Multifarious Man Podcast – Episode 27: The Return

Multifarious Man Podcast – Episode 27: The Return

It is Saturday, September 2, 2017 and welcome to the Multifarious Man Podcast. As always, I am you host, J. Vincent. You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @MultifariousMan and the podcast blog at http://www.multifariousman.com

Now it’s been a while since I recorded the last episode. It would seem that I discovered an affinity for drawing and art which got in the way of writing and recording the show. To incorporate my new love of sketching and drawing, each show will have a custom picture that will hopefully capture the episode’s theme. Also, I realize my theme song is not as cool that I would like to think it is (children can be cruel, especially when they are yours, and like the internet, they have no chill). So until I come up with some top flight beats, I am going to stay away from the rap and focus on an instrumental that I am happy with.

Since my last show, Game of Thrones Season 6 ended with a bang and Season 7 came back with a vengeance. Spoiler Alert! Dragons and White Walkers are not to be messed with. The Cubs finally broke their 100 plus year curse and Wonder Woman broke the crappy DC movie streak. That is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. So sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

 

How to Listen

 

What to Watch:

With on demand on cable and streaming options from Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, there is no shortage of TV Series, Movies and Specials from all over the world to sample, explore and fall in love with. Now I am not an expert critic but any stretch of the imagination, but I know what I like, and what I don’t like. If I had a year, there still wouldn’t be enough time to cover everything. For now I will just cover a few from each. First up, cable TV.

 

Plugged In

When I was a kid when we first joined the world of cable subscribers, there were around 20 channels, not including the local New York stations. Now there are hundreds to choose from. To keep it simple here are few of my favorite from several channels. Mind you, this list only includes shows that I have actually watched.

SYFY

• The Expanse

• Z Nation

• Wynona Earp

• Dark Matter

• Killjoys

• Twelve Monkeys

• Van Helsing

HBO

• Game of Thrones

• Veep

• Westworld

TNT

• The Last Ship

BET

• Rebel

USA

• Queen of the South

Freeform

• Stitchers

MTV

• Teen Wolf

FX

• The Strain

Spike TV

• The Mist

 

Cut the Cords

When Netflix first came on the scene, it was a DVD by mail rival to Blockbuster and local brick and mortar. Nowadays, Netflix, Amazon and other streaming video services are spending billions of dollars in original content.

Netflix

• Voltron

• Stranger Things

• Ozark

• Marvels TV Series

○ Daredevil

○ Jessica Jones

○ Luke Cage

○ Iron Fist

○ The Defenders

• Castlevania

• The Fall

• The Ranch

• House of Cards

Amazon

• The Man In the High Castle

• Bosch

• The Tick

• Fortitude

• Sneaky Pete

• Z

• Mozart in the Jungle

The Get Down (First Impressions)

I just finished watching the first episode of Baz Lurhmann’s The Get Down on Netflix.  (Where There is Ruin, There is Hope for a Treasure).  Immediately through sight and sound, I am transported to the New York City of my youth in the late 1970’s.  The characters and setting feel someone added weight to magic realism in order to give it a corporeal property.  As this is serialized story telling, I will save my review until after I finish the first six episodes.  

The Get Down – IMBD

Multifarious Man Podcast 26: Father’s Day (show notes)

This episode is dedicated to my father, John Butler, the greatest dad in the world.  If you haven’t already guessed, the theme of this episode is fathers.  This means, the books, films, music, and TV shows that are about dads.

How to Listen:

Papa’s Not a Rolling Stone
 
Before he retired, my father was a librarian for the City of New York and later a law librarian for the Queens Supreme Court; also in New York.  I inherited my love of books and literature from my father.  Summer vacations, sick days and occasional Sundays, I spent hours and hours reading everything I could get my hands on.  In years before computers, I got to spend time with my good friends the card catalogue and the Dewey Decimal system.  If you don’t know what either of those things are, look them up on Google.  My father is an ordained Deacon at Bethany Baptist Church and a lifetime member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated.  He is a well known figure within the community and has always given his time freely.
Am I Coming in Clear
 
