Over the last week or so I’ve been listening to blaze David Wilcox’s new album and promise at some point I will write about the whole album! So far I have used a song from the album “Single Candle” in a post about the assassination of Martin Luther King and tonight I’ll write about David Wilcox’s Musical Medicine. If you visit David’s website you will find a page titled Musical Medicine. On the page you’ll find a listing of 121 of David’s 600 plus songs divided up into categories like: heartbreak, Forgiveness, and working through conflict songs, and one topic that caught my attention; To appreciate your beautiful quirky self.One of the three songs that are included in that category is “Leave it Like it Is” From David’s album “How Did You Find Me Here”…..
So for today’s morning music I was going to use the Jefferson Airplane’s cover of Fred Neil’s “The Other Side of this Life” but after my half sun salutations and a nice quiet yoga set on the 21 Day Yoga Challenge I thought it didn’t feel quite right! If you want, you can watch it here
Here’s a post I did a while back about the role of Batdorf and Rodney in my musical journey…..
So sometime in 1971 or 72, I was walking through the Graham Area lobby at the University of Florida and two guys were playing guitars and singing. I sat down and listened and was blown away by the songs. When they finished, I asked if the songs were theirs and they said, no they were covering Batdorf and Rodney. Within a matter of days, you know I was at the local record store looking for their album!! What I found was Off the Shelf and that album has been “off the shelf” and on my record player, in my CD player and now on my mp3 player for the last forty years.
So on this day in 1942 in Oneonta, NY, one Ronald Clyde Crosby, aka Jacky Jack, and more well-known as Jerry Jeff Walker was born!! Jerry Jeff’s music has been a part of the musical soundtrack of my life since the late 1960s. And his music has been with me as I walked across the campus of the University of Florida singing “High Hill Country Rain”, to rocking my children to sleep to “Mr Bojangles”, to sending my son’s best friend into hysterics over “Pissin’ in the Wind” and of course “Redneck Mother” is always just a moment away in that jukebox in my head! The first few songs on his album Navajo Rug can for some reason always pull me out of a bad mood. His music introduced me to songwriters like Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Bill Staines and the great Chris Wall as well as a myriad of other Texas musicians!! Ok so I could go on and on about Jerry Jeff but Jerry Jeff over the years has spread the celebration of his birthday over three days, performing concerts in Luckenbach and in Austin, so I think that it’s only fitting that I at least spread it over at least ONE day. So with that thought in mind, I will post Jerry Jeff songs throughout the day today. I can hear my wife now, oh joy! NOT!
So on this day in 1971 Brewer & Shipley’s “One Toke Over the Line” entered the charts and eventually spent 14 weeks on the charts, and climbed all the way to # 10 during April 1971 (#5 in Canada). I always knew those Canadians knew good music!! Anyway here’s a post I wrote about Brewer & Shipley a while back and I’ll update it with the fact that at the 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City the Spirit of Folk Award. Check it out here! From: July 2012….. Many times artists come into our world spend a little time, while their music because a part of our lives, and then drift away. Many times the thoughts of those artists evoke certain memories of the times and places we were when we listened to their music. One such band or rather duo that fits that description for me is Brewer and Shipley (more at Wikipedia). The duo was a part of my life in my college years and if my memory serves me right I even saw them live at the University of Florida. But since that time, I haven’t heard or thought much about them every once in a while the lyrics of “One Toke Over the Line” creeps onto the iPod in my mind. Somewhere along the way I lost the vinyl for Tarkio Road and I think I had the track of Weeds When I checked out their website today, I see they still are performing and that their début album Down in LA has been released on CD by Cherry Records in the UK. I also see a few albums released after my college years that I’ll have to check out! I know a couple of years ago I checked out Mike Brewer’s release Retro Man and enjoyed it! I also saw some news when I checked their site. Mike and Scarlett’s house was destroyed when a tornado ripped through Powersite, Mo. in February of this year. You can see the destruction here . They were in the house and made it to th bathroom where they survived! Mike says they will eventually rebuild on Scarlett’s mountain! Ok computer just crashed, so let’s wrap it up with some morning music from Brewer & Shipley
Ok so according to This Day in Oldies Music on this date in 1964, Simon & Garfunkel recorded the original version of “The Sound of Silence” But from what I read a Wikipedia on that date the final words to the song came to Paul Simon.
