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!
So just yesterday, or maybe the day before, or was it last week, son-the-younger hit me up with one of his questions. It was a very good question.
”Would Jimi Hendrix be just as famous if he had had a lead singer?”
In my (not so humble) opinion, no he would not have been as famous. Generally speaking only the front man of the band get’s the headlines. Without “googling” it, name the lead guitar player for The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, or The Animals. See? Not that easy. (Robby Krieger (The Doors), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and The Animals was a trick question, they had more guitarists wander in and out you’d have to read the Wikipedia page for all the names).
Not that Jimi didn’t deserve his fame. He was a brilliant musician, and is a member of my “Guitar Gods” list (I really, really need to actually put that list in writing). My thought was since he died so young (a founding member of the 27 Club), he would not have had enough time to get out of the shadow of a really good front man. Of course, we’ll never know. Feel free to leave your response to the question as a comment!
Before you go thinking that this is a Hendrix post, read on.
The next (semi) logical step in our conversation was who else fit in this category. We threw lots of names around. Naturally, the whole discussion started looking for a rabbit hole. As we were on our second Tequila drink (not sure exactly what we were drinking, something from son-the-younger’s warped mind) it didn’t take long to find said rabbit hole.
We ended up discussing front men that really couldn’t sing. Sometime during the course of the back and forth of throwing out names and laughing, I mentioned Roger McGuinn. Since Earth Day and Arbor Day is right around now, this song has been getting a bit more airplay. And when I played it for the boy, he had never heard it. But we both agreed that Roger is not a singer. A great song writer and guitar player, but we’ll leave it at that.
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.
Is that a date that brings up any images in your mind? For fans of Outlander it should, as well as for the Scots and those (like me) of Scottish decent.
Well over two and a half centuries after the event, the Battle of Culloden, fought on 16 April 1746, still means many things to many people. To Scottish expatriates, no matter how many times removed, it is an emotional touchstone to their Scottish identity and commonly regarded as the opening act of the epic tragedy of the Highland Clearances; to those with nationalist inclinations it is held up as an example of England’s terrible maltreatment of its northern neighbour; to Unionists it is seen as the final gasp of a divisive movement hell-bent on returning Britain to monarchical despotism; to romantics it marks the end of one of those great lost causes, pitching the Highland underdog against the might of the Hanoverian war machine.
Culloden; The History and Archealogy of the Last Clan Battle – Tony Pollard 2009
Wifey and I were able to visit the battlefield in May of 2019. Here are a few pictures we took while there. For a battle of only 40 minutes or so, the effects were devastating on the Scots way of life. I will not even attempt to write about the whys and wherefores of this event. Many folks have studied and written about this battle with more knowledge than I; they can carry the day.
Some sources for you;
Wikipedia (I use this resource simply because it is available in so many languages. Not for its accuracy.)
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 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.
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’
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.