An Evening with Dave

YouTube producer Rhizorator spent a lot of time putting this compilation together. And, he’s been rewarded with over 4.8 million hits.
Dave Grohl peforms acoustic versions of 15 of your favorite Foo Fighters songs.
Enjoy!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

…and Happy Holidays from OU Athletics.

May Santa reward you with many gifts.
boomer christmas

Missing SRV Twenty Five Years On

Some people think that the “blues” haven’t been the same since Stevie Ray Vaughn died tragically in a helicopter crash on this day twenty five years ago.

Perhaps, perhaps not, but I know I have never felt quite the same way about the music style and while other blues legends have since passed away, there isn’t anyone else taking of the crown.

Be at peace, SRV, your music lives on and you are missed.

Bells Were Ringing…People Were Singing…And They Can All Go Straight To Hell

A sad day for freedom of expression. Clearly multi-culturalism only applies to certain groups.

My Dear, Sweet Momma’s Theme Song

It has been ten years ago this day that my dear, sweet Momma went to her Heavenly reward.

Unlike five years ago, this sad anniversary didn’t ambush me.

Love you Momma.

R.I.P. Johnny Winter~~Texas Blues Legend

John

I started hearing rumors on the interwebs last night that Johnny Winter had died, but couldn’t find any confirmation until this morning.

At the age of 70, he was still playing and rocking in a world tour. He will be missed and mourned by many.

I first became aware of Johnny and his younger brother Edgar when I was fifteen years old in the summer of 1966. I was on a long summer driving vacation with my parents and middle brother. We had driven down to S.La. to visit relatives in and around Baton Rouge and NOLA. While my parents went into Pat O’Brien’s we sat on the curb outside Preservation Hall listening to those great old jazz musicians while munching corn on the cob.

We then drove across to the Mississippi coast, staying in Gulfport for a few days and visiting the surrounding area, drove up through Starkville and Hattiesburg, then made it to Vicksburg and visited the park and war memorial.

From there we drove down to Houston to visit with my oldest brother, who was on a full ride at UofH as a QB. He was happy to be with us all again in his environment and invited us all to join him at his favorite night club, the Act III, that night to see this amazing band with two albino brothers.

Being under age, my parents had to do some fast and smooth talking to get my brother and I inside. Once inside we had a big table to accommodate us and many of my big bruh’s friends who came by.

I had never been inside a night club/bar before and was quite wide-eyed, observing how every one behaved and interacted, but mostly I couldn’t take my eyes off of the two brothers playing their hearts out.

To this day I can still visualize that night and Johnny wailing on his guitar. I was not surprised with his becoming famous just a few years later.

Day by day, the iconic musicians of my youth are leaving us.

Be at peace, Johnny, you will always be remembered.

*Johnny’s WIKI page.*

Fantastic piece at Gibson Guitar, Johnny Winter Remembered.

Have Mercy!

It’s the Wednesday Open Thread.

Go forth and boogie.

25 years ago: Roy Orbison RIP

Dang.  They don’t make ’em like that anymore.

 

 

Weeping Wednesday

Tom Petty, Prince, Jeff Lynne, Stevie Winwood headline this tribute to George Harrison’s induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

Sweet.

#OpenThread #Rockhall #georgeharrisontribute

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R.I.P. Bobby Blue Bland

Another piece of the musical history of my youth has passed. He will be missed, though his music and his magnificent voice will live on.

A nice short piece on his life…BLUES GREAT BOBBY BLUE BLAND DEAD AT 83.

My deepest appreciation to Mr. Bland for sharing his gift of music with us, and my deepest condolences to his family and loved one’s.

*Post Script-This was my 300th post*

Thursday Open

In the end (it doesn’t even matter, does it Mrs. Clinton?)

The Blues is Alright

I grew up in Jackson, MS aka the Crossroads of the South, the home of MALACO Records and their homegrown label, Chimneyville Records.

King Floyd’s “Groove Me” was a huge hit for the label in the early 70’s, and it was kind of cool to know that R&B hits were recorded just down the street, and even cooler to say one of your friends played background horns for King Floyd, or Jean Knight’s “Mister Big Stuff”, Little Milton’s “The Blues is Alright”, and my personal favorite — any of a half dozen tunes from ZZ Hill including this nugget “Someone Else Been Stepping In.”

The magic behind Malaco, the “Creole Beethoven”,  passed away almost two years ago. RIP Wardell. You made a difference

Jones

Momma didn’t care much for George “Possum”  Jones.

His songs were about bars, honky tonks, women of questionable virtue, and (gasp) drinking.  Eddie Arnold was more her type.

