What Was the New Mary Jane?

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Nov. 9, 1996

I've got an invitation
To make a reservation

-- Beatles, "Magical Mystery Tour" (Lennon/McCartney)

Spin me up, spin me, spin me out
Station to station send me up and out
Is that what life and love is all about
I think I think so

-- Stone Temple Pilots, "Big Bang Baby" (R. DeLeo/S. Weiland)

New this moment: the Haight-Ashbury rockumentary, web style. This page provides a narrative and links to the multimedia elements, a kind of "multimedia column" which may be in need of a designer but is nevertheless functional. You'll soon see more of these types of pages that mix all sorts of media, including work I'm doing for Canter Technology involving the MediaBar platform and the Hackers cyberclub concept.

Oct 14, 1996 at 5:45 p.m.

At three score and five
I'm very much alive
I've still got the jive to survive
With the heroes and villains.

-- Beach Boys, "Heroes and Villains Pt. 1" (Brian Wilson), the version from the unreleased 1967 "Smile" album

I had another dream about lions at the door
They weren't half as frightening as they were before
But I'm thinking about eternity
Some kind of ecstasy got a hold on me.

-- Bruce Cockburn, "Wondering Where the Lions Are" (Bruce Cockburn), Golden Mountain Music Corp. (SOCAN)

I've finally come out of a web coma, unable to absorb information or regurgitate new web stuff until I had redesigned the site. I've also been busy with Canter Technology on the MediaBar platform and the Hackers' Night Out cyberclub concept.

I'm also hopeful for a surge in interest in the Haight-Ashbury CD-ROM, which has sold well but not well enough to get us into the black. There are heroes and villains in this story, but it can't be told until the devil makes the payment.

Meanwhile, I'm starting a rock music history project and using this site as a test bed. Be sure to get Shockwave if you haven't already, as much of the content will be encoded as shocked files. Things take time, so please be patient. You've waited decades for historical information about the music that changed our lives, but you won't have to wait much longer. Long time comin', but it's sure to be a long time gone.

May 8, 1996 at 9:45 p.m.

One love, one heart,
Let's get together and feel alright

-- Bob Marley, "One Love"

If you don't know your past, you don't know your future.

-- Ziggy Marley, "Tomorrow People"

Dim lights, thick smoke, and loud, loud music,
Is the only kinda life you'll ever understand.

-- New Riders of the Purple Sage, "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke" (J. Maphis, M. Fidler, R.Lee)

Went to Jamaica last month. Spent most of my time in Negril, some time in the mountains above Grange Hill, snorkled, gave respect to the rastafarans, sampled the very groundation on a plantation in the mountains, and listened to live music on the beach every night, reggae, carnival, and soka... Jamaica is somewhere between the second and third worlds, with enough tourists and culture (especially music and art) to keep the revenues flowing. Negril is friendly to tourists, the beaches are sparkling and beautiful, and the local vendors are always hustling. The mix of European, Japanese, and U.S. tourists keeps the prices high and the choices broad. And did I mention that every night there's a live music party on the beach?

And now, back to the Marc Canter Show (of which I am editorial director), which is already in progress...

April 12, 1996 at 12:30 a.m.

Do, or do not. There is no try.

-- Yoda the Jedi Master, in The Empire Strikes Back (part of the Star Wars Trilogy by George Lucas)

A power so great, it can only be used for good or evil!

-- The Firesign Theater, The Tale of the Giant Rat of Sumatra

I never needed Panavision and stereophonic sound to woo the world. I did it in black and white on a screen the size of a postage stamp. Honey, that's talent.

-- Mae West

Despite all the computation,
You know you could just dance to that rock and roll station.

-- Velvet Underground, "Rock & Roll" (Lou Reed)

Things are changing. I am starting to work with Marc Canter as Editorial Director of the Marc Canter Show and producer of a web radio program as well as doing other things... Just finished a manuscript on Macromedia Director's Lingo programming language, with Kurt Cagle. Look for the book from Random House later this Spring (it covers Director 5!). Been up all night finishing the manuscript.. I've got blisters on my fingers...

March 25, 1996 at 9:30 p.m.

Anybody got a bit of money?
Anybody got a bit of money?

-- Rejected backing vocals on "Taxman" (George Harrison) by the Beatles, which can be heard in the version that appears on the Anthology 2 CD set.

Nothing's gonna change my world.

-- John Lennon, "Across the Universe"

You know that your love is all you've got.

-- Paul McCartney, "That Means a Lot" (one of the uncovered songs from Anthology 2 never before released).

The Beatles Anthology, Volume 2, has arrived (as of March 19), and this time, they truly deliver the goods. There are many interesting pieces, including arrangements for Sgt. Pepper-era songs that are much different than the released versions, and numerous "layered" outtakes demonstrating the various layers of overdubbing that was required for such experimentation when using the primitive 4-track equipment of that time. This music was made with Real Love.

