Sunday, December 9, 2018

From Every Stage

Combat Kevin's latest post referenced Robert Zimmerman.  Well, one thing led to another, and soon I was thinking about this Dylan song, performed on former paramour Joan Baez's 1975 From Every Stage live double LP (those big vinyl things, for you kiddos).  The album featured four additional Dylan compositions.

The drummer for that tour was Jim Gordon, formerly of Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, and Derek and the Dominoes. Although he is sometimes credited for writing the piano coda/outro on Layla, credible sources indicate it was actually lifted from Rita Coolidge, his then girlfriend. In 1983, beset by mental illness and perhaps substance abuse, he bludgeoned his mother to death, a crime for which he remains incarcerated/committed in Vacaville, CA.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Dying a little more each day

Heard this on Jody Dean's Saturday evening radio program earlier.  Following the death of my family this summer, it hits a tender spot.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Everyone's entitled

Though I didn't watch the CMAs this past week - I'm not much into awards shows, or even much TV for that matter - I read that Mac McAnally won his 10th CMA award. Although Mr. Mac is well-known as a country music tunesmith, and long-time member of Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, I mostly remember this song from 1978, recorded when he was about 20 years old. In the D/FW market, it got some minor airplay on 92.5 KAFM and 102.9 (I don't remember the call letters at the time), and possibly even 103.7 KVIL, although I'm not certain of that. I can remember hearing it while driving on the D/FW turnpike - or early post-turnpike I-30 - on my way to or from school. This is a more recent recording of the song:

Here's another of his songs that was a hit for the Sawyer Brown Band:

Thursday, November 15, 2018


Well, it's been more than a few yesterdays since I was young.

I'm heartbroken to learn today of the great Mr. Roy Clark's passing. I was blessed to have been introduced to his music as a child, well before he gained wider fame as the co-host of Hee-Haw. Just last week I watched a clip of him making a guest appearance on the TV sit-com version of The Odd Couple, doing a fantastic, riveting performance of Malague├▒a. At the end of the song, Tony & Jack were clearly spellbound.

I don't believe there was a stringed instrument that Mr. Clark did not master.

Thank you for the great music and memories, Godspeed Mr. Roy Clark!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Sounds of Silence

  • In college, I commuted from the Metromess to Denton daily.  Back in those days, I had a number of mix tapes, as well as a few full length LPs recorded to cassettes (Maxell UDXL-IIs, in case you were wondering). Among my favorites were Wings Over America, Willie and Family Live, and Simon & Garfunkel's Concert in Central Park (1981 - I was fortunate enough to subsequently see them, in the rain, August 18, 1983 at the Cotton Bowl).
  • A few weeks back, I snagged the CD of the S&G concert at the thrift store, and have been listening to it at bedtime the last couple of nights. I happened to ask a co-worker, a former NYPD officer, where he was Sept 19, 1981. Turns out he was already in Texas by then, but he mentioned this cover of Sounds of Silence, by the band Disturbed. Noting that he had lost too many friends, I could tell from his description that it had had a profound effect on him, and when I looked it up, I understood.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Seems Like Old Times

  • It's been a bit busy lately, but it was reported recently that the writer/playwright Neil Simon had passed away at the age of 91. Originally part of the writing staff for Sid Caesar, with other notables such as Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, he became one of Broadway's most prolific playwrights.
  • Although Barefoot in the Park was his breakout production, I've never seen it.
A deaf cook and blind butler


  •  In high school, I did sound effects for The Sunshine Boys. I loved the movies Murder By Death and Seems Like Old Times (Hawn/Chase) and still watch them from time to time. Between marriages, I had a leading role in a community theatre presentation of Fools, and later provided technical services for The Good Doctor.

Thursday, August 23, 2018


I certainly don't date back to 1948, but still...