I know, I know. I still look punk, so it comes as no surprise to any of you that I binge-listened to "Under the Big Black Sun" back in the day. Wonderful to hear Exene and John Doe (and Dave Alvin) on Fresh Air today, healthy and happy, celebrating the rule-breaking music of that time. … Continue reading Speaking of breaking the rules…
You will read a lot about David Bowie over the next few days, as news of his death to cancer spreads. A tremendous artist, musician, songwriter, singer, and performer, and by all accounts, a human being with a gift for making his friends laugh. Here's one common theme you'll find in many of the personal … Continue reading We can be heroes.
John Lennon would have turned 75 today. This song seemed appropriate - accompanied by John's whimsical cartoons. Whatever Gets You Through the Night
One of the fun parts of this challenge is finding new quotes to share. I'm not one of those people who remembers quotes precisely, so I have to look them up anyway. Then, thanks to that ol' Google magic, I find new ones I like even better. Here's one I found today, looking for something … Continue reading 3 Days, 3 Quotes: Day Two
While we're remembering B.B. King, who died two weeks ago at age 89, here's a beautiful rendition of The Thrill is Gone. Played with another tremendous bluesman, Gary Moore, who was gone too soon. https://youtu.be/iUaevnP1LLg
Happy Xmas, War is Over. Enough said. http://youtu.be/N8Lfhldo6qg
Here's my second favorite Christmas song - from one of my long-time favorite singer-songwriter-guitarists, Chris Rea. (My blog's tag line, "every day good luck comes in the strangest of ways," is from one of his tunes.) Joys of Christmas, Northern Style shows off Rea's screamin' slide guitar. And, it paints a portrait of a community … Continue reading Counting Down Three Favorite Christmas Songs: Number 2
If you are a wee bit weary of the usual holiday tunes, these are for you. Throughout the day today I'll post three of my favorite Christmas songs that do not involve holly, reindeer, or tinsel. Here's the first - recently discovered. A favorite of Neil Gaiman's, who shared this on his blog page. I must … Continue reading Counting Down Three Favorite Christmas Songs: Number 3
Riley B. King, better known as BB or Blues Boy King, turns 89 today. Still touring, still playing, still bringing us all the pure joy of his voice and Lucille's. Take a moment to appreciate.