Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Genre: Rock
Artist:The Beatles
First of all let me preface this with some information to give you my perspective: I like The Beatles ... a lot, and I might be a little too much of a purist to give this 'Mash Up' of their old songs a fair shake.

The Beatles - "LOVE" album has just been released. It is mostly a 'Mash Up' (re-mixing and combining) of their other songs.

After listening to the album I have to say that it didn't sound bad, but I found myself longing to hear the unadulterated versions of the songs.

Sometimes they would mix the guitar of one song and the vocals of another song, and they usually pulled it off ... it sounds good. But having known what the original songs sound like, it would occasionally sound as though a couple of people both had their radios on and each one playing a different Beatles song at the same time.

Some of the songs transition into each other, which has an overall effect that is just 'OK' for me.

There are some things in the album nobody has heard before, and that even Ringo says he had forgotten about recording, this is probably the biggest reason to listen to the album.

All in all I would say that the album is worth a listen. If you are a purist about your music, you may be disappointed. If you are just a Beatles fan, you might like it.

For me it just left me wanting to hear the original versions.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Prep'ing For Our Anniversary

Well, we (me and Andrea) are getting ready to go to Niagara Falls for our anniversary this year. We have gone there almost every year since we have been married.

We are going to be there Sunday through Tuesday. We dropped the dogs (Koko and Sophie) off at the kennel this morning, and tomorrow we are going to drop the kids (Alana and Owen) off at Gramag's (Thanks Vicki and Jim for watching the kids, we really appreciate it).

Unfortunately, I have to bring my laptop in case I get a call from work. I don't expect to get a call, but stranger things have happened.

We stay on the Canadian side (it is just so much cleaner), it started going down hill after the first casino came in, but after they added the Fallsview Casino it got better again. I just miss when there were just a few people there, now it is always crowded.

Our room is supposed to have a view of both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls, it should be nice.

Last year we did this too, and it was the first time we were ever away from our kids for more that just a couple of hours. I think it was harder on me that it was on Andrea, but it didn't take me long to enjoy being able to do grown up things, without one of the kids whining about wanting to do something else.