But his song does pop into the ol’ brain case now and then. Back in the day I was a fan of CDB. I drifted away from his music for no particular reason, just changing tastes I guess. But this along with The Ballad of the Uneasy Rider are still on my playlist. Even if he does spell Trudie wrong (see the link above).
Charlie was a damn good musician, although his twang distracts from the vocals for me. He could play that fiddle something fierce. I have several big cowboy hats like his. Plus a really nice Stetson my late, great mother-in-law bought me in New Orleans back about 1995.
This video reminds me of The Allman Brothers so much. With the two drummers and dual lead guitars. The song itself isn’t all that complicated, but I can’t play it. I can’t grow a beard that bushy, so I don’t qualify. Guess that means ZZ Top won’t be calling anytime soon either…
P.S. I’ve got a new genealogy blog now. The link is down below!
Saturday afternoon while I was do a little genealogy this played on the Classic Vinyl station. I am very familiar with this song, it is a George Harrison original after all, but not this version. A quick look at the channel guide showed me it was George and his best pal Eric Clapton. I immediately brought up YouTube to see if I could find a video. I did find a video for the two guitar gods playing together, but it didn’t sound quite right.
On the cover I heard, the vocals were really nicely balanced. George’s lead vocal had more presence than both the original by The Beatles and this live video I had found. It took a few changes to my search terms, and some scrolling to find at least the proper vocal mix. If you go to the YouTube page for this song it says it is a 2004 remix of a 1991 concert from Japan. The bootleg concert video (here) is interesting in seeing the interplay of George with the audience at the beginning, and of course to see Eric play in his usual laid-back style. They didn’t call him slow hand for nothing.
The album Live In Japan features this track, and Eric also preformed it at the Concert For George tribute concert to Harrison in 2002.
The video I’m using is boring, true. But I used it because of the superior audio quality. I hope you enjoy it as much as I!
P.S. I’ve got a new genealogy blog now. The link is down below!
Some time ago I posted about a discussion between my brother and myself about who was the greatest American songwriter. (Part 1 of that discussion is here, and part 2 here). To sum it up we decided on Paul Simon. Actually, my brother told me it was Paul Simon, I was holding out for Bob Dylan. But we both agreed that John Lennon was the greatest songwriter of our era.
Today’s featured guitarist will not be on a lot of folks’ radar, even if he did rank 28th on Rolling Stone’s 2003 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time” and then 47th on the 2011 list. Not too shabby at all.
Mr. Stills has been around a while. While known primarily for his work with Buffalo Springfield and the Crosby, Stills and Nash (with or without Young), he was part of the house band for the New York City club Café au Go Go, known as Au Go Singers. While the groups name leaves some to be desired, the 9-part harmony was spot on. At least that’s what I read; I was way to young to visit. Plus, I lived several hundred miles away.
Since Stephen was a military brat (much like my boys) he travelled quite a bit as a youngster. He spent several years in Florida and Central America. You can tell he must have picked up his Spanish on the street and not in a class room by his basically unintelligible Spanish ramblings at the end of the CS&N hit “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”. Having grown up in Miami I had many native Spanish (Cuban) speaking friends. Not a single one could figure out what he was saying. They’d get words here and there, but nothing that really made any sense.
Stills has said that he intentionally made the final stanzas unexpected and difficult, even using a foreign language for the lyrics, “just to make sure nobody would understand it” (not even Spanish speaking people).
As much as CS&N or CSN&Y are a mainstay of my listening habit, Stills solo work can be just as good, and at times even better. His eponymous titled first solo album features Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, two other guitarists on this list of guitar gods. It also had his biggest solo hit “Love The One You’re With”. That track peak at 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970. His guitar can also be heard on Bill Withers major hit “Ain’t No Sunshine”.
I think my first remembrance of him doesn’t even feature his guitar. It would have been with the Springfield and “For What It’s Worth”. Neil Young played lead on that one. I featured that song some time ago here.
Stills is known for using the “Palmer modal tuning” when playing acoustic guitar. I think I need to learn this method as he’s using it in the video below. And this is one of his songs that I have tried to learn and could never get it even close. I know he was using a different tuning than the standard tuning I was using, but still. Palmer tuning has the guitar set to D A D F# A D (or E E E E B E according to some places), whereas standard tuning is E A D G B E.
