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
When you know you're a dot,
indistinguishable from trillions of other dots,
tiny, insignificant dots,
it can be hard to …Continue
(For some reason, YouTube is no longer giving me Embed codes on my IPad.)
Earlier this evening I played rock n roll. How it works here is a local bar has a house band on Thursdays that you can sign up to play with - or sometimes a whole band comes and plays a few songs. I started a few weeks back and because keyboard players are rare I often sit in for most of the evening. My connection with the…Continue
I've been shopping for a computer webcam and microphone. It's been an interesting adventure spurred by the finding that my accessibility software now allows one to use a webcam with a flexible stand in place of a separate closed circuit television for looking at documents, prescription labels and a lot of other things. The company sells a package of a pretty good webcam and stand with the option of a couple of different bases. However, i would like a webcam suitable, also, for recording…Continue
Harry first heard and met him at a charity event. Meghan called him and asked if he would play at their wedding.
He's a 19 year old prodigy. One of 6 of a family of classical musicians from…Continue
I had hoped to record something that I had performed for the Music section.
Unfortunately, I got a new laptop last week with Windows 10 and I haven't been able to make a video using it.
So, here is a musical memoir of my Vietnam experience.
A recent conversation with an old friend in which she didn’t know the meaning of, and had never heard the…Continue
I should have been a Johnny Cash fan, but I wasn’t. He was another Arkansan, had an outsider reputation, and had come up through hard knocks. On the other hand, his rich baritone voice lacked something; accuracy. I bought his duet album with Bob Dylan. It was almost painful to listen to it. Waylon Jennings, who was Cash’s roommate at one time, described Cash as a “song stylist” rather than a singer.
And then, by sheer accident, looking for something else, I found…Continue
LUBBOCK, TEXAS....CLEAR LAKE, IOWA
Rave on, rave on and tell me,
Tell me, not to be lonely,
Tell me you love me only,
Rave on to me.
I often say that I’m not much on religion, and that’s true, but I’m not without belief. I have a deep abiding faith in good. I believe that good is everywhere. Unfortunately, it is not the good things that people do, but the bad that gets all of the headlines.
‘The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interrèd with their bones.” Anthony at the funeral of Julius Caeser
Somehow, that overshadowing makes it hard to explain a faith in goodness.
I remember thinking, as I was studying plane geometry in high school, this is all very nice, but nothing is shaped this way. The world is not made up of circles, rectangles and triangles as pure forms. But, I enjoyed geometry because for some reason that I couldn’t identify everything made intuitive sense. How could that be? It turned out that the real geometry was a little mor complicated, but related.…Continue