Friday, May 14, 2010
THE AGELESS J. GEILS BAND...
My afffinty for the J. Geils Band started back in the seventies! Yes, I may be Ageless, but, never-the-less, that was the decade my boyfriend Paul Sek, brought a J. Geils Album over to my house, and it blew my mind! There was this funky, bluesy song called Homework, and he would sing it to me. The way you love me, you love me so, I can’t do my homework, anymore….. I was hooked.
What followed was a lifetime love affair with their music. My sisters and I went wild for the J. Geils Band. We made it to every show in the area, and even got to meet the band on a few occasions. Till this day, anyone who knew me then, associates me with these guys from Boston. I still wear what was probably the first J. Geils Tee Shirt ever made. I have guitar picks from Jerome himself (he’s the “J” in J Geils). I caught a towel that lead singer Peter Wolf, threw into the audience, and for my sweet-sixteen birthday, my mother had a sterling silver guitar charm made, engraved with the bands name for my charm bracelet! But, my favorite association to these funky guys (who, by the way, had a hit-single with their song Angel is a Centerfold) is in my high-school year book. Someone took a picture of me when I was wearing black pants with the band’s name written across my butt in rhinestones. That photo (above) ended up in the yearbook. Underneath they wrote, “Number One Fanny.” That may have been a long time ago, but, the band is still playing, and I am still following… I saw the J. Geils Band last year, (I managed to get into their sold out show two minutes before it started) and I have to say, the band is still incredible. My friends and I stood and screamed for the entire gig.
As a die-hard music lover, I predict the concert event of the summer will be the J. Geils Band and Aerosmith playing together at Fenway Park, in Boston. Tickets sold out in fourteen minutes. I don’t have mine yet….but, by now most of you following this blog know> Where There’s’ a Will There’s Renee. I will get my hands on some tickets, somehow! There may not be any seats left, but what about the stage? Do you think the band would really mind me (one of their most loyal fans) dancing in the wings wearing that vintage tee-shirt and jingling my charm bracelet with their names on it, for old time sake. I will even dig up those rhinestone pants if it helps.
Follow this blog for more on how I had breakfast with front man Peter Wolf. This blog only gets better. And then there's my books. One of the stories in my second book is about how I got Peter Wolf to introduce me to Van Morrison (and what I did from there). The funny part is, I don’t really know Peter Wolf! But, here he is featured on the cover of Rolling Stone... back in the day.
For your listening pleasure…may I recommend some of my favorite J. Geil songs…. Diddyboppin, Homework, Cruising for a Love, and First I look at the Purse!
These songs are so upbeat it’s easy to get hooked! You’ll see…
Renee’s Ageless Tip of the Week:
Treat yourself to live concerts. ADDED BONUS: If it’s music you grew up on, you’ll de-age like a sterling silver guitar charm! Bon Jovi or Botox, you decide.