Once you master the download and save your blog .HTML everything will be jake! But getting Jake to cooperate is a bitch. My friend continues to advise me and since I feel we are a writing family, I want to pass his advice on. Like Zuckerberg says, "Do no harm."…Continue
We were at the home of friends last night . Rosa Icela is Mexican, born in Tijuana, and her husband is a Georgia boy who was stationed in San Diego where he met her. She treated us and other guests, most of whom we knew, to a Mexican dinner. It was sort of “Tex-Mex” with a decided improvement in flavors: tacos and pico de gallo. Dessert was something I had never had: cheese with candied quince. After dinner we sat out on their deck on the top of one of the mountains here enjoying the…Continue
Definition of repartee 1a : a quick and witty reply b : a succession or interchange of clever retorts : amusing and usually light sparring with words 2 : adroitness and cleverness in reply : skill in repartee...
Trading Fours is a technique in which musicians consistently alternate brief solos of pre-set length (for trading fours, fourbars; musicians may…Continue
The In Crowd is a live album by the Ramsey Lewis Trio which was recorded in 1965 at the Bohemian Caverns nightclub in Washington, DC...
Recorded: May 13, 14 & 15, 1965
What do Be My Baby (Ronettes), Mr. Tamborine Man (Byrds), Strangers in the Night (Sinatra), Good Vibrations (Beach Boys), the Pet Sounds album (also Beach Boys), Mrs. Robinson (Simon & Garfunkel), Bridge Over Troubled Waters (Simon & Garfunkel), The Way We Were (Streisand), Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In (Fifth Dimension), the theme for Three’s Company, Close to You (Carpenters), and the theme for The Brady Bunch have in common?
That, by the way, is an insanely abbreviated…Continue
We taught and learned from each other but mostly we learned from listening to the jazz masters who gave us our inspiration, our incentive, and our repertoire....…Continue
I must say I'm sorry to any and everyone who wastes their time on the little flame war going on with the small minded moki. I don't normally stoop so low in the gutter, but, when a phony outsider tries to talk shit about Hawaii the old me starts acting like the young me.
BTW, there is a cool song out, by a POLYNESIAN, that was huge this summer. Old me knows because I hang at the beach with the musical youth: it is called Future Me Hates Me --- was moki's theme song back in his New…Continue
Those of us who can play an instrument well enough to get paid for it don't play as well as we'd like to play.
However, we play better than we think we do...Otherwise we wouldn't get paid.
And then there's this:
Scientists suspect the sounds that once were thought to be the cause of the mysterious "sonic illness” affecting diplomats in Cuba were probably crickets, specifically the noisy mating call of male Indies crickets. If you think crickets couldn't possibly make that much noise, note this from an…Continue
Only in America could two gentlemen of the Jewish persuasion and heritage have composed the songs that are the epitome of expression of the spirit of the consummate Christian holiday....And, only in America could these songs be made immortal by two gentlemen of significantly diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural background and heritage.
I'm speaking, of course, of Irving Berlin, Mel Torme, Nat "King" Cole, and Bing Crosby. These men of music are the embodiment of what it means to be…Continue
"...was an American singer whose career spanned over five decades, from the mid–1950s until her retirement in the early–2010s. She was notable for her single "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" and her version of the standard "Guess Who I Saw…Continue
In the Sixties, I was l playing in a band called the Soundsations, and we were headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, home of Gibson guitars. Kalamazoo was also the home of Western Michigan University. One of the local hot-spots was the Colony Room. We played there for almost a year – six…Continue
Sad news for lovers of swamp music – Tony Joe White (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Joe_White) passed away this week. He was partially famous for his songs "Poke Salad Annie" and "Rainy Night in Georgia", but his catalog contains a huge amount of grossly under-appreciated material equally fabulous, if not, sad to say, equally famous. Here's one delicious example:…Continue
This morning I was looking for President Trump’s statement that the FBI could investigate anything about Kavanaugh. I found several related videos on Fox News, CNN and CBS News, but not the one I wanted. The specter of Kavanaugh’s confirmation haunts me day and night. I can’t seem to let it go.
In the mix of those videos was this.…Continue
We’ve lost Aretha Franklin. I’ve posted about a lot of music deaths on Our Salon but I can’t write this obituary. I’d get too many corrections from Ron. I have to report this as news, though, in case anyone here hasn’t heard yet.
This is the voice that topped Rolling Stone’s list of Greatest 100 Singers Of All Time. Someone somewhere might have disputed that. I’m more knowledgeable than most people about music and I find the conclusion too obvious to dispute. A slew of Grammies, a…Continue
We live a couple of hours away from Atlanta, so there is ample opportunity to hear live music there, but my wife would as soon have surgery without anesthesia as drive in Atlanta traffic. We get live music here in the mountains. Mostly it is over-the-hill groups playing with whatever remnants of the original group exist along with replacements. We saw the Beach Boys there which was actually The Beach Boy and younger musicians. To be fair they were very good. Others…Continue
When you've reached my age,
and know you're a dot,
like the sands of the Ganges,
indistinguishable from innumberable other dots,…Continue