I’ve always been a big Toni Childs fan, particularly of her awesome songwriting ability — her music is a powerful mix of Detroit soul, rock sensibility and Third-World influence — but she pretty much flies under the radar. She had some decent hits in the late ’80s, notably “Don’t Walk Away,” but then she got the double whammy of contracting Graves’ Disease and bouncing record labels. It was a period when panicked record companies were ditching artists. Childs moved to Hawaii — I think Kauai — emerging once in a while to write award-winning songs.
She’s always been more popular in New Zealand and Australia than in the U.S., which is our loss. Anyway, I ran across the above video, filmed just a few months ago at a gig in New Zealand, showing that Childs is just as cool as ever. Which makes me happy.
OK, here’s another one, an all-star jam:
And here’s an absolute pirate version of “Zimbabwae” also recorded recently in a small club.
Thanks to Rachel Chesser, once again!
There’s a whole area on this bird where somebody practiced drilling out rivets, but did a half-assed job. The inner stubs were still there — which is why I didn’t notice this before — and need to be completely drilled out. So that’s what the game plan was today. Every fifth rivet or so has a Clekos temporary rivet holding the metal in place
Here are some panorama stitches of the harbor at La Mariana Sailing Club. Click at least twice on the images to see detail. Look around, and you’ll see sunken boats, piers that have been ripped off and are drifting away (with boats attached), huge chunks of broken, floating walkways, and boat owners trying to lasso their runaway craft. Just behind me from these angles is the La Mariana restaurant, and I’m happy to report it seems unscathed.
Anybody else get any sleep? We dodged a really big bullet last night, one that you don’t know how big until it’s right in your face.
A couple of notes. It was a high-definition disaster in Japan, and the TV feeds — particularly the raw stuff in HD from NHK — were breathtaking, and awful to witness too.
And it’s clear that Civil Defense in Hawaii needs some beachside webcams on the neighbor islands.