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A Hundred and Ten in the Shade

February 26, 2002 : John Fogerty performs at the multi-venue Los Angeles charity benefit Four Concerts for Artists’ Rights. (via songfacts.com)

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I had headphones on just about all day working on a hundred and ten different projects and came up for air only to play John Fogerty’s One Hundred and Ten in the Shade. He’s one of my favorites so I didn’t mind the break and I did get to play a little guitar, but mostly today I was busy busy and working my brain.

Claudia put food in front of me and I ate it and if she needed to tell me or ask me anything she had to wave her arms and dance around in front of me to get my attention and then repeat everything a couple of times.  She’s used to it.  She’s a very good dancer.

I like being busy, and then I like being done so I can relax with the family!

more tomorrow.

 

Bad Moon Rising

September 19, 1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival scores a UK #1 hit with Bad Moon Rising!

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I love Creedence although I never sang Bad Moon Rising before. I don’t know why. Maybe I thought it was more complicated than it is.  Anyway, it’s today’s song and I like it and I’m going to put it in my setlist.

Spent most of today with Disney’s Elle Winter recording and filming a cover song for youtube. She is so grown up for a 13 year old. I was 13 when Bad Moon Rising went number one. I was starting 8th grade at OUR LADY OF REFUGE, a Catholic school in Brooklyn. The church is still there but they closed the grade school.

We had some rough girls in that class.  I’ll never forget Susan Boyle.  She stabbed me in the butt with her compass!

I remember just sucking it up cause Susan hung with a tough gang. These girls drove the nuns crazy. The boys were scared of the nuns but the girls didn’t fear anything. We used to go to a rollerrink in Levittown, Long Island once a month and we were taken in a nice tour bus to the rink. One time these girls had a flask in the back of the bus. They caused havoc at the rink and our school got kicked out and couldn’t go anymore.

Those were some bad girls rising.  Wonder what ever happened to them?

see you tomorrow!

 

Have You Ever Seen the Rain?

April 25, 1945 – Happy Birthday Stu Cook, rock bassist Creedence Clearwater Revival

Our family has the most beautiful vacation house in the Pocono Mountains! My grand piano overlooks the lake and every time Claudia and I are here, all we say is, “Why don’t we get here more often?”

It seems in the last year we have only been here three or four times and each time, when we arrive, it starts raining.  Not raining when we leave the city.  Raining when we get to Pennsylvania.  But no matter, whether rain or shine being here reminds me of family. Relaxing. Breathing fresh air.  Not having to look for a parking spot. Hammock time. Barbeque. Fire pit, kayaking, swimming, shooting hoops in my driveway. Feeding deer, practicing classical music with no outside street sounds, walks around the lake.

Damn, I sound old and corny but hey this place is my sunny day.

Fortunate Son

I have a residency at the Red Lion, a club on Bleecker Street in NYC.  It’s a great bar with patrons who come to drink and dance and have fun.  When I play with my R&B party band the Stingers we open with Signed Sealed Delivered, and when I play with my original rock blues & cover band, the Skip Brevis Band, I open with Fortunate Son.

John Fogerty is a favorite of mine.  Love all his work, both solo and with Creedence Clearwater Revival.

So I was thrilled to see on thisdayinmusic.com that today, April 14th in 1970 was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s live UK debut when they played at Royal Albert Hall!  What a great excuse to sing and record Fortunate Son.

it ain’t me, it ain’t me, i ain’t no millionaire’s son