Listening to many in the land Down Under given the task of interviewing trainers and jockeys about the chances of their rides and runners often fills some of us with a combination of embarrassment and terminal cringing.
This has to do with that very loud sound of desperation- slobbering, salivating and basic sucking up. Add begging into the mix.
My longtime friend Munir (Alsagoff) in Singapore shared some music videos with me last week of another friend from the fairly old days: Vanessa Fernandez.
What stopped me in my tracks was seeing a very familiar name on one of them: Leland Sklar, one of my musical heroes and a bass guitarist who’s played with everyone who’s anybody. James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Toto, Carole King, Phil Collins, and part of The Section with Russ Kunkel, Craig Doerge, and Danny Kortchmar.