January 21, 2009

What a night! After two straight 18-hour days I’m free for a hour or two before I call it a day. I feel like that scene in “A Hard Day’s Night” where the Beatles sneak out the back door and go crazy running and jumping around the football field.

Wow! It’s a warm night out here on the patio. There’s a steel-gray sky above and a soft rain falling.

The Pinot Grigio is cold, and (Rob won’t like this) but I have Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass softly playing in the background.

This is the time of year why people live in Arizona. It sure ain’t for the summers!

The pool is 54 with a bullet after a series of warm days in the ’70s and nights only in the ’50s.

A large group of birds are twittering in one of the neighbor’s trees. They’re obviously on a migration path somewhere. (I told y’all Spring was on its way!)

One of the neighbors is having a small get-together, and they’re chattering away on their patio. Nice. Sounds of life.

Have you checked out the soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”. If you love Depression-era country music touched with bluegrass, Appalachian, blues, and gospel there are some fine tunes on it. A far cry from Herb Alpert, I know, but no one ever accused The Great White Shank of not having an eclectic taste in music.

“The Big Easy” soundtrack is always a good listen as well.

But I’m now looking for more old-style Southern gospel blues artists, nothng contemporary. Primitive. Authentic. Bluesy. Ideas, anyone?

Favorite sounds: 1) Thunder in the distance; 2) Wind in the trees; 3) The pitter-patter of rain on the roof; 4) Waves breaking on a shore; 5) Rabbits crunching in unison.

It’s a good thing the weather is nice, because the people out here are idiots.

Now that Barack Obama’s president, I don’t know about you, but I’m feelin’ better already! 🙂

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  1. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee…Howlin’ Wolf…I can get you a more detailed list as I have a wonderful collection of old blues albums that are collection series. Any of the old Mississippi Blues men are rooted in the gospel genre.You go lil kahuna buddy…onto bluesy music. I love dobro guitar with a steel slide more than anything.

    Comment by Jana — January 22, 2009 @ 5:18 am


  2. And…..Willie Dixon, Honey Boy Edwards, Jessie Mae Hemphill,John Lee Hooker,Son House,Elmore James,Calvine”Fuzz” Jones,Blind Lemon,Blind Mississippi Morris,Pinetop Perkins,Otis Rush (a fav), Hound Dog Taylor, Bukka White(most fav), Sonny Boy Williamson.
    I hope to get these albums transferred to cds. Dad got the turntable thingy that does this. So, I’d be glad to send you a copy once I get this done.

    Comment by Jana — January 22, 2009 @ 5:30 am


  3. Yeah, not a big Herb Alpert fan but I am a big fan of just about all of the artists on O Brother. I remember very little of The Big Easy except that Dennis Quaid’s attempt at a New Orleans accent annoyed me.

    Comment by Rob — January 23, 2009 @ 3:33 pm


  4. I saw Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee perform together at the old Sandy’s Jazz Revival in Beverly, MA years ago. Of course, my mind gets racing and I’m thinking of music that crosses old-tikme country, Mississippi Delta blues, and gospel. But lately I’m back into the ragtime of Scott Joplin and the stride piano stylings of Fats Waller and his contemporary Henry “Thins” Francis.

    Of course, that’s when I’m not listening to surf music or zydeco, or The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, or Loreena McKennitt!

    Let’s face it, musically I’m a mess, and I could never earn enough money to collect all the music I love to listen to.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — January 27, 2009 @ 6:17 pm


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