Author: brucelcampbell

What’s Stuck In My Head – 12 April

Coronavirus Edition Part 3

Here’s one you may not know. I had mostly forgotten about it until Alton Brown mentioned it on an episode of his YouTube show Quarantine Quitchen. I immediately went to find a video of it.

Sadly this single didn’t chart, but it was the “B” side to Run Straight Down which made it to #30 in 1989. The late Mr. Zevon is not on my “Guitar God” list. I guess I’ll have make another list for him. Yeah, he’ll rank very high on my singer/songwriter list.

I picked this video because it also has Neil Young who played on the original, and it’s live!



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What’s Stuck In My Head – 10 April

Coronavirus Edition Part 2

I had to do the grocery shopping the other day. We’re doing our best to not go too often, but as I’ve mentioned before the shelves are so low of everything it requires multiple trips over several days to get everything we need. I have gone from having to feed just me and Wifey (with son-the-younger on his days off) to feeding all three of us plus the wee bonnie lasses. From two to five mouths.

While our liquor store will deliver to us, the grocery store we prefer does not offer delivery nor pickup.  So, one of us has to go shopping.

And that leads me to today’s song.  Most folks that were shopping along with me were very good about maintaining that social distance.  But not all.

I think Sting says it best.



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What’s Stuck In My Head – 6 April

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So, this one I know why it’s stuck.  Son-the-younger started singing it while we were making breakfast this morning.  And now it’s stuck.  But I don’t mind, I love this song.  I tried to find the live version that George Harrison cameos in but can’t seem to find it right now. 

Wifey says the song goes well with our “lumberjack” breakfast. Breakfast burritos don’t seem very lumberjackish to me, but whatev’



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What’s Stuck In My Head – 2 April

Coronavirus Edition

I do hope each and everyone out there are handling this health crisis well.  We are having no issues here.  I have been closely monitoring everyone’s temperature daily (me twice a day – I’m a high-risk guy).  I also check my blood oxygen level several times a day, just for good measure.

And since I live in #Floriduh and our good-for-nothing governor was following along with our national Dear Leader, it’s been crazy here.  Yesterday I had two guys come door-to-door trying to sell something. I have no idea what as I wouldn’t open the door and just yelled at them to go away.  We do, finally, have a “stay-at-home” order. It goes into effect at midnight tonight.

And that brings me to today’s tune.  I think it fits quite nicely with everything that’s going on ‘round here. Plus, it needs no introduction.



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An Informal Poll

So, I took a poll of a few friends and family asking a simple question; “What is your favorite Eric Clapton song? Can be from any band he was in or solo work”. You just may be asking yourself “why are you asking this?”. The long answer is there isn’t a whole lot of better things to do with this whole self-isolation thingy. The simple answer is today is Eric’s 75th birthday.

He probably doesn’t like to see this photo.

We’ll get to the poll results shortly. For as my faithful readers know, I have a very fluid guitar gods list. I’ve never written this list down (but I probably should), so it tends to change at times. Eric would be entry #3 chronologically.  Usually he is at the top spot of the list when I sort it by currently listening to.

His virtuosity is well known.  There was the big “Clapton is God” graffiti all over London and the fact that his is the only person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. Not that the Hall of Fame is what it should be.

Eric Patrick ClaptonCBE (born 30 March 1945) is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and of Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone‘s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and fourth in Gibson‘s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time”. He was also named number five in Time magazine’s list of “The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players” in 2009.

I will have to list his time with Derek & The Dominoes and Blind Faith as my favorite “band” times. But his solo work stands all on its own. For a very interesting tidbit check out When Clapton, Page, May and Jeff Beck Awkwardly Met the Queen here

The final tally of votes:

  1. Wonderful Tonight (5 votes)
  2. Layla & Tears in Heaven (4 votes each)
  3. White Room & Cocaine (2 votes each)
  4. I Shot The Sheriff, Lay Down Sally, Bad Love, After Midnight, and Little Wing (just 1 vote each)

I am very surprised that these songs did not received any votes;

  1. Key To The Highway
  2. Presence Of The Lord
  3. Can’t Find My Way home
  4. Crossroads
  5. Bell Bottom Blues
  6. Forever Man
  7. Badge
  8. She’s Waiting

I must admit that I just cannot pick one song. It took me a very long time to get the possible down to 15 songs. So, here is a somewhat lesser known song. In her autobiography Patti Boyd says this is about her. And I wouldn’t doubt it one bit.



