Archive | February 2013

Always On My Mind

February 23 1983 Always On My Mind wins three times during the 25th annual Grammy awards!

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No wonder Always On My Mind won three Grammys.  Nobody sings a song more honestly than Willie Nelson.

Well, I’m in the Poconos with very slow internet, so I’m not going to fight it tonight! I’m actually in a parking lot trying to get better wifi than we’ve got at home.  Hope the cops don’t stop by and start asking questions.  Its dark and we look suspicious.  Glad I uploaded the video itself in the city before we left!

country life!

more tomorrow!

Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning

February 22, 1994 American blues violinist Papa John Creach dies.

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My all time favorite band in high school was Hot Tuna which was the rhythm section for Jefferson Airplane, and their fiddle player was Papa John Creach who played low down dirty blues. My friend Mark knew every word, every riff, he lived and breathed Hot Tuna.  Sometime’s it’s more fun watching an all out fan sing the songs instead of watching the real artist on stage. I always watch the crowd at concerts so i can tell who the real fans are and who are just tourists.

Heading off to the Poconos tomorrow. I wish it would warm up!

Oh well, the fireplace will be crack-a-lackin.

And the lamps will be trimmed and burning!

Here ya go, for Today in Music, a little bit of Hot Tuna.


Ruby Tuesday

February 21, 1967 The Rolling Stones’ Ruby Tuesday enters the charts.

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I performed Ruby Tuesday in a talent show in 8th grade with a guitar player friend. We  lost.

I love how raw the Stones are. Good old sloppy rock n roll.  I like it!

All right. I’ve still been having a little issue with my voice and I read that Beyonce uses this Chinese herbal stuff called loquat syrup. So i went to the Chinese doctor/storefront herbal place and the first thing he made me do is take off my sneaker and he grabbed my foot and pressed his thumb into some place that hurt like hell and asked, “This hurt?” and i said, “Uh yeah.”

Then he squeezed some spot in my hand. Same thing.  Yeah, it hurt. Then he asked my date of birth and he looked it up in the ancient Chinese scrolls and told me i’m a mountain man that doesn’t need to drink as much water as i do, and that mountain men’s main organ is their stomach and that the problem with my sore throat is my liver overheats and that’s why my throat is always dry.

So I got some tar balls for my throat, some caterpillar fungus for my kidneys and 8 little ballbearings to take twice a day & $250 later, even though Claudia almost had a heart attack since I went in there for a $20 dollar syrup and spent $250 in cash,

I think i feel better!  Go figure!

more tomorrow!

Lay, Lady, Lay

February 20, 1969 Bob Dylan is recording Lay, Lady, Lay!

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Bob Dylan is one of the great songwriters of our time but these lyrics  – lay across my big brass bed – are a little gross. Who has a brass bed anyway? 

I am possibly the worst fix-it man in the world.  Once something breaks in our house it stays broke. Casey made us aware of this and it’s true. Our dishwasher broke years ago so we just washed dishes by hand from then on and years later had it removed and had the super put in another cabinet. The boys’ bedroom window and the door to their room. The toilet paper holder was down for 6 months before my father-in law Mike just couldn’t take it anymore and fixed it himself! My fence in the backyard a year and a half down. My rear passenger car door 4 months. The list goes on and on.

And now my freaking living room TV is down. This is an EMERGENCY and has to get fixed tomorrow! Oh, also i have 4 keys dead on my gigging keyboard,2 years now,oh yeah one of the legs on my weber BBQ is bent up-3 years!

My brain has been screwed up since birth and that is probably the one thing that I do consistently try to fix.  Not always successful, but always trying.  I think that’s why I don’t have the time or focus to fix the other stuff.  Priorities.

Well, time to go lay across my big not brass bed and watch some bedroom tv with my wife. (cause the living room tv is broken, remember?)

Lay, Lady, Lay!


You Really Got A Hold On Me

February 19, 1940 Happy Birthday Smokey Robinson!

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I’ve met Smokey a couple of times and noticed he speaks as high as he sings! What a legend, he is one of the fathers of the Motown Sound and I’ve been playing motown songs for years!

But today is the first time I ever played You Really Got a Hold On Me. For real.

Well, we just got back from the movies. We saw Warm Bodies, a good hip new zombie flick.  Very Romeo & Juliet.

more tomorrow!