Stills received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Florida in 2018. I had heard that he was a political science student at UF but dropped out, but have not be able to verify that.
Today is one of those days when I have a medley of songs stuck in my head. It was a difficult choice to pick just one of the songs bouncing around inside my noggin, but I picked this one. Not really sure why. Ringo Starr’s Act Naturally (with Buck Owens) was also a major contender.
If I had to come up with a single reason for this song over Ringo’s it would have to be the husband and wife duo of singer-songwriters. I guess this post could fit under that theme as well.
What a list of backing band members! In Eric Clapton’s autobiography, he credits the late Delaney Bramlett with scaring him to broaden his music. Eric really only wanted to be a guitar player, but Delaney thought he should go solo and sing as well. “If you don’t use all your talents, God will take them away” was Delaney’s warning (paraphrased as I no longer have the book to get an exact quote).
All this happened while D&B were touring with Eric’s band Blind Faith.
On the strength of Accept No Substitute, and at his friend Harrison’s suggestion, Eric Clapton took Delaney & Bonnie and Friends on the road in mid-1969 as the opening act for his band Blind Faith. Clapton quickly became friends with Delaney, Bonnie and their band, preferring their music to Blind Faith’s. Impressed by their live performances, he would often appear on stage with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends during this period, and he continued to record and tour with them following Blind Faith’s August 1969 breakup. Clapton helped broker a new record deal for Delaney and Bonnie with his then-US label, Atco (Atlantic) Records, and performed (with Harrison, Dave Mason, and others) on Delaney and Bonnie’s third album, the live On Tour with Eric Clapton (Atco; recorded in the UK, 7 December 1969, and released in North America in March 1970). This album would be their most successful, reaching #29 on the Billboard 200, and achieving RIAAgold record status. Clapton also recruited Delaney and Bonnie and their band to back him on his debut solo album, recorded in late 1969 and early 1970 and produced by Delaney.
So, what song did I pick you may be asking yourself.
“Never Ending Song of Love” is a song written by Delaney Bramlett, and, according to some sources, by his wife Bonnie Bramlett. It was originally recorded with his band, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, in 1971 on the album Motel Shot. Released as a single by Atco Records the same year, “Never Ending Song of Love” became Delaney & Bonnie’s greatest hit on the pop charts, reaching a peak of #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number eight Easy Listening. It reached #16 in Australia.
While I was out driving today, I was listening to Peter Asher’s From Me To You show on The Beatles channel (#18 on SiriusXM). I do enjoy this show for two reasons. Not only did Mr. Asher have a great music career as both a member of Peter and Gordon but also as a Grammy winning producer. Not to mention that his sister Jane was a longtime girlfriend of Paul McCartney (before he was Sir Paul). This gives him inside knowledge about almost all things Beatles.
One of the cool things about his show is that he always starts off with a Peter and Gordon song that sets the theme for that particular episode. Today’s opening song was “Nobody I Know”, which was written by Sir Paul, but credited to Lennon and McCartney.
One of The Beatles songs featured today was “I Want to Hold your Hand”. A monster hit in the UK.
With advance orders exceeding one million copies in the United Kingdom, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” would have gone straight to the top of the British record charts on its day of release (29 November 1963) had it not been blocked by the group’s first million-seller “She Loves You“, their previous UK single, which was having a resurgence of popularity following intense media coverage of the group. Taking two weeks to dislodge its predecessor, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” stayed at number one for five weeks and remained in the UK top 50 for 21 weeks in total.
It was also the group’s first American number-one hit, entering the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 18 January 1964 at number 45 and starting the British Invasion of the American music industry. By 1 February it topped the Hot 100, and stayed there for seven weeks before being replaced by “She Loves You”. It remained on the Billboard chart for 15 weeks. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” became the Beatles’ best-selling single worldwide selling more than 12 million copies. In 2018, Billboard magazine named it the 48th biggest hit of all time on the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK, it was the second highest selling single of the 1960s, behind “She Loves You”.
