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Play Magic Fingers!

So today I did something I seldom do.  I got my hair cut.  No don’t think I’m some long-haired hippy.  I’m not quite that old.  It’s just after a long and somewhat storied military career, I’m tired of haircuts and shaving.  So now it’s a haircut maybe every 6 months (sometimes a year or longer), and I shave only when needed.

I had received a coupon in the snail mail for a FREE (as in beer) haircut for a new place in town.  It’s a chain so I’m not going to name drop, but I will say I was impressed with the way they cleaned every piece of equipment down to the seats after each haircut.  And they enforced masks for everybody.  That made me feel safe.  And much safer than the other chain my wife went to where no one was wearing a mask.  I just walked away from that place.

My stylist was a young lady that had moved here from Canada and married a “surfer guy”.  I didn’t ask how long she had been in the states, but there was only a very slight accent that I heard, so I’m thinking she’s been here for at least several years.

I told her the story about my father and Grecian Formula 16 (that will be another post).  She had no idea what that was.  I wasn’t surprised as it’s been off the market for a long time now (oops, in looking for the link I see that it is still available from many reputable retailers).  What I did find funny was when I was taken back for my shampoo, the chair started to vibrate.  That reminded me of the old “magic fingers” machine that was attached to beds in finer motels when I was a kid.  You probably don’t know what I’m talking about, do you?

I remember asking my mom when we would stop at some mom-and-pop motel somewhere between Miami Florida and Florence South Carolina if they had the “vibrating bed machine”.   That was something very rarely advertised on billboards.  Mom would just smile and say she didn’t know.  That was because if we went into the room and I saw the “insert a quarter” on the side of the bed I wouldn’t shut up until she put the money in the slot.  Then was maybe 10 minutes of giggles while the bed would vibrate under me.  What fun!

I could use, David Crosby’s “Almost Cut My Hair”, The Cowsills “Hair”, or even anything from the musical “Hair” to go along with this post.  But nope (although “Almost Cut My Hair” is a favorite), I’m going with The Monkees.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it over and over, Michael Nesmith was the first entry on my Guitar Gods list.  And this song came out in 1966, which was about the time I was experiencing these “Magic Fingers”.

Yeah.. Michael knows where it’s at!

Enjoy!

Peace,
B

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Another (Music) Box Checked

This could be posted under Singer – Songwriters or Guitar Gods as well. Just as my last Music Box was could have been. Maybe I need to start another series.

This time it’s Dave Mason on the hot seat. A quick reminder for those not quite up to speed with my music tastes. Dave is best known first, as a member of Traffic, then as a solo artist with “We Just Disagree” as his biggest hit. The other track of his that made it big, is covered here by Dave Mason And The Quarantines. Just like “Let It Rain” in the post linked at the top, this is a virtual performance. In fact, take Peter Frampton out and insert Michael McDonald and the backing band is damn near the same.

And take a look at the wall of gold and silver records in Dave’s home. Wow! Now that is impressive. I really like the double platinum album for The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Electric Ladyland“. Dave played the acoustic 12 string guitar and sang backup on both “Crosstown Traffic” and the monster hit “All Along The Watchtower” for that album. That was the only award I could identify in the video. Let me know if you see any others you can identify.

As much I give Michael McDonald grief as a member of the Doobie Brothers, I think he fits in quite nicely with this song. His voice seems to fit, not that you can understand half of what he says. But then Joe Cocker’s cover of this song isn’t all that understandable vocally either. The rest of bandmates are spectacular! Mick Fleetwood’s eyes are a whole ‘nother post!

Enjoy!

Peace,
B

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All You Need…

I have mentioned several times here that my brother and I agree that the greatest songwriter of our era was John Lennon.  I will admit that his lyrics can be over the top politically, just listen to the ending chorus of “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)”.  Even the title says it going to be political.  But that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the song.  In fact, the Christmas “season” doesn’t start until I hear “Happy X-Mas” playing somewhere randomly.  This year it was just last week that it played on the radio while I was not at home that I heard it. 

My granddaughters are big fans of the Beatles as well.  It’s not all that surprising since their mother has more Beatles stuff than I do.  When the girls were infants, I could calm them down just by singing “Yellow Submarine”.  So I wasn’t in the least bit surprised when granddaughter-the-elder handed me this little thing she made.  I keep it on my desk.

And that’s what I try to keep in my mind at all times;  “All You Need Is Love”.  I will have the Beatles channel playing today.  I hope I hear this song several times.

John Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980.

Peace,
B

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