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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Thursday, April 01, 2010

Needed a few days to clear my head...even thought about taking the week, but then things cleared and I had some information to share on a few fronts...

First off, my alma mater, which shut down the football program in 1977, the year after Tom Coughlin (he now of the Giants) left has always been a small school when it comes to sports.

The Hockey team is one exception. They have always fielded a strong team over the years and for a short time, I was even the play-by-play announced for the team on WITR Radio one year.

Well...HECK-A-DOODLE...The RIT men's hockey team is one step closer to a national championship! The RIT Tigers are heading to Detroit to play in the NCAA Frozen Four on April 8 and 10.

The Tigers, Atlantic Hockey Association champions, advance to the Frozen Four after defeating the University of Denver and University of New Hampshire at the NCAA East Regional in Albany.

Now RIT will join college hockey's elite programs at Ford Field in Detroit. The first game of the Frozen Four is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, April 8 and will feature RIT vs. Wisconsin.

All the games will be on ESPN2...so I say loud and proud GO TIGERS!


Have to tell you that Josh Charles' new album is getting a ton of play on my iTouch.

The entire CD is tuneage worthy. His fingers tickle the ivories like a born N'awlins-er (and yes I made that up!)

You would never know he is La Jolla, Calif.-born, Kansas City-raised, and New York City-based (except for those two days he lived in New Orleans and then had to get out of town before Katrina hit.

He is getting a ton of ink and will be HUGE real soon. He even got a small article on the web site of Brother Rich's newspaper.

The CD is 10 songs of solid jazz/dixie/rock/blues/soul including a great rendition of Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come".

He is backed by Dr. John's Band, who mentored Josh early on. The horn section is as tight as they come and the rhythm section lays down a great bed for Josh's piano playing to walk on.

His voice is really on target with the music he performs and he has a stellar backing chorus who compliment his tone perfectly.

Also on the album, Josh included his song "Healing Time", which he wrote about the rebuilding of New Orleans. If you are inclined, you can go to iTunes and grab the single and ALL money is donated to the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans to assist in the rebuilding of that city.

Continuing his love for the city, Josh is donating a portion of his proceeds to the same cause.

I will stop now, as I am very hopeful that josh will be joining me on Music On The Couch real soon and I want to leave something for you to learn.

I am also hopeful to help bring Josh to Memphis in the near future, working with his agent.

I would share a taste, but the CD is coded to not allow for sharing. But go to Josh's web site HERE and get your taste. I promise you will NOT be disappointed!

I am going to be reviewing a lot of artists coming up here. There will still be other subjects discussed, but I am needing to really focus on all the music I am receiving.

Tomorrow, I will introduce you to a woman who I was turned on to by my Fraternity Brother Greg...her name is Kelley Hunt.

See y'all then....

10 Of Your Sparks

  1. RW Says:
  2. Sounds good Vin!

  3. Dana Says:
  4. Did you bring the ax?? Clearing the head is good. Seeing you back is better!

  5. Doc Says:
  6. Go Tigers!

  7. Travis Cody Says:
  8. Congrats to your hockey team!

    And I'm all in favor of learning about more new music.

  9. ...sometimes I wish I cared about hockey, but not often. Happy for you, though!...But I do care about music, and I thank you for keeping up and sharing new talent...

  10. Dianne Says:
  11. I love it when smaller schools make it big

    Go Tigers!!

  12. Hey, we BOTH have our alma maters poised to win big ones! How fun is that? :)

  13. Jay Says:
  14. Good luck to the Tigers of RIT. Whoever that is. LOL ;-)~

  15. ROGER- Thanks

    DANA: ah shucks ma'am thank you

    DOC: You said it..game time 35 minutes

    TRAVIS: Then take a seat Sir!

    PHFRANKIE: Not a fan of the NHL, my my alma mater, I will watch

    DIANNE: Yup Yup

    SONGBIRD: Yes my friend...let's go!

    JAY: Rochester, NY Rochester Institute of Technology babbbby

  16. Mimi Lenox Says:
  17. I learn something on The Couch every single time I read. Thank you for educating this musician on things she never knew!


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