“The main thing about playing the guitar, though, was that I was able to sit by myself and play and dream. And I was always happy doing that. I used to go off in the bathroom, because the bathroom had tiles, so it was a slight echo chamber. I’d turn on the faucet so that water would run (I like that sound, it’s very soothing to me) and I’d play. In the dark. ‘Hello darkness, my old friend / I’ve come to talk with you again’.”[
The first name that stood out on the list of musicians who were born on today’s date,in 1941 was Art Garfunkel.Art is a Grammy-award winning American singer, poet, and Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for being one half of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. From Wikipediai: Highlights of his solo music career include a top 10 hit, three top 20 hits, six top 40 hits, 14 Adult Contemporary top 30 singles, five Adult Contemporary number ones, two UK number ones and a People’s Choice Award. Through his solo and collaborative work, Garfunkel has earned six Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990, he and former musical partner Paul Simon were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Certainly Artie and Paul are music legends whose music for me at least, remains timeless, while at the same time it takes me back to the days of my youth. I could go on and on heaping praise on top of praise on both performers, but I thought why not go to Wikipedia and read Art’s biography with an eye out for things I didn’t know! Now I am sure that most folks know that between 1956 and 1962, the two had performed together as “Tom & Jerry”, occasionally performing at school dances. But did you know that…..
So I mention it this morning that today is my 62nd birthday. The first thing that I’d like to do tonight is thank everyone on Facebook who wished me a Happy Birthday! That thank you is also extended to all my children (and the two special people who refer to me as Papa Karn) and of course my wife whose birthday wish and the picture she posted with it on Facebook are shown above! Among my Facebook friends, are a few friends whose friendship goes back, uh,well over 50 years! So thank you all!!!
Born on this day in 1950, is a musician that often gets overlooked in my music library (my bad!) Laurie Lewis. I know there’s been times when the iPod is on shuffle and one of her songs comes on and I say hey that’s great, but that the next time I’m looking for something to listen to, I scroll right past the Ls! So today let’s says “Happy Birthday, Laurie and thanks for all the years you’ve given the bluegrass scene great music!
Laurie was born in Long Beach, California and her career has spanned 30 years in which she has released 18 albums. According to Wikipedia she fell in love with Folk Music as a teenager in the late 1969s, first catching the “folk bug” and the Berekley Folk Festivals.
So this morning I had to drive to Ocean County College in Toms River,which is a little over an hour drive. I had the iPod on shuffle for the start of the trip then I decided to use the time to listen to some older favorites! I listen to so much new music that old friends get set aside! The first artist that popped into my mind was Jack Williams so keeping the shuffle setting I listened to about 20 minutes of Jack’s music. The mix included some old favorites like “You’re the One” and “Waterbug” then came “Me and My Automobile” which includes a reference to Jack’s call into to NPR’s Car Talk! Great song! There was also a great song about New Orleans “Atlantic Goin’ Down” with a great feel for the town and it’s music! When Jack’s twenty minutes was up I went to switch to something else and right there next to Jack was another old friend Jack Ingram. So I went with a mix of Jack’s music. I have five of his albums from his 1995 debut album through 2002’s Electric and a few tracks from This is It.Anyway several favorites came on including “Make My Heart Flutter” and the mix ended with “Rita Ballou” and since “Rita Ballou” led me to another Texan Guy Clark I decided to make the mix Texas Country music! I’ve been a fan of Guy’s music for a long time, but mostly I must confess from covers by others like Jerry Jeff and Tom Rush who both covered “Desperadoes Waiting for a Train” Anyway The Dark and Workbench Songs are on the iPod and songs from those albums finished out the trip. Songs included “Queenie”s Song” about his dog being shot and a favorite “Tornado Time in Texas”!
So as I looked down the Folk DJ list of airplay for the month of October 2010 the group at number 25 (32nd Top Artist) caught my attention The Blackberry Bushes and their new release Little Bit of Grace. So I headed over to Rhapsody and downloaded the album onto the ZenV. Their music certainly fits in the Americana genre there music is high energy and infectious and certainly will set your toes a tapping. Here’s a description of their music from their Myspace page
Their music is progressive Americana “like someone threw a radio from yesteryear high into the treetops…” Their repertoire of original, bluegrass, and traditionally twisted music is infused with their love of indie, jazz, punk and alternative styles. They have been dubbed the “Mountain Divas” and Olympia’s “Sirens of Indiegrass”. They are Persephone and her sirens singing songs you have never heard but always known.