Thursday, February 21, 2019

R.I.P Peter Tork

Peter Tork passed away today. He best known as being a founder, keyboardist and bass player in The Monkees. Here are a couple of songs from The Monkees prime years..

                                               "Daydream Believer"


I'm a Believer



A Better World from a reunited Monkees in 2016...


The news from CBS..


Here he is with James Lee Stanley..


An episode of the show..


He will be missed by his family and friends

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Monday's Music Moves Me: National Battery Day

Today apparently it is National Battery Day. Keeping with that theme the topic for Monday's Music Moves Me is songs featuring Smoke, Alarm, Battery and Charge.

This song will probably be used a lot but it is a good one.

                                                          Deep Purple "Smoke on the Water"



Yo La Tengo "False Alarm"


Metallica "Battery"


"Calvary Charge"


I think my choices will wake you up. On a serious note it is important to test the batteries in smoke detectors from time to time. No one wants to sing this song about their home.

Talking Heads "Burning Down the House"








Saturday, February 16, 2019

R.I.P Kofi Burbridge

Musician Kofi Burbridge has passed away at the age of 57. He was a member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Derek Trucks Band and the Tedeschi Trucks Band. He also appeared with The Allman Brothers and Dead and Company. His brother Oteil was the bass player for the last two groups.

Here is a video of Kofi playing the flute wit his brother Oteil Burbridge…


Here he guests with the Allman Brothers at Wanee in 2011. 


"Page and time" by the Aquarium Rescue Unit


Derek Trucks Band "Crow Jane"


Tedeschi Trucks Band "Midnight in Harlem"



The Grammy Award winning musician known for his flute playing, keyboard talents and backing vocals will be missed by his bands, musicians, fans, friends and family.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Battle of the Bands 101: Redemption Song

It is hard to believe I haven't used a Bob Marley song in my Battles of the Band. It kind of fits that  I would celebrate an African musician on one post and move onto a Reggae giant in the next. Black History Month International Music version if you will.

The song I am choosing is Bob Marley's Redemption Song. This ne is just for reference and your enjoyment.


Contender One: Yannick Noah



Contender Two: Stevie Wonder



Yannick or Stevie you decide who wins with your votes in the comments. Both artists provide covers that are different from the original and different from each other. I'll count of the votes and post a winner in a week or so. Thanks for visiting and come back soon!


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

R.I.P Oliver Mtukudzi

I just learned this week that Oliver Mtukudzi passed away last month. I found at when Bonnie Raitt mentioned it when I saw her in concert opening up for James Taylor. You are probably saying who is Oliver Mtukudzi. Per Wikipedia "he was considered to have been Zimbabwe's most renowned and recognized cultural icon of all time." I know of him and was able to see him perform thanks to Bonnie Raitt.

Oliver wrote the beautiful song "Hear Me Lord" which Bonnie Raitt recorded on her Silver Lining release. The first time I saw Bonnie was at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazzfest) shortly after that album was released. Anyway she brought him on stage something like this...


Here he performs a beautiful song "Neria"


Not all of his songs are in English nor should they be. 

Here he is with Ladysmith Black Mambazo "Hello My Baby"


Here he performs "Zimbabwe" with Joss Stone..


Hopefully his songs will live on. He will be missed by his fans, musicians and families. He will also be missed by Zimbabwe.



Monday, February 11, 2019

Battle of the Bands 100 Result: Fun for me, Fun for you

Hopefully my 100th Battle of the Band was as fun for you as it was for me. Sometimes these battles are about exploring music, a theme, a tribute, or mixing things up. This time around it was the best reason for a Battle. That reason is simply a song I like from a band I like. Then add two great artists and you have a darn good recipe.

Bob Weir on the contest 5 to 3. He would be happy with the results. Bob still performs the song with his various side projects.

Here  he is performing it in October with the Wolf Brothers...


Here Bob Weir joins Little Feat to perform "Tennessee Jed"



                                               "Only A River" a song from his latest solo album..


I hope you enjoyed and I will be back with a new battle in a few days!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

R.I.P Frank Robinson

There are wonderful reasons to write about Frank Robinson. One could write to celebrate Black History Month, baseball is just around the corner, or just simply to celebrate his career. Unfortunately Frank Robinson has passed away which is a sad reason to write about him.

In 1975 the Cleveland Indians named Frank Robinson as a player/manager making him the first black manager in Major League Baseball. He went on to manage the San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos and Washington Nationals.

Baseball wise he had a Hall of Fame career. He still ranks 10th in career home runs. He is the only player to win the MVP Award in both leagues. Frank was on two World Series winning teams. Mr. Robinson also won the triple crown. He ended his career with a .294 batting average and 2943 hits.

Here is a collection of highlights when he played for the Cincinnati Reds..


Below is his Hall of Fame induction speech...


He will be missed by baseball, his fans, friends and family. May he rest in peace.