Last night my dear older brother (whose birthday was Friday – so Happy Birthday again), texted me to go to you tube to listen to Europa by Santana. He was impressed by the bass line. Realizing that he was an amazing bass player in his day, but I wonder how he could avoid the absolute genesis of Carlos Santana. I have written about this particular track some time ago, in Guitar Gods – Chapter One, so I guess it slipped his mind that I knew the song.
Over the course of the two hours or so we went back and forth via text (well I went on for two hours, he gave up about 90 minutes in) we talked many guitarists from Santana, where we started, to David Gilmore, Mark Knopfler, and Stephen Stills. But these guys didn’t come up once until I stumbled on the video below.
Stevie Ray Vaughn is way up there on my guitar gods list. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, son-the-younger was almost named for him. Albert King, on the other hand, was not on the list. But he is now. I knew of Mr. King from the blues channels on Sirius. But I thought he was, as a guitar player, of the B.B. King and Muddy Waters style. By that I mean he would play little licks only when not singing. Both King and Waters are amazing blues artists, but I find their guitar work not as strong as King’s. Maybe I just haven’t seen the proper videos. Leave a comment directing me to watch something to educate me.
This is from a 1983 In Session recording.
In Session is a blues album by Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan recorded live for television on December 6, 1983, at CHCH-TV studios in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, when Vaughan was 29 and King was 60. It was released as an album on August 17, 1999 and re-released with a supplemental video recording on DVD on September 28, 2010. It has also been released on CD and SACD.
It was the first of two collaborations captured for television, the second being as invited guests on a show led by B.B. King in 1987. It was recorded for one of a series of live television sessions recording the performances of various artists. The show was called In Session. The album includes a few short segments of the banter by King and Vaughan between songs.
Initially, King was not going to do the show as he did not know who Vaughan was. He did not realize that Vaughan was actually ‘little Stevie’, the ‘skinny kid’ that he let sit in when King played in Texas. King talks about this on one of the conversation tracks. When he realized who Vaughan was, he agreed to play.
The album’s material is mostly King’s concert line up, with one Vaughan cut, “Pride and Joy” on the audio CD (the DVD also features Vaughan’s “Texas Flood”). King is ‘driving’ the session, but he features Vaughan’s guitar extensively on most of the songs. According to the introductory credits on the DVD, a number of the tunes are included there for the first time, having been omitted from the original TV broadcast for reasons of time.
It now looks like my weather predictions weren’t all that far off. Here, locally, this has been a non-event. We may have received a grand total of 7 minutes of rain since Saturday morning. Wind conditions are at worst, breezy. There were a few gusts yesterday evening and overnight, but not ‘tis nothing.
I’m not trying to downplay this, or any storm. Growing up in South Florida in the 60’s and 70’s, I know how devastating hurricanes can be. I count myself as lucky that we missed this one. It was a Cat1 as it approached, but then dropped down to a strong tropical storm the closer it came to us. As the graphic below shows, wind speed at 0800 (8 AM) was still sustained at 70 MPH. That’s just 5 MPH below a Cat1 hurricane. And we are still under a tropical storm warning since the winds can wrap around the back of the storm and still affect us.
Guess today will be spent moving everything back into the yard that we brought in. Guess there’s worse things we could be doing.
Not much else going on today, so here’s a somewhat relevant video. Enjoy!
It would seem that my meteorological musings were wrong. Nothing new there. The mountains of Hispaniola did not kill the storm, which has grown and become Hurricane Isaias. The predicted track for the storm moves back and forth from hitting the east coast of Florida, to staying offshore. What this means is the more it moves west, the weaker the storm but more impact on my family (as well as my brother’s). If it stays east, then the storm will be stronger but will impact us less. In either case I am again so extremely glad that I don’t work for the city any longer and will not see any EOC duty this time.
According to this map from the NHC & NOAA we have about a 30% chance of getting tropical storm force winds at about 2000 hours (8 PM) tomorrow evening.
We did a quick grocery store run last night, just to make sure we had our supplies if we lose power (again). In 2004 we had three hurricanes hit us. We were without power after the first storm for about 17 days, then another 11 days from the second storm. I will test the generator later today.
Today (1 Aug 2020) marks the day that MTV launched 39 years ago in 1981. The cable system in our little suburb of Miami didn’t carry it. It was several years later that we were living somewhere we could get it without paying for a higher tier package.