But, I liked me some Jones.  That unmistakeable voice that was Jones.

This is one of many songs by The possum, and it’s one of my favorites.

RIP.

Sunday Night Synthesizer

Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1973

Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1973 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer …   one of the great ‘headphone bands’ of the 70’s.

 

I had never heard of the Moog synthesizer before this song.  When it comes in towards the end of the song, it really makes you want to turn it up loud!  And, having a good set of headphones makes that possible, without waking up th neighborhood.  Heh.

 

This is Lucky Man.

 

 

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Why? Because NCAA Football Is Six Months Away…And It’s The Latest Fad

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Former Sooner coach Barry Switzer, LB Brian Bosworth and RB Billy Sims were also involved in this mayhem.

For a different angle, click here.

I Always Hated This Song…Until This Cover

Now, that’s the way it should be done.

Manti Te’o~Fallen Hero

It is odd, hero worship.  It fills the worshipers with hope and pride, promoting the heroes as models of the perfect man…much like Mohammed the murdering pedophile.

How quickly that model is discarded when the Hero has fallen…like Manti Te’o, and no hero is loved nearly as much as a fallen hero is despised.

There is more than anecdotal evidence that he was involved in a publicity stunt to promote him as another legendary and mythical football player at the myth factory of collegiate football, Notre Dame, despite that institution’s protests about his involvement in the myth of his dead girl friend.  Much like the myth that George Gipp was a hero and not the actual ‘for hire’ football mercenary he was.

The story of Te’O and his alleged girl friend, and how it burnished his popularity into the runner up to the Heisman Award is all over the internet and twitter universe.  This article is the most comprehensive:

Manti Te’o’s Dead Girlfriend, The Most Heartbreaking And Inspirational Story Of The College Football Season, Is A Hoax!

There was no Lennay Kekua. Lennay Kekua did not meet Manti Te’o after the Stanford game in 2009. Lennay Kekua did not attend Stanford. Lennay Kekua never visited Manti Te’o in Hawaii. Lennay Kekua was not in a car accident. Lennay Kekua did not talk to Manti Te’o every night on the telephone. She was not diagnosed with cancer, did not spend time in the hospital, did not engage in a lengthy battle with leukemia. She never had a bone marrow transplant. She was not released from the hospital on Sept. 10, nor did Brian Te’o congratulate her for this over the telephone. She did not insist that Manti Te’o play in the Michigan State or Michigan games, and did not request he send white flowers to her funeral. Her favorite color was not white. Her brother, Koa, did not inform Manti Te’o that she was dead. Koa did not exist. Her funeral did not take place in Carson, Calif., and her casket was not closed at 9 a.m. exactly. She was not laid to rest.

Manti, is that you?

For the record I have despised ND since I was seven years old.  I have seen nothing in those many years to alter my original perception of this schools football glory as nothing more than a myth factory.  When I first heard about the double tragedy that allegedly occurred to this young man, I was moved, knowing how devastating losing a loved one is, yet I was dubious.  Some thing about the story just didn’t seem plausible.  It clearly wasn’t and what degree of guilt I may have felt for doubting his tragic story has now been assuaged.

Don’t really need a reason to post this excellent video, but it seems appropriate, now.

Saying Good-Bye To 2012

It is memorable in so many ways.

Christmas Eve Music

My sincerest wish for everyone’s safe travel to be with their loved one’s on Christmas Day.

The Doctor Is In

Two degrees in be-bop, a PHD in swing,


He’s the master of rhythm he’s a rock and roll king …

 

A Tune For Our Friend Swampie

SRV: Life Without You

Never Go Back

Open Thread. Grace Potter. +1

So long, Andy Williams.

84 years. RIP, Andy.
We never missed his show growing up. The Osmond Brothers, Claudine Longet (oo la la), Ray Stevens; every week someone new, someone sharing their talent for song, or dance, or story telling. No, we never missed it.

This Lady Can Sing

No offense intended to the members of The Nocturnals, but when do you get a chance to jam with this lineup???

Grace Potter, Joe Satriani, Steve Kimock, Reed Mathis, Willy Waldman and Stephen Perkins cover Cortez the Killer at the Jammy’s.

Before tonight, I had never heard of Grace Potter and The Nocturnals.   I happened across a blog post while looking for something else.  But, there it was, and I was quickly hooked.  Their studio music isn’t bad, but their live performance is like nothing I’ve heard in a long, long time.  Grace has just the right mix of emotion, vocal ability, and raw sex appeal.

Notice Satch and Willy at the end of the song.  Their reaction tells everything:  this lady can sing!

 

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