on that cover, right?  Well, Daryl and John had gone overseas to promote the album in October of '75 and again in May of '76 and while they were there "Sara Smile" began getting heavy rotation on R&B stations and eventually took off!

The band that accompanied Daryl and John on that tour was a stellar troupe of musicians that helped to form that classic Hall & Oates sound.  Daryl has mentioned as recently as last year that this line up was one of the best they've ever had.  Their sound was tight and they flowed effortlessly from one song to the next. 

H&O 1976 UK Tour Book - Inner Cover
Daryl and John were backed by Stephen Dees on Bass, Todd Sharp on Lead Guitar, Eddie Zyne on drums, David Kent on Keyboards and Charlie De Chant on Keyboards and Sax.  Interestingly enough this tour would begin Charlie's reign as the band member with H&O for the longest period of time.  He is truly an H&O staple and I for one always look forward to hearing and seeing him at shows.  He adds such a spark to that stage!

I included some pics of a tour book from that 1976 tour.  The cover boasts the "ever popular with fans" winged-star...we'd all like to think that it holds some intrinsic meaning but in actuality it was just a marketing scheme...a logo created by a staffer.  Still the silver pendants the guys, band members and crew wore fetch big dollars among hardcore fans!  Even Marcia Strassman of Welcome Back Kotter fame wore one during a brief relationship with Mr. Hall!

H&O 1976 UK Tour Book
Anyhow, back to the actual show...The first gig the guys played on this tour in the UK was the Old Grey Whistle Test which I mentioned above.  This is an awesome show which includes live versions of Camellia, Lady Rain, Laughing Boy, I'm Just A Kid, Is It A Star, She's Gone & Gino The Manager, no lip syncing here.....and remember Sara Smile wasn't a hit yet!!  In my opinion, Is It A Star takes the cake on this one...killer song with killer vocals!  If you have the opportunity to watch or listen to this show I highly recommend it....actually I recommend any audio or video from this particular won't be disappointed!!

The dates of the UK tour in 1976 are as follows:

5/18 - Old Grey Whistle Test
5/19 - Bristol - Colston Hall
5/20 - Manchester - Free Trade Hall
5/21 - Newcastle City Hall
5/22 - Oxford Polytech
5/23 - Croydon - Fairfield Hall
5/24 - Birmingham Town Hall
5/25 - Brighton Dome
5/26 - London - New Victoria Theatre
5/28 - Leeds

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Beak Dancin'???!!!

This is a neat little's from Record Mirror in 1984.  Here are Daryl and John with Daryl's birdies, Ralph & Alice!

New December Show Dates!

A couple of new dates have been leaked!!  This is going to be a fabulous H&O fan weekend on the East Coast.  I'm going to plan some fan events around these shows.  I hope a lot of folks will be able to make it!!  Stay tuned!

December 3, 2010 - H&O @ The Borgata - Atlantic City, NJ

December 4, 2010 - Eliot Lewis @ The Forum Lounge, Caesar's - Atlantic City, NJ

December 5, 2010 - H&O @ Beacon Theatre - New York, NY

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Sky Is Falling

This particular track is from the often overlooked 1997 album "Marigold Sky".  It's one of my favorite H&O albums of all time.  The band should re-release and tour behind this album again.  It has so much potential for additional hits.  Especially now that H&O seem to be back in the limelight....which is a GREAT thing of course!! 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Going back to Cali, Cali, Cali....

Yes!! That is totally where we are going on our next H&O adventure! We'll be flying out of Boston on September 26th. We are heading to LAX....fares were WAY cheaper into LAX for some reason...even when the cost of gas and a rental car was factored in. From there we'll drive up to Pacifica, CA where we'll be staying in a fabulous ocean side hotel. That will be our base for 4 nights! Can't wait to wake up in the morning to see the waves crashing on the beach.

On the way up to Pacifica we plan to stop at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon. The pictures online are gorgeous. I am personally looking forward to seeing the gardens. I am a sucker for architecture so this was my little "add-in". Thankfully we have nothing planned for that evening after we check into our hotel. Looking forward to a relaxing dinner and a good night's sleep.

The first show of this trip will be on Monday, September 27th at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA. This is a gorgeous venue which we visited last year. It offers amazing views of the towns surrounding it as it sits high atop a magnificent hill.

Tuesday September 28th is an open day. No shows. We've decided that we'd like to take a trip into San Francisco to do some sightseeing. I love the architecture in San Francisco....can't get enough of it!

Table Mountain Casino in Friant is the 29th's show. This is going to be a 3.5 hour drive from our little seaside paradise. We'll leave early so that we have plenty of time for stops on the way and dinner when we arrive. From the information I've found online it appears that it is a rather small casino so I'm wondering if we'll run out of things to do if we arrive too early. Hmmm.

On Thursday the 30th we'll be leaving Pacifica at around 6AM to begin our drive down the coast to the Los Angeles area. We decided to stay in Anaheim at the Embassy Suites for the remainder of the trip. It's right near the Disneyland Resort. In case you don't know me THAT well, in addition to H&O, Jimmy and I are Disney NUTS!!! We visit Walt Disney World all the time and are annual passholders. So we are taking this opportunity to visit WDW's sister resort....DISNEYLAND! We have dinner reservations that evening at the Blue Bayou restaurant which is located right inside the park.

Who doesn't love a fair??? October 1st is fair day! H&O will perform that evening at the LA County fair. We're planning to visit Darren @ his shop in Venice and also get to the fair at around noon to explore the booths and all the delicious food that's available! We were lucky in that our tickets to the show include free admission to the fair. Ooh...I should also mention that the fair is located in Pomona, CA.

Our 4th and final show is on October 2nd. We'll be hitting up Disneyland again this morning. The show today is not too far away at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage. I would imagine that we will snag dinner at the casino.

On Sunday October 3rd we'll be going to Disney's California Adventure. We haven't been to this park yet so we're pretty excited to check it out as it has some really cool rides and restaurants!!! We'll stay for the fireworks show...a perfect way to end our trip to California!!! The next morning we fly home to Boston.

I'll keep everyone updated on our trip and plans if they happen to change! Can't wait to see our CA friends!!

Just what is "ooh yeah!"?

Obviously I've decided to call my blog "ooh yeah!" which is a reference to the 1988 Daryl Hall and John Oates album by the same name. If you read my profile already you'll know that I am an UBER H&O fan. At the suggestion of a very close friend I decided to begin blogging about my travels, general H&O information and personal feelings about the band and their work.

Rather than kill this first post with a lot of blabber from me. I think the following prose from Daryl really sums up what I am trying to get across here. This is my "ooh yeah!".

Ooh Yeah is what you say when your spot gets hit
Ooh Yeah is what you say when you crack your neck
Ooh Yeah is what you say when you hit the long ball
Ooh Yeah is what you say when you roll a strike
Ooh Yeah is what you say when its ReaLove
Ooh Yeah is what you say when you remember
Ooh Yeah is what you say when the sun is shining
Ooh Yeah is what you say when the water's perfect
Ooh Yeah is what you say when your dream is walkin' down the street
Ooh Yeah is what you say when you understand
Ooh Yeah is what you say when you step on the gas and it really moves
Ooh Yeah is what you say when the love comes down
Ooh Yeah is what you say when your horse comes in
Ooh Yeah is what you say when the groove feels right
Ooh Yeah is what you say when the music moves you

-Daryl Hall