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.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Triple Play - 7/13/14

Sad news for rock 'n rollers and punkers that Tommy Erdelyi, the remaining original Ramone, has passed on to the next life to join his band mates.  Marky Ramone gets the honors as the Ramones' longest-standing drummer, and he's also the representative glue to keeping them together for so long.  Yet Tommy's death marks an end to the formative years of the Ramones' legacy even if that legacy has been well-preserved and documented by Marky.  As a tribute, this week's Sunday Triple Play kicks off with "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue" from the Ramones' eponymous self-titled debut.

Next up this week is the spectacular taiko drumming ensemble, Kodo, who tour the world playing traditional Japanese music to the nth power in the interest of promoting global peace.  This long sliver of their performance at The Acropolis is testament to their stage flair and polyrhythmic genius.

Wrapping is Carlos Santana's legendary Woodstock performance of "Soul Sacrifice" as we draw close to the monumental festival's 45th anniversary.  Too bad this clip doesn't include the prelude of Woodstock attendees drawing up a stomp and clap chant that climaxes in the shouted mantra of "Peace!  Peace!  Peace!  Peace!" before "Soul Sacrifice" kicks in.  Still, you can feel the power of Santana and his ensemble here and your soul will soar in tandem.


The Ramones - "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue"


  Kodo - "Akabanar" live at The Acropolis


Santana - "Soul Sacrifice" live at Woodstock, August, 1969

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