Today’s Music News

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I found today to be quite an interesting day.

Bruce Springsteen’s son has become a firefighter, which is totally awesome.  And they’re releasing a DVD of one of the best concerts ever, a Bob Dylan tribute that Columbia Records put together for his 30th anniversary as a recording artist.  The lineup is an unbelievable who’s who of the best the music industry had to offer at the time.  It’s not the complete 3-hour extravaganza–which I watched on pay-per-view with the BFF–but they’re hitting most of the highlights, including this jaw-dropping version of “Masters of War.”

There was sad news, too.  Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon, aka The Captain and Tennille, are getting divorced.  I’m beginning to believe there’s no such thing as forever love, at least not in show business.  This is one of those couples that I thought would stay together, just because it had already been so long (39 years).

I don’t like it when things like this happen, because it feeds my cynicism about romance/marriage.  I might not be in the market for a relationship myself, but I really do believe in true love.  When a popular entertainment couple who seemingly defied the odds breaks up, it makes me think that love can’t survive.  If anyone wants to restore my faith, please do.

“Love Will Keep Us Together”

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There was a race in my head for what song to post tonight, between this cheesy 70s classic and another really good 70s song.  Obviously, cheese won, but I’ll be saving the really good song for another post when my brain is more in the writing mood.  (I’ve been washing down the walls in my friend’s new house because he doesn’t want to; he’s done a lot of really nice things for me in the past, so I owe him a couple.  Needless to say, I’m really tired.  And I’ve still got one room left to do.)

I heard this song on the radio tonight, and it brought back memories from my childhood.  My mom always liked The Captain and Tennille; she even bought one of Toni Tennille’s albums of standards in the late 80s.  I remember the songs, and have vague memories of them being kind of funny on their short-lived variety show.  What made them really interesting and unique is that they were both keyboard players.  “Love Will Keep Us Together” is a Neil Sedaka-penned pop song that hit Number One on the charts in 1975.  It wasn’t as cheesy as the cheese-tastic song “Muskrat Love,” but it wasn’t that far off.

Thing is, it’s a true story.  Love really did keep Daryl Dragon (aka The Captain) and Toni Tennille together.  They met in the early 7os when he got a job playing keyboards in a musical she wrote (he returned the favor by getting her a job touring with The Beach Boys, whom he also played for), and married in 1975.  Now retired, they are still together, making them one of my favorite show business couples.  Their love is pretty obvious in the little glances they exchange while playing. Even though they don’t perform much together anymore, I’ll bet they still exchange those little glances all the time.