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Crazy Busy Birthday Week

Well, it’s not all that busy. We are still doing our voluntary self-isolation, and all these folks have long passed on.

I’ve posted about this grouping of birthdays before, however, I left one out.  It wasn’t until I made a “Family Birthday” calendar (using Google Calendar) that this terrible omission was discovered.  I had not added my paternal great grandfather to this group.  Here are they chronologically, by birth year:

All these folks are on my paternal (father’s) side.  Starting with Great Granddad (not to be confused with Old Granddad which is a whole different thing…)

Samuel W. Campbell, 26 March 1861 – 8 February 1924.  This is the 159th anniversary of his birth.  I have no idea what the “W” stands for.  I have not been able to find much documentation of this gentleman.  I do have two obituaries and his death certificate for him but that’s all.  Worst of all is no pictures.  My grandmother (just down this list) had pictures of her dad, and of Herbert, and even lots of my dad as a child, but none that I can say is Samuel. 

But I do have his death certificate which gave me his parent’s names.

Then we have his son, my Grandfather.

Herbert J. Campbell, 31 March 1884 – 5 February 1919.  So, 136th anniversary. As with his father, I have no idea what the middle initial “J” is for.  My best guess is James, as that was his grandfathers name. That would be close to a traditional Scottish naming convention.  Had Samuel followed that tradition then James would have been his given name, not his middle name. I can find other Herbert’s across several branches of this line, so maybe he was named for an uncle or such.

Guess he played trombone. I would imagine that Nanny told me who the little girl was, but I don’t remember.

Next, we have Herbert’s wife, my Grandmother (or Nanny as I knew her)

Josephine Melinda (nee Bodle) Campbell, 27 March 1885 – 21 July 1975.  Happy 135th Nanny!  I have posted about Nanny several times. As she lived with us for most of my childhood, she was very instrumental in my upbringing. 

Nanny in front of the “Friends Union” (a Quaker meetinghouse) in State College, PA. She ran the kitchen there. I just love the hat and corsage.

Finally, dear old dad.

Donald Sherwood Campbell, 28 March 1912 – 19 February 1985. Wow!  108th for pops! If you look up “character” in the dictionary, my dad’s picture will be there. He is the main reason, along with my brother, that I have a warped sense of humor. And I’m proud to say that I have passed that on to my two sons! Hey – a legacy is a legacy. Even if it’s silly.

Sadly, no place or date for this photo of dad.

I can only imagine how this week was celebrated during the short time (1912 – 1919) when all four of these people could be together.


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What’s Stuck In My Head – 25 March

I awoke this morning to the news that Jackson Browne has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.  I guess that’s why several of his songs have been playing in my head since yesterday evening.  It was tough to pick just which song to highlight.  I choose this one on the strength of the lyrics alone.

Keep a fire burning in your eye
Pay attention to the open sky
You never know what will be coming down
I don't remember losing track of you
You were always dancing in and out of view
I must've thought you'd always be around
Always keeping things real by playing the clown
Now you're nowhere to be found
I don't know what happens when people die
Can't seem to grasp it as hard as I try
It's like a song I can hear playing right in my ear
But I can't sing
I can't help listening
I can't help feeling stupid standing 'round
Crying is they ease you down
'Cause I know that you'd rather we were dancing
Dancing our sorrow away
(Right on Dancing)
No matter what fate chooses to play
(There's nothing you can do about it anyway)
Just do the steps that you've been shown
By everyone you've ever known
Until the dance becomes your very own
No matter how close to yours
Another's steps have grown
In the end there is one dance you'll do alone
Keep a fire for the human race
Let your prayers go drifting into space
You never know what will be coming down
Perhaps a better world is drawing near
Just as easily it could all disappear
Along with whatever meaning you might have found
Don't let the uncertainty turn you around
(The world keeps turning around and around)
Go on and make a joyful sound
Into a dancer you have grown
From a seed somebody else has thrown
Go on ahead and throw some seeds of your own
And somewhere between the time you arrive
And the time you go
May lie a reason you were alive
That you'll never know
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Jackson Browne
For A Dancer lyrics © Swallow Turn Music, Wb Music Corp