A number of years ago we were sitting in a local restaurant that had a DJ playing music. The DJ had some prizes to give away and was asking music trivia questions you had to answer to win the prize. His first question was to name the first video that MTV played. I jumped up, went to the booth and gave him the answer, but I didn’t want the prize. The prize for this question was tickets to a NASCAR race. I am not a race fan. I have no use for tickets to any event like that. When I told him, I didn’t want the tickets, he couldn’t believe it. Why was I in a restaurant in the middle of the tourist area on a race weekend if I wasn’t a race fan? I can’t answer that. But that’s how it happened.
Seems to me that Mars (AKA the red planet) is turning into an interplanetary Club Med. The UAE, China, and now NASA have all sent rockets out that way. I’m thinking that a Motel 8 with an attached Denny’s will be built soon. But we all know that it all comes crashing down on 5 April 2385. What, you don’t watch Star Trek: Picard? Shame on you.
Seems mother nature is at it again. #Floriduh is once again in her sights as a tropical storm is bearing down on us.
But it’s only a tropical storm so us natives don’t get too excited. We just check the battery cabinet, grab another adult beverage and call it a day. Besides this is, as of now, a rather disorganized storm. Not to mention it is expected to cross over Hispaniola and its rather tall mountain range, a known storm killer. As the image show, the current track takes it east of us which means the strongest part of the storm will be on the other side, out in the Atlantic. I am so very happy that I am not working my last job anymore. I would be getting ready for another stay in the lovely EOC if the storm does hit. Tropical storms are anything but predictable, so this may change. Watch this space!
On the genealogy side, I found two cousins that appear to be on the Campbell side! This is most unusual, as I’ve always maintained that my Campbells won’t do a DNA test lest we be connected to a 15th century cattle raid. We Campbells’ aren’t the most trustworthy lot, after all. As both these matches are just beginning their family trees, I can’t yet place them on my tree. Hopefully, they will take my offer to help them get going and we can find our common ancestors. Only time will tell.
I did enjoy the way many of our news outlets stated the testimony of several of our big tech companies had before members of congress yesterday. To paraphrase “Congress to grill tech CEOs”. I offered to bring the charcoal, but nobody took me up on the offer. Their loss.
Things here at the house are changing. Seems that our granddaughters will be here full time. Meaning my thoughts of a “quiet retirement” have been changed. Not that it bothers me. I look forward to having them here to do their remote schoolwork. The tech available at our house is much better than what is available at other family members homes. I will have to get at least a part time job to offset the additional costs that are associated with having two more folks here full time, but in all honesty, I was already looking.
Remember this meme from before the 2016 election?
It’s becoming more and more true. Our “Dear Leader” will not say if he will accept the November election results if he loses, and today floated the idea that the election should be delayed “…until people can properly, securely, and safely vote???”. The “last president” indeed. I do fear a civil war is brewing.
For those of us here in #Floriduh (and I can call it that as a native-born son), our “Dear Leader” Governor Ron DeSantis has spawned several new memes.
I have long referred to him #GovRonDeMoron or #GovRonDeVirus, but #DeathSantis fits so much better. Once we can get rid of him we can go back to being #Florida. Yes, #FloridaMan and #FloridaWoman will still help keep us #Floriduh, provided of course that they survive.
Seems that beers sales are bouncing back. Well, I had nothing to do with that for once. I’ve been avoiding beer as of late, although the growler of Pale Ale son-the-younger brought home from his work last night was very tasty. The main reason I’ve been avoiding beer is the carbohydrates. I am trying to lose weight although at my age that’s neigh on impossible. I’m hoping that even a part time job will get me out of the house enough removing me from the snack box. Whisky on the other hand is a genuinely nice substitute.
Wifey and I are ready to go back to Scotland. Who’s with us??
Have to figure out where all the coffee is going. It seems we are buying bags and bags of beans every week. You don’t think my being home all day has anything to do with it, do you? Nah…
Finally, get out and #VOTE. Yes, I’m talking to you. I’m not going to tell you who to vote for, nor ask you who you did vote for. I will ask you if you plan on voting. I will vote via mail this year. Having been in the military for so long it seems second nature to me. Plus, I hate standing in line for anything!