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  • Steven Ivory: Remember the Record Store?

    Apr 15, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *The first record I ever bought was the 1967 45-inch single, “The Rain, The Park and Other Things” (often referred to as “The Flower Girl Song”),  by the family group, the Cowsills.  I was 12. I loved harmony groups—I have the Beatles to thank for that—and the Cowsills,  inspiration for the fictional TV pop group […]

  • Steven Ivory: I Got a New Phone

    Apr 8, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *There’s a reason Russia is behaving like the Death Row Records of countries lately.  That same reason explains the recent spate of global earthquakes and why there might very well have been a cold front blowing through hell. I got a new cell phone. Yes.  I finally took my cellular carrier’s  bait and inched further […]

  • Steven Ivory: Daniel is Done

    Apr 1, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *“My d*ck is going out on an extensive farewell tour.  After that,  we’re  calling it quits.” Daniel followed what  he said over chicken quesadillas one Saturday evening at El Cholo with a hardy laugh, perhaps to  dilute its boorishness.  He wasn’t  really serious about a season of male whoring.  Well, maybe a little. He seemed […]

  • Steven Ivory: The Worst Seat on a Plane

    Mar 18, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *First things first: Thoughts are things.  Remember that.  Watch what you say,  because by saying it,  you’re declaring it. I suppose I simply assumed the Universe wasn’t listening  when,  halfway down the  aisle  of the nonstop  American Eagle flight  from Los Angeles to  Oklahoma City,  I half-jokingly commented out loud,  “Gee, I must be sitting […]

  • Steven Ivory: Ray Parker, Jr. Shares his Star with Black Music

    Mar 12, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *“I’m going to take my glasses off because I want you to witness the happiest face you’ve ever seen in your life. Take a picture  of  THIS.” Those were  Ray Parker, Jr.’s sportive first words to the phalanx of photographers and news cameras clicking and whirling away as he stepped up to the podium in […]

  • Steven Ivory: Where the Boys Are

    Mar 4, 14 by blueolive Comments Off


    *Early one Tuesday evening,   “Angie”  got off from her middle-management job  at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles, went home and  changed from a beige Ann Taylor business ensemble and heels  into  faded  jeans,  tan wedge sneakers  and a black  fitted  hoodie with a rainbow  NORTH FACE logo on the front. After scarfing down a […]