If my memory is correct (and it just may not be), my brother introduced me to Jackson’s music about 1975 or so.  I remember we were working on the roof of the house I grew up in and my parents and I were living in. I had a small radio (this was before the days of “Boom Boxes”) and Redneck Friend was playing.  I started laughing at the chorus;

Honey, you shake, I'll rattle, we'll roll on down the line
See if we can't get in touch with a very close friend of mine
But let me clue you in, it ain't like him to argue or pretend
Well, honey let me introduce you to my redneck friend

Naturally that started my brother (always the teacher) to give me an hour-long lecture, I mean history of Mr. Browne and his music.  I was hooked.  And I wasn’t the only one.

In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and given an honorary doctorate of music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. In 2015, Rolling Stone ranked him as 37th in its list of the “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time“.



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Self-Isolation Blues

Well, that’s not entirely true.  While we are staying home as much as possible, we do have a family to feed. So that means trips to the grocery store every few days.  I would prefer not to have to go as often as we are, but the lack of goods on the shelves, and the fact that we are not hoarders, requires multiple trips.  Our local grocer has absolutely no paper goods for the last week.  No paper towels, napkins, nor toilet paper.  I know this is, sadly, becoming very common.  The meat counter has been rather empty as well. But we will survive.

Just in case you missed this post, the reason we are self-isolating is we did go on a cruise about 10 days ago.  It was just a short three day to the Bahamas and back. The ship is set for 4000 guests. I doubt there were 1400 people aboard. My high school had more people. Hell, my graduating class was almost 1000 people!

Our view upon boarding the ship, The Mariner Of The Seas.

We almost didn’t get far on the cruise. They were discussing making the ship dock in Miami and everyone would have had to get off. In the end they let all the ships that left that day go anyway.  They did announce that we would be the last cruise for a month. The major cruise lines all canceled scheduled cruises until about 15 April.

The main reason we took the cruise was to take the girls to another country. It was their spring break, which made it a great time to go. But then this virus hit.  We did take a gamble, but it seems to be fine. I have been taking everyone’s temperature twice a day since we returned. No fevers, no (unusual) coughing or sneezing. I also have not heard of any of the ship’s crew testing positive either.  But I did call and postpone all doctor appointments and such.

The cruise itself was very nice. The girls made friends with other kids. They did not want to do any of the kid’s activities that were offered. They had much more fun just hanging at the pools and snacking just about all day.  I have to say they were very cognizant of washing their hands and using the hand sanitizer stations. I don’t think they passed a hand sanitizer without using it. I was very happy.

Virus? What virus?

Here’s a video that may actually be relevant for once!


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What’s Stuck In My Head – 12 March

The title of this song is mantra around our house. I can’t remember how I found this song. I’m pretty sure it was during the year I was stationed in Korea.  But I can’t really be sure.  You know they say the first three things to go when you get old are your sex drive, your patience, and and… I forgot the third thing.

The song is sung in a first-person narrative about a man’s relationship with a woman who does not reciprocate his feelings and regards their sexual encounter as nothing more than casual. The song’s title reflects the woman’s response to the man’s unspoken questions. Later in the song, the woman realizes her mistake and returns to him, trying to mend fences, only to find that the man has moved on and has no feelings left for her, turning on her with her own words.,_Baby

While you may not know this song (although it did make it to #13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks in 1990), most folks know The Rembrandts #1 pop hit “I’ll Be There For You” which was used as the theme song for the sitcom Friends. Another TV show that I don’t think I’ve ever seen a complete episode of.



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