Frequency is film released in the 2000, starring, Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel, and Elizabeth Mitchell.  In Frequency, an accidental cross-time radio link connects a father and son across 30 years.  The son, tries to save his father’s life, but then must fix the consequences.  On the surface, Frequency is a time travel story, but in reality it is a drama and mystery, that hinges on the relationship between a father and a son.  Jim Caviezel is a police detective whose father, Dennis Quaid a fire fighter, died in a building fire 30 years earlier.  The movie asks the question, what would you do if you could talk to someone from the past, and prevent them from a tragic death?  I saw this unexpected gem in the movie theaters and currently have it in my DVD collection.  Even though there is a huge mystery, the suspense and drama of the film hold up to multiple viewings.  If you are a fan of Quaid or Caviezel, I highly recommend it.
Daddy’s Home
Frasier is an NBC television show that aired from 1993-2004, starring Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, and John Mahoney.  As the title character, Kelsey Grammer reprises the role he played for years on Cheers.  On the show, after a contentious divorce, Frasier leaves Boston and returns to Seattle, Washington to host a radio show and take in his father, a widower and cop that was that forced into retirement due to an injury.  Although this is primarily a comedy, the main theme of the show is the relationship between a tough, authoritarian father, and his refined, aristocratic son.  It is a classic comedy of manners.  Since the show stopped producing new episodes, it has been a mainstay on syndicated reruns and now streaming services.  Any child or parent can find humor in this show whether you are two peas in a pod or as different as night and day.
Grandfathers are Fathers Too
 
The Princess Bride, S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure: The ‘good parts’ version Abridged by William Goldman is a 1973 fantasy novel that, according to Wikipedia, is a book that combines the elements of comedy, adventure, fantasy, romantic love, romance and fairy tale.  This fantastic book within a book within a fairytale is according to Goldman
Family Matters
 
A special shoutout to my cousins (either through blood or marriage) that are great fathers in every way they can be.  We don’t always get everything right, but we never stop trying.
Kudos to:
James Edwards
Geoff Springer
Jerry Springer
Jermaine Davis
Doug Fouser
Duane Ford
Craig Barnave
Brian Barnave &
Sam Lilly
In Closing
 
Since I recorded this show so late in the month, I didn’t get a chance to with my big sister Johnda a happy birthday on the show.  Well here it is, happy birthday Johnda.  For most people, our siblings are our first friends because they are the first kids you meet.  Well I can honestly say that my sister is my oldest and dearest friend.  There has never been a time that we were not close.  We live in different states so we don’t get to see each other often and we don’t speak every day, but we always pick up as if we had just spoken the day before.

On the next Multifarious Man Podcast….

It’s been over a month since I recorded the last episode of the the Multifarious Man Podcast but I am now putting the finishing touches on the next one: Episode 26 – Father’s Day.  I started recording on Father’s Day but then a couple of little things called Game 7 of the NBA Finals and the Season 6 penultimate episode of Game of Thrones.  Either way, I look forward to sharing the finished product..

Multifarious Man Podcast 25: Purple Reign (Show Notes)

On this episode, due to the unexpected passing of Prince Rogers Nelson, on April 21, at the young age of 57, I am going to take you through my personal journey with the music and movies from His Royal Badness.

How to Listen:

Watching, and Listening to:
• Batman Soundtrack- Prince
• Under the Cherry Moon – Prince

 

imageA Musical Revolution

I discovered Prince quite by accident. In the fall of 1984 I entered the 6th grade a PS 156 in Laurelton, Queens. I was listening to songs by Wham!, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner and Tears For Fears. Songs from Beat Street soundtrack, Whoodini, and LL Cool J were in heavy rotation. Then, one day, the coolest kid in class, Rahsaan Stephens, came to school, probably on a Monday, and told the class about the amazing movie he had gone to see over the weekend. That movie was Purple Rain. First of all, the fact that he got to see a Rated R movie made us all want to not only hear about it, but find a way to get an older sibling, cousin, or cool uncle to take us to see it. He spoke of the musical and sexual exploits of Morris Day, Jerome, Prince aka “the Kid” and the Revolution in and around a night club in Minneapolis. He showed us Morris Day’s dance moves along with his antics with Jerome. Furthermore, he talked about the musical performances and gave us a detailed description of the beautiful Apollonia. After this peer introduction accompanied by Rahsaan’s seal of approval, I made it my mission to see the movie and hear the album. It would be a few years before I finally got to see the movie on home video, but I was able to get my hands on a Purple Rain cassette and my initiation into the musical world of Prince had begun.

Rather than recount the hit songs from the Prince lexicon, I am taking a different approach. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Purple Rain’s, the Little Red Corvette’s, the 1999’s, the Adore’s and the like. What made Prince and his music so personal for me, were all of the b-sides, album cuts, and soundtrack songs that didn’t get any radio airplay, but I still played them over and over on CD, Vinyl, cassette tape, and nowadays digitally. These are the song I like to hear, sing along to at the top of my lungs, and play along with on my guitar. Mind you the first two I manage (in my mind) with great aplomb, in reality, people don’t play Prince’s songs on guitar, and they attempt to play a pale facsimile.

Sometimes it Snows in April – Parade

I finally got to Purple rain on VHS right before seeing the movie Under the Cherry Moon. I am sure many people were disappointed that it wasn’t a sequel to Purple Rain. Personally, I loved the movie, a simple, black and white classic love story, Directed by and starring the Purple one. Prince is Christopher Tracy, a gigolo that falls in love with his mark. Whether you love our hate the movie, you cannot ignore the soundtrack album, Parade, and the tragically beautiful ballad, Sometimes It Snows In April.

