Ed’s blog

Ed Easton-today

Living, dying, and everything in between…That’s what this blog is about…from as many points of view as possible that make sense in whole or in part. Life as a curse, as a blessing, as a nothing-burger, a revelation, a constant delight or a constant trial, the one percent, the other 99 percent, freedom, slavery and the United States Constitution which covers it all-or is supposed to….

    I, of course, will fall short of my goals in all of the above…but I’ve lived for a long time and learned a lot for the time I’ve spent on the planet. I’ve learned and studied a myriad stew of philosophies, religions, and strange beliefs.

   I was a teenager at the birth of Rock and Roll, or what some might amend today as “Sex,Drugs, and Rock and Roll” and equating them all as of a piece and responsible for the ultimate “Fall of Man.”

   The Holy Trinity of Rock and Roll in the middle and late fifties of the last century were Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and of course, Chuck Berry. Elvis of course occupied the top place.He was the universal choice for the King of Rock and Roll. There were those who maintained that his whole career was  “Faustian” by its very nature. He had his twenty years at the top, and then…the bill for it came due.

   Little Richard, Bo Diddly, and others kept trying to supplant that Trinity on their pedestals, but while they did not qualify for the Trinity, they were all-to a man, and a woman, qualified for sainthood in Rock and Roll Heaven. That also, of course, includes the British contingents who came right on their heels. The British-in the beginning of the era, worshiped all of the American gods, but then it wasn’t long before the Beatles supplanted almost the whole American crowd of Rockers, with the Rolling Stones eventually outdistancing everybody from that era, especially in terms of longevity. What other small group of 70 plus year-olds does anyone know who can sell out giant arenas.

Oh yesss… I was forgetting the “Donald”… but I can tell you this: if some well-meaning individual had sent me front row tickets to a Trump Rally and I had seats that same night way in the back for the Stones… You can imagine what I might do with those Trump tickets if I had occasion to visit the men’s room at the concert. Those giant arena rest room stalls are always out of paper…

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  1. It’s been a long time since “Song for Cyrano” but I’ve survived. I’m now retired and back in CANADA. I’m living at Sharbot Lake, Ontario. My daughter lives at Verona, another village on Road 38 north of Kingston.

    If your up to it drop me a line at “campbellsb1936@mail.com”.
    Continue to live log and prosper.
    “Bruce the Bald”

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    1. Sorry, Bruce, for taking so long to answer you, but I have neglected my website shamefully for months. I lost my password and access to it and was too computer illiterate to recover it. It was all “rocket science” to me. Then again, I had a personal tragedy I had to deal with (Read “The tyranny of Good Intentions by Paul Craig Roberts and Lawrence M Stratton…I was a victim of every abuse limned in that book. After “Cyrano”, at the end of which Joe and I were barely speaking-but he did wind up narrating my show “Legend of the Sword” which debuted in an “off-off” mode at the American Theatre of Actors on West 56th st in NYC. But he only agreed to do it because he liked the script and didn’t know I was the author until he saw me sitting up in the shotgun seat beside the Broadcast engineer who was recording him. He was surprised to see me there, but we patched up our relationship after that, and when the show opened to excellent reviews he called me and pitched me to let him direct what we were all hoping would be the “B’way” version. He took me on a tour of theatres in the city he thought might be capable of accepting the necessary infrastructure. But if you’ll recall, Carter was president and inflation shot up to 18 percent. Why invest in an iffy B’way expensive production when you could earn a return like that just leaving one’s money in the bank?!
      Glad to hear from you! Did you explore this site and check out my author page on Amazon?
      Ed Easton

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    2. Boy! That was quick, Bruce! I’m back in the place where I was born, retired, still write from time to time, but I always did suck at marketing myself or my works. I still visit the gym and am fairly active. I have a scooter/moped, an ancient Merc, and a Honda Shadow motorcycle (750) which I’m on sometimes even in winter if no snow or ice is about. I turned 80 years old back in October. My wife you might remember was a soap star back then and left me for her multi-millionaire leading man who was younger, taller, better-looking, and dumped his own wife and three kids for her and my kid. It was the Cyrano tour that cost me the marriage. I was messed up for a decade or more after that.
      As I recall, you were heavy into computer programming during those days and I was just beginning to fiddle around with a Mac. I left NYC in ’96 for a writing gig with a startup studio/production house in DC. It was a steady paycheck and new skill-set for me, but I was good at it and enjoyed it as I was also the in-house narrator for a lot of the film and video done for broadcast. My stuff was all over the Discover lineup of channels in the late 90’s. I also did two seasons of narration for “Seawings” one of which was nominated for an emmy (the series, not me personally, because I didn’t write it)
      Ed

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