March 12, 1996 at 10:30 a.m.

Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you,
If you're young at heart...

-- As sung by Frank Sinatra

When somebody loves you
It's no good unless he loves you -- all the way...

-- "All The Way" (Cahn/Van Heusen)

And in the end,
The love you take,
Is equal to the love you make.

-- "The End" (Lennon/McCartney)

My dad, Frank A. Bove, M.D., passed away on Feb. 29. With his great sense of humor, I know he appreciates the fact that it happened on a day that occurs only once every four years (leap year). He was loved by many, many people. He was a generous, thoughtful, and compassionate family doctor who seemed to have every family in South Philadelphia as his patient. He was a dedicated family man, a loving husband, the chairman of the Methodist Hospital, a Frank Sinatra fan (the verses above are from his favorite songs), a piano player, and a sharp dresser. If I were able to choose among many of his best qualities for myself, I would choose to be a storyteller like him, with his impeccable sense of timing; I would choose to be a good listener, willing to spend my time helping others solve their problems; I would choose to have his charming, disarming personality. That's all I can write for now. I'll be posting a page of family history soon, in his honor.

Feb. 14, 1996 at 9:00 p.m.

We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.

-- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

We must seek our future in the virtual world because there is no economic room left in the physical one.

-- John Perry Barlow, "Jack In, Young Pioneer"

Space is unimaginably big.

-- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Just returned from the MILIA Festival in Cannes, France. Yup, these hippie nerds were strolling along the Cote D'Azur. Saw Barlow there, too. He was arm-wrestling Douglas Adams in the lobby of a very fancy hotel. This turned out to be the Keynote Speaker's Wrestling Match and we were fortunate to not have missed it. We overhead someone at the match dismissing web-delivered multimedia as a fad. We threw him our towel.

Feb. 6, 1996 at 8:30 p.m.

The technicalities matter a lot, but the unifying vision matters more.

-- Ted Nelson

Freedom of press is guaranteed only to those who own one.

-- A. J. Liebling.

A message to all those who know what we're up to these days. I could tell you, but then I'd have to reroute your URL.

Jan. 26, 1996 at 8:30 p.m.

Demo or die.

-- Unofficial motto of the MIT Media Lab, according to Stewart Brand's book Media Lab.

Never show unfinished work.

-- Buckminister Fuller

Judge only by results.

-- Dr. Bronner's Bullion label

If she can stand it I can. Play it!

-- Humphrey Bogart in the film Casablanca.

You guessed correctly. I am in the middle of a demo. By the way, Bogart never said "play it again, Sam" in Casablanca.

Jan. 20, 1996 at 8:30 p.m.

If it weren't for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song.

-- Carl Perkins

And if it weren't for Perkins' blue suede shoes, Elvis wouldn't have had a major hit about hip fashion.

Jan. 20, 1996 at 7:30 p.m.

We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.

-- Henry David Thoreau

And so it is with laptops, the poor, and Newts.

Jan. 18, 1996 at 3:30 p.m.

Always star in your own movie.

-- Ken Kesey

And please don't dominate the rap, jack, if you've got nothing new to say. You know who you are.

Jan. 13, 1996 at 5:30 p.m.

Why don't we do it in the road?

-- Paul McCartney

It's the ageless question. Sing it loud so we can hear you. We will.

Jan. 11, 1996 at 2:30 p.m.

There's them that throws it down and them that picks it up.

--Wavy Gravy

An observation equally relevant about concerts as it is about the web and the environment.

Jan. 11, 1996 at 2:00 p.m.

Lipstick gleem, hexachlorophine,
Kling-kling-a-ling, klang-klang she sang,
It's tragic magic,
There are no coincidences,
But sometimes the pattern is more obvious.

-- Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

You may have seen this band in a special performance during the "adult nightclub" scene in the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour. Neil Innes of Monty Python was a member, and the band was associated with not only the Beatles but also Traffic, Captain Beefheart, and Eric Clapton.

Dec. 27, 1995 at 6:00 p.m.

Because something is happening but you don't know what it is...

-- Bob Dylan, "Ballad of a Thin Man"

A most concise description of the Internet. Or, as Bob wailed in 1966 at the Royal Albert Hall in England, with The Band behind him, "And you know something is happening, and you wish you knew what it was..."

Dec. 23, 1995 at 6:00 p.m.

We did it for a big tribe, because the communication is worldwide now.

-- John Lennon

Once again, Dr. Winston O'Boogie predicts the future.

Nov. 22, 1995 at 6:00 p.m.

In the name of the cathode, the anode, and the holy grid.

-- Thomas Pynchon, 1973, Gravity's Rainbow

A prayer to begin our web broadcasts.



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