I apologize for the lack of posts as of late, but I am just overwhelmed with everything that is going on. Between the coronavirus, the riots, and being back in the hospital with cardiac issues, I’m not sure where I am most days. Plus, I have to back in the hospital on Tuesday for a cardiac catheter ablation procedure. Not really looking forward to the procedure but hoping that it will stop the A-Fib I’ve been dealing with for about 5 years now. We’ll see.
Mom always told us she was born in a little town called Fork in South Carolina. Fork has now been swallowed by Marion, and mom said it disappeared long before it could have been annexed by another city. Her birth certificate is a bit hard to read, but it seems to say County of Dillion, Township either Hillsland or Millsland. It also gives her middle name spelled May and not Mae as she told us.
So in appreciation of her birthday, here is a song she absolutely hated!
Not too long ago (I can’t really remember exactly when – the days here in self-isolation just blend together), I watched the ZZ Top documentary on Netflix. A very enjoyable show it was. It gives a good background on how they got started and had bit and pieces of lots of their music scattered throughout the show, as well as the band playing live.
One line that stuck with me, but I can’t remember who said it (not a band member), was “ZZ Top took the blues and turned it into party music”. That’s a very true statement. It goes right along with front man Billy F. Gibbons’ reply when asked why fans still come to see them play live; (paraphrasing here) “I don’t know. We’re just the same three guys playing the same three chords”.
I hope they keep those same I-VI-V chords going!
This song has been stuck in my head off and on since I watched that show.
Reading the news now-a-days makes it seem like we are living in a world without love. This enforced isolation/quarantine is definitely messing with people’s heads. I have not seen any weird, outrageous, or cruel acts here in #Floriduh, which is surprising when you consider how moronic our “governor” is. I won’t go into that here; I don’t want to spoil my good mood.
How are you dealing with all this time stuck somewhere? For those that know me, it’s not surprising that for me it’s food and booze. Son-the-younger and his girls are doing their best to cook up new things for us. Of course, they’re focusing on the sweets, which I don’t eat too much.
My problem is different. There are not enough salty snacks in the house. My cardiologist may think that’s a good thing, but he is dead wrong.
But, our little pation garden is doing well. So we have that going for us!
Here’s one of only two songs credited to Lennon & McCartney to reach number one that are not Beatles recordings. The other is Elton John’s cover of Lucy In The Sky.
Peter (of Peter and Gordon) and Paul McCartney are childhood friends. And Paul was engaged to Peter’s sister, Jane. Of course, when Jane walked in on Paul in bed with another woman, the engagement was terminated.
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!
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.
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.
Another birthday for a member of my “Guitar Gods” list. Admittingly, this is a list that only exists in my head, I’ve never committed to paper, or an electronic version for that matter.
David was a late entry to this list. I didn’t really find Pink Floyd until the Dark Side of the Moon album which was released in 1973. Since then I have managed to find quite a few of their older albums. Of course, all my albums are just sitting gathering dust since I have no way to play them. I do have a turntable, but nothing to plug it into. Maybe one day.
This track is from the 1979 blockbuster album The Wall.
“Comfortably Numb” is a song by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on their eleventh album, The Wall (1979). It was released as a single in 1980 with “Hey You” as the B-side. The chorus progression and guitar solos were written by guitarist David Gilmour, while the lyrics and verse progression were written by bassist Roger Waters.
The comments on this video list Chuck Leavell as co-lead (keyboardist with the opening vocals), and Pink Floyd bandmate Roger Waters with back up vocals. I’m not sure, but I think you can catch a glimpse of Roger playing the acoustic guitar. Maybe someone with better eyes can verify that.
Here are a few of the comments from the YouTube page I found interesting;
The solo is not something you hear , it’s something you feel.
My dad is screaming at me from the next room to turn the bloody volume up for the Solo.
My neighbour called the police because I was playing Comfortably Numb too loud. The police arrested my neighbour.
And my favorite –
Doctor : u have 5min to live
Me : Listens to Comfortably Numb
Doctor : But that’s 9min
God : it’s okay