Tuesday, April 26, 2016


OK, I had a draft - From Doolin-Dalton¹ to Dueling Banjos - to have featured the Henley/Frey/Browne/Souther song, followed by Buck Trent (not Owens) and the incomparable Roy Clark, riffing on the song from Deliverance.

But, alas, Denney Crane ran the Trent/Clark version before I could complete my draft, so it remains in Blogger purgatory.  I'm surmising DC and I both happened upon the banjo video as a sidebar to a vid posted by Keith over at BON.

So anyway, while perusing a CBS morning show tribute by Stevie Wonder to the late Prince, I noticed he was playing an instrument with which I was not familiar, called the harpejji.  Googling found the maker's site, which included about three dozen song snippets played on the instrument.  Here's one of them:

Don't know if this'll catch on, but would love to see what its potential would be in the hands of a Joe Walsh, Jimmy Page, or Lindsey Buckingham.

Or maybe even Roy Clark...

¹ H/T to the Queen

Friday, April 15, 2016

Spirit of St. Frederick

In response to ComKev's question Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is like Jazz, I thought I'd post the following.  Until now, I had never researched St. Frederick, but according to the Wikipedia, he was [ironically] the patron saint of the deaf.


Like David Gilmour's ranging guitar solos, I am quite fond of MF's searing horn.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Tomorrow is a long time

Watching Carson tonight, Carl Reiner mentioned the Sahara Tahoe, a Del Webb property that originally opened in 1965.  That jogged my memory, as I remembered the Kingston Trio live album Once Upon a Time, which was recorded there in July 1966, and featured this Dylan cover.

It's not the live version that I remember, but possibly has better harmonies (this was recorded the following year at San Francisco's hungry i club.  I am particularly fond of Bob Shane's baritone vocals.  Though now retired, Shane is the sole surviving member of the original Trio.

Possibly I have featured this video before, but was too lazy to check back issues.

BTW, Carson's monologue tonight was rough.  Dating to the Gerald Ford presidency, he had great guests - Carl Reiner and David Brenner, but during the actual opening, I think Tommy Newsom got better laughs than Johnny did.

Some days are like that.

Edit: Not one to leave well enough alone, I checked my back catalog, and sure enough, I ran this song November 11, 2013.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Now you're back out on the street

...and you're trying to remember?

Good luck with that.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

I Think I'll Just Sit Here and Think

...that the world is a better place because Merle Haggard was in it.

I have several favorite Hag songs, but this is probably the one I like best:

We are poorer for the passing of the man from Bakersfield.  And we don't seem to be headed in a good direction.

As Henley put it:
Well, it's a cold, cold, cold, cold, cold, cold, cold, cold
Post, postmodern world
No authenticity, no sign of soul
The radio won't play George and Merle.¹

And that's a darn shame.

¹ They're Not Here, They're Not Coming - Henley/Lynch