Monday, May 11, 2009


This morning I was daydreaming about what I could do and never get tired of, and it got me reminiscing about my days with Easy Livin' and how much fun it was playing in the band. With music there's always a higher standard to which to aspire, and the challenge of getting there is never dull - taxing, but rewarding. It's not like, say, the challenge of producing 75 widgets per hour instead of 70 and when you do so and get your pat on the back, you wonder what is the point of it all.

When I checked my e-mail I found a message from our bass player, Michael Kosaka sitting there and a link to the YouTube video below. At 1:10 into the video, he said he always thought that Spanky sounded like Teri Kusumoto, our lead singer, and asked what I thought.

Well, what I thought was that I've played that same video many times and thought the same thing as Michael - yup, that sounds like Teri. I guess we both had Easy Livin' on our minds today! Must be fate calling.

I really like that song. It takes me back to the 9th grade, this same time of year, preparing to graduate and make the leap into high school. It also takes me back to having a crush on Lena Wong. I don't think we ever wore clothes like they do in that video, though.

Back in the day when Spanky and Our Gang (the musical group) were popular, we wondered if the Spanky in that group was the same Spanky as in the Little Rascals. Some people said yes it was, but unless Spanky had an operation, I don't think they were the same person. Otherwise they could have subsituted the word "Spanky" for the word "Sunday" in the song Sunday Will Never Be the Same.

Today's just the kind of day when we would get together for practices.. and the kind of day when Michael and I would head over to Johnnie's Pastrami in Culver City and pig out on a pastrami, fries, Coke and down a bunch of pickles. Our stomachs were much more resiliant and forgiving back then.

Now.. check out the video before the YouTube police eradicate it. This same video keeps popping up and the police keep removing it but like the Matrix, it keeps reappearing.

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