Ray Van Horn, Jr. is a veteran entertainment journalist whose writing and live photography has been featured in Blabbermouth.net, Dee Snider’s House of Hair Online, Fangoria.com, Horror News.net, About.com Heavy Metal, MetalManiacs, New Noise, Music Dish, AMP, Hails & Horns, Unrestrained,Noisecreep, Impose, Pit, The Big Takeover.com, Rough Edge.com, Pitriff and others. His blog The Metal Minute won a “Best Personal Blog” award in 2009 from Metal Hammer magazine and he wrote and produced his own hard rock e-zine, Retaliate.

He has contributed essays to UK author Neil Daniels’ Iron Maiden and ZZ Top biographies. Ray’s fiction has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, including his flash fiction piece “Off the Record” for Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” noir series. His recent short stories “Before the Ball” and “Widow” were featured in subsequent editions of Alex S. Johnson’s Axes of Evil anthologies. Ray wrote serialized original superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and five of those stories appear in the anthology Playing Solitaire. He was the winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest in 1999.

Ray is a former NHL game analyst for The Hockey Nut and one-time host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. He has done beat reporting, photography and lifestyle articles for Metromix, an affiliate of The Baltimore Sun, Carroll Magazine, The Northern News and The Emmitsburg Dispatch.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Sunday Triple Play - 5/18/14

Welcome back to another Sunday Triple Play!  Hope you enjoyed last week's selections and I especially hope you trip on this week's round as well.  For my metalhead contingency who come by The Crash Pad, I have your fix coming next week, stand by...

First up this week is The King hitting his glory in the closing number of the fantabulous '68 Comeback Special, the live rendition of his gut-searing interpretation of Walter Earl Brown's "If I Can Dream."  Originally recorded by Elvis two months after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this proves Presley was as sensational a spiritual/gospel singer as he was a rocker and romantic.  Feel the emotion in this one, won't you?

The second round comes from Orlando Cachaito Lopez's sultry "Mis Dos Pequenas."  I'm a big fan of Latin music, especially that which yields heavy percussion.  No disappointments here.  I got turned onto Orlando Cachaito Lopez courtesy of the first soundtrack to the HBO series Six Feet Under (a show I miss dearly) and I really adore this number.

Speaking of sultry, last up is Atlanta Rhythm Section and their best-known number, the super-sexy "So Into You."  I remember digging the hell out of this song as far back as my childhood, but these days, I get fired up in a more adult manner anytime I play it...and I play it a lot. 

Let's groove, baby.


Elvis Presley - "If I Can Dream" (from the '68 Comeback Special)



Orlando Cachaito Lopez - "Mis Dos Pequenas"



Atlanta Rhythm Section - "So Into You"

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