Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
No one wants you when you lose
Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush, Don't Give Up, 1986.
For all those whom things are at their darkest.
A Message From The Silly Party
"Politics is silly, it's inane."
Gosh, now that I come to think of it...
Dick Tarquin Fintimlinbinwhinbimlim Bus Stop F’tang F’tang Ole Biscuit-Barrel Armey is right.
Watergate? Silly. Iran-Contra? Silly.
Moral turpitude? Silly. "Shock and Awe"? Silly silly.
And the destabilization, based on 'conservative thought', of the credit backbone on which the world economy is based...An act which will have generational repercussions?
What's that word again?
Silly me, I forgot.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
A thousand miles of moonlight later
The Pink Floyd, Cirrus Minor, 1969.
A little early for the music post today, as I will be on the road this morning.
Be seeing you
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Silence Equals Death
'In Germany, they came first for the Communists...
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
And then they came for the trade unionists...
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
And then they came for the Jews...
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
And then . . . they came for me.
And by that time - there was no one left to speak up.'
- Pastor Martin Niemöller
Fight all forms of racial, ethnic, religious, sexual and political intolerance and discrimination, wherever it is found.
We can do no less as humanity.
Those with a sensitive disposition may wish to avoid clicking on the link below.
You have been warned.
You have been warned.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Sunday Overnight - Saxy time
Charles 'Yardbird' Parker, with Miles Davis, Lucky Thompson, Do Do Marmorosa, Arvin Garrison, Vic McMillan and Roy Porter, Orthinology (second take), Los Angeles, 1946.
Albert Ayler, with Niels Bronsted, Ronnie Gardiner, and Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson, Summertime, Copenhagen, 1963.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk, with Ron Burton, Henry "Pete" Pearson, Robert Shy, and Joe "Habao" Texidor, Misty/I Want to Talk About You, Montreux, 1972.
Michael Brecker, with Don Grolnick, Eddie Gomez, Mike Mainieri and Steve Gadd (Steps), Invitation, 1980's.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
...only reflections of a shadow that I saw
David Crosby, Laughing, from one of my 'desert island discs', If I Could Only Remember My Name, 1971.
What Are Their Names?
Look who hoped on the bandwagon
Madness, I tell you.
Friday, January 23, 2009
As we share that crystal view...
Tower Of Power, Below Us, All The City Lights, 1974.
And another word for the greater trochanter, answer in the form of a question.
"Let's stick to journalism. I don't do that here."
Of course you don't, Matthews...Isn't that the issue?
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Adios a la Pasada
If you'll be kind enough to forgive me...I'm a little out of sorts.
You see, my muse left me. Flew away yesterday. Oh, he'll be back. But it probably is over forever.
So I find myself at a bit of a crossroads. There's nothing more passé at the moment than an Bush caricaturist, because that boat has surely sailed.
My American friends have a new leader, and he appears to be serious about transparency.
This is an interesting and refreshing development, but one can see a subjective curtailing of flights of fancy when things hidden are revealed.
The imagination must turn to other things, things more positive and life-enhancing for oneself and others...And a world in which we are all connected.
So, I now open my heart to suggestions in the comments, and to offers and collaborations from any with an interest.
Those who wish to speak privately are free to use the email provided to the right of this post.
All exchanges will, of course, be kept in the strictest confidence.
You might also notice a small button under that email.
If my works have caught your eye over time, and you would like to express some regard for them in a tangible fashion, I would accept any such expression gratefully.
Be seeing you
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Somebody gimme a cheeseburger
The only Steve Miller song you'll ever see on this blog - Living In The U.S.A., 1968.
My best wishes to all my American friends and acquaintances on the momentous day in your nation's history.
Merkwurkdigleibe, or how I stopped worrying and learned to love Bush
...For my suggestive pal distributorcap NY.
"War is too important to be left to politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought."
Monday, January 19, 2009
I wouldn't like to be a flea under your collar
Peter Tosh, Equal Rights/Downpressor Man, Los Angeles, 1983.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Mingus, with Don Pullen, George Adams, Gerry Mulligan, Jack Walrath, Benny Bailey, and Danny Richmond, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, Montreaux, 1975.
The Mingus Big Band, with Ronnie Cuber on baritone sax, Moanin', 1993.
...And happy birthday to Al Foster, one of the many exceptional drummers to work with Miles Davis.
Don't Think That You'll Get Too Far
Although he moved to Crawford to better teabag the Worst! President! Ever!...and bid the incoming President-elect to perform a lewd act on his automatic weapon, it seems that hope is indeed in the air.
Perhaps he should lobby for a position involving something that he is more informed about - For example, 'underage groupie molestation' czar, 'or 'Poo in the pants for a week' undersecretary.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
'Hear reason, or she'll make you feel her'
My correspondent Caoimhin Laochdha has written a most erudite celebration of birthdays at Daily Kos, well worth a read.
From me, bright birthday wishes to all.
...Although how riffraff such as I got lumped in with luminaries as Michelle Obama, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Earle, and Muhammad Ali in the tags is beyond my powers of explanation.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
...But It's Not For You
By way of my pals Eureka Springs on the late shift at FDL and that refined gentleman of letters Ornery Bastard...I think this young feller has a bright future in showbiz, if he'd just turn down that loud guitar and sing a nice ballad or two like that cute little Englebert Humperdinck.
Bonus: They don't make live TV like that no more
Bye Bye Baby
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
R.I.P, Patrick McGoohan
Never a number, and now a free man.
Be seeing you
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Maybe they'll get a replacement
It will be a quarter century this year that I left Hollywood, and ran for my life to the wilderness.
But if I hadn't...You wouldn't be reading this.
I miss it every day - but you can't go home again. Selah.
...And one for my ex.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Long John Baldry, Conditional Discharge/Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The King Of Rock & Roll, and Everyday I Have The Blues, 1971/1986.
Albert Collins, Cold Cold Feelin', Germany 1980.
Fight On, Comrades!
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
Happy 50th, Tamla/Motown
Mr. Bobby Taylor, Does Your Mama Know About Me.
One of the greats, and one of the two best vocalists I ever worked for.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Le Maison Blanc Showbar Revue
...Nominal cover charge.
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it. - Upton Sinclair
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
R.I.P., Ron Asheton
Monday, January 05, 2009
Sunday, January 04, 2009
John McLaughlin and Jonas Helborg, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, 1987.
The Miles Davis Quintet, All Blues, Los Angeles, 1964.
And finally...Miles and Bill Evans' composition Blue In Green, from Kind Of Blue, 1959.