The Cross– Sign O’ The Times

Including the title track and the timeless Adore, the Sign O’ the Times album has many songs that hold up to multiple spins. The Cross is one of my jams from this album. And if you haven’t had a chance to see the concert film, I highly recommend it.

Not so Sexy

I get creative license and artistic vision, but I still can’t forgive Prince for issuing the Lovesexy album on Vinyl as two side long tracks and on CD as one track. In other words, there was no way to skip ahead to a particular song. You had to listen to the entire album in sequence. Sure, once you wrote down the song lengths, you could fast forward to the spot you wanted on CD, but no such luck on LP. Regardless, When 2 R in Love is one of my favorite songs from this album.

The Dark Knight

Batman the Movie was an event of epic proportions. Who else was equally epic and capable of creating an entire album of new music specifically for the movie? Prince and Batman went great together like chocolate and peanut butter. The Arms of Orion (duet with Sheena Easton), Party Man, and Scandalous probably annoyed my neighbors because every day when I got home from school, I played those three songs on repeat at the loudest possible volume.

The Sequel

When word got out that Prince was finally working on a sequel to Purple Rain, I stood up and took notice. I rushed out to see the movie on its opening weekend. It was not the sequel we were looking for. But the music, oh yes the music, makes Graffiti Bridge the Prince album that I play in its entirety—in sequence—more than any other. The fact that there were multiple songs featuring The Time didn’t hurt it either. Release It, The Question of U, Elephants & Flowers, We Can Funk, Joy in Repetition, Love Machine, Tick, Tick, Bang, Melody Cool, and Still Would Stand All Time. As an added bonus, the world was introduced to Tevin Campbell on the song Round and Round. If you skipped over this album because of the movie reviews, you are making a mistake.

Precious Jewels

By the time Prince dropped Get Off, the first single from the Diamonds and Pearls album, I was ready for something new from the Funk master. The first time I heard the song was when I saw the video with a bunch of friends from high school at a party/barbecue. Strollin’, Willing and Able, Money Don’t Matter 2 Night, and Insatiable, are some of my favorite songs from the album. I still own the DVD collection of videos from the album starring the models portraying Diamond and Pearl. I may just queue it up this weekend for old times’ sake.

The Artist

One day, Prince decided to change his name to an unpronounceable symbol, and became known in the press as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince or simply “The Artist”. Then he release an album whose title was that same symbol. I fell in love with the album the first time I heard the opening horns from the single Sexy MF. The album played out like an opera and generated some of my favorite latter day Prince songs. Love 2 the 9’s, The Morning Papers, The Max, Blue Light, The Continental, Damn U are standouts on my list. The epic 3 Chains o’ Gold is a modern day Bohemian Rhapsody.

The Lost Years

After the Love Symbol album, I lost touch with Prince for a long period of time. I didn’t stop listening to the music that I already owned; it was just that Prince had changed the way he released and distributed music. I rediscovered him in 1999 when he released Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic through traditional brick and mortar stores. The Greatest Romance Ever Sold, So Far, So Pleased, and Man’ O War were added to my Prince Favorites list. 2004’s Musicology brought me Call My Name. In 2006 with 3121, I found Te Amo Corazon, Fury, The Word, Beautiful, Loved, and Blessed, and the Dance.

Is This the End?

Over the last five or so years I found new Prince music that I came to love as much as the old stuff. This list includes 4ever, Love Like Jazz, Wall of Berlin, U’re Gonna C Me, Here and Ol’ Skool Company from the Lotusflow#r / MPLSound double album. The Plectrum Electrum gave us Wow, Prezelbodylogic, Plectrumelectrum, Whitecaps, Fixurlifeup, AnotherLove, and Funknroll. Right on the heels of Plectrumelectrum, Prince and his all girl band 3rdeyeBlind released Art Official Age. Breakdown, U Know, and Breakfast Can Wait deserve attention.

Lastly, without preamble and within a few months of each other in 2015, Prince and his band released, HITNRUN Phase One and Phase Two. So far I am feeling This Could B Us, Fallinlove2nite, X’s Face, Hardrocklover, 1000 X’s & O’s from Phase One and RockNRoll LoveAffair, Stare, Groovy Potential, Screwdriver, and Black Muse from Phase Two. Of course with his newer music, it sometimes takes a while for the songs to marinate before I truly appreciate them.

Prince has so much music out there that it will still take me years to discover and truly appreciate the scope of his musical genius. He will be missed, but thanks to the volumes that he has shared with us, a part of him will always be with us.